2014-12-31 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of December 31
Compiled by Sue Maden

From the Newport Journal, Jan. 1, 1915

The members of the Bayside Whist Club had an oyster supper at its quarters on Knowles Court Monday evening, after which partners were drawn and the first round played in the second series of the winter.

The street and sidewalks about the town were almost impassable Tuesday by a cold rain. A coat of ice almost half an inch thick was found on everything outdoors. There was a general rush for the blacksmith shops to have horses sharpened.

A force of men commenced cutting ice on Clarke’s south pond Monday and at noon the house was about half filled.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 30, 1939

At the meeting of the School Committee held at the Thomas H. Clarke School, Albert A. Boone, chairman, presided, routine business was transacted and a few minor matters were discussed. Chester J. Greene was appointed truant officer for 1940. And the matter of flooding a portion of the baseball diamond for skating was discussed.

An all-day meeting, convening at 10:30, of the Home Demonstration Extension Club, will be held Tuesday. The subject will be keeping accounts. A basket lunch will be held and a beverage will be served by the hostess.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Dec. 31, 1964

With a Jamestown-Newport Bay Bridge about to become a reality at last, the coming of the telephone dial system, approval of housing for the elderly project, and an all-timehigh town budget, a new era of growth for Jamestown began in 1964. Town employees formed a municipal employee’s retirement plan this year, and the planning board continues its long struggle to insure proper planning in the ever-growing development of Jamestown and its new subdivisions.

25 years ago

There was no Jamestown Press published on Dec. 28, 1989.

15 years ago

There was no Jamestown Press published on Dec. 27, 1999.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Dec. 30, 2004

2004 in review: Town Administrator Maryanne Crawford left and Mark Haddad was hired; local and state officials spent much time on perfecting designs for the demolition of the Jamestown Bridge; the fire code was revised after the Station nightclub fire; the Jamestown Fire Department took possession of a 28-foot rigid-hulled inflatable boat; A subcommittee voted unanimously that North Kingstown High School was still the best choice.

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