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A peek into the Journal and Gazette archives

1894

Journal & Gazette – September 1

DANGEROUS DRIVING: A man was charged by the Justice of the Peace court for driving without a light. Carter Alexander Loch pleaded guily and was fined five shillings. The fiscal said it was a bad case due to Loch swearing at a police officer; Loch said he’d been uncivil.

COW BLOCKAGE: A Queensferry woman was charged with a breach of the Road and Bridge Act. Mrs Meikle, a widow, allowed cows to pasture on the road for which she received a fine of £1. The judge said: ‘‘The act was rather annoying.’’

APPLE STEALING: Five local men were charged at the Linlithgow Burgh Court with stealing apples. The men, who all lived on the town’s High Street, were charged with stealing roughly a stone of apples from the garden at 74 High Street. Two of the culprits were fined one shilling while the others were dismissed.

FROM THE SMALL ADS: Leith-based steam company Sloan &Co, had weekly sailings to Wapping in London starting at 16 shillings.

1944

Journal & Gazette – September 1

FILTHY LOCH: There was calls for a strong protest to be sent to the HM Office of Works about the condition of Linlithgow Loch, its weed problem and the smell it gave off. The HM Office of Works used to spend £100 and provide labour for the loch’s upkeep but, because of the war, there was currently no labour.

BOOK DRIVE: The Burgh Surveyor reported that Cunningham’s bookshop had been opened as a receiving point. The Girl Guides had agreed to man it in the evenings while the Boy Scouts carried out door-to-door collections. The drive followed the Prime Minister urging people to donate reading materials for the fighting men.

POLISH MEMORIAL: A shrine donated by the men of No.1 Motor Ambulance Company Poland was unveiled in the St Michael’s RC Church grounds to commemorate their stay in Scotland.

FROM THE SMALL ADS: The Rio Cinema in Queensferry ws showing the film ‘‘Voice of Terror’’ starring famous English actor Basil rathbone.

1984

Journal & Gazette – September 6

NIGHT RAID: Almost £6000 was stolen during a night raid at the Blackness Hotel. After obtaining a spare key to the downstairs safe, the burglars took £4000 before stealing bottles of spirits, tobacco, cigars and a silver tray.

GOODBYE ADA: Low Port Primary School said goodbye to its long-standing lollipop lady, 62-year-old Ada Gray. The school held an honours presentation before she bade farewell.

CHURCH ANNIVERSARY: Carriden Church in Bo’ness announced a special service to mark its 75th anniversary. The service was to include three former ministers, the Rev. T. Waterson Lund, the Rev. T. J. Dyer (both retired) and the Rev. Joseph Leckie. Other events, including a concert, were planned to mark the occasion.

FROM THE SMALL ADS: Sibbald Travel in Bo’ness had an October school holiday week-long break in Majorica for just £189.

2004

Journal & Gazette – September 3

HOMELESS SOUP: Somerfield in Linlithgow was looking to donate over 200 tins of Heinz soup to needy homes. The tins, which were still in date, had to be removed from display due to the company’s rebranding. A spokesman for Somerfield said that he hoped the soups would go to a care home or a hospital.

PROJECT PRAISED: The Hope Project, which was set up to deal with a heroin epidemic in Corbiehall, Bo’ness, was praised by Deputy Justice Minister Hugh Henry.

SCHOOL PRAISED: Low Port Primary School was awarded a gold star by Her Majesty’s inspectors. The school achieved the highest award in all categories. The new head teacher, Graeme Logan, said: “The outstanding quality of this report is testament to the excellent standard of teaching in Low Port.”

FROM THE SMALL ADS: Johnston Falkirk was offering readers a two-night stay in Paris, sailing from Rosyth to Zeebrugge, for just £219.