2014-12-24 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of December 24
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. 25, 1914

The young people were out in considerable numbers Thursday evening to enjoy the first skating of the winter. On Clarke’s pond, where most assembled, the ice was not good, as the surface was somewhat rough.

A force of house movers has raised the Rhett cottage on Melrose Avenue and are putting the blocking under it. The building was recently purchased by P. H. Horgan and is to be moved to Walcott Avenue.

Apples in considerable quantities are being shipped across the island from Narragansett to Newport.

The roof of the old coal shed at the West Ferry is being torn down.

The men stationed at Fort Greble on Dutch Island have gathered large quantities of Christmas greens to decorate the barracks for the holidays.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 23, 1939

More than 300 children were present Friday evening at the community Christmas tree festivities, when Santa Claus, assisted by Fire Chief Jesse C. Tefft, distributed candy, oranges and apples. James T. O’Connell donated pencils to each child.

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 26, 1939

A number of people of the Central Baptist choir went around town singing carols to the shut-ins, and met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bradley, where refreshments were served.

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 28, 1939

The Palace Theatre was well filled Wednesday evening when a moving picture show, given under the direction of the ways and means committee of the Jamestown Recreation Commission, and through the cooperation of the manager, A.R. Commette, realized a substantial sum toward defraying the expenses involved in the development of the recreation field. Through the cooperation of the town council and WPA officials, the project was approved. The commission anticipates having a baseball diamond and later will have a tennis court and football field.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 22, 1964

Once construction starts on the Newport Bay Bridge this coming spring it will be a continuous operation with hundreds of people employed for 38 months until the bridge is opened in 1968.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 29, 1989

Come Jan. 1, the 14th annual Penguin Plunge will take place at Mackerel Cove. For the 11th consecutive year, the event will raise money for the Rhode Island Special Olympics. This year more than 300 penguins are expected to hit the beach and spectators will number close to 1,000. The plunge has raised more than $130,000 for the Special Olympics.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Dec. 23, 1999

The Harbor Management Commission has sent a final set of mooring increase recommendations to the state Coastal Resources Management Council for review before presenting them to town council for acceptance.

Right alongside their last minute holiday cards, many islanders will be receiving a letter from the town announcing that a property revaluation is looming just around the corner.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Dec. 23, 2004

A complete shake-up is in the works for the island’s emergency medical services. The goal of the new EMS department is twofold: one is to provide around-the-clock staffing by trained drivers and emergency medical technicians, and the other is to provide modest financial invectives that will allow the town’s volunteer department to remain a volunteer department.

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