Stevenston - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
8 NOVEMBER 1844

BIRTH

At Ardeer, on the 4th instant, the lady of Patrick Warner, Esquire, of Ardeer; a daughter.
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GLASGOW HERALD
8 NOVEMBER 1902

FATAL ACCIDENT INQUIRY

At Kilmarnock Sheriff Court yesterday - before Sheriff Mackenzie and a jury - a public inquiry was held as to the explosion at Nobel's Factory, Ardeer, on 7th ult., whereby WILLIAM CARSON, nitro-glycerine worker, was killed.

The evidence elicited nothing to show how the explosion occurred.

His Majesty's Inspector of Explosives, in a communication to the procurator-fiscal states: - "I can only suggest that some action on the part of the deceased brought about the explosion; but whether such action was part of the normal course of manufacture, or whether it was accidental; careless or wilful, I am entirely without means of deciding.

I must add that in the course of my inquiry nothing came to light which in any way reflected upon the company's management of the factory, and every precaution for the safety of the work-people seems to have been taken."

The jury returned a formal verdict.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
8 NOVEMBER 1914

Died on service, Lance Corporal ABRAHAM HOLLAS, Service No. 9567, 2nd Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – born at Dreghorn; enlisted at Ayr; resident of Stevenston; Son of David and Elizabeth Ferguson Hollas.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
8 NOVEMBER 1917

Died on service, Private JOHN McCLURE, Service No. 200888, Royal Scots Fusiliers – Theatre of war, Palestine – born at Stevenston; enlisted at Kilmarnock; resident of Kilwinning; son of James McClure, 21 Byrehill Road, Kilwinning.
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GLASGOW HERALD
9 NOVEMBER 1874

STEVENSTON PAROCHIAL BOARD

The ordinary monthly meeting of the Parochial Board of this parish was held on Friday evening – Mr William Lockhart of Mayfield in the chair.

A large number of pauper cases were disposed of.

The Registrar’s half-yearly list of defaulters under the Vaccination Act was presented, and the children – two in number – ordered to be vaccinated.

An application for education to two children under the 69th section of the Education (Scotland) Act was refused.

The inspector was allowed £150 to pay the half-yearly accounts, and to provide for payments to the poor till next meeting.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
10 NOVEMBER 1918

Died on service, Private WILLIAM MURDOCH, (23), 6/7th Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – died as a prisoner of war at Friedrichfeld, Germany.

Family resident at 12 Schoolwell Street, Stevenston.

The Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald previously reported: -

“Mrs W. Murdoch, 12 Schoolwell Street, Stevenston, has received word from the War Office that her husband, Private William Murdoch, R.S.F., has been missing since 21st March.

Private Murdoch is 22 years of age, and was employed in Nobel’s factory before enlisting.

Any information regarding him will be thankfully received by his wife.”
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GLASGOW HERALD
11 NOVEMBER 1939

SCOTTISH FACTORY EXPLOSION - TWO MEN LOSE THEIR LIVES

Two men lost their lives in an explosion in a Scottish factory on Thursday night.

The following statement has been issued by management: -

“Imperial Chemical Industries Limited regret to announce that as a result of a small explosion which occurred in the detonator department one worker lost his life and another received injuries from which he has since died. There was no material damage to plant or property.

The names of the workers who lost their lives are WALTER MAXWELL, (43), married, and ARTHUR FINDLAY, (22), single.”

[A war-time news embargo has obviously been applied to the above article but subsequent family intimations in the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald and other sources confirm that Walter Maxwell, (43), husband of Janet Corbett, 16 Winton Street, Ardrossan, and David Findlay, (22), son of David Findlay, Burnbank Street, Stevenston, were the victims of this accident at Ardeer Factory.]
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GLASGOW HERALD
12 NOVEMBER 1908

DAMAGE BY FLOODS IN AYRSHIRE

At a meeting of the Northern District Committee of Ayrshire County Council at Kilwinning yesterday it was reported that several parishes had suffered severely by the recent flooding.

Most damage was done in the Parishes of Kilbirnie, Dunlop, West Kilbride, Beith, Dalry and Stevenston and several claims were intimated. It was agreed that these should be repudiated, the chairman remarking that they were not responsible for what Providence sent down. If they were they might arrange differently.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
13 NOVEMBER 1916

Died on service, Private JOHN GRAY, Service No. 43120, 2nd Battalion Royal Scots – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – born at and resident of Stevenston; enlisted at Ayr; son of John Gray, Stevenston.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
13 NOVEMBER 1916

Died on service, Private JAMES D. PRYCE, Service No. 11671, 1st Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – born at Stevenston; enlisted at Glasgow.
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GLASGOW HERALD
13 NOVEMBER 1917

DRUNKENNESS IN EXPLOSIVES FACTORY

At Kilmarnock Sheriff Court yesterday – before Sheriff Robertson – two workers in an explosives factory were convicted of having been found in a state of drunkenness or under the influence of liquor in the works.

Both men were sent to prison for 30 days with hard labour, and the Sheriff remarked that if any more of the men were found in a state of intoxication he would raise the penalty to the full limit.

[The specific factory is not mentioned in the article.]
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Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
November 14, 1947

"BLACK DIAMONDS" IN PLAYGROUND


Children attending Stevenston H.G. School should be the warmer for a quantity of coal dug up in their playground.

While workmen were digging a trench to lay a new drain from the prefabricated class rooms behind the school to the main drain they came across a seam of coal The trench which was some 40 to 50 yards long and one foot wide, yielded about seven cwts.

It would appear that there is some truth in the contention of many of the town's older residents that there is still plenty of coal left in the vicinity.
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