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From the Journal and Gazette archives

Out of control

This week in 1894

WILD CHILD: A boy aged 10-and-a-half- years-old has been sent to Falkirk Industrial School after his father failed to get him to Elementary School. John Howie, Bo’ness, claimed he could not control his son, Thomas. John agreed with the court’s decision to send Thomas to Falkirk Industrial School, but was chastised by the court, saying it was absurd that a ten year old is “beyond the control of his parents”.

FORTH WIND: A steel rope that was being used by workers on the Forth Bridge fell against the windows of a train passing by, shattering some windows. Fortunately, no one was hurt. The steel rope falling was said to have been caused by strong winds.

TYPHOID FEVER: Four typhoid fever patients from Grangepans have been admitted into hospital. They join the dozen already there. They were all from the same family.

BAND CONTEST: A brass band contest held under the auspices of Bo’ness and Carriden B rass Band will be held on Saturday, June 30, within Kinacres Park, Bo’ness. Thirteen bands have entered and the judge is MrWheelwright Esq. Admission prices are: Men 1/-, ladies 6d; after 4pm, men 6d, ladies 3d.

Death of hero

This week in 1944

OLD SOLDIER: Sergeant Frank Lawson, of Bo’ness, has passed away at the age of 75 years. Frank fought in the South African War and World War One. He ran away at the age of 16 and joined the army. After the South African War, he left the army and worked in an insurance business in Queensferry. He then joined up again for World War One. After retiring, he returned to Bo’ness and worked in insurance until his recent retirement and death.

MINING ACCIDENT: Walter Parker, 24, Winchburgh has been admitted into Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after falling from the roof of Duddingston Mine and fracturing his spine.

FOOTBALLER’S DEATH: Chas Grant, of Bo’ness, known as “Sleekie” to fans of football, has passed away at the age of 83. Chas always wanted to be a footballer in his youth and played for “the old Blues”. They had many successful games when he played.

FUR SHOW: There was a large entry for the fur show held under the auspices of East of Scotland Fur Club and held in the OAPs hall, Linlithgow. A lovely young Dutch rabbit owned by J McEwan, Haddington, was declared supreme champion.

The Big One

This week in 1984

CUP FINAL: It is estimated a crowd of 10,000 will gather at Ibrox, Glasgow, to watch the Scottish Junior Cup Final between Bo’ness and Baillieston. Nearly half of the population of Bo’ness is expected to be there.

SWIM BILL: A school swimming team in Queensferry has been issued a £200 bill for using their own pool. The head of the Queensferry High Squad team is holding a sponsored swim to pay the bill.

CHEMICAL SCARE: Drums of dangerous chemicals have been discovered in a disused Bo’ness yard. They were meant to be at the controversial Re-Chem premises at Bonnybridge, but ended up in Bo’ness leaking and bloated.

VANDALISM: Five youths have been sent to court after smashing windows at the Candleworks, in Linlithgow. Others have smashed the windows of Linlithgow Library.

ENTRY FORM MISHAP: An administrative hiccup threatened to debarr Bo’ness Majorettes from a top contest at the Scottish Miners’ Gala. The committee forgot to post the entry form but Councillor Simon Martin successfully pleaded the group’s case with the organisers.

HRH visits Bo’ness

This week in 2004

CHARLIE IS THEIR DARLING: Bo’ness residents turned out in numbers to greet Princes Charles. The heir to the throne was on a private visit to see the refurbished Dymock’s Building in North Street.

TEENAGE VIOLENCE: Teenagers from Linlithgow and Bo’ness took to the Vennel to partake in football-fueled fights. One was seen wielding a cricket bat but most were using their fists. The fights resulted in bloody noses and black eyes.

BO’NESS UNITED: Bo’ness United boss Jimmy Sandison is prepared to axe several players . These include Davie Muirhead, Dougie Todd, Jamie Loney, Billy Struthers and Murray Hunter. Jimmy has also managed to find a replacement to one of these players as he snatched up Scott Murphy after he was let go from his team Stenhousemuir the week before.

LOCAL STORE ABLAZE: The Scotmid convenience store branch in Winchburgh went on fire and has damages costing between £150,000 and £200,000. Whilst the shop is closed for repairs, Scotmid has set up a minibus service to provide transport to the branch in Broxburn for customers without transport.