January 6, 1905
At the new Year shoot of the Artillery Volunteer Company,
Ardrossan, the winner of the first prize and sweepstake was Sergeant John
Miss Caldwell, Kilbirnie, was presented with a dressing case on her
leaving for Low Waters School, Hamilton.
Mr Stephen Powers, Kilbirnie, has been appointed District Sub Chief Ranger
of the Irish National Foresters Benefit Society, Glasgow and West of
In Mrs Duffield's Hall, Kilbirnie, Mrs Duffield was presented with an
umbrella in the name of The Miserable Twelve for her kindness in granting
them the use of a room for their meetings.
In a pairs quoiting game at West Kilbride James Fullerton and William
Roger beat W Dickie and J McLardy by 21-20.
At an examination Mr Andrew Aitken under manager, Montgomeryfield Pit,
Irvine, gained a first class colliery manager's certificate and Mr Alex
McPhail, Sourley, gained an under manager's certificate.
At the annual social of St Palladius RC congregation, Dalry, the Rev
Father brown, PP. presided. The concert program was contributed by Miss
Stewart, Miss Gilmour, Mr Geddes and Mr Sam Thomson, with Miss Leslie
January 13, 1905
The G&SW Railway Company and the Caledonian Company each possesses a fleet
of new steamers.
Mr WH Muir, writer, Saltcoats, has obtained new premises for an office at
32-34 Springvale Street.
Miss AW Robertson, Brodick, a pupil of Miss A Smith, Rocky Knowe,
Saltcoats, has passed a Triniry College, London, examination.
The Moody Manners Opera Company presented Maritana and Faust in the
Assembly Hall, Ardrossan, on Monday and Tuesday evening.
Ardrossan Parish Council met for the first time in their new chambers in
Winton Street, Saltcoats, on Tuesday evening.
Pit sinking is now in progress in the vicinity of the Iron Works,
Mr Hugh Crawford, Beith, has sold his best black mottle-pigeon to Mr
Clark, Bristol, for £20.
Mr John G Allan, late of Barkip, skipped the winning rink in the
championship of Pretoria Bowling Green.
Mr Alexander S Templeton, son of Mr Templeton, New Street, Dalry, is now
qualified to practice as a chemist and druggist.
The Roman Catholic School, which has been opened in the new chapel,
Kilwinning, is in charge of Mrs McLaughlin from the Hebrides and there are
about 60 scholars on the roll.
The West Kilbride bachelors’ ball was a great success, Mr Chesney of
Stanord was MC and the decorations were in the hands of Mr & Mrs Archibald
Estimates have been asked for the erection of the Municipal Golf Clubhouse
at Troon. It is thought the limit of the costs should be £3000
January 20, 1905
The vessel Mountblairy of Plymouth, ran for Lamlash Bay to shelter from
the storm on Saturday and grounded east of the pier. She was badly damaged
and the crew were taken off on Monday.
At a singing competition under the auspices of Dalry Silver Band, Miss
Anniw Frew, New Street, Stevenston, was winner of the gold medal.
As a result of a court decision Mr Thomas Mathieson, hotel keeper, West
Kilbride, has been declared a member of West Kilbride Parish Council
instead of Mr William Ninian, who was announced after the election as
having been successful. On checking the Sherriff Clerk found that an error
of 100 had been made in carrying over from one sheet to another, the
number of votes recorded for Mr Ninian, thus giving him a total of 204
instead of 104. Mr Mathieson's total was 157.
A well known resident of Kilbirnie Mr William McHattie, retired spirit
merchant, died on Tuesday in his 76th year.
The subscriptions and donations to Ardrossan branch of the Lifeboat Guild
totalled £76, a record.
January 27, 1905
The death occurred on Monday of Mr James Goodwin senior, Ardrossan. He
came to Ardrossan 50 years ago and founded the Iron foundry under the name
of James Goodwin & Co. He was 80 years of age.
Mr Robert Allison, Princes Street, Ardrossan, aged 39, son of the late
John Allison, draper , died on Sunday. He was a member of the drapery
department of Mann Byars & Co. Glasgow.
At Saltcoats Literary Society annual Burns Supper The Immortal Memory was
proposed by Mr John Pringle, the president. The speakers included Messers
John Taylor, WM Miller, Dugald Campbell, R Campbell, John Miller, James H
Orr, WMR Pringle, McCulley, James Milgrew, Police Judge Miller, Hugh
Wallace, Graham and John Orr. Mr Sam Noble rendered Tam o' Shanter.
Miss Bessie Campbell, professional dancer, will open a juvenile dancing
academy on Saturday first, in the Reformed Templars' Hall, Dalry. Classes
in Highland and international dances will be conducted each Saturday
One hundred couples were present at Ardrossan Academy's ex-pupils'
Re-union in Saltcoats Town Hall. Mr JD Foote, West Kilbride, secretary,
Eighty-nine carts of coal were delivered this week to the poor of
Stevenston parish. The farmers of the district carted the coals free.
February 3, 1905
Mr W Fullarton, Ardrossan, centre half of Sunderland FC is described as
"The finest centre-half in English League football.
Several thousand ponds worth of damage was done by fire at Eglinton Iron
Works, Kilwinning, on Wednesday and the furnace will be at a standstill
for some weeks.
Dalry Burns Club held their 80th annual suppper on Friday evening. This
club claim to have the longest unbroken record of any club in Scotland,
having met continuously in the same house, Turf Inn for 80 years.
The Wee Frees' congregation in West Kilbride on Sunday had an attendance
of 36 and St Bride's had an attendance of over 400.
The death took place on Wednesday of Mrs Mary Jane Graham Hunter Robertson
Boyd, at her residence, Highthorne, West Kilbride. She was the youngest
daughter of Major Graham of Glenny. Her eldest son was Major-General Sir
Captain Robert Legg, St Meddan's Street, Troon, is in command of the
sailing ship, Clan Mackenzie of Glasgow, with a crew of 27 men. She is
loading guano at a Peruvian port.
February 11, 1905
Ardrossan Co-operative Society ask for tenders for the erection of
premises in Green Street and Vernon Street, Saltcoats.
Walker and Company's Royal Cinematograph programme to be given in
Ardrossan and Saltcoats next week contains new pictures including
stereoscopic effects (the latest triumph)
There was a record gathering at the annual Arran Re-union in the Queen's
rooms, Glasgow, on Friday night. The social was attended by 800 people and
130 couples were at the subsquent dance. Mr Allan McNeil, solicitor,
Edinburgh, presided and the grand march at the dance was led off by the
chairman and Miss McBride, Shiskine, with Mr Charles Hamilton, secretary
and Mrs McNeil followed.
Mr AC Humphreys, stationmaster, Caledonian Railway Station, Saltcoats, is
leaving for another shere of action.
Monday was horse Fair at Kilwinning but very few knew of it.
Ardrossan Academy Literary Society held a mock trial. Those taking part
were:- James Chrystie, Jame McBean, John Brown, Edward Taylor, James
Cunningham, John Neil, John Campbell, Roland Blythe, Boyd Goodwin, Graham
Stevenson, Jack Shaw, Alex Gibson, and James Caldwell.
A fine new positive organ has been introduced into St Peter's Episcopal
Church, Dalry (the Rev Mr Wilson's) The cost was about £130.