[From 1899 Examiner Annual]
Jan. 7Isle of Man Band of Hope Union formed.
Jan. 15Temperance revival : Mrs Ormiston Chant and Mr Tennyson Smith lecture. The Lieut. -Governor, replying to Mr Robert Cowley in the Tynwald Court, gives interesting information regarding liquor license and convictions for drunkenness in the Isle of Man.
Jan. 25 Rev. J. S. Wilkinson, Vicar of Kirk Maughold, dies.
Feb. 7Deemster Sir James Gell makes his debut as a judge at Douglas. Death of Mrs R. S. Stephen. wife of the Mayor of Douglas.
Feb. 13Death of Mr J. C. LaMothe, High Bailiff of Ramsey.
Feb. 14Mr Alex. Robertson appointed as Town Clerk of Douglas vice Mr T. H. Nesbitt, who resigned on appointment as Clerk to the Vestry of St. George, Hanover Square, London.
Feb. 16End of great right-of-way case at Port Erin : Important victory for the people.
Feb. 24Death of Mr Richard Penketh, one of the Members of House of Keys for Middle Sheading.
Mar. 3Temperance Conference in Douglas : Action of Douglas Licensing Court in granting 76 liquor licenses to boarding house keepers, in teeth of popular opinion, condemned.
Mar. 15Douglas Licensing Court again flout the expressed will of the Manx people, and grant 80 boarding house licenses.
Baumes trustees grant £1,000 to Nobles Hospital, £300 to School of Art, and transfer Strathallan Hall property to Manager of Industrial Home.
Mar. 24 Mr F. G. Callow, of Ballacurry, Onchan,defeats Mr H. J Clague in contest for seat in House of Keys, rendered vacant by death of Mr Penketh.
Mar. 26Articles on Liverpool-Manx Worthies commence in Isle Man Examiner.
Nett decrease of £646 in revenue of Island reported. Decrease in wine, beer, and spirit duties, £1,000.
April 5Mr James Moore appointed Chairman of School Committee of Douglas, vice Mr G. A. Ring resigned.
April 12Deemster Sir James Gell and the Attorney-General (M G. A. Ring) sit in Legislature for first time on their new appointments.
April 13Mr A. Ernest Prescott appointed Borough Surveyor a Douglas, vice Mr T. G. Taylor, appointed to Ramsgate.
April 21Mr B. D. Gelling, advocate, appointed secretary of the House of Keys.
May 6Appointment of Rev. Robert D. Kermode as Vicar at Maughold.
May 12Death of Mr George C. Heron, Douglas.
May 17 Re-election of Mr John Boyd as Chairman of Ihe Douglas Poor Relief Committee.
May 19Death of Mr Gladstone, Englands greatest statesman. Death of Mr Hugh S. Gell, of Castletown.
June 16Decision to close Thomas Street Wesleyan Day Schools Schools afterwards continued by Douglas School Committee
June 23 Foundation stone of Murrays Road Board Schools laid by the Attorney-General.
June 28Governor Lord Henniker refuses the use of Peel Castle Grounds for the purpose of a temperance demonstration Public indignation.
July 5Tynwald Day : Some one blunders, and no laws can be promulgated.
Presentation of an address by the Tynwald Court to Sir William Drinkwater on his retirement from the Legislature.
July 8John Dixon, farmer and ex-policeman, sentenced to five years penal servitude for the alleged theft of a sheep value twenty shillings. Public indignation and agitation for Dixons release. The Examiner takes the lead.
July 14Opening of Physical Laboratory and Pupil Teachers Centre in Douglas.
July 21All Saints Church, Alexander Drive, Douglas, opened.
July 24Castletown Licensing Court decline to grant license in respect of newly erected hotel at Port St. Mary Railway station.
Aug. 2Opening of Laxey-Ramsey Electric Tramway.
Terrible boating disaster off Clay Head : Five visitors drowned.
Aug. 8Pardon of John Dixon : Reproof for a Manx jury and the Manx judges.
Aug. 20Boating disaster off Derbyhaven : Three well-known residents drowned.
Sept. 26 Death of Capt. Philip Gell, a director of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.
OctMr Alexander Fraser appointed Postmaster of the Isle of Man, vice Mr J. H. Viney, promoted to Warrington.
Oct. 3Commenced in Isle of Man Examiner a series of articles on the revival of the Manx language.
Publication of passenger tax returns : Decrease in arrivals during season 1898 of 4,310 at Douglas.
Oct. 17Mr Alexander Bruce appointed a director of the Isle of Man Steampacket Company.
Oct. 27Opening of North Douglas Rechabite Tent.
Nov. 1Douglas Municipal Elections. Contests in Wards Nos. 1 and 6.
Nov. 9Formal and unanimous election of Mr Alderman Webb as Mayor of Douglas.
Nov. 9Death of Sir John Goldie-Taubman, Speaker of the House of Keys for 31 years.