Invention of the agricultural tractor by B Holt.
3rd January - NORTH SKELTON RESERVIST.
3rd January - SERIOUS CARRIAGE ACCIDENT.
3rd January - BOER WAR SERVICE.
3rd January - BOER WAR RESERVISTS FAMILIES.
3rd January - DRUNK DRIVER AT FUNERAL.
Peter Leaper, a carriage proprietor of Saltburn, was summoned for being drunk in charge of 2 horses and carriage at North Skelton on the occasion of a funeral, which took place on the 22nd December.
Sgt Calvert said the defendant was too drunk and he was compelled to take charge of the conveyance himself and lock Leaper up.
Leaper said he was overcome with cold and had not had any drink. Fined 10s and costs.
11th January - BOER WAR.
23rd January - VOLUNTEERS FOR BOER WAR.
23rd January. James Chisholm, who had been mining engineer at North Skelton for 31 years, retired on a pension of £150 per annum. [about £10,000 in the year 2000]
12th January - BUTCHER'S TREAT.
24th January - BOER WAR, British defeats at Spion Kop by Afrikaaners led by Botha.
3rd February. ANNUAL MEDICAL REPORT.
5th February - SAD SUICIDE AT NORTH SKELTON.
Feb 14th - SNOWSTORM.
15th February - SCHOOL ABUSE.
The Skelton School Board are frequently asked to allow the use of their schools for the purpose of social entertainment, "conversaziones" and the like and they recognise that the ratepayers have a right to full use of their own property.
But their experience has been that the school furniture suffers more seriously than it ought to do. Desks are torn from their fastenings and pitched into the yard, where they are left until the teachers fetch them next day, while often the building becomes as redolent of tobacco as the smoke room of a public house.
They have decided that unless those who frequent the entertainments mind their manners they will restrict the schools to their legitimate use alone.
17th February - FATAL RAILWAY ACCIDENT AT GUISBOROUGH.
the rear of the standing one, smashing the guard's van to splinters and damaging the engine which fortunately was not
The fireman, named Hayton from Great Ayton, was instantly killed. J Proctor, a hawker of Guisborough had both legs broken and a man named William Blackett, aged 59, a retired master bricklayer of Skelton, had his right leg broken in two places and the left one badly bruised.
Both men were attended by an ambulance corps and conveyed with great difficulty to the Guisborough Hospital.
A band of hardy volunteers carried the children back to Guisborough and Hutton.
26th February - FOOTBALL SOCIAL.
26th February - GIFTS FOR THE BOER WAR SOLDIERS.
March 1st. - DEATH OF SQUIRE, JOHN THOMAS WHARTON.
The funeral was conducted in accordance with his own wish in plain and simple fashion without flowers.
A large number of the people of Skelton joined the procession on the way to the Cemetery.
Some also came from the neighbourhood, including Sir Joseph Pease, Mr Robert Yeoman, Mr Gilpin Brown and others.
The bells of the Parish Church rung a muffled peal as the cortege passed by and the drawn down blinds in all the houses testified to the universal feeling of sympathy and sorrow at his loss.
Mr Wharton had been in failing health for the last 3 or 4 years and confined to his bed for some 16 months.
He died within a few days of completing 91 years of age. He was born on March 9th 1809 and passed quietly away on the night of March 1st 1900.
The Yorkshire Post - The Venerable Squire belonged to a family with a very interesting pedigree.
John Thomas Wharton was succeeded by his son, William Henry Anthony Wharton.
South Skelton Mine is taken over by Bolckow, Vaughan and Co and is linked up underground to the N Skelton and Longacres mines. The company extended the lease on North Skelton from the Skelton estate for another 40 years for £8000 for 360 thousand tons of ore.
Photograph taken after Second World War.
13th March - WAR FUND CONCERT.
A very successful concert was given in the Literary Institute, Skelton in aid of Mrs Wharton's fund for providing comforts to be sent to the rank and file of the Princess of Wales Own Yorkshire Regiment, now doing duty in South Africa. A very interesting programmme was arranged by Mrs Douglas, headmistress of the North Skelton Infants' Schools. Songs, glees, action songs, musical drill etc were ably rendered by a number of children belonging to the school. Proceeds were £3 10s clear.
18th March. - FRESH WATER DEBT TO THE SQUIRE.
19th March - FREAK HORSE.
Stevenson, where he had been summoned to attend a valuable carting mare, which manifested symptoms of foaling.
The vet found that he would not be able to adopt the usual course and had to obtain assistance. The head of the foal was larger than other parts of its body and globular in shape, the ears being under the jaws instead of in the proper positions. Before the operation could be carried out the body had to severed from the head and the brain tapped. The monstrosity may now be seen at Mr Dalling's establishment in Loftus High St and has excited much curiosity amonst members of the farming fraternity and others. This is the second freak of nature that Mr Stevenson's stock has produced in the past 18 months.
21st March - RED CARD FOR NORTH SKELTON FOOTBALLER.
28th March - DANCE.
29th March - BOY JUMPED OFF MOVING TRAIN.
31st March - CORSETS PINCHED - HARD LABOUR.
27th April - NORTH SKELTON PNEUMATIC BIKERS.
17th May. - RELIEF OF MAFEKING, Boer War.
29th May - MINE, FRACTURED SKULL.
6th June - WORKHOUSE DIET.
13th June - BOY RACER - 18 MILES AN HOUR.
20th June - SUNDAY BANKERS.
25th June - NORTH SKELTON MINE PUMPS OUT OF ORDER - NO MONEY.
Their case was brought before the members of the Cleveland Miners' Association and it
was decided they should be compensated out of its funds to the extent of 10 shillings per week for each man plus 1s 6d for each child.
Payments for 250 men and 260 children were given out at the lodge room, North Skelton on Saturday afternoon.
27th June - FINED FOR LETTING CHILDREN WITH SCARLET FEVER PLAY OUT.
3rd July - DRUNK.
Joseph Dixon, a miner, was fined 11 shillings including costs for being drunk and disorderly at Skelton Green on the 23rd.
5th July - SHOP AND HOUSE AUCTION.
17th July - MINE INJURY.
25th July - BOER WAR HOME-COMING.
26th July - FIRE.
28th July - YEOMAN STREET SALE.
31st July - WIFE STRIFE.
9th August - SUICIDE OF SMUGGLER DESCENDANT.
Considerable sensation was caused yesterday when a report spread that Mr George Andrew had shot himself.
He was living in Ruby Street,Saltburn, but was the son of the late Mr George Andrew of the White House, a residence on the Skelton side of the glen.
He died 7 or 8 years ago and sprang from an old family that flourished in the districts long before the Saltburn of today was even thought of.
Stories of daring deeds on sea and land a century ago still survive and in those deeds the Andrew family took a leading part.
The deceased came from a large family of 6 sons and 5 daughters. His eldest brother John, up till recently occupied a farm at Ugthorpe, which had belonged to his father.
Another brother, Harry, has been engaged in the South African Campaign since the outbreak of the War, acting as orderly to General Clery. Harry came home for a short furlough about Whitsuntide and has not yet returned to the front.
Of his sisters 3, if not 4, are married. After being educated at Catterick Bridge, Mr George Andrew settled down to a country gentleman's life. He was a thorough sportsman, a good shot and a keen follower of the hounds, while his genial disposition made him a general favourite.
He also turned his attention to the breeding of horses and was a frequent prize taker at local shows. After the death of his father and up till about 4 or 5 months ago he continued to live in the White House along with his unmarried sisters, though about a year ago, by the direction of his father's will, the property was sold.
The purchaser was Mr W H A Wharton, JP, whose Skelton estate reaches its boundaries.
After leaving the White House, Mr Andrew has lived at 13 Ruby St and devoted his attention to livery stable keeping in Coral Street.
He had appeared to enjoy good health until recently, but had a nasty fall last season when hunting. He also, we understand, sustained a severe kick on the right temple last week from one of his horses and this combined with acute toothache, necessitated medical attention.
But he appeared to be cheerful and no one suspected that he would be driven to any rash act, though the pain was sufficient to keep him to his room the whole of Tuesday and yesterday.
Shortly before 5 p.m. yesterday his landlady, Mrs Day, being out of the house at the time, the sounds of two shots were heard proceeding from his parlour.
Mr Joseph Toyn, the agent for the Cleveland Miners' Association, who lives next door, rushed in and found the unfortunate man lying back in his armchair with blood coming from a wound in his right temple.
His legs were crossed and while one hand covered the wound the other held a 6 chambered revolver. It would appear that Mr Andrew had fired a trial shot up the chimney and then placed the pistol to the side of his head and fired.
He was just able to recognise Mr Toyn before he relapsed into unconsciousness. Dr Burnett was sent for at once and on examining the wound found that the shot had forced the right eye out. The bullet was not found, having lodge deeply in the brain.
Messages were sent to members of his family, the first of whom to arrive being Mrs Rodham of Bishop Auckland who was visiting at Redcar. He died about 8 a.m today. He was 38 years of age and unmarried.
[The story of how the Whartons of Skelton Castle borrowed money off the Andrew Smuggler family can be read here.
22nd August - DOCTOR LEAVES.
24th August. - PUPPIES.
24th August - SOLDIERS' CONVALESCENT HOME.
29th August - PINCHING TURNIPS.
11th September - PINCHING BOOZE.
13th September - SELLING DRINK TO CHILDREN.
19th September - VANDALISM TO BRIDGE.
19th September - WIFE KICKED OUT.
26th September - ASSAULT ON A FARMER.
26th September - GENERAL ELECTION.
9th October - SKELTON GREEN FRACAS.
15th October - BOXING.
19th October - COMPENSATION FOR INJURY.
22nd October - OLD MINER'S FALL.
7th November - LECTURES ON GARDENING.
13th November - MINERS' COMPENSATION FOR INJURY.
23rd November - QUADRILLE PARTY.
[Postcard kindly contributed by Julie Felgate.]
27th November - FIRE.
John Harrison, a miner of North Skelton, was fined 10s 6d including costs for having his chimney on fire on the 16th.
27th November - FALSE PRETENCES.
The under manager at North Skelton Mines, Mr Thomas Ranson, charged John Suscens with obtaining the sum of 2 shillings by false
pretences from Messrs Bolckow and Vaughan & Co with intent to defraud.
28th November - MINER DESERTED WIFE AND CHILD.
The woman and child entered the Guisborough Workhouse on November 28th 1899 and had been inmates ever since. Whilst there she had a
second child and the total cost of maintaining them amounted to £33 15s.
When the woman became chargeable to the poor fund the authorities made an effort to find her husband and only succeeded last week, when he was apprehended at Hamilton in Scotland.
He was brought before the Guisborough magistrates on Tuesday and charged with the offence. Mr William Richardson, solicitor representing the Guardians said the case was one in which an example ought to be made of the defendant as a warning to others that they cannot leave their wives and families chargeable to the poor rates with impunity.
The defendant said his wife refused to accept the money which he earned. He was sent to gaol for 3 months with hard labour.
29th November - TORN TO PIECES AT MINE.
11th December - BREACH OF MINE REGULATIONS.