EVENTS No events this week.
OUR SALEM BASE is open to everybody from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.
REQUESTS We have several photographs of the construction of motorways in our archives but it was pointed out last week that the motorway bridge over the M6 at Junction 11 collapsed immediately after it was erected but we no photographs or even any recollections of such an event. Can anyone help with any further information please?
Linda Severi emigrated in the sixties to live in Connecticut 60s and is now researching her Whitehouse family tree going back to her grandfather, James Isaiah Whitehouse and her g-grandfather Job and they were all believed to be christened at the Salem. With many of our members from the Whitehouse family, can anyone link these names to their researches?
RESPONSES We have been able to help Gareth with his Richard Picken’s death at Harrison’s No 3 pit as Mike has located the relevant newspaper report dated 19th September 1953 with all the details.
Likewise with Rob’s enquiry with his George Handel Bailey (b1899) and family. None of those are related to any of our Cheslyn Hay Baileys.
Our researchers are still working on the Rowley family but John Rowley is listed in the 1911 census as’late farmer unemployed’ and he died in 1938. His wife, Rebecca (nee Somerfield) from Bloxwich died in 1924 and his mother was Susannah. Mark also adds more information from Connecticut with ‘Funny thing I was able to track Johns daughters but I could never find anything on his sons Fredrick and George. My g-g-grandfather Edward (Jack) Rowley left England in 1890 and lived in Concord Massachusetts where he died in a farming accident in 1903 when my grandfather was only 18 months old. I was told by my grandfather his uncle (Frederick or George) fought in the Boer war but there is no concrete evidence.’
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Christine Brown, 1960 Salem Sunday School Rose Queen and full entourage (CH-SAL-216), Great Wyrley School netball team in 1950 with Miss Cross, Marion Pee, Margaret Kendall, – Cadman, Barbara Pee, Sheila Fletcher and two unnamed (GW-SCH-238). £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS A print out of a Littlewoods Pools cheque to the value of £2,476.14.2d dated 15 March 1949 to the village character Ernie Holmes who lodged at 2 Mount Pleasant with Harriet Hawkins, who kept the fish and chips shop. Story of John Prime, who was the Station Master of our local Cheslyn Hay/Great Wyrley railway station right up to his retirement in 1933.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington Farmer John Rowley advert for a cowman (22 Dec 1883), John Moran charged with a serious offence with Thomas William Reeves and John Hicks as witnesses (11 Jul 1884), Thomas Pinson in court (19 Mar 1886), Mary Jellyman found guilty in a serious but hilarious court case with Ann Rogers and Matilda Lawson supporting the charge (19 Mar 1886) and two separate court case with Abraham & Emma Saunders and Thomas Baker, also Edward Horobin with James Scott and Edwin Cooper (28 May 1886).
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
3rd August 1967 The Cheslyn Hay Group of Entertaining Troupes activities with Christine Wallis and the Gingham Girls, Annettes and the Honeytots.
4th August 1917 Details of exemptions was granted to the following: Fred G Wooton (32), G W Hudson, Laurence C Hawkins (29), Percy Crutchley (35), Harry Taylor (19), Jos Baker (36)and Isaac Stokes (25) and Ernest A Vincent (41).
4th August 1917 Recently the Roll Of Honour at Cheslyn Hay has had more additions.
4th August 1917 The allotments and gardens of Cheslyn Hay with details of the competition winners.
4th August 1917 Amusing story of a visitor calling on a friend in Cheslyn Hay.
4th August 1917 Details of Special Services held on Sunday at the Primitive Methodist Church, Cheslyn Hay.
MEMORIES More stories of the two Ivan Holmes as well as Jummy Holmes
Also reminiscences of the ‘Chums Club’ from Glenys (nee Hammond) with Keith and Sandra Moore.
WWI COMMEMORATION This August we commemorate the death of 40995 Ernest Arthur Roobottom of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, who was killed on 19th July 1917 aged 37, son of George and Sarah Roobottom and husband of Lucy Ann Roobottom, of Low Street, and remembered with honour at the Tyne Cot Memorial.