125 Years Ago - 1897
From The East Hampton Star, September 24
Hog cholera has made its appearance at West Hampton for the first time in several years, but it is so bad that it threatens to kill off every hog within the village. Several have already died, while many others are sick with the fatal disease.
Under the caption “Social life on Long Island” the Signal prints an excellent editorial on the social status of Long Island villages during the winter months, and urges stimulation of social activities among the people. The article advocates the lecture course, the debating society, dramatic association, literary club, etc.
All these things have an elevating influence in a community. But we see no reason why Babylon should lack for entertainment or amusement the coming winter. Let the Signal start a macadamized road project for Babylon and the fun will begin.
The Southampton Village Improvement Association raised during the past year $2,500 by popular subscription, of which amount, after paying for sprinkling of the streets and keeping the roads clean, there remains a balance of $742.07. The sum of $100 was appropriated for beautifying the grounds about the railroad station.
100 Years Ago - 1922
From The East Hampton Star, September 22
Thomas Moran and daughter, Miss Ruth Moran, are at their cottage in East Hampton for a few weeks, having come from Santa Barbara, Calif., to look after their place here. It is Mr. Moran’s intention to offer his property here for sale, as he has bought a house in Santa Barbara and intends to make his home there in the future. This is a distinct loss for East Hampton. Mr. Moran has been a summer resident here for many years and the great artist has been a familiar figure in the village during this summer. Miss Moran, also, has been identified with village activities and will be greatly missed.
Our Mothers’ Club, being interested in welfare work, decided a week ago that our faithful school and district nurse should have an enclosed car for getting around to the many calls she has during the long cold winter months. They are not extravagant in their desires for they only ask for a Ford coupe, turning in the present car the nurse is using.
“Backward, turn backward, O time in your flight!”
With the end, at 2 o’clock next Sunday morning, of the Daylight Saving period, time will be turned back in its flight just exactly one hour. Eastern Standard time will once again predominate, and the differences in railroad timetables will cease and the entire country will again operate with all its timepieces in unison.
75 Years Ago - 1947
From The East Hampton Star, September 25
Holiday comes to the Hamptons again. This time it takes its readers deep-sea fishing off Shinnecock Inlet, “that priceless gift of the hurricane of 1938 to Long Island.”
Hans Hinrichs, world famous sportsman and author, writes in the October issue of seeing a swordfish and a Mako shark, two of the world’s greatest game fish, in mortal combat. The swordfish was killed and sank, but Mr. Hinrichs, with the help of his daughter Barbara and Ray Overton, captain of the Hinrichs’ boat, “Alone,” managed to get the shark.
Dr. Earl R. Carlson left East Hampton for Florida, arriving at Pompano yesterday, to find out what damage had been done by the hurricane which struck Pompano very hard. Mrs. Carlson and the children of the Carlson School here had expected to leave here for the winter school on October 14; now that is problematical, depending upon whether water, light and telephone repairs can be made by that time.
Storm warning display flags are now being flown from the top of the big building at Palmer’s Maidstone Boat Yard, which was designated as an official U.S. Storm Warning Display Station some months ago. The flags are visible from Gardiner’s Bay and the turnaround at Maidstone Park.
Telegrams are received from the Weather Bureau in New York advising the Maidstone Boat Yard of weather conditions.
50 Years Ago - 1972
From The East Hampton Star, September 21
Local scientists and pleasure boatmen got together last Saturday to test temperature, salinity, and organic contents of tidal waters between Point Judith, R.I., and Jessup’s Neck, Noyac. The project was coordinated by the New York Ocean Science Laboratory of Montauk, with the assistance of the East Hampton Power Squadron, the East Hampton Rotary Club, and the Naval Underwater Systems Center in New London, Conn.
One of East Hampton’s “in” places of the past summer, which served up food, drink, dancing, and a revue to its patrons, is being taken to court by the East Hampton Village Fathers, who want to pare the establishment’s menu to food and drink only.
Announcement of the impending suit, against Moon, located on Route 27 at the western end of East Hampton Village, was made at a meeting of the Village Board last Friday night. Later, the Village attorney, Joseph P. Fallon, explained that the board would attempt to obtain a declaratory judgment from a County Supreme Court justice to the effect that the discotheque and cabaret revue adjuncts of Moon constituted an illegal expansion of a nonconforming use.
The Pompano, the Montauk excursion boat to Block Island, will continue to operate daily round trips to the picturesque island through October, it was announced this week.
The vessel will leave Pier One, Montauk, at 9 a.m. and start its return trip at 3 p.m. from Block Island’s Old Harbor. The 18-mile trip takes about an hour and a quarter and passengers may take their own bicycles along for an additional, nominal fee.
25 Years Ago - 1997
From The East Hampton Star, September 25
There is no legally pre-existing restaurant, indoor dining, or outdoor dining deck at the Perry B. Duryea and Son lobster business on Tuthill Road in Montauk. That was what a majority of the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals decided after deliberations that took three different nights over two months, with the last detail settled on Tuesday.
What is legal at the Duryea business, the board decided, is a fish market that also sells some prepared food, as is common at other markets around town.
Fourteen-hour days have been the norm lately at the Hamptons International Film Festival office, which is tucked up on the second floor above the Newtown Mews alley in the Village of East Hampton. The fifth annual festival will begin on Oct. 15.
Even with the film lineup — which includes 27 world premieres and 18 United States premieres — completed and a press conference to announce it held at the Water Club in Manhattan last night, what remains to be done is no small task.
After months of discussions and a detailed environmental review, it appears likely that East Hampton Town officials will support a Suffolk County Water Authority proposal to bring public water from Napeague to Montauk.
Up to 20 million gallons a year could be pumped from the East Hampton aquifer via a water main extension, putting an end to the hamlet’s perpetual summer water crisis.