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February 1859

February 1859 - 150 Years ago

Isle of Wight Observer

Feb 5th 1859: EAGLE HOTEL – On Wednesday evening, a most excellent dinner took place on the occasion of enlarging the hotel, and replacing the eagle on the front. About 20 tradespeople were present, who were presided over by Mr. BUTLER, and a more convivial meeting could not have taken place. The vice-chair was ably filled by Mr. W. LAKE, brewer, and Mr. SALTER presided at the pianoforte with great ability.

Feb 5th 1859: LETTER TO THE EDITOR – “The late lamented Mr. PHENÉ, a physician whose loss to many has been that of their dearest and most confidential friend, was never more happy than when giving his testimonial in favour of the talents of his professional brethren in Ryde and elsewhere…. I am yours &c. A low Church Clergyman.”

Feb 5th 1859: BANKRUPT – From the London Gazette…. James WOODROW, Ryde, Isle of Wight, hotel keeper, to surrender February 10, March 17, at 12 oclock, at the Bankrupts Court.

Feb 5th 1859: ADVERTISEMENT – S. TANSOM, laundress, Alma Cottage, Weeks-road, Ryde, Isle of Wight. A good country drying ground.

Feb 5th 1859: CEMETERY WORKS – 119 High-street, Ryde, Joseph ELLERY begs to return his best thanks to his numerous Patrons for the liberal patronage bestowed on him for many years, and solicits a continuance of the same. A large number of modern designs for memorials, headstones, mural monuments, marble and stone chimney pieces. Headstones cleaned. Headstones from 15s. No charge for fixing.

Feb 5th 1859: ISLE OF WIGHT RAILWAY – The Isle of Wight contains a population closely approaching 60,000 with an area of 150 square miles, and it is remarkable that no other district in England of equal extent and population is destitute of Railway accommodation. Several projects have been proposed during the last 12 years, but have failed . The first project being brought forward in 1848.

Feb 12th 1859: MATINÉE – Miss Cecilia SUMMERHAYES gave a Matinée Musicale at the Masonic Hall on Saturday last. The fair and youthful artiste enchanted all present by her matchless performance.

Feb 12th 1859: GREEN DRAGON – A jovial party dined together on Wednesday evening, when it was proposed to form a club for the manly game of skittles amongst tradesmen. Those desirous of joining can put down their names at the bar.

Feb 12th 1859: RYDE COMMISSIONERS – A crowded and stormy meeting, convened by G. RIDDETT, esq., chairman to the Ryde Commissioners, on the requisition of many rate payers, took place at the Town Hall on Monday evening “to take into consideration the expediency of going to Knighton for water.”

Feb 19th 1859: WRETCHED STATE OF THE ESPLANADE – For the past several weeks workmen have been engaged repairing the damage done by the sea, to the footpath of the Esplanade. The material used is a concrete formed of tar and gravel which (even if properly mixed), would never have time to settle from one high tide to another. Setting aside the abominable stench and the clogging of ladies shoes, is it not time it should bring about a fit of common sense.

Feb 19th 1859: SPARROW MATCH – Under the auspices of “mine host” of the Albion Inn, a goodly number of the “sons of the trigger” met on Wednesday for some sport. The opening match was for a sovereign, between two celebrities, and sweepstake followed.

Feb 26th 1859: RYDE NATIONAL SCHOOLS – The annual report of these schools is just issued, and we regret to find that the state of the funds is rather unfavourable. The list of subscribers and donors for the past year being greatly diminished.