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July 15, 1904
WF Frame, the noted Scots comedian, is giving a concert in Saltcoats next week. The advertisement states: "Doctors rest a week after Frame's visit."

Ex-president Kruger has died at the age of 79.

A three-day fete and fancy fair at Eglinton policies to raise funds to erect a hall in connection with St Andrew's Episcopal Church Hall, Ardrossan, realised 1000.

To cope with increased work during the Glasgow Fair, Ardrossan Constabulary has been temporarily increased by three members.

The vacancy committee of New Parish Church, Ardrossan, has recommended the appointment of the Rev J Kirkland Cameron as assistant to the Rev JD McCall.

In connection with Kilbirnie Mason's dispute, Mr AK Dunbar's men resumed work on Monday at the old rate of wages, 9d per hour.

The farm and lands of Auchenhove, Kilbirnie, were exposed for sale at the upset price of 2500, but there were no bidders.

Mr and Mrs James Smith, Rose Cottage, Cochrane Street, Kilbirnie, celebrated their Golden wedding on Sunday.

In a friendly match of clay pigeons shooting on the beach at Fairlie, Messrs McAuley, Murdoch, and Parker were the top scorers.

July 22, 1904
A musical fete and promenade concert, organised by Mr Walter Freer on behalf of Saltcoats Burgh Band Fund, took place in the Holm Plantation on Saturday afternoon.

Mr Howie, baker, Hamilton Street, Saltcoats, has been introduced to his premises one of the latest improved soda fountains.

Three Beith personalities, Mr Alex Kerr, Clerk of the Parish Council, Mr John Wilson, Ingledene and Mr R McKissock, have just concluded a tour of Belgium and Holland.

Mr James Boyd, Dalry, sheriff officer, has been admitted a messenger at arms by the Lord Lyon King at Arms.

A Kilwinning paragraph says the number of visitors to the town during Glasgow Fair holidays is increasing. On Saturday night Main Street looked more like, say Argyle Street, Glasgow, or Dockhead Street, Saltcoats.

Mr William Miller, of Burnfoot, Fairlie, is the first member of an ambulance class to receive a medal from the St Andrew's Ambulance Association for the saving of a life. At Fairlie station a man stumbled and fell on the line just as a train emerged from the tunnel and Mr Miller jumped from the platform and dragged the man clear just in time. The medal awarded him has just be newly instituted.

A little boy, John Shaw, son of Mr Robert Shaw, tailor, Kilbirnie, while playing on the third storey of a new tenement being erected by Mr James Templeton on Holmhead feu fell to the ground. he had a miraculous escape, landing in a pool of water suffering only a few bruises.

July 29, 1904
E Senior & Sons, Saltcoats, are offering the latest Nicolo records for gramophones. These records are unbreakable and non-scratching and are priced at 1/- for standard size and 2/6d for concert size.

The result of voting for the election of colleague and successor to the Rev John D McCall, New Ardrossan Parish Church, was:- For Rev Kirkland Cameron, 359; against, 6.

In the inter parish road show at Beith for the Knox Rose Bowl, Dalry were the winners for the fourth year in succession.

In a model yacht race under the auspices of Townhead Model Yacht Club on Kilbirnie Loch the result was: 1, John Martin, jun (Thistle); 2, James Martin (Swift); 3, John Martin (Helena); 4, William McCosh (Reliance)); 5, William Taylor (Genesta); 6, John Taylor (Bona); 7, Robert Taylor (Rover); 8, Robert Martin (Fairlie).

August 6, 1904
David Given, professional of Irvine Golf Club, broke the professional record for Bogside course by returning a 65 - five strokes under the record established by Neaves half a dozen years previously. His outward score was 35 and he came home in 30.

Mr JJ Boyd Gilmour, solicitor, Ardrossan and Stevenston has been appointed joint Procurator Fiscal of the JP for the Saltcoats district.

Mr David C Urie, a former pupil of Mr Duguid's, headmaster of Winton Primary School, Ardrossan, has passed the South Kensington Science and Art examination in fifth stage mathematics.

Mr John Harvey, son of Police Judge Harvey, Ardrossan, has won at the Glasgow Athenaeum a 5 bursary with honours for violin playing.

In a bowling match, Saltcoats (skips, James Hamilton, Hugh Thomson, A Ritchie, John Yuille, G Armour, W Fortheringham) beat Ardrossan (Captain Torrance, John Allison, John Lambert, JP Wallace, T Campbell and John Barclay) by 33 shots.

The death took place on Sunday of Provost Alexander Guthrie, Saltcoats. He had held the position of Provost since 1899.

Saltcoats burgh rates are:- owners, 1/4d occupiers 2/2d.

The golden wedding of Mr and Mrs Hugh Borland, New Street, Dalry, was celebrated on July 22.

August 12, 1904
As a result of complaints about the reckless speed at which motor cars are driven through Ardrossan, the Town Council has applied to the Secretary of State for Scotland for power to limit the speed passing through the burgh to eight miles an per hour. Similar complaints were made at a Kilwinning Town Council meeting.

An explosion occurred as the result of an escape of gas at the new storey building at Five Roads, Kilwinning, and three of the flats were partially wrecked.

Hauls of mackerel are being had off Troon and everybody with a boat is out.

In a race held by Ardrossan Model Yacht Club prizes by Captain Murchie the result was:- 1, "Red Lancer" (A. McLean, jun); 2, "Fiona" (H Huges); 3, "May-mon" D. Crawford).

Kilwinning Homing Society's third young bird race (80 miles) 14 members sending 90 birds, resulted:- Watt, 894; Gray, 851; McMaster, 836, T Morrison, 832; Paterson; Hislop, 713; Reid, 644.

August 19, 1904
The death took place on Friday, August 12, of Lieutenant Colonel Hunter-Weston of Hunterston, at the age of 81. He had a distinguished military career and took a prominent part in events associated with the Indian Mutiny.

Sergeant David Robertson, Canal Street, Saltcoats, who was drill instructor and attendance officer in Stevenston Parish School Board, died on Friday; aged 65.

In a gale during Sunday night the ladies' bathing shelter on the West Shore , Saltcoats, was wrecked and swept away. The Seaside Entertainers' Platform was swept from its stance and various stall and a boat hirers, house was also washed away.
A golf club of more than 40 members called the Glencairn Golf Club will take over the course vacated by Ardeer Golf Club in favour of their new course.

Beith Instrumental Band gained second place to Newmilns Band in the Ayrshire Championship.

The bazaar held by West Kilbride Bowling Club raised 425, which is 75 over the amount aimed at.

The total points gained in the Kilbirnie Townhead Model Yacht Club races on Kilbirnie Loch were:- John Martin jnr's Thistle, 15; James Martin's Swift, 10; John Martin's Elena, 10; Robert Martin's Fairlie, 3; William McCosh's Rehance, 3; William Taylor's Genesta 2; Robert Taylor's Boxer, 1and John Taylor's Bona, 1.

August 26, 1904
The death took place as the result of an accident at Middleburg, Transvaal, of Mr James Kinloch Cook, eldest son of Mr James Cook, Town Clerk, Ardrossan.

Mr John Shaw, a native of Saltcoats, has died at Montreal. he possessed musical abilities and the Psalm tune known as "Landsborough" was largely his composition. he was a son of Captain Shaw of the Allan Line.

Colonel Aylmer Hunter-Weston has been appointed Deputy-Assistant-Adjutant General to the 4th Army Corps.

Charles McCallum, Saltcoats and James Jackson, Dalry, students of Ayrshire Education Committee mining classes have obtained Under-Manager's certificates.

A Successful water carnival, organised by one of the visitors, Mr Bolland, took place in Brodick bay on Tuesday evening. about 30 boats turned out prettily decorated and illuminated with fairy lamps and Chinese lanterns. after rowing round the bay they anchored round the yacht Doris, where a concert was given. Yachts in the bay discharged fireworks.

On Ardrossan bowling green James Tyre beat CA Simpson in the final for the vice-president's prize by 21-5. the final of the rinks competition was won by William Brown against John Barclay by one shot.

A marriage presentation was made to Mr James Smith, principal assistant, Glengarnock School.