Stevenston - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
2 FEBRUARY 1909

DEATH

KYD: Suddenly, at the Manse, Stevenston, on 1st February, Mary Winifred, daughter of the Rev. R. J. Kyd.
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GLASGOW SHERIFF COURT
3 FEBRUARY 1888

AYR CRIMINAL COURT

At a pleading diet of Ayr Sheriff and Jury Court yesterday - before Sheriff Orr Paterson, Martha Kirkhope or Lees pleaded guilty to stealing clothing from a bleaching green at Saltcoats, and to a set of thefts at Stevenston, and there being previous convictions against her, she was sent to prison for four months.
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GLASGOW HERALD
4 FEBRUARY 1901

QUEEN VICTORIA’S FUNERAL

Stevenston:

All business was suspended. Ardeer Factory, collieries, foundries, and all other works closed for the day.

A memorial service was held in Ardeer United Free Church.
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GLASGOW HERALD
5 FEBRUARY 1873

WOMAN DROWNED

On the 14th ultimo the body of a woman was found on the seashore at Stevenston, and a post-mortem examination showed that the death had resulted from drowning. After lying for some time unclaimed, the body was interred.

Yesterday, the clothes of the deceased were identified on having belonged to MARGARET HUMPHREY, 67 years of age, an unmarried woman, who resided in Low Glencairn Street, Kilmarnock.

It appears that this woman mysteriously disappeared from her home on the Friday evening before New Year, and not having returned, it is believed that she stumbled into the River Irvine, and was carried down to sea by the then swollen current.
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GLASGOW HERALD
6 FEBRUARY 1868

EGLINTON FOX-HOUNDS

Lord Eglinton’s hounds will meet today (Thursday), the 6th February, at Kerelaw, at 11 a.m.
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GLASGOW HERALD
6 FEBRUARY 1956

BODY RECOVERED

The body of Mrs ISABEL AITKEN or ROSS, 16 Clements Place, Stevenston, was recovered from Saltcoats Harbour yesterday.
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GLASGOW HERALD
7 FEBRUARY 1907

THE ARDEER DISASTER

A Government inspector has arrived at Ardeer Factory to commence an inquiry into the recent disaster.

Yesterday work resumed, but some of the girls have not yet started.

JAMES CUNNINGHAM, the foreman who was killed, had a good knowledge of explosives, having been many years in Ardeer Factory. When a steamer containing explosives was sunk in the Suez Canal over a year ago, he, with another worker from Ardeer Factory, went out to Egypt to fire the explosives.

All the men killed were connected with friendly societies, and at the funerals, which will take place tomorrow, the members of the Orders will be present.

ROBERT CAREY is reported to be progressing favourably.
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GLASGOW HERALD
8 FEBRUARY 1876

ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF GAME

D. McLeod, farm servant, Hillhouse, near Stevenston, appeared before the Justices at Beith yesterday to answer the charge of illegal possession of game.

He was defended by Mr Patrick, solicitor, Dalry, but after evidence had been led he was found guilty, and fined in the sum of £1.
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GLASGOW HERALD
8 FEBRUARY 1907

FATAL BURNING ACCIDENT

A terrible burning accident took place on Monday in the works of the Scottish Alkali Company, in the Sandhills of Stevenston Parish, near to the River Garnock.

From the particulars to hand it appears that two men were engaged in working a syphon on a wooden platform over a tank of sulphuric acid. The wood gave way and both were precipitated into the tank.

One of the men, named WILLIAM FINDLAY, residing in Thistle Cottages, Stevenston, managed to scramble out, but the other, an Englishman named CURRIE, could not get out. His cries brought some workers to his assistance, but when they were hauling him out by the jersey that garment gave way and he fell back into the tank again. When rescued he was completely covered in acid and terribly burned.

Doctor Roberts, from Stevenston, was summoned and did all in his power to alleviate the suffering of the unfortunate men.

Currie was removed to the Kilmarnock Infirmary, where he died on Wednesday night, and Findlay, who was suffering from severe burns on the legs and thighs, was taken home.

Currie was a married man, and resided at Garnock View, West Doura, Kilwinning.
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GLASGOW HERALD
9 FEBRUARY 1875

STEVENSTON FREE CHURCH

Special services were held in the Free Church on Sunday, the collection being for painting and repairs on the manse.

Rev. J. Treadwell, the pastor of the congregation preached in the forenoon, and Rev. Dr. Walter Smith, of the Free Tron Church, Glasgow, in the afternoon and evening.

The collection for the day amounted to £18.
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GLASGOW HERALD
9 FEBRUARY 1982

GLENCAIRN PRIMARY SCHOOL

A Strathclyde Regional Council spokesman announced yesterday that all the 395 pupils at Glencairn Primary School, Stevenston, where a blaze destroyed a seven classroom block should be back in full-time education by next week.

Last night the cause of the outbreak, spotted by a woman walking her dog, was still under investigation.
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GLASGOW HERALD
10 FEBRUARY 1890

FATAL ACCIDENT

On Saturday forenoon, while Mrs Rafferty, the wife of a labourer, residing in Ardeer Square, was crossing the railway at Stevenston Station she was knocked down by a mineral train and instantly killed.

She was accompanied by a grandchild, who fortunately escaped. Mrs Rafferty was aged over 60 years. She was about to go to Paisley, and was hurrying to catch the train, which was at the station, and did not notice the approaching mineral train.

A footbridge has lately been erected at the station.
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