100 Years Ago - August 23, 1913
A GUIDE and map for German tourists was produced after growing demand to visit the Island.
The work contained an interesting and well written review of the history, flora and fauna of the Island, and particulars of the most important hotels.
The IW had become extremely popular with the higher class German public.
Freshwater residents pledged more than £4 towards promoting a humane way of slaughtering animals. They wanted to see the use of the pole-axe abolished.
A fancy dress ball held at the Ocean Hotel attracted between 250 and 300 guests, many visitors motoring over from Bembridge, Seaview, and Shanklin.
The diverse fancy costumes combined to make a brilliant ballroom spectacle, and supper was served in delightful conditions on the lawn facing the sea.
75 Years Ago - August 27, 1938
The Newport Carnival King and Queen were given 60 hours to enact their own set of laws.
During their reign, they proclaimed: "No lovers’ tiffs shall be allowed, nor words of anger between husband and wife, even though the said wife shall spend a portion of the housekeeping allowances on a hat or lingerie or any other apparel dear to a spouse’s heart."
They further declared all police officers had to wear their helmets jauntily at angle and walk their beats with mincing steps, akin to dancing.
The Medina motor vessel was diverted off course on its journey to Cowes to rescue a burning motor cruiser.
The pilot of the cruiser had managed to escape into a dinghy, but was in considerable difficulty in the rather choppy sea.
Although the pilot was rescued, the cruiser was fully ablaze and eventually sank about a mile to the east of Calshot.
Borstal inmates helped the fire brigade extinguish a serious forest fire at Parkhurst.
The police held back a number of spectators as volunteers and firefighters beat back the flames.
50 Years Ago - August 24, 1963
A drum of petrol that caught fire on the 11-ton yacht, White Falcon, threatened to hamper the Yarmouth parade and regatta.
The yacht was being refuelled alongside the quay, when some petrol spilt over. The fumes are said to have come into contact with the gas flame of a refrigerator and started the fire. The petrol drum was thrown into the harbour and the fire extinguished.
A massive rescue operation searched in vain for three hours, while all the time the boy they were looking for was safe. While an air and sea search was concentrated on the western entrance to The Solent, the searchers were unaware the boy they were seeking was safe on board one of the rescue craft. Two youths, who had met for the first time only that morning, were sailing when their craft capsized and they became separated. They alerted the coastguard, believing each other was missing.
About 60 workmen at the Cowes shipyard of J.Samuel White received a week’s notice. The men concerned were platers, shipwrights, blacksmiths and welders.
25 Years Ago - August 26, 1988
Pop megastar Michael Jackson was rumoured to be interested in buying the elephant boy exhibit at Osborn-Smith’s Wax Museum, Brading.
It was understood Jackson, who was on a tour of the UK, tried unsuccessfully to acquire the remains of John Merrick, the Elephant Man, owned by the London Hospital Medical College.
The diminutive body at Osborn-Smith’s had been in a mummified state for three years. It was said to be the remains of a boy found living totally wild on the banks of the Congo in Africa.
British Rail announced it was to spend almost £1 million on 'new’ rolling stock for the Island — although it would still be 50 years old.
The ageing 1926 engines and carriages on the Ryde-to-Shanklin line were replaced with the 1938 rolling stock bought from London Underground.
Network SouthEast would spend £900,000 on the scheme, fully refurbishing the fleet of eight two-coach trains.
A woman offered to pay the £50 fine and £5 costs imposed on a former Southern Vectis driver.
The driver had been fined after failing to drop off schoolchildren between Yarmouth and Freshwater.
It was said in court he had come to the end of his tether with unruly children, who had played tunes on bells on the upper deck.
10 Years Ago - August 22, 2003
A Shanklin farmer teamed up with an American from Utah to create the biggest maize maze ever created on the Island.
Spread over eight-and-half acres at Ninham Farm, an intricate series of corn crop circles gave hundreds of visitors and Islanders the ultimate in challenges.
Hundreds of blood-sucking bed bugs were eradicated from the three homes they were plaguing in Cowes. Each bug was reported to be the size of a fingernail and were found on Arctic Road.
Pest control experts were called in because, while the bugs do not spread infection, they can cause their victims to become anaemic because of the volume of blood they can suck.