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Stevenston - On This Day In History

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Re: Stevenston - On This Day In History

Post by Penny Tray » Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:49 am

GLASGOW HERALD
13 OCTOBER 1880

DEATH

MORRISON: At Ardeer Ironworks, Stevenston, on the 11th instant, JOHN ORR, in the 21st year of his age, son of the late John Morrison, clerk, and grandson of the late James Orr, famer, Longridge, Kilbirnie.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
13 OCTOBER 1918

Died on service in the Citadel Hospital, Cairo, Bombardier JAMES DUNCAN ARNOTT – Theatre of war, Egypt – son of James and Helen Arnott, High Road, Stevenston.
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Re: Stevenston - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
14 OCTOBER 1889

FOOTBALL
STEVENSTON THISTLE 2nd XI v. BARRHEAD ARTHURLIE 2nd XI

At Stevenston and Arthurlie won by 7 goals to 1.
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GLASGOW HERALD
14 OCTOBER 1893

WIFE ASSAULT

At Kilmarnock Sheriff Court yesterday, HUGH McNELLIE, brusher, Boglemart Street, Stevenston, was convicted of having on 9th instant, in his own home, assaulted his wife by striking her several blows on the face and kicking her on the leg.

There was one previous conviction against him. A fine of £3, with the alternative of thirty days’ imprisonment was inflicted.
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Re: Stevenston - On This Day In History

Post by down south » Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:27 pm

SATURDAY 17th OCTOBER 1970

SAME AGAIN BY MEADOW

IRVINE MEADOW 6 ARDEER THISTLE 0

Meadow and Ardeer Thistle both showed changes from their abandoned League Cup tie. Meadow, who were leading 6-1 when the referee stopped play in the first game, set out from the kick-off to hit a similar total.

The Ardeer goal was under constant pressure for virtually the entire first half and only some brave goalkeeping by Millar, well supported by his backs, and bad finishing by the Meadow forwards, kept the home side's lead to one goal at the interval.

Hunter put Meadow into the lead after 24 minutes when he netted from close range after Millar had parried his first shot.

Ten minutes before half-time Meadow were awarded a penalty for a foul on Hunter by Wilson but Millar saved McEvoy's spot kick. The keeper was hurt in saving the shot but recovered after treatment by the trainer.

Two quick goals by Meadow at the start of the second half put an end to any hope of a successful fightback by Thistle. Only two minutes after the interval Busby headed home from a Malone cross. Thirty seconds later the two players changed roles, Malone nodding home a cross from Busby.



Ardeer Thistle v Meadow October 17th 1970.jpg


This rapid one-two shattered Ardeer and it became a matter of how many goals Meadow would score.

About this time, however, the Meadow forwards got careless and Hunter in particular missed several easy chances.

Twenty minutes into the second half Meadow brought on Peebles in place of Hodgson.

Midway through the half Bitten put Meadow further ahead from the penalty spot. In attempting to save this one Millar was hurt again and Ardeer were forced to reshuffle their team. Nargeson took over in goal while Millar moved to the outside-right position.

Two minutes later Busby scored a fifth goal for Meadow direct from a free kick just outside the penalty area.

McCourt had two good scoring attempts for Ardeer well saved by Hay and 10 minutes from the end Ardeer were awarded a penalty, but Reid denied his team a consolation goal by blasting the ball wide of the post.

To complete Ardeer's discomfiture, Busby headed in a Peebles cross for Meadow's sixth goal.

This was an impressive display of power by the Meadow forward line. Their defence, although seldom stretched, seemed steadier with the reshuffled half-back line. Best for the winners were Busby, who scored a very good hat-trick, and Bitten, who kept the Ardeer defence on the go.

Best for Ardeer, who will have to improve a lot if they are to get anywhere this season, were full-backs McCulloch and Robertson, who never gave up despite constant Meadow pressure. Up front only McCourt made any impression, but he had no support.

Irvine Meadow : Hay; McEvoy and Renfrew; McArthur, McCrorie and Naismith; Busby, Hunter, Bitten, Malone and Hodgson.

Ardeer Thistle : Millar; McCulloch and Robertson; Nargeson, Cameron and Wilson; McCartney, Reid, McCrimmon, McCourt and Stewart.

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 23rd October 1970


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Re: Stevenston - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
18 OCTOBER 1886

ARDEER GOLF CLUB

Some of the members of the Ardeer Club enjoyed a game over their links on Saturday.

A very good match played between Mr. Kenneth McDonald and J. O. F. Morris (from St. Andrews) was very interesting, and the play of both was closely watched throughout. Morris, however, proved rather strong for his opponent, and won the match, which was two round of 18 holes, by 3 and 1 to play.

In the afternoon Mr. Adams and J. O. F. Morris played Mr. Kenneth McDonald and Jamie Anderson, the former couple winning by 3 and 2 to play.

The green is in splendid order, and in first class condition to play golf.


[James Ogilvie Fairlie Morris, a distinguished golfer in his own right, was the son of the legendary “OLD TOM MORRIS”.]

[James “Jamie” Anderson” was the professional at Ardeer Golf Club and one of only four golfers to win the British Open in three consecutive years – 1877, 1878, and 1879.]
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Re: Stevenston - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
19 OCTOBER 1901

ALARMING ACCIDENT AT ARDEER FACTORY

Yesterday an accident, which caused some alarm among the girls engaged in filling dynamite cartridges, took place at Ardeer Factory, but fortunately no person was injured.

It appears that four girls were in one of the wooden huts used for filling dynamite cartridges, and while engaged at work one of the machines burst into flame. The girls at once made their escape from the hut. The dynamite continued to burn without exploding and set fire to the hut. The works’ fire brigade quickly put out the flames.

Work was suspended for the day by the girls in the department.
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Re: Stevenston - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
20 OCTOBER 1883

PROPOSED NEW RAILWAY TO ARDROSSAN

On Thursday night a meeting of those favourable to the extension of the Barrmill and Kilwinning line of railway to Ardrossan was held in New Street Hall, Stevenston.

Mr. Main, manager of Ardeer iron-works was called to the chair, and there was a good attendance although the night was wet and stormy.

The chairman referred to the good effect upon trade of railway competition, and stated that the proposed line would shorten the distance to Glasgow and put them in direct connection with the system of the Caledonian Railway.

Mr. John Dickie proposed the following resolution:-

“That this meeting regards with great satisfaction the passing of an Act of Parliament for the formation of the Barrmill Railway to Kilwinning, and with the view of connecting the iron-works of Stevenston and the harbour of Ardrossan with the residents in Barrmill and in Lanarkshire it is highly desirable that the railway should be extended to Stevenston and Ardrossan.”

Mr. Williamson seconded the motion which was agreed to unanimously.
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Re: Stevenston - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
21 OCTOBER 1889

FOOTBALL
ABERCORN v. STEVENSTON THISTLE

The tie between these teams was played on the ground of the Abercorn at Paisley.

The game ended - Abercorn 5 goals, Thistle 2.
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Re: Stevenston - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
29 SEPTEMBER 1939

FIFTEEN BELIEVED KILLED
NORTHERN FACTORY EXPLOSION
SOUND HEARD MILES AWAY
“ALL CLEAR” SIGNAL MISTAKEN FOR AIR-RAID WARNING

The Ministry of Supply announced last night through the Ministry of Information that at one of the northern explosive factories an explosion occurred yesterday afternoon in which, it is believed, 15 men were killed. Several persons were injured.

The statement added that the material damage would not interfere with production.

The names of the dead are not yet known, but among the injured were ROBERT ADAMSON, JAMES HAMILTON, WALTER McBRIDE, WILLIAM MURRAY, JAMES STEED, and WILLIAM McKEAN. They were removed to hospital.

McKean is stated to be the most seriously injured of the six. His condition was described at midnight as critical.

A heavy cloud of smoke hung over the factory for a considerable time and the sight of ambulances rushing in the direction of the factory indicated to the residents nearby that a serious accident had occurred.

FOUR EXPLOSIONS

There were three distinct explosions following hard upon each other, and about half a minute later there was a fourth explosion.

Ultimately an “all clear” signal was sounded but this was mistaken by people in the neighbouring towns and villages for an air-raid warning, and there was a rush for the safety of shelters.

Buses stopped on the streets and were emptied of their passengers, and in one school in the district the pupils were ordered to lie down on the floor for safety.

Later when the people in the neighbourhood had been assured that there was no air-raid thousands made their way to the gates of the factory. No one, however, was allowed inside.

HEARD MILES AWAY

When the first explosion occurred it was heard many miles away, while in the immediate neighbourhood windows rattled and shook, and in some cases were broken.

So great, indeed, was the force of the explosion that a soldier who was standing 500 yards away was slightly injured by flying debris.

GLASGOW HERALD
2 OCTOBER 1939

EXPLOSIVE FACTORY DEATH-ROLL INCREASED

The death-roll in connection with the explosion which occurred in a northern explosive factory last Thursday has been increased.

WILLIAM McKEAN, one of the injured men who were conveyed to hospital, died there yesterday. He was 30 years of age.

The other five injured men who are still in hospital are progressing favourably.

GLASGOW HERALD
30 SEPTEMBER 1939

FACTORY EXPLOSION VICTIMS

The names of the dead in the explosion on Thursday in a northern factory are:-

Alexander Allan, James Robertson Bain, Gilbert Brown, Dugald Clasper, John Cook, Joseph Hill Gibson, Malcolm Grier, John Huston, Thomas Morris, John Maxwell, Hugh McLellan, Daniel Otty, Samuel James Paton, William Hardie Reid, Archibald Wright.

[Smudged type made it impossible to read all these names in the above edition of the Glasgow Herald but I have now confirmed them from family intimations in Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald database.

William McKean, of course, was reported as the sixteenth victim on 2 October 1939.]
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Re: Stevenston - On This Day In History

Post by down south » Wed Oct 24, 2018 2:45 pm

24th OCTOBER 1974

UPKEEP OF BURNS MONUMENT

Concern over the future of the " Bonnie Lesley " monument in Stevenston has been expressed by the Ayrshire Burns Federation.

Mr Samuel Gaw, president of the federation, has written to Stevenston Town Council enquiring how the monument in Glencairn Street is to be maintained once the town council disappears next May with the reorganisation of local government.

Mr Gaw pointed out to our reporter that the various Burns Clubs in the county had funds of their own but these were largely required for the running of the clubs and any help from local authorities towards the maintenance of Burns monuments and relics was greatly appreciated.

Up till now Stevenston Town Council has contributed towards the upkeep of the monument from the Common Good Fund. There is no Burns Club in Stevenston.

Until the Federation get a reply to their letter they will be taking no further action but they will be writing to the new district councils once they become fully operational about matters relating to Burns relics and monuments in general.

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 24th October 1974


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Re: Stevenston - On This Day In History

Post by Penny Tray » Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:15 am

GLASGOW HERALD
26 OCTOBER 1880

THE LATE REV. JAMES CRUICKSHANK

The much respected parish minister of Stevenston, Rev. James Cruickshank, who has been unable to preach for some years through failing health, died last week in Aberdeen, aged 76 years.

On Sunday last the Rev. J. D. McCall, of New Ardrossan, preached in Stevenston Parish Church a sermon appropriate to the occasion from Amos IV, 12, “Prepare to meet thy God.”

The Rev. Mr. Cruickshank is succeeded by the Rev. John Grahame, M.A., B.D., who was appointed helper and successor in 1878.
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