Herald Files - Snippets from the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald
January 5, 1906
In a report on the Buddon Camp, it is stated that Gunner John Inglis, a two-year recruit of the Ardrossan Company of Garrison Artillery, firing a 4.7 quick-firing gun, scored 13 hits out of 15 rounds in three minutes, 41 secs.
Members of Ardrossan Company of Garrison Artillery attended the funerals of two members – Robert Gibson Smith, Windmill Street, Saltcoats, who was accidentally killed near the engine sheds, Ardrossan, and James Roxburgh, Ardrossan who died of pneumonia.
On New Year’s morning Ardrossan BWTA gave a free breakfast for 300 juveniles in the assembly hall, and in the afternoon entertained about 200 adults to tea.The scholars of Kersland Barony School, Dalry, under the direction of Mr Deans, headmaster, and Mr Gibson, drill instructor, gave a most enjoyable entertainment on two evenings last week.
The "Miserable Twelve" (some of them had got married since their last annual meeting) had supper in Miss Duffield’s Rooms, Kilbirnie on Tuesday night. Mr Hamilton Glen presided over a jolly company.
Mr John Hood, shoemaker, Bridge Street, Kilbirnie, slipped on the frosty ground on coming out of his workshop on Saturday night and broke his left leg.
Among those who provided the juvenile Templars’ entertainment at Kilbirnie on Thursday night were Kate McIntyre, Janet Shaw, May McMillan, Annie Morrison, Mary Boyd, Jeanie Thomson, Maggie Purdie, Maggie Thomson and Effie Park.
January 12, 1906
The General Election campaigns in the Ayrshire constituencies are in full swing and the meetings are being well attended.
Rain fell in Saltcoats on 155 days during the past year and the total fall was 36.41 inches.
The barque Ailsa, which was a frequent visitor to Ardrossan Harbour has been lost. All hands were saved.
An addition to Winton School, Ardrossan, consisting of a large room which, in two sections, provides for 60 pupils in each, and a small room was opened on Tuesday morning by Dr WR Boyle, convener.
The death is announced of Mr John Hamilton, who had charge of the Saltcoats branch shop of the Stevenston Co-op Society.
Mr Henry Gracie, who has been on the staff of Mr J Morrison, baker, Stevenston, for over 20 years, is leaving to take charge of a bakery in Sligo.
Miss Stewart, teacher at Lylestone Infant School, has been promoted to the staff of Eglinton District School, Kilwinning, in room of Miss White, resigned.
Dalry School Board have appointed Miss Ada Campbell, Patna, to the staff of Kerland Barony School.
Mr James Muir, late of West Kilbride, has died in Auckland, New Zealand. He at one time carried on the drapery business in Main Street, West Kilbride, formerly belonging to the late Mr Robert Gemmell.
January 19, 1906
Mr Hugh McCulloch presided at the annual dinner of the Glasgow Arran Society in the Windsor Hotel, Glasgow. The speakers also included: - Mr CS Douglas, Captain Charles Murchie, Ardrossan, Nr Donald Currie jr, Mr Islay Kerr, Capt James McCulloch, Mr William McKinnon, Mr Charles Hamilton, Mr AP Davidson, FEJI, and Mr A McMillan, Reference was made to the fact that the Society had no lady members and the society said he knew authoritatively that, if the society decided to admit ladies, Lady Mary Hamilton would be pleased to become the first member. This announcement was received with applause.
Mr James Carson has been transferred from Campbelltown to the Bank of Scotland, Lamlash.
A social gathering was held in Whiting Bay Established Church in connection with the introduction of the Rev Mr Gillies, MA, in that charge.
At the annual soiree of Shiskine Total Abstinence Society the singers were:- Messers Wm Stewart, DS Bannatyne, Archibald McKenzie, James Moffat and Alex James, and Misses Mary Bannatyne, Bessie McAllister, and Dora Rutherford. Mr James Morton gave selections on his gramophone.
The death is announced of Mr James Stewart, railway guard, who was senior elder in New Ardrossan Parish Church.
In the report of the Saturday evening concert at Kilbirnie it is stated: "All the artistes were appreciated save the comedian: but he was passable and did not receive fair play at the hands of a section of the audience."
January 26, 1906
The general Election continues to run in favour of the Liberals. The returns up to date are: - Liberal, 338; labour, 43; Nationals, 81 and Unionists, 140. In Ayrshire two of the constituencies that have polled, Kilmarnock Burghs and South Ayrshire, have shown sweeping Liberal gains, and the Unionist has been returned for Ayr Burghs with a narrow majority. North Ayrshire polls today.
Shepherdry in Saltcoats had a record year in 1905. There was a record gain in the year’s working of £267 and an increase in membership of 64. The Lodge has 734 members.
At Saltcoats "Literary" Burns Supper, "The Immortal Memory" and proposed by Mr William M Miller. Mr John Miller presided and other speakers were Mr McCulley, Mr Sam Noble, Mr King, Mr John M Orr, Mr J McMurtrie, Mr Dugald Campbell, Mr J Gammie, Mr John Pringle, Mr Bowman, Mr Robert Campbell and Mr Barclay.
The following Kilwinning pupils of Mr S Stewart Scott have made excellent passes in the Trinity College of Music, London, examination:- Miss Sarah Glen, Main Street, Master Charlie Hendrie, Meadowbank; and Master Robert Peacock, Underwood.
A dividend of 3/2d per £ has been allocated by Kilbirnie Co-op Society. Mr William Henderson, president has been voted £10 in recognition of long and faithful service.
The Rev A McLean, Lochranza, at a gathering in the schoolroom, received presentations on the occasion of his departure for Contin.
February 2, 1906
Malcolm Campbell (51) who was employed as a watchman at a bridge on the Caledonian Railway between Saltcoats and Stevenston, was early on Saturday evening killed by a goods train. He resided at Quarry Lane, Ardrossan.
The polling in North Ayrshire in the General Election resulted :- Hon Thomas Cochrane (U), 5603; AM Anderson (Liberal), 4587; James Brown (Lab), 2683. The total poll over the country was:- Liberal, 396; Independent Labour, 33; Nationalists, 84; Unionist, 157.
The Ardrossan Chess Club has a membership of 18. In the championship, competed for in League fashion, Mr A Hunter at the present tops the table, closely followed by Mr Matthews.
Mr Phillip Kirkcaldy has succeeded Mr Gilroy as superintendent for the Prudential Assurance Company Ltd, Ardrossan district.
Miss Annie Frew, soprano, Stevenston, won the gold medal and the audience prize, a silver watch, at Pollokshaws Singing Contest.
Stevenston Parish Church congregation have decided to build suitable church halls and a bazaar with the object of raising £1000 will be held. The bazaar committee is Messrs R Glen (Stationmaster), Alex Arnott (organist), Law, Brownlie, Deans and Thomas Orr.
At Dalry ploughing match James Alexander, Holm, Dundonald, was first in the senior open competition and John Garven, Corsehill, Dreghorn, first in the junior section. James Dalgleish, Hillend, won the silver medal for seniors (confined), the best looking bachelor was John Ferguson, Giffordland.
A memorial window has been erected in West UF Church, Kilbirnie, in memory of Robert William Knox of Moorpark, by his wife and their children.
February 9, 1906
the engagement is announced of Lady Mary Hamilton, daughter of the lat Duke of Hamilton, to the Marquis of Graham, eldest son of the Duke of Montrose. On Monday afternoon the Duchess of Hamilton, Lady Mary and the Marquis of Graham walked through the Brodick village and were greatly pleased at the spontaneous enthusiasm prevailing. Flags and bunting were gaily displayed and in the evening houses were brilliantly illuminated. Bonfires blazed and there were displays of fireworks.
At the open show for cats at Kilmarnock, Mr JMB Miller, Burnfoot, Fairlie, won second prize in the short-haired gelding class with "Fairlie Punch."
Mr Hugh Higgins proposed "The Immortal Memory" at the Dalry Burns Club celebration.
Mr Andrew McNeilly, painter, North Street, Dalry, received a presentation on the occasion of his leaving for Australia.
Mr Norman Lamont, MP for Buteshire, presided at the annual Arran re-union in the Queen’s Room, Glasgow, on Friday evening. Nearly 900 persons were present. At the dance the grand March of 135 couples, was led off by Mr Lamont and the Lady Mary Hamilton, followed by the Dowager Duchess of Hamilton and the Marquis of Graham.
A large portion of the barricade round the playing pitch at Ardrossan Celtic FC was blown down during Thursday’s gale.
The ketch St Abbs of Campbeltown went ashore on Tuesday on the rocks leading to the North Perch at Irvine Harbour. The Irvine lifeboat under coxswain Alex Sinclair took off the master and crew. She was loaded 80 tons of scrap iron and had been severely damaged by the storm.
February 16, 1906
At Saltcoats Town Council Meeting a recommendation that a plan for a bathing place at Saltpans by the erection of a wall enclosing a certain area of water at a cost of £260 be adopted failed to secure the necessary two-thirds majority and the proposal fell to the ground.
In an advertisement of the annual sale of Shaw, Walker & Co, Glasgow, are £6 6/- ; walnut polished bedroom suite, £8 15/-; tea-sets, best Staffordshire china, 6/11d; semi-china tea-sets, 21 pieces, 2/9d per set; meat or soup plates, 1/9d per dozen.
Miss Sarah Barr, Ardrossan, pupil of Mrs Hinchcliffe, organist of the Parish Church, Irvine, has passed the Trinity College Intermediate Examination in pianoforte playing.
In the Institute Hall, Kilwinning, the juvenile choir og Mr Robert Howat jun, gave a programme of Burns’s songs. The soloists were :- Mrs Devlin, Dunlop, Allan, Anderson, Dyet and Hamilton, and Messers Strannigan, Russell, Robertson and McMinn.
The Rev Samuel G Neil, a native of Dalry, has been appointed District Secretary of the American Babtist Publication Society with headquarters in Philadelphia.
Dalry School Board have appointed Miss Marion Tait to the vacancy of Kersland Barony School Board staff.
February 23, 1906
A boarding house to be known as "The Inverclyde" will be opened in Seamill, West Kilbride next year.
A fire which occurred on Saturday night in the building in Dockhead Street, Saltcoats, tenanted by Robertson & Co., tailors and clothiers, and Mrs Crawford, draper, with dwelling houses above caused serious damage.
In the "Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald" office last Friday, Mr Kirkwood who was leaving for Troon to take charge of the branch office there, was presented by the employees with a fountain pen and travelling bag.
Ardrossan Amateur Dramatic Company presented "The Lady of Lyons" in the Assembly Hall.
The cast included Miss Sarah Dunkeld, Miss A Higgins and Miss Simpson and Messrs J Woodburn, JC Currie, Chas. Magee, Hugh Skillen, H Braniff, D McLean and JR Miller.
Mr Matthews at present leads the Ardrossan Chess Club League with 18 points for 10 matches played.
March 2, 1906
Under cover of the storm of wind and rain early on Sunday morning, a window of the United Loan Company, Countess Street, Saltcoats, was smashed and a case containing about 50 gold rings and a number of silver medals were taken.
At a social meeting of Ardrossan Boilermakers and Iron and Steel Shipbuilders’ Society, a presentation was made to Mr Wm S McDowall, the late foreman.
Captain J Brown has compiled a list of ships and shipmasters of the "City" Line. The list of captains includes seven from Saltcoats, 10 from Irvine and two from Arran.
What is described as "the event of the season," the Merchants’ Supper and Ball, took place on the Wednesday in the Conservative Hall, Stevenston.
The Ardeer Ironworks library (400 volumes) has been, through Mr Main, handed over to the Stevenston Conservative and Unionist Club.
Miss Macdonald, Blairgowrie, has been appointed head mistress of St Bridget’s RC School Kilbirnie.
At Kilbirnie Sabbath School entertainment a feature of the programme was the resuscitation of the once-famous Logan Double Quartette Party who were greeted with loud applause. The party was composed of Mrs John Glasgow (Miss Maggie Dunlop), Mrs Jas Wilson (Miss Madeline Calderwood), Mrs Wm Taylor (Miss Jeanie Steele), Miss Steele, Mr Robert Logan (conductor), Mr Jas Crossan, Mr John Reddit and Mr Malcolm Fyfe.
March 9, 1906
At the annual social of the Caledonian Railway Ambulance Class, Ardrossan, Dr Macdonald, the lecturer was presented with a writing desk. He said that 90 percent of the class had taken part in the examination and passed splendidly.
At public meetings the Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston ratepayers (?) but at West Kilbride there was divided opinion, and strong opposition to the scheme as well as support for it being voted.
Miss Lizzie O’Rourke, Saltcoats, a pupil of Miss McKinnie, won a dancing competition in Ardrossan.
At a lively meeting of Irvine and District Water Board eight applications for the secretaryship and nine applications for the treasurership were voted upon. Messers James Campbell sen, and James Campbell jun, Saltcoats, were appointed to the former post and Messers AC McJannet and AF McJannet, Irvine, to the latter.
The death took place on Tuesday of Mr Alexander Niven, Byrehill, Kilwinning For over 40 years he was blast-engineman at Eglinton Ironworks.
It is understood the Mr WC Wilson, Ingleside, Beith, has purchased Camp Cottage, Gateside.
Kilbirnie Batchelors’ dance in the King’s Arms Hotel was a brilliant affair, with Mr D Alexander as MC and Mr Wm Fyfe’s orchestra supplying the music. Mr AM Chapel was responsible for the artistic decorations.
March 16, 1906
The following two pupils of Mr McCallum, 10 Barr Street, Ardrossan, have secured shorthand speed certificates:- Thomas Wallace jun, South Beach Avenue, 80 words per minute; Robert Johnstone, South Beach Avenue, 60 words per minute.
At Kyleshill School, Saltcoats Evening Classes annual social the prizes were presented to the following successful students:- Sewing, Misses Maggie Stewart and Mary Sinclair, shorthand and book-keeping, Mrs Isabella B Muir, Sarah Anderson and Maggie McBride, continuation class, messes James McBride, Robert McBride and John Jordan.
A service of song "Biddy" was given by a children’s choir in Park UF Church, Ardrossan. Mr GI Bailey read the story, the soloists were Misses Maggie Allen, Agnes Barbour and Tim Bradley, Mr Boyd Goodwin, organist, was accompanist.
The new turbine steamer, "Viper" for the Ardrossan-Belfast daylight run was launched at Fairfield on Saturday.
In the school children’s section of the Stevenston Spring Flower Show the Championship medals were won by Gavin Johnstone and Kate Forrester.
In the final of the amateur singing and dancing competition in Kilbirnie Miss Bell Fraser, Dalry, won the third prize for dancing and Mr Matthew McLellan, Stevenston, won second prize for singing.
Neighbouring farmers turned out 12 ploughs to give a friendly day’s ploughing to Mr Archibald Kelso who has re-leased Hills’ Beith Farm, Beith.
March 23, 1906
Mr John Allen, painter, Ardrossan, has been co-opted to the place on Ardrossan Parish Council vacated by Mr William Gilroy.
Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston Licensed Trade Defence Association have appointed the following office bearers:- Messers Angus McQuarrie, D McPherson, Robert Dunlop, John Murray, Watson, McKirdy, Dunkeld, Thom and Smith.
Members of the shorthand (Speed Practice) Class, Ardrossan Academy, presented mr William Milne, the teacher, with a fountain pen, Mr William Edgar handed over the gift.
The following office bearers have been appointed by Saltcoats Bowling Club:- Mr James Campbell, Police Judge Miller and Messers AK Young, William Wallace and D McC. Miller.
"Married versus Single Happiness" was the subject of debate at Stevenston Literary Society. Mr Alex McNaught was the leader on the married side and Mr John Forsyth opposed him.
At the annual social of Stevenston Parish Church Young Men’s and Women’s Guild, Mr AM Arnott presented Mr JB Law, president with sets of books.
At a gathering in the Townhouse, Beith, the portrait of the late Mr Orr, presented by his widow, was formally accepted. Mr Orr was the donor of the Public Park, which was opened 37 years previously.
A Crimeam veteran, Samuel Anthony, Bridge Street, Kilbirnie, died suddenly on Thursday.
Dalry Baking Co have declared a dividend of 3/8d in the £, the largest in the history of the Society. The office bearers are:- President Mr A Neil; secretary, Mr William Ramsay; re-appointed directors, Messers William Ferguson, William Morris and McKissock.
A young Kilbirnie man, William Henderson of the 1st Scottish Rifles, stationed at Meerat, India, has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
Mr William Chalmers, foreman at the G&SW Station, Kilwinning, has been appointed stationmaster , at Loudoun Hill, and Mr Alex McRoberts, Kilmarnock, has been appointed in his place.
March 30, 1906
In this issue there were advertised 100 houses to let in Ardrossan and Saltcoats in addition to many more in other districts.
Sunday School teachers of Trinity Church, Saltcoats, have presented Mr AC Philp, CA, Saltcoats, with a gold albert and purse of sovereigns on his departure for America.
Mr James Cook has been elected president of Ardrossan Bowling Club; Mr Gillespie, secretary, and Mr Tom Glover, treasurer.
In conection with the Evening Continuation Classes at Winton School, Ardrossan, Miss Barbour and her assistant Miss MacMillan, and Mrs Muir were presented with gifts, Miss Templeton and Miss L Wilson making the presentation.
Last week was the busiest week in the history of the new dock at Ardrossan Harbour. Exports totalled 12,613 tons and imports 19,171 tons.
A new harmonium, the gift of Mr Main, was on Sunday evening dedicated in the Ardeer Mission Church. The congregation filled the church.
At the annual closing entertainment at Lamlash Reading and Recreation Club, Mr John Bannatyne, president, presented the Knockdown Silver Cup and Silver Rose Bowl (won at Carpet Bowling) to the winner Mr Hyslop, who this year carried off the double honour.
Netherhill House, Beith, has been sold to Mr Bone, headmaster, Gateshead School.
Vale of Garnock’s protest against Kilbirnie Ladeside in the fifth round of the Scottish Junior Cup was upheld and for the fifth time the tie was played last Saturday. The game again took place at Celtic Park, Glasgow, and Ladside won by 2 – 1.
Members of the Segton Co-op Society made a presentation to Mr Alexander Crawford, who is leaving for Canada.
April 6, 1906
john Macaulay (23) who resided with his parents in Seaton Street, Ardrossan, was accidentally drowned on Tuesday morning while engaged in the employment at the loading berth of the Belfast steamer at Ardrossan harbour.
The death took place on Wednesday of Councillor Hugh Blackley, Saltcoats. He was engaged in the business of a builder in Saltcoats for many years.
Former pupils of Ardrossan Academy who have been successful in University and Technical College examinations include:- George Stevenson, John Galt, John Gibson, Annie Neil, J Rosie Brown, Robert Boyd (all Saltcoats), John Barclay and E Gemmell (Ardrossan).
Mr William Gilmour, gamekeeper, who is leaving Ardrossan parish for Kilmaurs has been presented by the farmers of the district with a purse of sovereigns, Mr Hugh Stevenson, Sorbie, made the presentation.
Mr William Doak, a native of Kilwinning, has died in New Zealand, where he was a prominent businessman in the Oamani District.
The first half of the new railway station at West Kilbride, built on the site of the old one, was opened on Wednesday without ant ceremony.
In the sixth round of the Scottish Junior Cup, Kirkintilloch Rob Roy beat Kilbirnie Ladeside by 3-0.
April 13, 1906
On the invitation of Mrs Hunter-Weston, Hunterston, the Colonel’s mother, a gathering of 200 in the Public Hall, West Kilbride, gave a welcome to her son, Lieutenant-Colonel Aylmer Hunter-Weston and his young wife. Mr Archibald Gray gave the toast to the hero and his wife, and sketched the Colonel’s brilliant career in the army. A dance followed in which the Colonel and his wife took part.
In Ardrossan School Board elections the following were successful:- AJ Ritchie, the Rev J Kirkland Cameron, Rev W McGilchrist, CI Shearer, JB Chrystie, HJ Sillars, Rev H Rossie Brown.
Mrs Winifred Christie, daughter of Mr Christie, Westpoint, Saltcoats, recently gave another of her pianoforte recitals in the Aeolian Hall, London. She is unanimously praised by the London Press as a brilliant musician.
Ardrossan Amateur Dramatic Company presented two pieces, "Fennel" and "Cramond Brig" on Tuesday and Wednesday. The casts included Miss A Higgins, Mr RE Smith, Mr JT Woodburn, Mr JR Miller, Mr J Anderson, Master Dunkeld, Mr H Skillen, Miss Sarah Dunkeld, and Messers Henderson, Ross, Wilson, Braniff, McLean and Miller.
Dr McGlashan, assistant to Dr Wallace, Stevenston, is leaving to take up an excellent appointment in South Africa.
Miss Jane P Young, second daughter of Mr Robert Young, stationmaster, Beith, will be capped MA at Glasgow University on Tuesday.
The following were successful in Kilbirnie School board elections:- The Rev Father Hopwell, Frank Watt, James Paul jun, David Watt, James Dickie, Gavin Ridder and John Dick.
April 20, 1906
On Thursday Mr Hugh Alexander was ordained and inducted as pastor of Lamlash UF Church.
At Glasgow University on Wednesday the Rev Malcolm McLean, RD Brodick, received the degree of Doctor of Divinity.
Mr John McMurray, goods guard, who was accidentally killed at Fairlie last week, was a highly respected resident of Saltcoats.
Ardrossan Co-op Juvenile Choir, trained by Mr Tom Adams with Miss Lottie Adams as accompanist rendered the operetta, "Parliament in School" in Ardrossan Town Hall.
It is reported that Henderson’s Chemical Works, Irvine, recently bought by the United Alkali Company is to be closed. This will be the third chemical work in Irvine to be closed by the UA Company and will effect 150 to 200 workmen.
The new automatic tide signalling apparatus at Irvine Harbour is now in full working order.
A Public meeting in Stevenston passed a resolution against the granting of two new public houses in New Street, one of them being for the Public House Trust.
John Cullinane, 14 years’ old son of Timothy Cullinane, Dovecote Lane, Kilwinning, received fatal injuries through falling 20 feet from a tree which had been climbed near Woodgreen farm.
April 27, 1906
An article describes the destruction of San Francisco by earthquake on April 18, with much loss of life. News has come to hand of the safety of several Ayrshire residents of the city.
Andrew Kennedy, slater, Rockyknowe, Saltcoats, announces that he has commenced business on his own account and executes all kinds of jobbing.
Alex and John Bain, Harbour, Ardrossan, advertise Arran gravel and sand for walks etc.
On Tuesday Mr George Howat with Messers Littlejohn, shipping agents, Ardrossan Harbour, received a marriage presentation.
Mr James Wylie, Stevenston, had some very fine exhibits at Ardrossan Arts and Crafts Exhibition. "The Eastern Water Carrier" was a bit of fine workmanship.
The clubhouse at Dalry Bowling Green has undergone a complete renovation. Another storey has been added to the building. The contractors were:- Mr Shedden, joiner; Mr G Wilson, mason; Mr Conn, painter; and Mr Aitken, slater.
Considerable damage has been done by fire in the premises of Miss AH Thomson, milliner and dressmaker, Main Street, Kilwinning.
May 4, 1906
The inquiry into the Provisional Order sought by the promoters of the Ardrossan, Saltcoats and District Tramways opened yesterday in the New Judiciary Court Glasgow.
Among the emigrants who sailed last week from the Clyde to Canada were Messrs Stevens and Johnston, Ardrossan, and Mr H Markie, Saltcoats.
Another member of the Tennent family of Holland House, West Kilbride, played as a forward for Queen’s Park against Celtic on Saturday and shaped well.
Mr Arthur Wiseman, Janefield Terrace, Kilbirnie, previously organist in St Andrews UF Church, Kilbirnie, has been appointed organist and choirmaster in the Parish Church, Caldwell.
Kilwinning bakers have asked for a reduction in the working hours from 55 per week to 52 ½.
At West Kilbride Golf Club Spring meeting, AK Tennent (scratch) 81 was the leading scorer and JM Tennent (plus 1) 82 was next.
May 11, 1906
A public telephone call box is being introduced in the Saltcoats Post Office and will be available in a few days.
The steamer Adder, which for many years was on the Ardrossan – Belfast daylight service, has been sold and will leave shortly for South America to sail on the rivers on the coast of that country.
Hugh Nairn, watchmaker, jeweller and optition, announces that he has acquired the old established business of J and R Nairn at 14 Glasgow Street, Ardrossan. The business conducted during the past four years at 11 New Street, Stevenston will be transferred to the above address.
Mr RL Alpine, has been appointed Norwegian Vice-Consul at Ardrossan.
Mrs Coyle, Kilbirnie, and her son Robert, and Mr John Knox, bricklayer, Kilbirnie, were among those who sailed on Saturday for the United States.
Mr Hugh M Kerr, who has been employed at Ardrossan Harbour for the past nine years, received presentations at Ardrossan and Saltcoats, on his leaving to take up a situation in New York.
May 18, 1906
AK Young, Dockhead Street, Saltcoats, announces the introduction in his shop of a patient ham-slicing machine which can slice uniformly from the thinness of a wafer up to quarter of an inch.
The Maidens and Dunure Railway and the Turnberry Hotel were officially opened this week.
On Tuesday the new turbine steamer "Viper," made a trip from Ardrossan to Belfast and back with a compliment of 180 guests on board. She will commence regular daylight service on June 1.
At an adjourned sitting of the Northern District Licensing Court the application on behalf of the Public House Trust (Glasgow Ltd) for the public house provisional certificate for premises about to be constructed at the corner of New Street and Portland Place, Stevenston, was granted by nine votes to three.
An Ardrossan man Hugh MacLachlan second officer of the steamer Firth Fisher was accidentally drowned on Friday at Poole Harbour.
Officials and employees of Ardrossan Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Company made a presentation to Mr William B Tate, secretary, on the occasion of his marriage.
Miss F Lawson, assistant, Dalry Post Office has been promoted to Annan.
Dalry quoiting (W Walker, W Sloan, W Orr, A Andrews, A Atken, J Dickie and R King) beat Barrmill 98 – 71.
Mr Robert Towart, Eglinton Street, Irvine, has patented an invention for the improvement of the tone of violin.
May 25, 1906
On Saturday May 19, the new premises erected by Ardrossan Co-op Society in Green Street, Saltcoats, was formally opened. Councillor Flinn, who performed the opening ceremony, mentioned that in 1871, a year after the first shop was opened, the Society had 73 members, the sales were £1838 9s and the profits £107 12s, while in the year 1906 there were 1253 members, sales to the amount of £49,341 and profits £6050. Mr JP Brown was manager.
Close on 200 assembled at dinner in the George Hotel, Kilmarnock in celebration of the 100th birthday of Mr Matthew Foulds of Graystoneknowe, Fenwick. Among the presentations made to the centenarian was a portrait of him working at his loom and Mr Foulds asked the Provost to accept the picture from him that it might be placed in the Dick Institute.
The G&SWR steamer, "Jupiter" did the run Brodick to Ardrossan last Saturday in 42 minutes, and as the express took only 42 minutes for the run to St Enoch the very good time of 83 minutes was registered from Brodick to St Enoch.
The death has taken place of Mr Stewart, late foundry manager at Ardeer Foundry.
Kilwinning bakers have been conceded their application for a 52 ½ hours’ week instead of 55 hours.
William Marshall, carter, son of Hugh Marshall, carter, Bridgend, Kilbirnie, sails with his wife and child for New Zealand tomorrow.
Constable Niblock, West Kilbride, has been promoted to Sergeant and will be stationed at Dalry.
June 1, 1906
When a constable was attacked in Argyle Road, two local gentlemen, Mr RC Wilkie and Mr Alexander Kerr, promptly went to his assistance and helped in the arrest of two men.
The new Caledonian turbine steamer, Duchess of Argyle, on the Tuesday afternoon ran between breakwater and the outward trip at 2.20pm and returned at 4.20pm, having called at Brodick, Lamlash and Whiting Bay to land and embark her passengers and luggage.
House landlords and farmers in Dalry have been under the necessity of reducing rents to secure and keep good tenants.
Mr James Cance lately with Nobel’s company at Stevenston, sailed last Friday for Japan to take up position of accountant and book-keeper to the Japanese Explosives Company.
Dr Turner is having erected on a site adjoining the North Church, Saltcoats, a villa residence, including waiting and consulting rooms.
Captain James Stewart, Ardrossan who during his seafaring life of almost half a century, commanded several sailing ships, and who had been retired about 30 years, died yesterday at the age of 92?
At the examination in Stevenston Public School under the auspices of the Incorporated Society of Shorthand teachers the following passed theory:- JR Matthew, JG Hendrie. Elementary – W Robinson, J Aitken, Agnes McKenzie, Jeanie Lambie, JH Young and A Ward.
June 8, 1906
The Glen Sannox commenced her sailings from Ardrossan to Arran yesterday. She is in capital trim for the season’s work and should be popular as ever.
Last week was a fairly busy one at Ardrossan, cargoes handled totalled 22,659 tons as against 20,790 tons in the corresponding week of last year. Imports included 2261 tons limestone and 12,085 tons ore. The exports included 2931 tons coal, 130 tons pig iron and 4030 tons of sleepers.
Quite a number of trips left Stevenston on Saturday. The gelatine workers in Ardeer Factory sailed for Lamlash; the engineers of Ardeer Ironworks journey to Mauchline ; the Stevenston branch of the Salvation Army spent the day at Fairlie; The Ardeer UF Fellowship meeting tripped to Ayr; the Ardeer UF Choir members drove to Inverkip; and the Stevenston UF Church Sunday School children. Lamp? To a large and appreciative audience.
The Rev Mr Ferguson who is home from Formosa on furlough will occupy the pulpit of the UF Church, Fairlie, on Sabbath Evening first and deliver a lecture on his work in the Far East.
The boat hirer, Mr Boyd, of Ardrossan, has arrived with his fleet at Seamill and from appearances these fine evenings, there is some business being done.
June 15, 1906
The Marquis of Graham and the lady Mary Hamilton were married on June 14, in St George’s Church, Hanover Square, London, in the presence of Royalty and the cream of British aristocracy. There were eight bridesmaids. A brilliant reception was afterwards was held in the grounds of Devonshire House by Mary, Duchess of Hamilton, to which over 800 invitations were issued. Among those who sent presents were Her Majesty, the King and Queen, Her Majesty, the Queen of Spain and the Duke of Argyle. There were rejoicings in Arran and the houses were gay with bunting.
A demand is being made for threepenny telegrams.
The Free Church congregation, Whiting Bay, have elected the Rev Sam Harina? BA late of Larne, to be their minister.
Apropos the launching of the great Cunarder Lusitania last week, it is noted that the building of the ship was superintended by Saltcoats man Hugh Glen.
Patrick James Boyle, Viscount Kelbourne has been appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Ayrshire.
Saltcoats bowlers (I? Breckenridge, E Dorrian, G Armour, W Forthingham, J Hamilton and J Yuile) beat Ardrossan (R Bradley, James Cook, W Tannock, W Davidson, Dr Allan and John Lambert) by 127 to 95.
R Turnbull, watch and clockmaker, announces that he has opened the shop at 45 Main Street, Dalry, lately occupied by Miss Liddell.
The Auchenharvie Colliery excursion to Dunoon and Nobel’s excursion to Inverness take place tomorrow. About 1000 are expected to travel in each case.
June 29, 1906
On Sunday last St Mary’s RC Church, Saltcoats was the scene of most impressive ceremonies in celebration of the golden jubilee of the church. The Rev Father Cronin is the parish priest and the Rev Father Keogh is curate. The special train which bore from Glasgow on Sunday morning the Archbishop of Glasgow and the clergy picked up en route a number of friends from the district and the church was crowded. The Archbishop of Glasgow preached the sermon.
The following were successful candidates in the Campbell-Brisbane Bursaries examination:- Euphemia Dick Dick, Kyleshill School; Ella McInnes and Marion Nelson, Saltcoats Public School, and Archibald Battersby, Kyleshill School.
A window to the memory of the late Rev JD Taylor has been erected in Trinity Church, Saltcoats.
School Dux medalists:- Ardrossan Academy – Robert Johnson, Maggie Kirkwood; Eglinton, Ardrossan – Thomas Smith; Winton, Ardrossan – Jessie K Hamilton; Saltcoats Public – George Johnston, Wellpark Road and Ella McInnes, Dockhead Street, Young Ladies Seminary, Ardrossan – Miss A Aitken, Dalry.
Dalry Bowling Club ( William Beattie, George Kirkhope, Hugh Shedden, Robert Howie, James Graham and JM Campbell, skips) beat Kilbirnie (William Steele, F Fotheringham, Hugh Davies, Robert Low, Hugh Hamilton and Robert Houston) by 115 to 68.
At the potato sale at Carlung Farm West Kilbride, the prices averaged £20 an acre.
July 6, 1906
Saltcoats Police brought back 11 prizes from the Constabulary sports.
Master Malcolm Coogan, St Mary’s School, Saltcoats, son of Pilot Coogan, Ardrossan, has won a three years’ bursary (£15) at St Mungo’s College, Glasgow.
R Bradley, W Tannoch and McMurray tie for the leading position in Ardrossan Bowling Club’s league with each eight points from five games.
On their arrival home after their honeymoon, Viscount and Vicountess Kelbourne were given an enthusiastic welcome at Fairlie Station. Later in the week 300 guests were entertained at a garden party at Kelbourne Castle grounds and a series of presentations were made to the Viscount and Vicountess of Kelbourne.
July 13, 1906
AW Donaldson, hatter, hosier and outfitter, 15 Princes Street, Ardrossan, has now added to his business umbrella-making.
Saltcoats Town Council have fixed up the rates at 1 / 4 3/4d on occupiers, a total increase of 2d. The education rate is 8 1/4d on owners and 8 ¼ on occupiers.
Mr Walter Freer, Curator of the City Halls, Glasgow, entertained 70 guests at a garden party at his residence, St Andrews, Caledonia Road, Saltcoats, on the occasion of his birthday.
Dalry’s oldest inhabitant, Mr Bryce Ferguson of Lessens, has died in his 93rd year.
In a quoting match Barrmill beat Dalry 83 – 80. Dalry team was A Aitken, J Wilson, A Aitken, J Taylor, W Orr, W Donaldson, R King and J McLean.
July 20, 1906
There are houses in Saltcoats which may have more folks than there are beds for, this week. It has been denied, however, that there is a room and kitchen with 17 occupants.
Mr James Campbell has been appointed, along with his father, joint agent of the Bank of Scotland, Saltcoats.
A motor wagonette belonging to Mr John Allan of the Eglinton Stables, Ardrossan, is meeting with a large measure of support from travellers between Ardrossan and Saltcoats. It carries eight passengers and makes the journey speedily and pleasantly.
The pilgrimage on the part of local people to the harbour on Glasgow Fair Friday night has become an institution. Young people enjoy full licence as far as the hour is concerned and the occasion is one which offers unbounding opportunity for flirtation which may explain its popularity.
The members and friends of Stevenston Co-operative Society numbering close upon 1000 had their annual excursion on Monday to Dundee.
A party of German gipsies passed through the district last weekend and many people snibbed their doors and windows, but the police soon had the undesirable aliens cleared out.
Mr AK Young, Saltcoats, Tea Warehouse, Dockhead Street, announces the introduction of a patient ham slicing machine and invites the public to inspect it.
The daily daylight sailing to Ireland by HMS Viper is advertised to leave Ardrossan at 10am arriving at Belfast at 1.20pm and returning from Belfast at 4pm and arriving at Ardrossan at 8.15pm. Return fares are – cabin 9/6d; steerage, 4/-.
July 27, 1906
The Seamill and West Kilbride Laundry is now in full working order and is always open for public inspection. WT Rushbury’s great production of Uncle Tom’s Cabin will visit Largs, Saltcoats, Troon and Irvine next week. The magnificient company engaged includes a number of real negros, creoles, octoroons etc.
Coal for sale from Auchenharvie Colliery is offered for 11/- per ton at pit, and delivered by cart in Stevenston, Saltcoats and Ardrossan from 9d per ton extra.
The minstrels at Saltcoats have added the attraction of a cinematograph display to their evening entertainment.
Extra staff had to be employed at Saltcoats Post Office for the "Fair" week. From the 15th to the 21st July. 63,751 picture post cards were posted and 55,521 delivered. The total picture postcards delivered for the week in Stevenston was over 25,000
The road motor cars being run between Ardrossan and Kilwinning by the G&SW Railway Company seem to be doing all right. They run at a reasonable speed and no accidents have happened yet.
The latest additions to the shops in West Kilbride is a dairy known as the Star Dairy", opened in Main Street.
Mr W Frame announces his annual concert in the Town Hall of Saltcoats on Monday next when a programme of quality and variety will be submitted.
At Ardrossan Celtic FC Sports at North Crescent Park last Saturday several "bookies" were present on the ground and they did a roaring trade.
August 3, 1906
Shortly after midnight on Wednesday the workshop belonging to Mr Alexander McIntyre, Hill Street, Saltcoats, was completely burned out, only a few pieces of wood being left.
A commencement has been made in Stevenston with the formation of the road round the Old Quarry, generously promised by Mr Patrick Warner some time ago. This new road leads the pedestrian round a very pleasant walk past Piper’s Heugh on Kilwinning Road.
At Ardrossan Dean of guild Court there was presented a petition from the Ardrossan Metallic Manufacturing Company for permission to erect a factory and offices in the north side of Dalry Road, and being supported by the necessary consents, was granted.
On Wednesday some boys picked up a bottle on the shore at Saltcoats which contained the following message written in pencil on a page of a timetable: ss rosario, July 8. Sinking odd Kintyre, no coals – R Robinson, mate."
"Atrip to the Highlands," the work of our townsman Mr Fred Locke, is attracting large audiences to the Royal Theatre in Glasgow.
Messers Arnott and Crawford have just built a commodious establishment for cabinet making in Factory Place, Saltcoats; a large erection on three storeys on every floor of which there is bustling activity.
The spectators at the Carlton (Ayr) versus Ardeer Thistle football match at Warner Park on Saturday first will also see a wrestling match – the outcome of a challenge between J Frew and D Harvie.
August 10, 1906
Beith is singled out as being that place in the district where there has been the greatest increase in crimes and police offences during the past quarter.
A Saltcoats laddie has been convicted at the Burgh Court on Monday of having thrown his brother through a shop window in Countess Street. He was admonished.
The cost of gas in Ardrossan is 3/9d per cubic feet and in Saltcoats 3/4d.
A London motor car number 7677 passed through Ardrossan yesterday. They seem to have a fair number of automobiles in the metropolis.
The show people at Kilwinning Green gave a cinematograph entertainment on Sunday night of Bible history, prefaced by anthems on the mechanical organ.
An advertisement for "Brave Saxon" cigarettes quotes the price as being 12 for 3d.
With the close of the homing season at West Kilbride the special prizes were won by:- Old Birds – Thomas Begg; Young Birds - James Donaldson; Best over both classes – Thomas Rodger.
At Glasgow Fair time when the greatest drain on the Munnoch reservoir is usually experienced, the store of water was actually increased. It is doubtful if the Glasgow folks, who got so much drenchings, will find this consoling.
The schools in West Kilbride, Kilwinning and Dalry re-open on Tuesday first at 10am.
August 17, 1906
A start has been made in Stevenston with digging the foundations for the Public House Trust Premises in New Street.
It is mentioned in the advertisement for Saltcoats Flower Show, that a band will discourse music during the evening.
The West Kilbride rates amount to 1s 6d as compared with year 1905-6. The increase is in the school rate.
St Palladius School, Dalry, has just been erected at the foot of Vennel Street and was informally opened on Monday when 100 pupils were enrolled.
It was reported to Ardrossan Parish Council that there were 134 registered Poor with 74 dependents on the roll on May 15.
Largs Town Council have agreed to advance the Town Clerk’s salary to £100 a year.
August 24, 1906
A serious collision occurred at Saltcoats on Saturday last when a passenger train entering the station dashed into the rear of a train standing at the platform. About 140 passengers were injured, three of them seriously.
Ardeer Thistle versus Troon Rangers League match last Saturday was converted into a friendly as the referee failed to turn up.
A Public meeting was held in the Public Hall, Fairlie, on Monday for the purpose of forming a Rifle Club in the village. The Earl of Glasgow was appointed president and Mr S Parker, vice-president.
Thirty truck loads of sheep from Arran were loaded off the Duchess of Argyle at Ardrossan on Monday.
The annual church parade of members of the Rechabite Order in the district took place on Sunday evening to the EU Congregational Church, Ardrossan. The Chief Rulers of the respective tents are:- Robert Bradley, Ardrossan; William Howie, Saltcoats and Isaac Evans, Stevenston. Public interest in bowling tournaments is reduced to zero by the reason of the fictitious names under which competitors play. This is an objectionable practice peculiar to bowling.
Mr John Pringle, cycle and motor agent, Saltcoats, has added to the travelling facilities between Ardrossan and Saltcoats by placing on the route a Wolsley four speed car capable of carrying 10 passengers.
A steam omnibus from London arrived in Glasgow on Friday afternoon having covered the distance of 400 miles in 29 hours 6 minutes.
August 31, 1906
Duplicate of previous week’s entry
September 7, 1906
A merchants’ association has been formed in West Kilbride with the following office bearers:- President, Mr James Dunlop; vice-president, Mr John Thomson; treasurer, Miss Grace Graham; secretary, Mr Tom Oliphant.
Kilwinning have been fixed at 1/- on owners, 1/0 1/4d on occupiers. The education assessment is 1d. more than last year, the School Board requiring £200 more.
The United Free Presbytery of Ardrossan have been told by Nobels Explosives Company Ltd that the company are doing all they can in the direction of minimising Sunday labour.
Office bearers elected at the annual meeting of Saltcoats Horticultural Society were:- President, Dr DB Campbell; secretaries, Messers, FM Fowlie, and Wilson Wylie; treasurer, Mr JH Orr.
The numbers attending local schools on the opening day were:- Eglinton, 405; Winton, 422; Saltcoats Public, 835; Kyleshill, 482.
Mr Alexander Thom won the medal and championship of Saltcoats bowling green, defeating Mr Edward Dornan by 21 to 9.
Saltcoats School Board accepted the resignation of the Compulsory Attendance Officer and are to advertise for a successor at 27/- a week.
September 14, 1906
On Friday last the Rev Alfred Drennan was ordained to the pastorate of the EU Congregational Church, Kilwinning.
Last Saturday the Ardrossan Garrison Company of Artillery Volunteers had a prize shoot at the Chapelton Range, the winners being Sergeant Dodds, Sgt Hunter, Gunners Muir, Jacobs, Nicholson, W Kirk and Kerr.
On Monday evening, R Bradley beat John Barclay 21 – 9 for the Championship of Ardrossan Bowling Club.
Winners of the Garnock Angling Club’s annual fishing competition were:- Robert Hay, Henry Miller, James Johnstone, Hugh Murray, John Spier, Robert Houston.
It was reported to the County Council that a one-room and kitchen house in Glengarnock was occupied by a man and wife, three of a family and seven lodgers.
September 21, 1906
John Miller, Saltcoats, has been appointed first Burgh Chamberlain of the town out of 33 applicants.
The children attending Ardrossan schools had a holiday on Wednesday to devote to Blackberry gathering.
Among the speakers at a Labour demonstration in Saltcoats Town Hall last Saturday was Mr J Keir Hardie, MP.
Among the winners at the sports at Dalry organised by Blair Thistle FC were:- J Buchan, J Stevenson, J McTaggart, J Hill, W McManus, G McQuarrie, J McInnes.
At West Kilbride Golf Club on Saturday Mr William Gardiner won the Kirk medal with a score of 74 which equals the course record of the course held by JR Beckett and JM Tennant.
Office bearers appointed at the annual meeting of Ardeer Golf Club were:- Colonel ZH Heys, Captain; Major Pearson, vice-captain, and Messers John Stewart, Thomas Harvey, James Gillies, John Jamieson and Arthur Craig.
September 28, 1906
Early on Friday morning the grocery premises of Mr Claude Nelson, Quay Street, Saltcoats were destroyed by fire. The loss is estimated at £500.
A new infant school has been opened at Lylestone, Kilwinning. Miss Caldwell is the teacher in charge.
An outbreak of fire in the premises of Mr John Henderson, baker, Dalry threatened to endanger the structure of the West Parish Church. Damage was considerable.
Irvine and District Water Board special rates have been fixed as follows:- organs, three guineas, traction engines, two guineas, bowling green and beer engines £1.
At the weekly Pleasant Saturday Evening tea Meeting held by Ardrossan Pentecostal Church, a reformed drunkard from Kilmarnock, gave a limelight lecture on a visit to a home for inebriates.
October 5, 1906
The death occurred on Saturday of Captain William Barclay, Saltcoats, born in Stevenston in 1822, he was one of the crew of the brig Clitus under Captain Betsy Miller.
Saltcoats bathing Club was resurrected on Monday after a lapse of years and office-bearers appointed were:- Mr H Wylie Auld, Mr Mathiesons and Mr WH Smith. Provost Blakely was made Honorary President.
Mr Archibald Ritchie, Inspector of Poor, Clerk to the Parish Council, and Collector of Rates for the Parish of Ardrossan, died suddenly on Thursday at the age of 38.
The mew School Board Officer for Stevenston is ex-constable William Shaw.
The Presbytery of Irvine on Monday approved the plans for the proposed new Ardrossan Parish Church to be built on a site beside Saltcoats Public School. The site has been gifted by the Earl of Eglinton and Winton.
The strike in connection with the Boilermakers’ Society is fairly underway on the Clyde, and Ardrossan United Free Presbytery have passed a resolution asking the good offices of the Scottish Secretary and the Board of Trade in reaching a solution of it.
Principal prizewinners for the season at Saltcoats Bowling Green which closed on Saturday were:- A Thom, J Yuille, AG McLashan, JC Stirling and H Dornan.
October 12, 1906
An active and progressive anti-smoking league has been formed by the boys of Ardrossan Academy. Already the membership numbers close on 40.
The League of the Cross Dramatic Club presented a new play by one of their number in the League Hall last Friday and Saturday. The play was My Irish Girl by John McLaren.
Mr Alexander Hunter of Ardrossan, big game hunter, has returned to Scotland after an elephant hunting expedition extending over four years. He is the only white man who has ventured into the Turkin countries in the Cameroon and has liberated hundreds of slaves.
A Burns Club has formed in Dalry last Saturday at Mr Robert Young’s North Street, the following being appointed office bearers:- Arthur Young, Tom Fisher, Jame Gorman, Robert Jamieson, Robert Turnbull, William Gemmell, Neil Kane and Jame Dickie.
Kilbirnie and Glengarnock United Brass Band won the Ayrshire Challenge Cup at the championship contest held at Dalry on September 25.
October 19, 1906
New semi-detached cottages of five apartments, bathroom, pantry, scullery, garden etc on High Road, Stevenston, are offered for sale at £400.
An appreciative worshipper in the North Church, Saltcoats, has presented the church with one hundred pounds. The money will be devoted to the introduction to new heating apparatus and the purchase of a service of Communion plate.
At the Crystal Palace, London, on Tuesday, Mr George Sinclair, Abington, Stevenston, won first prize and championship with his St Bernard dog.
The new Orange Hall at Glengarnock is to be lighted by electricity from the Iron Board Steel works.
Office bearers of Saltcoats Horticultural Society for the current session are:- president, William M Miller, secretary and treasurer, Thomas Scott, assistant secretary, RMK Campbell, committee, Messers James Orr, John Orr, John Bowman, John Miller.
Mr William Cowan Hamilton, son of the late Angus Hamilton, joiner Ardrossan, has been elected Mayor of the city of Lancaster.
Mr Albert Beard has been appointed Collector of Customs at Ardrossan.
October 26, 1906
Yesterday there came into operation within Ardrossan Burgh the new by-law according to the provisions of which the ice-cream shops in the town will not be required to close at 10 o’clock at night – 11 on Saturdays.
There has been a boom in Temperance meeting in Kilbirnie; one on Thursday, one on Sunday, and one on Wednesday night.
At West Kilbirnie some of the G&SW Railway Company’s employees are busy fencing off part of the proposed loop line in Portencross.
A shipping line advertises in this issue passages for intended immigrants to Canada at a third class fare of £5 in unsurpassed accommodation.
At the annual general meeting of West Kilbride Natural History and Archaeological Society the following office bearers were appointed:- President, the Rev William Watson, Overton; Vice, Robert Gibb, Glenbride; secretary and treasurer, DA Boyd, Seamill; committee, OB Currie, Mrs Laidlaw, The Rev John Lamb, N Lamont, Mrs Macarthur and James Wilson.
The Beith Masonic Lodge are considering plans for a proposed new temple on the present site of the Saracen sheds at the Cross.
November 2, 1906
The large reservoir on the Caff Water, the greatest of the works undertaken by the Irvine and District Water Board, was opened on Wednesday.
Ardrossan Parish Council appointed Mr Howie to be the new inspector of the poor from a list of 90 applications.
Kilwinning Literary and debating Society had a lecture on Tuesday entitled "Is planetary life a possibility?"
Between seven and eight hundred people attended a function in the Good Templars’ Hall Kilbirnie at which Dr and Mrs Milroy were presented with a piano from the townspeople on the occasion of their marriage.
The G&SW Railway have arranged to run a train from South Beach at 4pm to suit the convenience of West Kilbride children attending Ardrossan Academy.
The ship Baron Huntly of the fleet of Messers H Hogarth and Son, Ardrossan and Glasgow, has been lost at sea between Lisbon and Huelva. It is believed that the crew were picked up.
The Fairlie yacht building yard is so busy that a night shift was initiated at the beginning of the week
November 9, 1906
The tippers and hatch-mouth men employed in discharging ore boats at Ardrossan harbour struck work on Monday. They returned to work pending consideration of their claim to be paid while waiting for railway waggons.
Mr George Howison, draper, is having a shop and house built between the Orang Hall and Sunnyside Place at Glengarnock.
The Board of Trade have sanctioned the erection of the pier at Ardeer and it is believed that the pier will in due time will help the trade of Stevenston considerably.
The Town Hall, Saltcoats, is to be occupied on Monday evening by a great attraction – Scott’s Royal Cinematograph Co. This is the first visit of the cinematograph to Saltcoats.
Among the public companies registered last week was that called the Seamill Hydropathic.
At Ardrossan ratepayers meeting a local carter got on the platform and began to air a grievance of his own against the magistrates. One of the candidates tried to push the man off the platform and a scuffle ensued. Something like a free fight then took place and in the melee the candidates left the platform and the meeting broke up in disorder.
November 23, 1906
Saltcoats North Church has received a gift of £120, the donor’s intention being that a vestry be erected.
The miners of Auchenharvie had a mass meeting on Thursday to consider the question of an increase in wages.
The ironstone workers of Dalry agreed to remain idle and to set unitedly with other districts of Ayrshire in protesting against the refusal of the employers to grant an increase.
Mr John Beveridge Hunter was unanimously elected Provost of Kilwinning at a meeting of the council on Friday.
In an advertisement "a box of 12 lovely Christmas Cards with envelopes to suit" is offered for sale at 6 1/2d per box.
November 30, 1906
The order of the Churches Commission allocating St Bride’s Church, West Kilbride, to the United Free Church became operative on Wednesday.
Sergeant Morrison from Auchinleck has taken charge at Stevenston Constabulary Station.
Mr Charles Garvice, famous author and lecturer gave an address in the Conservative Hall, Stevenston, last night.
Mr Archibald Campbell, son of Captain Colin Campbell, Ardrossan, has passed his examination as mate for foreign trade.
December 7, 1906
A Slump in Christmas presents of the edible variety is predicted as a result of a recent sensational murder case at Cumnock where a young lady died after eating poisoned shortbread sent from Kilmarnock.
A former organist of Park Church, Ardrossan, Mr JS Carrick is now Professor of Music in an importand American college.
The new Orange Hall, Glengarnock, was opened last week by Lady Gertrude Cochrane Patrick, wife of the Member of Parliament for North Ayrshire.
A new gasometer was inaugurated at West Kilbride, Mr William Adams of Overtoun and Auchenames, chairman of the company performed the opening ceremony.
December 14, 1906
Ex-Provost Blakely, Saltcoats, has presented a silver cup to the Ardrossan Academy Cadet Corps for competition in shooting.
Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston Choral and Orchestral Society recently gave Sir Edward Elgar’s Banner of St George in the Town Hall, Saltcoats. The chorus and orchestra of 120 performers were under the baton, as usual, of Mr GW Burgoyne.
Ardrossan Amateur Dramatic Company presented The Ticket of Leave Man in a successful production recently.
The congregation of Stevenston Parish Church held a three-day bazaar in the Town Hall, Saltcoats to raise money to provide Church Halls.
The heritors of Ardrossan Parish Church met recently to "complete an arrangement already made to build a new Parish Church on a new site in lieu of the present church and without assessment".
December 21, 1906
A number of vessels are being built by the Ardrossan Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Co Ltd for shipment abroad.
Messers G & J Burns have decided to have a daylight between Ardrossan and Belfast on certain days during the Christmas and New Year holiday season.
Ardrossan Dean of Guild Court recently passed the plans of an extension to the Higher Grade School at Ardrossan Academy.
At the distribution of prizes for the annual shooting competition of E Company Saltcoats, 1st Vol. Battalion, RSF, the Cup and Gold Badge was awarded to Private E Niven, Second was Private J Lockhart.
Mr Alexander McGregor was elected chairman of the Stevenston Parish Council for the ensuing year, and Mr Charles McCallum was appointed to the Council.
Local grocers advertise Scotch whisky for sale at 3/- per bottle, guaranteed five years old.
December 28, 1906
The fourth annual social and concert of Saltcoats Total Abstinence Society was held in the Lesser Town Hall, at which the artistes were Miss L Carruthers, soprano; Miss J Jeffrey, contralto; Mr W Adam, tenor; Mr JT Woodburn, bass a, and Miss Grace Hunter, elocutionist, An address was given by Rev JR Spotiswood.
Four rinks of the Ardrossan Castle Curling Club played for the Baird Cup at Mill Pond, the winners being DB Haining, J Crawford, W Bryce and GO Baird.
The rainfall in Saltcoats in 1906 according to figures compiled by Mr David M Scott, amounted to 38.87 inches. Rain fell in the town on 161 days of the year.
Mr CO Lundholm, with his accustomed liberality, donated £10 for distibution amongst the poor of Stevenston.
Mr Matthew McLellan, Stevenston, a pupil of Mr Parker, Saltcoats, appeared as a tenor vocalist at a city Hall singing competition in Glasgow and gained a place among the finalists.
Mr Weston of Hunterston, West Kilbride, entertained the workers on the estate and their children, at which function a dramatic entertainment was given by several lady and gentlemen friends of the hostess.