LIVED IN FIVE REIGNS
Below are a few snippets concerning Islanders that have lived
during the reigns of George 111, George 1V, William 1V, Victoria 1, and Edward
V11. (C/Press 6 Apr 1901)
There is also a long list of "five-reigners"
names, which do not have a write-up
Mr Joseph LOCKE of South-street, Newport - who is 86,
was well-known years ago in most parts of the Isle of Wight as an attendant
at sales by auction. he said: "I've never been out of the Isle of Wight,
not even to Portsmouth or Southampton, and I don't want to, the Island's good
enough for me."
Mrs Fanny MOODY, who is in her 92nd year - Mr Arthur P.MOODY,
of St Helens, her grandson, writes: "with the exception of deafness,
my grandmother is in full possession of her faculties, especially enjoying
good sight. She often signs her name without the aid of spectacles and she
excels in needlework. Her husband died at the age of 81, after they had enjoyed
55 years of married life. Her children - nine in number, are all living and
she has 32 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren living."
Mrs James NEWNHAM of Niton - who will be 87 on the 24th
May next, is one of the last of the Isle of Wight lace workers and she has
enjoyed Royal Patronage. She can do needlework now and read the smallest print
without the aid of glasses.
Mr & Mrs Robert PHILLIPS of Rill Farm, Chillerton - their granddaughter
Mrs J.E.ELDRIDGE of Whitcombe, Carisbrooke, says: "her grandmother
was born in 1817, can read and sew without the aid of glasses. She was one
of the famous Isle of Wight lace makers and helped to work some lace for the
Mr Henry PRESSY - was born at Godshill in 1813. Notwithstanding
his advanced age, he is hale and hearty and last year he planted half an acre
of garden as a pastime. He comes of a good hardy stock, being one of nine
sons still living. He had 13 children, 11 of whom are living now.
Mrs PRYKE of Bembridge - well remembers the late Queen,
when Princess Victoria, coming to Norris Castle, East Cowes, and she
recollects seeing her feeding the peacocks there. The Princess "used
to ask questions about the Island and was most affable and friendly with all
Mrs Mary ROWSON, of West-street, Godshill - her grandson
Mr F.R.ROWSON says: "She is now in her 89th year, having been
born in August of the year 1812. She has been a regular subscriber to the
County Press since it was first published and has rarely missed reading practically
the whole of the paper through and does so still without the aid of glasses."
Mr R.SAUNDERS of Bonchurch - he is a real native of Bonchurch and has
lived here all his life. He is in his 85th year and is the oldest inhabitant
living here who can claim Bonchurch as his birthplace. He is a constant reader
of the County Press.
Mrs William SUTHERLAND of Chester Villa, Shanklin - is a native of
Newport and is now in her 86th year. For more than 60 years a resident of
Shanklin, she has seen it grow from a small village to a town of its present
dimensions. She is still in the enjoyment of good health, has neither ache
nor pain, never used spectacles and can yet see to read small print and do
the finest needlework, even by lamplight without artificial aid. For many
years a teacher and instructor of the young in the art of needlework in the
parochial school of Shanklin and one who has never willingly spent an idle
hour during her long life, she is a real Dorcas.
Mrs URRY of Roude, Godshill - has the honour of being the oldest "five-reigner",
her age being only about one year and two months short of 100. We send a word
of special greeting to this esteemed and veritable lady.