100 Years Ago - September 6, 1913
A WELL-KNOWN yacht master had a lucky escape after being hit by a wagon.
Capt A. H. Frogbrook, of Sandown, was standing near the gutter of the High Street, Cowes, when a shaft of the wagon struck him in the back and knocked him over.
The wagon’s wheels then ran over his leg. He escaped any serious injury and had no broken bones, just bruising.
He was taken to rest and recover on board Lord Eveagh’s schooner, Cetonia, which he captained.
A splendid display of life saving was praised by the district council after the Esplanade keeper from East Cowes saved the life of a small boy.
Mr G. Norris, a naval veteran who had saved lives before, leapt in to the water to save the young boy from drowning after he fell in.
Mr Norris had previously saved the life of a marine who fell overboard from HMS Edgar, a Ryde boy who nearly drowned in Langstone Harbour and a man who had fallen through ice on Lake Windermere.
A presentation of £1,000 was made to renowned aviator Mr H. G. Hawker.
The young Australian, who was living in East Cowes and was well-known for his aerial exploits, was presented with the money and mementos by the editor of the Daily Mail after his attempt to fly around Britain in an all-British Sopwith waterplane.
75 Years Ago - September 7, 1938
The visit of Queen Victoria Eugenie, of Spain, to her mother, Princess Beatrice, at Carisbrooke Castle was overshadowed by the death of her eldest son, the Count of Covadonga, in a car accident.
The Queen had arrived at the castle on a Saturday and left, as planned, on the Thursday. She cancelled a visit to the Odeon Theatre, Newport, but did attend mass at Newport Roman Catholic Church.
A call for air raid wardens, rescue parties and volunteers for the fire brigade and first-aid and casualty was put out to Islanders.
As the country prepared for war, precautions were put in place to ensure the Island ran like clockwork in case the worst happened. Volunteers were recruited and trained in life saving, fire fighting and decontamination clean-up operations in order to be stationed around the Island.
A teenager landed an enormous conger eel during a fishing trip in Cowes.
While fishing from Victoria Pier, the 14-year-old boy caught the eel, which weighed 18lb and was 4ft 9ins in length, with a 'tempting piece of herring’.
There were many congers lurking in Island waters and anglers believed their presence caused a scarcity of other fish. Longshoreman Jim Kemp also landed two of the eels, weighing in at 31lb and 28lb.
50 Years Ago - September 7, 1963
The sale of the four forts situated in The Solent between the Island and Portsmouth was announced.
The disposal of the forts marked the close of a 100-year chapter in the defence of the realm.
The St Helens fort was of particular interest to the Island because of its location and the Island branch of the National Trust approached the War Office about the possibility of acquiring the forts by private treaty.
Britain’s most modern lifeboat at the time, the Earl and Countess Howe, was placed on station at Yarmouth.
As she approached the mouth of the harbour, she received a noisy welcome as yachts moored up and the cars parked on the quayside blasted their sirens and horns. The vessel joined the station straight after final trials were carried out in The Solent.
Farmers fed up with mushroom scrumpers after a glut of naturally growing fungi, took to making creative signs to ward off would-be thieves.
Some signs erected by farmers read 'cultivated mushrooms’ , the terse 'Private! Keep out!’ and 'Please keep out. The farmer would like to pick a feed of mushrooms for himself!’
One small boy was caught by a farmer carrying a basketful and when told not to pick all of the mushrooms, the boy replied: "The more I pick them, the more I get. I don’t eat them, I flogs ’em!"
25 Years Ago - September 9, 1988
With a virus wiping out thousands of seals in the wild, one living in happy domestication on the Island was in no danger.
Vets said Sophie, a popular resident in her own pond at Yafford Mill Farm Park, was in no need of medication and her health would continue swimmingly in her fresh water pool.
Ten-year-old Sophie, a grey seal, used her soulful bark and big brown eyes to convince people to throw her her favourite tit-bit — locally caught mackerel.
Expansion plans by Red Funnel Group, including provision of new ferries and a multi-million pound investment, were outlined to Francis Maude, parliamentary under-secretary at the Department of Trade and Industry.
The company’s plans included the appointment of consultants to research the next generation of high-speed craft with double the passenger capacity.
At the end of the first week of a month-long gun amnesty, 61 weapons were handed in to Island police.
They included a Luger pistol, revolvers, air rifles, air pistols, shotguns and a walking stick gun.
Also handed in were a crossbow, a knife, a flail and 25 boxes of ammunition.
The amnesty gave the public the chance to dispose of weapons before the introduction of the Criminal Justice Act, under which the penalty for illegal possession of a gun or ammunition was five years in prisons and/or a fine.
10 Years Ago - September 5, 2003
Arreton was to host a round of the world motocross championships in 2004.
Around £500,000 was due to be spent to bring British Grand Prix to the controversial track in May, with 20,000 people hoped to attend and predicted global publicity hoped to boost the Island’s tourism.
A headteacher, who drove to North Wales to collect his pupils from an adventure holiday so they could sit GCSE exams three years early, knew his journey was not in vain once the results came in.
Eleven Year 8 pupils of Trinity Middle School, part of the gifted and talented programme, passed the exams with As, Bs and Cs after Tony Cotton travelled to collect them from Wales.