2007-12-13 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of December 13
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 10, 1907

A wild deer which evidently came from the mainland has been seen near the north end of the island.

The firing of the large guns at Fort Greble yesterday did no damage here as far as known, although the most firmly built buildings were shaken by the explosion.

From the Newport Daily News, December 13, 1907

Mr. Alton Head is having an addition 20 by 25 feet built on the barn at the stone quarry. Mr. Fred Anthony is doing the work.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, December 10, 1932

A meeting of the Board of Trade was held at the office of Meredith & Clark Friday evening. After the usual opening exercises, Dr. Henry Ecroyd and Dr. Arlen, on the matter of procuring a nurse for Jamestown and the cost attendant, was heard and the matter discussed by the members. … Mr. Lyons suggested that the Board call a meeting composed of a committee from each organization for the proper distribution of supplies to the needy in the town, so that each family would receive a proper share. In past years, confusion in the giving of supplies existed, and it is hoped that the matter will be corrected by proper distribution.

From the Newport Daily News, December 13, 1932

Superintendent of Schools Trowt extends an invitation to parents and friends of pupils to visit the schools, and see the work in Christmas decorations done by the pupils.

From the Newport Daily News, December 16, 1932

At a special meeting (of the town council) it was voted … that the town of Jamestown request the State Unemployment Relief Commission for a loan of $6,584.81 on the amount allotted to the town for the relief of the unemployed in the said town subject to the act passed by a special session of the legislature, approved November 2 (sic), 1931.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, December 9, 1957

The site of the historic "one gun battery" of Captain John Eldred in Jamestown will be maintained and made accessible to the public by Commerce Oil Refining Corp., the Town Council will be informed tonight.

From the Newport Daily News, December 10, 1957

The Jamestown Town Council will meet Tuesday night to take action to abandon as a public highway the extension of Eldred Avenue between East Shore Drive and Narragansett Bay. … The town right of way to the shore is bounded on both sides by land owned by Commerce Oil Refining Corp. When the road is abandoned the 50 to 3,000 foot strip will pass to the abutting owners.

From the Newport Daily News, December 11, 1957

If this country is to meet Russia's challenge to American education, the place of action is at the local level, Dr. Robert L. McMaster, chairman of the Jamestown School Committee, said last night.

From the Newport Daily News, December 12, 1957

Modern industry recognizes the necessity of being a good neighbor, an official of the architectural-engineering firm designing the oil refinery in Jamestown told the Narragansett Rotary Club. … He (Henry W. Blankenship) cited the fact that the new Commerce Oil Refining Corp. plant would have a handsome administration building, that the grounds would be landscaped completely and that the refinery's appearance would be attractive.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, December 11, 1982

Thomas J. DiTomasso of Calvert Place has been appointed postmaster of the Jamestown Post Office. … DiTomasso fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Postmaster Stephen Z. Zweir Jr. last August.

From the Newport Daily News, December 14, 1982

The state has made a commitment to build a closed drainage system for the proposed bridge connector road before the bridge is opened.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, December 10, 1992

The Jamestown School Committee last week postponed taking a second vote on whether seven acres of school property should be set aside permanently for recreational purposes.

Town Council members will vote next week on a proposed compromise to the state's plan to upgrade North Main Road. The compromise proposal came out of a 90-minute debate Monday night between the council and a number of residents who wanted the entire length of North Road from Eldred Avenue to East Shore Road to have a width limited to 20 feet of pavement, eight feet less than what current Department of Transportation plans call for in one section of the road.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, December 11, 1997

The Planning Commission is putting the final touches on a lengthy survey expected to be sent to each and every Jamestown household in early 1998. The survey is the first step in drafting a new Comprehensive Plan for Jamestown.

The Town Council Monday approved a lease that would allow East Passage Sailmakers and the town Recreation Department to share the second floor of the town-owned Country Club. The sailmakers would pay about $24,000 over a three-year leasing period for the use of the south end of the building, but in reality the company will not have a full three-year lease. The lease will be prorated to coincide with the three-year leasing agreement Joseph Mistowski, who rents the town-owned golf course, entered into last spring.

Finance Director Maryanne Crawford was appointed interim town administrator by a 4-0 vote of the Town Council Monday.

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