2013-12-05 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of December 5
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. 5, 1913,

The fixtures and contents of the store recently occupied by E. Minoux as a bakery were sold Friday at a sheriff’s sale, the Newport Bakery paying $500 for the entire outfit.

The upper stories of the Thorndike are being finished with lath and plaster instead of the metallic walling, as the latter is too noisy.

The Bay View Hotel is to be wired throughout for electricity. Mr. Lincoln Hammett of Newport has the contract.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 1, 1938

The Jamestown Red Cross, which has been occupying one of the stores in the McCafferty block since the hurricane, moved Wednesday to their new quarters in the Jamestown garage office.

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 7, 1938

Amidst tooting of whistles, honking of automobile horns and the cheering of about 500 onlookers, ferryboat Governor Carr, of the Jamestown & Newport Ferry Company, stranded on Jamestown’s shore since the hurricane and tidal wave of Sept. 21, moved smoothly down the ways that the WPA had constructed and floated gracefully on top the waters of Narragansett bay about 7 o’clock this morning.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 4, 1963

Federal Housing Authority representatives failed to appear last night at the meeting of the Town Council, the Jamestown Housing Authority, the planning board and the buildeditorial ing inspector, called to discuss further steps in planning for housing for the elderly in Jamestown. The town solicitor outlined the steps taken to date by the Jamestown Housing Authority and the town for building a 35-unit dwelling for the elderly in Jamestown.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 3, 1988

Four emergency call boxes were installed on the Jamestown Bridge, the state Department of Transportation said this week. The devices cost about $6,100 each.

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 7, 1988

As school officials await legal advice on how to proceed with their struggle to build a new school addition, hidden costs of the delay are starting to surface. Plans to build a $3.25 million addition to the Jamestown School have been on hold since July when archeologists discovered what is believed to be one of the largest Indian burial grounds on the Eastern seaboard.

More than 200 Narragansett Indian burial pits have been found so far.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Dec. 3, 1998

At a workshop with the Harbor Management Commission Monday evening, Town Council members indicated they would be in favor of raising mooring fees in the coming year for the first time in a decade.

The streets of Jamestown village will be full of bustling shoppers out and about this Saturday, Dec. 5, a day filled with a variety of island holiday activities.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Dec. 4, 2003

After surviving the Hurricane of ’38 and 60 years of abandonment, the Plum Beach Lighthouse has finally been restored.

Land development is the greatest potential threat to both public water supplies and private wells in Jamestown, according to state findings in an assessment program mandated by the federal government.

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