Stevenston - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
8 SEPTEMBER 1873

ASSAULTS AND BREACHES OF THE PEACE

At the ordinary monthly Justice of Peace Court, held at Saltcoats on Friday – presided over by Mr William Mutter – there were no less than eight parties (three men and five women), residing at Ardeer Iron Works Square, Stevenston, charged with assault or breach of the peace.

The aggregate of the fines imposed on the parties from Ardeer Square was £10.
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GLASGOW HERALD
8 SEPTEMBER 1874

STEVENSTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

The annual exhibition of the Stevenston Horticultural Society took place in the Public School, Stevenston, on Saturday. There was a large display of flowers, fruits, vegetables, and agricultural products.

A fine collection of pansies was exhibited by Mr James Fulton, Ardeer Iron Works, and roses, etc., by Mr James Clark, gardener, Kerelaw.

Three beautifully filled boxes of honey were exhibited by Mr David Anderson, Station Square.

There was a good attendance of visitors in the afternoon.
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GLASGOW HERALD
9 SEPTEMBER 1863

SUPPOSED CHILD MURDER

On Sabbath, the dead body of a newly born infant was discovered in an old coal pit, filled with water, in the neighbourhood of Stevenston.

The person who discovered it had gone to the mouth of the pit, prompted by curiosity, on hearing that some parties had been drowning kittens. He saw an unusually large object in the water, and after several unsuccessful attempts to secure it, a man was lowered by a rope, and the body of the child brought to the ground. It was wrapped in a bag bearing the name of Charles Smith, grocer, Stevenston. It was examined by a medical gentleman, who thought it had been little more than 24 hours in the water.

The police are investigating the matter.
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GLASGOW HERALD
10 APRIL 1887

STEVENSTON FLOWER SHOW

Yesterday the annual exhibition of the Horticultural Society took place in the Public School.

The weather was unfavourable, being showery, with a strong breeze. As a consequence of this, in some classes, there was less competition than usual, especially in pot plants.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
10 SEPTEMBER 1917

Died on Service, Second Lieutenant ALEXANDER THOMSON SINCLAIR, (20), Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – son of George and Susan Sinclair, Abington House, Stevenston.

The Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald subsequently reported: -

“Second Lieutenant Alexander Thomson Sinclair, Machine Gun Corps, has been killed in action.

Our young friend, a lad of 20 years, has paid forfeit with his life, in the world of struggle and freedom, and in the golden era of peace his parents, relatives, and friends have but a memory to conjure with.”
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GLASGOW HERALD
11 SEPTEMBER 1871

MARRIAGE

On the 6th instant, by the Rev. James Cruikshanks, Hugh Law, merchant, Glasgow, to Jessie, eldest daughter of Mr John Wotherspoon, Ardeer Works, Stevenston, Ayrshire.
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GLASGOW HERALD
11 SEPTEMBER 1873

NEW WELL

At a meeting of Stevenston Local Authority on Tuesday, it was agreed to sink one new well, and thoroughly repair and put pumps on three old wells in different parts of the parish.

It was further agreed that in order to relieve the sanitary inspector of his duties in Saltcoats, a sanitary inspector for that district of the parish should be appointed at a salary of £6 per annum.
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GLASGOW HERALD
11 SEPTEMBER 1876

BRITISH DYNAMITE COMPANY

A party of about fifty gentlemen desirous of combining the leisure of a day’s outing with the utilitarian enjoyment of an interesting chemical investigation – making a sort of pleasant compromise between work and play – proceeded by special train on the invitation of the directors, to the works of the British Dynamite Company Limited at Ardeer, Ayrshire, where the whole process was explained and numerous illustrations were given of the wonderful properties of this powerful explosive.

The party returned to Glasgow about five o’clock.
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GLASGOW HERALD
11 SEPTEMBER 1876

BOWLING - ARDEER v. ARDROSSAN

On Saturday these two clubs met on Ardeer green, for the purpose of playing a return match.

Twenty-one ends were played, and the game resulted in a majority of 63 in favour of Ardeer.

Result: - Ardeer, 113; Ardrossan, 50.
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GLASGOW HERALD
12 SEPTEMBER 1883

COUNTY OF AYR – VALUATIONS

The following are valuations for the Cuninghame district of Ayrshire for 1883-84. Railways are not included: -

Stevenston - £21,565 15s 0d.
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GLASGOW HERALD
13 SEPTEMBER 1884

STEVENSTON FLOWER SHOW

The annual exhibition of the Stevenston Horticultural and Agricultural Society took place in the new Public School yesterday.

For general excellence the show surpassed those of previous years.

A good number of visitors patronised the show during the afternoon and evening.

Mr Duff’s quadrille band was present and discoursed some excellent music.
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GLASGOW HERALD
13 SEPTEMBER 1897

CO-OPERATIVE DEMONSTRATION

The Co-operative Society had a demonstration on Saturday in connection with the opening of their new branch in Warner Place. The procession was accompanied by Irvine Brass Band.

When members passed through the new shop they all received a memento in the shape of a 1lb tin of sweets.

Addresses were delivered by Bailie Murphy, Lanark, and Mr C McDonald. Thereafter a supper was provided at the Thistle and Rose Hotel, at which a large number of co-operators were present.
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