Friday 3 November 1916
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Mr and Mrs William Smith of Averingcliffe, The Bank, Eccleshill, were the recipients of many hearty congratulations and beautiful presents on Saturday on the occasion of their silver wedding. Mr Smith is a native of Bradford, being born there on February 7th, 1868, but his wife was born at Bridlington on July 23rd, 1868 and was the eldest daughter of Mr Samuel Smith of Brookland Road, Bridlington. Mr Smith has completed 25 years’ service with Messrs Samuel Smith and Son, reed and heald manufacturer, Ashfield Place, Eccleshill. Mr and Mrs Smith invited relatives and friends to tea on Saturday and musical items and recitations assisted the guests in spending a pleasant evening.
Eccleshill couple celebrate 25 years
It always gives us pleasure to place on record concerning the old worthies of the district. Mr Ben Bottomley, who will be 85 years old next Wednesday, is one of the oldest residents of Idle and he is still comparatively hale and hearty and attending to business. The photo was taken when he was about 70 years old and shows a remarkable man for his age. When he was in his prime, Mr Bottomley was one of the principal tradesmen in Idle. He had probably the largest business as a butcher in the town and he was a farmer in an extensive way at Bottoms Farm on the canal side. He built and owned the commanding shop on The Green now occupied by the West Yorkshire Bank and other property. Altogether Mr Bottomley has lived a most strenuous and industrious life and he is to be congratulated on reaching such a ripe old age.
Still attending to his business at age of 85
Although we do not agree with Cllr Moody that in the matter of moral conduct comparisons ought to be made between the different areas in Shipley, it does come as a surprise to us that there should be complaints such as were voiced at the Shipley District Council meeting in regard to the conduct of some person or persons in the habit of frequenting the reading room in Saltaire. The offences – for there have been many – which were complained of consist of the defacing of magazines, the pictures in which have been so altered as to be made disgraceful and the writing of indecent matter underneath. Detectives Certainly we expect something better from Saltaire, which had enormous social and educational advantages a generation before they were enjoyed by other parts of the town. It would be too much to say that Saltaire and the West End of Shipley were in any way to blame for this abominable practice, and it is to be hoped that the other readers will make themselves into detectives with the object of bring to book those offenders against common decency.
Disgraceful practice in Saltaire
Mr Fred Glover of 36 Alexandra Terrace, Greengates was presented with an oak timepiece, two silver vases and a pipe to mark his retirement from G Garnett and Sons of Apperley Bridge after 30 years’ service. Shortly after one o’clock in the afternoon the employees assembled in the mending department. The presentation was made by Mrs Sarah Ann Cleaver, an old employee of the firm. Life’s work Mrs Cleaver said she was very pleased to have the honour of handing to Mr Glover mementos of what might be described as a life’s work.
In reply, Mr Glover said he had tried his best to make the lot of the employees happy and at the same time to serve the firm to the best of his ability. It was rather hard to leave the friends he had known practically all his life but the presents he had received would be a constant reminder of the very happy times he had spent amongst them whilst manager of that department. Mr Glover was loudly cheered and
the company joined heartily in singing For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow. Knots During his time with the firm, Mr Glover had invented a device “by which pieces are greatly improved in the weaving. “The direct object of the invention is to eliminate the trouble of ‘ends down’ and to facilitate the weaving-in of knots, and this object is achieved in a wonderful way. Wherever the Glover Patent Improved Slay-Board has been applied, improvement has proved a remarkable success.
Mr Glover was loudly cheered and the company joined heartily in singing For Hes a Jolly Good Fellow.
Cheers and gifts as inventor retires after 30 years
Shipley District Council discussed earlier closing hours for local libraries. The suggestion was that from November 1st, 1916 until April 30th, 1917, the reading rooms at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, and at the Carnegie Library, Windhill, should be closed at 9.30 p.m. instead of at 10 p.m. as at present. In view of the further restrictions in the lighting of the streets and the earlier closing of the shops and the fact that they were at present approaching the darkest season of the year, the Library Committee felt justified in asking for the council’s approval of the resolution. Statistics Some time ago Cllr Cowgill went to the trouble of obtaining statistics with respect to the attendances at the reading rooms between the hours of 9 and 10 p.m. These statistics had shown just what he had thought himself, that the circumstances which were prevailing at the present time were greatly influencing the attendance of people at the reading rooms. Very rarely were there more than six or seven in the reading rooms at 9 o’clock and there was a very perceptible falling off from 9.30 up to 10, so much so in fact that eventually there was not more than one or two from 9.30 up to 10. Second-hand papers It might also be added that of those one or two who remained, it was suspected that they were merely waiting for the expiration of the time in order that they might take away papers which they had purchased as second hand papers. This being the case the attendance was really less than appeared on the surface. They felt in taking the step that they were inflicting no hardship or injustice upon the public at all by closing half an hour sooner.
Reading rooms to close earlier in the winter
It is possible that at the next meeting of the Baildon District Council, the question of the supply of hats to the special constables will be raised. At all events, if it is not mentioned, it ought to be. Not very long ago the whole of the special constables in the Otley Division, including Baildon, provided themselves with regulation hats at a cost of 7s 3d each, and 1s 2d extra for a mackintosh cover. On to the dust heap These hats have since proved very serviceable and just the thing for all weathers. The cost was in many cases defrayed by the constables themselves and in others by public subscription yet the County Council have now made an order that all these hats must be thrown on to the dust heap as they themselves wish to provide others of another pattern! If such wanton waste as this is allowed by those in authority, how can it be expected that the ordinary folk can be led to adopt habits of economy? The subject is to be raised at several forthcoming meetings of District Councils throughout the Otley Division and we hope that Baildon will add its voice to what ought to be a unanimous protest against such wicked extravagance.
Council urged to protest against wicked extravagance of Specials’ hats
EAST MORLEY AND BRADFORD DEPOSIT BANK LTD. No 2 Branch: 30 BINGLEY ROAD, SALTAIRE No 1 Branch: 1 Town Hall Square; Head Office: 52 Manor Row, Bradford INTEREST THREE PER CENT PER ANNUM Any amount Received. Cheque Accounts, Some Safes Issued Tel No Shipley 621. JOHN E LAWSON, Manager, 32 Manor Row, Bradford
In launching his mission in Idle, the Bishop’s Messenger said that the end of the war needed to see an end to the ‘appalling struggle between forces of capital and labour.’ He added: ‘‘We have learned the value of an Englishman and have begun to realise that he is too good to be brought up in a slum and exploited by sweated labour. ‘When Tommy comes back from the war he was not going to be satisfied with the small share in the good things of the world which he had in the past.’
Tommy won’t be satisfied with small share after the war