2008-12-18 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of December 18
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 17, 1908

The Whatsoever Circle of King's Daughters, whose work for the sick and needy has been a blessing to the island, are again at work preparing their Christmas "Sunshine" work of remembering the "shut-ins."

From the Newport Daily News, December 18, 1908

Cattle Commissioner W. K. Boyd was in town today to inspect a herd of cows.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, December 16, 1933

There was a good attendance at the Republican club headquarters Friday evening, R. G. Sparks, first vice president presided, and introduced Public Aid Officer Thomas Sheehan, who outlined the different relief programs now being carried on in town, including the State Relief and the CWA, and cleared up many of the misunderstandings in regard to this work.

From the Newport Daily News, December 18, 1933

The Jamestown Town Team, which was defeated last week by Ruth's Pets, came to the fore in their second game of the season to nose out Joe and VI team, 45-28, at the Holy Ghost Hall, Sunday afternoon.

From the Newport Daily News, December 19, 1933

(At the Board of Trade meeting) Mr. Clarke reported on the New Year greeting cards to be sent to the Jamestown summer guests, and said nearly 1,000 cards had been prepared … Circulars for the advertising of Jamestown in 1934 was discussed. … The Information Booth at Ferry Wharf, which had a successful season, was discussed.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, December 18, 1958

A protest against any increase in Jamestown ferry rates and a plea "to all parties concerned" to reduce rates were contained in a resolution adopted by the (Newport) Council last night. … A traffic engineering firm in a report to the state Public Works Department this week recommended raising the auto fare from $1.50 to $2. The former Jamestown Ferry Authority was eliminated last spring and the ferry operation turned over to the state Public Works Department on the basis that it could operate more economically the system as a part of the state highway system.

From the Newport Daily News, December 19, 1958

Fred Caswell's pupils of grade 6-W presented a play today for assembly titled "The Best Part of Christmas."

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, December 14, 1983

Ceremonies at the East Ferry Block Tuesday marked completion of the first phase of the renovation project. The "topping out" of the structure's frame with a Christmas tree was done in the tradition of barn-raising days. … (All residential (three) units and two stores have been sold in the oceanfront complex. The remaining four stores are being offered for lease.

From the Newport Daily News, December 16, 1983

The report (on traffic on the Newport and Mount Hope bridges) showed that traffic on the Newport Bridge increased from 292,077 vehicles during November 1982 to 319,318 vehicles last month.

The School Committee adopted a budget of $2,101,871 for 1984-85 in a five-hour session that ended early this morning. … The budget is $141,201 higher than last year which is a 7.7 percent hike.

From the Newport Daily News, December 19, 1983

The Jamestown Bridge replacement project will receive $40 million from the federal bridge discretionary fund, U.S. Sen. John Chafee said today.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, December 16, 1993

A new contract raising Jamestown's teachers' salaries some 9 percent over the next three years was signed last week during a special meeting of the Jamestown School Committee.

The Jamestown Housing Authority will resume management of Pemberton Apartments and has named Leroy T. Mills as its executive director. Mills' first task will be to directing the renovation of the 35-unit apartment complex.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, December 17, 1998

Residents from the north end of the island continue to voice concerns about the status of the town's former landfi ll located at the transfer station and closed 16 years ago. They are part of a group that has protested the relocation of the highway garage to adjacent lot 47, a virgin parcel purchased by the town three years ago at a tax sale.

On Christmas Eve, Jamestown's 24th annual Christmas Pageant will be presented on the Shoreby Hill green, and everybody is invited.

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