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EVENTS No events this week.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we welcome a get together of the descendants of Moses Whitehouse linking in with the Marriott family. Kesia is coming down for a flying visit from Yorkshire to see what photographs and information we have of her family in our archives and I have arranged a meeting with our members Dorothy from Stone and Janet from Chesterfield. Everyone welcome and in particular anyone with a connection to this family.
REQUESTS Ken Fletcher is attempting to find photographs and information of his real grandparents as his father was adopted. All Ken knows is that his grandmother was Grace Elizabeth Evans but his father’s adopted name was John Fletcher and the address seems to have been in Mount Pleasant in the early 1930s. There are also possible links to the Benton family and Ken would appreciate any help in solving what appears to be a mystery that is unlikely to produce any answers.
One of our members Ian emails in with a request for Denise Earl regarding her Turner family stating that Denise’s uncle ‘John Bernard Turner, mentioned a couple of weeks ago was my best friend throughout school and beyond. The last I heard of him he was living in Leek and I would be most interested in contacting him again’,
RESPONSES Beryl Jones ( nee Stokes) responds to Tuva’s request after she had listed the names in her Hawkins Family Bible and points out that Alice Ada Hawkins (b 1 Nov 1884) is her grandmother and she married Harry Stokes in 1905 and now we have now several photographs of both Alice Ada and Harry Stokes.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Of the Peachs (Francis, Gilbert, Ethel & Dorothy), the Robinsons (Stanley, Clarrie, Herbert, Harriet, Hannah, Eva, Stephen Snr & Ernest, who was killed in WWI) and one of Albert Henry Altree (b1852 Churchbridge). £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS 1926 Birth Certificate of Annie Brough.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington A list of persons who have obtained Game Certificates for 1820 at a cost of £3..13..6d and it includes several from our area. (30 September 1820).
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
19th February 1965 Report on the needs of an increasing population in Cheslyn Hay naming the full Community Association committee also involving the Women’s Handicraft, Old Time Dancing and Keep Fit and the Carnival organisations.
20th February 1915 Details of Mr Edward Brough life as a fireman.
20th February 1915 Raising funds for the Cheslyn Hay War Relief Committee.
20th February 1915 Details of letters from soldiers including Private Pearson currently at Aldershot.
20th February 1915 A dispute in court between Richard Marshall Junior, a miner, of Station Street, Cheslyn Hay and Joseph Reaney, a miner, and Howard Marklew, both of Great Wyrley involving a pigeon shooting match.
MEMORIES Following on from last week’s mining deaths in our local pits with details also of the mines as well as the miners. Dates of the deaths are from 19 July 1824 to 24 April 1883 and the miners who were killed were Benjamin Potts, J Hemingsley, Charles Butler, J Whitehouse, G Whitehouse, James Lockley, J Stackhouse, Thomas Waltho, S Morgan, William Perks, Charles Brindley, F Parker, G Thomas, G Pearson, Joseph Bettany, William Hawkins, W Evans, Daniel Day, James Walker, George Adams, Henry Bowen, Thomas Hubery.
GENERAL NEWS During the current renovations of our Salem Church, an old pair of workmen’s boots have been discovered under the original floorboards of the church. It was a custom of the time to leave personal items like these under the floors to give a ‘blessing’ to the building and that the items would remain undisturbed whilst the building was still standing. In respect of such a tradition, we have photographed the boots for our records, added a laminated copy of this newsletter and returned them to their original place with the hope that they will remain undisturbed for another 160 years…..