2010-12-09 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of December 9
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 10, 1910

Steamer Conanicut made a special trip Sunday to take an automobile party to Newport.

Work on the state road near Conanicut Park ceased for the winter Monday, when a half-mile of the two to be built was finished. The remaining mile and a half is to be built in the spring.

There was no morning session of the schools Wednesday, on account of the badly drifted condition of the roads.

The water main supplying Fort Greble from the mainland has become choked and an adequate amount for the garrison cannot be obtained through it. The services of the tug Solicitor, belonging to Mr. J. K. Sullivan of Newport, have been secured to supply the fort.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, December 7, 1935

Steamer Beavertail has replaced Steamer Hammonton, plying between West Jamestown and Saunderstown.

From the Newport Daily News, December 11, 1935 Miss Helen Murray entertained the Young Women’s Knitting Club at her home on Narragansett avenue Tuesday evening.

The faculties of the Jamestown schools held a Christmas party in the Carr school Tuesday evening when the teachers of the Carr school had as their guests the faculty of the Clarke school. A chicken dinner was served, the table being decorated in keeping with the season. A basket of red berries and Christmas pine formed the center piece, and miniature Christmas tress as place cards. Following the dinner, a social hour was spent and Christmas carols were sung.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, December 6, 1960

Although the last legal barrier towards the construction of a refinery in Jamestown apparently was removed by the United States Supreme Court in Washington yesterday, it appeared doubtful today that the $55,000,000 refinery would be built. There just doesn’t seem to be any company ready and willing to buy the refinery’s products.

Jamestown voters last night empowered the town’s School Committee to make use of the entire $6,984 allotted the town from the state’s aid to education funds and increased the budget by that amount. About 100 voters attended the special financial town meeting.

From the Newport Daily News, December 7, 1960

Jamestown’s entry in the Newport County Boys Club Junior Basketball League will workout tomorrow at 4 p.m. at the Recreation Center.

From the Newport Daily News, December 9, 1960

Basketball rivalry between St. Matthew’s and Central Baptist Church resumes tomorrow night with a doubleheader at the Recreation Center. The contest between boys age 13 and under will start at 7 p.m. while the teenagers and men will tangle at 8 p.m.

From the Newport Daily News, December 12, 1960

An unprecedented late autumn blizzard dumped more than eight inches of snow on the Newport area today, accompanied by gale winds that topped 60 miles an hour in gusts. … The Jamestown Ferry made two early morning trips, but stopped after the 7:45 a.m. trip from Jamestown to Newport.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, December 10, 1985

Cable Television could be a reality in Jamestown as early as this summer. Officials from the Rollins Cable Television told the Town Council Monday that construction could begin in the spring if the Public Utilities Commission approves the Rollins’ request to service Jamestown. It would take “three to five months” to install the approximately 33 miles of cable the company intends to string on the island.

The Town Council voted Monday to ask for General Assembly approval to institute a real estate tax in order to preserve open space and farm land on the island.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press,

December 7, 1995

Town officials were recently presented with copies of “Historic and Architectural Resources of Jamestown, Rhode Island,” a definitive history of the island. A joint project of the state Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission and the Jamestown Historical Society, the 106-page volume was 20 years in the making.

The Jamestown Village Association invites everyone near and far to celebrate the holiday season with fellow islanders this Saturday, Dec. 9. The day will feature horse-drawn hayrides and festive holiday music performed by the Jamestown Community Band.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press,

December 7, 2000

The island was well represented at Tuesday night’s port development public session, with seven Jamestowners out of roughly 40 speakers giving the Board of Economic Development Corporation feedback on how a proposed container port would impact the island.

An exhausted Zoning Board of Review continued the application of Ocean State Scuba for a specialuse permit last week, Nov. 28, before adjourning after midnight.

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