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Local Chronology, 1894-95.
1894.
Dec. 28. -  First Meeting of the New Board of Guardians; noisy proceedings.
Dec. 31. -  Urban District Councils hold their first meetings.
1895.
Jan. 1. -  Opening of a Wesleyan Bazaar at Hindley.
Jan. 2. -  Wigan Town Council Meeting: The resolution of the General Purposes Committee recommending Mr. J. J. Charnock for appointment as Town Clerk confirmed after some discussion.
Jan. 3. -  Church Tea Party at Upholland; Address by Mr. A. B. Forwood, M.P.
Jan. 5. -  Treat to Old Folks at Abram.
Jan. 6. -  Distribution of Prizes at Scarisbrick P.S.A.
Jan. 7. -  Mr. Tom Ellis, solicitor, appointed Deputy Justices' Clerk for the Borough. - Wigan Borough Sessions: Two prisoners.
Jan. 9. -  Infirmary Ball. - Presentation to Superintendent O'Brien on his retiring from the Police Force. - Death at Southport of Mr. Samuel Swire, J.P., in his 82nd year.
Jan. 11. -  Suicide of Mr. James Powell, greengrocer, 92, Wigan Lane. - The Wigan Liberal Association, by 39 votes to 9, decline to accept Mr. T. Aspinwall as Liberal Candidate for the Borough. - Meeting of the Manchester Geological Society in Wigan; Papers read on Coal Dust Explosions in Mines.
Jan. 14. -  Deputation from Pemberton District Council wait on Ribble Joint Committee with reference to the Inspector's Report on the Sewage Farm. - Death at Cannes of Rev. Philip Vancesmith, late minister of Hindley Presbyterian Chapel.
Jan. 18. -  Presentation to Mr. Thomas Lymn by workmen and others at Messrs. Crompton and Shawcross's Collieries.
Jan. 19. -  Address on Co-operation by the Hon. and Rev. A. T. Lyttelton.
Jan. 25. -  Discussion as to the Medical Officer's Salary at the Guardians' Meeting.
Jan. 26. -  Opening of another series of Free Lectures in connection with the Mining School.
Jan. 28. -  Public Hall Association Meeting.
Feb. 2. -  Suicide of John Smith, carter, Lower Morris Street.
Feb. 6. -  Town Council Meeting: Lengthy discussions as to the Banking Account, Electric Lighting, and the Platt Bridge Tramway.
Feb. 8. -  Jeremiah Gibson, collier, accidently shot dead in the Bold Hotel, Worsley Mesnes.
Feb. 9. -  Serious Fire at the Old Wigan Post Office; narrow escape of the Observer premises. - Marriage of Mr. J. H. Mason, of Eynsham Hall, Oxon, and Lady Evelyn Lindsay, only daughter of the Earl and Countess of Crawford.
Feb. 11. -  Farm Fire in Beech Hill Lane.
Feb. 13. -  Recognition Meeting at King Street Baptist Chapel to the Rev. G. J. Cliff.
Feb. 14. -  Meeting of the Wigan and District Women's Liberal Association.
Feb. 15. -  Special Town Council Meeting as to the New Tramway Route.
Feb. 18. -  Visit of Mr. Tom Mann to the Royal Court Theatre.
Feb. 20. -  Wigan Reform Club Ball.
Feb. 23. -  Death of Mr. Thomas Berry, J.P., manager of Trencherfield Mills, Wigan, aged 58 years.
Feb. 27. -  Wigan Charity Organisation Annual Meeting. - Mrs. Wright, known as "Wigan Liz.," found dead at Withnell.
Feb. 28. -  Special Town Council Meeting: Acceptance of Mr. Arthur Smith's resignation as Town Clerk, and appointment of Mr. J. J. Charnock as his successor.
Mar. 2. -  Death at Southport of Mr. William Hopwood, aged 78 years.
Mar. 5. -  Resignation of Mr. Robinson as Secretary of the Wigan Trades Council.
Mar. 6. -  Town Council Meeting: Objection taken to the Tramway Route. - Polling for Ince and Hindley County Council Elections; return of Mr. Richard Johnson and Mr. Wm. Johnson. - Decision to sell the Public Hall came to at a Meeting of Shareholders.
Mar. 7. -  Inquiry into the Abram Charities.
Mar. 9. -  Appointment of Mr. G. W. Smith Relieving Officer. - Death of Dr. Harold J. Molyneux, Upholland, in his 43rd year.
Mar. 11. -  Mr. Thomas Alker, of the Weavers' Arms, Scholes, found dead in Warrington Lane, aged 50.
Mar. 12. -  Death at Standish of Major Thomas Hilton, aged 59.
Mar. 13. -  Presentation to Mr. W. H. Hewlett by the old members and officials of the Aspull Local Board. - Presentation to Mr. William Heaton, Chief Clerk at the Wigan Post Office, on his retirement.
Mar. 14. -  Makerfield Ploughing Match.
Mar. 15. -  Scheme for increased representation on the Wigan Board of Guardians discussed by local authorities.
Mar. 23. -  Turning on of a Public Water Supply for Shevington.
Mar. 25. -  Meeting of Churchmen in Wigan as to Welsh Dis-establishment; address by the Bishop of Chester.
Mar. 26. -  Death at Birkdale, in his 80th year, of Mr. George Tarbuck, formerly of Wigan.
Mar. 27. -  Annual Meeting of the Lancashire and Cheshire Miners' Permanent Relief Society.
April 2. -  Annual Meeting of the Wigan and District Liberal Association.
April 3. -  Town Council Meeting; Resolution unanimously passed to present Sir. F. S. Powell, Bart., M.P., with the Freedom of the Borough. - Polling for County Council Election at Pemberton; return of Mr. S. S. Brown.
April 6. -  Death at Blackpool of Mr. Joseph Hill, Auctioneer, formerly of Wigan.
April 10. -  Election of Mr. W. C. Gully, M.P., Recorder of Wigan, as Speaker of the House of Commons. - Wigan Borough Sessions: Eight prisoners.
April 13. -  Unfurling of New Banner by the Society of Railway Servants.
April 14. -  Railway Servants' Meeting in Wigan. - Death at Chorley of Mr. Wm. Fairhurst, eldest son of the late Mr. James Fairhurst, of the Warrington Lane Brewery.
April 15. -  Annual Conference in Wigan of the National Union of Catholic Teachers.
April 17. -  Opening of the Boys' Reading Room; the donor, Sir Francis Sharp Powell, Bart., made a Freeman of the Borough.
April 18. -  Conference in Wigan of the Northern Counties Central Credit Drapers' Association.
April 20. -  Death at Wilmslow of Mr. J. M. Dunlop, formerly Manager of the Wigan Branch of the District Bank. - Laying of the Foundation Stone of St. George's New Schools.
April 23. -  Sale of the Plant and Collieries of the Orrell Coal and Cannel Company.
April 24. -  Opening of a New Wigan Cycle Factory in Chapel Lane.
April 25. -  Presentation to Mr. Jas. R. Knowles, late manager of the Pearson and Knowles Collieries.
April 26. -  The Pennington Mills, Hindley, unsuccessfully offered for Public Sale.
May 1. -  Town Council Meeting: The price of Gas reduced.
May 2. -  Mr. Joseph Walton, Q.C., appointed Recorder of Wigan, vice Mr. Gully, resigned.
May 4. -  May Day Procession in Wigan.
May 8. -  Infirmary Annual Meeting.
May 10. -  Manchester Geological Society Meeting in Wigan.
May 13. -  Selection of Mr. Will. Woods as Liberal candidate for Ashton-under-Lyne.
May 14. -  Hearing of the Libel Action - Croft v Woodcock.
May 15. -  Presentation to Mr. W. Johnson, J.P., C.C., by the Abram Local Board.
May 19. -  Sudden death of General Feilden, M.P., for the Chorley Division.
May 22. -  Opening of Standish Police Court.
May 27. -  First Annual Meeting of the Wigan Branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
June 3. -  Roman Catholic Demonstration. - Infirmary Gala.
June 5. -  Town Council Meeting.
June 7. -  Inspection of the Volunteers in their camp at Blackpool.
June 8. -  Lively Local Veto Meeting on the Market Square.
June 12. -  Roman Catholic Open-air Fete and Fancy Bazaar.
June 17. -  The Public Hall building offered for sale.
June 19. -  Annual Trademen's Holiday.
June 24. -  Resignation of the Ministry.
June 27. -  Death of Mr. W. C. Barnish, aged 55 years, Medical Officer of Health for the Borough. - Mr. T. Aspinwall adopted as Liberal candidate for the coming Parliamentary Election.
June 29. -  Third Annual Show of the Wigan and District Agricultural Society.
July 1. -  Opening of the St. Helens and Lowton Railway for Goods and Mineral Traffic.
July 2. -  Opening of the Electoral Campaign in the Ince Division.
July 3. -  Town Council Meeting.
July 4. -  Sir F. S. Powell opens the Campaign in the Borough.
July 5. -  Liberal and Labour Demonstration in the Public Hall.
July 6. -  Fire at the Hussey House Colliery, Hindley. - Wigan and District Sunday School Demonstration.
July 8. -  Sudden death at a St. Helens wedding of the Rev. Joseph Gradwell, S.J., for 20 years Rector of St. John's Roman Catholic Church, Wigan. - Fire at Wilkinson's Foundry. - Dissolution of Parliament.
July 9. -  Wigan Quarter Sessions; The new Recorder congratulated on taking his seat.
July 12. -  Great Meeting in the Drill Hall: Address by the Right Hon. A. J. Mundella. - Conservative Meeting in the Court Theatre.
July 14. -  Death at Thornton of the Rev. John Corrigan, a former resident in Ince.
July 15. -  Polling for the Borough: Sir F. S. Powell, 3,949; Mr. T. Aspinwall, 3,075.
July 16. -  Death of Col. G. McCorquodale, aged 78 years.
July 17. -  Polling in the Ince Division: Col. Blundell, 5,235; Mr. Sam. Woods, 4,790.
July 19. -  Death at Southport of Mr. F. W. Tarbuck, solicitor, Wigan, aged 35 years.
July 20. -  First Lifeboat Saturday in Wigan.
July 22. -  Resignation of Dr. Marsden, as Medical Officer of Health for Standish and District.
July 25. -  Bryham Memorial dedication Service in Ince Church.
July 29. -  Opening of the Walmesley Park, Ince. - Thomas Mayor, collier, killed in a street fight at Upholland; Wm. Smith, his opponent, committed for manslaughter, but afterwards released at the Liverpool Assizes.
Aug. 5. -  Death at Ashfield, Standish, of Mrs. Eckersley, widow of the late Mr. Nathaniel Eckersley.
Aug. 7. -  Town Council Meeting: Discussions as to Grammar School Governorship, Artisans' Dwellings, and Electric Lighting.
Aug. 10. -  Primrose League Demonstration in Haigh Park.
Aug. 12. -  Summonses for alleged Bribery at the recent Borough Election taken out against Mr. Councillor Litherland, dismissed by the Wigan Magistrates.
Aug. 15. -  Action under the new Corrupt Practices Prevention Act for Libel during Ince Election brought by Mr. Sam. Woods against Mr. James Keen, heard by the Wigan County Bench; defendant fined 5.
Aug. 16. -  Death of Mr. Robert Worsley, J.P., Standishgate, aged 76 years.
Aug. 17. -  Miners' Demonstration at Haydock; visit of Sir Charles Dilke.
Aug. 19. -  Special Town Council Meeting; the Scheme for Artisans' Dwellings approved.
Aug. 26. -  Mr. J. Cheetham, J.P., and Mr. C. Whitburn committed for trial by the Wigan County Justices for alleged conspiracy at Pemberton Collieries.
Aug. 28. -  Wigan Borough Licensing Sessions.
Aug. 29. -  Wigan County Brewster Sessions.
Aug. 30. -  Conference in London of representatives of Miners' Relief Societies.
Sept. 4. -  Town Council: The Orange Demonstration, the new District Rate, and Technical Education discussed.
Sept. 10. -  Death of Mr. Joseph Hilton, for many years one of the Relieving Officers for the Borough.
Sept. 11. -  Opening of the Gidlow Memorial Wing at the Infirmary by Lady Maud Wilbraham.
Sept. 18. -  Death at Hall Garth of Mrs. Johnson, wife of Mr. James Henry Johnson, of the Abram Coal Company.
Sept. 20. -  Special Council Meeting to lay a New District Rate. Mr. D. Dix asked to consent to accept the Mayoralty for another year.
Sept. 21. -  David Taylor, dataller, knocked down and killed by a cyclist at Upholland; the rider censured.
Sept. 23. -  Public Meeting of Anti-Vaccinators to protest against Prosecutions.
Sept. 24. -  At a Special Meeting of the Board of Guardians, the granting of a salary to the Assistant Clerk defeated.
Sept. 25. -  The Countess of Derby opens a Church Bazaar at Ashton.
Sept. 29. -  Detective-Sergeant Kidd killed and Detective Osborne seriously assaulted whilst attempting to arrest a number of thieves surprised whilst pilferring goods waggons near Wigan Station on the L. and N.-W. Railway.
Oct. 1. -  Three lives lost by an Explosion at the Wellington Pit, Tyldesley. - Local Government Inquiry at Hindley re Gas Works.
Oct. 2. -  Town Council: The Watch Committee's proceedings, Electric Lighting, &c., discussed.
Oct. 5. -  Laying the Foundation Stone of a New Social Club at Hindley Green.
Oct. 9. -  Jubilee celebration of the Wigan Wesleyan Chapel.
Oct. 10. -  Two colliers named Elijah Winstanley and William Kearsley committed for trial for the murder of Detective Kidd; Wm. Halliwell sent for trial for assaulting Osborne.
Oct. 15. -  Opening of the Wigan Church Schools Bazaar in the Drill Hall.
Oct. 16. -  The retiring Mayor (Mr. D. Dix), withdraws his consent to filling the office for another year.
Oct. 20. -  Death of Mr. R. B. Seddon, Hindley, aged 42 years.
Oct. 21. -  Special Meeting of Watch Committee to discuss certain complaints re Church Bazaar.
Oct. 22. -  Wigan Quarter Sessions: Six prisoners. - Presentation at Ince to Inspector Jump, of the County Police, on his leaving the district. - Restarting of the Dallam Ironworks at Ince.
Oct. 30. -  Final Meeting of the Town Council: Change in the treatment of sewage adopted. - At a Meeting of the General Purposes Committee, Mr. Alderman Layland selected as Mayor.
Nov. 1. -  Municipal Contests in Five Wards: No change in the representation.
Nov. 2. -  Two men drowned at the Peelwood Colliery of the Tyldesley Coal Company, Limited.
Nov. 7. -  Distribution of Prizes at the Wigan Mining and Mechanical School, by Sir J. T. Hibbert.
Nov. 9. -  Annual Meeting of the Town Council: Election of Mr. Alderman R. Layland as Mayor: Messrs. R. A. ffarington, J. Hilton, C. B. Holmes, W. J. Lamb, and J. Phillips elected Aldermen. A special vote of thanks accorded to Mr. W. Mayhew on his retirement from the Council.
Nov. 15. -  Protracted Meeting of the Board of Guardians: The Vaccination Prosecutions again reviewed.
Nov. 20. -  Sudden death in London of Mr. Charles Clifton Dicconson, of Wrightington Hall, aged 62 years.
Nov. 25. -  Death at The Hall, Wigan, of the Hon. and Rev. G. T. O. Bridgeman, Rector of Wigan for 31 years; aged 72 years. - Interment of the late Squire Dicconson at Wrightington.
Nov. 26. -  Winstanley and Kearsley found guilty of the wilful murder of Detective Kidd, and sentenced to death at the Liverpool Assizes. Halliwell, who gave Queen's evidence, discharged.
Nov. 27. -  Special Town Council Meeting to consider the Sanitary arrangements.
Nov. 28. -  Imposing Public Memorial Service at the Parish Church to the late Rector of Wigan.
Nov. 29. -  Michael Gallagher sentenced to six months' imprisonment for Perjury in a reported serious assault case on the Canal Bank, at Wigan.
Nov. 30. -  The Jury stopped the case of alleged Conspiracy against Cheetham and Whitburn at the Liverpool Assizes, and discharged both defendants.
Dec. 2. -  Opening of a new Church of England School at Standish Lower Ground.
Dec. 4. -  Death of Mr. Atherton Thomas Selby, mining surveyor, Leigh, aged 60 years. - Town Council Meeting: The appointment of Medical Officer referred back to the Committee.
Dec. 7. -  Second Annual Show of the Wigan and District Fanciers' Society.
Dec. 10. -  Deatht at San Remo of the Rev. A. E. P. Gray, Vicar of Wallasey, and formerly Curate at the Parish Church. - Hospital Saturday and Sunday Meeting.
Dec. 11. -  Death of Mr. Robert Waddington, aged 52, tailor and draper, Wigan. - Death of Mr. F. Price, a native of Standish, county coroner for the Salford Division. - The Home Secretary respites Kearsley, one of the murderers of Detective Kidd, and commutes his sentence into one of penal servitude for life.
Dec. 12. -  Death of Mr. Sam. Proe, cab proprietor, Wigan, aged 49 years.
Dec. 17. -  Execution of Elijah Winstanley at Walton Gaol, for the murder of Detective Kidd.
Dec. 18. -  The Town Council at a Special Meeting decide to appoint a Medical Officer of Health not required to devote his whole time in the duties of his office. - Colonel Will. Woods, J.P., of Whitley, Wigan, and Warnford Park, Hants, consents, in response to an unfluential deputation, to become Liberal and Labour Candidate for the Borough of Wigan.


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