7th January - POWERLESS ROADMEN.
The members of the Skelton and Brotton Urban Council have had before them the momentous question of an increase of wages to their workmen.
The Council exercises authority over a wide area and upwards of 20 men are employed on its roads. Its ratable value is high, because of the many valuable mines which it includes and therefore it is in a position to deal generously with its workmen if it were so disposed.
But as the majority of its members are managers or officials of mines there is a reluctance to act in a matter of this kine according to the wishes of the workmen's representatives.
The miners of the district will no doubt watch with interest the progress of the present controversy, as the arguments used against the improvement in men's wages are similar to those heard at mineowner's meetings when the men's representatives seek for a general advance in wages - with this difference: that the miners by their union are in a position to enforce their demands, while the roadmen are practically helpless because of lack of organisation.
13th January - MINERS AND OLD AGE PENSIONS.
Firstly that we favour some state provision in old age as distinct from the poor law.
Second, we cannot regard favourably any scheme which does not include every workman, as thousands of industrious labourers do not receive sufficient wages to enable them to contribute to friendly societies.
That the pension should commence at 60 years of age and earlier if incapacitated.
And further, seeing the large amount of money granted for pensions to persons in high positions in the country, reaching thousands of pounds, for each man who have always enjoyed large salaries, we think that the workers who produce the wealth of the nation shall not receive less than 10 shillings per week.
14th January - VICTORIAN RESPECT FOR THE DEAD.
31st January - WIFE CRUELTY AND NEGLECT.
7th February - INFANT BURNT TO DEATH.
On Monday afternoon Mr William Richardson, the coroner, held an inquest at Skelton on Thomas Boyes, aged 1, who died on Sunday, consequent upon burns received on the previous Saturday.
The child's mother went into the yard at the back, leaving the child on the mat in front of the fire. She heard screams and on running into the house found the deceased's clothes had caught fire. She at once extinguished the flames, but not before the child had been severely burnt.
18th April - OFF SCHOOL, BABY MINDING.
18th April - VACCINATION NO GOOD.
5th May. GROCERS AND DRAPERS DISSOLVED.
17th May - BILLIARDS.
20th May - MINE ACCIDENT.
30th May - COURT BY THE HARE.
30th May - GAOL FOR A FERRET.
31st May - MINING ACCIDENT.
6th June - CONCERT FOR ORGAN.
An excellent concert was given in the North Skelton Miners Institute in aid of a fund for procuring an American organ for the North Skelton Wesleyan Chapel.
7th June - OVER THE HANDLEBARS.
15th June - NO SCHOOL WHEN IT RAINS.
15th June - TEACHERS' PENSIONS.
20th June - WHAT ABOUT THE TEACHERS PENSIONS ?
27th June - INDECENT ASSAULT.
30th June - MINERS WAGES.
If he is making that much he is a lucky man, but if it be so, I am afraid he is guilty of the sweating system and those who make him his
money carry home about £50 to £60 if they have good health.
These are the men who need pensioning,aye, even at 40 or 45 years of age....
No it is the gentleman miner who makes big money and then can say "There's a possibility of us becoming selfish."
I am, yours, ONE WHO THROWS IT OVER THE SIDE. [presumably a filler at the mines.]
4th July - GUISBOROUGH POLICE COURT.
5th July - LUCKY MINE ESCAPE.
A mechanic, named Jacob Todd, whilst engaged in repairing the pipes connected with the pump at North Skelton Mines fell down the shaft, but was miraculously saved from instant death by alighting on a scaffold 30 feet below.
He was promptly removed to his home badly shaken.
6th July - MINERS' DEMONSTRATION.
11th July - POACHER.
13th July - TEACHERS' PENSIONS.
It was an old battle ship moored off North Shields.
11th July - BOY SENT TO TRAINING SHIP.
Charles William Hancock, John Taylor and Kenneth Ross, all of Skelton, were each fined 5s for not sending their children to school.
William Jackson was summoned by the Skelton and Stanghow School Board for neglecting to send his son to school.
As he had previously been before the Court, the son, Joseph Jackson, was ordered to be sent to the "Wellesley" Training Ship.
At the meeting of the Skelton and Stanghow School Board, two days later, William Jackson appealed against the Magistrates' decision committing his boy, to the Training Ship. The Board explained that it was out of their hands and the law would have to take its course.
[The Wellesley was an old sailing ship that had taken part in sea battles. It was now moored off North Shields and used as an approved
Children who had been convicted of more serious crimes were sent to juvenile prisons called Reformatories.
Apart from putting young lads on the right track, the Training Ships had the added advantage of providing servicemen for Britain's large fleet.
The boys had a hard regime:-
"At half-past four in the summer, or five in the winter, the hands turn up, wash, breakfast, and clean decks. At 7.30 in summer, or 8 in winter, divisions for inspection. At 8.30, prayers, then instruction till 11.30. Play, before dinner. Dinner at 12. Instruction again from 1 till 3.30, then drill or singing. Supper at 4.30, play, then prayer, and to bed at 7.30; except the night school and reading room party, who remain till 8.30."]
18th July - DAMAGING GRASS.
25th July - HEAD CRUSHED IN MINE.
On Saturday a serious accident befell a horse driver named Wallace Goldsmith, aged 18, whilst working in Messrs Bell Bros Old Shaft
It appears that he was in a stooping position doing something to some tubs, when the horse started on and the lad's head was jammed between the waggon and a piece of timber.
He was conveyed to the Guisbrough Miners' Hospital and attended by Dr Watts, when it was found he had sustained a severe fractured skull. He now lies in a critical condition.
28th July - 19 YEAR OLD MINER KILLED.
9th August - NEW BRIDGE OVER SKELTON BECK.
14th August - MINE IDLE.
21st August - LUNATIC ASYLUM.
Items for sale on the window signs include "sheep dips", what looks like "horse bales", "tea" and something for "headaches".
[Photograph kindly contributed by Peter Appleton of Skelton.]
He had two children of working age, Thomas 18 and Agnes 16, who were able to move to new addresses, but his 11 year old daughter,
Elizabeth, ended up in the Orphanage and Childrens’ Home, North Ormesby. His wife and 4 year old son, who was named after him, were
taken in by a nephew at 3 Dale Tce, Lingdale.
NO RAILWAY STATION. The railway viaduct over Skelton Beck had been completed in 1872 and a passenger service started in 1875
But the train did not stop in Skelton, as the timetable on this page shows.
The local populace campaigned loudly way into the next century, before they obtained their own station at Hollybush..
23rd August - UNLIT BIKE.
A young man named Edward Welburn, a shop apprentice of Skelton was charged with riding a bicycle without a light near North Skelton and ordered to pay 10s including costs.
30th August - PUNCH IN THE MOUTH.
30th August - PITCH AND TOSS.
30th August - PINCHED BUTTER BASKET.
6th September - POACHED CONIES.
12th September - POLICE COURT.
13th September - PLATELAYERS WAGES.
19th September - MINER BURNT WITH BLASTING POWDER.
30th September - ASSAULT ON YOUNG GIRL.
He kissed her and committed the assault complained of. Prisoner said he was just helping her pick brambles.
Sent for trial.
9th October - MINE ROOF FALL.
10th October. The Minute Book of the Skelton Co-operative Society records:-
Beginning of the Boer War in South Africa.
The British, who occupied Cape Colony, declared War on the Boer [Dutch/German] colonies of the Traansval and Orange Free State, allegedly over the taxation and denial of rights of British citizens who had gone there to exploit the gold mines.
A speedy victory was expected, but the Boers used guerilla tactics, which were difficult to combat in the large areas
of land involved.
The War continued until 1902.
12th October - NAUGHTY BOY.
At the School Board it was reported that a lad called John R Hodgson, against whom an attendance order was obtained on the 12th Sept was not attending at all at present.
It was ordered that proceedings be taken with a view of sending the boy to an "industrial school" as being incorrigible.
["Industrial Schools" were places where destitute children or those beyond control received a strict upbringing away from bad influences, with a 13 hour day designed to teach them a basic trade.
Reformatories had the same purpose, but were for youngsters who had committed serious or repeat criminal offences.]
17th October - POLICE COURT.
17th October - MINE DEATH, ROOF FALL.
17th October - JEWELLERY HEIST.
18th October - FIRE.
24th October - BAD TENANT.
1st November - ASSAULT ON 13 YEAR OLD GIRL.
|The school leaving age was raised to 12.
Notable drought with extended heat waves in the summer of this year.
4th November - SKELTON LITERARY INSTITUTE was opened.
The Rooks brothers of 8 Thomas St, Skelton in 1899,
Probably at the Confirmation of the youngest Allan.
Thomas, left, served throughout the First War and survived.
James, right, was medically discharged with TB and took his own life in 1919.
Alan, in front, was killed on the 14th September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme.
2 Methodists, 2 Conservatives, 2 Liberals, 2 farmers, 2 tradesmen, 2 miners - one half of whom are to be elected annually.
The names to be laid first before the Squire.
A goodly crowd gathered round to witness the ceremony.
The Chairman, the Rev R J Ellis proposed a vote of thanks to the Squire and read a letter from Mrs Wharton, expressing her disappointment at not being able to open the Institute being forbidden to leave her room and saying she trusted it would be a lasting means of establishing sociability and good feeling among our friends and neighbours, adding, "will you tell the miners from me how great and earnest is our wish to sympathize with them in their joys and sorrows".
The letter ended with a touching appeal to all to help a subscription she was starting for the wives and children of those gone to fight for our Queen and Country.[Boer War].
The Squire replied to the votes of thanks and spoke very strongly against gambling and bad language, which he regretted was so very common in our villages.
A tea was held in the Drill Hall at which something over 500 sat down.
7th November - SOLDIERS AND SAILORS FAMILIES FUND.
8th November - POACHER WITH BULKY POCKETS.
13th November - MILITARY ENTERTAINMENT AT NORTH SKELTON.
His remarks were punctuated here and there by military and patriotic airs played in a superior style by Mr Robert Bell's Orchestral Band.
17th November - WATCH ON TICK.
18th November - BOER WAR, RESERVISTS CALLED UP.
19th November - BOER WAR COLLECTION
21st November - BOER WAR RESERVISTS LEAVE.
23rd November - BOER WAR RELIEF FUND.
12th December - DRUNK IN CHARGE OF A CART.
19th December - OLD FOLKS CHRISTMAS PRESENTS.
20th December - SHOEMAKER SMASHED GAS LAMPS.
20th December - THE GREAT SKELTON CASTLE HEIST.