2012-12-13 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of December 13
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.

From the Newport Journal, Dec. 13, 1912

A special meeting of the Jamestown Town Council was held Monday afternoon for a public hearing on the question of an electric lighting franchise and for the purpose of acting thereon, and an ordinance was passed granting the Bay State Company under certain conditions.

For the second time in 12 years, steamer Beaver Tail is on Rose Island, hard and fast. She struck early Friday evening, while on her way from Newport to Jamestown, running through a thick fog.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 9, 1937

A campaign to have placed on Dutch Island the Nautical School for Training Merchant Marine personnel, as proposed by the Maritime Commission in the economic survey of the American Merchant Marine, was initiated today by Congressman Alma J. Forand in a recommendation to Joseph P. Kennedy, chairman of the commission. The estimated cost for the first year, including $100,000 for plant construction, was set in the report at $1,356,418.

At the Board of Trade meeting it was voted to give support to the protest of the Newport Chamber of Commerce on the moving of the Torpedo Station, either in whole or in part, to Alexandria. From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 11, 1937

Theophilus B. Stork, who died in Newport Oct. 13 and who was one of the oldest of Jamestown summer residents, left an estate of over $300,000. An unusual provision was one providing that, for each dollar his four grandchildren earned during the next five years, a like sum was to be given them from the estate with a minimum of $1,500 and a maximum of $4,000. From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 15, 1937

Establishment of a recreation commission was determined upon for Jamestown at a meeting of interested citizens Monday night. The purpose is to convert and operate the recently purchased Sherman farm by the town as a recreation center. From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 16, 1937

At a recent meeting of the Jamestown Post American Legion, the Post was unanimous in extending to Mrs. Eunice Gorton and family, who lost their home in a fire Monday, the use of the Legion quarters on Clinton Avenue, until they were established in their new home.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 10, 1962

The community Christmas card in Jamestown is being erected outside of Lang’s store at the East Ferry for the fifth year. Residents may extend seasons greeting to their friends by making contributions in the store, where Mrs. Edwin Evans is accepting names to appear on the card outside. From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 12, 1962

Thirteen Jamestowners have received certificates from the Rhode Island Department of Education, upon the completion of a civil defense course on survival in disaster, given at Jamestown school. Principal Richard E. Sheehan was the instructor. From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 11, 1962

Nine department heads attended last night’s Jamestown Town Council meeting to discuss the $60,000 town hall and civic center study. This has been prepared by the Rhode Island Development Council and the Jamestown planning board. The plan would involve moving the town clerk’s office and the Police Department from their present locations to the now abandoned Thomas H. Clarke School. The Jamestown Philomenian Library would move to the present Town Hall, and the historical society would possibly either purchase or rent the library for a museum. It is presently located in St. Matthew’s parish hall. The changes would also include moving the tax collector’s and welfare offices from Town Hall to Clarke School. From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 13, 1962

The Commerce Oil Refining Corporation still has hopes that it can build a $55 million refinery in Jamestown.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 15, 1987

The Town Council voted 4-1 Monday night to sponsor a state plan to install a 30-foot-wide grass median in the proposed cross-island bridge-connector road.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Dec. 11, 1997

The Planning Commission is putting the final touches on a lengthy survey expected to be sent to each and every Jamestown household in early 1998. The survey is the first step in drafting a new comprehensive plan for Jamestown.

The steel-pier project at East Ferry, plagued with problems practically from the start, ran into a minor snag when the contractor was unable to drive a number of steel piles down to a stable depth.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Dec. 12, 2002

The Town Council Monday held over until next Monday its decision on a site for the new highway barn. About two hours were spent on the issue at the meeting. About 100 people attended.

At their meeting tonight, the School Committee is slated to vote on next year’s budget, which, in recent days, has been slimmed down by some $111,922. The overall $9.3 million spending plan has been as high as 12 percent over last year’s budget.

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