Down memory lane

A look through the Journal and Gazette’s archives

Mining injuries

This week in 1894

MINING INCIDENT: Three men were taken to hospital after an underground incident at Linlithgow Oil Works. The men were working at the minehead of Mine No1 when one of the workers released pressure from a boiler. The steam severely scalded all three men but they were making a satifactory recovery.

PUBLIC SALE: A property in Bo’ness was put up for sale by public roup. The Marshall’s Court premises in South Street belonged to the late Ann Marshall. Bidding on it started at £400.

BURGH BEAUTIFUL: In a bid to brighten up Linlithgow town centre, a total of 16 chestnut and lime trees were planted on the High Street and Cross Brae. The trees were bequethed by the late Mr Whitten.

FEVER STRIKES: There was an epidemic of scarlet fever in Bo’ness. No less than 16 people hacontracted the disease while others suffered from enteric fever.

SOCIAL EVENT: Up to 250 workers from John Marshall Ltd, Bo’ness Pottery, enjoyed a social gathering this week at the Volunteer Hall.

Delivery time

This week in 1944

DELIVERY CHANGES: A letter was read to Queensferry Town Council from the postmaster in Edinburgh proposing a new delivery time for Saturday afternoons, these to be brought forward from 2.30pm to 12.15pm to give the postmen more time off at the weekend.

LINLITHGOW PLAYERS: The annual general meeting of the the group was told that its financial standing was good, despite a downturn in paid up members.

POST-WAR PLANS: The Bo’ness Post-War Development Committee held its first meeting with Provost Wilkie in the chair. Members were unanimous in agreement about potential sites for industry at the close of hostilities. They were also in agreeement over the type of industry they wanted to see in the town. The group agreed to contact the local MP and the Scottish Development Council with its proposals.

LOST AT SEA: The family of Charles Kidd, engineer, learned that he had been lost at sea when his ship was sunk in action against the 

Centre setback

This week in 1984

LOW PORT: Plans for an outdoor centre at Low Port, Linlithgow, were deemed controversial as local residents feared work would compromise pupils’ safety at the neighbouring primary school.

UN-FAIR: Bo’ness Children’s Fair had a problem to overcome, the availability of horse-drawn carriages for the queen and her retinue. It was understood that the carriage owners, Scotmid, might not be willing to continue with the hire.

APATHY: Queensferry’s Ferry Fair was in crisis with people reluctant to come forward to volunteer their services. More than 3000 leaflets had been distributed but Bill Hardie, for the organisers, said the response had been ‘‘apathetic’’.

BLAZE: Police launched an investigation into a fire which almost destroyed Winchburgh Parish Church hall on March 14.

CUP WIN: Linlithgow Rose defeated Camelon 4-3 at Carmuirs Park to progress to the semi-final of the Radio Forth Cup. Bo’ness United defeated Newtongrange 3-0 in the Robertson Homes Cup.

Power cut

This week in 2004

YOUTH CLUB: The Power Station youth club in Whitecross had led to a decrease in crime in the village. The figures won round residents who doubted its worth.

CASH WINDFALL: An MP took up a Bo’ness Academy employee’s claim that she was entitled to a long-service award, which she had been denied, and won her case. The woman was employed by Mitie Olscot which supplied school janitorial and maintenance services.

SEX OFFENDER: Bo’ness residents feared for the safety of their children after a sex offender, dubbed ‘‘the most dangerous man in Scotland’’ by a sheriff, was spotted near Grange Primary School.

SUN NOT SETTING: Sun Microsystems in Blackness Road, Linlithgow, emphatically denied that it was to pay off 60 members of staff after a report appeared in the national press.

WIN FoR ROSE: Linlithgow Rose defeated Kelty Hearts 1-0 in an action- packed game with a sending off and nine bookings. Bo’ness drew 0-0 with Dundee North End in the league.