2012-12-27 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of December 28
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. 27, 1912

The work of raising the new Thorndike Hotel has commenced, the start being made at the south end, which will be a dance hall, 52 by 25 feet.

Another shipment of lumber for the new Thorndike arrived Saturday morning.

The Fire Department has received the rubber coats and 500 feet of hose, authorized by the Financial Town Meeting.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 31, 1937

A number of New Year’s Eve parties are being held in town tonight.

A committee of the Jamestown Board of Trade held conferences with Sen. Greene and Rep. Forand Tuesday, regarding the establishment of the proposed federal Nautical Training School at Dutch Island. Two islands in New York harbor have been recommended to the Maritime Commission. To overcome this competition, considerable work has been done by the committee and a brief on the advantages of Dutch Island, with photographs and maps, have been compiled in a pamphlet. The committee has been promised that a copy will be delivered to President Roosevelt personally.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 24, 1962

Jamestown Lions yesterday made their annual distribution of Christmas baskets. The committee, headed by President Arthur H. Washburn, and was assisted by Francis Clark and John Champlin.

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 26, 1962

The proposed dock off Jamestown’s east shore, requested by the Commerce Oil Refinery Corp., will interfere with the proposed Newport Bay Bridge, the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority has informed the Army Engineers.

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 28, 1962

The Jamestown Town Council last night adopted the revised 1935 zoning code, which has been opposed by the Jamestown planning board.

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 29, 1962

About 100 young people attended the third annual Holly Hop last night at Memorial Hall in Jamestown.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 26, 1987

A local farm has fetched a $2.8 million sale price, the most ever paid for a piece of Conanicut Island property, real estate brokers said. Cedar Hill Farms, standing on 80-acres of historic land along Eldred Avenue, was sold to Cedar Farms Development, which plans to build up to 11 countrystyle houses on the land. The company also plans to restore a 19th century farmhouse on the property.

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 30, 1987

The Jamestown Penguin Club will waddle from the Narragansett CafĂ© (The Penguinery) to Mackerel Cove for the 12th annual New Year’s Day plunge at noon.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Dec. 23, 1997

Town officials are expected to ask the state Department of Transportation for $21,500 the town spent on design work for the defunct steel pier extension project at East ferry.

Island Rubbish expands collection to “maximum recycling.” Statewide expansion of the recycling facility at the Central Landfill in Johnston has led to changes in how and what Jamestowners can now recycle.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Dec. 24, 2002

A formal request on the lack of archeologically signifi- cant findings along North Main Road, where the town wants to bury the south to north pipeline, is due in about a month, town officials told the Town Council at its Dec. 16 session as the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners.

“Big dogs first” was a Santa-clad Snoopy’s call at the start of the Holiday Parade of Dogs Saturday, which included more than 125 festively dressed canines. The walk started at the fire station and ended at the Christmas tree at East Ferry.

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