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Local Chronology, 1912.


Jan. 3.
Golborne Old Folk's Treat.
Jan. 4.
Annual Treat to Old Folks by the Wigan Amateur Operatic Society.
Jan. 6.
Fire in one of the mines of the Strangeways Collieries, Platt Bridge.
Jan. 10.
Old Folk's Treat at Hindley. - Wigan Conservative Ball.
Jan. 11.
Marriage of Mr. Charles Gerard Walmesley and Miss Mary Druitt at the Brompton Oratory, London. - The Mayor and Mayoress (Alderman and Mrs. Ashton), give a juvenile dance in the Pavilion, Library Street.
Jan. 13.
Death of the Rev. Webster Hall, Rector of Lowton, aged 56 years.
Jan. 15.
Complimentary dinner to Alderman R. Richards, J.P., on passing his 80th birthday.
Jan. 17.
Licensed Victuallers' Ball in the Pavilion. - Higher Ince Old Folk's Treat. - Opening of St. Andrew's Church House.
Jan. 20.
Annual Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Ince Parliamentary Labour Registration Association. - Annual Festival Concert of the Wigan Co-operative Society. - Annual Conference of the Lancashire and Cheshire Miners' Federation in Wigan.
Jan. 22.
First of a series of Conservative Meetings against Home Rule. - First visit of Mr. F. R. Benson, the eminent actor, to Wigan.
Jan. 23.
Death of Capt. Jno. France, aged 75 years.
Jan. 24.
Annual Meeting of the Wigan Temperance and Rescue Mission. - Church Association Meeting in Wigan. - Death of Mr. James Park, Chairman of the firm of W. H. S. Taylor and Co., Market Street, in his 56th year.
Jan. 29.
Claim to the Orrell Estate: Action in the Palatine Chancery Court, Manchester. - Performance of Berlioz' "Faust" by the Wigan and District Philharmonic Society.
Jan. 31.
Local Government Board Inquiry in Wigan concerning an application by the Wigan Corporation to borrow £500 to lay out a recreation ground at Lamberhead Green.
Feb. 6.
Annual Meeting of the Wigan Harmonic Male Voice Choir.
Feb. 7.
Wigan Borough Licensing Sessions. - Rev. B. T. Bowker instituted Vicar of St. Catharine's, Wigan.
Feb. 8.
Wigan County Licensing Sessions. - Death of Mr. Thomas Fyans, J.P., aged 64 years.
Feb. 12.
Death of Mr. John Sumner, Chief Sanitary Inspector for Wigan, aged 50 years. - Death of Mr. Thomas Fairhurst, of Kilhey Court, Worthington, aged 72 years.
Feb. 14.
Opening of extensions at the Wigan Electricity Works. - Wigan Labour Ball in the Co-operative Hall.
Feb. 17.
Opening of a new Conservative Club at Standish. - Rescue Work in Mines: Presentation of medals at Wigan Mining College.
Feb. 20.
Annual Meeting of the Wigan Amateur Operatic Society. - Annual dinner in connection with the Wigan Butchers' Guardian Association.
Feb. 23.
Address in Wigan by Mr. Oscar Petersson, a member of the German Reichstag.
Feb. 24.
Death of Mr. Richard Knowles, of Ince, aged 73 years.
Feb. 26.
Commencement of the National Coal Strike. - Meeting in Wigan in support of the defence of the Welsh Church.
Feb. 27.
Inquest at Abram on two firemen who met with their death while inspecting the Yard Mine, No. 4 Pit, of Abram Coal Company, where there was a gob fire.
Feb. 28.
Presentation to Mr. Hy. Brierley, B.A., by old friends and fellow students of Manchester University.
Feb. 29.
Adjourned Borough Licensing Sessions.
Mar. 1.
Burgess Auditors' Election.
Mar. 2.
Mr. John Stone, of Garswood, appointed High Sheriff of Lancashire. - Presentation to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gill, of Giants' Hall, on the occasion of their golden wedding.
Mar. 4.
Adjourned County Licensing Sessions.
Mar. 6.
Wigan Council Meeting: Increase in police pay.
Mar. 11.
Death of Mr. Alfred Clements, well-known cricket official, in his 62nd year.
Mar. 12.
Rev. A. B. Thornhill, M.A., instituted to the benefice of St. Nathaniel's Church, Platt Bridge.
Mar. 14.
Death of Mr. W. B. Johnson, Junior, Solicitor, aged 25 years.
Mar. 18.
Death of Mr. Edward Moss, an old Wigan resident, aged 81 years.
Mar. 20.
Local Government Board Inquiry at Ashton, into the Council's application for sanction to borrow £627 for provision of Fire Station, Store Yard, &c.
Mar. 21.
Sudden death on a Wigan tramcar of Mr. William Gregory, a member of Aspull District Council, aged 50 years.
Mar. 27.
Half-yearly Meeting of the Wigan Cricket Club. - Thirty-ninth Annual Meeting of the Wigan Charity Organisation Society. - Opening of a new pavilion at the Wigan Subscription Bowling Green.
Mar. 29.
Retirement of Mr. Alfred Hewlett after forty-seven years with the Wigan Coal and Iron Company.
Mar. 30.
Annual Meeting of the Lancashire and Cheshire Miners' Permanent Relief Society.
April 2.
Annual Meeting of the Wigan and District Sunday School Union. - Annual Meeting of the Wigan Poor Children's Treat Association.
April 3.
Wigan Borough Quarter Sessions: one criminal case.
April 6.
National Miners' Strike ended.
April 9.
Fire at Abbey Lakes Hotel.
April 10.
Troops brought into Wigan in consequence of the serious aspect of affairs caused by bands of roving strikers demanding withdrawal of miners who had resumed work in the pits.
April 13.
Annual Meeting of the Wigan and District Miners' Relief Society.
April 17.
The troops who had been stationed in Wigan a few days leave the town.
April 18.
Mr. Charles H. France appointed Chief Sanitary Inspector of Wigan. - Performances by the Ince Amateur Dramatic Society.
April 27.
Death of Mr. Joseph Dickinson, the veteran Mine Inspector, aged 93 years.
April 29.
Archdeacon Spooner held a visitation at the Wigan Parish Church. - Dedication of a new chapel at the Wigan Infirmary.
May 4.
Sir F. S. Powell's will published. - Death of Mr. Joseph Timmins, Wigan Corporation Gas Engineer, aged 69 years. - Death of Mr. Richard Hough, head of the firm of Messrs. Hough and Sons, boiler makers, aged 72 years.
May 9.
Death of Mr. William Litherland, retired tea dealer, in his 72nd year. - Annual Meeting of the Wigan Liberal Association.
May 11.
Visit of the Lancashire Authors' Association to Wigan. - Death of Mr. William Bimson, of Wrightington, aged 74 years.
May 12.
May Session of the Bolton Wesleyan Synod at Queen's Hall, Wigan.
May 18.
Special General Meeting of the Lancashire and Cheshire Miners' Permanent Relief Society.
May 22.
Annual Meeting of the Wigan Rugby Football Club.
May 26.
Dedication of Memorials in Wigan Parish Church.
May 30.
Debate on Home Rule between Wigan Junior Liberals and Junior Conservatives.
June 2.
Death of Mr. Louis Athron, Clerk to Aspull Council, aged 63 years.
June 3.
Presentation at the Wigan Police Court of a medal to Joseph Haydn Balmforth, of Wigan, from the King of Italy, in recognition of services rendered during the earthquake of 1908 at Messina.
June 5.
Nurses' Bazaar at the Wigan Infirmary.
June 6.
Death of Mr. Zeph. W. Brown, cotton spinner, aged 68 years
June 8.
Opening of a new Council School at Golborne.
June 12.
Wigan Party injured in a char-a-banc accident in the Lake District.
June 15.
Wigan County Police Sports.
June 24.
Annual Meeting of Subscribers to Wigan Infirmary.
June 27.
Presentation to Father Fox at St. Patrick's School. - First Meeting of the Local Provisional Insurance Committee.
June 29.
Rev. F. C. Wallis inducted Vicar of St. Elizabeth's, Aspull.
July 1.
The Edward Medal of the first class bestowed by the King at Buckingham Palace on John Mitchell for gallantry at a flooded colliery at Bamfurlong.
July 3.
Presentation to Rev. R. Tebbs on completion of twenty-five years' ministry at St. Thomas's Church.
July 4.
Annual Meeting of the Wigan Permanent Benefit Building Society.
July 5.
Judgment in the Court of Appeal in the case of Gaskell v. Lancashire and Cheshire Miners' Federation.
July 6.
Laying foundation stone of a new Wesleyan Sunday School at Billinge. - Labour Demonstration at Ashton. - Hearing of the charge against two local colliers for murder at the Manchester Assizes: Charge reduced to manslaughter.
July 8.
Presentation to Mr. J. F. Morris on his election for the thirtieth consecutive year to the position of Chairman of Upholland Council.
July 10.
Shooting Affray in Wigan: Husband dead and wife wounded. - Local Government Inquiry at Ashton touching the extension of the sewage system.
July 13.
Funeral of Mr. W. H. Pickering, second son of the late Mr. James Pickering, aged 53 years: Killed whilst leading a rescue party at Cadeby Main Colliery. - Death of Mr. Hugh Mather, of Billinge, aged 68 years.
July 16.
Death at Westfield, Ontario, Canada, of Mr. Thomas Woodcock, aged 56 years.
July 20.
Announcement of the death of Dr. J. Warlow, formerly second master at the Wigan Grammar School.
July 22.
Prosecution at the Wigan County Police Court under the new Coal Mines Act, 1911.
July 24.
Upholland and District Agricultural Show.
July 26.
Board of Education Inquiry at Coppull.
July 27.
Conservative Demonstration at Haigh Park.
July 28.
Wigan Territorials leave town for camp at Skipton.
July 29.
Presentation to Mr. Alfred Hewlett by the chief officials and agents of the Wigan Coal and Iron Company.
July 30.
Mr. I. C. Pharaoh, of Wakefield, appointed Secretary to the Hindley Education Committee.
July 31.
Mr. J. S. Wigan, of the Wigan Corporation Education Department, appointed Clerk to the Aspull Education Committee.
Aug. 1.
Wigan Borough Quarter Sessions.
Aug. 3.
Death of Mr. Sam Grime, aged 43 years.
Aug. 7.
Wigan Corporation's bad debts: Important statement at the Council Meeting.
Aug. 8.
Death of Alderman Richards, J.P., aged 80 years.
Aug. 10.
Fifth annual Foal Show of the Haigh, Aspull, and Blackrod Ploughing Society.
Aug. 12.
Death at Derby of Dr. H. B. Shepherd, a native of Wigan.
Aug. 13.
Mr. Burgess, Traffic Manager of the Wigan Tramways, appointed General Manager of the West Hartlepool Corporation Tramways.
Aug. 23.
Floods in Wigan and district.
Aug. 25.
Rev. Wm. Bennett, newly-appointed minister, United Methodist Church, commenced his ministry in Wigan.
Aug. 29.
Mr. Harry Twist, J.P., Miners' Agent, selected as the prospective Labour candidate for the borough at the next Parliamentary election.
Sept. 1.
Service at the King's Theatre, Wallgate, in memory of the late General Booth.
Sept. 2.
Mr. Frank Buckley, of Salford, appointed Corporation Tramways Traffic Manager.
Sept. 4.
Exhibition of works done by students of the School of Art at the Technical College.
Sept. 6.
Presentation to Mr. J. Elsworth by the Wigan Cricket Club and the Amateur Operatic Society.
Sept. 9.
Annual Meeting of the Wigan and District Philharmonic Society.
Sept. 10.
Alderman Dickinson accepts an invitation to be Mayor of Wigan for the coming year.
Sept. 13.
Annual Meeting of the Wigan and District Band of Hope Union.
Sept. 14.
Laying the foundation stone of Holgate Congregational Sunday School, Orrell.
Sept. 18.
Consecration of churchyard at St. Thomas's Church Ashton.
Sept. 20.
Opening of the winter session of the Wigan Junior Liberal Association.
Sept. 22.
Inauguration of an evangelical mission organised by the Churches of Christ.
Sept. 24.
Wigan Water Polo team in the semi-final replay in the Northern Counties Water Polo Championship. - Rev. F. B. Meyer and Dr. Mitchell at Queen's Hall.
Sept. 25.
Annual Meeting of the Wigan and District Deaf and Dumb Society.
Sept. 26.
Dedication of a new organ at St. Mark's Church, Newtown. - Annual Meeting of the Wigan and District Merchants' and Traders' Association, Limited.
Sept. 30.
Lecture by Right Rev. Monsignor Benson, M.A., at St. John's Hall.
Oct. 2.
Important Meeting of the Wigan County Borough Council: Reports of Investigation Committees discussed. - Address to Sunday School workers by the Bishop of Liverpool at the Wigan Parish Church. - Visit to Wigan of Mr. C. T. Studd, famous cricketer and missioner.
Oct. 4.
Mr. Neville, M.P., descended a coal mine at Worsley Mesnes.
Oct. 5.
Wigan Water Polo team in the Lancashire Championship.
Oct. 8.
Death of Mr. John Preston, aged 84 years.
Oct. 9.
Presentation to the Rev. E. F. and Mrs. Forrest on the occasion of their silver wedding. - Inaugural Meeting of the Wigan and District Branch of the National Reserve. - Wigan Elementary Schools Swimming Association annual gala.
Oct. 10.
Wigan Shopping Week begins.
Oct. 12.
Laying foundation stones of Hindley Presbyterian Chapel School.
Oct. 15.
Death of Mr. Philip Matthews, a Wigan Poor Law Guardian, aged 56 years.
Oct. 17.
Disastrous fire at a furniture factory at Newtown.
Oct. 18.
Death of Mr. John Wood, J.P., aged 72 years.
Oct. 19.
Lancashire and Cheshire Miners' Federation: Conference in Wigan on the proposed increase in miners' wages.
Oct. 23.
Mr. Edgar C. Robinson's concert at Hope Schools.
Nov. 1.
Wigan Municipal Elections: Conservatives gain a seat.
Nov. 3.
Memorial window to Father Melling unveiled in St. Joseph's Church, Wrightington.
Nov. 4.
Death of Mr. James Johnson, late of Bradford House, Wigan, aged 73 years.
Nov. 5.
First Annual Dinner of the Wigan Motor Club.
Nov. 9.
Alderman Dickinson elected Mayor of Wigan.
Nov. 12.
Presentation of prizes in connection with the Wigan and District Cricket League.
Nov. 13.
Celebration of the fifty years' business life of Mr. John Peterkin at 31, Market Place. - Wigan Girls' High School Prize Distribution: Address by Sir Alfred Hopkinson, K.C., LL.D.
Nov. 15.
Wigan jury return verdict, "Death from food poisoning."
Nov. 16.
Meeting of Coalowners' representatives and representatives of the Lancashire, Cheshire, and North Wales Enginemen's and Boilermen's Federation in Wigan: New wages agreement arrived at. - Ambulance competition at the Drill Hall in connection with the Wigan Coal and Iron Company.
Nov. 18.
Chancery action against Orrell estate claimants.
Nov. 19.
Mr. Harry Twist publicly adopted Labour candidate for Wigan.
Nov. 20.
Lecture in Hope Schools under the auspices of the Wigan Liberal Association, by Mr. Griffith C. Rees, of the Eighty Club. - Wigan and District Grocers' Association dinner.
Nov. 22.
Wigan Philharmonic Society Concert.
Nov. 25.
Annual Meeting of the Wigan and District Free Church Council. - Annual Meeting under the auspices of the Wigan Branch of the Church Missionary Society.
Nov. 30.
Announcement of landowners' bequests to Upholland.
Dec. 1.
Death of Mr. Thomas Hepple Harbottle, Pemberton, aged 70 years.
Dec. 3.
Opening of a Parochial Club for Aspull St. Elizabeth's.
Dec. 4.
Prize Distributions at Hindley and Upholland Grammar Schools.
Dec. 5.
Death of Mr. Wright Gee, formerly of the Manchester and County Bank, Wigan, aged 74 years. - Resumed Board of Education Inquiry at Coppull.
Dec. 6.
Death of Mr. John Nevill, retired lime merchant, aged 85 years.
Dec. 10.
Death of Mr. James Douglas Pennant Smith, merchant, aged 37 years. - Annual Dinner of the Building Trades Employers' Association. - Wigan Grammar School Prize Day.
Dec. 11.
Wigan Football Club win the Lancashire Cup Final. - Ashton Grammar School Prize Distribution.
Dec. 12.
Discussion at the Watch Committee Meeting on Cinematograph Shows and Sunday observance.
Dec. 13.
Annual meeting in connection with the Hospital Sunday and Saturday movement.
Dec. 14.
Announcement that Mr. W. Greaves-Lord would retire at the end of the year from the position of prospective Conservative candidate for the Ince Division. - Fourth annual presentation of certificates at the Mining College in connection with the Lancashire and Cheshire Coalowners' Rescue Station.
Dec. 16.
Opening of Amateur Operatic performances at the Royal Court Theatre, "Florodora," and "Rip Van Winkle."
Dec. 17.
Announcement of the death of Colonel W. H. Ackerley, an old Wiganer, in Australia, aged 74 years. - Death of Sir W. E. M. Tomlinson, Bart., local colliery proprietor, aged 74 years.

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