An Act of Parliament included Moorsholm-cum-Gerrick and Stanghow in the Skelton Local Government District.
The Skelton sanitary authority combined with those of Guisborough, Loftus and Brotton into a Board of Public Health and a Dr Keith of Kirkleatham was appointed as medical officer. This dealt with matters like pollution of water supplies, insanitary accommodation, epidemics etc. There were outbreaks of scarlet fever, smallpox, typhoid at these times.
South Skelton mine is acquired by Clay Lane Iron Company.
3 January. - FATAL ACCIDENT AT SKELTON PARK PIT.
28th January - NORTH SKELTON ROBBERY WITH VIOLENCE.
A young man named Charles Smith was charged with assaulting and robbing William Seaman at North Skelton on the 25th.
Seaman met Smith at the Bull's Head public house and "stood him a drink". After enjoying a couple of hours, Smith offered to see him home at about 8 o'clock.
"That's right Charley", the Landlord said. But this was not because he was the worse for drink, Seaman stated, in fact there was nothing the matter with him except that he was "a bit fresh". [Laughter in court.]
He had to go to Groundhill Cottages, about half a mile distant, and when withing 200 yards of his house Smith, he alleged, tripped him up and forcibly took from his pockets £1 14s or £1 15s. The prisoner then ran away, but was apprehended the same night by PC Calvert. On being charged with robbery the prisoner said, "How are you going to prove it ?".
He now denied the charge and accounted for 7s 6d that was found in his possession by producing a letter, which contained a Post Office order. The Bench thought the evidence scarcely strong enough to convict and ordered Supt Clarkson to proceed with the case for further evidence. Smith was discharged.
4th February. SCHOOL REPORT.
Some very unpleasant reports have been circulating about our Schools.
We have received the report of HM Inspector on the Stanghow Lane Schools, along with a very good grant of £276 0 4d and added another classroom to the Boys' department.
Report - Boys. The upper standard have greatly improved. I am glad to note great improvement in the discipline and bearing of the boys, which is due to their careful instruction in military drill.
Girls. The work had greatly improved. Infants. School in good order.
24th February.- BUILDER BANKRUPT.
27th February - SOUP KITCHEN CONCERT.
6 March. - DEATH AT NORTH SKELTON MINE.
Charles Lewis. a horse driver aged 16, was killed when he fell off the front of a set of tubs and had his head and legs severely crushed.
26th March - COMPENSATION FOR INJURY.
In the House of Commons on Tuesday petitions were presented from the Whitby Branch of the Amalgamated Carpenters and Joiners and from Loftus and North Skelton "collieries" in favour of Mr Brassey's Employers' Liability for Injury Bill.
[This Act gave the workman the right to sue an employer for compensation, but he had to prove his case. By the Workmen's Compensation Act of 1897 he only had to show that he had been injured at the place of work.]
31st March - MINE RE-OPENED.
3rd April - LOCAL BOARD ELECTION.
18th April - MINES CLOSING.
26 April. - METHANE FINE.
28th April - PRAYER FOR DISRAELI.
The lower promenade had not yet been created to the West.
29th April - SALTBURN PIER COMPANY.
Mr J T Wharton of Skelton Castle presided at the 20th half yearly meeting of the Pier Co.
It was reported that the pier had sustained very little damage during the recent winter and was now in sound condition.
The hydraulic hoist is now undergoing a thorough overhauling to be in perfect order for the approaching season when it was always in such request.
17th May. - CORNED BEEF GIFT.
24th May - SAW-MILL DEATH.
24th May - UPSET WITH DOWN-UNDER.
Letter to the Northern Echo.
Emigration to New South Wales.
Sir - I recently read in your paper some letters concerning the treatment of emigrants in New South Wales. I perfectly concur in every statement made by Wormley, the engineer, respecting the state of things in Sydney.
My employer advertised only two weeks since for an engineer and he had 45 applications next morning. So you see the state of things here, and I hope through your little but plain outspoken paper to try and put a stop to this wholesale dealing in human flesh.
I could mention plenty of names from the Cleveland district - Lingdale, Margrove Park, Boosbeck, Skelton and other places - who have come out here and have been treated like dogs - nay worse.
For my own part, as soon as I raise money I intend returning to England. What a man gets here is blood money, and no comfort. I remain, yours.
From Skelton in Cleveland,
Sherwood Scrubs, near Paramatta, New South Wales.
4th June - DISTRESS - POOR RELIEF.
6th June - TRADE CHARITY.
7th June. - DISTRESS.
Owing to the distress a deputation was sent to Messrs Petch and Hamilton asking for relief with a note to say they were willing to do any kind of work in the shape of stone breaking etc.
A few men have been employed in the woods at 2s per day by Mr Wharton. The men at Long Acres have been ordered to go to work and fill up any loose ironstone they might have in the mines.
7th June - SKELTON BOARD OF HEALTH.
8th June - PINCHING LAMBS.
On Tuesday morning last a fine lamb of over 28lbs was missed from a field occupied by Messrs Bolckow and Vaughan at North Skelton.
Sgt Haw and PC Calvert noticed peculiar boot-marks at the spot where it had been killed and a short distance off a man taking great interest. The officers accosted him and found the nails in his boots to correspond with the footmarks.
He was taken into custody at the lock-up in Skelton and gave his name as Thomas Boscombe, a miner of Lingdale.
His house was searched, but nothing found. His wife feigned illness and lay on the floor. The officers were induced to take up the oil-cloth covering and found a small piece of boarding had been cut to form an ingenious trap door. Underneath they discovered the carcase of the lamb and a quantity of leg bones. Boscombe will appear before the magistrates on Tuesday.
He was found guilty and sentenced to 15 months imprisonment.
10th June - MINE BACK TO WORK.
23rd June - RUNAWAY PRAM.
24th June - AGRI-CULTURAL CONCERT.
2nd July - APPEAL TO REDUCE RATES TURNED DOWN.
7th July. - PRIMITIVE METHODISTS MONSTER CAMP.
9th July - THIRD CLASS RAILWAY FRAUD.
15th July - DRUNK POLICE ASSAULT.
16th July - ALLELUIAH.
19th July. - DRUNK AND RIOTOUS.
1st August. - LABOUR STIRRING.
A public meeting at the Bull's Head, North Skelton was addressed by Joseph Toyne agent for the Cleveland Miners Association.
He commenced by singing "A song for the Working Man." and went on to say what could be achieved by being united.
Mr Dunn, secretary of the Association followed. He said the last time he was there it was to pay relief but times were better now.
20 years ago they had far longer hours and now enjoyed many liberties and privileges. 8 hours was enough for any man to work down the mines. [cries of Hear, hear and cheers].
He spoke of laws that should be changed in relation to gatherings, judges having too much power and quoted the cases of a man at Boosbeck given 15 months prison for stealing a lamb worth £1 and a bank manager at Guisborough given 3 months for embezzling £500.
5th August - TEA FROM THE COOP.
8th August - CLEVELAND WATER COMPANY.
13th August - WOODEN-LEGGED SCRAPPER BEATS UP POLICE.
At Guisborough Petty Sessions yesterday a wooden-legged man named Robert Hanks was charged with being drunk and riotous, assaulting
the police and tearing a police officer's uniform at Skelton on Saturday night.
The prisoner maddened by drink had created a disturbance in the main street of the village and declining to go away at the request of Sgt Haw and PC Gospel Brough, he was seized by the officers, who proceeded to remove him to the neighbouring lock-up.
In this, however, they had a troublesome and difficult task, as the prisoner, letting himself down on his back, shot out his wooden leg in all directions in a bewildering manner, staggering one officer and dazzling the other, the Sergeant being so seriously belaboured that he was almost rendered unfit for duty.
According to the Sergeant's statement he received 2 severe blows from the prisoner's wooden leg, one on the back of the head and the other under the latter making him that "he couldn't move his jaw next morning".
Being for a few moments hors de combat, the prisoner turned his attention to Gospel Brough and throwing his arms round the legs of the constable he fixed his teeth in the blue unmentionables and tore them to the extent of 18s damage.
A young man coming to the assistance of the officers, a wheelbarrow was procured, the prisoner bundled in and then wheeled off to the durance vile.
The prisoner on being asked what he had to say to the charge replied that "he couldn't remember a thing about it."
Admiral Chaloner, the chairman of the Bench, said he had rendered himself liable to 6 months imprisonment for the assault, but as he did not appear to have been before the Court before they would only commit him to prison for 6 weeks with hard labour.
For being drunk and riotous fined 10s and 12s costs and he would have to pay for the damage to the uniform.
22nd August - WAGES CUT.
28th Aug. - MINER KILLED, SOUTH SKELTON MINE.
2nd September - BEER TO DRUNKS.
8th September - SKELTONER DEATH IN USA.
16th September - CHILD ASSAULT.
16th September - NIGHT POACHERS.
30th September - EMIGRATION.
A check is now being given to the extensive emigration of miners from Cleveland, which has for many months been in progress and by which 500 miners and their families have left the district, chiefly for New Zealand and America.
The fuller employment now given is also benefitting the funds of the Miners Union, which were largely drawn upon to meet the distress that existed in Rosedale, and in Cleveland by the stoppage of the mines.
Voluntary relief to the extent of over £800 has been recently given out of the funds of the Miners Association to mitigate distress in Rosedale, Skelton and other mining districts, in addition to help solicited from land and mine owners.
It is estimated that the number of iron miners in the Cleveland district is reduced to under 6,000.
1st October - LATE NIGHT FISH HAWKER.
The defendant, amidst much laughter, asked if the magistrates would be good enough to "strap him", until he got his pay, but the request was
8th October - CRICKET.
25th October - SKELTON LITERARY CLUB.
27th October - MINERS DEMONSTRATION.
31st October - DISAPPEARED.
1st November - MINERS THREATEN STRIKE.
6th November - REGISTRAR OF BIRTHS AND DEATHS.
17th November - MINERS FEET CRUSHED.
17th November - RIGHT OF WAY DISPUTE.
17th November - TRAIN CRASH AT LONGACRES.
3rd December - HARE POACHED.
17th December - SCHOOL FEES TEST CASE.
19th Dec. - GROCER AND BEER RETAILER BANKRUPT.
23rd December - MERRY CHRISTMAS.
20th December - KILLED BY FALL ON BAIT BOX.
A man named William Riley, aged 52, a blacksmith and formerly the landlord of the Green Inn, Skelton met with a serious accident last Monday.
Deceased was going to his work early in the morning when his foot slipped and he fell upon his dinner tin, causing an injury to his bowels.
He was found laid on the highway by a man who was passing and with a little help returned home. Next day he was taken very ill and was attended by Dr MacVie until his death on Friday morning.
30th December - RIGHT OF WAY DISPUTE.