100 Years Ago in Warren: Oysters and racers
Taken from the pages of the Barrington and Warren Gazette this week in November 1912:
Sixty miles per hour!
Barney Oldfield caught by the camera while making a mile a minute: Barney Oldfield is the king of speed artists when it comes to smashing automobile records. At Fort Smith, Ark., recently he made a new world's record for a half mile track, lowering his own figures, which were the previous record, by several seconds. HIs time was within a fraction of a minute for the mile. The photograph proves the claim that the camera is far quicker than the eye. An automobile racing past the vision of hte eye at the speed indicated appears little more than a streak. The camera, however, brings out the car and driver plainly.
Warren's booming oyster trade
The big piles of oyster shells that yearly grow and disappear, are now beginning again to pile up, and some have already reached large proportions. The batch this year seems to be very satisfactory so far and the output from Warren will probably be as large as usual in the coming season.
A visit to the Sealshipt Oyster Co., showed a lively scene, everyone busy, and the well-known product being shipped in various packages of different sizes and shapes.
At the present time there are about 84 hands employed in the house at the foot of Baker street, and from 600 to 700 gallons a day are being shipped. This however sounds small, when the information is added that at Providence, 300 men are employed by the same concern.
The Sealshipt Oyster Co., has been in existence only about seven years, but during the time it has become well known throughout the country, by reason of the extensive advertising campaign carried on, and the peculiarity of the packages sent out, the plan being to send the oysters direct to the consumer without opening the package. That many housekeepers appreciate this point is assured by the large trade that has been built up, and the constantly increasing business. Not all of the product by any means is shipped in the small family packages, but the greater part of the output is packed in larger packages, to be opened by the retailer, and transferred as soon as possible to the table of the consumer.
At the oyster house of George T. Greene Jr. the season has opened apparently with a rush, as everyone seems to be busy, and the large loads sent to the railroad every day, show that the festive oyster is being demanded in large quantities, and Mr. Greene is doing his best to supply that insistent call. About 30 men are employed there at the present time, and the output is something like 175 gallons a day. This has run up to 350 during some of the rush days, already this season, and when the height of the season is reached in December this will be largely exceeded.