Mill plunge hor­ror and for­bid­den fruit

Rochdale Observer - - NOSTALGIA -

HERE we take a look at the Rochdale Ob­server from 100 years ago ...


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.


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.


“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

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