Peep at the past

A look through the Journal and Gazette’s archives

Miner killed by train

This week in 1894

STAYING IN POST: Lord Hopetoun has intimated that it is his intention to remain in post as Governor of Victoria until April next. It had been anticipated that he would be returning to Great Britain in October of this year.

ACCIDENT KILLS MINER: On Saturday miner James Duff was leaning against a wagon, waiting for his pay, when the train started to move and he was struck by the buffers being killed instantly.

FEVER ABATES: This week there has been better news with regard to the current 
outbreak of fever with just four or five new cases having been reported.

ELECTION MEETING: Mr Alex Ure, Liberal candidate for West Lothian has addressed two well-attended meetings at Kinneil and received a cordial reception at both.

HUNT IN ACTION: The annual steeplechase meet of Linlithgow and Stirlingshire Hunt was held at Oatridge. There was a good turn-out of spectators but the occasion was spoiled by a cold east wind.

Pit prop man’s death

This week in 1944

STALWART’S DEATH: It was reported that a stalwart of the pit wood trade in Bo’ness had died. Mr Andrew Paul, who lived in Grangemouth, was formerly employed by Love and Stewart and did much to forge working relations in Finland for the import of timber for pit props.

HOUSING FOR THE FUTURE: At a regular meeting of Linlithgow Town Council, it was agreed to secure the services of an architect to look to the future provision of h ousing in the Burgh.

POST WAR PLANNING: At the meeting of Bo’ness Town Council on Tuesday evening it was agreed to appoint Councillor John Graham to the County Council Post-War Planning Committee.

COMMANDOS JAILED: Four Seamen Commandos were jailed for 30 days apiece after assaulting a police constable who had been arresting one of their number.

HOME GUARD DONATION: No.10 Platoon, Home Guard, Winchburgh has been thanked for a donation of £100 to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Drugs death tragedy

This week in 1984

DOUBLE TRAGEDY: A Bo’ness youth this week died from a drugs overdose bringing further heartbreak to his family who lost another son through a brain haemorrhage just 11 months ago.

CASH DRIVE: Bo’ness and Carriden Band was on a drive to raise £4000 to send members to London later this year for the National Brass Band Championships.

BRIGHT SPOT: A. Ballantine and Sons, Ironfounders, Bo’ness, is celebrating winning a major contract to supply ornamental lamp-posts to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

TRAIN WNDOW SMASHED: British Transport Police are investigating after a train window was smashed as it passed the Springield Estate, Linlithgow.

WARM WELCOME: Malcolm Rifkind MP received a warm welcome this week when he spoke at a meeting of Conservative supporters from Bo’ness and Grangemouth. The meeting was held in Bo’ness Library.

CUP TIE DRAW: Bo’ness United were held to a draw in the Scottish Cup quarter final with Fauldhouse.

Commuters criticised

This week in 2004

PARKING BAN: St Michael’s RC Church in Linlithgow has closed its doors this week - to commuters parking in its grounds . People were using it as an ‘‘all day’’facility, denying the church use of its own car park.

FLAT PLAN: Developer McCarthy and Stone has won permission to erect 65 flats on a site adjacent to Blackness Road. Objectors claimed the development was ‘‘unsuitable’’ for a sensitive site.

HOLE LOT OF TROUBLE: B ridgend councillor Eddie Malcolm was asking questions over why it had taken more than two years to make safe former shale mine workings.

BRIDGE WORK: Motorists were warned to expect delays as maintenance work was poised to start on the Forth Road Bridge. The disruption was likely to last 16 weeks.

UN-CIVIL SERVICE: Worshippers were furious when they turned up for a service in Bo’ness for Holy Week only to find that that doors were locked by mistake.

TABLE TOPPERS: Linlithgow Rose underlined their title charge with a 4-1 win at Bonnyrigg.