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Local Chronology, 1923.
1922.
Dec. 21. -  Amateur Operatic Society's concluding performance: Presentation to Mr. Tom Ellis.
Dec. 23. -  Pit Tragedy at Orrell.
Dec. 27. -  Perforrnance of the "Messiah" by Wigan Philharmonic Society.
1923.
Jan. 6. -  "Wigan Observer" celebrates 70th year of publication. - Reception in honour of Mr. and Mrs. J. Boggis by members of Wesley Hall Bible Class.
Jan. 7. -  Unemployment Demonstration in Wigan.
Jan. 14. -  Death of Mr. Richard Jolley, Gathurst Hill, aged 71 years. - Wigan Parish Church War Memorial Unveiled.
Jan. 15. -  Wigan Subscription Concert: "Samson and Delilah." - Death of Sir Charles Scarisbrick, D.L., in his 84th year. - Opening of the Prince's Cinema. - Death of Mr. Thomas Latham, colliery agent, aged 40 years.
Jan. 17. -  5lst Annual Conservative Ball. - Conclusion of inquiry into Pit Tragedy at Porter's Wood, Orrell. - Death of Dean O'Donoghue, D.D., aged 58 years.
Jan. 18. -  Ministry of Health Inquiry at the Town Hall as to Wigan borrowing 60,000 for sanitation.
Jan. 24. -  St. John's Ball. - Death of Mr. J. Boggis in his 73rd year. - Wigan Council: Proposed reconstruction of Scholes Tram Route.
Jan. 26. -  Death of Dr. B. W. MacArthur, Medical Officer of Golborne.
Jan. 31. -  Public presentation to Mr. J. Anders. - Wigan and District Licensed Victuallers' Ball.
Feb. 1. -  Wigan County Annual Brewster Sessions.
Feb. 2. -  Annual Meeting of Wigan and District Free Church Council.
Feb. 3. -  Sir Arthur K. Yapp at Orrell Y.M.C.A.
Feb. 5. -  Performances of "Faust" at Royal Court Theatre by Wigan Parish Church Amateur Grand Opera Society. - Death of Mr. Henry James Bouchier, J.P., C.C., aged 70 years.
Feb. 6. -  Address by Judge A. P. Thomas to Wigan Branch of the League of Nations.
Feb. 7. -  Wigan Council Meeting: Gift of Pictures to the town. - Wigan Borough Brewster Sessions. - Rugby International match: England v. Wales at Central Park.
Feb. 12. -  Empire Ball in Empress Hall.
Feb. 13. -  Death of Mr. James Atherton, Chief Assistant in Wigan Town Clerk's Department, aged 47 years.
Feb. 14. -  Wigan Council: Direct Rating to be continued.
Feb. 19. -  Golborne Miner's Nystagmus Case before Court of Appeal.
Feb. 21. -  Death of Mr. George Rigby, engineer, in his 45th year.
Feb. 23. -  Prize distribution at Mining and Technical College by Lord Crawford.
Feb. 28. -  Annual Meeting of Wigan Cricket Club.
Mar. 1. -  Annual Meeting of Wigan and District Amateur Operatic Society.
Mar. 3. -  Retirement of Mr. Joseph Parkinson, miners' agent.
Mar. 6. -  Rugby Football Supporters' Club formed.
Mar. 7. -  Wigan Council: Corporation Scheme for Sewage Disposal.
Mar. 10. -  Announcement of Appointment of Mr. Guy Rowson, miners' agent for Wigan district.
Mar. 12. -  18th Anniversary of Wigan Wesleyan Mission.
Mar. 20. -  Chamber of Trade give complimentary Dinner to the Mayor (Councillor J. M. Ainscough), their new President.
Mar. 21. -  Wigan Council: Budget Day.
Mar. 24. -  Death of Mr. H. S. Woodcock, J.P., aged 76 years. - Death of Mr. John Taylor, J.P., aged 80 years.
Mar. 30. -  Death of Mr. Robert Stone, J.P., aged 78 years.
April 1. -  Death of Mrs. Dorothy Hennessy, one of the early lady Guardians.
April 4. -  Wigan Council: Gift of Standish papers.
April 6. -  Borough Quarter Sessions: The Closing of Rylands Lobby.
April 13. -  Death of Dr. A. C. Latham, member of an old Wigan family, aged 56 years. - Death of Mr. Herbert Haworth, formerly of Harrock Hill, Parbold, in his 66th year.
April 17. -  Death of Mr. J. H. Rigby, insurance broker, aged 37 years.
April 18. -  Exhibition in Wigan of the Safety in Mines Research Board's cinematograph film, entitled "Coal Dust Explosions."
April 23. -  Death of Mr. Ellis Woods, aged 66 years. - Exhibition of Shakespeare Literature at Wigan Library.
April 26. -  Death of Mr. Ralph Thicknesse, aged 68 years.
April 28. -  Fiftieth (Jubilee) Annual General Meeting of Lancashire and Cheshire Miners' Permanent Relief Society.
May 2. -  Earl of Bradford opened Wigan Parish Church Bazaar.
May 3. -  Dr. Brierley's Silver Jubilee as Registrar of Wigan County Court.
May 5. -  May Day Labour Demonstration in Wigan.
May 8. -  Mr. T. L. Lace, J.P., elected president of the Ironmongers' Federated Association.
May 12. -  Death of Mr. J. H. Royle, aged 73 years.
May 15. -  Annual Meeting of Wigan Parish Church Amateur Grand Opera Society.
May 16. -  Bishop of Pretoria at Wigan Parish Church.
May 17. -  Meeting in Wigan of Lancashire and Cheshire Tramway Managers' Association.
May 20. -  Death of William Robert Grime, aged 59 years. - Territorials leave town for camp at Ramsey.
May 24. -  Empire Day Celebration.
May 26. -  Standish Parish Church struck by lightning.
May 27. -  Jubilee Celebrations commence at St. Stephen's, Whelley.
May 28. -  Death of Mr. Thomas Critchley, ex-licensee, aged 69 years.
May 29. -  Death of Mrs. Stuart, wife of the late Robert Stuart, solicitor.
June 3. -  Territorials Memorial Service at the Drill Hail.
June 4. -  Jubilee of Wigan Infirmary: Commemoration Tablet Unveiled.
June 11. -  Lord Crawford elected Chancellor of Manchester University. - H.M. Royal Marines Band performances in Mesnes Park. - Death of Rev. T. J. Bensted, formerly of Standish, aged 80 years.
June 13. -  Wigan Tradesmen's Annual General Holiday.
June 16. -  Death of Mr. W. Winnard, of Golborne.
June 17. -  Death of Mr. Walter Seddon, Gathurst, Wireless Hero.
June 23. -  Death of Mrs. Isabella Clark, widow of Christopher Fisher Clark, aged 89. - Death of Father John Benson, S.J., aged 70. - Visit of Lancashire Authors' Association to Wigan. - Foundation Stones Laying, British Legion Club, Newtown.
June 24. -  Mayoral Visit to Trinity Presbyterian Church.
June 26. -  Wigan infirmary Annual Meeting.
June 27. -  Opening of Ladies' Pavilion at Bull Hey. - Annual Meeting of Shareholders of Wigan Football Club Ltd.
June 30. -  Announcement of appointment of Mr. C. J. Collins as Postmaster of Wigan, in succession to Mr. J. P. Garrow, retired owing to ill-health.
July 2. -  Resignation of Bishop of Liverpool announced.
July 4. -  Annual General Meeting of Highfield Rugby Football Club.
July 9. -  Heat wave in Wigan.
July 17. -  The Woodcock Sale at "The Elms."
July 20. -  Pilgrims from Wigan district to Lourdes.
July 23. -  Lancashire Meat Traders' Meeting in Wigan. - Wigan Boro' A.F.C. Shareholders' Annual Meeting.
July 25. -  Hindley and District Agricultural Society's third Annual Show.
Aug. 1. -  Wigan Council: Reduced Charges for Gas Consumers.
Aug. 3. -  Death of Mr. Robert Brown, late Postmaster of Wigan.
Aug. 6. -  Gathurst and Shevington Show. - Wigan County Police Sports.
Aug. 15. -  Presentation to the Rev. A. White at St. James's, Poolstock.
Aug. 18. -  Billinge Agricultural Show.
Aug. 20. -  Death of Mrs. Emily Hains, widow of the late Rev. Philip F. J. B. Hains.
Aug. 30. -  Death of Mrs. Jane Ashton, widow of the late Mr. Thomas Ashton, J.P.
Aug. 31. -  Death of Mr. Henry Coutory Souter, former locomotive Superintendent, L. and Y. Railway, Wigan district.
Sept. 5. -  Wigan Corporation purchased "The Elms" and "Bank House" and three large plots of land adjoining part of the estate of the late Mr. H. S. Woodcock, J.P. - Death of Mr. Edwin Robert Walker, J.P., in his 75th year. - Wigan Town Council hear application by the Colliery Explosives Co., Ltd., Earlestown.
Sept. 8. -  Consecration of new Burial Ground at Higlifield.
Sept. 10. -  Pemberton Pit Shaft Tragedy Inquest.
Sept. 15. -  Notice of death of Mr. Long Dawson, late of Wigan, aged 78 years.
Sept. 16. -  Mayoral visit to St. Catherine's Church. - Mr. George Lansbury, M.P., addressed Labour Party Demonstration in the Pavilion, Wigan. - End of Summer Time.
Sept. 17. -  British Association Geologists at Parbold.
Sept. 19. -  Meeting in connection with the newly established Wigan Church Schools' Association.
Sept. 26. -  Death of Mr. James Grundy, former Inspector of Mines, aged 71 years.
Sept. 28. -  Opening of new offices of Lancashire and Cheshire Miners' Permanent Relief Society.
Oct. 3. -  Wigan Council Meeting: New Housing Scheme explained.
Oct. 4. -  Death of Mr. James Howard, builder, aged 67 years.
Oct. 7. -  Mayoral visit to United Methodist Church, King Street.
Oct. 8. -  National Health and Baby Week: Lectures and Exhibitions in Wigan. - Death of Rev. A. Evans, formerly headmaster of Wigan Grammar School.
Oct. 9. -  Meeting of Municipal Treasurers in the Town Hall.
Oct. 10. -  Mr. Arthur Henderson, M.P., Chief Whip of the Labour Party, at Hindley.
Oct. 12. -  Outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in Wigan.
Oct. 14. -  Death of Mr. Richard Wood, mining engineer, aged 52 years.
Oct. 15. -  Decisions of Public Meeting as to War Memorial for Wigan.
Oct. 17. -  Foundation Stone Laying of new north wing, St. Joseph's College, Upholland. - Wigan and District Poultry Society's Annual Open Show.
Oct. 22. -  Death, at Blackpool, of Mrs. Sylvia H. Wilson, formerly of Ashton.
Oct. 24. -  Lancashire, Cheshire, and North Wales Ironmongers' Federation Meeting in Wigan.
Oct. 27. -  Opening of Free Church Council Christian Crusade. - Report of formal investiture of the Bishop elect of Liverpool.
Oct. 29. -  Opening of first section, Wigan to Aspull, broad gauge tram route. - Death of Dr. P. W. Latham, native of Wigan, aged 91 years.
Nov. 1. -  Municipal Elections: Conservatives gain three seats.
Nov. 4. -  Rev. Prebendary Thicknesse at Wigan Parish Church.
Nov. 6. -  Murder charge against Wigan woman at Liverpool Assizes: Prisoner insane and unfit to plead and detained during His Majesty's pleasure.
Nov. 7. -  Philharmonic Society's Concert.
Nov. 8. -  Death of Mr. John Turner Wood, in his 76th year.
Nov. 9. -  Councillor James Cavey, J.P., elected Mayor of Wigan.
Nov. 10. -  Earl of Crawford and Balcarres installed as Chancellor of the University of Manchester. - Earl of Derby opened Memorial Hall and Club at Newtown.
Nov. 11. -  Death of Mr. Thomas Christopher, headmaster, aged 41 years. - New Mayor's visit to St. Mary's Church. - Catholic Demonstration in Wigan: Mr. G. K. Chesterton one of the speakers. - Armistice Day Observances. - Archbishop of York in Wigan.
Nov. 29. -  Corporation's New Housing Scheme explained at a meeting of the Wigan Town Council.
Dec. 6. -  Wigan Parliamentary Election Result: J. A. Parkinson (Lab.), 19637; Lord Balniel (C.), 14,451. Ince: S. Walsh (Lab.), 17,365; Miss Rachel Parsons (C.), 6,262. - W. Gorman elected Liberal M.P. for Royton Division in three cornered contest, polling 14,836; Sir W. Sugden (C.), 12,320, and Rev. J. B. Turner (Lab.), 2,740. - Robert Alstead elected Liberal M.P. for Altrincliam, polling 19,046 against Sir G. Hamilton (C.), 16,081.
Dec. 7. -  Annual Meeting of the Wigan and District Free Church Council.
Dec. 10. -  Death, at Blackpool, of Mr. Robert Taylor, former Wigan Station Master, aged 75 years.
Dec. 12. -  Philharmonic Society's performance of the "Messiah."
Dec. 17. -  Wigan and District Amateur Operatic Society's performances: "Yeomen of the Guard" and "The Quaker Girl."


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