EVENTS There will be no Chat n Char morning this Thursday, 13th July, as it has been replaced by Roger’s trip to York. Both coaches leave the Salem at 7.30am and they will start the return journey from York at 5pm. There are still two places available at £21 per head, which includes entry into the Minster, with a free guided tour, and the Museum, Treasury as well as the Crypts. If interested contact Roger on 01785 212412 as soon as possible please.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week both of our researchers Vi and Jean will be available all morning.
REQUESTS Bill Thomason emails ‘In my family tree I have a William Wooton, who died in 1890 in Staffordshire and he had a son, Joseph Wooton who married Martha Cartwright (nee Taylor from Willenhall 1836-70) but I cannot find the marriage recorded and Joseph changed his surname to Cartwright and later married Elizabeth Benton, formerly McNally, about 1908.’ And Bill asks if there is any connection with our Wooton family who are mentioned regularly in the newsletters.
RESPONSES Both of our researchers, Vi and Jean, have liaised together and resolved Norma’s request from last week naming all the eight Bowen children’s births recorded, together with the three deaths.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS From the recently donated Geoff Blunt Collection, all taken in the 1990s. Hawkins Cricket Pavilion (SP-CKT-22), old pit shafts at the Rec (PL-STA-175&176), Coppice Colliery (IN-MHW-28), Kissing Bridge (IN-RAL-43), ancient cottages in Dundalk Lane (PL-DUN-10,11&12), old waterworks buiiding (OR-WTW-10&11), High Street (PL-HIG-18, 88 &129), Wollaston’s old coach house (PE-WOL-9), Wharf Cottage (PL-MNP-34 & 35), Low Street cottages (PL-LOW-45), the Rec (PL-STA-177) and the grave of Frederick & Isabella Gilpin (IN-GIL-67). £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
13th July 1967 An article ‘Glancing Backwards 25 Years – 11th July 1942’ A story about Mrs Edith Thomas of High Street, Cheslyn Hay.
13th July 1967 Retirement of Mrs Corona A Price with background of her career.
13th July 1967 Details of the Hawkins v Harrisons cricket match.
14th July 1917 Charles Bullock, bricklayer, Mount Pleasant, Cheslyn Hay, appeared in court at Cannock.
14th July 1917 Isaiah Pearson, Cheslyn Hay, was summoned by his wife, Bertha Pearson, for desertion with full story.
14th July 1917 The concluding rounds of the bowling competition at Glenthorne, Cheslyn Hay, in aid of the Red Cross Society with full details of the participants and winners.
MEMORIES More stories on the old Fire Station Garage involving the Ridgway and Lager families and further to Moss Fisher’s recollections on the Fire Station he has now brought up another topic – local barbers. This time concentrating on Albert Bullivant and Ivan Holmes concluding with ‘I always remember the men being asked if they wanted “anything for the weekend?” And as Moss says he had no idea of what it meant then and even after such a long passage of time, he still does not understand what it means. (Answers on a postcard please)
WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES Documents relating to what appears to be from the interesting life of Martha Tranter from Cheslyn Hay. She was born 17th June 1744, daughter of Samuel and Susannah Tranter and her two marriages.
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