2005-12-01 / Editorial

This week in Island history

Week of December 1
Compiled by Sue Maden

The news of 10 and 15 years ago is from the Jamestown Press. The news of 25, 50, 75, and 100 years ago from the Newport Daily News comes from the collection of the Newport Historical Society.

100 years ago From the Newport Daily News, November 29, 1905:

(At the Town Council meeting) Mr. Elijah Anthony was appointed a committee to inquire into the matter of securing a horse or horses for the fire department, and report to the council.

Tomorrow steamer Beaver Tail will omit the 1 o’clock trip from here and the 1:30 trip from Newport, to allow the crew to enjoy their Thanksgiving dinners.

From the Newport Daily News, December 1, 1905:

Not for a number of years have things been so quiet in Jamestown as they are at present. The travel on the ferry, which is a good gauge of affairs, has dropped to such an extent that the directors have deemed it advisable to shorten the crew, and for the rest of the winter tickets will be collected on leaving instead of boarding the boat, as has been the custom for several years.

Mr. Charles Slade of Fall River has taken his threshing machine to Middletown. While on Conanicut Island Mr. Slade threshed 3,500 bushels of grain for different farmers, the largest amount at one place being on the Hazard Homestead farm, where 600 bushels were threshed.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, December 1, 1930:

In one of the series of contests which will decide the football championship of Newport county, the Jamestown Town team turned back the Richmonds Sunday afternoon at Freebody park, 6 to 0.

Ernest L. Caswell, proprietor of the Bay View Hotel, and Mrs. Caswell have gone to Deland, Fla. where they will conduct the Eastwood Terrace Hotel there. From the Newport Daily News, December 4, 1930:

From 1 until 5 o’clock Friday afternoon of this week, and Monday and Tuesday afternoons of next week, Peter Cassese, the barber at the corner of Narragansett and Conanicus avenues, will give a free hair cut to children whose parents are unemployed.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, December 2, 1955:

The three-state $70,000,000 throughway, in which a bridge or tunnel across Narragansett Bay between Newport and Jamestown was to be the key link, appeared doomed today. The state Division of Public Roads released an engineering survey which stated a proposed bridge across Narragansett Bay’s East Passage is not feasible because of Navy objections and other factors. . . . The report said the studies included the advisability of bridge crossings of the east passage at several points but all were discarded for one reason or another, among them the opposition of the Navy which feared its activities would be interfered with. The tunnel project was finally found to be the more feasible. It envisions a tunnel beneath the East Passage between Taylor Point on Jamestown and Newport via Coaster’s Harbor Island, which contains the War College and other naval installations.

From the Newport Daily News, December 5, 1955:

More than 200 attended a talent night entertainment Saturday at Jamestown Recreation Center. . . . Dancing followed the program.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, December 2, 1980:

A final draft and map of a proposed town zoning ordinance were presented to the Town Council by the Planning Board Monday at a work session. Using the Comprehensive Community Plan adopted a few years ago by the Town Council and replies on surveys by a large majority of residents as guides for the ordinance, the Planners kept the north and south ends of the Conanicut Island rural. In many instances they increased lot sizes.

From the Newport Daily News, December 3, 1980:

Streets and retail stores will be decked with laurel and holly, wreaths and lights Saturday and Sunday, when merchants open holiday festivities with “Christmas Shopping Days” and the Village Christmas lighting in Jamestown.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, November 29, 1990:

The Town Council Monday night amended its policy for appointment to town boards, committees, and commissions. The revised policy requires that anyone seeking appointment or reappointment to a board, committee or commission be both a voter and resident of Jamestown.

(The Town Council) voted unanimously to donate a $2,970 building permit fee to the nonprofit group that is constructing 12 new units at the Pemberton Apartments complex.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, November 30, 1995:

Town Council members adopted a new Zoning Ordinance Monday after listening to comments from residents during a public hearing that ran for more than three-and-a-half hours

At last, Jamestowners can finally go to the transfer station without having to worry about damaging their vehicles’ tires, wheels, and shock absorbers. The state Department of Transportation paved a section of North Main Road from the Cemetery Access Road to Carr Lane.

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