2007-12-28 / Island History

Week of December 28

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 24, 1907

A large fleet of schooners, mostly limber laden, are in Dutch Island harbor awaiting better weather outside.

From the Newport Daily News, December 27, 1907

Mr. Seth Pierce has bought from the Bay View Company the stable and several smaller buildings on Knowles court. The buildings are to be moved to Mr. Pierce's place near the West ferry.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, December 23, 1932

Exercises were held at the Community Christmas tree on the village green Thursday evening, a large number of the town's people attending. Christmas carols were sung, led by the "Singing Mothers."

From the Newport Daily News, December 30, 1932

A New Year's celebration will be held Sunday evening at the Holy Ghost hall, when the Torpedo Trade School basket ball team will play the Jamestown team. There will also be a game between the Jamestown girls' team and the Fishman Store team of Newport. The games will start at 9 o'clock and continue until midnight, at which time souvenirs, novelties and noise-makers will be distributed and dancing will be held until 3 A.M. Monday. Music will be furnished by the Racketeer orchestra. There will be a boat to Newport after the dance.

From the Newport Daily News, December 31, 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 $2,750.89, for the relief of the unemployed, subject to the act passed November 24 (sic), 1931, Voted, to hire a supervisor for the unemployed working under the state unemployment relief program, wages to be paid from the dirt road appropriation. Voted that the president of the town council be appointed supervisor of all work under the state unemployment relief program.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, December 24, 1957

The Commerce Oil Refining Corp. plans to build a park around its proposed 150,000,000 gallon reservoir at the northern end of Jamestown and to erect a marina in the vicinity of Carr's Lane. … Geller compared the park to Central Park in New York. This will surround the reservoir Commerce expects to build for its own auxiliary fresh water supply. About 75 acres of the company's 700 acres will be devoted to the reservoir and park. The marina, Geller said, is planned for the younger boating group in Jamestown. A road will be cut through from the main road to near Carr's Lane where the marina will be made available to the townspeople.

From the Newport Daily News, December 26, 1957

Two large ferries from Virginia will be added to the Newport - Jamestown ferry run for service next summer. … The agreed price, the governor said, is $100,000 for the two. Included in that price are spare equipment and extra parts valued at $35,000.

From the Newport Daily News, December 30, 1957

Dr. William W. Miner, Jamestown Protective Assn. president, has termed as "more pie in the sky" the proposal of Commerce Oil Refining Corp. to create a "Central Park" and marina in Jamestown.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, December 27, 1982

The eighth annual community Christmas pageant was held Christmas Eve on Shoreby Hill Green. It was sponsored by the Conanicut Island Art Association. A large crowd gathered on a foggy night to watch the nativity play and sing carols.

From the Newport Daily News, December 28, 1982

The Town Council agreed to appoint members to the Design Review Committee suggested by W. Edward Wood, director of the Department of Transportation. (The council) accepted the bid for revaluation of taxable property from Better Valuation Data of East Greenwich, the lowest bidder at $68,500.

From the Newport Daily News, December 30, 1982

Work was stopped on the 140-foot extension to the town's wooden pier at East Ferry this morning when 12 union men from Operating Engineers Local 57 set up a picket line at East Ferry.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, December 24, 1992

The Jamestown School Committee decided Thursday for the second time this month to delay voting on turning over school property for permanent recreational use.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, December 23, 1997

Town officials are expected to ask the state Department of Transportation for $21,500 the town spent on design work for the defunct steel pier extension project at East Ferry.

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and once again islanders will come together in song on the green at Shoreby Hill to witness the annual re-creation of the nativity. Over 30 islanders have been chosen to participate in this year's Christmas Pageant.

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