Alice Musgrove

Sunday’s Obituary – Harrison Musgrove (1858-1911)

Harrison Musgrove is my great grand uncle.  His parents are Harrison Musgrove and Jane Rooking (my 2x great grandparents).

Harrison was born on 29 May 1858 in Kendal, Westmorland.  He remained in Kendal until sometime in the mid 1880’s.  On the 1871 census at the age of 12 his occupation is given as “tobacconist” and in 1881 he was working as a “farm servant indoors”.

Sometime in Q2 1883 Harrison married Jane Harrison in Kendal.  As far as I can tell Harrison and Jane had at least six children:-

Agnes Jane – 1881; Eliza – 1886; Alice – 1888; Elinor – 1892; Rachel – 1894; Elizabeth Ann – 1896

In the 1891 census the family were living near Horton in Ribblesdale and Harrison was working as a “general labourer”.  By 1901 they had moved to Holme, Lancashire and Harrison was now a “limestone quarryman”.

The family continued their regular travels and in 1911 they were living in Halifax, West Yorkshire.  Harrison was employed as a “quarryman”.

I have today found the following article from the Yorkshire Post & Leeds Intelligencer of 15 July 1911.

Harrison Musgrove 1911DEATHS FROM HEAT

A farm labourer, named Harrison Musgrove, aged 45 years, died from the effects of the intense heat on Thursday, at Burton-in-Lonsdale, four miles from Ingleton.  Dr Troughton was able to certify that death was due to heat apoplexy.  Musgrove hailed from Jubilee Street, Halifax, where his wife is now living.

This was the first time I had come across suggestions  that there was a heat wave in the summer of 1911.  I was able to find a report from The Independent newspaper from July 2006 with details about the Long, hot summer: The Great British heatwave of 1911

Harrison Musgrove ProbateHarrison left a will with effects of £5 going to his wife Jane.

 

Sunday Snap – Dad and his dumper

This is a photograph of my dad, Graham Dawson, taken sometime in the late 1940’s or early 1950’s.  It is taken at one of two locations and I can’t be sure which one it is.

My dad met my mother (Alice Musgrove) when he lived and worked in Clitheroe, Lancashire.  He was employed for a time at the local quarry where he was a “dumper” driver.  My mother tells the story that my dad named his “dumper” Alice – I’m sure that must have been out of some sort of affection for her (my mother that is).

The other possibility is that the photograph was taken when he worked at the Barnbow site in Leeds.  I don’t know what his job was but I understand that he drove a “dumper” there as well.

Barnbow was originally built as a munitions factory during the First World War – this is quite apt as we have just been to see a preview showing of the film War Horse which is set during WW1.

On this day … 23rd August

1744 … Ann Cowgill and Turner Snowden married at Thornton in Craven, Yorkshire.  They are the 2x great grandparents of the wife of my 2nd great grand uncle.

1910 … Alice Musgrove was born to parents Joseph Musgrove and Elizabeth An Turner.  She is my grand aunt.

Treasure Chest Thursday – Diamond Wedding Anniversary

Saturday 4th August 1951 – Alice Musgrove and Graham Dawson married at the Parish Church of St. James, in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

So today would have been their diamond wedding anniversary.  Sadly dad passed away in 2008 so there will be no anniversary celebrations – and he really enjoyed a good old “knees up”.  However it is still a time to remember and mark the special day.

Alice and Graham were married at 2.00pm.  The witnesses were Harry Dawson (dad’s brother – see yesterday’s Wordless Wednesday photograph) and Elsie Bartlett (mum’s best friend).  There were four bridesmaids and a page boy

The reception for 77 guests was held at the Craven Heifer Hotel on Whalley Road, Clitheroe.

As was the case for many couples in those days mum and dad took their honeymoon in Blackpool – about thirty six miles away.

The country was still in the post war ration era and you can see from the hotel confirmation  (below) that mum and dad were required to take with them their complete ration books (with points), tea coupons and their own soap & towels.

Mum has kept all the paperwork related to the wedding and this has now been scanned and preserved as part of my digital treasure chest.

On this day … 4th August

1866 … Esther Dawson and Pearson Holmes married at St. Andrew’s church in Kildwick, West Yorkshire.  Esther is my 2x great grand aunt.

1951 … My parents Graham Dawson and Alice Musgrove were married at St. James’s church in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

Ten loom weavers

This Sunday, 28th November is my mother’s 80th birthday.  So I thought I would take a look back to a time when she was 17 year’s old and working as a weaver in one of the local mills in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

Here is a newspaper article about changes to working practices recommended in a Cotton Manufacturers Commission report and Government White Paper.

The report and White Paper recommended a 20% increase in production mainly by weavers operating more looms.  The tradition was for weavers to operate 4 looms and the new plan was for them to operate 10 looms.

The article tells the story of “Mrs Lucy Eccles (53), weaver since she was nine years old, moved on to 10 looms a months ago.” and my mother Alice Musgrove.

“What it took Mrs Eccles 44 years to reach, 17 year old Alice Musgrove did it in 18 months.  Then she was training as a weaver with two looms.  Now she has 10 and is the champion wage earner among the younger weavers with £6 10s a week.”

Happy birthday mum – I hope you’ve saved up your wages to pay for lunch on Sunday.