2006-12-07 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of December 7
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, December 4, 1906:

The pupils who attend high school in Newport returned home today on the 10:30 trip of the ferry, it being so cold in the building that school was dismissed.

Today is by far the coldest of the winter, as the thermometer in the most exposed positions in the town registered 5 above zero early in the morning.

From the Newport Daily News, December 11, 1906:

Several parties of hunters are on the island today after rabbits.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, December 4, 1931:

As an experiment, the Carr school is commencing its afternoon session at 1 o'clock instead of 1:15 as heretofore.

The monthly practice meeting of the Jamestown fire department was held last evening when the new apparatus was given a trial.

From the Newport Daily News, December 7, 1931:

The Holy Ghost Society hall was well filled with dancers Saturday evening, when a masquerade ball was held, many from Newport, Providence and Fall River attending. The Monponsette orchestra from Newport, which made its first appearance in Jamestown, furnishing excellent music for dancing.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, December 4, 1956:

A joint meeting of the Jamestown Town Council, the Recreation Commission and representatives of civic groups was held last night to discuss the future of organized recreation on the island. . . . It was voted to open the Center and Alfred V. Richardson was voted custodian. The Council in cooperation with the Recreation Commission will try to obtain the services of a trained director.

The Council last night voted to close Beavertail area for the season.

From the Newport Daily News, December 7, 1956:

Formation of a boys club to be affiliated with the Boys Club of America Inc., was discussed yesterday afternoon in the Recreation Center

From the Newport Daily News, December 10, 1956:

The Keep America Beautiful Committee met Saturday at the Jamestown Recreation Center to consider entering the "Cleanest Town Contest."

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, December 7, 1981:

Conanicus (sic) Island was beginning to come to life this morning after a weekend storm dumped about 15 inches of snow and knocked out power on much of the island. Some homes still were without electricity and heat this morning.

(The building inspector issued five building permits.)

From the Newport Daily News, December 8, 1981:

Sen. John H. Chafee was told Saturday that the town's most pressing problem was the size of the proposed new Jamestown bridge and connector road.

From the Newport Daily News, December 9, 1981:

Christmas lights went on all over the downtown village of Jamestown Tuesday night during festivities at East Ferry Green. Christopher Powell was the coordinator. Although the snowstorm caused a two-day delay of the traditional lighting, the snow added to a real New England scene. The event was sponsored by the Jamestown Rotary Club and the Junior Women's Club.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, December 5, 1991:

The new cross-island road cannot be much smaller than what state plans now call for without going below the criteria used by highway designers. . . . Council members want the new bridge-connector road to have a slower speed limit and narrower median than the road the state proposes to build.

The Town Council, after getting a preview of next year's budget. Monday night, decided to hold five workshops on the 1992-93 spending plan beginning Jan. 4.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, December 5, 1996:

Voters at Monday's special financial town meeting approved spending $114,843 of the town's budget surplus to buy land for the golf course and complete major renovations at the Senior Center. . . . Some 112 of Jamestown's 3,921 registered voters attended the meeting, which ended 10 minutes after it began.

Members of the Jamestown VFW and the American Legion posts will observe the 55th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, at East Ferry.

The annual lighting of the Village Christmas Tree this Saturday evening will be the final event of a day filled with festive island holiday activities.

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