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13 OCTOBER 1870 .. NARROW EXCAPE AT WEST COWES ... A lad named
HARWOOD, in the service of Mr NETTEN,
accidentally fell over the quay and but for the prompt attention of Mr
TAYLOR, harbour master, and Mr RICHARDS,
steward of the yacht "Gelert", would have been drowned. Dr
W.H.HOFFMEISTER, with the aid of his galvanic
battery succeeded, after nearly two hours in restoring anumation.
1 JANUARY 1876 .. RUNAWAYS ... Harry
CARPENTER and Alfred
PRESTON whose parents live in Arthur street, Ryde, the two boys
who ran away from their home in October last, have just been found and brought
back to their homes. They were discovered in the Portsea Island Workhouse,
into which they were admitted on 17th October, being taken there by
Police. (Ryde & Ventnor Times)
21 OCTOBER 1876 .. BOROUGH POLICE COURT at Ryde ... William
DASHWOOD of Prince Street and J. ELDRIDGE of
Player Street were charged with, playing with certain coins in
Quarry Road on the 8 Oct. DASHWOOD pitched one halfpenny into
the road, but when they saw P.C. COUSINS they ran away.
Both fined One shilling with costs.
28 OCTOBER 1876 .. BOROUGH POLICE COURT at Ryde ... Robert
ALLEN of Seaview was fined five shillings and costs, for
allowing 3 colts to stray on the public road, where it is only 14 feet wide.
31 JULY 1886 .. PRIZE DAY AT THE NEWPORT BOARD SCHOOLS
... Mr VIBERT presented certificates to the following eight
boys who have all attended school the full number of times:-George
SWEETMAN, Percy SPANNER, Walter
SHEAF, Fred LOCKYER, Frank
WAY, Frederick BIRCH, John
COFFEY, Chas. ORAM .
31 JULY 1886 .. THE BLUE SCHOOL ... On the invitation of
Mr Edwin WAY , the girls of the Blue School spent a very
happy day at Shanklin on Tuesday last, this being the fifth time that they have
been so entertained by this kind and generous friend.
21 AUGUST 1886 .. CRICKET NOTES ... The third representative match for the
season 1886 was played last week at the Oval and resulted in an easy victory for
England by an innings and over two hundred runs. Australia has suffered defeat
in all three matches this year.
10 MARCH 1888 .. FOOTBALL NEWPORT ... Newport Grammar School 2nd XI v. Cowes
Junior Medina XI - This match was played on the school ground on Saturday and
won by three goals to one.
14 APRIL 1888 .. LIFEBOAT DISASTER ... The terrible
disaster which overcame the Brighstone and Brooke lifeboats has awakened the
sympathy of the benevolent in Ryde. Mr James BUCKETT of the
Strand, who is a son of that truly "grand old man", John
BUCKETT , the veteran ex-coxswain of the Brook
boat, has started a subscription list, and has already received upwards of 20
2 FEBRUARY 1889 .. BRIGHSTONE ... Message from the sea.
There has been washed up near Chilton Chine, a bottle containing a piece of
paper, with the following words written thereon. "The English Steamer Vampire
sprung a leak off Cape Clear. All boats sunk. Anybody finding this paper, please
send it to F.PERCIVAL , 2 Southwick Place, Hyde Park Square,
London, W... G.E.D."
19 APRIL 1890 .. THE BELLS ... of St Thomas's Church
rang a merry peal last Saturday evening on the occasion of the return of Mr and
Mrs W.L. GEORGE from their honeymoon.
19 APRIL 1890 .. PUBLIC HOUSE BARRICADED ... A waggon
with a load of straw, belonging to Mr BAKER of Chessell, was
overturned and fell on its side in front of the Brown Jug Inn at the top of the
High Street Newport, completely blocking the entrance.
2 AUGUST 1890 .. PRIZE GARDENS ... For the best
cultivated and neatest gardens, prizes were given to - first
G.ATTRILL of Yafford, second J.SHIRLEY of
Yafford, third T.BUDDEN of Brighstone, fourth
J.MORRIS of Rock.
14 MARCH 1891 .. AN AWKWARD CUSTOMER at NEWPORT ... On
Thursday last a bullock was being driven through the town, when its movements
became somewhat erratic and it walked into the furniture emporium of Mr
C.H.WADHAM , St Thomas's Square. Luckily it was got
out without any damage being done.
11 APRIL 1891 .. WROXALL RECENT ACCIDENT ... John
TOOGOOD , the unfortunate man who lost his arm a
few weeks ago by having it cut off in a chaff-cutting machine, is we hear, doing
well at Ryde Infirmary and the villagers are arranging an entertainment on his
5 SEPTEMBER 1891 .. NOVEL ACCIDENT AT SHANKLIN ... On
Wednesday afternoon a char-a-banc from Ryde was passing up the Station Road,
when it collided with Mr CROUCHER 's light bread cart and curious to
say the bread cart was scarcely damaged at all, while the ponderous char-a-banc
received extensive injuries, breaking the front springs. The passengers alighted
and were conveyed back to Ryde by a brake and the char-a-banc was taken home
18 JANUARY 1892 .. RYDE CANOE LAKE ... During the recent severe weather, a
number of skaters were able to enjoy their favourite pastime, skating on the
12 JULY 1892 .. BRAVE SAILORS ... Mr H.WHEELER, master mariner
of Elmfield and Mr S.SOTHCOTT, seaman of Seaview, who were
presented with silver and bronze medals respectively, for helping to save life
in connection with the foundering of the s.s. Utopia, as result of a
collision off Gibralter, have now been sent similar medals by the King of Italy
in recognition of their gallantry.
12 JULY 1892 .. APPOINTMENT ... Mr E.A.SAUNDERS formerly a
pupil teacher under the Ryde School Board, has been appointed head master of St
Agatha's School, Landport. Before leaving London where he has been working
during the past 14 years, Mr SAUNDERS was presented with a
handsome writing case and a diamond pin.
10 SEPTEMBER 1892 .. BIRTHDAY PARTY ... Mrs J.H.
ATKEY gave a supper party at the Claremont Hall on
Wednesday evening, celebrating her birthday and also that of her eldest
daughter. The hall was tastefully prepared for the occasion and the large number
of guests who accepted invitations were most pleasurably entertained.
7 JANUARY 1893 .. FRESHWATER ... Mr F. SNELLING, who has been
Assistant Master at the National School for 9 years, is leaving to take up a
post in his native place of Norfolk. A presentation was made to him by Mr
A. TROLLOPE, Headmaster.
4 FEBUARY 1893 .. FRESHWATER ... Mr SHILLINGLAW, who met with a serious accident in his orchard recently, is progressing
favourably towards recovery.
18 MARCH 1893 .. DEATH OF OLD NEWPORTONIAN ... We learn
by an extract from an American newspaper, of the death at the age of 50, of Mr
William MORRIS, second son of the late Edward
MORRIS , for many years occupier of the old Hare
and Hounds Inn, Newport.
15 SEPTEMBER 1894 .. PLUCKY RESCUE ... At Totland Bay a
boy named HORNE fell down the pier steps used by the Steam-boat
passengers, William MILLER
seeing him struggle in the water, with commendible promptitude, plunged into the
water and rescued him.
19 JANUARY 1895 .. COW ON THE LINE ... As the train due at Sandown from Ventnor
at 9.38 was entering Sandown station, a cow belonging to Mr T.COX
of Nunwell House Sandown, was noticed standing just off the metals, but not far
enough away for the train to pass it safely. The driver brought his engine to
a standstill and the animal passed safely on to the path to the waterworks.
4 MAY 1895 .. BENEVOLENCE at NEWPORT ... On Sunday last,
200 were supplied with hot dinners at the old Salvation Army Hall stores in Quay
Street through the instrumentality of Messrs. G.SHEAF,
F.DALLIMORE , F.W.MILLIGAN,
J.KERFOOT, W.ODELL, PERKINS,
W.KNOTT, F.COOPER, H.GALE,
C.F.BULMAN and other kind supporters. The dinner, of
substantial character, consisted of boiled bacon, suet pudding and potatoes,
turnips and beans.
19 NOVEMBER 1895 .. THE MENELAS ... The quarantine ship, lying at Ryde, is
receiving attention, by the Government orders, at the hands of Messrs.
HANSEN and Sons, of West Cowes. The cabins
of the vessel are to be altered, and she is being painted.
18 JULY 1896 .. RYDE ... Mr WATTS asked whether it was not
possible to have one or two policemen on duty in Union street when there were
large excursions. On Saturday there were very disorderly scenes. One
man was pushed through the window of Yelf's Hotel and no policemen were in the
street. Mr WATTS said it paralyses our business, Capt
SWEETMAN said it is a perfect nuisance altogether.
6 NOVEMBER 1897 .. NEWTOWN - PROFITABLE COW ... Mr ARNOLD of
Noahs Ark, has recently lost a remarkable cow, which had a record in regard to
its offspring, 4 lots of twins, one of triplets and 5 singles.
13 NOVEMBER 1897 .. HAY RICK DESTROYED ... A hay rick valued at 70pounds
belonging to Mr Frederick HOLLIS of Appleford, was recently
accidentally destroyed by fire, under circumstances detailed in todays record of
Police proceedings. Mr HOLLIS was insured by the
3 SEPTEMBER 1898 .. WILFUL MURDER ... The terrible and cruel murder of a Newport
school-boy, named Percy HAYTER last
week in Parkhurst Barrack field. A confession of the
crime was made by Maurice HOLBROOK, who had recently
discharged himself from the Workhouse Infirmary........
11 MARCH 1899 .. PRESENTATION at BRADING ... Mr J. Milman BROWN
presented a silver teapot and silver spoons to Miss WHITNEY,
late Head Mistress of the
Infants School, he also presented her with one of his prize winning photos.
17 JUNE 1899 .. FIRE AT PIER STREET VENTNOR ... Mr & Mrs Hy. Arthur IVES had a
lucky escape from a serious fire on Monday night. A candle left burning on
the dressing table in a bedroom while Mrs IVES went downstairs,
her child being asleep in the
bed. On returning about seven minutes later, after being alerted by the childs cries,
Mrs IVES found the window curtains and dressing table drapery
in a blaze, it took but a moment to carry the child to safety, then she tackled the fire and
brought it under control, at the expense of a severely burnt hand and arm.
17 JULY 1900 .. BAKERS LEAPING HORSES ... The wonder of the nineteenth century
at Freshwater for one more week July 23 to 28. Magnificent Orchestrophone.
Grounds illuminated at night by special Electric-Light plant.
4 JANUARY 1902 .. BELL-RINGERS SUPPER ... The bell-ringers of All Saints Church
Freshwater had their annual supper at the Red Lion Inn on Wednesday evening.
After the agreeable discussion of an excellent repast, several hours were most
pleasantly spent, harmony remaining supreme.
1 MARCH 1902 .. OFF TO SOUTH AFRICA ... Mr
G.BRINSTEAD and Mr E.GUY , who have been in the employ of South Western
Railway Company as parcel clerk and booking clerk at Yarmouth Pier, left for
London en route for South Africa to join the Cape Mounted Police.
17 APRIL 1902 .. OLD TIMES AT CARISBROOKE ... Mr John
SPICKERNELL gave an interesting lecture about many
amusing old customs, which were related with life-like precision, dealing with
the ducking stool, village tailor, sparrow catching, furniture of first poor
house, medical comforts, the old turnpike gates and many other interesting
relics of those good old times.
11 APRIL 1903 .. LICENSE TRANSFER ... At Ryde the
license of the Royal Kent Hotel was on Monday transferred from Albert Ernest
DUNFORD to Alexander LORIMER . The hotel is to be known in future as
Lorimer's Royal Hotel.
6 FEBRUARY 1904 .. "SEELY" FREE LIBRARY ... Mr Arthur
KEMP of Newport, was appointed to the position of Librarian at
the "Seely" Free Library. There were 39 applicants for the position and Mr Tom
BUCKLER, son of Mr T.S.BUCKLER was left with
Mr KEMP for the final selection. Salary 100 pounds
per year, hours 10am to 10pm.
23 JULY 1904 .. BAKER'S HIPPODROME ... at Brighstone, July 26th to 29th - Up to
date Electrograph. Latest living pictures.
29 April 1905 .. CHALE ... Mr Allan HARVEY, eldest son of Mr
HARVEY of Chale
Farm, left on Wednesday for Canada. Parishioners, Friends and Family wish
him good luck and good speed and a full measure of happiness and prosperity.
17 FEBRUARY 1906 .. LOST ... on the Downs between Carisbrooke and Brixton, a
small leather flask and silver cup - please return it to the Officers Mess,
24 MARCH 1906 .. BOWCOMBE ... A carter at Bowcombe Farm
named ELDRIDGE , was badly kicked by a young horse in
the stable on Monday last.
26 MAY 1906 .. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE UNDER DIFFICULTIES ...
Nellie GRIFFIN, an 8 year old scholar, of Sandford, who
recently scalded her foot so badly that she could not walk to and from school,
has had her injured limb dressed by the school-mistress (Mrs
DANIEL ), assisted by the First Aid class at the
school and has been borne between her home and the school, a distance of over a
mile, on a stretcher by members of her class, in order that she might keep up
her attendances. She is one of the Baring prize winners and had not missed an
attendance this year.
26 May 1906 .. A LOCAL PATENTEE ... Mr D.B.
PLUMBLEY R.D.C., ironmonger of Station Road,
Freshwater, has taken out a patent for an improved vermin trap.
1 JUNE 1907 .. RESCUED at COWES ... On Sunday evening a
little boy named DRAPER fell over the palisading on the Parade
and was in imminent danger of drowning, when Mr MCGABEY , an East Cowes resident, gallantly went
to the rescue and saved the little lad from a watery grave.
7 JUNE 1907 .. RAILWAY TICKETS 500 MILES ... The daily issue of these popular
weekly season tickets are now in operation. These tickets entitle the holders to
travel 500 miles for 10s.6d.
7 JUNE 1907 .. ADVERTISEMENT ... A Family's washing
wanted, good drying ground. apply Mrs SLINGSBY , 2 Lockyer's Cottages,
12 OCT 1907 .. DECEASED WIFE'S SISTER ... We understand that the first marriage
with a deceased wife's sister under the new Act, took place at the
Congregational Church, Ryde one day this week. A local clergyman had
previously refused to celebrate the wedding.
30 JAN 1909 .. ABUSING HIS MOTHER... Joseph LOCKYER of Newport,
was convicted on the evidence of PC MORRISON, of using bad
language towards his mother in Robin Hood street, on the night of the 16th inst.
Fined 5s. and 7s.6d. costs, in default seven days, after Inspector
CASS had put in a list of five previous convictions against
12 MARCH 1910 .. BATH-CHAIR JOURNEY ... Mr
J.JEFFERIES, Outside Porter of Shanklin, attempted to convey Mr
DICK BOYNTON in a bath-chair
to Freshwater, a distance of 22 miles in 6 hours. Unfortunately heavy rain fell
and the journey had to be abandoned 2 miles beyond Carisbrooke owing to the
heavy rain and wind.
MARCH 1912 .. OFF TO CANADA ... No less than nine former residents of this district
(Ventnor) sailed in the Cunard liner " Ascania", which left
Southampton for Canada on Thursday, vis, Messrs. C.E.LAKE,
H.DAVIS, C.E.E.DRAKE, and Mr &
Mrs LANE. Mr LANE has been in
Canada about nine years and recently came home to be married.
27 APRIL 1912 .. FOR AMERICA ... Mr. and Mrs R.
HAYLES and their child, who are well-known in the Village
of Niton, sailed for America in the " Olympic"
on Wednesday and will join
other relatives in Iowa.
3 MARCH 1913 .. ADVERTISEMENT ... MEW LANGTON + Co. Wine and Spirit Merchant.
Osborne Pale Ale and Nutricious Stout, both at 1s.6d. per gallon, as supplied to
His Majesty's Household.
11 MARCH 1916 .. SERIOUS FIRE AVERTED ... Special Constable F.
SIBBICK when passing WITHAM Bros cycle and
motor works in the high street, noticed a fire in the shop ceiling and aroused
the occupier, an electical wire had fused and melted a gas pipe, igniting the
escaping gas. With the assistance of PS SHOTTER they
promptly put the fire out.
15 MARCH 1919 .. WORKHOUSE ... The Board of Guardians increased the wages of the
Foreman Gardener, Mr SHEEN, from 35shillings to 2pounds per
week. Also, the hope was expressed that young women who had been doing
munitions work would become probationer nurses.
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