2009-12-17 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of December 17
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. 16, 1909

The movers took advantage of the vacant lot on Howland Avenue in moving the Catholic church, and turned it around so that in going across Narragansett Avenue it will go over the cellar dug there without being turned.

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 20, 1909

There is another holdup in the moving of the Catholic church. The building was left at the foot of Howland Avenue Saturday night and was to be taken across Narragansett Avenue today, thus obstructing the main thoroughfare on the island for one day, but this morning, when nearly across the street, the telephone company’s men, who were to cut the wires, were not on hand and the movers were obliged to stop work for the day.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 14, 1934

The old ferry boat Mohegan, now owned by Henry H. Brownell of this city (Newport), went ashore on the rocks of Block Island Thursday night and is considered a total loss. The boat, with engines and deck houses removed, was purchased by Mr. Brownell from the Jamestown and Newport Ferry Company last summer. He has been using the hull for storage of fishing gear and his catches, and for sleeping quarters, at Greenport, Long Island. Towed by two small motor boats, the Mohegan was being brought to Newport for the winter…

News has been received from Washington that Conanicut 4-H Club has been selected as the outstanding club on Home Improvement 4-H works in Rhode Island, and has requested that a member of the club be sent to New York to broadcast over the National hookup at 12:30 on Jan. 5, during the “Farm and Home” hour. Miss Elizabeth Chesboro (sic), a prominent member of the club, has been chosen and will leave Jan. 4.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 14, 1959

Members of Captain Kidd’s Pieces of Eight, Sea Horses and Captain Kidd’s Treasures 4-H Clubs met at the home of their leader, Mrs. Prescott D. Froberg, on Saturday afternoon. William G. Barber, Eastern Rhode Island County 4-H agent, presented the 4-H charters to the clubs.

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 16, 1959

Jamestown should and probably will be represented in the future composition of the R.I. Turnpike and Bridge Authority, its chairman, Francis G. Dwyer, said today.

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 18, 1959

Jamestown Bridge traffic and receipts are increasing, the Bridge Commission was told yesterday. The vehicle count for the first 16 days in December was 3,294, or 24 percent ahead of the same period last year. Receipts were $873.83, or 17 percent, ahead. …The committee ordered 12,000 fishing and map folders, costing about $1,000, for distribution. The commission authorized Christmas lighting at the toll plaza.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 19, 1984

The 10th annual Christmas pageant will be held Christmas Eve at 5:30 p.m. at Shoreby Hill green.

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 20, 1984

(photo caption) Artist’s rendering shows concrete design for new Jamestown Bridge. Clarke-Fitzpatrick Inc., of Williams Park, N.Y., submitted low bid ($63.9 million) for project using concrete design rather than steel.

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

The new senior Center at the Grange Hall on West Street will be getting a used fire-alarm system worth about $3,500 free of cost to the town. The Town Council voted unanimously Monday to make the donation.

Three options for a bike path from North Main Road to the new ball field at the corner of Eldred Avenue and East Shore Road have been given to the Town Council for consideration.

The dwindling water supply in North Pond reservoir may be augmented within the next few months by water from a nearby well drilled deep into the island’s bedrock. Town Council members voted Monday to pay no more than $10,000 to drill a test well just south of the reservoir dam on the pond’s east side.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Dec. 16, 1999

Santa Claus will stop by the Jamestown Fire Station to visit with island youngsters tonight beginning at 6 p.m.

Beginning next month, the Jamestown Philomenian Library will start opening for business on Sundays. The first day of the Sunday library hours, from 1 to 5 p.m., will be Jan. 23.

The annual Penguin Plunge, one of Jamestown’s biggest events, will go off as usual on New Year’s Day, unless the Y2K bug bites us and we are plunged into a state of emergency.

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