Stevenston - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
26 JANUARY 1849

CHOLERA

Since last week’s report there has been 8 cases and 3 deaths in Stevenston, making 13 cases and 7 deaths in all.

The disease first appeared on the 9th instant.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
26 JANUARY 1919

Died as a result of service, Private H. HARVEY, (28), Service No. 31, 1st Battalion Seaforth Highlanders – Theatre of war, Mesopotamia – born at Stevenston; son of Henry and Elizabeth McKean Harvey, Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire.
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GLASGOW HERALD
27 JANUARY 1877

STEVENSTON - COMPLIMENTARY DINNER

On Thursday a party numbering about 50, consisting of tenants and feuers on Ardeer Estate and a few friends from Ardrossan, Saltcoats, and Kilwinning, met at dinner in honour of Mr FRANCIS RUSSELL of Kirkland, on the occasion of his retirement from the factorship of Ardeer Estate.

Mr William Lockhart, Mayfield, occupied the chair; Mr Adam Wilson. Broomhouse, and Mr William Symington, Auctioneer, were croupiers.

There were also present, along with the guests of the evening, Provost Barr, Ardrossan; Messrs J. Halket and J. Campbell, Bankers; Johnston, Ardrossan; A. C. McJannet, Irvine; J. Lockhart and T. Chalmers, Stevenston, and others.
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GLASGOW HERALD
28 JANUARY 1938

SCOTTISH FACTORY EXPLOSION – SIX WORKERS KILLED AT ARDEER - EMPLOYEES DASH TO SHORE FOR SAFETY - CONCUSSION FELT OVER A WIDE AREA - ANXIOUS RELATIVES AT WORK GATES

Six employees in Nobel’s Ardeer Explosives Factory at Stevenston, Ayrshire, were killed yesterday in two violent explosions which demolished a mixing-house in the blasting department and blew out plate-glass windows within a radius of roughly five miles.

The victims were five men and a young woman. The men were at work in the mixing-house, and it is understood they were handling gelignite. The young woman, who is described as a cartridge worker, is believed to have been engaged in an adjacent building.

A number of employees who were working near the scene of the explosion complained of shock, and were treated by the works ambulance staff.

NAMES OF KILLED

The victims of the explosion were: -

JOSEPH HAMILTON, (61), foreman, New Street, Stevenston;
ALEXANDER S. CAMERON, (38), process man, Glebe Street, Stevenston;
ANDREW JOHNSTONE, (43), process man, Moorpark Road East, Stevenston;
FREDERICK SMITH, (41), process man, New Street, Stevenston,
JAMES McLELLAND, (28), service waiter, Boglemart Street, Stevenston; and
ELIZABETH BELL HAMILTON, (21), cartridge worker, George Place, Stevenston.
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GLASGOW HERALD
29 JANUARY 1927

HURRICANE HAVOC IN SCOTLAND - TRAIN DERAILED BY SAND

In the west, as in all parts of Scotland, the railway services were affected by obstructions blown on to the lines in the height of the gale.

The most serious mishap reported on the London Midland and Scottish lines occurred near Stevenston, between six and seven o’clock in the evening. A passenger train from Glasgow Central Station to Ardrossan ran into a sand dune, which had accumulated on the metals under the force of the wind, and the train was derailed.

Fortunately no person suffered injury.

The passengers were transferred to other trains, which were diverted by other lines.
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GLASGOW HERALD
30 JANUARY 1901

EXPLOSION AT ARDEER FACTORY - ONE GIRL KILLED - THREE INJURED

Yesterday afternoon an explosion which resulted in the loss of one life and the injury of three girls took place at Ardeer Factory.

The factory is situated about a mile from Stevenston Station, and employs a great number of work people.

The accident occurred in one of the dynamite huts used for filling the dynamite cartridges. These huts are wooden structures, each of them surrounded by embankments of sand to prevent the area of an explosion from being extended. Four girls are employed in each hut in filling the cartridges.

Yesterday afternoon about a quarter past three, four girls were engaged in one of the huts, when a slight explosion took place. Three of the girls managed to make their escape, but the fourth, ROSE O’HARA, was either stunned or injured so that she did not get away.

Immediately after there was a second explosion, much louder than the first, which blew away a portion of the hut and set fire to the remainder.

The explosion quickly brought assistance. Mr Lundholm, the manager was made aware that something was wrong by hearing the sound of the second explosion. He hurried to the spot and directed operations for putting out the fire.

When the flames were extinguished the body of ROSE O’HARA was found. The other girls were slightly injured but they had a narrow escape. One of them had a cut on the arm; another was cut on the leg. Their injuries are not of a serious nature, and they were removed to their own homes to receive medical treatment.

It is supposed that the first explosion took place where the cartridges were being filled. Only a small quantity of the dynamite is kept by the worker while the cartridges are being filled. When it is filled the cartridge is dropped into a chute, and falls into a box placed outside the hut. When a girl requires a supply she obtains it from this box, filling a small scoop with the dynamite. Three precautions are taken with a view to the greater safety of the girls employed at the work.

It is supposed that the second explosion was caused by the cartridges which were outside the hut taking fire. A very short period elapsed between the first and second explosion, probably not more than half a minute. The sound of the explosion was not heard much beyond the factory. Owing to the direction of the wind the sound would be carried towards Irvine.

In Stevenston it was not known that anything unusual had occurred until the girls returned home, having stopped after the accident. The arrival of the girl Clark was the first indication in Saltcoats that an accident had taken place.

It is 17 years since an accident has happened to any of the cartridge girls. In anything of that nature which has occurred in the interim they have, fortunately, escaped.

An intimation of the accident has been sent to the Home Office, and it is expected that one of the inspectors will visit the factor to investigate the cause of the accident.

No damage was done to the other huts in the vicinity.

KILLED

ROSE O’HARA, residing with her parents in Bradshaw Street, Saltcoats.

INJURED

ALICE CLARK, Kirkgate, Saltcoats.
MARY ANN PATERSON, Shore Road, Stevenston.
JANET McKILLOP, Grange Road, Stevenston.
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Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
January 31, 1947

Obituary.
Rev. A. Morris Moodie.

The death occurred on Tuesday at his home in Ayr of the Rev. A. Morris Moodle, senior minister of Ardeer Church of Scotland, Stevenston. Mr Moodle, who was appointed the first minister of Ardeer United Presbyterian Church in 1892, remained there until his retirement a few years ago.

Mr Moodie was formerly a member of the school board, the parish council, and the local sick nursing association.
He was also the author of a history of the town - "Stevenston Past and Present."
He is survived by his wife.
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GLASGOW HERALD
31 JANUARY 1873

ANNUAL PLOUGHING COMPETITION AT DALRY

The annual ploughing competition at Dalry took place on Wednesday, in a field adjacent to the town, belonging to Mr Brown of Ryesholm.

Among the prize-winners were: -

T. Chalmers, Misk, Stevenston.
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GLASGOW HERALD
31 JANUARY 1888

YOUTHFUL HOUSEBREAKERS

At Kilmarnock Sheriff Court yesterday three boys, William Brown, 9 years of age, son of Alexander Brown, Labourer, Grange Street, Stevenston; Thomas Boyd, 7 years, son of Gavin Boyd, Collier, New Street there, and James Young, son of David Young, Labourer, Main Street there, were brought up on a charge of theft by housebreaking from the premises of John Dickie, Baker and Registrar, Fullarton Place, Stevenston.

The two eldest boys had effected an entrance by creeping between the stanchions of the window, 5 and 1/2 inches wide, the third remaining outside as a watch. From the office the two easily got access to the shop, and stole 5s 9 and 1/2d of money, which they passed through the stanchions to Young. Mr Dickie caught them in the act.

Brown and Boyd were each sent for five years to the certified Industrial School here, and Young was dismissed.
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GLASGOW HERALD
1 FEBRUARY 1868

EGLINTON FOX-HOUNDS

Lord Eglinton’s hounds will meet on Thursday the 6th, at Kerelaw.
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GLASGOW HERALD
1 FEBRUARY 1892

FATAL RAIL ACCIDENT NEAR KILWINNING

Early on Sunday morning JOHN HOUSTON, Pointsman, found the dead body of a man named DAVID JEFFREY lying on the Ardrossan Section of the Caledonian Railway about half a mile below Kilwinning Station. His left leg was off below the knee, and his head was badly cut.

It is supposed he was walking along the line to Stevenston, where he resided, and was overtaken and killed by a passenger train.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
1 FEBRUARY 1917

Died on service, Private JAMES KING ORR, (21), 6/7th Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – son of Mrs Orr, 23 Warner Place, Stevenston, and the late William Orr.

The Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald subsequently reported: -

"He died on duty. He had been twice wounded, and now war claims another victim, a widow’s son, one whose only war bonus will probably be a cherished letter from His Majesty, and a feeling that, whoever failed, her son did his duty.

Our sympathies are with the mother and her family.”
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