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Local Chronology, 1901-1902.
1901.
Dec. 23. -  The Swedish Journalist. Ammelatt Arsine, passed through Wigan on his tour round the world. - Annual Meeting of the Hospital Sunday and Saturday Movement.
Dec. 24. -  Death of Mr. James Grundy, of the Brynn Hall Collieries, in his 63rd year.
Dec. 26. -  Performance of "The Messiah" by the Wigan and District Philharmonic Society.
Dec. 28. -  Death of Miss Eckersley, aged 59 years.
Dec. 30. -  Meeting of the Wigan Town Council. Committee of Inquiry appointed as to proposed purchase of land in Hallgate for tramway purposes. - Old Folk's Treat in the Public Hall, given by the Wigan Amateur Operatic Society.
1902.
Jan. 1. -  Sale of Work at the Wesleyan School, Wigan. - Presentation to the Rev. J. Goggin at Wrightington.
Jan. 4. -  Opening of New Infant Schools at Worsley Mesnes.
Jan. 5. -  Rev. Mark Guy Pearse at Hindley.
Jan. 6. -  Decision of the Wigan Electric Light and Tramways Committee to purchase the undertaking of the Wigan and District Tramways Company for 45,000. - First Meeting of the Committee appointed by the Corporation to inquire into the proposed purchase of the Hallgate site for Tramway purposes.
Jan. 8. -  Wigan Borough Quarter Sessions: Welcome to the New Recorder, Mr. Lancelot Sanderson. - Old Folk's Treat at Hindley.
Jan. 11. -  Old Folk's Treat at Abram. - Recommendation of the Electric Light and Tramways Committee to purchase the undertaking of the Wigan and District Tramways Company adopted at a Special Meeting of the Borough Council.
Jan. 13. -  Opening of the Pemberton Electrical Works. - Ince Technical Classes: Distribution of Prizes.
Jan. 15. -  Appeals Against Assessments of the Wigan Union Assessment Committee at the Liverpool Sessions.
Jan. 16. -  Death of Mr. W. V. Quarmby, aged 62 years.
Jan. 17. -  Amateur Operatic Society Ball at the Public Hall.
Jan. 18. -  Institution of the new Vicar of Abram. - Opening of a new drill room near St. Michael's School.
Jan. 20. -  "Dr." O'Donnell committed for trial at the Liverpool Assizes.
Jan. 21. -  Local Government Inquiry at Hindley.
Jan. 22. -  Annual Meeting of the Wigan Temperance and Rescue Mission. - Old Folk's Treat at Ashton. - Licensed Victuallers' Ball.
Jan. 23. -  Wigan Rugby Football Club decide to obtain a new ground. - Makerfield Ploughing Match. - Opening of the new rooms of the Y.W.C.A.
Jan. 24. -  First Case in the District under the Act relating to the Sale of Intoxicating Liquor to Children. - The Mayor's Dance in the Drill Hall.
Jan. 25. -  Mr. C. H. Moody, formerly of the Wigan Parish Church, appointed Organist at Ripon Cathedral. - Co-operative Society Festival at Hindley.
Jan. 26. -  Re-opening of the Parich Church organ.
Jan. 27. -  The Mayor's Juvenile Ball. - Annual Dinner of the Wigan Burns Club.
Jan. 28. -  Military Funeral at Ashton.
Jan. 29. -  Suicide of a Wigan Relieving Officer. - Conservative Ball in the Drill Hall.
Jan. 31. -  Appointment of Superintendent of Wigan Fire Brigade. - Opening of the New Offices of the Lancashire and Cheshire Miners' Permanent Relief Society.
Feb. 5. -  Liberal Ball in the Drill Hall.
Feb. 6. -  Wigan Ratepayers Consent to the Wigan Corporation Bill.
Feb. 8. -  Annual Festival of the Wigan Co-operative Society. - Volunteer Dinner at Wigan. - Old Folk's Treat at Pemberton.
Feb. 9. -  Memorial Service at St. Mary's Church, Ince.
Feb. 10. -  Performace of "Acis and Galatea" by the Wigan and District Philharmonic Society.
Feb. 11. -  Prize Distribution at the Girls' High School. - Dr. Benson (L) elected unopposed as Councillor for St. Thomas Ward to fill vacancy caused by the resignation of Mr. George Sutherland.
Feb. 17. -  Free Church Council Lecture in Wigan.
Feb. 19. -  Death of Mr. John Pope, aged 73 years.
Feb. 20. -  Standish Appeals against Wigan Union Assessment.
Feb. 21. -  The retiring Burgess Auditors, Messrs. J. Rigby and D. Kelly, re-elected unopposed.
Feb. 22. -  Trial of "Dr." O'Donnell at the Liverpool Assizes.
Feb. 25. -  Death of Mr. Ebenezer Hewlett, aged 68 years.
Feb. 26. -  Sunday School Union Exhibition in the Public Hall. - Opening of an Isolation Block at the Infirmary.
Mar. 1. -  Dead child found in a brook near Martland Mill Bridge.
Mar. 5. -  The Wigan Council make a grant of 1,000 for the Corporation Celebrations. - The Tramway Investigation Committee's report received and adopted. - Lancashire Congregational Union Meetings in Wigan.
Mar. 6. -  Opening of Inquest in connection with the Pemberton Mining Disaster.
Mar. 7. -  Twelve candidates nominated for eleven seats on Wigan School Board. - Annual Meeting of the Wigan Amateur Operatic Society.
Mar. 9. -  Death of Mr. J. C. L. Caunce, Solicitor, aged 35 years.
Mar. 12. -  Degree conferred on Mr. H. Brierley at Owens College, Manchester. - Educational Conference in Wigan. - Performance of the "Messiah" by the Pemberton and District Choral Society.
Mar. 13. -  First meeting of the Housing Reform Council for Wigan District.
Mar. 14. -  Mr. F. E. Burgess appointed Relieving Officer for Scholes District.
Mar. 15. -  Unveiling Commemorative Tablet at Hindley.
Mar. 17. -  Fire at Rose Bridge Mill, Ince. - Five men burned in an Explosion at the Maypole Colliery, Abram.
Mar. 18. -  Temperance Demonstration at Hope Hall.
Mar. 19. -  Opening of new Primitive Methodist Chapel at Lamberhead Green. - "Burns" Concert at the Public Hall. - Performance of "Joan of Arc" by the Hindley Choral Society.
Mar. 21. -  Reception to Pemberton Volunteers back from the War.
Mar. 22. -  Death of Mr. J. L. Hedley, Inspector of Mines, 51 years of age.
Mar. 26. -  Meeting of Ashton Ratepayers to consider question of New Schools.
Mar. 28. -  Opening New Wesleyan Chapel, Platt Bridge.
Mar. 30. -  Closing Services in St. Paul's Church prior to the demolition of the building.
Mar. 31. -  Death of Mr. S. T. Bowler, aged 76 years.
April 2. -  Pit Shaft Explosion at Edge Green. - Sensational Developments of the Wigan Tramway Inquiry at the Meeting of the Wigan Council. - Colliery Appeals at the Wigan Quarter Sessions.
April 5. -  Twenty-ninth Annual Meeting of the Lancashire and Cheshire Miners' Permanent Relief Society. - Annual Meeting of the Wigan and District Miners' Permanent Relief Society. - Conference of Orangemen in Wigan.
April 8. -  Presentation to Dr. Bairstow.
April 9. -  Opening of the Rooms of the Young Men's Christian Association, Quadrant Buildings. - Lancashire Hussars' Dinner at Ashton.
April 10. -  Death of Mr. C. Graham, J.P., in his 80th year.
April 13. -  Death of Mrs. J. H. Peck, late of Wigan, aged 70 years.
April 16. -  Point-to-Point Steeplechases at Wrightington. - Dr. Rees elected a Councillor for Swinley Ward. - Sunday School Union Prize Distribution.
April 17. -  "Dr." O'Donnell's Examination at the Wigan Bankruptcy Court.
April 18. -  Irish Concert in Wigan.
April 19. -  Induction of the Rev. F. Sardeson to the Vicarage of St. James's.
April 21. -  Performances by the Local Amateurs.
April 24. -  Chancellor Espin's Visitation to Wigan Parish Church.
April 26. -  Col. Blundell Opened the Ince Subscription Bowling Green.
April 28. -  Conclusion of Inquest concerning the Edge Green Sinking Explosion.
April 30. -  Commencement of the Chancery Action: H. Faulder and Company v. O. and G. Rushton, Limited. - Local Government Inquiry at Abram.
May 1. -  Demonstration of Wigan Free Churchmen against the Education Bill.
May 2. -  Sale of the Beech Hill Estate.
May 3. -  Vestry Meeting connected with the Wigan Burial Board. - May Day Procession in Wigan. - Laying the Foundation Stone of Victoria Hall, Wallgate. - May Queen Festival at Golborne.
May 5. -  Presentation to Mr. R. Clayton, County Councillor for Pemberton.
May 7. -  Wigan Council and the Education Bill.
May 8. -  Mr. Richard Johnson, J.P., re-elected President of the National Union of Mineral Water Manufacturers' Associations Limited.
May 13. -  Conclusion of the Chancery Action against Messrs. O. and G. Rushton.
May 15. -  Annual Meeting of the Local Branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
May 16. -  Completion of four routes of Electric Tramways in Wigan.
May 17. -  Wigan Volunteers leave for Camp on Salisbury Plain.
May 18. -  Mr. D. Smith, of Pemberton, drowned near Penrith.
May 19. -  Catholic Procession in Wigan. - Infirmary Gala.
May 24. -  Death of Mr. W. H. Harbottle, Orrell Mount, aged 63 years.
May 28. -  National Science Society at Haigh Hall. - Laying Foundation Stone of the Shaw Memorial Schools, Park Lane.
May 29. -  Levying of the Wigan Rates.
May 31. -  Return of the Wigan Volunteers from Camp. - Death of Mrs. E. B. Fielden, youngest daughter of the late Mr. Thos. Knowles, M.P.
June 1. -  The Conclusion of Peace in South Africa announced in Wigan and District.
June 3. -  Councillor Richard Johnson, J.P., of Ince Hall, in response to a requisition, consented to take the office of Mayor of Wigan for the ensuing year. - Hindley Right-of-Way Case at the Liverpool Chancery Court. - Induction of the Rev. H. Williams, B.A., formerly of Winwick, as Rector of Downall Green. - Marriage of Mr. C. H. Stobart.
June 4. -  Wigan County Borough Council appoint a Committee to discuss the Greater Wigan Question. - Annual Meeting of Infirmary Subscribers.
June 6. -  Novel Licensing Case at the Wigan County Police Court.
June 8. -  Death of Mr. Charles Wall, editor of the "Wigan Observer," aged 51 years. - Thanksgiving Service at the Parish Church for the Conclusion of Peace in South Africa.
June 11. -  Funeral of Mr. Charles Wall. - Foundation Stones of St. Paul's new Congregational Church laid. - Marriage of Dr. Bairstow. - Laying Memorial Stones of a new Wesleyan Chapel at Coppull.
June 18. -  General Holiday. - Amateur Operatic Pic-nic to Keswick.
June 21. -  Wigan County Police Sports. - Death of Mr. John Dean (57), farmer, Upholland, resulting from a gun accident.
June 26. -  Coronation Observances in Wigan.
June 27. -  Death of Dr. J. L. Price, late of Standish, aged 84 years. - Presentation to Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Percy at Ince.
June 30. -  Death of Mr. Oswald Peck in his 38th year.
July 1. -  Death of Mr. P. F. Rawson, formerly of Wigan, in his 77th year. - Suicide of an actress in Wigan.
July 2. -  Salary of the Wigan Town Clerk increased to 1,000.
July 4. -  Extension of Hindley and Abram Grammar School.
July 6. -  Unveiling Memorial Window in Shevington Church.
July 7. -  Visit of Right Hon. R. J. Seddon, Premier of New Zealand, to Wigan.
July 9. -  Conference in Wigan to consider a scheme for the Combination of various Authorities for Small Pox Hospital purposes.
July 16. -  Visit of the Library Association to Wigan. - Ince Licensing Appeal at Liverpool Quarter Sessions.
July 18. -  Prosecution arising out of the Edge Green Sinking Pit Explosion.
July 19. -  Colliery Managers' Visit to Bamfurlong Colliery.
July 22. -  Prize Distribution at the Wigan Grammar School.
July 23. -  Upholland Agricultural Show.
July 24. -  Prize Day at the Wigan Institute. - Annual Meeting of the Charity Organsiation Society. - A Wycliffe Preacher at the Orange Hall. - Inquiry at Hindley concerning the proposal of the Council to erect New Public Offices.
July 26. -  Libel Action against the "Wigan Observer." - Vestry Meeting of Ratepayers: Decision to enlarge the Wigan Cemetery. - Foundation stone laying of New Independent Methodist Chapel at Ince.
July 27. -  Death of Mr. Richard Heaton, aged 37 years.
July 30. -  Death of Lord Gerrard. - Action at Liverpool Assizes against the Wigan and District Tramways Company.
Aug. 1. -  Presentation to Chief-Constable Earnshaw, formerly Superintendent of Wigan Police Force.
Aug. 3. -  Presentation to the Rev. Father Woulfe on leaving St. Patrick's, Wigan.
Aug. 4. -  Funeral of the late Lord Gerrard at Ashton. - Church Lads' Brigade Camp at South Shore. - Flower Show at Winstanley Park.
Aug. 6. -  Animated Debate at the Wigan Council Meeting on the Appointment of Electrical Engineer.
Aug. 9. -  Parbold Agricultural Show.
Aug. 10. -  Coronation Thanksgiving Service at the Parish Church.
Aug. 16. -  Flower Shows at Parbold and Standish. - Death of the Rev. Father Macfarlane.
Aug. 28. -  Resignation of Mr. L. R. Rowbottom, Borough Coroner. Appointment of Mr. Harry Milligan to the office. - Formation of the Wigan and District Traders' Defence League.
Aug. 30. -  Lifeboat Saturday in Wigan.
Sept. 1. -  Presentation to the Hon. Secretary of the Wigan Cricket Club.
Sept. 3. -  Vigorous Discussion at the Council Meeting on the question of an Assistant Gas Engineer. - Re-construction and renovation scheme at Wesleyan Church, Wigan.
Sept. 6. -  Opening of Victoria Hall, Wallgate.
Sept. 10. -  Councillor Fyans read a paper at the Sanitary Congress on "The Housing Problem." - Recognition of the new Pastor at Scarisbrick Street Baptist Church. - Local Government Inquiry in Wigan as to provision of electric motors.
Sept. 11. -  Meeting of Private Traders in the Public Hall.
Sept. 13. -  Presentation to Mr. James Dickson, at Hindley.
Sept. 20. -  Visit of Antiquarians to Haigh Hall.
Sept. 14. -  New Catholic School Chapel at Coppull.
Sept. 22. -  Conference as to making Wigan a Mining Instruction Centre.
Sept. 24. -  Swimming Gala at the Baths.
Sept. 25. -  Annual Meeting of Wigan and District Band of Hope Union.
Sept. 29. -  Wigan Polo Team win the English Water Polo Championship.
Sept. 30. -  General Meeting of Pearson and Knowles Coal and Iron Co.
Oct. 1. -  Presentation to the Deputy Town Clerk of Wigan. - St. Paul's Bazaar in the Drill Hall.
Oct. 2. -  Laying Memorial Stone of Welsh Presbyterian Church, Greenough Street.
Oct. 3. -  Death of Rev. John Crofts, Vicar of Dalton.
Oct. 6. -  Death of Alderman John Gee, J.P., in his 62nd year. - Unveiling Volunteer Memorial Tablet in the Drill Hall. - Sunday School Union Annual Sermon. - Opening of a New Model Lodging-house in Wigan.
Oct. 7. -  Death of Mr. John McLoughlin, aged 52 years.
Oct. 8. -  Co-operative Society Demonstration in the Drill Hall. - Prize Distribution Hindley Technical Classes. - Salvation Army Convention at Hope Hall.
Oct. 11. -  Co-operative Conference at Hindley.
Oct. 14. -  Death of Mr. Peter Moorfield, Platt Bridge, aged 57 years.
Oct. 15. -  Grand Bazaar and Exhibition at the Technical College.
Oct. 16. -  Formation of a Private Traders' Defence League at Ashton.
Oct. 20. -  Opening of Ohmy's Circus in Wigan.
Oct. 22. -  Farewell Missionary Meeting at Rodney Street Chapel. - Dr. McClure at the Pupil Teachers' Centre. - Cycle Parade at Ashton.
Oct. 24. -  Sir F. S. Powell made a Freeman of Bradford. - Nominations for Municipal Elections: No contests.
Oct. 25. -  Presentation to the Ex-Mayor of Wigan (Councillor Fyans).
Oct. 27. -  Presentation of Prizes at Ince Technical Classes.
Oct. 29. -  Mayor and Mayoress "At Home." - Performance of "Elijah" by the Wigan and District Philharmonic Society. - Wesleyan Bazaar at Standish. - Half-yearly Meeting of the Wigan Cricket Club.
Oct. 30. -  Councillor J. T. Gee elected Alderman in the room of his father, the late John Gee.
Nov. 3. -  Presentation to the Ex-Mayoress, Mrs. Fyans.
Nov. 5. -  County Council Inquiry in Wigan into applications by three local authorities for additional representation.
Nov. 6. -  Choral Festival at the Parish Church. - Prize Distribution at the Girls' High School.
Nov. 10. -  Councillor Richard Johnson, J.P., elected Mayor of Wigan. Great Banquet in the new Technical College. - Fisk University Jubilee Singers at the Public Hall.
Nov. 11. -  Meeting of Mineral Water Manufacturers in Wigan.
Nov. 17. -  Death of Sir John Stokes, Chairman of the Roburite Company.
Nov. 18. -  Clara Butt Concert in the Drill Hall.
Nov. 22. -  Annual Show of the Wigan and District Cage Bird Society.
Nov. 24. -  Christian Endeavour Rally in the Public Hall. - Inquiry as to transferring Aspull to the Wigan County Police Division.
Nov. 25. -  Protestant Demonstration in the Public Hall.
Nov. 26. -  Free Church Council Demonstration in Wigan against the Education Bill. - Annual Meeting of the Reform Club.
Nov. 27. -  Address by Miss Ryley at the Reform Club.
Dec. 3. -  Railway Servants' Concert in the Drill Hall. - Technical Prize Distribution at Ashton. - Temperance Demonstration at the Wesleyan Chapel. - Dedication of a Church Organ at Haigh.
Dec. 4. -  A Scholes woman poisoned her child and then committed suicide.
Dec. 6. -  Chief of the Order of Shepherds at Aspull.
Dec. 9. -  Notorious Hindley Green Betting Prosecutions at the Liverpool Sessions. - Explosion at Orrell Colliery. - Annual Meeting of the Wigan Centre of the Northern Anglers' Association. - Annual Dinner of the Wigan and District Master Builders' Association.
Dec. 10. -  Bazaar ar the Victoria Hall, Wallgate.
Dec. 11. -  Church Pastorial Aid Society Meeting at the Public Hall.
Dec. 13. -  Meeting of Musicians in the Old Council Chamber. - Planting of a Coronation Tree at Wrightington.
Dec. 15. -  Performances by the Wigan and District Amateur Operatic Society.
Dec. 16. -  Mr. Thomas Robey appointed Clerk to the Hindley District Council.
Dec. 17. -  Resolution of the Wigan General Purposes Committee to confer Freedom of the Borough on Alderman R. A. ffarington, J.P. - Opening of Shaw Memorial Schools, Park Lane. - Performance of "The Messiah" by the Pemberton and District Choral Society. - Annual Meeting of the Wigan Swimming Club.
Dec. 21. -  Meetings on behalf of the Penrhyn Quarrymen at the Theatre Royal.
Dec. 22. -  Unveiling of a Memorial Tablet at Standish.
Dec. 23. -  Annual Meeting of the Hospital Sunday and Saturday Movement.
Dec. 26. -  Performance of the "Messiah" by the Wigan and District Philharmonic Society.


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