Edward A. Walsh
He also fed the New York papers with much-read news of society in Newport’s heyday as "the place to be."
In Prohibition days, he spent many nights at the Perry House, a hotel whose back room served delicious home brew. Here the town’s politicians and chief figures often gathered and Ed picked up many a good story.
Redney Burke’s, an establishment that continued untouched though Prohibition until Mr. Burke died in the 40's, was another source of many top stories. This was the stopping-off place for the society crowd, Army and Navy officers and the local bigwigs.
While working at the News, EAW, Jemail and the paper's publisher, Ed Sherman, created a bi-weekly column, titled "The Gristmill," which carried the byline "E E E," for the two Eds and EmiT. It was devoted to quips, historical notes on old Newport and still is a regular feature of the paper.
Ed's story range was as varied as the persons he knew. There were myriad hijacking raids by federal agents during Prohibition, elections, murders, big weddings such as the marriage of John Jacob Astor to Tuckie French, America's Cup yacht racing, sinking of the submarine Squalus off Portsmouth, N.H., and the 1938 and 1944 hurricanes which ravished Rhode Island.
He also served his community in many ventures, not the least of which was preparing a brochure in collaboration with his friend, Buck Donovan, titled, "An Invitation to the United Nations Organization to Establish Permanent Headquarters in Historic Newport, Rhode Island on the Island of Aquidneck-Isle of Peace."
Many of his friends say it was his greatest testimonial of his loyalty to Newport for it combined the descriptive beauty he felt for his home with the delicately balanced sense of judgment he had acquired to present his topic in the most vivid terms.
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