100 Years Ago - August 30, 1913
THE chairman of Cowes District Council performed an unusual ceremony at the circus at Moor Green.
Captain Matthews christened four lion cubs with champagne, naming them Edward, Alexander, George and Beatrice.
Collecting the harvest was made much cheaper by the wider use of the binder machine.
A range of labour-saving devices were brought into action, which was fortunate, because there was a shortage workers.
An airplane, flying at a great height, passed over Ryde, before wheeling round and flying back towards Cowes.
A Island man challenged a claim by a coachman in Leicestershire that nobody could match his wasp- destroying skills.
Mr Raynard, of Ryde, destroyed 66 nests in 1912 and 178 in 1913.
The coachman said he had destroyed 287 nests in the previous five years.
75 Years Ago - September 3, 1938
The mayoral chain of Newport was lost, believed to have been stolen, though it was probable the thief did not know how valuable it was.
The chain had been worn by mayors on ceremonial occasions since 1863.
In an unusual move commenting on the worsening European situation, the County Press published the following piece, headlined, Appeal from the Editor.
"The European situation is undoubtedly serious enough to make it imperative we should immediately consider how we are affected.
The IW is a placid place and not easily alarmed but we all have a part to play in the drama set on the European stage.
The situation appears to be critical and it is time to ask ourselves what individual contribution we are making to strengthen the hands of our rulers.
First, the passive anti-air defences under the ARP scheme demand general support. Every Island district now has its officer and these men, who are voluntarily giving their time, are seriously concerned at the lack of interest we on the Island are showing.
Secondly the Territorial Forces of the Island are not up to strength. A single vacancy in their ranks is therefore a source of inefficiency."
The Sandown to Shanklin pier-to-pier swimming record was broken. The winner completed the swim in just 38 minutes and 44 seconds.
50 Years Ago - August 31, 1963
A new passenger aircraft, which was tested along Bembridge, was issued a permit to allow it to carry passengers for demonstration.
The Cushioncraft was a 12-seater model, capable of 35-40 knots.
Gale force winds failed to stop the Jess Lumb lifeboat from its rescue duties.
A cutter was trapped in gale Force 9 winds but was rescued half a mile north of No Man’s Land.
A torrential storm, with thunder, lightning and hailstones, which hit the southern part of the Island, quickly flooded roads and low-lying areas around Ventnor.
It brought many motorists to a standstill.
Hailstones covered gardens and nearly half-an-inch of rain fell in 20 minutes.
A tree was blown from the cliff face into the canoe lake at Ventnor.
Police asked all cyclists to carry identity cards.
Riders were encouraged to fill in a card giving a complete description of their bicycle.
Police emphasised the scheme was important — more than 500 cycles had been stolen on the Island since the beginning of the year, with 185 going missing in July alone.
25 Years Ago - September 2, 1988
A pensioner from Shanklin refused to leave her smoke-damaged flat following a fire during redecoration work.
Council workmen decided to carry out the essential works around the determined woman.
A council spokesperson said: "We were prepared to offer her temporary accommodation while redecorating was done but she was adamant she wanted to remain."
The flat was damaged when a fat pan overheated.
Three people were rescued from a burning £50,000 cabin cruiser off Cowes, by an off-duty coastguard.
Peter Brown, 36, was crossing The Solent in his four-metre inflatable dinghy at 6.30pm, when he noticed the 38ft Russet Princess wallowing and decided to investigate.
He helped the three crew members, who were all unhurt, into his dinghy and headed to the shore.
One of the Island’s oldest chain of shoe shops disappeared when Lennards, in the High Street, Newport, closed.
The news followed the takeover of 270 Lennards shops by an Australian businessman.
The new owner believed turnover at the Island branch did not justify keeping it open.
10 Years Ago - August 29, 2003
Police were hunting suspected saboteurs who caused an environmental scare by releasing hundreds of litres of engine oil and anti-freeze.
Firefighters and Environment Agency staff battled to stop the toxic liquids flowing from the Adams Morey premises into the Medina River.
Around 20 tonnes of sand were deposited by firemen to soak up an estimated 1,500 litres of anti-freeze and oil.
Joysliders were warned they ran the risk of severe injury from late-night high jinks.
The warning came after a girl seriously injured her back, when when she and a group of friends used the giant slide in the amusement park on Fort Street, in Sandown, soon after 3.30am.
Seventeen-year-old Bindu, the oldest big cat at the IW Zoo and Tiger Sanctuary, died. The 17-year-old black panther had been a popular attraction.