2010-12-23 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of December 23
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 24, 1910

It is understood that the lighthouse department is about to install a telephone at Beavertail light. Keepers Overton and Wales have in the past reported a number of boats needing assistance, and thereby prevented what might have been a loss of life. To do this they have been obliged to go some distance and secure the services of a private telephone, losing valuable time.

Cutters began operations on Carr’s pond Sunday morning, housing ice of good quality eight inches thick.

A handsome lot of turkeys were shipped from Narragansett to Newport for the Christmas trade, across the ferries Tuesday.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, December, 27, 1935

This evening at St. Matthew’s Episcopal parish house, the Rev. A. C. Larned conducted a short school service for the children, after which organized games were played under the direction of Mrs. Coleman Tefft. At the conclusion of the games, Santa Claus arrived and distributed gifts to each child.

A still alarm was sounded Thursday evening for a fire in the greenhouses on Clinton Avenue, owned by Samuel Smith’s Sons. The blaze was caused by the burning out of an electric motor in the power house.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, December 19, 1960

A Christmas pageant, “The Little Shepherd,” was presented by members of St. Matthew’s Church School in Jamestown in the church last night, before a a congregation of more than 200.

From the Newport Daily News, December 22, 1960

(At the Jamestown Bridge Commission meeting) it was voted to purchase 12,000 Jamestown Bridge folders from the National Survey Co., Chester, Vt., at a cost of $1,038.50 for 10,000 and $39.50 for each additional thousand. … Christmas turkeys have been ordered for the employees and will be distributed to them on Friday. The orders were divided between the three markets in Jamestown.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, December 23, 1985

The state Department of Environmental Management has ordered Jamestown to close its pound because it fails to meet state standards.

From the Newport Daily News, December 24, 1985

The Town Council directed the town administrator Monday to set up a meeting with state officials over a state order to close the town dog pound. … (The town administrator) announced that the town would be enforcing a snow emergency parking ban instituted last year.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, December 21, 1995

Jamestown has received a $864,000 federal grant to build an extended steel pier and a deep-water boat launching ramp at East Ferry, according to press releases from the offices of Governor Lincoln Almond and Congressman Patrick Kennedy.

Three islanders have been selected to share the 1995 Volunteer of the Year award. The award is presented annually by the Jamestown Press to recognize those individuals who have made significant contributions to the community by volunteering their time. The winners include Ann and Hugh Bucher … and Susanne Maynard Clarke.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press,

December 21, 2000

The set of strategic guiding principles that deal with how Quonset Point/Davisville will be developed in the future was adopted by the boards of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation and the Quonset Davisville Management Commission at a meeting held Monday. Language that includes the possibility of building a container port was kept in the principles despite the opposition of more than a dozen environmental and community groups that requested that the container port option be deleted.

The ongoing restoration of the historically significant Conanicut Battery, located off Battery Lane on the southern pat of the island, was recently named a “project of significance” in the Historic Preservation category by the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

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