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The Way It Was for October 14

Thu, 10/14/2021 - 11:44

125 Years Ago1896
From The East Hampton Star, October 16

It may not be generally known that an effort is being made to establish a public circulating library in this village. Several ladies among our summer residents have talked over the matter with some of the members of the Village Improvement society, and have also contributed books, which Mrs. John D. Hedges has kindly consented to care for and circulate during the winter.

East Hampton was cut off from telegraph communication with the rest of the world on Monday and Tuesday on account of the storm. Telegraph messages from New York were brought to town by rail.

It is stated that President Baldwin [of the Long Island Railroad Company] is a firm believer in the Fort Pond bay scheme and the transatlantic steamship line between Fort Pond bay and Milford Haven, Eng., and that he has expressed himself as deeply interested in the development of Montauk. This news will be gladly received by many people who feared that the new president might not be in accord with the plans of the late Austin Corbin for the development of the east end of our town.


100 Years Ago1921
From The East Hampton Star, October 14

Long Island Railroad train No. 11, which leaves Amagansett for the city at 8 o'clock, was wrecked when it ran into an open switch at a siding 300 feet east of the station at Watermill, at 8:43 o'clock Monday morning. The entire train of nine cars left the main track and went on the siding, the locomotive and tender finally leaving the rails and falling over an eight-foot embankment, coming to rest in a sand bank.

It is difficult to tell which has been the most talked of event here this week, the world series baseball games, being played on the Polo Field, New York, or local politics. Each has been talked about considerably, but local politics has not only been talked about but acted on.

At the Republican primaries, held Monday evening at Odd Fellows' hall, there was a complete revolt in the ticket. Supervisor Nathan N. Tiffany, who has served the town as supervisor for the past nine years, as chairman of the Board of Supervisors, was defeated by Kenneth E. Davis, assistant cashier of the East Hampton National Bank, for the nomination.

The days for enrollment in Suffolk county will be tomorrow and next Saturday, Oct. 15 and 22, the hours being from 7 o'clock in the morning until 10 o'clock in the evening. The places for registration are the polling places for the primaries held on September 13. See that you are registered so you will be able to vote at the November election.


75 Years Ago1946
From The East Hampton Star, October 17

Perry B. Duryea of Montauk, Commissioner of Conservation in the State of New York, was a speaker last night at the Conservation Conference held in the Riverhead High School. The meeting was sponsored by several Riverhead clubs, the D.A.R. Suffolk County Home Bureau, Long Island Horticultural Society, and the Roadside Committee of the Long Island Association.

President Truman's announcement, on Monday night, that all price controls on livestock and meat would be removed, beginning Tuesday, did not end the meat famine immediately, after the most critical meat shortage in the history of this country. Nobody thought it would. The meat problem is a prize "Whodunit?" mystery. The Star has talked with the meat departments of three East Hampton stores, since the President's announcement; each presents a different picture, but none too rosy.

"Home, Sweet Home," the John Howard Payne homestead in East Hampton, is used by the Long Island Lighting Company in the first of a series of articles running in its trade magazine, "The Main Line," fall issue. The Company has made up a window display, four sets of posters entitled "Historical Long Island," which have been on display in the Mineola Commercial Office windows and also the office here.


50 Years Ago1971
From The East Hampton Star, October 14

The fear that the local scallop season would bring no returns at all for the men who count on this sea nugget for most of their fall income has been lifted to a certain degree. Baymen have found what they call "a few" scallops in Three Mile Harbor and even fewer in Napeague, and expect that if they just "pick a little" the crop will last for at least another month. The retail price is holding at $3 a pound.

"There just, you know, weren't any out in the bays and these here are scattered a few here a few there so it's a full day's work to get five or six bushels," Gordon Bennett, East Hampton Town Bay Constable, said as he prepared to launch the Town patrol boat at Three Mile Harbor last Thursday.

Candidates for office in East Hampton and Southampton Towns are being given plenty of opportunity to be heard. Invitations to speak before local groups have been flying thick and fast.

At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the Concerned Citizens of Montauk will meet at the Montauk Fire House, and the public has been invited to hear the Republican, Democratic, and Independent hopefuls for East Hampton Town office.

A $2,000 study of the ecology of Accabonac Harbor will be conducted this year by Raul Welker, coordinator of the marine science program at Southampton College, the Springs Improvement Society announced this week.

Acting on the recommendation of Michael Braverman, chairman of the Society's ecological trust committee, the group gave unanimous approval to the expenditure for the scientific project at its annual meeting last Friday night.


25 Years Ago1996
From The East Hampton Star, October 17

The already-crowded East End media market has another new entry. Villa Magazine, a glossy quarterly, dripping with color photographs of luxurious vacation homes, recently made its debut.

The magazine is published by Overseas Connection of Sag Harbor, which specializes in arranging rentals and sales of high-end properties in fashionable resorts, both in the United States and abroad, for its well-heeled clients.

On the Fourth of July, Liu Qing was counting the months until officials of the Department of Immigration and Naturalization Services would hear his request for political asylum.

Mr. Liu, who is 27, made the difficult decision to leave China three years ago. He left behind a respected job, friends, his parents, and his siblings to seek out the political freedom he believed he could never have in his own country.

He was born in China's Fu Zhou province during the country's violent Cultural Revolution, which lasted from 1966 to 1976.

The East Hampton Business Alliance, in an effort to dispel the perception that it is pro-Republican, has appointed two prominent Democrats to its board of directors.

Christopher Kelley, a partner in the law firm Twomey, Latham, Shea, & Kelley, and Randall Parsons, the owner of LandMarks, a development consulting firm, were asked to join the organization and elected to three-year terms on the board at its annual meeting last Thursday at East Hampton Point restaurant.



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