2012-12-20 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of December 20
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. 20, 1912

At the special meeting of the Town Council Saturday afternoon, the contract granting the lighting franchise to the Newport & Fall River Street Railroad Company, through the Bay State Company, lessees, was signed by the full board. It gives a 25-year exclusive franchise for the furnishing of electricity for heating, lighting and power within the town.

No contract for the lighting of the streets could be entered into by the council, as a vote of the town is necessary first.

A New England supper was served at the guild hall Thursday evening by those interested in the North Church. There were about 75 present, a number attending from the lower part of the island. A good sum was realized for the Sunday school’s Christmas tree.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 21, 1937

At the Town Council meeting committees reported progress on WPA projects. Councilman Smith reported that Harry R. Horgan will meet with the highway committee in the near future to discuss proposed East Shore improvement plans.

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 23, 1937

A number of children and parents attended the community Christmas tree party at the fire station Wednesday evening. A group from the churches sang carols and Santa Claus distributed gifts to the children.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 18, 1962

The Jamestown Bridge Commission last night authorized issue of a historical map of Jamestown, to be added to the regular map, issued by the commission for advertising purposes. The purchase of 12,000 of these historical maps, at a cost of $335.16, and the purchase of 12,000 regular maps at a cost of $1,132.10 was authorized. Special locks, grills and bars have been installed at the Narragansett Avenue office at a cost of $364, to comply with specifications of the bonding company. From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 20, 1962

Christmas decorations on Narragansett Avenue and at the ferry landing are attracting attention. Laurel roping over the street is illuminated, and a Christmas tree has been placed near the ferry wharf. The project is sponsored annually by the Jamestown Rotary Club.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Dec. 23, 1987

The Jamestown Christmas pageant will be held Christmas Eve at 5:30 p.m. on Shoreby Hill Green. The participants represent various community organizations. Clementine, the donkey from Casey Farm, will be present along with sheep from the Watson Farm.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Dec. 18, 1997

A year after he applied for a permit to base an aquaculture farm off Jamestown’s western shores, William Geib received final approval last week from the state Coastal Management Resources Council for his 4.5 acre project.

Sitting as the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners, the Town Council Monday voted 4-1 to spend up to $4,500 to drill a fourth municipal well to help increase the town water supply.

The Town Council Monday approved a lease that would allow East Passage Sailmakers and the town Recreation Department to share the second floor of the townowned country club. The sailmakers would pay about $24,000 over a three-year leasing period for the use of the south end of the building, but in reality the company will not have a full three-year lease. The lease will be prorated to coincide with the three-year leasing arrangement Joseph Mistowski, who rents the town golf course, entered into last spring.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Dec. 19, 2002

The Town Council Monday voted 4-1 to build a new highway barn on the wastewater treatment plant campus at Taylor Point. Less than 100 people stayed to hear the decision that came nearly at 11 p.m. and applauded the vote.

The Jamestown Chamber of Commerce feels that downtown businesses need relief from parking restrictions. The Planning Commission has said at its last meeting that it, too, feels that parking in the village needs to be addressed. Even the Town Charter states that the issue of downtown parking should be dealt with over the next few years. All this seems to mean that downtown Jamestown has a parking problem that needs to be rectified.

Residents on the western coast of Conanicut Island will not be burdened by the Russian fish-processing vessel for various two-tothree week intervals this winter. At these intervals the vessel would be anchoring in the East Passage.

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