2005-12-22 / Editorial

This week in Island history Compiled by Sue Maden

Week of December 22

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, December 21, 1905:

A fine lot of Christmas turkeys were shipped to Newport from the Prospect Hill farm.

From the Newport Daily News, December 22, 1905:

The work on the interior of St. Matthew’s Church is completed for the present. The woodwork has been varnished and the wall painted an olive shade, giving the interior a more churchly appearance as well as making it lighter.

From the Newport Daily News, December 26, 1905:

The town’s team is putting a coating of gravel on the south sidewalk on Narragansett avenue.

The report that there was another case of scarlet fever at the north end of the island upon investigation was found to be without foundation.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, December 22, 1930:

Allen Chase, who is in charge of the Beavertail Country Club and Golf course, received yesterday from Audley Clarke of New York, a check for $25, with instructions to distribute it equally, among the five boys who were voted as the most polite and efficient caddies on the links during the past summer.

From the Newport Daily News, December 23, 1930:

Promptly at 7 o’clock last evening the Community Christmas tree on the village green was a blaze of light, presenting a beautiful picture with its many wreaths of colored lights and a brilliant star on the topmost branch. Between two and three hundred persons gathered for the exercises.

The first game of basket ball in Jamestown, in a number of years, was played Saturday evening in the Holy Ghost Society hall, Narragansett avenue, between the Trojans and the Holy Ghost Society team. The game was fast and clean throughout, both teams playing hard to win and the score at the final blow of the whistle was 27-25 in favor of the Trojans. This promises to be an entertaining sport during the winter.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, December 23, 1955:

Santa Claus visited the Jamestown fire station last night and gave more than 200 children of the community gifts of candy, fruit and pencils.

From the Newport Daily News, December 24, 1955:

Mr. and Mrs. William Dailey of Conanicus Avenue entertained the Harbor View nursing staff at a Christmas party last night at the Old Casino. Presents from the tree were distributed, games were played and carols were sung.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, December 19, 1980:

State engineers have sliced 11 feet off the width of the proposed new Jamestown Bridge in response to Jamestown residents who argue that the bridge would be bigger than needed.

Jamestown School teachers will receive a 9 percent raise, effective September, 1981, and a 7 percent increase, as of September, 1982, the contract negotiating committee announced Thursday.

The Jamestown Special Education Advisory Committee supports the establishment of a special education classroom at Jamestown School, an idea also recommended by the Superintendent.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, December 20, 1990:

After 10 years of searching for an appropriate site, Jamestown’s senior citizens may now be several steps closer to having their own activities center. During a work session with the Town Council Monday night, the Senior Center Study Commission narrowed its options for building proposals down to two choices. Both plans call for locating a senior center on a parcel of land the Holy Ghost Society is willing to lease to the town at $1 a year for 99 years.

The Town Council, sitting as the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners, voted unanimously Monday night to adopt a water conservation plan. Jamestown currently has no such plan.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, December 21, 1995:

Jamestown has received a $864,000 federal grant to build an extended steel pier and a deep-water boatlaunching ramp at East Ferry, according to press releases from the offices of Governor Lincoln Almond and Congressman Kennedy.

Three islanders have been selected to share the 1995 Volunteer of the Year award. The award is presented annually by the Jamestown Press to recognize those individuals who have made significant contributions to the community by volunteering their time. The winners include Ann and Hugh Bucher . . . and Susanne Maynard Clarke.

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