2011-12-29 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden Week of December 29

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. 29, 1911

A handsome set of imported vestments, made of cloth of gold, has been given to St. Mark Church in memory of the late Mrs. Storer by Dr. H. R. Storer of Newport, and were used for the first time at Masses on Christmas Day.

To pick pansies at Christmas sounds like Florida weather. Mrs. Clifford Willis picked a perfectly formed blossom of that variety in her yard on Narragansett Avenue Tuesday and several dandelions were seen in bloom about Shoreby Hill.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Dec.30, 1936

St. Matthew’s Sunday school held its Christmas tree parties and entertainments Monday afternoon and evening in the parish hall.

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 31, 1936

[At the town council meeting] it was voted that Miss Thelma Duffy be granted the use of the town hall for dancing classes for a nominal fee and that Lewis W. Hull, superintendent of highways, be authorized to purchase dynamite, not to exceed one-half ton, also exploders and drill bits to be used on WPA projects.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 23, 1961

It will be a flashing green instead of a flashing white from Beavertail from now on. The Coast Guard announced the changeover yesterday. The change was made so that the new Texas light tower due to replace the Brenton Reef Lightship in the coming year may be the primary white light in the area. From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 26, 1961

At the Jamestown School on Friday afternoon Christmas parties were held in all the rooms with programs presented by the pupils. From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 28, 1961

Jamestown has uncollected taxes totaling $84,798.61 over the past 18 years ranging from 1943 to 1961. From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 30, 1961

The annual Jamestown Christmas bird count listed a male European widgeon. Despite a heavy rain, the six members of the census party tallied 3,485 birds. Eighteen species were accounted for at 10 feeding stations.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 28, 1986

More than 400 penguins are expected to brave the icy waters of Mackerel Cove Jan. 1 at noon for the annual New Year’s Day Plunge. From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 30, 1986

Heritage Communications Inc. has begun construction of the Jamestown cable television system and expect to begin service “in 75 to 90 days,” a company official said today.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Dec. 24, 1996

The School Committee has appointed Dr. Frances Gallo the new superintendent/principal of the Jamestown School.

Make way for he angels, wise men, shepherds and the donkey! The 21st annual Christmas Pageant will be at 5 p.m. tonight under a full moon on the Shoreby Hill Green.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Dec. 28, 2001

The Town Council Wednesday slid through a lightly packed agenda in barely 90 minutes. The only glitch was the need to postpone action on the request for a full liquor license for the Portuguese American Citizens Club, the town’s yearround purveyor of good deeds and good will.

At its December meeting, the School Committee announced that since adopting their $8.4 million school budget for fiscal 2002-03, Blue Cross of Rhode Island sent their actual figures for the coming year, which will save the school more than $49,000 over the estimated amount.

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