2009-12-24 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of December 24
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. 22, 1909

The Catholic Church has arrived at its new location on the property recently acquired by the St. Mark’s Church corporation on Narragansett Avenue. The first services will be held Christmas morning, when both low and high Mass will be celebrated. Christmas afternoon, the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will be held for the first time on the island. After this, there will be a Christmas tree for the Sunday School, with singing of Christmas carols.

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 27, 1909

The Christmas tree for the children of the Central Baptist Church was held Friday evening in the church.

Yesterday’s storm has put a temporary stop to the work of the new pumping station and filter plant.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 20, 1934

(The athletic committee of the school committee) spoke of their efforts in renting the Holy Ghost hall for basketball. …provisions for both boys and girls of both high school and grade age were planned.

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 21, 1934

The local post office will not be open Christmas day, and there will be no deliveries. The public is advised to have all local mail addressed to patrons on the rural route deposited before 7:30 a.m. on Monday (Dec. 24), and for village-carrier service by 11:30 a.m. on the same day.

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 24, 1934

The annual Community Christmas celebration was held at the Fire Station Sunday evening, and was the greatest success ever had in Jamestown. It was sponsored by the local fire department. The tree donated by Harry Pitchers, with its illumination of hundreds of colored lights and a huge white star, was the background of the exercises.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 21, 1959

The Navy’s Harbor Defense Unit at Fort Wetherill in Jamestown officially closed late this morning when Warrant Officer Stephen J.P. Croughan, last of the unit on duty, left the installation. Long in a partial caretaker status, the unit’s property will revert to the Naval Station for full caretaking. …The Navy took over Fort Wetherill from the Army in 1950.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 24, 1984

(photo caption) Apparent low bidder for the job of replacing the old Jamestown Bridge with new concrete span is responsible for shoddy workmanship on elevated railway in Miami, federal report says.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Dec. 22, 1994

A ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning to which some 100 federal, state and town officials have been invited will officially mark the completion of the crossisland highway.

Charlotte Richardson of Hamilton Avenue has been named the 1994 Volunteer of the Year. The award is presented by the Jamestown Press.

Jamestown’s favorite and most heartwarming Christmas tradition — the Christmas Pageant — will be held at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve at the Shoreby Hill Green.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Dec. 23, 1999

The Harbor Management Commission has sent a final set of mooring increase recommendations to the state Coastal Resources Management Council for review before presenting them to town council for acceptance.

Right alongside their last minute holiday cards, many islanders will be receiving a letter from the town announcing that a property revaluation is looming just around the corner. (A new state law requires a property tax revaluation every three years; the old law required an assessment every 10 years.)

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