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Local Chronology, 1895-96.
1895.
Dec. 25. -  Death of Mr. Robert Berry, manager at Messrs. Taylors' No. 3 Mill, Wigan.
Dec. 27. -  Two men killed by fall of roof at Gidlow Pit, Standish. - Three lads drowned by the breaking of ice at Edge Green, Golborne. - Meeting at Pemberton to discuss the situation between the Vicar and the Schoolmaster.
Dec. 29. -  The body of Michael Burke (alias McDonough) found strangled in a house in Back High Street, Standish, occupied by Joseph Ellis Jones, and with whom he was lodging. A verdict of manslaughter against Jones afterwards returned by the Coroner's jury.
Dec. 30. -  Old Folks' Treat at Golborne.
Dec. 31. -  Unveiling of the memorial portrait of the late Dr. Barnish at the Wigan Infirmary.
1896.
Jan. 1. -  Wesleyan Bazaar at Platt Bridge.
Jan. 4. -  Old Folks' Treat at Abram.
Jan. 6. -  Local Government Inquiry at Preston into the proposed additional Districts under the Lancashire County Council.
Jan. 7. -  Wigan Borough Sessions; five prisoners.
Jan. 8. -  Town Council Meeting: Dr. Berry appointed Medical Officer of Health for the Borough; decision to go to arbitration with the landowners in Library Street, if necessary. - Old Folks' Treat at Hindley.
Jan. 9. -  Death at Warwick of Mr. James Seward, aged 64 years, formerly of Wigan.
Jan. 11. -  Death at Junction City, Kansas, of Mr. Robert Hay, formerly of Wigan.
Jan. 13. -  Death of Mr. Charles George Stone, Ince. Death of Mr. William Lyon, Market Street, Hindley, aged 77 years.
Jan. 15. -  Opening by Lady Powell of St. George's New School, Windsor Street. - Old Folks' Treat at Orrell.
Jan. 18. -  Death of Mr. Ben Brierley, the well-known Lancashire writer.
Jan. 22. -  Sunday School Union Eisteddfod in Wigan.
Jan. 23. -  Mayor's Juvenile Ball.
Jan. 24. -  Death of Mr. Edward Ainscough, aged 65 years, and for 40 years landlord of the White Lion Hotel, Market Street, Wigan.
Jan. 29. -  Wigan Reform Club Annual Ball. - Old Folks' Treat at Ashton.
Jan. 30. -  Makerfield Ploughing Match.
Feb. 2. -  Opening of the new Wigan Passenger Station on the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway.
Feb. 5. -  Town Council Meeting: discussion on finances. - Inaugural concert by the Pemberton and District Choral Society. - William Bentham, butcher, Standish, committed for trial by Wigan County Magistrates for alleged perjuring in a police prosecution. - Old Folks' Treat at Lower Ince.
Feb. 10. -  Meeting in Wigan of the Voluntary Schools Protection Association. - Miners' Deputation to the Home Secretary on the Eight Hours' Bill.
Feb. 13. -  Fire at Poolstock Mills. - Presentation to Mr. William Wood, formerly head master of the Wigan High School.
Feb. 16. -  The body of Thomas Richard Humphreys (aged 20) found in the canal at Haigh.
Feb. 20. -  Eight men killed by an over-winding accident at Higher Hall Pit of the Westleigh Colliery Company.
Feb. 21. -  Discussion as to the new Workhouse by the Wigan Board of Guardians.
Feb. 22. -  Collapse of the shaft at the Arley Mine of the Ince Coal Company.
Feb. 24. -  Institution by the Lord Bishop of Liverpool of the Rev. R. G. Matthew, M.A., Rector of Wigan.
Feb. 25. -  Hearing at the Manchester Assizes of the Breach of Promise Case, "Burrows v. Dingley."
Feb. 27. -  Local Government Inquiry as to the waste-water system in Wigan.
Feb. 28. -  Trial at the Assizes of Jones for the Standish Manslaughter; sentence, three months' hard labour.
Feb. 29. -  Death at Southport of Mr. David Lloyd, auctioneer, formerly of Hindley. - Opening of a new Social Club at Hindley Green.
Mar. 2. -  Wigan Charity Organisation Meeting. - Death of Mr. J. W. Newell, aged 53 years, Lansdowne Terrace, Wigan, organist of St. John's Church.
Mar. 3. -  Institution of the Rev. Hugh F. Lloyd, M.A., as Vicar if S. S. Michael and All Angels, Swinley. - Special meeting of the Wigan Rugby Football Club.
Mar. 4. -  Town Council Meeting: The Gas Engineer's application for an increase in salary refused.
Mar. 5. -  Joint inquiry as to the scheme for Guardians' representation in the Wigan Union; the Corporation plan adopted.
Mar. 8. -  Death of Mr. Henry Fairhurst, auctioneer, Ince.
Mar. 9. -  Parish Councils Elections: Polls demanded at Shevington and Wrightington. - Death of Mr. Thomas Scott. aged 77 years, superintendent of the Wigan Corporation Baths.
Mar. 11. -  Contest avoided for election of the Wigan School Board.
Mar. 13. -  Death of the Very Rev. Dean O'Reilly, of St. Oswald's, Ashton, aged 67 years.
Mar. 17. -  County Council Elections at Orrell, Hindley, and Westhoughton, under the enlarged representation scheme.
Mar. 20. -  Mr. Jenner Fust comments on the administration of relief in the Wigan Union.
Mar. 23. -  Hearing of the claim of Darbyshire and others to estates at Orrell; appeal dismissed.
Mar. 26. -  Epidemic of measles: 12 day schools ordered to be closed.
Mar. 28. -  Annual Meeting of and Lancashire and Cheshire Miners' Permanent Relief Society.
Mar. 31. -  Annual Meeting Wigan Liberal Women's Association.
April 1. -  Town Council Meeting: Complaints as to gas bills.
April 3. -  Conference in Wigan of the Lancashire Sunday School Unions Association.
April 6. -  Death of John William Heaton from a fall following a quarrel in Scholes; a verdict of "Death from misadventure returned."
April 7. -  First meeting of the new School Board.
April 8. -  Wigan Borough Sessions; seven prisoners.
April 14. -  Hearing of the charge against Richard Tatley by the Wigan County Bench; the maximum penalty imposed. - Inaugural meeting in Wigan of the Evangelical Free Church Council.
April 15. -  Ordination of the Rev. C. F. Richardson, M.A., of Lancashire College, as Pastor of Hope Chapel, Wigan.
April 16. -  Local Government Inquiry at Standish.
April 21. -  Meeting in Wigan as to the Armenian massacres.
April 22. -  Presentations by All Saints congregation to the Revs. H. F. Lloyd and A. C. Brown.
May 2. -  Death of Mr. Symington, grocer, one of the representatives of Swinley Ward in the Council, aged 47.
May 5. -  Proposal to raise the exemption standard adjourned by the Wigan School Board.
May 6. -  The Town Council discuss the new rates and Gas Engineer's annual report.
May 8. -  Meeting in Wigan of the Manchester Geological Society: Mr. C. M. Percy on Safety in Colliery Winding.
May 12. -  Presentation to Mr. J. M. Ashurst by the members of the Hindley Local Board.
May 13. -  A verdict of wilful murder returned against John Vaughan for causing the death of his brother-in-law, John Green, William Street, Wigan. - Wigan Infirmary annual meeting.
May 15. -  Local Government Inquiry at Ashton.
May 16. -  Laying of the foundation stone of the Gidlow Lane Mission Chapel.
May 20. -  Public meeting to promote a memorial to the late Rector of Wigan (Canon Bridgeman). - Annual meeting of the Wigan Rugby Football Club. - Swimming galas at the Baths.
May 21. -  Review of the Lancashire Hussars at Southport.
May 22. -  Election of Mr. Robert Johnson, butcher, as Councillor for Swinley Ward.
May 25. -  Infirmary Gala. - Roman Catholic Demonstration.
May 28. -  Special Town Council Meeting to lay the rates.
May 29. -  Inspection of the Volunteers in Camp at Morecambe. - The Roman Catholic inmates and Sunday worship discussed by the Board of Guardians.
June 1. -  Death at his residence, Birkdale, of the Rev. Canon Fergie, B.D., for 30 years Vicar of Ince, aged 69 years. - Election of additional Guardians under the new scheme.
June 2. -  Death at Southport of Mr. Thomas Hall, egg and butter merchant, formerly of Wigan, aged 80. - Death at Culquhasen, Glenluce, of Mr. Jardine, saddler, formerly of Wigan, aged 81.
June 3. -  Town Council Meeting: The Watch Committee proceedings; the appointment of Corporation rent collector, and the establishment of Library Delivery Stations discussed. - Charles Hall, alias Standish, committed for trial for alleged frauds in connection with his claim to the Duxbury Hall Estates.
June 4. -  Local Government Inquiry at Abram.
June 5. -  Annual meeting of the Wigan Branch of the R.S.P.C.C.
June 13. -  Opening of a memorial to the late Rector at St. Andrew's Church.
June 15. -  Mr. C. M. Percy addresses a meeting of the Primrose League in the National Schools.
June 16. -  Laying the foundation stone of the New Church of St. John the Baptist at New Springs.
June 17. -  Death at Stanwix, Carlisle, of the Rev. T. Wade Powell, M.A., brother of Sir Francis S. Powell, Bart., M.P., aged 66 years.
June 24. -  Opening of a new organ at Bridgewater Congregational Church, Hindley.
July 1. -  Wigan and District Agricultural Society's Annual Show. - Town Council Meeting.
July 2. -  Death at Bolton of Mr. James Edwardson, J.P., aged 67 years - for many years member of the Wigan Town Council.
July 4. -  Open-air demonstration by the Wigan and District Sunday School Union. - Rose Queen demonstration at Ashton.
July 7. -  The Wigan School Board raise the exemption standards.
July 8. -  Church Bazaar at Standish. - The Coal Trade Conciliation Board practically dissolved at a joint meeting in London. - Wigan Wednesday Cycling Club Athletic Festival.
July 11. -  The memorial stones laid of a new Conservative Club at Hindley.
July 14. -  Visit of the North of England Mining and Mechanical Engineers to Wigan.
July 15. -  Borough Sessions; 10 prisoners. Charles Hall Standish sent to gaol for 13 months for the Duxbury Park Estate frauds; John Enion, underlooker, sentenced to 3 months' imprisonment for frauds at the Meadows Colliery, Wigan.
July 18. -  Death at Manchester of Mr. Elias Dorning, the well-known mining engineer and surveyor, aged 77 years.
July 19. -  Mr. Frank Swift drowned whilst bathing in the Whitley reservoir.
July 23. -  Prize Day at the Wigan Grammar School.
July 24. -  Three men killed by falls of roof at the Moss Colliery, Lower Ince.
July 25. -  Dedication of a new peal of bells at St. James's Church, Wigan, in memory of the late Mr. N. Exkersley.
July 27. -  Several persons injured by a railway accident at Adlington.
July 28. -  Verdict of manslaughter returned against the mother for neglect of her child Margaret Murrican.
July 29. -  The bodies of Margaret Jane Lewis and her child found drowned in the canal.
July 31. -  Conference in London of the Central Association for dealing with distress caused by mining accidents. A claim to the Orrell Estates dismissed at the Liverpool Assizes.
Aug. 1. -  Vaughan found guilty at the Assizes of the manslaughter of his brother-in-law, and sentenced to 16 years' penal servitude.
Aug. 3. -  Conservative pic-nic in Haigh Park.
Aug. 4. -  Death at his residence, Brooklands, Newton-le-Willows, of Mr. Alderman James Smith, J.P., aged 62 years, ex-mayor of Wigan, and one of the freemen of the borough.
Aug. 5. -  Town Council Meeting: The condition of the streets, insanitary houses, and the need of a new County Court discussed.
Aug. 11. -  Death of Mr. Joseph Roper, of the May Mill, Pemberton, aged 85 years.
Aug. 13. -  Visit of Lieut. Eloff (President Kruger's grandson) to Wigan.
Aug. 15. -  Laying of the foundation stone of new Roman Catholic Schools at Golborne. - Death at Abram of Mr. Thomas Grundy, mining engineer, aged 37 years.
Aug. 26. -  Wigan Borough Brewster Sessions.
Aug. 27. -  Wigan County Licensing Sessions. - Death of Mr. John Grinrod, aged 52 years, head master of Ince Central Schools.
Aug. 29. -  Sudden death in Wallgate of Mr. George Hanson, colliery salesman, Newtown, aged 44 years.
Sept. 2. -  Town Council Meeting: Election of Mr. R. E. Kellett as alderman, discussion as to the electric lighting, the cost of prosecutions, and the state of the streets. - Opening of the new tramway to Platt Bridge. - Laying of the memorial stones of a new Wesleyan Methodist Church at Standish.
Sept. 9. -  First annual show of the Upholland and District Horticultural Society. - Annual inspection of the Wigan Waterworks.
Sept. 10. -  Discussion at the Watch Committee as to alleged "blackmailing" in the police force.
Sept. 13. -  Centenary celebrations by Wesleyan Methodists at Lamberhead Green.
Sept. 15. -  Mr. Alderman Layland declines to accept the mayoralty for a second year.
Sept. 18. -  John Nathan Hannah, of Ashton, committed for trial for alleged perjury in a police case, but the bill was afterwards cut by the grand jury at the Liverpool Assizes. - Death of Mr. Albert Cowburn, of Park View, Wigan, aged 56 years.
Sept. 19. -  Laying of the memorial stone of the new Congregational Church at Abram. - Interesting proceedings at the Revision Court as to a councillor's vote.
Sept. 20. -  Centenary celebrations in connection with the Scarisbrick Street Church, Wigan.
Sept. 21. -  Stormy meeting of the General Purposes Committee as to the mayoralty.
Sept. 23. -  Sir Herbert Perrott delivers an address on Ambulance Work at Abram.
Sept. 25. -  Floods in Wigan; serious damage by the overflowing of the Douglas.
Sept. 30. -  Mr. Wm. Morton, jun., of Ince, accidentally drowned whilst boating in the Haigh Canal.
Oct. 3. -  Death of the Rev. J. F. Harris, senior curate at Standish Parish Church, aged 46.
Oct. 7. -  Town Council Meeting: Discussion as to the election of mayor and the proposed new water supply.
Oct. 9. -  Annual distribution of prizes at the Wigan and District Mining and Technical School.
Oct. 10. -  Heavy sentence on Wigan footballers for riotous conduct at Morecambe.
Oct. 12. -  Performance in the Drill Hall by the Wigan Sunday School Union Choir. - Reopening of the Wigan Public Hall after extensive alterations.
Oct. 16. -  Sunday services and the action of the lady guardians lead to a stormy discussion at the meeting of the Board of Guardians.
Oct. 17. -  Meeting of teachers in Wigan to consider the new Education Bill.
Oct. 20. -  Borough sessions; seven prisoners.
Oct. 28. -  Special meeting of the Town Council to wind up the year's business.
Nov. 1. -  Death at his residence, Rendcomb Park, Gloucestershire, of Mr. James Taylor, J.P., one of the founders of Taylor Brothers, Victoria Mills, Wigan, aged 85 years. - No contests at the Municipal Elections.
Nov. 3. -  Diocesan Conference in Wigan; address by Mr. T. R. Ellis on Church Reform.
Nov. 4. -  Death of Mr. Thomas Wilkinson, aged 48 years, one of the members for Victoria Ward in the Council.
Nov. 9. -  Annual meeting of the Town Council: Election of Mr. Alderman R. Richards as mayor. - Presentation to Father Melling by his many friends at Wrightington.
Nov. 13. -  Hearing of the Assessment Appeal at Liverpool of the case of Jackson v. the Wigan Union Assessment Committee. - Another lengthy discussion at the Board of Guardians on religious services at the Workhouse.
Nov. 22. -  Death of "Uncle Jack" (Mr. William Barton) for many years a valuable contributor to the columns of the "Wigan Observer."
Nov. 24. -  William Connell sentenced to three years' penal servitude at the Liverpool Assizes for a brutal assault on his wife.
Nov. 25. -  Conservative meeting at Standish; addresses given by Lord Balcarres, M.P., and Mr. C. M. Percy.- Election of Mr. George Sutherland, J.P., as member for Victoria Ward.
Nov. 29. -  Special meeting of the Town Council to consider the proposed cattle mart in the borough.
Nov. 30. -  Presentation of portraits by the members of the Golborne District Council. - Hearing of the Local Breach of Promise Case "Boardman v. Scaife."
Dec. 2. -  Town Council Meeting; the Watch Committee's inquiry the principal subject of discussion.
Dec. 9. -  Wigan and District Fanciers' Society's show in the Drill Hall.
Dec. 11. -  The Wigan Board of Guardians settle the question of religious services in the Workhouse.
Dec. 13. -  Meeting of Railwaymen in the Public Hall.
Dec. 14. -  Performance of the "Messiah" by the Wigan and District Choral Society. - Death of Mr. John Wadeson, Ashfield Cottage, Standish, aged 71.
Dec. 17. -  Church Bazaar at Ince. - Earthquake shocks throughout the district.
Dec. 19. -  Distribution of Prizes by Miss Helen Gladstone, in connection with the Church High School.
Dec. 21. -  Performance of the "Messiah" by the Wigan and District Sunday School Union.
Dec. 23. -  Town Council Meeting to consider the proposed equation of the sinking fund.
Dec. 24. -  Lengthy discussion by the Board of Guardians as to the conduct of the Master.


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