2008-12-11 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of December 11
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, 1908

The paymaster made his monthly visit to the forts in this vicinity yesterday.

From the Newport Daily News, December 12, 1908

The fourth in a series of whist socials by the Jamestown Band was held last evening in the Gardner House hall. The attendance was the smallest of the series, owing to the bad weather.

From the Newport Daily News, December 14, 1908

Tautog, which have been caught in large numbers at James Ledge on the west shore of the island this fall, have almost ceased to bite, the last few days of cold weather having driven them to their winter quarters.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, December 8, 1933

By far the strongest endorsement in favor of the proposed bridge from Saunderstown to Jamestown came Thursday from the State Board of Public Roads, which has approved the project, appreciating "the value that would accrue to Southern Rhode Island thereby."

(letter to the editor) Gentlemen: There are two main objections to the proposed bridge at Jamestown. … First —The large majority of the summer residents of the locality, and the principal tax payers, are unalterably opposed to the bridge and for these reasons: They have settled in their summer places, large and small, with the confidence of securing a quiet restful home, undisturbed by motor travel or the great influx of wayfarers … . … Secondly —On the financial side, the objection, is it seems to me, decisive. In plain terms the money required to build the bridge can never be raised by any financial measures known to me. …

From the Newport Daily News, December 12, 1933

On and after January 6, 1934, and every Saturday thereafter, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 12 (noon), Dr. Patrick J. Lynam will conduct a free clinic at Maplewood sanitarium for children under 14 years of age.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, December 15, 1958

Sweeping revision of the Jamestown-Newport ferry operations affecting toll changes, schedules, personnel, physical facilities and related services were recommended today by nationally-known traffic and transit consultants. … Their report predicted that the recommended changes would yield an additional $100,000 in annual revenue, 25 per cent more than in the last fiscal year. Increase in the toll for passenger cars from $1.50 to $2 per trip is the principal means recommended to increase income. … The report recommends a reduction in ferry personnel from 70 to 61 employees in summer and 49 in winter.

There are far too many deadheads, more than 125, using the Jamestown ferry and this contributes sub- stantially to its annual deficit.

The Globetrotter's 30-21 victory over the Comets, coupled with the Fast Five's 34-28 win over the Falcons, sets up next Saturday night's battle between these two undefeated teams at the Holy Ghost Hall in Jamestown.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, December 8, 1983

High school tuition costs will increase about nine percent for the next school year, and high school enrolment should increase by 21 students, School Committee member Linnea Petersen said today. … The town will have to pay $315 more for each Jamestown student attending the North Kingstown High School. This raises the annual tuition to about $2,900.

From the Newport Daily News, December 9, 1983

A dwindling pool of substitute teachers prompted the School Committee Thursday night to raise daily substitute pay to $32.50.

From the Newport Daily News, December 12, 1983

The Christmas season officially began in Jamestown with the lighting of the community Christmas tree festivities. The event was sponsored by the Jamestown Rotary, Lions and Junior Womens' Clubs.

From the Newport Daily News, December 13, 1983

The Town Council decided Monday to add a third option to the landfill issue. In addition to the South Kingstown options, residents will be asked at a special financial town meeting next month if the town should build a full transfer station on Conanicut Island for an additional cost of about $245,000.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, December 9, 1993

Town officials are calling last Saturday's walking tour of a section of North Main Road that the state Department of Transportation would like to upgrade "very productive," but many problems have yet to be ironed out.

Under supervision of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Guard members Monday began laying a 3.5 mile pipeline that will bring drinking water to the island from North Kingstown.

The complete date for the cross-island connector is less than a year away, DOT Project Engineer Jim Williamson told the Jamestown Construction Review Committee last Thursday.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, December 10, 1998

Quonset Point Partners (QPP), the organization that hopes to develop an area at Quonset Point into a worldshipping port, recently sent the Town Council — and roughly 1,000 other elected officials and community leaders around Rhode Island — a packet of information that includes a summary of the most commonly asked questions about the proposed port and the answers to them.

(photo caption) Nearly 200 children were waiting at East Ferry on Saturday to greet Santa Claus, who made his traditional holiday visit to Jamestown by boat. Santa talked to the youngsters at The Conanicut Marine store. He will return on a fire truck this weekend to tour the island.

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