Cleveland MP. 1897 to 1902.
7th January - PARLIAMENTARY BYE ELECTION.
Those engaged in the political warfare believe Mr A. E. Pease will be returned by an increased majority. A grand meeting of miners was addressed at North Skelton by Mr Henry Broadhurst, MP. but was eclipsed by the inspiriting scene witnessed at Skelton, where speakers included Alderman Samuel MP, Mr J M Paulton MP, Mr Joe Walton, JP, and Mr H Broadhurst.
12th January - ELECTION DAY.
This election for the Cleveland Division was rendered necessary by the death of Henry Fell Pease on the 7th of the previous month.
Sir Alfred Edward Pease, Liberal had 1,428 more votes than Colonel Robert Ropner, Conservative.
[Alfred Edward was one of the Quaker Darlington Peases, a family famed in this area for Railway, Coal and Ironstone mine ownership and holding important public positions etc. He had had a superior education and graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge. He was a Director of Pease and Partners and had been the MP for York since 1885.
He resigned in 1902 causing another bye-election.]
A REAL OLD ENGLISH GENTLEMAN. - A praiseworthy incident in connection with the Skelton polling deserves to be
recorded. Mr J T Wharton
of Skelton Castle, a large land and royalty owner in the district, placed 6 carriages at the disposal of the electors, but - though
a known strong Conservative himself - he gave positive orders that no party colours were to be displayed. The carriage drivers were
told that the carriages were simply to be used to bring voters to the poll, irrespective of party and no questions were to be asked.
Mr Wharton recorded his vote at one of the Stanghow-lane Board Schools shortly after noon. Though 87 years of age, he looked hale and hearty. Lady Dora Yeoman drove him up in a little wicker basket carriage drawn by a donkey. When he returned, he remarked as he enter his conveyance - "There, I've done all the harm I'm going to do to the Liberals."
26th January - CHILD BEGGARS - S.P.C.C. William Carter and Margaret Carter were charged with neglecting their children by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
8 children were sent out to beg. Carter had admitted that he could earn 30 shillings per week and had been warned as to his treatment of his children.
Inspector Briggs said he visited 47 Cleveland Street, Skelton Green and examined the children.
He found they were in an extremely dirty condition. Their clothes were filled with insect life and their bodies in a dirty state, not having been washed for months. The mattress on which they slept was in a horrible state, being wet and covered with filth. The children had no covering and the atmosphere in the room was foul. There was no food in the house. The underlinen of the 5 girls was filthy and one of the 3 boys was badly flea bitten.
He questioned Carter, who said he did not care for the Society and the Inspector could do what he liked.
PC Brough and Mr J North corroborated the evidence and Benjamin Shutt of Skelton said he had noticed the children begging in a lost condition.
Sgt Calvert had seen the children begging even in the very cold weather and had seen Carter under the influence of drink and had cautioned him as to the neglect.
The family had been under the Society's observation the last 3 years.
The magistrates adjourned the case for a fortnight, saying, if there was no improvement, Carter would be severely dealt with.
10th February - CRUELTY TO CHILDREN.
It was again seen yesterday morning by a farmer, who was crossing Nutwith. It was making its way up by way of the Volunteer targets.
It was in a jaded and exhausted condition.
The wolf has at length been captured. Though it succeeded in eluding the vigilance of its pursuers on several occasions, it failed to escape a trap set in the vicinity of Ellerby, near Hinderwell, where it was caught and conveyed to Skelton Castle. A Groom in the employ of Mr W H A Wharton brought the animal to Brotton Station yesterday and it was sent off to Kirbymoorside. When at the station it did not exhibit any signs of ferocity, but appeared to be rather in a sullen mood."
31st March - NORTH SKELTON JUBILEE MEMORIAL.
We are glad to note that the village of North Skelton is to receive a substantial memorial of Her Majesty's Jubilee. By the kindness of Messrs Bolckow, Vaughan and Co and Mr W H A Wharton, the village will soon be in possession of a handsome iron building, containing billiard room 36 by 24 feet, Reading room 24 by 19 feet, Lecture Hall 60 by 24 feet and 2 smaller committee rooms.
8 April. - MINE DEATH, ROOF FALL.
South Skelton Mine. George William Jackson, a miner aged 27, was killed by a fall of stone from the roof of his working place.
13th May - LIBERAL REJOICING.
25th May - VANDALS.
21st June - JUBILEE.
22nd June - QUEEN VICTORIA'S DIAMOND JUBILEE.
After short speeches by the Rector, Mr Clayton and Mr Fox, hearty cheers were given for the Queen and then for the Old Squire and his Son
and the other contributors to the day.
Besides the free tea and beaker, each child received an orange, a handful of nuts and another of sweets.
The Old People receiving a packet of tea or tobacco. At 10 o'clock the Beacon fires at Hobhill and Brotton Warsett blazed up, proclaiming that the never-to-be-forgotten day was at an end.
14th July - MINER SERIOUSLY INJURED.
Neasham was conveyed to the Miners'Hospital, Guisborough. He received surgical attendance by Dr Shand and was found to have sustained
serious injuries to the head and shoulders.
16th July - CLEVER LAD.
2nd August - DROWNED.
Beaker presented to each child in Skelton.
[Kindly contributed by Owen Rooks.]
20th August - This was an important day at North Skelton on the occasion of the formal opening of the New Institute.
The buildings...evidently meet a want in the place besides aiding very much to the appearance architecturally.
They have been erected at the joint expense of the firm of Bolckow and Vaughan and the Squire, Lieut.Col Wharton, while the members [some 800 men] have provided the furniture and billiard table etc.
Mrs Wharton, who was introduced by Alfred Pease.Esq.MP declared the Institute open. An illuminated address was presented to Mr and Mrs Wharton. In acknowledging the Squire said that he and his family wished to do what they could to advance the interests of the men in every way. He called attention to the notices placed in the rooms forbidding swearing and gambling.
He hoped that the Institute would help the members to raise themselves morally and intellectually. He assured them that the habit of bad language was not manly, as some of them seemed to think and added no weight to what they said but had quite the contrary effect.
21st August - SLIPPERS PINCHED.
slippers, the property of John Featherstone, boot and shoe dealer of Skelton, on the 17th July.
She had been several times previously convicted and was now ordered to pay a fine of £20 or be imprisoned for 3 months.
1st September - FATHER NOT PAYING FOR SON.
8th September - DAMAGED WALL.
9th September. MINE DEATH, NEW 16 YEAR OLD LAD MUTILATED BY TUBS.
2nd October - CYCLE BRAKES NOT TRUSTED.
6th October - BLACK EYE FOR NOT JOINING THE UNION.
2nd November - TWO SERIOUS MINE ACCIDENTS.
A miner named George Mallet, residing at New Skelton, was also admitted into the same institution on Monday morning suffering from burns to his arms and shock to the system caused by some blasting powder exploding upon him whilst following his employment in Park Mine.
25th November - BIKE PINCHED BY SKELTON LADY ON NATION-WIDE TOUR.
14th December - MINE DEATH.