2012-11-29 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of November 29
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, Nov. 29, 1912

Not for years has so much interest been taken in the monthly meeting of the Town Council as was shown at Monday afternoon’s session. This was caused by the presentation of two propositions, with accompanying petitions, for the granting of a 25-year electric lighting franchise, and for more than an hour the meeting more closely resembled a public hearing than a session of the board. The propositions were by the Bay State Company, with petitions signed by about 250 residents, and by a Mr. Anderson. After a vote receiving the two petitions, the question of granting the lighting franchise was referred to a special meeting to be held Dec. 9.

A number of young women connected with the Sunday school of the Chapel of the Transfiguration gave a salad supper and social at the guild hall on North Main Road Monday evening, to raise funds for the school’s Christmas tree. There was a good attendance.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Nov. 26, 1937

In order to regulate the use of .22 caliber rifles, the James- town Town Council has passed an ordinance prohibiting the use of “rifled firearms” for hunting purposes within the town. It was explained today that the state law takes care of rifles over .22 caliber, but does not include the smaller rifl e, which, it was said, has been the cause of complaint in that town. From the Newport Daily News,

Nov. 29, 1937

Effective Dec. 1, the state board of milk control has created a subdivision of the Newport milk area to include only the island of Jamestown. A scale of minimum prices has been fixed somewhat lower than that of Newport, and virtually the same as the Providence area scale.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Nov. 27, 1962

Malcolm Anderson, Jamestown highway superintendent, is dreading the winter snows, with the town’s inadequate snow equipment, he told last night’s Town Council meeting. He said that the newest heavy truck for plowing that the town owns is at least 10 years old. (It was suggested that bids be received and then the town could decide on whether or not to purchase one.) From the Newport Daily News,

Nov. 30, 1962

Francis R. Costa, Democrat, defeated Sen. Chester J. Greene, Republican, 666-571, reversing the result when Greene won over Costa by 11 votes. Costa received 600 machine votes and added 66 on paper ballots. Greene received 519 on the machines and 52 paper ballots.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Nov. 28, 1987

Sturdy book bags will be on sale at the Jamestown Philomenian Library in December. These bags, offered by the Friends of the Library, are intended to increase visibility of the library and to aid the organization in its fundraising activities.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Nov. 26, 1997

Town Administrator Frances Shockett has tendered her resignation effective Friday, Dec. 12.

The Planning Commission last week stood by its controversial proposed zoning amendment requiring any ferry service in Jamestown to provide satellite parking and shuttle bus service for its passengers. The Planning Commission wanted one parking space for every three passengers.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Nov. 27, 2002

The Jamestown School Committee appeared before the North Kingstown School Committee Nov. 20 to discuss the cost of sending island teenagers to the town’s high school of record. Last year the tuition figure was $8,712 per pupil and the proposed hike would raise the per-pupil tuition for next year to $9, 576.25 for the approximately 193 students attending North Kingstown High School.

(Photo caption) Volunteer elves hoist up the 30-foot spruce that will serve as Jamestowner’s Christmas tree this year. The tree started out as a seedling, planted some 35 years ago by Patty Vandal’s mother, Edith Miller, at the Vandals’ Hamilton Avenue home.

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