2014-12-18 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of December 18
Compiled by Sue Maden

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. 18, 1914

Arrangements have been made for steamer Beaver Tail to make a special trip Wednesday to carry several loads of corn stalks, the federal law forbidding them with passengers. When the loads arrived on the wharf they had been built so high and wide that it was impossible to pass them through the driveways and will be reloaded.

To supply the demand for mussels for bait, men were kept at work Monday night The steamer load, which was landed on the wharf Monday afternoon, was all disposed of before noon Tuesday.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 20, 1939

At the PTA meeting, there was an exhibit of toys that had been repaired by the boys of the Clarke School and will be sent to needy children.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 15, 1964

A preliminary housing code for Jamestown was outlined for Jamestown last night. At the present time, Jamestown has no plumbing and housing code, and in order to qualify for housing for the elderly funds, the council must adopt these codes by April. A building code was adopted some time ago.

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 19, 1964

Jamestown chapter of the American Red Cross has reletters ceived a call from the national Red Cross for young women to serve in its clubhouse program in the armed forces in Korea and in the recreation programs in domestic military hospitals.

25 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Dec. 21, 1989

Residents voted 226-152 at the special Financial Town Meeting last Thursday night to build a new police station across from the Jamestown Country Club on Conanicus Avenue. Earlier in the meeting, voters unanimously passed a proposal to spend $480,000 to complete improvements to the outdated water plant on North Main Road.

Joseph F. Dutra may be one step closer to keeping his dairy farm on East Shore Road from becoming “economically marginal” due to property condemnations in the Route 138 corridor. At a Dec. 11 meeting of the Jamestown Design Committee, state officials said they were willing to negotiate to buy land to replace the property Dutra would lose to construction of the new four-lane highway.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Dec. 16, 1999

Santa Claus will stop by the fire station to visit with island youngsters tonight beginning at 6 p.m.

Beginning next month, the Jamestown Philomenian Library will start opening for business on Sundays. The first day of the Sunday library hours, from 1 to 5 p.m., will be Jan. 23.

The annual Penguin Plunge, one of Jamestown’s biggest events, will go off as usual in New Year’s Day, unless the Y2K bug bites us and we are plunged into a state of emergency.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Dec. 16, 2004

Even as the winter season approaches, the Harbor Management Commission is still busy with lengthy meetings about new mooring procedures and classifications that went into effect with approval of a new harbor ordinance comprehensive harbor plan.

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