Month: October 2019

Sunday’s Obituary – Walter Fletcher (1883-1952)

Walter Fletcher was the husband of Jane Musgrove – my 1st cousin 2x removed.

I have previously written about their marriage here and Jane’s obituary here.

Walter was born on 8 August 1883. He lived in Clitheroe, Lancashire all his life. He was active in many areas of community life as reflected in the obituary below from the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times of 15 February 1952 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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MR WALTER FLETCHER

Clitheroe lost one of its best known personalities by the sudden death on Saturday of Mr Walter Fletcher, of 7 Chester Avenue. Mr Fletcher was among spectators at the football match at Shaw Bridge when he collapsed and died whilst the crowd stood in silence in memory of King George.
Mr Fletcher, who was 68, was a native of Clitheroe, and until his retirement two years ago had been wages clerk at Jubilee Mill for more than 40 years.
He was a prominent figure in local music circles, and in the early days of the cinema he acted as pianist for the silent films, drawing on a remarkable memory to match his music to the action. He was also a concert and dance band pianist, prominent in many social events for a long period.
In addition to his musical talents, Mr Fletcher was also an artist of some repute, a clever cartoonist and with pleasing water colours to his credit. He often designed stage settings and painted the scenery required for local amateur shows.
Mr Fletcher was keenly interested in sport. Bowls provided his favourite pastime, and he was at one time captain of the bowling team of Clitheroe Cricket, Bowling and Tennis Club, in which he took a great interest. His membership of the Clitheroe Sports (Fishing) Club reflected a keen interest in angling, and he was also one of Clitheroe Football Club’s best known supporters, rarely, if ever, missing a home match.
For many years he was a member of Clitheroe Conservative Club and of the R.A.O.B., and during the war he held the rank of inspector in the Clitheroe branch of the Special Constabulary.
A widower, Mr Fletcher leaves three married daughters, who will have sympathy in their bereavement.
Directors and members of the staff of Jubilee Mill and representatives of the R.A.O.B. were among those attending the funeral at St. Mary’s Cemetery on Wednesday. The Rev. C J Guildford officiated.

Wedding Wednesday – Robert Barlow and Margaret Webster

Margaret Webster is my 2nd cousin 1x removed. Her parents are James Paley Webster and Mary Slinger. Our common ancestors are James Paley and Mary Ann Spink – my 2x great grandparents.

Margaret was born in Clitheroe, Lancashire – her birth is registered in the March quarter of 1935.

On 16 August 1958 Margaret married Robert Barlow at St. James’s Church, Clitheroe. The wedding was announced in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on Friday 22 August 1958 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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BARLOW – WEBSTER

The wedding took place on Saturday at St. James’s Church, Clitheroe, of Mr. Robert Barlow, of 59 Bolland Prospect, Clitheroe, and Miss Margaret Webster, the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Webster, of 15 Fort Street, Clitheroe.
The bride wore a full-length gown of white net over taffeta, trimmed with seed pearls and sequins, with full-length veil to match. She carried pink and white carnations.
The bridesmaid was Miss Audrey Braithwaite, a friend, who wore pink Terylene over taffeta with headdress to match. She carried pink carnations.
The small attendant was a cousin of the bride, Miss Myra Smith, who was dressed in pink nylon over taffeta, and carried a posy of pink carnations.
Best man was the bride’s brother, Mr. Matthew Webster, and the groomsman was Mr. Dennis Smith, cousin of the bride.
A reception was held at the Station Hotel, after which the bride and bridegroom left for a honeymoon at Morecambe.
On their return, they will reside at 96 Woone Lane.

Black Sheep Sunday – Eddie Price

Eddie Price is my 1st cousin 1x removed. His parents are Edward Price and Leah Musgrove. Our common ancestors are Joseph Musgrove and Elizabeth Ann Turner – my great grandparents.

Eddie was born on 23 March 1929 in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

I found Eddie in the local newspaper, the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times twice in the space of eight months. He was in trouble with the police for motoring offences.

Clitheroe Advertiser and Times – Friday 26 August 1949 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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Motor Cyclist Fined

Pleading guilty to driving a motor cycle with no white front light, being the holder of a provisional driving licence and not displaying “L” plates at the front and rear of the cycle, and to carrying a passenger other than a qualified driver, Eddie Price (20), of 24 Larkhill Cottages, Old Landgho, was fined a total of £1 at Clitheroe County Magistrates Court on Monday.

Eight months later Eddie was involved in a more serious offence. If this had happened in more recent times it would certainly have been a candidate for Police Interceptors on the telly!!

Clitheroe Advertiser and Times – Friday 14 April 1950 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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Easter Saturday Police Chase At Whalley

A NIGHT chase at Whalley was described at Blackburn on Monday when Eddie Price (21) farm labourer, Larkhill Cottages, Langho, was charged with taking away a car without the owner’s consent, driving it without an insurance policy, and while disqualified from holding a licence. He was fined a total of £15 and disqualified from driving for 12 months.
Evidence was that the car was missed from outside shop premises in Whalley New Road, Blackburn, on Saturday night.
Its description was circulated by wireless and the car was seen parked just outside Whalley by P.C.s Wood and Ellison, stationed at Whalley. As they approached the vehicle, they heard footsteps and saw the prisoner running away. They gave chase but lost him in the dark.

BEHIND DOOR

Price was eventually found, crouching behind the shippon door of a nearby farm. He told the police later: “It is a long walk from Blackburn. I took it.”
Price asked for another case of taking away a car from the Union Street car park, Blackburn, in March, to be taken into consideration.
Chairman of the Bench, (Alderman J. Charnley) complimented the constables in the manner in which Price had been caught.

 

Wedding Wednesday – Alan Crossley and Mary Dorothy Hanson

Alan Crossley is my 2nd cousin 1x removed. His parents are John Crossley and Isabella Musgrove. Our common ancestors are Harrison Musgrove and Jane Rooking – my 2x great grandparents.

Alan was born on 17 March 1914 in Clitheroe, Lancashire. By all accounts Alan was an exceptional musician, organist and choirmaster – this will be the subject of a future blog post all on its own.

On 9 September 1939 Alan married Mary Dorothy Hanson at St. Helen’s Church, Waddington, Lancashire. Details of the wedding were in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on Friday 15 September 1939 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)

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CROSSLEY – HANSON

Many friends were present at St. Helen’s Church, Waddington, last Saturday, to witness the wedding of Mr. Alan Crossley, organist and choirmaster at St. Paul’s Church, Low Moor, and Miss Mary Dorothy Hanson, organist at St. Catherine’s Church, West Bradford.
The nuptials were performed by the Rev. W. G. Jones, M.A., vicar of Waddington, assisted by the Rev. I. Pugh, vicar of Low Moor. The service was fully choral. Mr. Harry Dyson was at the organ, and the choir was composed of representatives of St. Mary’s Parish Church, Clitheroe, St. Paul’s, Low Moor, St. Helen’s, Waddington, and St. Catherine’s, West Bradford.
The bride, given away by her brother-in-law, Mr. F. Tomlinson, wore a dress of mist blue with petunia sash, spray of fuchsia to tone, light blue hat, and accessories to match. She carried an ivory backed prayer book, the gift of Sunday School teachers and scholars at St. Helen’s.
As bridesmaid, Miss Mary Boothman (friend of the bride) was dressed in a pastel shade of pink, with spray of cream roses, brown hat, gloves, and shoes, and she carried a handbag to tone, which was the bridegroom’s gift.
Mr. J. R. Barnes, a member of the choir at St. Paul’s, was best man, and Mr. H. Tomlinson, nephew of the bride, groomsman.
The numerous presents received included and eiderdown from the bride’s employer, Mr. Peter Harrison; a dinner service from the bridegroom’s colleagues of the Inland Revenue Staff, Nelson; a duet piano stool from the members of the Clitheroe String Orchestra; a pair of exhibition pictures (by J. Hindle Higson) from St. Paul’s Church Choir; and a set of Pyrex dishes from St. Catherine’s Choir.
On their return from the honeymoon, which is being spent at Harrogate, Mr. and Mrs. Crossley will reside at 18 Hargreaves Street, Nelson.