This Week In Island History
The news of 10 and 15 years ago is from the Jamestown Press. The news of 100 years ago came from the collection of the Newport Historical Society.
100 years ago
From the Newport Journal, Dec. 12, 1913
Mr. I.H. Clarke has leased from the Ferry Company the coal bins on the northerly side of the wharf for the purposes of starting in the coal business.
The telephone exchange in the Gardner House was closed today, and for the balance of the winter the Newport office will handle calls.
The proposed closing of the telephone central at the Gardner House, which necessitated connections between two places on the island being made through the Newport office, causes much dissatisfaction among the subscribers on the island. The contention is that Newport is outside the zone, and since it is necessary each time to call that office, the toll for Newport calls should be done away with.
The large stable on the Seth Pierce place near the West Ferry has been torn down.
75 years ago
From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 8, 1938
The new Jamestown Bridge, which will cost $3,100,000 to erect and which was actually started Wednesday with the award of the first contract for the construction of concrete pile bents, will be 6,982 feet overall, 24 feet wide, with a 3-foot concrete sidewalk on one side, and will be known as a high-level bridge with a cantilever design included. It is expected to be completed by June 1940.
From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 9, 1938
The Jamestown Bridge Commission has opened an office in the Hammond block on Conanicus Avenue.
50 years ago
From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 10, 1963
Jamestown Town Council President Harold E. Shippee last night reported that specifications for a 30-foot wide school access toad on Lawn Avenue are now in the process of being drawn up. The new specifications will include storm drains, and also indicate that about nine trees will be taken down if these specifications are approved. From the Newport Daily News,
Dec. 12, 1963
A Christmas pageant will be presented tonight at 7:30 in Jamestown School with some 200 pupils from grades 1 through 8 taking part.
Jamestown School pupils of the third grades will view the Christmas lights at Roger Williams Park and Garden City on Friday
25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,
Dec. 10, 1988
The concrete pouring for cofferdam 18 on the Jamestown Bridge has been completed. “This is the third concrete pour which has taken place under the interim stabilization contract by Traylor Brothers,” Matthew J. Gill said. Cofferdam 18 is 27-by-47 feet in area and extends to bedrock. From the Newport Daily News,
Dec. 13, 1988
After nine months of labor, the police station building committee is finally ready to deliver. The committee has been deliberating since April on a plan to expand police headquarters. The police station now occupies 900 square feet of the town recreation center building. The committee has decided to give police more room by building a second floor over the present northeast corner of the building.
15 years ago
From the Jamestown Press,
Dec. 10, 1998
Quonset Point Planners, the organization that hopes to develop an area at Quonset Point into a worldclass shipping port, recently sent the Town Council – and roughly 1,000 other elected officials and community leaders around Rhode Island – a packet of information that includes a summary of the most commonly asked questions about the proposed port and the answers to them.
10 years ago
From the Jamestown Press,
Dec. 11, 2003
Locating the new highway barn at Taylor Point, near the town’s sewage treatment plant, is running into several potential problems.
Even Santa Claus was put off by the big nor’easter this past weekend. Santa’s boat ride was cancelled because of the 15 to 16 inches of snow. The storm kept up to 13 town workers busy all weekend, plowing, sanding and ensuring that roads were safe to drive on.