Friday 5 July 1917
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Mr William Flaxington of 22 William Henry Street, Saltaire, died at the age of 75 last Friday which was his golden wedding day, he and his wife, who was 73 last March, having been married 50 years ago at the Bradford Parish Church. Mr Flaxington had worked from the age of seven when he entered a mill in Hollings Lane, until last Easter when he minded a hoist at the Saltaire Mills. He and his wife have had a family of three sons and three daughters of whom all the daughters and one son survive. Died in USA The second son, Robert H Flaxington, emigrated eleven years ago and died at Holyoake, Mass, USA, on 25th April this year. The eldest son and the eldest daughter also emigrated and are still in America. One of their sons-in-law, Pte ‘Dick’ Davy, Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regt, died of dysentery in a Kentish hospital on 17th April 1917 and another son-in-law, Driver A Wigglesworth, is serving with the ASC. The late Mr Flaxington was a member of the Pontefract Lodge, National United Order of Free Gardeners.
Died on Golden Wedding anniversary
Coal rationing, when it comes at an early date, will be welcomed by most people as the great majority are feeling the effects of a distributive system under which the dealers cannot please everybody. Residents with cellars well banked up with the ‘diamonds’ will not, however, appreciate the news that their hoarded stocks are to be taken into account and if there are any more cold days like we had in June, they might as well put on ‘the sea coal fires’ that Byron used to love. Reduction At any rate, all their hoarding – by some it is called foresight – will have done them no good when coal is rationed as at the outset the quantity they are entitled to every week will be subject to a temporary reduction in correspondence with the store they have on hand. Houses of two rooms are to have at the rate of three and a half tons a year, three rooms four tons, four rooms four
and a half tons, five rooms six tons, six rooms eight tons and an additional ton per room afterwards, with a maximum of twenty tons. Applications for increased allowances can be made by households containing infirm or invalid people, children and lodgers. Not more than one dealer will be allowed to deliver in any one street and users must register at one place only. There is to be a fuel and lighting committee in every town and an overseer will be appointed under each. His duties will be similar to those performed by the food control officer though in the matter of investigating supposed cases of hoarding he should work at an easier proposition as the cellar or the coalhouse are the only places for coal, however much the food prosecutions may have proved that a sitting or a bed room are handy enough for concealing eatables.
Coal hoarders will miss out under rationing
Reward for a lifetime of public service
Few men have so completely and at so many points touched the public life of the district in which they were born as Cllr John Garnett has done at Idle and his approaching elevation to the aldermanic bench fulfils the promise that has been a marked feature of his public career for many years. Full of snap and ‘go,’ he has few equals anywhere as a live representative of the public in almost any capacity and what he does not know of matters that interest the mass of the people could be put on a postage stamp. At a meeting on Monday night of representatives of the Conservative Party on the Bradford City Council, he and Cllr Sidney Newman were recommended for the aldermanic vacancies cause by the deaths of Ald Squire Deighton and Ald J E Fawcett,
and it is expected that they will be elected at the next meeting of the City Council. Mr Garnett, who knows every stick and stone of the Idle district, gave us some particulars of his interesting career the other day when we called on him. He was born at Westfield Lane on 26th September 1862 and was educated at the Idle Church of England School. For years he was a Sunday school teacher and joined the Parish Church choir when a boy, remaining a member till last Easter. He was people’s warden during three years of his choir membership and a school manager for many years. A very active supporter of the Conservative Party, he was secretary of the local association for some 20 years. He helped to form the Women’s
Constitutional Association in 1894, was secretary and treasurer up to about two years ago and is still the treasurer, with Miss Garnett as secretary. Ox-roasting He is in his third year as president of the Idle Constitutional Club and has been a member of the committee ever since the present club was formed. He was largely instrumental in forming the ox-roasting committee, of which he has been secretary and treasurer all the time. He has been a local overseer for 18 years; was on the Idle School Board five years previous to Idle being taken over by Bradford, and was elected as a representative on the City Council for the Idle Ward on 1 November 1907 and is still a member. For three years he was deputy chairman of the Calverley Joint Hospital Board and was then elected chairman. He was chairman for a few years of the Small Holdings Committee and has been deputy chairman of the Sewage Committee for the last six years. He was Lord Mayor’s auditor during Cllr Moser’s mayoralty. Emphatic views A man of broad but emphatic views, he is strongly opposed to the Small Tenement act and he once fought an election at Idle against its adoption. In politics he is an ardent advocate of progressive Conservatism and though a staunch churchman, he is tolerant and sympathetic to other religious bodies and is anxious to see all religious denominations more united in their respective work. He is one of a family of eight, all living – six brothers and two sisters – of whom he is the eldest of the sons. His father was a member of the Idle Local Board; his brother Richard a member of the Idle School Board (Richard is now a member of the West Riding CC and is a JP); and his brother Benjamin was for three years a member of the Bradford City Council Mr Garnett was married to Julia Ann Turner in 1890, his wife’s father, Samuel Turner, being a member of the Idle Local Board. Of the marriage there have been five children but three died young and a boy and girl still live. Mr Garnett is a coal merchant but has a strong leaning to agriculture like most of his brothers.
The billing of the new lists of electors in connection with the Representation of the People Act 1918, provides one or two interesting departures from old custom. Previous lists used to be nailed on church and chapel doors but in consequence of the paper shortage and the importance of the greatest publicity being secured for the new lists, these are not on view at the old places. In the case of Shipley they are deposited at the GPO, Somerset House, the Saltaire Institute, the Carnegie Library and the Gas Offices where they can be perused by the public. Claims lodged If any name is omitted that ought to be inserted or if any of the incidental particulars are wrongly given, the persons concerned can apply to Mr A Smith, chief assistant overseer, Somerset House, for a claim form on which they may state the facts of their cases and these claims have to be lodged with Mr Smith no later than 17th July. Objection to any name on the list is also allowed and such objections and the grounds must be laid by the end of this month. The old register contained the names of about 3,500 Parliamentary electors and the new list comprises nearly 14,000.
Big rise in number of electors
On Saturday morning an accident occurred at Tunwell Mills, Eccleshill. A lad in the spinning department was lowering a skep of rovings from the second storey of the shed by means of the crane when the handles of the skep gave way and it fell into the yard. Tenterer Mr Seed Stansfield of Victoria Road, tenterer, was passing at the time and the skep struck him on the neck and felled him to the ground. Several of the factory hands ran to Mr Stansfield’s assistance but beyond a badly bruised leg and a severe shaking, he was none the worse.
Accident at Tunwell Mills
“There is holiday fever in all the schools,” said the Baildon school attendance officer on Monday night to the Education committee in the course of explaining how the attendances at the schools were down. Influenza and mumps had kept many children away but holiday fever was bad in all the schools. Fathers In reply to Cllr J W Plackett, he said it was the same thing nearly every year. The same families stayed away from school in order to go on holidays with their fathers. Mrs Sykes did not see how they could alter the matter as she did not think any bench of magistrates would consider holidays unreasonable in the circumstances.
Death of premature baby
Holiday fever in Baildon
A verdict of natural causes was returned at an inquest at Crag Chapel on Tuesday afternoon in regard to the death of Saturday morning at 3.50 of the three-day-old son of a mechanic named Walter John Wheatley of Kitson Street, Windhill. Mary Sargeant, the baby’s grandmother, said she was present at the birth which was premature and that the deceased took no nourishment on the first day. Emma Hoddy, a certified mid-wife, also present at the birth, said this was premature and she did not think it was necessary to call in a doctor. Dr Anderson, of Windhill, said he was called to the deceased after death had occurred and on making a post- mortem examination on Sunday he found that death was probably due to premature birth.
On Saturday, the annual Eccleshill Congregational choir trip took place, the party going by wagonette to Ilkley, where dinner was provided at the Rose and Crown. The principal  scenes were visited and the choir were then conveyed to Otley where tea was served at the Royal Oak. They eventually reached home about 10 p.m. Mr J H Clough, conductor, and Mr Poynton, deputy organist, accompanied the party.
Taking in the sights
Cottages auctioned
William Dawson & Son, auctioneers, put up for sale at the New Inn, Idle, last Friday night, two lots of cottage property, one of which was sold and the other was withdrawn. The two semi-detached cottages, 9 and 10 Greenfield Lane, Idle, changed hands at £340, purchaser being Mr Thomas Wright. The lot withdrawn comprised the three cottages, 88, 90 and 92 Dunkhill, Idle. Mr John Trewavas of Bradford was the solicitor.
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