2010-01-07 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of January 7
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 Journal, Jan. 8, 1910

The Chapel of the Transfiguration, or more widely known as the Movable Chapel, has been moved from East Shore Road to the lot recently donated by Mr. J.A. Carr on North Main Road, near the guild hall. The gear will be taken from under the building and it will be placed on a foundation. A heating apparatus is now being installed. Services were held Sunday for the first time in its new location.

St. Mark’s Church was filled to the doors Sunday afternoon, the occasion being the blessing of the St. Anthony’s statue, the gift of Mrs. J.H. Hall of Providence.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 2, 1935

Many falls on the icy sidewalks were recorded Tuesday morning.

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 4, 1935

The request (to the Town Council) of the Newport Oil Corporation for permission to install tanks and to conduct a gasoline station on the property known as the Bay View hotel, located at the corner of Narragansett and Conanicus Avenues, was denied.

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 8, 1935

Power boat “Mildred” from the Atlantic Refining Company Oil Fields of Mexico arrived here Sunday with a consignment of goats for Miss Hannah Gladding of Eldred Avenue.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 4, 1960

The Jamestown Democratic Town Committee went on record last night as opposing any form of legislation that would incorporate the present Jamestown Bridge into a system which, together with the Mt. Hope Bridge, would be used to finance a new span, as recently proposed by the state Bridge and Turnpike Authority.

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 7, 1960

The Jamestown Ferry Commission at a long meeting yesterday in Providence decided to leave the present rate schedule unchanged in the face of a mounting deficit.

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 9, 1960

The Red Devils edged the Blue Angels, 20-19, in the recreation center last night, in a thriller to open the 1960 Jamestown Junior Basketball League.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 2, 1985

At least three hundred Penguins took a New Year’s Day dip into the ocean at Mackerel Cove Tuesday noon, despite fog and a steady drizzle.

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 3, 1985

A total of 7,684 birds were counted Sunday during the premier Conanicut Christmas Bird Count. The count revealed 62 different species.

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 9, 1985

Gov. DiPrete has appointed a Jamestown man chairman of the controversial Coastal Resources Management Council. William Miner, one of the founders of Save the Bay, Rhode Island’s largest environmental group, will take over from John Lyons, who resigned last month.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Jan. 6, 1995

The removal of Indian remains from an ancient grave site by two state medical examiner’s agents after they were discovered beneath the pavement on Anthem Street this week drew an angry response from an official of the Narragansett Indian tribe.

A test well drilled just below North Pond reservoir has produced more water than town officials hoped for, but they are proceeding with caution before adding any of that water to the municipal system.

Some 400 hardy souls jumped into the chilly water Sunday at Mackerel Cove for the annual New Year’s Day Penguin Plunge. This year’s plunge was expected to raise about $30,000 for the R.I. Special Olympics.

…The Grange Hall, seldom used in recent years, is being transformed into the new Senior Center. To date, two small additions have been constructed, the building has new heating, electrical and fire protection systems, and a back stairway is being installed.

The town recently purchased Head’s Beach in the Jamestown Shores for $98,000 at a foreclosure sale.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Jan. 6, 2000

Whoa boy, do Jamestowners know how to throw a party! Nearly 2,000 people showed up to ring in the new and ring out the old, and the whole thing went off without a hitch, said Fred Pease, chairman of the island’s Millennium Committee.

Prompted by the retirement of William Laurie, the R.I. Turnpike and Bridge Authority has hired a new executive director. Selected from a field of 47 applicants, Kenneth M. Bianchi began his watch over the Newport and Mt. Hope bridges on Dec. 6.

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