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The Way It was for April 6, 2023

Thu, 04/06/2023 - 10:10

125 Years Ago                1898

From The East Hampton Star, April 8

Schooner Edith E. Dennis went ashore on Gardiner’s Island on Saturday last. The tug Alert, of the Scott Wrecking Company, New London, came to the vessel’s assistance before she had been damaged very much. After being pulled off, the schooner put into Greenport under her own sails.

Christian Schenck has been granted permission by the commissioners to dig a gutter in front of his residence on Newtown lane so as to connect with the Main St. gutters. Mr. Schenck already has a pipe connection from his driveway to the Main street waterway, but as they are only six inches in diameter they will not receive the vast amount of water that flows down the lane. No doubt the gutter system will be a big improvement and take care of all the water that may come that way.

Ada Rehan, the actress, is at the Third House, Montauk. George A. Eldredge, the builder, will go to Montauk to-day to confer with Miss Rehan concerning the building of a cottage there for her.


100 Years Ago                1923

From The East Hampton Star, April 6

Following the report printed in last week’s issue of the Star that a group of influential men were interested in the erection of a large hotel at Montauk Point, the residents of the east end of the Island became very curious last Saturday morning when a train with two private cars attached passed through the villages, with Montauk as its destination. Aboard this train, which arrived at Montauk so early Saturday morning, was Sir Mackenzie King, Premier of Canada, who had chosen Montauk as a resting place for a couple of days.

Twice daily, the truly greatest show on earth, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey combined circus, is attracting record-breaking crowds to Madison Square Garden, New York City, where it is housed for a limited engagement.

The Metropolitan critics have been as one in declaring that the Ringling Brothers have out-Ringlinged themselves in their 1923 performance.

The fishing steamer Elizabeth N. Edwards, piloted by Capt. Samuel Edwards of Amagansett, looked as though it had just returned from the Arctic ocean last Saturday when it docked at Greenport, where it was taken for repairs. The rigging, smoke stack, and everything was covered with a thick layer of ice. The heavy north-west wind blew the spray and water entirely over the craft and as soon as it touched any part of the boat it froze. The site attracted many Greenporters to the dock.

Such a site on the last day of March is rarely seen.


75 Years Ago                1948

From The East Hampton Star, April 8

The Village Committee on the United Nations, John Meeker, Chairman, has arranged to have Mr. Pu of China discuss “Tensions in the Far East” at John Drew Memorial Theatre April 18, 8:00 p.m. Mr. Pu was secured through the East and West Association.

The speaker is a native of China. He has his bachelor’s degree from Michigan University, his M.A. & Ph.D. from Harvard, where he did major work in economics. Describing him as “a middle-of-the-roader on Chinese policy,” the Association praises him as one of its most popular speakers on China.

A single-engine four-passenger airplane put most of Long Island in darkness Monday night when it knocked down a high-tension transmission line near Ronkonkoma, L.I. The line was a 66,000 kilowatt line; the plane was wrecked but neither Robert Boyles, Manhattan, nor August Martin, the Bronx, pilots for the Robert O’Brien Co., New Jersey, were seriously injured.

The Ladies’ Village Improvement Society met on Monday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Percy Schenck, thirty-eight members attending. Mrs. A. Victor Amann presided.

Mrs. Maude Taylor reported for the Town Pond Committee. Mrs. Edward T. Huntting is now chairman for the grass plots in the business section; she reported that Highway Superintendent E.M. Baker has replaced ropes and posts as far as possible and has had cleanup work done there.

Mrs. Percy Ingalls reported for the Roadside Committee. She asked that a delegation from the society go to Guild Hall on April 8 to attend the Conservation Committee meeting; Mrs. Amann appointed representatives.


50 Years Ago                1973

From The East Hampton Star, April 5



Mr. and Mrs. David Yates Titus, formerly of New York, will be moving into their home on Captain Kidd’s Path on April 16. Mr. Titus is a film producer. His wife, Nancy, is an opera and concert singer who has sung with the Philadelphia Opera, the Boston Symphony, and the New York Philharmonic, and recently appeared at Lincoln Center at a concert with John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

A jealous window-washer fired six shots last Thursday night at his wife’s companion, who, wounded once, then drove about four miles until his car struck a tree near the Yardley Funeral Home in Sag Harbor, according to local police.

Sergeant Robert Aldrich, of the Sag Harbor Police, called the East Hampton Town Police shortly after 11 that night to ask for their help in controlling traffic on Route 114, at the scene of the accident. Patrolmen Richard Lia and Ken Neuhaus went to the assistance of Sag Harbor’s Police Chief, John Harrington, Sergeant Aldrich, and two Sag Harbor patrolmen.

Detectives of the East Hampton Village Police Department are investigating two incidents — one of them a fire-bombing — in which private cars owned by members of the force were considerably damaged.

The interior of a 1953 Chevrolet sedan owned by Patrolman Glen Stonemetz was set afire at about midnight last Friday, said police, while it was parked in the Newtown Lane parking lot.


25 Years Ago                1998

From The East Hampton Star, April 9

With recent studies appearing to show an elevated rate of breast cancer on the South Fork, the Southampton Town Board announced Friday that it would team up with Suffolk County in a joint mapping project to help determine whether the disease can be linked to environmental factors in Southampton and East Hampton Towns.

Southampton will use its computerized geographic information system in an analysis of women’s responses to 16,000 surveys conducted by the South Fork Breast Health Coalition since 1994 in a project underwritten by Southampton Hospital.

The Town of East Hampton has received $115,000 toward the cleanup of Lake Montauk, it was announced late last month. The grant from the State Clean Air/Clean Water Bond Act will be used to curtail runoff from storm drains and restore aquatic habitats in the lake.

Harry Macklowe showed up half an hour late Tuesday in East Hampton Justice Court for his on-again, off-again trial on village zoning charges, and Town Justice Roger Walker made no secret of his displeasure.

The Manhattan developer and Georgica Close Road homeowner, who told the court he had chartered a plane to East Hampton for his scheduled 1 p.m. appearance, received a stern warning from Justice Walker to show up on time in the future. If he did not, said Mr. Walker, he would be held in contempt.

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