Nelson

Black Sheep Sunday – Frederick Stephen Myers

Frederick Stephen Myers is my 2nd cousin 2x removed. His parents are Tom Myers and Mary Ellen Procter. Our common ancestors are William Stowell and Ellen Lane – my 3x great grandparents.

Frederick was born on 24 April 1893 in Burnley, Lancashire.

In the 1911 census Frederick is living at 4 Forrest Street, Nelson, Lancashire and working as a cotton weaver. At some point in the next eleven years Frederick went into partnership with George Mitchell and Daniel Roscoe working as electricians under the name of George Mitchell &Co.

On 2 February 1922 that partnership was dissolved but Frederick and George continued in business under the same name. Just over five years later the pair found themselves in court over National Insurance Contributions failures. The Burnley News of Saturday 19 March 1927 ran the following story (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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UNSTAMPED CARDS

Burnley Firm and Insurance Contributions

BENCH AND A BAD CASE

At Burnley Police Court, on Wednesday, George Mitchell, 4 Forrest Street, Nelson, and Frederick Stephen Myers, 43 Clevelands Road, Burnley, trading as G. Mitchell and Co., electrical and mechanical engineers, Burnley, pleaded guilty to two breaches of the Unemployment Insurance Acts, 1920 to 1925, and three breaches of the National Health Insurance Act, 1924.
Mr. J. H. Sinkinson, prosecuting, said the defendants had three employees, Henry Hargreaves, Harold Barrett and Cecil Ibbotson, an apprentice, to whose unemployment and health insurance cards they had failed to affix stamps. In the case of Hargreaves defendants failed to pay health insurance and pensions contributions for 20 weeks at 1s. 6d. a week, a total of £1 10s. No contribution was made for the whole of the last half year up to the time of the visit in November of an official of the Ministry.
Regarding unemployment insurance contributions, the defendants during the period 1925-26, failed to make, in respect of Hargreaves, sixteen contribution at 1s. 3d. weekly, and during the current period had failed to pay for twenty weeks, a total of £2 5s. In the case of Barrett twenty health insurance payments, representing £1 10s., and twenty-four unemployment insurance payments representing another £1 10s. were not made. With reference to Ibbotson, nineteen health insurance contributions were not paid – £1 8s. 6d. in all – and they could have taken proceedings in that case in respect of non-payment of unemployment insurance. The total amount of arrears for which defendants were summoned was £8 3s 6d.
“I don’t know how your worships look on these cases.” said Mr. Sinkinson, “but to me they appear as very serious matters.” Proceedings had been taken in that Court previously, and the Bench had expressed very strongly their feelings concerning the neglect of employers who failed to affix the required stamps. The newspapers, recognising the importance of such cases had given most extensive reports of them which must have been read by defendants, who could hardly plead that they knew nothing about it. Personally, he could hardly find words sometimes to describe employers who thus would deliberately jeopardise the rights of working men and women to the health insurance, unemployment insurance, and pensions provided for them by the State. Often officials had great difficulty in securing benefits for claimants because of the neglect of employers to affix stamps. In that case each defendant had rendered himself liable to a £10 fine in each case. Of the two he was afraid that Myers was the most to blame, for he had undertaken the clerical work of the firm. A bad feature too, was that Myers had taken 1s. 6d. a week from the wages of his employees as their contributions to health and unemployment stamps, or 2d. more than he was entitled to deduct.
Mitchell said that he did not know that the cards had not been stamped.
Myers said at the time the cards should have been filled up he was off ill for a fortnight. He could not find Hargreaves’s card when he came back. He offered to stamp them, but they were taken away. He was told by a cashier at a local engineering shop that 1s. 6d. a week should be deducted from wages, and since he had been informed that it was 1s. 4d. he had refunded the difference. On account of Hargreaves’ card having been lost he kept putting off the stamping of the cards.
The Mayor said the magistrates regarded the case as a bad one. Defendants would be required to pay the arrears and each would be fined 10s. including costs in each case, and special costs, a total of £13 7s. 6d.

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.

Sunday’s Obituary – Frank Coulston (1945-1949)

Frank Coulston is my 4th cousin. His parents are George Edward Coulston and Janet Petty. Our common ancestors are Martin Gawthrop and Ann Kighley – my 3x great grandparents.

Frank was born sometime in the fourth quarter of 1945 and his birth is registered at Nelson in Lancashire.

Sadly Frank had a very short life as the result of a tragic accident. The Barnoldswick & Earby Times of 26 August 1949 reported on the inquest held on Tuesday 23 August (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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Boy Drowned in Lodge

CORONER’S APPRECIATION OF RESCUE EFFORTS

“He was only after tadpoles,” said Mr John Ingham, a witness at the inquest held in Colne Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday on Frank Coulston aged three, of 8 Beech Street, Colne, who was drowned in Castle Hill Lodge on Saturday morning. The East Lancashire Deputy Coroner, Mr R H Rowland, returned a verdict of “Accidental death.”
Mrs Janet Coulston, the boy’s mother, stated that she was in Stafford at the time of the accident and had left the child in the care of his grand-mother.
John Stanford Hall, aged eight, of 9 Maple Street, Colne, told the Coroner that he and his brother were playing with Frank Coulston on the bank of the lodge. “Frank was walking backwards and fell into the water,” he said. Witness added that he ran into a nearby garden for help.
John Ingham, 14 Spruce Street, Colne, told the Coroner that he heard Hall saying “Frank is in the lodge.”
The Coroner: What did you do?
Mr Ingham: I told the boy to run and tell someone, and I dashed straight there. Frank was floating in the water some distance from the side.
The Coroner: You jumped in with your clothes on and got him out? – Yes.
Were you out of your depth? – It was shallow near the bank, but I was out of my depth when I got to him.
In answer to further questions, Mr Ingham said that he tried artificial respiration on the boy, with no success, and later Mr Dennis Quinland who is a qualified ambulance man took over and tried to revive Coulston.
Dennis Quinland, of 43 Lenches Road, stated that there was every appearance that the boy was dead when he saw him.

NOT REGARDED AS TRESPASSING
Police Constable George Mills gave evidence that he arrived soon after Mr Quinland had begun artificial respiration. He said that the lodge was about a quarter of a mile from the boy’s home, and that it was easy to gain access to the water. Quite a number of children played near the lodge, and that was not regarded as trespassing.
Summing up, the Coroner said he was satisfied that the boy fell into the water accidentally, perhaps losing his balance when he was walking backwards. “There is no question of skylarking or of the action of any other person,” he added. “I would like to place on record my appreciation of Mr Ingham’s effort in jumping into the water fully clothed when he was clearly out of his depth. Everyone who has been connected with this accident has acted most creditably.” The Coroner commended John Hall for the way in which he had given evidence, and also mentioned a third person, Mr John Burnett, of 30 Regent Street, Nelson, who had tried to resuscitate the boy.
After the inquest Mrs Coulston asked the Coroner if the lodge could be made safe. The Coroner replied that he was not concerned with that aspect.
Mrs Coulston: Well, who is? Surely something can be done.
The Coroner: I have every sympathy with you, but after all it is your child and he was a quarter of a mile away from home.
Mr T S M Badgery on behalf of the owners of the lodge, also expressed his sympathy, saying that children occasionally got into mischief, often with tragic results.

In December 1949 John Ingham received the Royal Humane Society’s Honorary Testimonial for attempting to save Frank.

Wedding Wednesday – Harold Moor and Edna Proudfoot

Edna Proudfoot is my 3rd cousin 1x removed. Her parents are Arthur Proudfoot and Ellen Ann Myers. Our common ancestors are William Stowell and Ellen Lane, my 3x great grandparents.

Edna was born on 26 October 1910 in Burnley, Lancashire.

On 25 April 1933 Edna married Harold Moor at St. Paul’s Church, Nelson, Lancashire – a report of the wedding was published in the Burnley Express the following day.

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Considerable interest was evinced in a pretty wedding which took place yesterday afternoon, in St Paul’s Church, Nelson. The contracting parties were Mr Harold Moor, youngest son of Mr Harold Moor, of 1 Bank Hall Terrace, Burnley, a member of the firm of Messrs T and J Moor, wholesale fruiterers, of Nelson, and Miss Edna Proudfoot, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Proudfoot, of 146 Hibson Road, Nelson. The ceremony was performed, in the presence of a large congregation, by the Rev W M V Gregory.

The bride, who was given away by her father, was prettily attired in a gown of fine lace over crepe suede trimmed in silk velvet. She wore a veil with a wreath of orange blossom and carried a bouquet of lilac. The bridesmaids were Miss Mary Proudfoot, Miss Jean Proudfoot and Miss Nancy Proudfoot (sisters of the bride), and Miss Eleanor Dyson (friend of the bride). They were dressed in Parma violet crapple crepe marocain, with chenille berets to tone. Their bouquets were composed of anemones. The bride’s mother wore a brown and du Barry crapple crepe marocain, and Mrs E A Smalley, of Accrington, sister of the bridegroom, was attired in nigger brown floral crepe de Chine. Both had bouquets of tea roses.

The duties of best man were discharged by Mr A Veevers, friend of the bridegroom, and Mr T Greenwood (friend of the bridegroom) and Mr E A Smalley, of Accrington (brother-in-law of the bridegroom), officiated as groomsmen. After the ceremony a reception was held at Oddie’s Cafe, Scotland Road, Nelson.

The bridegroom is well known in local amateur football, playing centre-forward for the Burnley Grammar School Old Boys, of which team the best man is the captain.

The bride’s gift to the bridegroom was a gold wristlet watch, and the bridegroom’s gift to the bride was a pearl necklace. Diamante brilliant clips were presented by the bridegroom to the bridesmaids. Among the presents was a case of fish eaters and servers from the staff of Messrs T and J Moor.

The honeymoon is being spent touring in the South.

Black Sheep Sunday – James Bowes (1888-1973)

James Bowes is my 3rd cousin 2x removed.

James was born on 27 December 1888 in Burnley, Lancashire, to parents James Bowes and Ada Welsh. Our common ancestors are John Stowell and Ann Riddeoff, my 4x great grandparents.

James married Gerty Roberts sometime in the March quarter of 1915.

In 1939, at the outbreak of World War Two James and Gerty were living at Clifton Street, Nelson, Lancashire.

It is common practice during wartime for a blackout to be introduced. People who failed to keep their homes or premises in darkness were liable to stringent legal penalties.

On 6 June 1941 the Nelson Leader carried a report that James was in breach of the lighting regulations.

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Black-Out Offence

For a breach of the lighting regulations, James Bowes (52), 18 Clifton Street, Nelson, was fined 10s, by the local magistrates on Saturday. P.W.R. Jolly said he was in Chapel Street at 11.50pm on Saturday, May 17th, when he saw a bright beam of light shining from the back kitchen window of defendant’s home. He found that the window was screened only by light brown curtains, and these were about three inches apart down the centre. Defendant said it was an oversight, he had blacked-out the front of the house, and forgotten to draw the dark blind in the kitchen.

Sunday’s Obituary – James Bowes (1861-1955)

James Bowes is the husband of my 2nd cousin 3x removed Ada Welsh.

James was born on 23 December 1861 in Burnley, Lancashire. he married Ada at Holy Trinity church, Habergham eaves, Lancashire on 25 September 1886.

Over the next twenty one years James and Ada had eleven children.

In the census returns for 1891, 1901 and 1911 James was described as a “cotton beamer”.

James died on 12 February 1955 and his death was reported in the Nelson Leader on 18 February 1955.

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Mr James Bowes

In the RC Section of Nelson Cemetery, on Tuesday, the remains were interred of Mr James Bowes, 76 Southfield Street, Nelson, who died on Saturday, aged 93 years. The Rev. Fr. Hope officiated. One of the oldest blind pensioners in Nelson, Mr Bowes is survived by three daughters and two sons. Solemn Requiem Mass was celebrated in St. George’s Church by Fr. Hope prior to the interment.

There were no flowers by request.

Mass offerings:- daughters Ida, Eva, Lilly; Mrs Dee and Mr Chapman; Mrs Laycock; Mrs Corrigan; Katie Hargreaves, Bob, Eileen (Canada); S.V.P. Saint George.

Undertakers:- Nelson Co-op, Funeral service.

Sunday’s Obituary – Ada Bowes (nee Welsh) 1867-1950

Ada Welsh is my 2nd cousin 3x removed. Her parents were Patrick Welsh (or sometimes Walsh) and Charlotte Stowell. Our common ancestors were John Stowell and Ann Riddeoff, my 4x great grandparents.

Ada was born on 11 April 1867 and her birth was registered in Burnley, Lancashire. As far as I have been able to establish she was the first of at least seven children.

On the 25 September 1886, at the age of 19, Ada married James Bowes at Holy Trinity church, Habergham Eaves, Lancashire.

James and Ada had eleven children over the next twenty one years.

In the census returns of 1891 and 1911 Ada’s occupation is given as “cotton winder”. And in the 1939 Register she is described as doing “unpaid domestic duties”.

Ada died on 16 May 1950 and her death was reported in the Nelson Leader on 26 May 1950.

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Mrs Ada Bowes

At the Nelson Cemetery, RC Section, on Friday the interment took place of Mrs Ada Bowes, 76, Southfield Street, Nelson, whose death, at the age of 83, occurred the previous Tuesday. The Rev. Father Hope officiated.

Floral tributes from:- Lily and Harry; Jim and Eva and brother Jim and Madge; Agnes Corrigan; Bobbie and Brian; Mrs Lonsdale; and others.

Mass Offerings:- Dad and Ida; S.V.P and Married Ladies, St George’s; Margaret Dee; Mrs Laycock; Mr and Mrs Chapman; Bob, Eileen and the boys (Canada); Cissie McIntyre.

Undertakers:- Helliwell Funeral Service.