2010-12-16 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of December 16
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 17, 1910

Ice on some of the ponds is more than six inches thick and a few more days of continued cold will make it thick enough to cut.

Good headway is being made in re-building the foundation and lower story of the Thorndike. The south half has all the heavy work completed and the excavating for the piers and wall of the other half is well underway.

The thermometer reached 40 above Thursday and the snow which fell more than a week ago shows its first sign of melting.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, December 12, 1935

In the contest sponsored by the Jamestown Garden Club, the children of the Thomas H. Clarke school have already turned in nearly 17,000 egg masses of the tent caterpillar, and have reported several thousand more which have been collected, but not in as yet. A display has been arranged in a store window on Narragansett avenue which shows over three packs of these clusters, which probably represent from four to five million caterpillars. Thirtyfi ve children have made returns, and the contest has been continued until December 30, which gives Christmas week as an added time for working. Mary Maderios is leading the group with 4588 egg clusters turned in.

From the Newport Daily News, December 14, 1935

There will be a 10:15 boat from Newport Wednesday evening, December 18, to accommodate those wishing to attend the Rachmaninoff concert at Roger High school auditorium, sponsored by the Newport Art Association.

In the finals of the ping pong tournament held at the engine house Thursday evening, Harry R. Locke defeated Arthur J. Didsbury, 3-0.

From the Newport Daily News, December 18, 1935

For the first time since 1915, regular service on the west ferry between Jamestown and Saunderstown will be discontinued by the Jamestown & Newport Ferry Company, December 27, as a means of preserving the company’s finances.

The Community Christmas tree, at the fire station, will be lighted Monday evening, and the usual exercises will be held, and gifts will be distributed to the children.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, December 14, 1960

(Editorial) An anticipated deficit of $167,000 in the operation of the Jamestown ferries this fiscal year and an estimate that $234,971 will be needed in the budget for the next fiscal year, against an estimated revenue of $473,000, is not an optimistic picture. Yet it bears out what supporters of the Newport Bay Bridge proposal, defeated in the November election, contended.

The Jamestown Town Council’s request to move Navy vessels handling explosives and ammunition from an area northeast of Conanicut Island has been refused by the government, the Council was informed at its meeting last night.

From the Newport Daily News, December 16, 1960

General approval of replacing the Brenton Reef Lightship with a Texas Tower structure was registered at a public hearing conducted by the Coast Guard in Providence yesterday.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, December 17, 1985

The Town Council Monday night approved a sewer line extension to a 17-house subdivision off Arnold Avenue. Ending a year-long debate, the Council approved the request of developer Matthew Marcello to extend sewer service to the proposed plat.

From the Newport Daily

News, December 20, 1985

More than 400 Penguins are expected to brave the icy waters of Mackerel Cove Jan. 1 at noon for the Ninth Annual New Year’s Day plunge.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press,

December 14, 1995

Although the new zoning ordinance was just adopted, it may still get some fine tuning in the form of additional amendments. The Town Council Monday voted to have the Planning Commission make recommendation on five still-contested items in the ordinance.

(Photo caption) Members of the island’s American Legion and VFW posts held a Pearl Harbor memorial service Dec. 7 at East Ferry.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press,

December 14, 2000

Jamestown may have tapped an unexpected source of water. The town recently drilled a well on the same property as the water treatment facility plant on North Main Road to see if they could find a saltwater-producing well that could be used even if the town ever decided to use desalinization technology to produce drinking water. Well, the well turns out not only to be a freshwater well, but in preliminary tests it has pumped about 100 gallons of water per minute.

(Headline) School Committee okays $7.65 million budget. Full day kindergarten survives controversy.

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