Mill plunge horror and forbidden fruit
HERE we take a look at the Rochdale Observer from 100 years ago ...
●●THE MAYORALTY OF ROCHDALE. ALDERMAN BLOMLEY JP SELECTED
At an informal meeting of members of the Rochdale town council on Thursday, after the ordinary sitting, Alderman James Blomley, JP, was unanimously asked to submit himself to the statutory meeting of the council on November 9 for election as Mayor of the borough in succession to Coun R. Turner, JP, who will then complete two years’ service.
He was proposed by Coun Bryning, and seconded by Coun Davidson, JP, both paying tribute to his high character, his public spirit, his long experience of municipal affairs and his sound judgement.
Alderman Blomley briefly thanked his colleagues for this mark of their confidence and goodwill and promised to give a definite reply in a few days.
●●ROCHDALE MAN’S SHOCKING DEATH
The Bacup police report the death under shocking circumstances of James Carroll, 30, married, of Hopwood Place, off John Street, Rochdale, who was employed as a whitewasher by James MacDonald, mill contractor, of 19 George Street, Rochdale.
Yesterday, Carroll was working at the Atherton Holme Mill, Stacksteads.
About two o’clock in the afternoon, one of the mill hands saw him walk towards the well of the hoist and fall head first to the bottom, a distance of 30 feet.
Two of the workmen in the warehouse immediately went to the spot and lifted Carroll up.
Dr Falconer was at once called to the mill, but on arrival he found Carroll dead.
One of his arms was broken and there were severe injuries to the neck and the skull.
The body was removed to the mortuary at the Bacup police station to await inquest.
A STOREKEEPER and his wife Elizabeth Ellen Dixon of Falinge Road, who was represented by Mr J. A. Hudson, applied for a separation order against her husband, John Dixon, 34, a storekeeper of Leach’s Place, Spotland Bridge.
The complainant stated that on August 19, she saw her husband leaving a certain woman’s house.
A witness spoke to the woman and afterwards left, leaving the defendant there. The next day he went home for his clothes.
She denied having thrown his clothes on the table or having told him to go.
Defendant informed the magistrates that his wife ordered him out the house, The magistrate told the husband to pay his wife 10s a week, in addition to the costs of these proceedings and the advocates fee. The wife was granted the custody of the child.
●●ROBBING A MAGISTRATE’S GARDEN
“Stealing from gardens is very prevalent and it is becoming a serious matter,” remarked the chief constable at the Rochdale borough police court, yesterday, when six youths were summoned for stealing pears from the garden at “Dunsterville,” the residence of Mr J Duckworth, J.P.
The offenders were G Mitton (16), of Merefield Street; J Greenwood, 16, and D Green, 14, of Merefield Terrace, A Ashley, 14, of Mark Terrace; H Bridden, 14, of Merefield Street and H Chadwick, 13, of Clifton Terrace.
At 6.45 on the morning of August 12, Mr Duckworth, JP, saw three boys on his garden wall taking fruit from the trees. They afterwards jumped off and joined their others. Mr Duckworth and his son gave chase, but the defendants got away.
Special-Constable T. R. Wrigley caught four of the defendants and they gave the names and addresses of the other two. Mr Duckworth stated that every year his garden was raided. Defendants had promised to send a written apology and give one shilling each to the funds of the Red Cross Society, but they had not done so. The youths were each fined 10s.
Private Frank Shaw of the Lancashire Fusiliers, who lived with his parents at 15 Blenheim Street, Rochdale, is reported as “wounded and missing” since July 31.
●●Alderman James Blomley was selected to be the next mayor or Rochdale with Mrs Blomley alongside him as mayoress
●●Private Frank Shaw was listed as missing