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Newport County, Rhode Island
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Mercury Almanac for 1897 published by The Mercury Publishing Co., Newport, R.I.
The record begins Dec. 7, 1895, and closes Dec. 25, 1896. Scans are over 300 kb.
1896 Important Events - 1:
December, 1895.
20. Towsend Industrial School formally transferred to the Public School Committee.
23. Henry Proctor of Cranston, 65 years of age, died from asphyxiation at the U. S. Hotel, in this city.
31. New Guild House of St. John's parish formally opened with a reception to the parishioners.
January, 1896.
10. David Standish Mayberry died at his home on Poplar street after an illness of less than a week's duration.
17. Major Henry T. Easton died after a brief illness.
22. Joseph Mayer died. Mr. Mayer was building the first flat to be erected in Newport. Building in course of construction when he died.
1. Messrs. Geo. A. Weaver and William Shepley purchased, through Simeon Hazard, the Briggs Wharf property and sold the same to the New York, New Haven & Hartford R. R. Co. The most important sale, from a business standpoint made in Newport for many years.
7. Dr. Annie News died.
1. Ex. Alderman William O. Greene died after a brief illness.
2. From the bursting of a thug bolt in the boiler of a tug in the harbor, the fireman, Frank Ekman, was badly scalded and died the next day.
3. William L. McDonald, while attempting to cross from Jamestown in a rowboat, during a heavy storm, was drowned. His body was not recovered till June 5.
19. Brig Water Witch, bound from Jamaica to Boston, went ashore on Sachuest Beach. The crew escaped only with their lives. The brig was a total wreck.
1896 Important Events - 2:
1. State Election held. Overwhelming Republican majorities.
3. John J. Carry, Prominent fruit and fish merchant, died.
4. Deputy Sheriff Kaull returned from England with John L. O'Brien who in 1893 pleaded nolo to a grand jury indictment for robbing his employer of some $6000 worth of goods and then jumped his bail.
8. Weenat Shassitt Tribe of Red Men adopted sixty-three palefaces, the largest number of persons ever joining a secret society at one time.
16. William G. Weld, a prominent summer resident, died at his home in Boston.
5. Schooner Daniel B. Fearing of this city went ashore at Cahoon's Hollow, Cape Cod. The crew was saved, but the vessel was a total loss.
31. Police Officer Dewick, while preparing to go on duty, was struck by lightining [sic] and instantly killed at his home on Van Zandt avenue.
19. Mrs. Mar L., wife of Mr. T. A. Lawton, died after an illness of little more than a week's duration.
Frank W. Marshall died.
13. Miss Hannah Gartside, matron of the Children's Home for the past 10 years, died.
22. The barn on the estate of Hillidon Hill, belonging to Lorillard Spencer, was burned to the ground, entailing a loss of between $10,000 and $15,000, caused by the explosion of the coachman's lantern.
26. Rev. M. S. Howes of the Second Baptist church resigned.
31. Hon. Nicholas Ball, one of Block Island's most prominent and wealthy citizens, died.
6. Second annual harbor fete. Flag raising and band concert in the afternoon. Boat procession and band concerts in the harbor in the evening/
24. Asa Porter, the oldest conductor on the original Old Colony Railroad, died at his home in Rosbury, Mass.
25. Miss Gertrude Vanderbilt, daughter of Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt, was married at "The Breakers" to Mr. Henry Paine Whitney, son of Hon. William C. Whitney.
4. Gilbert L. Ward of Middletown, died from a stroke of paralysis.
9. Newport visited by the heaviest storm of wind and rain in many years. The Helen F. Whitten of Gloucester was driven on to the rocks at Castle Hill and the crew taken off by the Life Saving Crew at Price's Neck.
19. Walter Langdon Kane, one of Newport's summer residents, died at his home on Bellevue avenue.
26. Rhode Island Chapter, Sons of the Revolution, was formed, with W. Watts Sherman as its President.
29. George F. Crandall, one of Newport's most highly esteemed citizens, died from asphyxiation at a Boston Hotel, while on a business trip to that city. The remains were brought to this city for interment and were followed to their last resting place by one of the largest funeral processions ever seen in Newport, all the different Masonic organizations and Coronet Council, Royal Arcanum, attending in a body.
1896 Important Events - 3:
27. William Ellery Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, formed.
3. Presidential and municipal elections held. McKinley's plurality 1446, Bull's 1998. In the city election every Republican candidate on the ticket was elected except for Mayor.
9. Dr. Francis H. Rankin, one of Newport's best know physicians, died in this city.
22. Second anniversary of consecration of Zabriskie Memorial Church observed with special services.
28. Mrs. Susan Slocum, one of the pensioners of the War of 1812, died in the 90th year of her age.
5. Gunboat "Newport" launched at Bath, Me., named by Miss LaFarge. A large party of Newporters witnessed the launching.
10. John A. Dexter died at his residence in this city. Mr. Dexter had been in the employ of the New York, New Haven and Hartford R. R. Co for many years.
11. J. R. Kendick, Vice President of N. Y., N. H. & H. R. R., died suddenly in Boston of rheumatism of the heart.
19. Three aged women, Misses Eliza, Charlotte and Martha Wilbor, aged respectively 90, 86, and 83 years, burned to death at their home on Spring street. The fire is supposed to have been caused by fumes of alcohol, which one of them was using, igniting and communicating the flames to each of the sisters in turn, resulting in the terrible disaster.
22. Ocean House property sold to George I. Merritt Company.
23. Newport visited by one of the most severe snowstorms of recent years.
Mr. Fred B. Coggeshall has plans drawn for a large business block on Thames street and Washington square.

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