2010-12-02 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of December 2
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, December 3, 1910

The second round in the first whist series at the Boys’ Club was played Friday evening in the club rooms on Narragansett Avenue.

Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Champlin left Wednesday night for New York, and are to spend the winter in Florida.

The Ladies’ Sewing Circle connected with the Chapel of the Transfiguration, at the north end of the island, gave a New England supper Wednesday evening at the guild hall. Supper was served to about 70, a number attending from the south end of the island, and the young people danced until late in into the evening.

The company which is interesting itself in the coal deposits on the island has men locating the veins and doing preliminary work.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, December 2, 1935

Steamer Governor Carr, which has been undergoing the annual overhaul, went on the line Sunday between Jamestown and Newport. Steamer Beavertail was taken off and is tied up for the winter.

(At the town council meeting) the town treasurer was authorized to hire $2500 for three months with the privilege of further renewals, if necessary, the money to be expended for the carrying out of projects, approved by the town council and the W.P.A.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, December 2, 1960

The Jamestown ferry will make an extra trip Saturday night to accommodate the Jamestown students attending the ROTC military ball at Rogers High School. The last boat from Jamestown to Newport will leave at 12:15 a.m. and will wait in Newport until 1 a.m. for the returning Jamestown party.

From the Newport Daily News, December 3, 1960

The pupils of grades 7-N and 8-N were in charge of the dance for junior high classes at the Jamestown School yesterday afternoon.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, December 3, 1985

The Town Council decided Monday to keep the new garbage transfer station and recycling station open on Sundays. … The rules and regulations and an ordinance governing the new station must be approved by the Council at a public hearing.

The Jamestown Penguin Club will hold the First Annual Preparatory Penguin Plunge Preview, Sunday at the Narragansett CafĂ© to get the 1996 New Year’s Day Penguin Plunge off the ground.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press,

November 30, 1995

Town Council members adopted a new zoning ordinance Monday after listening to comments from residents during a public hearing that ran for more than three –anda half hours.

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing next month on its proposed revisions to the town’s subdivision regulations.

At last, Jamestowners can finally go to the transfer station without having to worry about damaging their vehicles’ tires, wheel, and shock absorbers. The state Department of Transportation Monday paved a section of North Main Road from the Cemetery Access Road to Carr Lane.

(photo caption) The Cut Leaf European Beech on the grounds of St. Matthew’s Church is featured in the 1996 Notable Trees of Rhode Island 1996 Calendar published by the Rhode Island Urban and Community Forest Council.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press,

November 30, 2000 Right after Town Council President David Long said that due to a lack of consensus, he would like to table a proposed amendment to a Zoning Ordinance on marinarelated businesses until after the Comprehensive Community Plan was updated, discussion between three other council members began to show just how far apart their opinions were.

Jocelyn (Jill) Shaw Woolworth and Jocelyn (Joy) Thomas Shaw have given 25.65 acres of land on Blueberry Lane in the Fort Wetherill area of Jamestown to the Conanicut Island Land Trust.

The state Department of Environmental Management has announced the emergency closure of Dutch Island in Narragansett Bay to the public due to dangerous conditions posed by open and exposed bunkers and cisterns.

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