Just a few days ago I was reading an edition of the Daily News, 1907, and found some news from Fogo. Thus, I’d like to share with you what was happening here on Fogo Island then. It was written on Nov. 18.
The first item told how winter had set in although it was only Nov. 18: “A winter like appearance, ground covered with snow and hard frost, are the weather conditions prevailing here at the time of writing.”
This could be a first for speeding on Fogo Island; nor is it likely he was drunk: “A young man was recently brought before Acting Magistrate Scott, and being convicted of the offence, was fined five dollars for furiously driving a catamaran (slide) with two dogs attached.
The ‘S.S. Annie’ towed a wrecked schooner from Change Islands to this port. The damaged craft was purchased by Messrs. Earle and will be repaired here during the winter by Mr. John Jones.
The schooner ‘Nina Pearl’, belonging to Captain Ambrose Payne, is still in the hands of the carpenters – damages sustained by contact with the rocks being more serious than that at first anticipated.
Schooner, ‘Exotic’, William Oake, Jr., is discharging a load of lumber at Hodge’s.”
A not so subtle message to the merchants here: “Coal and wood are both very scarce at present, and people are beginning to look upon the fuel supply for the coming winter with some anxiety. It is to be hoped that our enterprising merchants will face the problem and secure adequate stocks of the necessary articles before the season closes.”