2009-12-10 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of December 10
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, Dec. 7, 1909

Mr. John A. Carr has offered to give to the Episcopal Church of Rhode Island a suitable piece of land adjoining the old Baptist meeting house, now known as Guild Hall on the North Main Road, about one-half the way up the island. The property is to be occupied by the Chapel of the Transfiguration, which the bishop of the diocese has directed moved to that locality to meet the growing needs for a church in that locality.

New furniture for the recreation room of the Conanicut Athletic Club arrived today.

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 10, 1909

Bricks to be used in the construction of the new pumping and filter station are being carted to the island via ferry from Newport.

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 13, 1909

The Catholic Church has been raised and placed on rollers and will be started tomorrow morning for its new location, weather permitting. There was a slight hold-up in regard to securing permission to cross private property, but that has been adjusted and the building will go across lots to Howland Avenue.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 6, 1934

The annual custom of the Board of Trade in sending greetings of the New Year to the summer visitors is to be continued this year, as far as funds will permit.

In the “Share Your Food” campaign, which is being sponsored by the American Legion, the public is asked to contribute once a week, non-perishable food from now until Christmas. The food will be collected and distributed among the needy. Barrels are placed in the different stores where donations can be placed.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 9, 1959

The Jamestown School Committee last night accepted the bid of the United Truck and Bus Service Co., a unit of the United Transit Co. in Providence, for rental of a 60- passenger bus to transport Jamestown school children, at a saving under present cost. The company will furnish the bus, without driver, for $12 per school day plus 10 cents a mile. Estimated cost of the service, including $15 a day for the driver, Mrs. Norman Caswell, is $5,940, as compared with $6,210 expended for the bus this year.

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 13, 1959

The Jamestown Town Council last night considered the status of the proposed marina, took steps to strengthen the town’s building code and sought longer hours for the town library.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 11, 1984

The Town Council Monday night approved revised plans for a new garbage transfer station utilizing town employees for much of the work…The town’s landfill closed May 18, 1984. Since then, town residents have dumped their trash into trailers at the landfill site.

The Town Council spurned the advances of a group of developers Monday night by rejecting their proposal for a $4 million, 100-unit elderly housing complex.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Dec. 8, 1994

The new lessees of the town-owned Country Club Restaurant (Charles and Patricia Masso) plan to be specializing in New England and Italian seafood in a dining room with a country ambience by Jan. 17.

After more than five years of planning and work, Conanicut Marine Services should have an expanded marina in place at East Ferry this coming spring.

The Jamestown Fire Department has a new mascot, appropriately named ‘Spot.” Spot (a plaster-cast Dalmatian) was left at the fire station this week with the following note attached to a string around his neck: “Please take care of Spot, as we can no longer keep him because he needs room to run.”

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Dec. 9, 1999

Jamestown’s veterans commemorated the 58th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor with a ceremony at Veteran’s Memorial Square on Tuesday.

Discussions roamed from higher math to history lessons in a four-hour workshop held last week by the Harbor Management Commission about increasing rates for the town’s 1,000 moorings.

(photo caption) Members of Jamestown’s Boy Scout troop 1 spent time last week blazing trails on the Conanicut Battery property.

A newly formed group calling themselves the Friends of Ft. Wetherill is looking to restore a tiny building that was formerly the nerve center of the operation that mined Narragansett Bay during both world wars.

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