2011-12-08 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden

Week of December 8

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, Dec. 8, 1911

There was an informal gathering of shooters at the Diamond Spring rifle range Thanksgiving Day, no record of the scores being kept. A number of members were trying out new rifles.

The football game between a local team and the Quarry Boys of Newport did not take place Sunday, the out of town team failing to put in an appearance.

A schooner in attempting to enter Dutch Island harbor Wednesday went too near the sand bar north of Fox Hill and grounded, coming off uninjured at high tide.

With the tautog season over and cod as yet not plentiful, local fishing is decidedly dull.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 5, 1936

Mr. and Mrs. Bucher Tweed entertained a grange whist party, at their home on East Shore Road Friday evening. Eight tables were played. After refreshments, a social hour followed with music and dancing.

Herbert F. Hammond has closed his store on Narragansett Avenue, and left this morning for Lake Worth, Fla., where he intends to spend the winter. From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 7, 1936

The following boys from various CCC camps spent the weekend at their homes in Jamestown: Edwin G. Littlefield Jr., Caleb Carr, Robert Dupee, George Sheehan, Charles Benheimer and Anthony De Terra. From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 9, 1936

Jamestown varsity and second teams won basketball encounters with the Galahads Tuesday evening at St. Mark’s Hall on the island. The first team came out the victor, 34-28, and the seconds won, 22-20.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 7, 1961

Jamestown Senior Basketball League rosters were announced at last night’s clinic at the recreation center. (The names of the men’s teams were: Sevilles, Untouchables, Corvettes and T-Birds. The names of the girls teams in the senior league were Team A, Team B, Team C and Team D.) From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 12, 1961

The Jamestown Town Council last night held a joint meeting with the board of tax assessors behind closed doors. Council President Donald J. Dupre reported later that the meeting was to determine ways to collect delinquent taxes. He said that some accounts are from seven to 10 years overdue.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 9, 1986

Jamestown voters turned out in force Monday night and overwhelmingly approved town purchase of the Jamestown Country Club. About 535 registered voters attended the special Financial Town Meeting, and the vote to approve the $2.1 million purchase was 535-0. From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 10, 1986

The state Department of Environmental Management denied Monday an initial application to build a Route 138 entrance ramp through the Jamestown Brook wetland. The denial, which was expected, forces the state Department of Transportation to present its rationale for altering the highquality wetlands, as part of the new cross-island Route 138, at a public hearing. From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 11, 1986

Construction of a new $2 million Newport Bridge toll plaza should begin by next summer. The new configuration will have one manual toll collector booth in the outside lane in each direction. The next two lanes on either side will be automatic toll lanes. In the middle will be two reversible lanes, which will have the capacity for manual or token operation. The outside manual booths will not have token baskets.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Dec. 5, 1996

The annual lighting of the village Christmas tree this Saturday evening will be the final event of a day filled with festive island activities.

Voters at Monday’s special Financial Town Meeting approved spending $114,843 of the town’s budget surplus to buy land for the golf course (two acres of privately owned land that now makes up the fourth and seventh tees and part of the sixth green for $76,000) and complete major renovations at the senior center ($38,843). Some 112 of Jamestown’s 3,921 registered voters attended the meeting, which ended 10 minutes after it began.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Dec. 6, 2001

The 100-citizen turnout at the last School Committee meeting indicated that this year’s school budget is a hot topic. As it is currently written, the budget for fiscal year 2003 is $8,562,484 — up 7.6 percent from this year’s figure of $7,975,636. The big-ticket items that contribute to the increases include a 3.8 percent jump in teacher salaries, a 51.97 percent surge in retirement benefits, and an increase of 14.35 percent in health benefits. Richard Hines of Jamestown, a member of CCACG’s advisory board and executive committee and a former Jamestown town councilman, roused the Town Council here last month to a vote to join other municipal bodies and citizen groups in calling for an open hearing on applications to expand gambling in Newport and Lincoln.

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