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Herald Files - Snippets from the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald

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 McDowall.

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 Scotland District.

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 accompanying.

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, Stevenston.

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 Robertson.

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 afternoon.

One hundred couples were present at Ardrossan Academy's ex-pupils' Re-union in Saltcoats Town Hall. Mr JD Foote, West Kilbride, secretary, was MC.

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 Archibald Hunter.

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.

February 17, 1905
The Salvation Army, Saltcoats, advertise the launching of a campaign on Sunday. In this Salvation Battle it is announced, there will be 15 hours' incessant fighting on that day, commencing at 6.30am and continuing until 10pm. The invitation to all says: "Turn in when you can. Go out when you like."

Sheriff Guthrie KC, in a lecture at Landsborough Church, Saltcoats, paid tribute to one who, he said "was a greater man than either Robert Burns or Sir Walter Scott, a man who did more service than all the literary men Scotland had ever produced - John Knox."

Saltcoats Town Council have decided to abolish refreshment and other stalls on the shore during the season.

In the Temperance Hall, Kilwinning, Mr T Pirrie's Juvenile Class presented Sisters Three. The principals were Misses Bone, Dickson, Allan and Kerr, and Masters Pirrie, William Morrison and William Wales.

Glengarnock Ironstone Pit is being filled up.

Sixteen shop assistants have asked Kilwinning Town Council to take a plebiscite of all shopkeepers in the town with a view to having a re-adjustment of hours and the fixing of a Wednesday half holiday. The council decided to ask the shopkeepers to consider the appeal.

Mr J McKay, president, presided at a meeting of Glasgow-Dalry Association in the City Hall.

February 24, 1905
Orr and Coy, 19 Princes Street, Ardrossan announce that they have just had their hairdressing saloons refitted and decorated.

The death has taken place at the age of 77 of Mr Robert McKillop, for 47 years church officer in the United Presbyterian Church, later the West UP Church, Saltcoats. Another death announced is that of ex-Baillie James Campbell, Saltcoats, in his 89th year.

The Cordite Department of Nobel's Explosives Coy. held their first concert in the Masonic Hall, Saltcoats. Mr J Murray Wilson, supt., presided and the other speakers were Mrs P McCormican, D Neil, J Carolan and G McIntyre.

Mr James Zind has been appointed stationmaster at the Caledonian Railway Station, Saltcoats.

The Ardrossan Idlers' dance was attended by 33 couples, Mr W Harvey was secretary.

In a billiards match, Saltcoats St Mary's League of the Cross (P Reilly, F Reid, W Reid, H Gordon, M Reilly, P Kavanagh, H O'Hare and J Smith ) beat Stevenston Institute, Largs (J Watson, W Walker, G Simpson, A Peters, J Anderson, G Simpson, A Peters, J Anderson, G McDonald, M McGill and W Plue) by 1543 to 1164.

The Machrie Bay Golf Club on Friday evening entertained in Dougarie School. Mr Duncan McAllister, his brother Archibald, and Mr Donald Thomson prior to their sailing to America to take up farming there. About 90 were present and Mr Downie occupied the chair at the request of Mr Morton, captain of the club.

Mr Wm. Templeton, son of Mr Wm. Templeton, New Street, Dalry, has gained a bursary at the continuation class held in Ardrossan.
At the annual dance of the Dalry Established Church, Dalry, Mr Matthew Craig was MC and solos were song by Misses Maclure and Gillies. Mr JG Kerr was secretary.

A gathering of old schoolmates who had attended a class in Bridgend School, Kilbirnie, from 1875 to 1881, took place in a room in the school. Out of 42 on the roll, 30 were present and some of them had not seen each other for 20 or 30 years. Mr Ballantyne presided and a merry evening was spent by the company. Wives and husbands of old pupils were also present.

March 10, 1905
A new club Ardrossan Academicals FP played their first game on Saturday. Their opponents, Winton Rovers, won 5 - 2.

The Scottish Education Department have issued a list of candidates who have passed by Leaving or other Certificates. The list includes - John Galt, Saltcoats and AC Hamilton, Wm Steele, James Watson, Margaret Boyd and Maggie C Mitchell, Stevenston, and Marion McT. Tait, Dalry.

Col. Sergt, george Brown, a Crimean veteran, who has died, was a native of Saltcoats.

A little poodle was cut off by the tide on the rocks near the Inches, Ardrossan. Evidently helpless and almost dead from cold, the animal stood on the highest point of the rock with the rising tide splashing over its shivering body. An Ardrossan boy, under 14, observing its plight, promply stripped and, swimming out, brought it in on his shoulders.

Murray and Co.'s curing house at Saltcoats Harbour was on Wednesday night destroyed by fire.

The first annual social of the Ardrossan and District branch of the Shop Assistants' Union was held on Thursday. The following were appointed officials: Messers Wm Ford, D Logan, A Downie, James Dimmick, jun Black and Baxter.

Mr PW Monie, formerly an Irvine Royal Academy pupil, has been appointed, it has been announced in "The Bombay Government Gazette," a first class assistant collector, assistant political agent, and assistant judge and session judge.

Intimation is made that the business formerly carried on by Miss Helen Pollock at Halfway Street, West Kilbride, as stationer and newsagent, will now be continued by Miss Kate McCallum.

March 10, 1905 (2)
On Glasgow Fair week there will be three large military camps in the Irvine district with a combined total of 7000 men.

The Non-commissioned officers and men of the Ayrshire Imperial Yeomanry who have been awarded Long Service Medals include:- Sergeant D Goldie, Old Hall, Irvine: Sgt A Kelso, Beith: Lance Corporal CJ Kirkpatrick, Kilwinning: Farrier-Sgt J Kirkwood, Blair Smithy, Dalry; and Squad-Sgt Major W Shanks, Sunnyside, Kilwinning.

The unveiling and dedication of a stained glass window placed in St Andrew's Episcopal Church, Ardrossan, by a number of cricketers at a memorial of the late Hon William Alexander Montgomerie, took place last Friday.

The By-laws of Saltcoats Magistrates which will limit the hours during which ice cream shops may remain open from 7am until 10pm have been confirmed.

At a social gathering at Sunnyside, Kilwinning, Messrs Lamont and Kerr were presented with gifts on the occasion of their leaving for Canada.

An Ardrossan footballer, W Fullerton, centre-half of Sunderland, had his collarbone broken on Saturday. He met with a similar mishap previously while playing for Queens Park.

The musical programme at Dalry West parish Church Guild annual meeting was sustained by Misses Begg, Mitchell, J Mitchell, Dickie, Alexander and Oliver, and Messrs Smith, Docherty, A Smith, Townsley, begg, McLeod, Hood, Crawford and Redman.

March 17, 1905
Saltcoats Town Council decided that Saltcoats, as a coast resort, should not be advertised this year. A booklet costing £7 9/- had been issued the previous year and it was stated that the only real result had been four or five inquiries for houses.

A motion that a site on the shore near the kiosk be let to minstrels was defeated in Saltcoats town council.

A presentation to Miss MJ Thomson, Winton School, Ardrossan was made by fellow teachers and pupils on the eve of her departure for south Africa.

In a billiards match at Stevenston, Saltcoats Unionists  (T Wilson, J McCulloch, Sergt-Inspector Carson, "AN Other", J McGregor, geo Crawford) beat Stevenston Unionists (A Donnachie, H Cunningham, A Forrester, J Garrett, S Thomson, J Anderson, C Docherty and J Wotherspoon) by 1052 to 1050.

The following committee has been appointed to carry through the arrangements of forming a Literary and Debating Society in connection with the Stevenston Unionist Club:- Messrs Gibson, Dunard, W Reid, (schoolmaster), W Reid, G Jones, JM Brown, W McDonald, J McGilchrist and Simm.

The medalists in the singing and dancing competition in Kilbirnie were:- vocalists - Madame Wharton, Mr George Allan, Mr Andrew F Todd, dancing - Miss Jeanie Peacock.

The death has taken place of Mr Robt. Hodgart, Kilbirnie, a prominent worker in the Good Templars' Lodge.

Rev John Thomson, Courthill UF Church, Dalry, has been elected to Whitevale UF Church, Glasgow.

At Dalry Parish Church Young Men's Guild social the following were among those contributing to the concert programme:- Messrs W Begg, W Reid, R Ferguson, T Oliphant and John Dunlop.

A few friends met at Hunterston mains, West Kilbride, and presented Miss Gracie with a travelling bag on her leaving to fill a situation in Maidenhead, berks.

March 24, 1905
Mr WB Laird, Irvine, has been unanimously appointed captain of Irvine Golf Club, Bogside, and Mr David Reid, vice-captain. The club has a membership of 450 and it has been decided to limit the membership to 500 and increase the entry money - as from April 1, to £6 6/-.

The Rev Father Cronin of St Ninian's, Gourock, has been appointed to Saltcoats.

Teachers and pupils of Winton School, Ardrossan, mad a presentation to Miss MC Taylor on the occasion of her departure from the school.

In a production of Arrah-na-Pogue by the Amateur Dramatic Company of the League of the Cross, Saltcoats, the leading members of the staff were:- Mr M Reilly, Mr J Pettigrew, Mr F Connor, Mr D White, Miss K Brady, Miss A Milgrew, Miss M Markle and Miss A Smyth.

Crimes and offences in Ayrshire for last year numbered 4860, a decrease of 29. Ardrossan with 229, the best decrease in the county.

Mr Alexander McGregor of Ardeer Foundry, Stevenston has been added has been added to the local Justices.

Stevenston Parish Church Guild, the membership of which is 90, made a presentation to Mr Alex Brownlie, in recognition of his work as secretary.

March 31, 1905
The West of Scotland Committee for the Old-Age State pensions has issued a manifesto urging public bodies to press upon Parliament the need for the institution of Old-Age State pensions.

Mr RW Knox of Moorpark, Kilbirnie, has agreed to accept an invitation to become the prospective Liberal candidate for North Ayrshire.

Ayrshire is sending a goodly contingent to support Scotland in the international football match against England at Crystal Palace, London, tomorrow. The return trip, with feeding, drive and admission to match will cost 28/3d.

Ardrossan Amateur Dramatic Club presented in the Assembly Hall on Tuesday evening the drama, Ernest Maltravers.

Among the members of the cast were:- RE Smith, JT Woodburn, Hugh Skillen, Chas Magee, J Currie, J Cance, H Skillen jnr, J Miller, E Toey, A Grierson, Fred Morrison, Dan Neil, and misses S Dunkeld, A McKinnon,, and L Sinclair.

Captain Todd, formerly of the Burns steamer Hound, was presented with a purse of sovereigns by a number of gentlemen who were passengers on that vessel on "the awful night of December 22, 1895." The presentation was made in recognition of the bravery and skill with which Captain Todd took all his passengers safely into the port of Belfast on that occasion.

Nurse McGilvray, Laurieston, has been appointed village nurse of Brodick.

At Edinburgh University, Mr Frank R Blair, who was a pupil teacher in West Kilbride School, has come out as a medalist and taken first prize in the Rhetoric and English Literature as well as other achievements.

After being destroyed by fire about 14 weeks ago, the cabinet manufacturer of Cannon and Nickel, Dalry, has been rebuilt and is now ready for occupation.

An angling club has been formed in Kilwinning, having fishing rights on the Garnock to the mouth of the river.

April 7, 1905
The death was announced of a lady well-known and greatly loved in the island of Arran, Miss Janet Sim Kelso, eldest daughter of the late Mr Robert Kelso and Mrs Kelso of Corriegills, Brodick. the Kelso family, it is stated, marked the resting places of its dead as far back as 1912 and 1914. Robert Kelso, who died in 1900 at the age of ninety, was practically the pioneer of the packet service between Arran and Ardrossan and was a prime mover in the establishment of the steamer service, the first vessel being the Isle of Arran.

Ardrossan Bowling Club has 93 members. The office bearers are:- pres., Mr Wm Davidson; vice-pres., Mr James Cook; secy., Mr Hugh Gillespie; treas., Mr Edwin Wallace; committee-Messrs Anderson, Lambert, Wood, Tannoch, Comrie, T Guthrie, T Wallace, Allison and Barr.

Saltcoats Bowling Club office bearers are:- pres., Dr W Turner; vice-pres., Police Judge Miller; treas., Mr Hugh Wallace; secy., Mr D McMillar; committee Messrs H Thomson, W Fotheringham, Hugh Miller, A Ritchie, AK Kemp, AF McGregor.
Rev. WDM Sutherland, Landsborough United Free Manse, Saltcoats, has received notice from the Free Church legal agents to quit the manse.

Stevenston Co-op Society's trade for the last quarter, £8552, was the highest in the experience of the Society. The dividend was 3/4d in the £.

The following students from Stevenston School attending the mathematics classes in Glasgow University have secured MA passes:- Maggie Mitchell, Alex Hamilton, James Watson and Wm Steel.

Among the Dalry prize-winners at Ardrossan Academy Evening Continuation Classes were:- Isa F Campbell, John McDougall and Eliza O Boyle.

At Kersland Field, Kilbirnie, the boiler shed men held a football match, married v single. The bachelors won 5-3.

April 14, 1905
Two Ardrossan lads, William Leckie, Princes Lane, and William Black, Young Street, were drowned in Ardrossan Harbour on 5th April. They had been sculling in a boat in the New Dock but it is not known how the accident happened. The boat, empty, was found later with the oar alongside.

The official opening of the new golf course and clubhouse at Ardeer took place on Saturday. A stroke competition by representative members of West of Scotland clubs resulted in a win for Robert Andrew, St Cuthbert, with a score of 73, Among the other leading totals were:- TW Robb, Glasgow, 75; John Black, Troon and William Reid, Ardeer, 81, Mr D Laidlaw presided over the gathering at the clubhouse, and Mrs Allan, wife of the vice-captain, performed the opening ceremony.

Pit sinking operations are proceeding at Ardeer.

Kilwinning Junior Musical Association gave a three-night's public rehearsal of Wallace the Knight, of Ellerslie. 150 pupils took part and in the cast were masters: William McMinn, William Steel, Robert Howie, James Smith and Adam Russell and Misses Annie Bicket and Mary Rollo.

Mr James Kerr died at his residence, Garnock Place, Kilbirnie, on Tuesday in his 101st year. He was 11 years of age when the Battle of Waterloo was fought.

April 21, 1905
At Bogside races on friday there were many smart toilettes. Lady Gertrude Cochrane wore a smart gown of biscuit-tinted facecloth trimmed with silk braiding of the same hue, a little cape of Persian lamb, and black hat adorned with black tulle and feathers.

A nine-hole golf course has been constructed at Pirnhill.

A whippet dog handicap was held at Kerelaw Mains, Stevenston, on Saturday. There was an attendance of 800.

At a packed gathering in the Good Templars hall, Kilbirnie, the Irvine and District Cup and gold badges were presented to Kilbirnie Ladeside and players. Mr Daniel Cochrane, president, was in the chair and the presentation was made by Councillor William Brown, secretary of the I & D Association.

The winning players were:- Laurence McDonald, Daniel Armour, John Smith, William Crossan (captain), William Law, Joseph Jack, John Torrance, James Cook, John Rankin, Thomas Steel and Andrew Borland, Allan Gray, reserve, was given a badge by the club. The club's record in the competition was:- beat vale of Garnock Strollers 3-1; Winton rovers 3-0; Kilwinning Rangers 4-1, and Troon Rangers 1-0.

April 28, 1905
Mr Andrew Brown, medallist and diploma holder, announces that he has opened new premises. The Studio, Hamilton Street, Saltcoats, for the production of up-to-date portraiture. he has gained awards for the excellence of his photographic productions both in portraits and landscape branches.

In Eglinton School, Ardrossan, on Friday, Mr Alex Crawford, who leaves for Stewarton, received a presentation from the teachers and pupils.

It is understood that a motor bus service between Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston, will be provided this summer.
Mr Graham C Kerr, of the Sudan Civil Service, son of Dr John Kerr, late Chief Inspector of Schools, a native of Dalry, has had the order of Mejidich, fourth class, conferred on him by the Khedive.

The new club house at West Kilbride was formally opened on Saturday. Mr James Millar, captain, presided over a gathering of about 200 and Mr William Adams, Auchenames, performed the ceremony.

A stroke competition for the Adams Trophy was taken part in by 22 couples and leading scores were:- Alex Paton (14) 84; JM Tennent (2) 85; D Crawford (8) 88; JD Morrison (6) 88.

The death took place in London of Mr John Samson, son of the late Charles Samson, timber merchant, Irvine. He was one of Irvine's most prominent sons.

May 5, 1905
In a boating accident at Pirnmill, Findlay Clark, seaman, lost his life. He was a native of Arran and was for some time resident in Saltcoats.

Saltcoats volunteer team (Pte A Forrester, L/C Hill, Pte H Materlin, Col Sergt A Armour, Sgt T Hunter, Pte J Thomson, Pte G Marshall and Sergt Price) in a rifle competition beat Ayr Coy by 672 to 601.

Seaside Athletic beat Ardrossan Bluebell 6-1 in a football match.

The Ayrshire Foundry has been purchased by Ardeer Foundry Coy.

Ardeer Golf Club have increased the entry fee to £3 3/-. The annual subscription is £1 5/-.

Mr John Simpson, an elder brother of the late Provost DG Simpson, Kilwinning, has died at the age of 95.

Dalry Co-op Society sales for the quarter totalled £2780 and the dividends were:- bakery, 3/6 and general purpose 2/7, the membership is 406.

Dalry Quoiting Club opened a new ground at Templand on Saturday.

At the Edinburgh Dog Show Mr James Kerr, Wilson Street, Beith, gained second prize for a St Bernard's dog.

Mr John Jones mill manager, Glengarnock Steelworks, has died at the age of 71.

Miss? Minnie Smyth, daughter of Mr James Smyth, Cochrane Street, Kilbirnie, received several presentations on the occasion of her leaving from the United States of America.

May 13, 1905
Saltcoats Town Council are considering a petition, signed by 197 ratepayers, against the prohibition of stalls on the shore.

A motion by Mr Boyle at Saltcoats Town Council meeting that a large swimming pond be constructed adjoining Saltcoats Bathing Pond, did not receive the necessary two-thirds majority.

A bandstand is to be erected at Melbourne Park, Saltcoats, at a total cost of £291.

At a large gathering in the League of the Cross Hall, Saltcoats, the Rev Father PW Ryan (lately of Saltcoats) was presented with tokens of esteem and goodwill by his former parishioners.

Mr Archibald Crawford, blacksmith, Ardrossan, has recently had a motor pit prepared and is now in a position to repair horseless vehicles.

It is intended by the promoters to apply in November next for a Provisional Order for the construction of a tramway line between Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston.

At a meeting of the Northern District Committee, Mr Lundholm stated that Stevenston was in a thriving condition and was outstripping in valuation only by Ardrossan and Largs.

A great grandson of Robert Burns got his third degree at the meeting of Mother Kilwinning Lodge on Tuesday evening.

The old church of Kilbirnie has been closed for repairs, dry rot having attacked the woodwork very extensively.

May 20, 1905
Lord George Sanger, "the greatest showman of them all" announces that he is coming to Brewery Park, Saltcoats on May 29 with "his gigantic coliseum of 1000 years ago and today and the only real hippodrome in the world.

An article of the great revival campaign by George Whitefield  in 1742. Services in the field were held at various places in Scotland, including Irvine, Stewarton and Kilmarnock. On July  10 and 11 great communion services were held at the Braes, Cambuslang, the attendance being 20,000 and 30,000 and on Labour Day 17000 communicated?

Beith FC won the Scottish Combination Championship, Of 18 games played, they won 14, drew one and lost three.
In a quoiting game Dalry beat West Kilbride by 98 - 66.

Among the advertisers in this issue are:- Doherty's salesrooms (furniture), Winton Buildings, Ardrossan and Vernon Street, Saltcoats; Thomas Rogerson, Dairyman, Springvale Street, Saltcoats; Jim McMurtrie, junior, architect and surveyor, Windmill Street, Saltcoats; TT McGregor, Kilwinning Nurseries; Jim McElerny?, Pawnbroker, office and salesroom, Courthill, Dalry.

Announcement is made that Ardrossan's Foundry is for sale or to let.

An athletic club has been formed in connection with Ardrossan Academy.

The property "Kaladonna"? James Street, Dalry, has been purchased on behalf of Miss Agnes Stevenson Walker of Langside, Dalry, at the price of £770.

May 26, 1905
Mrs Andrew Jamieson announces that on the 3rd June, 1905, she will open the shop at 17a Princes Street, Ardrossan (presently occupied by Mr Hugh Currie, shoemaker) for the sale of all kinds of dairy produce.

Saltcoats Unionist Club made the presentation of a handsome desk to Mr John Taylor, the popular secretary of the club, who is shortly leaving for Glasgow.

Mr George Howat, 13 Thistle Cottages, Stevenston, has been appointed as passenger agent for the Donaldson Line of steamers sailing between Glasgow and Canada.

In a large pot of asparagus in the conservatory of Mr RW Knox, Moorpark, Kilbirnie, there is a robin's nest with four young birds hatched about a week ago. During the laying and hatching processes the parent birds were quiet undisturbed although the gardener syringed the plant regularly.

The removal of the Fife's from the Place Farm, Kilbirnie, severs a connection of the family with Kilbirnie of nearly 60 years.

William Fife's widow and two sons , Alexander and John, have removed to Templand Muir Farm, Dalry at this term.

Mr John Hood, late Cairnview, Kilbirnie, has started a new industry in the locality . The site of Kerse Nursery is good ground food from Mr James Brodie of the Kerse near Beith station.

The strike at Redburn Pit, Kilwinning, after lasting seven weeks, has terminated. A satisfactory arrangement regarding the dirt scale, has been come to.

June 2, 1905
At the opening of the Troon Municipal Golf Course on Saturday, Bailie Mackie, convener of the Golf Committee, presented a silver clock to Provost Logan who performed the opening ceremony and drove off the first ball. In an exhibition match Harry Vardon, the open champion beat Willie Fernie, ex-champion by 7 and 6. The scores for the round were:- Vardon 78; Fernie,88. In the evening the Town Council entertained a representative company to dinner in the South Beach Hotel.

The Excelsior Theatre, Raise Street, Saltcoats, intimates that it has been a great success. There is a change of program nightly. The prices are 1/6d, 1/-, 6d and 3d.

A threshing says:- There are not a few empty houses in Ardrossan at present.

Constable George Forsyth, who has been in Saltcoats for a number of years, has been transferred to Troon.

Mr John Macrae has taken up duty as Postmaster at Saltcoats.

On Friday the members of Ardrossan Town Council drove to the new Busbie Muir Reservoir and the water was formally turned on by Provost Young.

At St Brennan's Horse Fair, Kilbirnie, a few first-class horses fetched the price of £85.

Mr John Dickie, a native of Kilwinning, has died in Bedford, Mass., USA. He left £200 to provide coal and food for the poor of Kilwinning.

June 9, 1905
The new bandstand in Melbourne Park, Saltcoats, was officially opened last Saturday afternoon by Mrs Blakely, the wife of Provost Blakely. The members of the Choral and Orchestral Society co-operated with the Burgh Band in providing a popular programme to a large crowd. Afterwards the members of the Burgh Band were entertained by Provost Blakely to dinner in Mrs Caldwell's Temperance Hotel.

Reverend Father Cronin has been appointed a member of the Stevenston School Board.

Mr and Mrs Steel from Stevenston celebrated their golden wedding on Monday evening at a family gathering presided over by the Reverend D Greenhill.

At the Industrial and Fine Arts exhibition in Kirkcaldy, Mr James Wylie from Stevenston was awarded second second out of 15 entries in a competition for the best original design for linoleum and two other awards.

A Kilbirnie publican was fined 7/6d for supplying a girl of 12 years with three-halfpence worth of beer in a jug on the premises.

At a meeting of the Kilwinning Parish Council, Mr Robertson, suggesting that the gates of the cemetery should be closed each night during the summer, said it was hard on the keeper that he should be awakened out of bed after 10 o'clock at nights by young couples courting in the cemetery.

June 16, 1905
While bathing in the River Irvine near the shipyard, Richard Harsell (10) got into difficulties and his cousin, Alex Abercrombie, Peter Street, Irvine who plunged into the river to his rescue, was drowned. The weight of his clothes dragged him under.

On Friday evening there was handed over to the Town Council of Saltcoats the portrait of the late Dr Kinnier, painted by Mr Charles Meadows and purchased by public subscription for the municipality. The portrait has been placed on the wall of the Lesser Town Hall.

Saltcoats Homing Society's race from Shrewsbury was won by G McSkimming (621yards, per minute).

The following pupils have past successfully at the Trinity College of Music examination :- Misses Agnes Smart (senior), Dorothy Craig (junior), and Mary Ogden and C Bryce (preparatory) - all pupils of Miss HJW Mackay, Ardrossan and Miss Annie Hunter (intermediate), pupil of Mr JK Parker, Saltcoats.

In the semi-final of the West of Scotland Schools Championship, Ardrossan Academy beat Hamilton Academy by 4-0.

In the Mine Managers' certificate examination the following have passed first class:- Thomas Allardice, Fergushill; Hugh Clifford, Stevenston; David McVie, John McVie, Perceton; John McWhinnie, Stevenston and William Todd, Irvine. They were under Mr Forbes, teacher of mining in Irvine Royal Academy continuation classes.

EU Congregational Church, Kilwinning, has raised £208 towards cleaning of the manse and for repairs.

June 23, 1905
A procession consisting of 23 prison-bound tramps and 11 policemen went along Princes Street, Ardrossan, on Friday. The local police had been making a raid on those who sleep out o'night.

Mr Andrew P Davidson, FEIS formerly headmaster of Lamlash School, has been appointed headmaster of the Continuation classes in Woodside School, Glasgow. He is a master of the Secondary Department of the school.

About 1000 took part in the district merchants excursion to Oban on Wednesday. Three special trains left Ardrossan Caledonian station.

Nobel's have arranged with the Japanese Government for the erection of an explosives factory in Japan.

The Eglinton Gold Bowl was won by Stewarton. Dreghorn was second, Beith third and Dalry fourth.

In aid of the funds of the Dalry Show Prize Band, a display of physical drill was given in a field at Hillhead by pupils of Dalry High School. Mr Donald Campbell and his staff, Mr Gibson, drill instructor, Miss Malone, Miss Gillies and Miss Young were complemented on the fine display of the pupils.

Robert McKinnon, a native of Dalry, won several prizes at a sports meeting at Victoria, South Africa.

Employees of Bridgend Mills, Dalry, held an excursion by special train to Ayr on Saturday, the company numbered about 600. The employees of Kyle & Aitken, Dalry, went to Rothesay.  The party totalled 300.

June 30, 1905
The following were successful in the examination for the Campbell-Brisbane Nurseries:- John Bell, Kyleshill School; John Muir, Kyleshill School; Reynold Brown, Janet McNicol, Saltcoats P School.

In Saltcoats Public School the dux boy and gold medalist was Reynold Brown and the dux girl and medalist was Anna K Ritchie. In Eglinton School, Ardrossan, William McKay was dux and gold medalist and next to him was Andrew Miller, Helen Dugald was dux and gold medalist in Winton School and Mary Gardiner second.

At the Saltcoats North Church SS excursion the presentation of a gold albert and inscribed seal was made to James G Hunter, the harmoniumist and choirmaster of the church.

The congregation of Courthill WF Church, Dalry, made presentations to their former minister, the Rev John Thomas, Whitevale WF Church, Glasgow.

The death has taken place of Mr James Munn of the Beith Academy teaching staff.

A Kilbirnie paragraph states that the first sod in connection with the making of the new reservoir was cut on Monday.

On the occasion of her leaving Bridgend School, Kilbirnie, on Thursday last, Miss McLean was presented with a gold bangle.

Hay cutting has commenced in the West Kilbride district.

A valuable pearl necklet, which was lost at Broomfield, Largs, on Saturday, was found later the same day by a little girl, daughter of a Glasgow visitor. The young finder received a reward of £20.

July 7, 1905
A fire took place in a double cottage in Eglinton Road, Ardrossan, on Friday night. Blair Park, Mr Paton's residence was completely gutted, and Sunnyside, Mr Gilroy's residence was much damaged. The local fire-fighting apparatus was described as "miserably inadequate".

Ardrossan Academy dux boy and gold medalist is James Cunningham, and the dux girl and gold medalist Maggie O Taylor.
At services on Sunday the new Roman Catholic Church of St John, Stevenston, was dedicated and consecrated. Mr Henry Magee took the solo part in Laudate Pueri Dominium.

A branch of the Clydesdale Bank Ltd has been opened at 29 New Street, Stevenston. Messrs Thomas Kirkhope and Gilmour, solicitors, are agents.

July 14, 1905
It was stated at Saltcoats Town Council that the new shelter for ladies at the bathing pond had become a very popular reading room and swimmers were annoyed at the seating accommodation being sometimes fully occupied by lady readers.

Dalry public school's dux medal winners were William Higgins, Allandale, and Elizabeth Clelland, mains Street.

The bus to and from Glengarnock station has been withdrawn, the Coy, having refused to continue the subsidy to Mr Hugh Walker of Commercial Stables. A petition to Coy. to restore the bus has been got up.

In the second annual bowling game Glasgow beat Ayrshire by 368 shots. Among the Ayrshire ranks, Kilbirnie were second highest up, Largs Halksill fifth, and Saltcoats 6th.

July 21, 1905
Six men who created a disturbance on board the Belfast steamer "Vulture" on Wednesday evening were put in irons and handed over to the police on arrival at Ardrossan on Thursday morning. Five were fined £2 and one £1.

Geo Findlay, son of Police Inspector Findlay, Saltcoats, has gained a County Council scholarship which entitles him to four years free education at Ardrossan Academy.

Owing to the drought the gravitation supply at Kilbirnie is shut off from 6pm to 7am.

A phenomenal early cabbage plant has been grown by Mr White in his garden at Blackrock View, Burnfoot, Fairlie.

July 28, 1905
Mr John Vass second engineer, and Mr Wm Aitchison - under steward - both of RMS Adder, jumped into Ardrossan harbour from the vessel and rescued a drunk man who had fallen in. messrs G and I Burns, the owners of the Adder, have presented the rescuers with £2 each to mark the firms appreciation of their action.

Several hundred pounds damage was done by a fire in a furniture store near the rear of Dockhead Street, Saltcoats, belonging to Mr Lewis Fullarton, cabinetmaker.

James Tyre, Ardrossan, beat W McCartney, Newmilns, by 21-19 in the district final of the Scottish Single-handed Bowling Championship.

Damage totalling £200 was done by a fire in the top flat of Wellington Hotel, West Kilbride.

At Largs Neva's five-a-side competition, Useless, Kilbirnie Ladeside's five, belied their name and won the gold badges.

A mixed foursome competition over West Kilbride golf course was won by Miss Mabel Law and Mr W Morton with a score of 88.

Lamlash Golf and Bowling Club's sale of work realised £298.

August 4, 1905
Saltcoats Burgh rates are:- Owners, 1/3d; occupiers, 2/1 3/4d.

In Saltcoats Town Hall the augmented choir of South Beach UF Church rendered the sacred cantata, Belshazzar's Feast. Mr H Clements conducted and the parts were taken by Mr R McGregor, Miss J Kerr, Mr Thomas Marshall, Mr JW Marshall, Mr and F Downie, Miss L Ferguson, Miss A Glen and Master Clements. Dux medallists at Beith Academy were Alex Osborne and Martha McIlwraith and at Greenhills School, Beith, Jessie Woodrow.

Mr James Phillips has been appointed assistant master at Beith Academy in succession to the late Mr James Munn. His salary is £115 per annum.

The bus service between Kilbirnie town and Glengarnock station has been resumed following protests against its withdrawal.

A new golf course is to be constructed at Kilmory, Arran.

August 11, 1905
Ardrossan Bowling Club have completed the annual club fixture list. Eight games were played, three won and five lost. Total score 874 against 1015.

Four classrooms have been added to Stevenston Public School and, with 20 classrooms, it is now one of the largest schools in Ayrshire.

A public notice is advertised by the board of trade that an application has been made by the Glengarnock Iron and Steel Company Ltd for permission to form a "shipping place" by the construction of two solid breakwaters ex adverso their property south of Ardeer Square, Stevenston. The water space closed will measure approximately 2,300 feet by 1,000 feet.

In the final of the President's Prize on Dalry Bowling Green, Mr David Beattie beat Mr John Anderson by 21 to 7. The final of the Deans-Watson Cup at Dalry resulted:- Mr W Walker, 21; Mr David Weir,20.

At a gathering in the house of Mr McGibbon, Main Street, Dalry, presentations were made to Mr James Orr, Sharon Place and Mr J McMeeking, who are leaving for New Zealand.

August 18, 1905
The annual Paisley Fair Ball at Ardrossan was the most successful of its kind. The band from RMS Adder provided the music.

At Arran Farmers' Society annual show the medal for best Ayrshire bred in Arran was won by Wallace & Hunter, Glenkiln and the winner of the medal for beat Clydesdale bred in Arran was Peter Crawford, Torlin.

Park UF Church, Ardrossan, was burgled last week. Among the articles taken away were the organist's slippers.

In one branch of the Great Eastern Railway in England the fare for a workman's ticket for a journey of 21 1/2 miles is twopence.

Under the auspices of the Vaults Quoiting Club, Kilwinning, an 18-yard handicap competition resulted:- 1, William Ruddocks (scratch);2, William McPhail; 3 George Currie.

Dalry boy pupils awarded Council bursaries were:- John Muir, Courthill; J Hannah, New Street; Andrew Neil, Courthill; and James Burleigh, Sharon Street.

August 25, 1905
The recently inaugurated Eglinton Long Range Rifle Club held its first annual wapenschaw at Irvine on Saturday.

An 89 year-old correspondent recalls that in "the year of the big snow - 1827," the snow started on Thursday 28th February, and continued till the Saturday morning, at which time it had reached an average depth of 4 1/2 feet, and at Hamilton's corner, Saltcoats it had drifted seven feet high.

One of the recent successful trial trips on the Clyde was that of the steamer Adigdon, a smart coasting vessel of 450 tons, built for messrs RL Alpine & Co, Ardrossan and Glasgow.

General Booth, the head of the Salvation Army, visited Ayrshire this week and was greeted everywhere with enthusiasm.

Great crowds lined the streets of Saltcoats when he arrived by car. A reception was given him in the Lesser Town Hall and later at a public meeting in the Town Hall, he received an ovation from the crowded gathering.

The Rev George Sharpe, EU Congregational Church, Ardrossan, preached his farewell sermon on Sunday. He has been called to Parkhead Church, Glasgow.

The Rogers family, entertainers at Seamill Beach during the summer, are holding a farewell concert in the Public Hall, West Kilbride.

Mr and Mrs Samuel Smythe, Bridgend Terrace, Kilbirnie, have celebrated their silver wedding.

September 1, 1905
At a gathering in the Assembly Hall, Ardrossan, Mr John Vass, engineer, RMS Adder, who is about to enter the service of the Admiralty, was presented with a farewell gift.

Special prizes at Ardrossan Flower Show were won by JC Wilson, J Tyre, W Gardener, G Armour, W Paterson, W Tannock, J David, JB Chrystie, J Anderson, W Whiteford, J Cochrane, W Wakefield, W Dingwall, T Hunter and A Forrester.

The Kilbrannan Sound fishing fleet made Ardrossan the base of its operations this week. At one time during the week there were about 200 boats anchored inside and outside the harbour.

The Ayrshire Brass Band Association championship contest took place at Dalry on Saturday. Results:- Challenge Cup, 1, Newmilns Band; 2, Beith; 3, Auchinleck; 4, Dalmellington; 5 Ballochmyle; 6, Kilbirnie; 7 and 8 equal Dalry and Galston.
Mr William Robinson, painter, Dalry, presented with gifts on the occasion of his departure to Egypt.

On Kilbirnie Ladeside bowling green Mr Hugh Hamilton beat Mr Dunlop Law, 21-18 in the final of the vice-president's prize competition.

Winners of the Kilbirnie Rose Show were:- John Houston, James Findlay, Hugh Law, James Allan and Frank Watt.
JR Beckett (82) won the Kirk Scratch Medal at West Kilbride golf course, and Ronald Gardner (6) (?)  won the handicap prize.

September 8, 1905
The Troon golf course, which has been altered and extended an additional (600) yards in length, was the scene of an international foursome, two rounds between Vardon and Taylor, watched by over 8000 spectators. The English players finished 12 up, and another two rounds will be played on an English course. The Scots' scores were 80 and 81 and the Englishmen's , 73 and 72.

At Auchenharvie  Colliery, house coal is being sold for 11'- per ton at pit.

The death of James Morton, stationmaster, South Beach, Ardrossan, took place on Sunday, and Mr William Murray, clerk, G & SW station, Ardrossan, died on Thursday.

There are 43 unoccupied houses in Ardrossan.

The rainfall at Saltcoats in August was 5.1 inches.

Dr Campbell has been re-elected president of the Saltcoats Horticultural Society.

At the Bakers' Exhibition in London a bronze medal was awarded to J Morrison, Stevenston, for breakfast rolls.

At the Society of Arts examination, Miss Isa Scott and Mr Andrew Allison gained first-class certificates for 100 words per minute in shorthand. They were pupils of Mr John Scott, Burnbank Street, Stevenston.

September 15, 1905
In the third stage of the international golf foursome between Braid and Herd. Vardon and Taylor played over St Anne's, the Scots couple played brilliantly and won by five holes, thus reducing the English side's lead of 12 holes to seven. Braid and Herd in their two rounds scored 74 and 71 while their opponents' scores were 75 and 74.

On Ardrossan Bowling green the vice-president's prize final resulted:- John Barr, 21; Robert Bradley, 12.

Ardrossan Co-op Society are starting a singing class for children.

Mr William Gemmell jr, Oxenward, Kilwinning, won first prize for his penstemons at Glasgow Flower Show.

The funeral of Mr John Morris, town clerk, Largs, took place on Monday.

On Dalry Bowling green John Friels won the Share competition final, and Messrs Robert Malcolm and William Graham won the final for the President's  and Vice-President's prizes.

On Ladeside of Kilbirnie bowling green Hugh Hamilton beat William Muir, 21-12 in the final of the Moorpark Cup and in the President's Prize final William Steele beat James Smith by 21-19.

The result of the flower pot competition in front of Messrs Knox's houses at Avil's Place, Kilbirnie, was: 1, John Riddet; 2, James Gray; 3, David Dick and Thomas Clark, equal.

In Beith Golf Club monthly medal competition A Buchanan (11) 78 and R Dunlop (15) 78 tied.

September 22, 1905
On Lamlash golf course Mr GL Bailey, Ardrossan, holed the first hole (150 yards) in one stroke.

The Crook and Plaid Lodge of Shepherds is one of the wealthiest in Ayrshire. The funds stand at £2000 and the lodge is worthy fully 20/- in the £.

Mr William Lees, son of Mr William Lees, Stanley Road, Saltcoats, has been appointed cashier of the Bank of Los Banos, California. He served his apprenticeship with Mr James Cook, solicitor, Ardrossan.

Mr Thomas McMeekin, who has been ticket collector at South Beach Station, Ardrossan, has been appointed stationmaster.

In the final of the President's Prize competition on Ardrossan bowling green, JM Comrie beat Hugh McColl 21-12.

Winners at Ardrossan Model Yacht competition were:- Lucinda (A Hughes, Ardrossan); Sarah (William Crawford senior, Ardrossan).

Mr John Heron, a native of Kilwinning, has died at Harrington, Cumberland at the age of 75.

At a Grand Quoiting Exhibition Game under the auspices of Dalry Quoiting Club, Tom Bone, Glenbuck, beat Tom Stewart (Kilmarnock). by 18 shots. The game took place at Templand Ground and Dalry Silver Prize Band discovered music during the afternoon.

On Beith bowling green, Mr R Ferguson beat Mr I Andrew in the final of the President's prize.

September 29, 1905
Matthew Bruce announces that he is retiring from the bakery business which he has carried on for over 42 years at Montgomery Street, Irvine, and that his son, John Bruce will continue in the business.

An Irvine note says that ninepence worth of painting on each of the Irvine street lamp posts has given a brighter look to the thoroughfares but some artistic souls complain that it gives the town too much of an ice cream shop look.

The death has taken place of Dr Barnardo, the founder of Homes for Boys.

Mrs Dickie, who for 73 years successfully managed the farm at Girthill, Ardrossan, died on 19th September at the age of 31? years.

The Free Church, Stevenston, has presented a call to the Rev Samuel McCune, Magherafeit, Co Tyrone.

At Dalry RSF Volunteers Cup meeting Sergeant Henderson won the three principal prizes, Captain McCosh's Cup , Col Gow's Cup and mercantile prizes.

Mr FW Baxter, FRCO, organist, Parish Church, Dalry, was presented with the choir with a handsome music cabinet on his leaving to fill a similar post in Kingsbridge, Devonshire.

The building of the Roman Catholic School at the foot of Lynn Street, Dalry, is to be proceeded with at once. The architect is Mr Armour, Irvine, and among the contractors are Mr Allan, R Dunbar, Kilbirnie; Mr Aitken, Dalry; Mr McConnell and Murray and Connelly. The cost will be about £1500.

October 6, 1905
Nurse Helen Brown of Saltcoats has arrived at her station in Uganda and her first job was to attend to the injuries of an officer of the King's African Rifles who had been badly mauled by a lion.

The death is announced of Mr Alexander Kerr, who served his apprenticeship in the law office of Mr James L Bailey, Ardrossan, and later was on the staff of the Clydesdale Bank in London.

Countess Street, Saltcoats, has been greatly improved by the removal of the old buildings which projected on the line of the roadway between the Town Hall and the shop ends and the erection of new up-to-date premises.

The number of pupils enrolled in Ardrossan Academy Higher Grade Department is 151 compared with 114 last year.
At a meeting on Friday it was agreed to form Stevenston Literary and Debating Society, and Mr Edwin Isherwood was appointed president.

Mr John Boyd, pupil teacher in Kilwinning School has been admitted as a 1st Class scholar to the Glasgow Established Church Training College.

Mr James Brown, Annbank, opened his campaign as independent Labour candidate for North Ayrshire at Kilbirnie on Friday night.

October 13, 1905
The method of putting tar on the Ardrossan streets, it is complained, is damaging carriages and cycles.

Mr Hugh Wallace, Saltcoats, has taken over the printing and stationery business carried on by Mr McMorrow, Girvan.

Saltcoats Literary and Debating Society officials include:- president, John Millar; secretary and treasurer, Mr WM Miller, assistant secretary, Mr Dugald Campbell.

Mr TM Cockburn, formerly of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald, has been appointed managing editor of the Vancouver Herald.

A Sabbath school union for Saltcoats has been formed.

The rainfall for Saltcoats for September was 2.27ins.

Steamship almost run ashore at Stevenston on Monday night. It steamed direct for the ironworks lights and came within hailing distance of the beach.

Miss Nan Boyd has been presented by members of Beith Dramatic Company with a gold watch on the occasion of her leaving the district.

The staff of Messrs Love and Williamson, Beith made a presentation to Mr Robert Ritchie, who has secured an appointment with a Glasgow law firm. Mr CB Ramsay handed over the gift.

At Dalry Homing Society fifth annual supper songs were rendered by Messrs S Eagleson, J Wallace, J Morton, W Ovenstone, M McGookin, J Henderson, T Telfer and T Taylor.

October 21, 1905
Miss Mary Harvey, Ardrossan, has been appointed ex-pt in West Kilbride Public School.

The choir of EU Congregational Church, Saltcoats, has presented a golf-mounted fountain pen to Mr John Miller who is leaving for New South Wales.

A Saltcoats Licensing Court Mr George Muir, Dumbarton, was granted transfer of certificates held by Mr C Mitchell for premises in Bradshaw Street.

The first race for the Club Cup at Ardrossan Model Yacht Pond was won by "Lucinda" (A Hughes)

Mr William Somerville, assistant teacher, Stevenston School, has completed his course for MA degree.

A Kilwinning native, Mr William Service, MA, BSC, FEIS, JP has been elected president of the Educational Institute of Scotland.

The death has taken place of Mr John Crawford, a native of Dalry, who was a Crimean veteran.

On Fairlie bowling green Mr Daniel Muir beat Mr Angus McLean in the final for the silver-mounted bowls presented by Mr C Wilkie.

October 27, 1905
The ship Glencairn (Captain John Nichol jnr) has had a smart passage to Western Australia, arriving a fortnight ahead of time.

The steamer Rumlost (Captain Baillie, Ardrossan) has been discharging her first cargo of logs at Ardrossan this week.

Ardrossan Parish Church Women's Guild made a presentation to Miss Isaac of Parkend, the secretary, who is leaving to take up work in connection with Foreign Missions of the Church of India.

The new hall adjoining St Andrew's Episcopal Church, Ardrossan, was opened last night, Lord Eglinton performed the ceremony. The contractors were:- John Inglis, Henry Wallace, Charles Price, Murray & McCallum and John Allan.

Mr John Simpson, Calderwood, Beith, whose death has taken place at the age of 89 years, was one of the first members of the Beith band.

The call by Courthill UF Church, Dalry, to the Rev John Hunter, MA. has been sustained.

The following have been appointed as pupil teachers under Dalry School Board:- David McLeod, Sharon Street, Thomas Oliphant, Highfield; Jessie Cunningham, Blair Works Cottage; Jessie Scot, James Street.

November 3, 1905
A Saltcoats man, the Rev WM Tait who is in the foreign mission field at Salonica has passed with much credit an examination in Judaeo-Spanish.

The Lifeboat Lodge, IGOT Ardrossan has attained it's 35th anniversary.

The coming of age of Lady Mary Hamilton was marked by great celebrations in Arran. The island was en fete and at the hall in Brodick Castle there were scenes of grandeur and gaiety.

In a friendly football match with Kilwinning Amateurs, Auchenharvie Athletic won by 3-0. The scorers were Kilpatrick (2) and West.

Mr JH Waters, ARCA, Newlands, Glasgow has been elected organist and choirmaster of Dalry Parish Church out of 63 applicants.

The property at the Cross, Dalry (at the corner of Main Street and Courthill Street) has been purchased by Mr Thomas Boyd, contractor, for £765.

The office building of Glengarnock Old Factory has been rented by Dalry School Board as a temporary school for the excluded children in that district of the parish.

Ardrossan Model Yacht Club's race for the Barbour Challenge was won by "Lucinda".

November 10, 1905
Ardrossan Co-op Society, which has a membership of 1310, has declared a dividend of 2/9d in the £.

At the municipal elections, John Harvey, George Barrie and Hugh Flinn were returned in Ardrossan and Messrs Alex S Millar, John Christie and William McGavin in Saltcoats.

In the leaving Certificate examination 29 pupils of Ardrossan Academy passed, one in honours grade.

The annual concert and dance under the auspices of the TM Healy Branch of the Irish Forresters Benefit Society, Saltcoats, took place in Saltcoats Town Hall, The Rev Father Cronin presided and Mr P McAdam was MC at the dance.

The successful exhibitors at the Crystal Palace Poultry and Pigeon Show included William Stevenston, Beith, Diamond Jubilee Cup for the best fantail; John White jun. Beith, silver medal for tumblers, John Reid, Stevenston and AM Reid, Kilbirnie.

Mr James Knox, Kilbirnie, has been conferred on him the honour of knighthood.

Mr and Mrs Andrew Fryer have received presents on the occasion of Mr Fryer's leaving the Eglinton Ironworks Store, Kilwinning.

Mr DL Smith, Alyth, brother of ex-baillie William Smith, Ardrossan, has patented a tipp-waggon for use on railway and dock construction.

November 17, 1905
Irvine Town Council has appointed Deputy Dean of Guild Kerr to be Dean of Guild.

Judge Harvey was appointed Provost of Ardrossan in succession to Provost Young.

Ardrossan Amateur Dramatic Company presented A Life's Revenge. The cast included Messrs JT Woodburn. H Skillen, RE Smith, Charles Magee, P Mallen, J Anderson, TC Henderson, JC Currie, JR Miller, A Higgins, AS MacKinnon and E Simpson.

The obsolete guns of the battery on the Inches, Ardrossan, have been dismantled and removed to the scrap heap.

The death has occurred of Mrs H Robertson, Cunninghame, Auchenharvie, at the age of 86.

Bro Hugh Gillespie has been elected RWM of St John's RA Lodge, Ardrossan.

At Whiting Bay Mutual Improvement Association meeting, Mr R Clark Orr presided and Mr John Sinclair and Mr Alex Martin took part in the debate.

Mr James Glen, booking clerk, G&SWR, Stevenston, has been promoted to Newcastle-on-Tyne.

On Monday afternoon the ceremony of turning on the steam to a large new engine for supplying the blast for the copolas in Ardeer Foundry was carried through by Mrs Alexander McGregor of Broompark, Ardrossan, in the presence of an invited company.

November 24, 1905
Notice is advertised of intentions to apply for Provisional Order in connection with Ardrossan, Saltcoats and District tramways scheme.

From December 1 steam rail motor carriages will make no fewer than nine runs each way between Ardrossan, intermediate stations and Kilwinning and two extra runs will be made between Ardrossan and Largs. The cars will seat 50 passengers of one class.

Stone throwing by schoolboys in Stevenston Public School playground resulted in a boy named Brown having one of his eyes so severely injured that he had to be removed to an infirmary.

Members of Stevenston Literary and Debating Society on Wednesday evening gave a representation of Julius Caesar. The leading parts were taken by Dr Roberts, AW Donaldson, Mrs Roberts, Mrs Roberts and Miss Kater.

The Rev John Hunter, MA, the newly inducted minister of Courthill Church, Dalry, was introduced to his new congregation on Sunday.

Miss MS McKinnie, the only lady teacher of dancing in Ayrshire, opens classes at Kilbirnie on Tuesday.

December 1, 1905
Under the auspices of Irvin Dramatic and Musical Association a highly successful concert was given on Friday evening in the Institute Hall. Mr Johnston, Mr Mitchell and Mr Bryson, secretary, were in charge of the arrangements.

Lieutenant-General Sir Archibald Hunter is to be promoted to the rank of General.

The Arran hills had this week their first coating of snow for the season.

The four-masted ship Annandale arrived in Ardrossan on Wednesday with a cargo between 3000 and 4000 tons of nitrate of soda for Nobel's Explosives Company. This is the largest cargo of nitrate soda ever brought to Ardrossan by one vessel.

The season's prizes in the Erskine UF Church, Saltcoats Golf Club were presented on Monday to the winners, Rev Mr Purvis, Mr JG Caldwell and Miss Marie Guthrie.

Stevenston Savings Bank transactions for the past year numbered 1937 and the sums received from depositors totalled £209 3s 8d.

Miss White, Eglinton and District Public School, Kilwinning, has been appointed to Blairgowrie School.

In a debate Kilwinning Literary and Debating Society decided by a majority of nine that the Franchise should be extended to women. Mr T Troddan and ex-Baillie Hamilton took the affirmative and Messrs Robert Baillie and William Steel the negative.

Mr Ebenezer Hogg, proprietor of the Imperial Hotel, Kilbirnie, and posting master, died on Tuesday in his 66th year.

December 8, 1905
The death took place on Saturday of Captain John Marr of the City Line. he was born in Troon in 1841 and retired in 1901 into private life in Irvine.

Mr James Campbell, writer, Saltcoats, who for 51 years had been collector of rates at Stevenston, has resigned the office and Mr James Campbell jun. has been appointed.

Mr Alex Mackinnon, MA, student, UF Church College, has begun work as congregational assistant in South Beach Church, Saltcoats, for the winter months.

On the occasion of his marriage, Mr David Wyllie of Messrs RL Alpine & Co. Ardrossan, was presented with gifts from the friends connected with the Harbour.

In regard to Ardrossan Academy's decision not to build in order to provide the necessary accommodation at the Academy, the Dept state that unless additional accommodation was provided Mr Lords would remove the Academy from the list of schools having a recognised higher grade department. The Board's plan for meeting the need was, the dept said, a retrograde step.

Stevenston Gas Company Ltd has erected a new gas holder and tank of 50,000 cubic feet capacity. At a ceremony on Tuesday. Mr Adam Wilson turned the gas from the holder on the mains.

As a result of enquiries regarding a Kilwinning right of way, the Parish Council have sent a report to be placed before the Northern District Committee.

December 15, 1905
Saltcoats Town Council have decided that all corner lamps in the streets be lit at night, Kilwinning Town Council have agreed that lamps be lit until 11 o'clock on Saturday nights instead of 10 o'clock as on other nights.

The North Ayrshire Bachelors' Ball was held in the in the Town Hall, Saltcoats on Friday evening. Mr W Moore Alpine was secretary, and Kay's Orchestra provided the music.

The marriage took place at Phillipshaugh, Selkirkshire, on December 5, 1905, of Lieutenant-Colonel Aylmer Gould Hunter-Watson, RE, DSO and Miss Grace Steel, daughter of Mr Steel of Phillipshaugh. After the ceremony the bride and bridegroom left for Hunterston. The inhabitants of West Kilbride turned out en-masse to welcome them and their carriage was drawn by a selected team to Hunterston. later a huge bonfire was lit on the top of Goldenberry Hill and a happy evening was spent in song and dance at Fence's by employees and friends to the number of 100.

Office bearers of Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston Merchants' Society are:- President ? Rogerson: vice-pres, Mr John Dunlop; secretary, James Fullarton; treasurer, peter Kerr.

Mr W Dunn, designer, Caledonian Cabinet Works, Beith, has won £10 offered by Ayrshire County Council for designing.
John Fox, blast furnaceman, Kirkland, was fatally injured while engaged in the employment at Glengarnock Iron Works.

December 22, 1905 
At a concert in St Andrew's Episcopal Church hall, Ardrossan, the programme was sustained by Misses A Brown, M Cook, AE Cook, A Hogarth, and B Mordue and Messrs GL bailey, JA Cockburn, JM Wilson, W Wilson and A Turnbull.

Christmas toy and gift advertisements show the following prices - Working trains from 6 1/2d; dolls from 2 1/2d; boys carpenter sets from 5 1/2d, charming picture books from 2d; lovely Christmas cards in box with envelopes.

Duncan and Co. Ardrossan, offer carriage paid a Christmas box (containing two bottles famous liqueur whisky, one bottle invalid port wine, one bottle ginger wine and 1lb of tea) for 12/-.

Eglinton Ironworks Co-operative Society is this year paying to members a dividend of 2/9d per £.

Three players (two of Ardrossan Celtic and one of Ardrossan Winton Rovers) were ordered off in the League game at Winton Park last Saturday. Rovers won 5-1.

Kilbirnie Parish Church was re-opened last Sunday after being closed for about seven months for a thorough renovation.
Miss Mary law, Kilbirnie, has won two gold medals in singing competitions.

Kilbirnie Juvenile Amateur Dramatic Company gave performances on four evenings last week of the drama Uncle Tom's Cabin in the Good Templars' hall.

Dalry Chess Club (D Campbell, James Gorman, James Mildoon, Andrew Aitken, J Gibson, G McConnell, D McLeod, S Craig, JD Gordon, G Ballantyne) lost to Kilmarnock 7 1/2 to 8 1/2.

December 29, 1905
Mr James brown, Labour candidate for North Ayrshire, addressed his first meeting at Ardrossan on Monday. Mr Robert Smillie also spoke and a large number of questions were answered by the candidates.

At the quarterly meeting of the Ayrshire Co-operative Society at Stevenston , the chairman of the local society welcomed the delegates. Mr George Seymour, Kilwinning, was nominated as president and Mr G Hughes, Kilbirnie, was elected a member of the committee.

Mr RS Workman, retort ??ther, Saltcoats, has completed the building of a new double retort bench to his own design for the Newton-on-Ayr Gas Company.

Messrs Robert Howie & Co. iron Founders, Kilwinning, gave notice that on and after this date workmen's wages will be paid by day or hour if required.

Dalry School Board have appointed Miss Agnes Cameron< MA. Lockerbie as assistant teacher in the Public School in succession to Miss Wright, resigned.

Dalry Quoiting Club have appointed as office bearers:- Hon Pres, Dr W McKenzie, pres George Godden?; vice pres, Mr William Aitken, secretary, Mr John Mclean; treasurer, Mr William P--?.

Mr Thomas Simpson of Yonderfield, West Kilbride, has taken the lease of a farm near North Berwick.

Old Spierians Literary Society concert included a one-act farce Turn Him Out, played by Miss H Cochran Patrick; Miss Jessie Melville; Mr J Melville; Mr GGH Johnston and Mr H Melville.

Mr A ----? gold medalist, Shawlands Chess Club, played simultaneously seven members of Ardrossan Chess Club and won seven of the 14 games played.

The death was announced of Mr Robert Montgomerie, New Street, Dalry, in his 86th year. he was for a considerably Inspector of the Poor, under the old Parochial Board.