2011-12-15 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden Week of December 15

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. 15, 1911

The Peckham orchestra is arranging to give another in its series of dances.

Postmaster Caswell has been notified by Postmaster General Hitchcock to be ready to open a branch postal savings bank Jan. 5, 1912.

Mr. John R. Caswell met with a painful accident Sunday while cranking his automobile. The machine backfired, breaking his right arm at the wrist. He was taken to a surgeon and the fracture reduced.

A new club, with headquarters in the old ticket office on the Ferry company’s north office, will have a series of whists. The new club, which has leased the building on the Saunders wharf, met Tuesday to organize. Thursday evenings were selected for the whist tournaments. The new club is to be known as the Seaside.

The quail liberated by the bird commissioners have been reported several times and seem to be doing well. from previous page

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 11, 1936

Dr. John Streeker of Providence was at the Carr School Thursday evening, and gave whooping cough vaccine treatments to 60 infants and children up to the age of 6 years. From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 12, 1916

The Christmas sale and tea of St. Matthew’s branch of the Women’s Auxiliary was held Friday afternoon at the parish hall, and despite the storm, was successful.

The Men’s Club of the Central Baptist Church will serve an oyster stew and clam chowder supper this evening, and will give an entertainment after supper. The public is invited. From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 16, 1936

At the monthly meeting of the Parent-Teacher Association, Superintendent Bradley showed three reels of moving pictures on “The Eve of the Revolution” and one reel of Jamestown views.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 13, 1961

The annual Jamestown community card is ready for those who prefer to extend Christmas greetings to friends in this manner, instead of mailing cards. The billboard-like structure, decorated to resemble a large greeting card, is placed outside Lang’s Store at the East Ferry each year. By giving a contribution, which goes to purchase books for the Lena H. Clarke Library at the Jamestown School, individuals may sign their name on the card. From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 15, 1961

The Jamestown Republican Town Committee last night went on record as opposing the union of the Jamestown Philomenian Library and the Lena H. Clarke School library. From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 16, 1961

The Jamestown Bridge will become debt free late in 1964. It is scheduled then to be a free bridge, John B. Foley, Jamestown Bridge Commission chairman said today. This prediction, it is understood, will hold provided the commission continues its operation of the bridge and halts steps whereby the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority seeks to take over the Jamestown and Mount Hope bridges.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 12, 1986

The cable television waiting game in Jamestown may be nearing an end. Newport Electric says it is waiting for the phone company to replace some utility poles. New England Telephone, while admitting it “overlooked” three poles that needed to be changed, insists the rest of its work was completed on time. From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 16, 1986

The Town Council approved and signed papers Monday authorizing loans needed to purchase the Jamestown Country Club.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Dec. 12, 1996

The current manager at the town-owned golf course, Joseph Mistowski, will continue to operate the links, but will be paying a lot more rent. Mistowski also said he would make $410,000 in capital expenditures to improve the ninehole golf course.

Jamestown firefighters will again play host to old St. Nick. This weekend he’ll ride around Jamestown and next Thursday he will host a party.

The Jamestown Philomenian Library’s establishment this week of its first endowment fund takes it another step along a path that began nearly 125 years ago. (The anonymous gift of $6,500 will create the endowment fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.)

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Dec. 13, 2001

After three hours of tweaking, pinching, slashing and crunching, the School Committee passed a budget Dec. 6 by a 4-1 vote that is sown from recent incarnations, but still up 9.55 percent over last year’s spending plan. The bottom line, which includes school fund and capital reserve expenditures, is $8,486, 710. That figure is up from $7,675,636 last year.

The Town Council Monday patched together a plan to get an engineering review for projected sites and operational costs for the much-debated locations for a town highway barn.

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