2014-01-09 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of January 9
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, Jan. 9, 1914

The dance New Year’s Eve in the Gardner House by the members of the Jamestown Band proved a popular and enjoyable affair. Music was furnished by Peckham’s orchestra.

A dance was given Friday evening in the guild hall at the north end of the island, by those connected with the chapel there. The attendance was not large.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 10, 1939

The work of drilling and driving test piles for the Jamestown Saunderstown bridge was about to be started today, with the arrival of the lighterage equipment from the Merritt, Chapman and Scott Company, of New London, which has the contract for preliminary work. The lighter, Collegian, and a towboat are on the scene and organization was being completed for actual operations.

Representatives of various agencies were at a conference this afternoon in the office of the Jamestown Bridge Commission. The discussion centered on the construction of rights-of-way to the bridge when it is completed in 1940. The commission hopes that these roads will be built by the state.

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 11, 1939

WPA Superintendent William A. Gosford has started building the seawall along the proposed park at the eastern end of Narragansett Avenue.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 9, 1964

Practical arts for seventh- and eighth-graders will be offered beginning this week at the Jamestown School during school hours. The boys will be taught woodworking and also minor plumbing and electrical repair for the home. The boys’ classroom is a converted storage room and the equipment is the same used in the abandoned Thomas H. Clarke School when woodworking was last offered to Jamestown students around 1955.

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 13, 1964

Arnold Sisson’s three baskets in the final two minutes gave the Gentlemen a 54-47 triumph over the Rams in Jamestown Senior Basketball League action at the recreation center Saturday evening. In the second contest, the Friars eased past the Vikings, 48-41.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Jan. 10, 1989

The Coastal Resources Management Council is recommending a drastic reduction in the number of moorings allowed in Dutch Harbor. Possibly 200 moorings would be reduced to about 140.

The Town Council Monday voted to hold a special financial town meeting Feb. 6 on a $642,000 proposal to renovate and expand the police station.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Jan. 7, 1999

The school superintendent said that the spending plan for 1999- 2000 will total $6.2 million. Some 47 percent of it is in salaries, 14 percent is in benefits and 35 percent is in purchase services like the bus contract and high-school tuition.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Jan. 8, 2004

An endangered wildflower found at Taylor Point could be put in jeopardy by the development of a highway barn facility at this location.

Fourteen birders held the 19th annual Conanicut Island bird count on Jan. 3. There were 68 species found. Highlights were sightings of 13 razorbills, 20 harlequins, one Barrow’s goldeneye and 27 American pipits at Beavertail, and two Wilson’s snipes at the North Pond reservoir.

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