2007-12-06 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of December 6
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 Daily News, December 3, 1907

The tide was very low along the shore of the island today, and the clam fishermen profited thereby.

From the Newport Daily News, December 4, 1907

The snow which had been threatening to fall since Sunday came in large quantities last night and this morning the ground was covered to the depth of fours inches. More has fallen today.

The first sleighs of the winter are out.

From the Newport Daily News, December 7, 1907

The firemen gave the second of their series of whists last evening in the Gardner House hall. The attendance, in spite of the bad traveling, was large.

The members of the Grange enjoyed an oyster supper at the town hall last night.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, December 1, 1932

The American Legion and Auxiliary are launching an "I have Your Food" campaign and the citizens of the town will be asked to contribute at least one pound a week of non-perishable food stuff.

From the Newport Daily News, December 5, 1932

The benefit dance held at the Holy Ghost hall Saturday evening was well attended, a number of young people from Newport attending. The Racketeer orchestra furnished music.

The Clambake club held a dinner at their home on Clinton avenue Saturday evening.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, December 4, 1957

Anthony J. Miller, superintendent of the Jamestown Elementary School, announced that grade 6E, Miss Theresa Pinto teacher, had the highest attendance record with an average of 96 for the first quarter.

From the Newport Daily News, December 5, 1957

A spectacular fire during the height of last night's northerly gale destroyed the storage shed and more than 30 boats at Wharton's Shipyard on the east shore of Jamestown.

Films of the anniversary observance at Jamestown, Va., and the tercentenary celebration of Jamestown, R.I. last summer were shown at the meeting of the Jamestown Grange last night at the Grange Hall.

From the Newport Daily News, December 6, 1957

Gov. Dennis J. Roberts today directed Joseph L. Byron of Newport, state purchasing agent, to begin negotiations with the state of Virginia to purchase two surplus ferry boats for service between Jamestown and Newport.

"Kid talk" of a possible wide-spread fracas between teenagers of Jamestown and North Kingstown has not materialized into anything, police said today.

From the Newport Daily News, December 7, 1957

The Jamestown Water Co. could have furnished 100,000,000 gallons of its surplus supply to a potential customer during the fiscal year ending last June 30, Allan G. Davenport, manager, observed today.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, December 3, 1982

The School Department has several blank spaces to fill to produce a 1983-84 budget bottom line, school officials said today. The blanks include the costs of a new teacher's contract, of a new bus contract and tuition rates for Jamestown students attending North Kingstown High School.

From the Newport Daily News, December 7, 1982

The battle over Beavertail has taken a new twist with the introduction of federal legislation that would put the 6.8 acres of federal surplus land into the hands of the state and town.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, December 4, 1992

The Jamestown Community Playground will remain closed until its drainage problems can be fixed.

Town officials will hold a public work session at 8 p.m. at Town Hall to discuss a $4.3 million state plan to improve North Main Road.

The annual village Christmas tree lighting at East Ferry will highlight a full day of holiday activities in Jamestown tomorrow.

Voters approved spending up to $7,000 to fix a leaky water tank in a fire engine at a special financial town meeting Monday night..

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, December 4, 1997

A new buzzword in education is "standards." What are these new standards? Who determines them? And will Jamestown children be taught differently as a result of these new standards in education? The New Standards Tests reflect state and national expectations of what students need to know to be "productive workers, responsible citizens and lifelong learners," according to a press release from the state Department of Education.

The streets of Jamestown village will be full of bustling shoppers out and about this Saturday, Dec. 6, a day filled with a variety of Island holiday activities.

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