A peek into the Journal and Gazette archive
This week in 1894
TYPHOID TWO: There were only two typhoid fever patients left in the hospital at Bo’ness; a young boy, who had been there for several weeks, and a Danish seaman who was removed from his ship this week and was being treated in the town.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: Two brothers were injured in separate accidents at the same workplace, one hour apart. Grangepans quarrymen David McMurdo and Alexander McMurdo were working in a distillery. Scaffolding collapsed and falling planks broke David’s nose, while a boiler collapsed causing more scaffolding to fall, severely injuring Alexander, with wounds to his head and legs. He was conveyed by cab to his home and treated by Dr Paton.
DEGREE SUCCESS: Miss Jessie McNiven Mickel, elder daughter of Robert Mickel of Bonnytoun, Linlithgow, was awarded an LLA from Glasgow University.
RATHO TRIP: The annual excursion for inmates from the Linlithgow Poorhouse swapped destinations this year, from the usual Blackness to Ratho. The party made the trip by canal boat and it was hugely enjoyed by all who participated.
This week in 1944
MORE MOVEMENT: A prohibition on movement in the Firth of Forth, introduced in April, was lifted earlier than expected. The news was welcomed by Bo’ness people.
Police assault: A policeman who went to assist a woman who was trying to leave her husband was assaulted by two men. Both were given 60 days in jail for punching the officer in the face.
BLAZES AWAY: The Fire Service Benevolent Fund held a dance in Bo’ness Fire Station. More than 50 couples danced to music from Adamson’s Band, under the watchful eye of Firemaster Waddell as master of ceremonies.
FLYING HIGH: RAF volunteer Mr Alasdair K Rankin, a native of Winchburgh, was promoted to pilot officer. Before joining the airforce he was a member of Stirlingshire Constabularly.
NORMANDY WOunded: The children of Philpstoun put on an evening of entertainment in the village green to raise money for the wounded of Normandy being treated at Bangour Hospital. They raised £5 5s 4d through songs and dances, with another concert planned.
This week in 1984
SNAPPER INJURED: Journal and Gazette photographer Bob Wallace was injured when a planned chimney demolition in Armadale he was covering went wrong and he was hit by a flying brick. He needed 15 stitches to a head wound.
SUPERSTORE BOOST: Plans for a superstore at Queensferry were given a boost but it would take up to four months for a decision to be made. The development went on appeal to the Secretary of State for Scotland after Lothian Regional Council objected.
MAN SENTENCED: A 19-year-old Winchburgh man was charged with causing more than £125,000 damage to the village bowling club and tennis court pavilion by setting fire to them.
WILDLIFE FEARS: Conservationists feared the wildlife which inhabited Linlithgow Loch was slowly dying. Three ducks and four gulls had been dragged from the loch with traces of botulism.
housing repairs: Up to £1 million was to be spent on repairs to housing at the Gateside Housing Estate in Kirkliston by Edinburgh District Council. The three year programme would deal with drainage, roofing, sills and window replacement.
This week in 2004
LEADING ROLE: Alex Salmond told the Journal and Gazette that he decided to stand for the SNP leadership race following a top-secret meeting with Nicola Sturgeon at the Champany Inn, just outside Linlithgow.
SUPPLY DISRUPTED: Up to 1000 homes in Springfield in Linlithgow went without gas for up to two days. The problem was due to gas pressure in the area fluctuating.
post offices saved: All four post offices in Bo’ness were saved from closure. It was feared that two of the POs would be axed. But after meetings with PO regional managers and the Government, the threat of imposed closures had eased.
PROFITS BOOSTED: Sun Microsystems announced it made a profit for the first time in three years. The results showed a net profit of £428 million as opposed to a loss of £569 million the previous year.
CUP THRILLER: Linlithgow Rose beat Carnoustie Panmure one-nil in the semi-final of the Super Cup. They would face the winners of the North v West Super League champions clash between Kilwinning and Culter. Bo’ness lost out by three goals to nil against Cowdenbeath in a friendly.