2013-12-26 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of December 26
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. 26, 1913

The children’s Christmas concert at the Central Baptist Church was held Sunday evening. The church was decorated with holly, and the little ones took part in a manner that pleased the audience and showed much care on the part of those who arranged the program.

After the Christmas holidays, the school children, who have been accommodated in the Town Hall, will occupy a part of the new addition to the schoolhouse. It was hoped to have the room on the lower floor ready, but owing to the non-arrival of the partition curtain on the north end, it will not be done until later.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 27, 1938

Work on the actual construction of the $3,100,000 Jamestown Bridge has been started, it was announced today by the bridge commission, following completion of two days of negotiations between the commission and representatives of the banking interests in Providence. Under the PWA requirements, the work had to start before Dec. 31 this year, and has to be completed by June 1940. Financing of the bridge was completed with representatives of Stranahan, Harris & Co. of New York.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 26, 1963

Among groups of young people singing Christmas carols in Jamestown at the Harbor View Nursing Home and at numerous other homes in town were the Rainbow Guild and the Senior High Baptist Youth Fellowship of Central Baptist Church.

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 31, 1963

Jamestown marked 1963 with a victory for the Democrats in the biennial spring election, a civic center study, the adoption of a record budget, a tax raise and the controversial subject of the Lawn Avenue school access road.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 22, 1988

The Public Utilities Commission Wednesday denied an emergency request by Newport Electric to enlarge its Clarke Street substation.

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 31, 1988

Tomorrow at noon, more than 350 penguins are expected to barrel into the surf at Mackerel Cove to continue the tradition begun by Mike McGovern and his friends 13 years ago.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Dec. 23, 1998

The Highway Barn Committee voted unanimously Monday to recommend the transfer station site to the Town Council as the preferred location for a new highway barn.

The School Committee unanimously approved the budget for 1999-00 school year, a spending package that reflects a 6.7 percent increase over last year. The budget passed the $6 million mark.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, Dec. 24, 2003

Environmentalists this week cited an endangered plant species and an unmapped freshwater spring as new ecological considerations that could mean time-consuming government reviews for the town’s new highway barn.

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