2012-12-06 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of December 6
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, Dec. 6, 1912

A large buck was seen Friday in the west part of town, going south. Later it was seen near Beavertail on the Joseph Wharton farm.

The Ladies’ Beneficial Society gave a clam chowder supper in memorial hall Tuesday evening. There was a good attendance.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 3, 1937

The committee of the Jamestown Post American Legion has made arrangements for the writing of competitive essays on a patriotic subject by the school children in their homes. Prizes will be given.

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 6, 1937

Captain and Mrs. Clarence H. King quietly observed their 42nd wedding anniversary during the past week at their home on Narragansett Avenue. Captain and Mrs. King were married in 1895 at the home of Captain Charles Arnold in Saunderstown.

Mr. and Mrs. William A. Gosford, who have been occupying the Harry H. Horgan cottage on Union Street, have purchased the Gardner Inn Annex on Union Street. From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 7, 1937

The Jamestown Rod and Gun Club held its first meeting as an organization chartered by the state of Rhode Island at Town Hall recently. The club proposes to affi liate with the State Federation of Gun Clubs and is starting work on a trap and skeet field for use by members next year.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 1, 1962

A group of young men in Jamestown will meet Tuesday to take the preliminary steps in organizing a junior chamber of commerce. From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 5, 1962

Captain Kidd’s 4-H clubs in Jamestown have organized a new horse group, with Charles Young as leader. Two field trips have already been taken by the group, which will elect officers at this week’s meeting. From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 6, 1962

The Jamestown Ferry lost $228,240 during the fiscal year that ended last June 30. Its loss for the current fiscal year is estimated at $110,000, but its projected loss for the fiscal year beginning next July 1 zooms again to $192,723.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 2, 1987

The Town Council is making a last ditch effort to change the proposed Route 138 bridge-connector design. A resolution sent out this week reflects the same concerns the council expressed last summer. Those concerns brought the road process to a grinding halt when the Federal Highway Administration ordered the state Department of Transportation to address them. From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 3, 1987

Gov. DiPrete announced the awarding of $63,500 to the town of Jamestown and to two state agencies to combat the widespread use of alcohol and drugs. From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 9, 1987

The New England Coatings Association intends to restore the inside of the Beavertail Lighthouse as part of a national contest. The “Picture it Painted” contest, sponsored by the National Coatings Association Community Service program, judges restoration of historical sites from each area of the country.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Dec. 4, 1997

It was approaching midnight when the Zoning Board of Review unanimously approved a joint request by East Passage Sailmakers and the Jamestown Recreation Department to lease the second floor of the town-owned country club to these two tenants. The sailmakers want to occupy about 60 percent of the country club’s second floor.

The Zoning Board of Review has voted to uphold a permit issued to the Conanicut Yacht Club Sept. 16 for the construction of two coin-operated paddle tennis courts for its members.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Dec. 5, 2002

Town Tree Warden David Nickerson has presented a detailed report to the Town Council on village trees in response to the council’s request for an evaluation of trees on Narragansett Avenue. The request was keyed especially to concerns about roots lifting sections of sidewalks in the village district, and discussions of designs for sidewalk renovations have been started.

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