2012-01-05 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden Week of January 5

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, Jan. 5, 1912

For the past two days the wind has blown harder than for years. The ferryboat has found it difficult to force its way against the gale, which has been from the west or northwest since Thursday morning. Thursday, during the worst of the blow, the boat was 40 minutes on one trip from Newport, and so far behind the schedule that one trip was omitted.

The third in the series of whists and dances to be given by the King’s Daughters was held Monday evening in the Gardner House hall. For the whist there were 15 tables, and other games came later making the largest attendance of the series. Peckham’s Orchestra furnished the music for the dancing.

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, Jan. 6, 1937

The old workshop on the North Ferry dock has been razed, and the Ferry Company will have workshop quarters in Moll’s Garage on Narragansett Avenue.

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 7, 1937

The meeting of the Jamestown Board of Trade was held Wednesday evening at the office of Meredith & Clarke on Ferry Wharf. The need of public piers for the accommodation of the numerous boats and yachts during the summer was brought to the attention if the board by Mr. Lyons. A committee was appointed to confer with the Town Council regarding the matter.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 2, 1962

The Hawks threw the Jamestown Junior Basketball League into a three-way, first-place tie Friday night by defeating the previously unbeaten Eagles, 18-13.

The Mothers’ New March of Dimes will be held Sunday from noon until 1 p.m. After the workers have completed their routes, returns will be left at Red Cross Headquarters on Narragansett Avenue.

From the Newport daily News, Jan. 6, 1962

The Rhode Island Supreme Court yesterday refused to rule on the constitutionality of a bill to exempt certain vehicles and students from tolls on the Jamestown ferry because the House failed to send along the bill on which it sought the ruling.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 2, 1987

Buoyed by comparatively mild weather, more than 300 hardy “penguins” braced the icy waters of Mackerel Cove Thursday, raising close to $20,000 for the R.I. Special Olympics.

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 6, 1987

Town officials have reached “handshake” agreements with two public employee unions, and a third will meet Thursday to vote on a new contract.

From the Newport Daily News, Jan.6, 1987

State workers have started reconstruction of a section of the seawall along Conanicus Avenue that was heavily damaged by storms.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Jan. 4, 2002

Despite the country’s and world’s downturn, the town is in relatively good financial condition, according to a discussion at the Dec. 26 Town Council meeting.

With penguin images marching over red, white and blue themes, over 600 plungers shocked themselves into the New Year at the Penguin Plunge. The annual fundraiser netted some $40,000 for the Rhode Island Special Olympics.

The 18th annual Christmas Bird Count was held on Sunday, Dec. 30. A total of 65 species was reported, the third highest number for a Christmas count here, and in spite of the cold weather, a record number of 26 birders participated. The most notable species was the great horned owl – one was seen near the police station and another off Beavertail Road.

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