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A peek into the Journal and Gazette archives

1894

From the Journal and Gazette, October 13

COURT: William Thomson was sentenced to 60 days imprisonment for stealing a coat, a vest, a pair of trousers and the sum of £1, 4 shillings, 6d from a house on the outskirts of Linlithgow.

DOCKS: A Norwegian seaman named Hans Andresen ran into trouble at Bo’ness Docks. He was standing on the bow of a boat entering the harbour when a wire check rope broke loose and wrapped around his leg, almost severing it from his body. A doctor was on hand to treat him at the scene of the accident.

SCHOOL: The Academy Board congregated at the Burgh Hall to discuss the appointment of a new Assistant Master at the Linlithgow school,. The successful candidate was to be paid a salary of £80 per year. Candidates were Messrs Alex Thomson, D.M. Cooke and John Fairbairn.

1944

From the Journal and Gazette, October 13

SCARLET FEVER: Sharp outbreak of Scarlet Fever in Bo’ness with 26 new cases reported in a month. Patients were removed to Tippethill Hospital in the south of the county to be treated. Fortunately patients showed a mild form of the illness.

NEGLECT: A South Queensferry mother pleaded guilty to having ill-treated her children aged 5 and 1. The charge stated that “adequate clothing was not provided and that the children were in a filthy and verminous condition.”She also was accused of leaving her children alone in the house while she went to work.

TROOP SUPPORT: The Town Council in Bo’ness voted to pledge £50 towards a Christmas gift scheme for men and women in the forces to give a much-needed boost to morale. 100 greetings cards for those serving in the Far East had already been posted.

1984

From the Journal and Gazette, October 11

TRIBUNAL: A Bo’ness shop assistant was awarded £1192.74 after she was sacked for being “too talkative”. She stated she wouldn’t want to go back to the job if she was offered it again.

INDUSTRIAL ACTION: Pupils at Bo’ness Academy were set to be affected by teachers’ industrial action due to low pay. The Educational Institute of Scotland advised members to stop work outwith normal hours including after school clubs, parents’ nights and writing content for the Standard Grade exams.

BMX: Local businessman Tam Smith offered to build a BMX track for local youngsters so long as he was given a suitable piece of land by the council. A plea for a BMX track had already been ignored by West Lothian District Council.

2004

From the Journal and Gazette, October 8

CRITICAL: A Russian opera singer based in Linlithgow for a five-week Scottish tour was hit by a car just outside the House of Binns when he was walking home with a friend. The pair had decided to walk back to Linlithgow when their car ran out of petrol. The singer was left in a critical condition.

FIRE: 800 pupils had to be evacuated from Bo’ness Academy when a fire broke out in the boys’ toilets. It was believed to have been started deliberately.

FAT FIGHTERS: Four members of Linlithgow Round Table pledged to lose 200lbs between them in an attempt to raise £10,000 for a children’s charity. Local businesses including The Four Marys and King’s Field Golf Range signed up to donate to the ‘Fatties & Tatties Slimathon Campaign’.