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Local Chronology, 1908.
Jan. 7. -  Presentation to Father Clarke, O.S.B., by the Parishioners of St. Benedict's, Hindley, on his return to the parish after severe illness.
Jan. 10. -  An Association of Church Teachers formed in Wigan.
Jan. 13. -  Mayoral Juvenile Dance in the Drill Hall.
Jan. 15. -  Licensed Victuallers' Ball in the Drill Hall.
Jan. 19. -  Irish Demonstration: Address by Mr. T. P. O'Connor, M.P., at the Royal Court Theatre.
Jan. 22. -  Annual Meeting of the Wigan Temperance and Rescue Mission. - Wigan Conservative Ball. - Annual Meeting of the Haigh, Aspull, and Blackrod Ploughing Society. - Death of Mr. Thomas Wylie in his 71st year.
Jan. 23. -  Death of Mr. Walter Cripps, aged 70 years.
Jan. 24. -  Death of Mr. E. P. Hall, ex-Supervisor of Excise, Inland Revenue, aged 70 years.
Jan. 25. -  Co-operative Festivals at Wigan and Hindley.
Jan. 27. -  General Baden-Powell, C.B., delivers an address in Wigan on his system of boy scouting in peace time. - Death of Mrs. Alfred Hewlett.
Jan. 30. -  25th Annual Meeting of the Wigan Charity Organisation Society. - Annual Meeting of the Wigan and District Property Owners' Association.
Feb. 1. -  Board of Trade report on Cost of Living of Working Classes in Wigan published in the Observer.
Feb. 4. -  Death of Alderman James Hilton, J.P., 78 years of age. - Death of Mrs Rylands, widow of the late Mr. John Rylands.
Feb. 5. -  Wigan Liberal Ball in the Drill Hall.
Feb. 8. -  Opening of the New Institute connected with St. Mary's Church, Lower Ince. - Death of Mr. H. S. Threlfall, Solicitor, in his 53rd year.
Feb. 9. -  Capt. Rigg, D.L., J.P., delivered address on Temperance Legislation. - Death of Mr. Giles Heaps, Pemberton, aged 73 years.
Feb. 10. -  Death of Mr. Isaiah Piggott, Mining Engineer, in his 66th year.
Feb. 12. -  Wigan Borough Licensing Sessions.
Feb. 18. -  Annual Meeting of the Wigan and District Amateur Operatic Society. - Lecture in the Drill Hall on "The Navy and the Nation," by Lieutenant H. T. C. Knox. - Annual Dinner of the Wigan Butchers' Guardian Association.
Feb. 21. -  Death of Mr. John Taberner, formerly Station Master at the London and North-Western Wigan Station, aged 75 years.
Feb. 22. -  Announcement of an increase of Printers' Wages in Wigan. - Councillor J. Parkinson, J.P., Wigan, appointed Miners' Agent.
Feb. 25. -  Presentation to the ex-Mayor (Councillor O'Donahue) by the Catholic Young Men of Wigan.
Feb. 26. -  Anaual Meeting of the Wigan Subscription Bowling Green.
Feb. 29. -  Volunteer Sergeants' Dinner at the Drill Hall.
Mar. 2. -  Burgess Auditors' Election.
Mar. 4. -  Action against the Wigan Corporation at the Liverpool Assizes. - Annual Meeting of the Wigan Bowling Club.
Mar. 5. -  Dr. Clifford in Wigan.
Mar. 7. -  Sir John Gorst in Wigan.
Mar. 9. -  Opening of the new Orrell Council Offices. - Adjourned Borough Licensing Sessions. Licences taken away.
Mar. 12. -  Adjourned County Licensing Sessions. - Alderman W. S. Barrett, J.P., appointed Chairman of the Lancashire County Council.
Mar. 19. -  Mr. Hy. Twist adopted Prospective Labour Candidate for Wigan.
Mar. 25. -  Memorial to Rev. P. Hains unveiled in St.George's Church.
Mar. 28. -  Temperance Meeting in the Drill Hall. Addresses by the Bishop of Liverpool (Dr. Chavasse), Sir Edward Russell, and Mr. S. Walsh, M.P. - Thirty-fifth annual general Meeting of the Lancashire and Cheshire Miners' Permanent Relief Society. - Re-opening of Billinge Parish Church after alterations. - Annuai Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Ince Division Labour Registration Association. - Temperance Meeting in the Drill Hall: Addresses by the Bishop of Liverpool (Dr. Chavasse), Sir Edward Russell, and Mr. S. Walsh, M.P,
Mar. 29. -  Foundation Stone-laying of a new Catholic Church at Ince. - Death of Mr. John Taylor, author of the articles "Searchlights on Land, Labour, and Social Problems."
Mar. 30. -  Public Meeting at Ashton in opposition to the Government Licensing Bill.
Mar. 31. -  Ceremony at the Drill Hall to mark the change from the Volunteer system to the Territorial Army Scheme.
April 1. -  Wigan Poor Rate reduced to 3/4 in the £. - Opening of the Queen's Hall.
April 2. -  Opening of the Miners' Rescue Station at Atherton.
April 3. -  Licensing Appeal Case, Pennington v. Pincock, heard in the King's Bench Division.
April 4. -  Presentation to Mr. Henry Hill on retiring from the position of Overseer at the Observer Office. - Second Annual Meeting of the Wigan and District Rambling Club.
April 6. -  Annual Meeting of the Wigan Lifeboat Fund.
April 7. -  Death of Mr. T. B. Rowe, Solicitor, aged 50 years.
April 9. -  Mr. Charles Burgess, of Kirkcaldy, appointed Tramways Traffic Manager. - Committee formed for the Wigan district to raise funds for local War Veterans.
April 21. -  Death of Mr. Thomas Myers in his 67th year. - Licensing Appeal Case at the Wigan Borough Quarter Sessions.
April 23. -  Death of Alderman R. R. Daglish, Mayor of New Romney, and a member of an old Wigan family.
April 25. -  Grand Master A. Dempsey addressed a gathering of Oddfellows in Wigan. - Annual Meeting of the Wigan and District Miners' Permanent Relief Society.
April 27. -  Death of Inspector Harrison, of the Wigan County Police Force. - Presentation to Father Sheehan at St. Joseph's Church. - Meeting of the Wigan Licensing Compensation Authority.
April 29. -  Local Government Board Inquiry in Wigan respecting the application of the Corporation for sanction to borrow £22,250 for the Gas Undertaking.
May 4. -  Opening of the Labour Parliamentary Campaign in Wigan.
May 7. -  Archdeacon Spooner's Visitation to the Pariah Church. - Art Exhibition at the Girls' High School.
May 8. -  Cage Accident at No. 7 Pit, Garswood Hall Colliery: eight men injured.
May 13. -  Charge of Manslaughter against Henry Watt Brown, heard at Liverpool Assizes. Imprisoned for two months.
May 14. -  Hearing of Serious Charges against William Close, Schoolmaster, of Abram, at Liverpool Assizes. Sentence of twelve month imprisonment with hard labour.
May 23. -  Opening of Ince Parish Church Recreation Ground.
May 24. -  Mayor's State Visit to St. Thomas's Church in commemoration of Empire Day.
May 27. -  Death of Mr. William McNaught, 65 years of age. - Presentation to Mr. J. F. Dowswell, Headmaster of Presbyterian School, by the Head Teachers of Wigan and District. - AnnuaI General Meeting of the members of the Wigan Rubgy Football Club.
June 1. -  Meeting of the Wigan Compensation Authority: Awards in referred Licences.
June 2. -  Coroner's inquiry into the circumstances attending the death of Mr. Tom Martin, a Wigan cashier.
June 3. -  Wigan Town Council abandon the Rodney Street Town Hall site.
June 6. -  The Hon. Richard Newsam, President of the State Mining Board of Illinois, U.S.A., in Wigan. - The Recorder of Wigan delivered judgment in the Scholes Licensing Appeal.
June 7. -  Wigan Territorial Force leave for camp at Ramsey, Isle of Man.
June 8. -  Catholic Demonstration in Wigan.
June 9. -  Demonstration on the Woman's suffrage question on the Market Square.
June 11. -  Death of Alderman C. B. Holmes, J.P., in his 74th year.
June 12. -  Meeting of the North-Western Branch of the Library Association at Haigh Hall.
June 17. -  Wigan Tradesmen's General Holiday.
June 18. -  Death of Mr. J. M. Hall, cutler, in his 73rd year. - Formation of a Wigan Troop of the Legion of Frontiersmen. - Annual Meeting of the Wigan Permanent Benefit Building Society.
June 21. -  Serious farm fire at Park Lane.
June 22. -  Annual Meeting of Infirmary Governors and Subscribers.
June 23. -  Annual Meeting of Standish Miniature Rifle Club.
June 24. -  Dr. H. Holmes delivers a lecture at the Wigan Chess Club. - Open-air Schools suggested at the Meeting of the Wigan Education Authority. - Annual Conference of the Railway Women's Guild.
June 27. -  Inspection of the Wigan Division of the St. John Ambulance Association. - International Swim through London: brilliant performance by Kearsley, of Wigan. - Ben Jones, the Wigan racing cyclist, competed in the National Cyclist Union Championship at the Stadium, London.
June 28. -  Window dedicated to the memory of the late R. Gibson, of Wigan and Southport, unveiled at Southport.
June 30. -  Sun's wonderful afterglow seen in Wigan at midnight.
July 4. -  Publication of the Annual Report of Mr. H. Hall, H.M. Inspector of Mines. - Demonstration of Free Churches at Ashton. - Wigan Poor Children's Treat Association: Annual Outing to Needy Children. - Death of Mr. Torn Taylor,. prominent member of Wigan Swimming Club, in his 19th year.
July 7. -  Wigan Water Committee inspect the Waterworks at Worthington.
July 8. -  Presentations to J. Leytham by members and supporters of Wigan Rugby Football Club. - Opening Ceremony, Primitive Methodist Church, Lower Ince.
July 10. -  Mr. George James, Assistant County Magistrates' Clerk appointed Joint Clerk (unsalaried).
July 13. -  Shaft accident at the Duke Pit, Platt Bridge: one man fatally injured.
July 16. -  Wigan Borough Quarter Sessions: three cases for trial. - Blind Wiganers taken for an outing to Mawdesley.
July 18. -  Labour Demonstration in Haydock Park. - Wigan County Police Sports.
July 27. -  Wigan Grammar School Sports.
July 29. -  Resumption of the Inquiry into the application of the Wigan Council for sanction to borrow further money for purposes of electric lighting. - Action at Liverpool Assizes against a Wigan Footballer.
Aug. 1. -  The travels of Ex-Lieutenant Woods in the Near East: Interesting Record published in the Wigan Observer. - Pemberton Lifeboat Demonstration.
Aug. 3. -  Winstanley and District Floral and Horticultural Show. - Wigan Co-operators' Trip to Scotland.
Aug. 6. -  Church Lads' Brigade at Prestatyn.
Aug. 12. -  Thirteenth Annual Show of the Upholland and District Agricultural Society.
Aug. 15. -  Publication of Colonel Pilkington's Will: Stipulation against public-houses. - First. Annual Show of Ashton Botanical and Horticultural Society.
Aug. 18. -  Explosion in the 7 feet Cannel Mine, No. 1, Maypole Colliery, Abram, 75 killed.
Aug. 20. -  Opening of the Inquest on the Maypole Victims.
Aug. 21. -  The King sent to the Mayor of Wigan a touching message of sympathy with the wives and families of those killed at Maypole Colliery. - Mayor of Wigan opens a Fund for the relief of the distress caused by the explosion.
Aug. 25. -  Death of Mr. Percy Proe, son of Mr. John Proe, Wigan, in Canada, aged 24 years.
Aug. 26. -  Golden Wedding of Sir Francis and Lady Powell. - Local Government Board Inquiry at Billinge touching the application of the Billinge Council for sanction to borrow £12,000 for works of water supply.
Aug. 30. -  Bishop of Liverpool (Dr. Chavasse) held a Memorial Service in a field near the Maypole Pit.
Sept. 3. -  Meeting of the Coal Conciliation Board in Edinburgh: decision to reduce miners' wages five per cent.
Sept. 5. -  Treat to Wigan crippled children. - Conference of School Attendance Officers in Wigan. - Demonstration in Wigan in favour of the Government's Licensing Bill.
Sept. 8. -  F. Kearsley, the Wigan long-distance swimmer, began his attempt to swim the Channel.
Sept. 9. -  Meeting at Wesley Hall to welcome the new Wesleyan Ministers. - Hindley Horse and Cattle Fair.
Sept. 10. -  Inquest on a Wigan Compositor: verdict that he "Died from tuberculosis, accelerated by lead poisoning." - First Meeting of the Wigan Old Age Pensions Committee.
Sept. 11. -  Death of Mr. Henry Litherland, Chemist, aged 72 years.
Sept. 12. -  First first team match at Central Park: Wigan v. Hunslet.
Sept. 13. -  Thomas Bleakley, Wigan, Solicitor's Clerk, found dead at Newburgh.
Sept. 14. -  Revision of the Wigan Voting Lists. - Ince and Hindley Green Evening Schools Prize Distribution.
Sept. 15. -  Action against Directors of the Wigan Town Association Football Club at Wigan County Court. - Prize Distribution at St. Nathaniel's Evening School, Platt Bridge.
Sept. 16. -  Bishop of Liverpool addresses Church Workers at Wigan Parish Church. - Visit of Ince Council to the Waterworks at Golborne. - Hindley Evening Technical Classes Prize Distribution.
Sept. 17. -  Death of Mr. Francis John Moon, in his 63rd year .- Transfers of Licences at the Borough Police Court. - Opening of the Revision of the Ince Division Voting Lists. - Library Committee decided to open the Library on all Bank Holidays except Christmas Day and Good Friday.
Sept. 18. -  Presentation to Mr. John House, J.P.
Sept. 22. -  Death of Mr. John Pearce, Draper, aged 58 years.
Sept. 24. -  Forms of application under the Old Age Pension Act first issued at the Wigan Post Office.
Sept. 27. -  Madame Albani sang at the Maypole Fund Concert in the Drill Hall.
Sept. 29. -  Maypole Explosion inquest resumed.
Sept. 30. -  Wigan Education Authority decide that no further Supplementary Teachers at appointed. - Christening the engines at the new Trencherfield Mill, Wallgate.
Oct. 1. -  Maypole Compensation Claims heard at the Wigan County Court.
Oct. 4. -  Meeting of Representatives of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul at St. John's Hall. - The Rev. Ambrose Lewis accepts a call to the pastorate of King Street Baptist Church.
Oct. 5. -  Wigan Quarter Sessions: three prisoners for trial.
Oct. 7. -  Wigan County Borough Council decide to confer the honorary freedom of the Borough on Dr. Andrew Carnegie and Alderman Robert Richards. - Girls' High School Prize Distribution.
Oct. 8. -  Factory Operatives on strike against a proposed reduction of wages. - Wigan and District Philharmonic Society give a complimentary Dinner to the President, Sir F. S. Powell, Bart., M.P.
Oct. 11. -  Death of Dr. Edward Swales, aged 31 years.
Oct. 14. -  Health Committee decide to advertise for a Female Health Inspector.
Oct. 15. -  Marriage of Miss Winifrede Gerard-Dicconson.
Oct. 23. -  Unsealing the shafts at Maypole Pit. - Death of Mr. Thomas Greener Pickering, aged 43 years. - Annual Prize Distribution at the Mining and Technical College: Address by Sir Henry H. S. Cunynghame, K.C.B.
Oct. 24. -  Rodney Street Chapel Jubliee Celebrations.
Oct. 28. -  Half-yearly Meeting of the Wigan Cricket Club. - Wigan Town Council decide to appoint a Lady Health Inspector.
Oct. 29. -  Local Government Board Inquiry at Ashton as to an application for sanction to borrow £6,000 for the erection of Public Baths. - First Annual Meeting of the Wigan Branch of the National League of the Blind.
Oct. 30. -  Mr. Cecil Berry appointed School Medical Officer for Wigan.
Nov. 2. -  Municipal Elections: Contests in Eleven Wards. Conservatives gain four seats.
Nov. 4. -  The Hon. Mrs. Bertrand Russell, of Oxford, and London, delivered an address at the Queen's Hall on "Schools for Mothers." - Distribution of Medals in connection with the Wigan and District Cricket League.
Nov. 6. -  Presentation to Mr. C. A. Farnell, late Headmaster of St. Joseph's Schools, Wigan.
Nov. 9. -  Alderman Robert Richards admitted an Honorary Freeman of the Borough. - Alderman S. Wood re-elected Mayor. - Wigan Factory Dispute settled.
Nov. 11. -  Re-trial of the Case, the Committee of the Wigan Rugby Football Club v. Edward Croston, Coal Dealer, of Whelley; Defendant sent to prison.
Nov. 12. -  Annual Meeting of the Wigan Education Authority.
Nov. 13. -  Death of Mr. William Webster, Pemberton.
Nov. 14. -  Mr. Keir Hardie, M.P., addressed a Meeting in the Hippodrome. - Fall of a Blast Furnace at the Kirkiess Works of the Wigan Coal and Iron Co.
Nov. 16. -  Presentation to James Fox and Thomas Morris for bravery at the Maypole Colliery after the Explosion on August 18th.
Nov. 17. -  Maypole Explosion Inquest again adjourned.
Nov. 20. -  Annual Show of the Wigan and District Cage Bird Society.
Nov. 21. -  Prospect House, Standish, destroyed by fire. - Opening of the Wigan Mission at the Parish Church. - Twentieth Anniversary of the re-opening of the Wigan Rolling Mills.
Nov. 22. -  Presentation to the Rev. John Wood on retirement from the Curacy of Highfield.
Nov. 27. -  Miners' Hall, Wigan, offered for sale.
Nov. 28. -  Wonderful Sunrise-called a "Morning Sunset" witnessed in Wigan. - Appeal in the case of Lawrence Schofield v. the Orrell Colliery Company, Limited, decided in the High Court.
Nov. 30. -  Four Kensit's Wickliffe Preachers visit the Parish Church.
Dec. 1. -  Annual Meetings of the Wigan and District Free Church Council.
Dec. 3. -  Miss Jean Fyans appears in Goetz's Opera, "Francesca," in London.
Dec. 4. -  Sale of the late licensed premises known as the "King's Head," Market Place.
Dec. 7. -  Mr. W. Scott Barrett appointed Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Lancaster. - Local Will Case - Heyes v. Heyes, settled at Liverpool Assizes.
Dec. 8. -  Annual Dinner of the Wigan and District Building Trades Employers' Association.
Dec. 9. -  Philharmonic Concert in the Drill Hall. - Prize Distribution at the Wigan Grammar School. - The Home Secretary declines to advise any interference with the sentence passed on Edward Croston.
Dec. 10. -  Conference in Wigan for the purpose of ascertaining suitable sites for new industries, in view of the Patents and Designs Act, 1907.
Dec. 13. -  Performances at the Royal Court Theatre by the Wigan and District Amateur Operatic Society.
Dec. 15. -  Public Meeting in the Drill Hall in connection with the National Service League.
Dec. 16. -  Recognition Meeting of the New Pastor at King Street Baptist Church, Wigan.
Dec. 17. -  Death of Mr. F. W. Hayes, a director of Abram Coal Company.
Dec. 19. -  Wigan Rugby Football Club win the Lancashire Cup.
Dec. 20. -  Death of Mr. J. B. Almond, Stendish, aged 63 years.
Dec. 21. -  Hearing of an Acton against the Wigan Corporation at the Liverpool Assizes. - Annual Public Meeting of the Hospital Sunday and Saturday Fund. - Presentaton to Mr. John Knowles, J.P., on the occasion of his silver wedding. - Mr. W. Greaves Lord adopted Conservative Candidate for Ince Division.
Dec. 22. -  Board of Trade sanction the borrowing of £11,100 by the Wigan Corporation for the erection of fifty cottages to accommodate Tramway Employés.


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