Friday 21 September 1917
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On Sunday September 16th, Mr and Mrs David Myers of 59 Stoney Lane, Eccleshill, celebrated their golden wedding and were the recipients of many congratulations and handsome presents. Mr Myers is a native of Eccleshill where he was born on August 28th, seventy-three years ago whilst his partner was born at Idle on November 26th, almost sixty- eight years ago and was the daughter of the late Mr John Burnley of Idle. The long and happy partnership was started at the Bradford Parish Church but with one exception all those who witnessed the event have passed away. The sole survivor of the guests is Mr Sutliffe Hinchcliffe who, though invited to the golden wedding celebrations was unable to attend owing to illness.
Mr Myers served his apprenticeship with his father who was a joiner and cabinet maker. After three months of married life he commenced in business on his own account and for many years also conducted a newspaper business. Surviving children They have resided in the same house for forty-two years. There has been eleven children of the marriage, eight boys and three girls, four of whom survive. There are also three grandchildren. Sgt Leonard Myers, son, who is out in East Africa sent a congratulatory telegram. The event was celebrated on Saturday when there was a happy gathering of friends and on Sunday the circle met under the old roof. Mr Myers still enjoys good health but his wife is somewhat afflicted with rheumatism.
Golden wedding celebrations in Eccleshill
The Shipley Food Committee, of which Cllr F F Rhodes is chairman, have found that the duties imposed by the Food Controller are making large calls upon their time. The first meeting was held on August 18th and since then three meetings have been held, the last taking place on Wednesday. It was understood when the committee was formed that the duties would be confined mainly to the carrying out of the Sugar Distribution Order. Since then, however, the Food Controller has issued other orders which have imposed upon that body the obligation of administering the Flour and Bread (Prices) Order and the Meat Order. Licences Some progress has been made in regard to the Sugar Distribution Scheme. The first requirement of this is the issue of licences to retailers of sugar of whom there are about 150 in the Shipley district. This is to be followed by the issue of licences to caterers and public institutions and as caterers include the whole of the confectioners, holders of hotels and refreshment houses, it will be seen that there is considerable work to be done.
The licences that have to be issued in all these cases have to be signed on behalf of the committee after the fullest enquiries have been made. The sugar restrictions have been followed by Orders in regard to maximum prices of meat, bread and flour and it is now the business of the committee to see that the public are not overcharged for these commodities. The Shipley butchers seem to be extremely anxious to meet the wishes of the Food Controller. Already they have had several meetings at which they have agreed on what the prices shall be. In due course these will be investigated by the Food Control Committee and when the schedule of prices has been approved, the public will have a guarantee that they are not paying prices that are unreasonable. In reference to the prices of flour and bread, it should be stated that tradesmen who were in possession of stocks of flour on the 15th will be allowed a rebate by the government in accordance with the reduced price which is now to be paid to the factors
and as retailers are getting their goods at these reduced prices it is obvious they can give the consumer the benefit both in the price of flour and of bread. Infringing Order Difficulties appear to have arisen in connection with the price of bread. Under the Food Prices Order, consumers are entitled to have a 4lb loaf for 9d or a 1lb loaf for 2½d, and this price cannot be exceeded except with the consent of the local committee. We understand, however, that the bakers in Shipley district are already infringing this Order and are charging threepence and even more for the 1lb loaf delivered to householders. If this be a fact – and we are assured that it is – the Food Committee will doubtless make an example of someone with a view to securing compliance with the Order of the Food Controller. Undoubtedly the unrest amongst the working class is caused to a large extent by the high prices which they are compelled to pay for food and unless the retailers are prepared loyally to comply with the wishes of the government in this matter, some drastic action should immediately be taken.
“Undoubtedly the unrest amongst the working class is caused to a large extent by the high prices which they are compelled to pay for food “
Yesterday was the sixty-fourth anniversary of the opening of Saltaire Mills. This auspicious event in the industrial history of the district took place on September 20th 1853, in the presence of a distinguished company. The mill premises were then little more than half their present size and a start had scarcely been made with the building of the 850 houses and shops which subsequently formed the model village of Saltaire. Treated for wounds Sir Titus Salt had five sons and two other partners in the business – Mr W E Glyde and Mr Charles Stead. Mr Stead’s two sons subsequently became actively associated with Sir Titus Salt’s sons in the management. In this connection we are glad to learn that Sec-Lieut Harry Roberts, son of Sir James Roberts, the present owner of the mills and village, is making satisfactory progress in the London Hospital where he is being treated for severe wounds sustained at the front whilst fighting with his regiment, the Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
Anniversary of Saltaire Mill opening
Workload grows in bid to control food prices
Columnist ‘The Outcast’ was in France helping entertain the troops at a YMCA base. In an article he described one of the delicate jobs he had to do. Of course, amongst my other duties, I had a good deal of letter writing to do for the men. Some incidents were humorous, some very, very sad. Those latter I shall not refer to. Upon one occasion a soldier came to my quarters where I was trying to have five minutes ‘shut-eye’ which I badly needed and he asked if he might see me. Of course he could. He began: “It’s like this ‘ere, sir. I’ve just getten this ‘ere letter thro my missus. Will you please read it, sir?” The letter was from Leeds and ran something like this: Dear Husband, I write these few lines  hoping they find you quite well as it leaves me at present. I went to the pictures with Alf on Saturday and to Roundhay Park with Alf on Sunday. On Monday Alf took me to the first house at the Empire and then we had a bit of supper at his mother’s. I hope you are quite well, etc. “Well?” I asked. Decorated “Why, ya see, it’s like this ‘ere. I’m nowt of a ‘and at writin’ letters an’ I thowt ‘appen you’d write for me, sir. “I doan’t like this ‘ere Alf business. There’s ta mitch on it. Alf’s me cousin, ya see, sir. “Nah, I doan’t want ya to hurt ‘er feelin’s bud just let ‘er knaw ‘at if ther’ isn’t less o’ this ‘ere (decorated) Alf, when I get back ta Leeds I’ll (decorated) well break her (double decorated) neck! “Bud doan’t ‘urt ‘er feelin’s, sir. Ya can do that for me all right, sir? I’m sorry ta trouble ya, sir, bud you wrote a letter for Conkey Smith that wor a fair knock-aht, ‘e telled me. An’ ‘e sent ma ta see ya.” I told the injured husband that it was no trouble and I wrote him a letter that sent him away full of smiles.
End this Alf business, sir,  but don’t hurt ‘er feelin’s
Fred Wilman, the three-year-old son of Mr John Wilman of 9 Low Fold, Greengates, was kicked by a horse in the Feast Ground at Idle on Wednesday evening. The animal belongs to a showman named Richard Sorris and the boy in passing, happened to touch its hind leg The youngster was taken to the surgery of Dr Honeyburne where it was found that he had a wound on the right temple. This having been dressed he was taken home by his mother.
Boy kicked by a horse
Irene Haigh, 20, of 68 Bradford  Road, Idle, picked up a glass jar yesterday noon which broke in her hand and caused rather a nasty wound. She called at the Idle Police Station and first-aid was rendered by Sgt Deboo.
Police aid for girl’s gash
At their meeting on Wednesday the North Bierley Board of Guardians adopted the proposals of a special committee to so increase the scale of outdoor relief on account of the high cost of living that widows with three dependent children will receive 4s 3d per week more, making 21s 3d, a man and wife living together and paying rent 1s 6d a week more, and all other classes in proportion. Clothing allowance All recipients who are householders are also to have an extra shilling per week for coal during the winter months. The weekly allowance in respect of boarded out children was also increased from 4s to 4s 6d and the annual clothing allowance from 30s to £3 and both are to be paid up to the age of 13 years instead of 12. The increase represents an additional  expenditure yearly of from £1,500 to £1.700.
More money to help the poor
Columnist ‘Scrutator’ was impressed with one soldier’s grasp of an apt biblical quote when he heard that a young officer at the front had noticed a signboard that read Eccles II 18-19. Wise or a fool Looking up an old Bible he read: “Yea, I hated all my labour which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me. And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? “Yet shall he have rule over all my labour wherein I have laboured and wherein I have showed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity.”
Apt words at the front
Railwaymen’s interest in gardening is no new thing and stations and their vicinity throughout the country are brightened by the efforts of these workers. To the extra call for home- grown produce railwaymen have promptly responded. Shipley is not behind and the staff at that station on Saturday saw the culmination of the first season’s work in the form of a vegetable show. This was held in one of the larger waiting rooms. High class The exhibits were of a high class and the judge expressed appreciation of the quality  shown. Especially creditable was it, he said, seeing that most of the exhibits had been grown upon land only recently broken up. The prizes were subscribed by local gentlemen desirous of stimulating allotment gardening. The entrance fees and proceeds of the sale of vegetables were devoted to the NUR Orphan Fund.
Shipley railwaymen shine in the garden
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