Stevenston - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
29 AUGUST 1888

ASSAULT

At Kilmarnock Sheriff Court yesterday, HUGH McLAUGHLAN, collier, Grange Street, Stevenston, and his wife, AGNES BELL or McLAUGHLAN, were convicted of having assaulted McLaughlan’s mother at Bellhill there, on 22nd July.

The male prisoner was sentenced to 30 days’ imprisonment, and his wife was fined in £2 or 20 days’ imprisonment.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
29 AUGUST 1918

Died on service, Private WILLIAM HIGHET, 4th Battalion Gordon Highlanders, Service No. 235285 – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – born at Stevenston; enlisted at Glasgow; son of Mrs Janet Robertson Highet, 46 Elderslie Street, Glasgow.
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GLASGOW HERALD
30 AUGUST 1873

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

The annual competition of the Horticultural Society in connection with Ardeer Ironworks took place yesterday in the large schoolroom at the works.

There was a large display, especially of hothouse and window grown plants. The arrangement was excellent, and reflected much credit on those in charge.

The weather was fine, and attracted a large number of visitors during the afternoon and evening.

The Ardeer Flute Band was in attendance, and gave a selection of music at intervals.
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GLASGOW HERALD
31 AUGUST 1897

WIFE ASSAULT

At Kilmarnock Sheriff Court yesterday HENRY QUINN, labourer, Thistle Cottages, Dynamite Road, Stevenston, pleaded guilty to having on 28th August, assaulted his wife, Mary Hill or Quinn, by striking her several blows.

He was fined in £3, or 30 days’ imprisonment.
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GLASGOW HERALD
1 SEPTEMBER 1897

DROWNING

Shortly after one o'clock yesterday afternoon two young men named JOHN McKINNON and JOHN OPRAY went into the sea to bathe opposite the ironworks. They were some time in the water, and McKinnon it is supposed was seized with cramp and sank. Opray tried to rescue his unfortunate companion but failed to do so.

He raised an alarm, and a boat was launched and a search made for the body, but for several hours without success. When the tide receded the body was recovered.

Deceased was about 16 years of age, and worked as a miner. He resided with his father, William McKinnon, at Old Square.
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GLASGOW HERALD
2 SEPTEMBER 1873

STEVENSTON SCHOOL BOARD

A meeting was held yesterday – Mr Gavin Fullarton of Kerelaw in the chair.

The Returning Officer’s account for expenses of the School Board election, amounting to £18 15s 8d, was ordered to be paid.

The officer reported that he had been visiting the parents who had children of school age not at school, and that a large number of the children whose education had been previously neglected had been sent to school, but that their attendance was not yet as regular as could be desired.
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GLASGOW HERALD
3 SEPTEMBER 1874

STEVENSTON SCHOOL BOARD

The monthly meeting was held yesterday – the Rev. George Philp in the chair.

It was unanimously agreed to record in the minutes the deep regret of the board at the loss by death of the services of the late chairman, Mr Matthew Brown of Parkend, and their sympathy with his family in their painful bereavement.

A letter was read from Captain Dunlop of Canton Cottage resigning his seat at the board, in consequence of the feeling manifested in the town of Stevenston in opposition to the action of the board.

The average attendance at Stevenston Public School was reported as being for the last four weeks 210, at Ardeer Public School during the same period 193.

Mr A. Caldwell intimated his resignation as officer of the board, which it was agreed to accept, and to advertise for a successor.

Four parties summoned to appear for neglecting the education of their children did not appear, and the clerk was instructed to bring the cases before the fiscal.

A plan prepared by Mr John Armour, architect, Irvine, was by a majority adopted for the new school – the estimated cost of carrying it out being £3000.
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GLASGOW HERALD
4 SEPTEMBER 1877

CRICKET – ARDEER v. KILMARNOCK 2nd ELEVEN

On Saturday at Ardeer, and resulted in favour of the home team by a majority of 51 runs.

Result – Ardeer, 95; Kilmarnock, 44.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
5 SEPTEMBER 1916

Died on service, Private JAMES RAMSAY, 7th Battalion Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – son of Alexander and Jessica Ramsay, Shore Road Stevenston.

[Mr and Mrs Ramsay later lost another son, Private Robert Ramsay, who was killed in action on 26 August, 1918.]
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GLASGOW HERALD
6 SEPTEMBER 1882

STEVENSTON SCHOOL BOARD

At the monthly meeting of this Board on Monday night – the Rev. John Grahame presiding – it was reported that the number of children on the roll was 1037, the number in attendance being 844.

The clerk read a memorial from Saltcoats ratepayers against the extension of Kyleshill School, which contained only 19 names, though there were 200 or 300 ratepayers.

The clerk read a reply to this memorial which he was instructed to forward after it had been approved by the chairman of the Board.

Several defaulting parents were ordered to be prosecuted, while one or two were dealt with by the meeting.
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GLASGOW HERALD
7 SEPTEMBER 1878

NEW READING ROOM

Chiefly through the kindness of Mr Cuninghame, Pavilion, Ardrossan, a new reading room has been opened at Auchenharvie Works.

At the opening ceremony on Thursday, addresses were delivered by the Rev. D. Scott and others.

A hearty vote of thanks was given to the donor whose labours of love are well known in the district.
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GLASGOW HERALD
7 SEPTEMBER 1889

STEVENSTON SCHOOL BOARD

At a special meeting of this Board, it was agreed to charge no fees in the infant classes and in all the standards up to and including the Fifth.

It was agreed to ask the sanction of the Education Department to the application of the amount formerly allocated by the Smith Bequest to the payment of fees and books of poor and deserving children in the Sixth standard, and to provide books and stationery for such children in Fourth and Fifth standards.
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