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Wigan Year Book of 1889

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Local Chronology, 1888-9.
     Dec. 18. - Presentation to the Rev. Father Gradwell, by the Congregation of St. John's Chapel, Wigan, in celebration of his Silver Jubilee in connection with the Priesthood.
     Dec. 27. - Hindley Ratepayers, in public meeting, decide to oppose the Wigan Extension Bill. - Mr. C. M. Percy, in reply to a Deputation from the Wigan Liberal Association, declines to contest the Borough at the next Election.
     Dec. 29. - Two lads killed by a fall off roof at Orrell Colliery. - Bazaar at St. Patrick's, Wigan.
     Jan. 1. - Bazaar at the Wesleyan School.
     Jan. 2. - Monthly Meeting of the Town Council : Discussion as to the re arrangement of the Wards, and the appointment of a Sanitary Inspector. Dense fog in Wigan ; two persons drowned.
     Jan. 3. - Strike of colliers at Park Lane against the use of roburite. - Dinner, by the Mayor, to the Borough Police Force. - Old Folk's Treat at Golborne.
     Jan. 4. - The Pemberton Local Board, at a special meeting, decide to oppose the Wigan Borough Extension Bill.
     Jan. 7. - Nomination of Candidates for the Lancashire County Council.
     Jan. 8. - Reception and Dance given by the Mayor.
     Jan. 9. - Ince Local Board resolve to oppose the Wigan Extension Bill. - The Mayor's Juvenile Ball. - Old Folk's Treat at Hindley.
     Jan. 10. - The Mayor's Old Folks' Treat. - Fire at Bradley Hall Farm, Standish.
     Jan. 11. - Presentation to Mr. E. Holme Woodcock, by the County Magistrates, on the completion of the new County Police Buildings in Wigan. - Meeting of the Manchester Geological Society in Wigan : Discussion as to the use of toburite in mines and explosions of gunpowder.
     Jan. 12. Old Folks' Treat at Abram. - Foundering of the ship "Priam" off the coast of Spain ; Mr. and Mrs. J. Darbyshire, of Wigan, amongst the passengers drowned.
     Jan. 15. - Polling for the Election of Members of the Lancashire County Council : Contests in Pemberton, Newton, Adlington, and Culcheth divisions in this district.
     Jan. 17. - Rent Audit Dinner at Winstanley.
     Jan. 18. - Lengthy discussion, at the Board of Guardians Meeting, as to the proposed pension to Dr. Rogers. - Explosion at Hyde Colliery ; 23 lives lost.
     Jan. 19. - Death of Mr. William Heaton, Honorary Secretary of the Wigan Infirmary, aged 53 years.
     Jan. 20. - Death, at Hyde Park Gardens, London, aged 71 years, of Miss Catherine Woods, eldest sister of the late Mr. Henry Woods, M.P.

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