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November 1908

Isle of Wight Observer

Nov 7th 1908: ST. JOHN’S CHURCH – On Thursday afternoon in last week, the well-known and talented performer, Mr. Guy MITCHELL, gave a brilliant recital on the recently restored organ. His masterly playing was greatly enjoyed by an appreciative audience. The programme included a sonata composed by the performer.

Nov 21st 1908: CINEMATOGRAPH ENTERTAINMENT – One of the most attractive of the series of lectures and recitals arranged by the YMCA was that given at the Town Hall on Tuesday evening. It took the form of a tour in Norway, given by Mr. Arthur MALDEN, the well-known polytechnic tour conductor.

Nov 21st 1908: SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT – Miss Maud SANTLEY, the celebrated Island contralto, has been specially engaged for the ELGAR concert at Bournemouth, tomorrow (Saturday). This will make the eighth re-engagement of Miss SANTLEY for this same work.

Nov 21st 1908: MILESTONES – The old milestone near Quarr Abbey no longer affords your peripatetic the information that it is “two miles from Ryde,” the inscription having vanished owing to the defacement of the stone. Many years ago a milestone stood in Union-street hard by the present Victoria Arcade, stating the distance to be seven miles from Newport. Presumably this was not to the taste of our local leaders of the day, as the stone was removed and thrown over the sea wall not far from the Pier, where it remained visible until covered by the excretions of the shore and the extensions of later generations.

Isle of Wight Times

Nov 12th 1908: G.F.M. – On Sunday afternoon Mr. Milman BROWN of Shanklin, gave the address to a large attendance, the subject being, “The Path of Life.” The President (Rev. H. H. TURNER) presided, and Miss CARLEY was the soloist.

Nov 19th 1908: ISLAND PETTY SESSIONS – Harriet MILFORD of Oakfield, was summonsed for an offence under the Children’s Act, by procuring a child, named Samuel CORNEY, to sell Wild Iris berries on the 7th inst., Fined 1s. and 9s. costs. Charles CORNEY, of Oakfield, was summonsed for causing the same child to be employed and was fined 1s. and 9s. costs.

Nov 19th 1908: ADVERTISING THE ISLAND – The Directors of the Isle of Wight Information Bureau have embarked on an extensive scheme to advertise the Isle of Wight. On Thursday at the Pier Hotel, Ryde, the Committee of the I.W. Hoteliers Association met the Directors of the Bureau and it was resolved that the scheme might be more fully considered.

Nov 26th 1908: ADVERTISEMENT – W. CASS, Dairyman, Whitefield and Upton Dairies, Ashey. New Milk, Cream and New-laid Eggs, supplied twice daily to any part of Ryde. All orders personally attended to.

Isle of Wight County Press

Nov 7th 1908: COUNTY PETTY SESSIONS – Guiseppe VALVONI, Oakfield, was summonsed for having kept Wellington House, Oakfield, as a common lodging house, without having the same registered. Defendant enlisted the service of a compatriot as interpreter. Defendant was fined 1s. and 9s. costs.

Nov 7th 1908: EDUCATION COMMITTEE – The School Management Committee recommended that Miss A. SPRAGG, supply teacher, be appointed an uncertificated assistant to the boys department, Bettesworth-road, School, and that Miss G. GRAVES, infants department, St. John’s-road School, be appointed an uncertificated assistant on supply, at a commencing salary of £50.

Nov 7th 1908: LOCAL COMPOSER – Among the performers at the Ryde Bowling Club Smoking Concert last week, was Mr. Richard PREESE, whose clever violin solo was a Romance of his own composition.

Nov 14th 1908: LIFEBOAT PRACTICE – On Saturday evening there was a surprise call for lifeboat practice, and in a very short time the “Selina” was manned and away, Mr. Tom FORD (coxswain) in charge. There was a strong easterly wind blowing, amounting to practically half a gale, but the boat sailed “like a witch.” After a few manoeuvres the lifeboat returned to the Pier.

Nov 21st 1908: DEPARTURE OF THE COLOSSUS – The obsolete Battleship “Colossus”, which has for some time been moored off Ryde, was on Tuesday, towed away by tugs to Scotland, where she will be broken up.

Nov 28th 1908: PROPERTY SALE – Messrs. COOMBES conducted a property sale on Wednesday at the Auction Mart, when the leasehold property known as Evelyn and 14 Nelson-street, were sold to Mr. LOADER, and the leasehold tenements in the rear of Port View, Dover-street, to Mr. RATCLIFFE.

Nov 28th 1908: RYDE GIRL DIES – An inquest was held at the IW County Hospital yesterday (Friday) on Kathleen LEE, 18 years, of 18 Nelson-street, who died at the hospital on Tuesday while under chloroform pending a dental operation.