1899 Feb 4th
NARROW ESCAPE FROM DROWNING AT WEST BUTTERWICK
On Tuesday morning, a youth named Fish, in the employ of Mr E Temperton, Yousters Farm, West Butterwick, had narrow escape from death. On the farm premises, there is a pump near the river, and from the pump runs a pipe to the water’s edge. On the morning in question the pipe was stopped up with warp, and the youth went down to clean the pipe. In doing so, he sank down into the warp up to his waist, and could not extricate himself. Mr Temperton, who was not far away, saw the Aegar coming, and rushed to assist the lad. After a hard struggle, he just got the lad out in time, but the tide went over Mr Temperton, and both were drenched with water and mud. Had there been no one near, the lad would certainly have been drowned. Mr Temperton is to be complimented upon his pluck and prompt action. Both might have been drowned.
1899 June 17th
A RECORD FOR AGE
Mr Richard Moody, a hale and hearty old gentleman, residing at East Butterwick, has just proved himself to be an ardent devotee to the “wheel;” for on Friday last he accomplished a journey of 117 miles in one day. Mr Moody is 70 years of age, and a teetotaller; and although hotel proprietor for many years, he always “stuck to his lemonade.” This beverage was his refreshment Friday last, and proved a real “consoler,” for the day was very hot, the roads dusty, and no wind. Mr Moody’s destination was Dudley, in Worcestershire, and during the ride he encountered some very tedious up-hill riding. He left East Butterwick about 4am, and arrived at his destination as “fresh as a daisy.” Taking into consideration the rider’s age, the extreme heat, &c., the performance is a remarkable one.
1899 July 15th
On Wednesday, about two o’clock, a tremendous storm burst over Thorne and district, the thunder being constant, the lightning very vivid, and the rain accompanied by a shower of hailstones of considerable size. Two men named Barley, father and son, and a third named Moore, all residing at Thorne, were engaged in stacking hay at the Dykes Marsh farm, tenanted by Mr Geo. Maud, when the lightning struck the stack in the middle, and set it on fire, the produce of five acres being quickly consumed and £25 worth of damage done. This, however, was by no means the worst of the disaster, as the three men were rendered unconscious. The elder Barley and Moore are rapidly recovering from the shock, but Barley, the younger, died at 3am, on Thursday morning. About the same time the chimney over the kitchen at the back of Mrs Holland’s premises in Finkle Street, was struck, and fell with a tremendous crash; but no one was hurt.
Mr F T Turner’s residence was struck by the lightning. A chimney pot fell with a crash down one of the chimneys, doing damage to the fireplace.
Mr H Cundall, Levels, was unfortunate enough to lose a valuable colt, whilst grazing in the field, it being struck fatally by the lightning.
1899 Aug 26th
FANCY DRESS CYCLE PARADE
This parade, although a success, had not the large number of cyclists in fancy dress turn out that was expected. The meet was at 5pm in the Market Place, and at the appointed time a splendid muster of cyclists assembled. Ten were in fancy dress, and these were judged by Messrs J H Lee, W E Cranidge, and B Batty. The first prize in the Ladies Class went to Miss Lily Pacey, who was attired prettily as school girl, and the second to Miss Nellie Parkin, whose costume, which represented “Harvest,” was much admired. Although only two prizes were offered, the judges considered the costume of Miss Ruby Powls, (which was ‘La France’), so meritorious that they subscribed and gave her an extra second prize. Mr A Wheatley was awarded first prize in the Gentleman’s Class, whose character represented “The Red Rider,”
Mr S Autey coming a close second with “Pierrot.” The remainder of the costumes were, Miss G Batty, “Hospital Nurse”; Miss K Cranidge, “Ivy”; Miss Beatrice Brunyee, “Quakeress”; Mr W Coult, “Dr Jim.” The prizes being awarded, the cyclists paraded around the town, and then proceeded to Althorpe, Keadby, Amcotts, Garthorpe, Luddington, and Eastoft, and from thence home, arriving about 9pm. The ride was a most enjoyable one, and the inhabitants of the various villages passed through turned out in large numbers to watch the parade go by. Two or three three spills occurred on the road, but happily to say with no serious results. The onerous duties of marshall were carried out right well by the captain Mr W H Brunyee, to whom, in great measure, the success of the parade is due.
1899 Dec 2nd
ALLEGED THEFT OF MARE AT ALTHORPE
At the Epworth Petty Sessions, on Thursday, before Rev C J Bowen, and Messrs. J Stephenson, T J Blaydes, J Hemmingbrough, W Coulman, and J J Cranidge; George H Merrils, farm servant, was charged with stealing a mare, saddle, bridle, and stirrups, the property of Mr John Thomas Brown, a well-known farmer, of Althorpe, whose service he had been in until last Sunday morning. Prisoner took the mare out of the stable at 5am, and he was arrested by Pc Sindall, of Gainsborough, at Saxilby. The officer charged him with stealing the mare, and prisoner struck him with a thick stick, and urged the mare on. Mr Brown valued the horse at £45, and the other articles at 25s. Prisoner said he had no intention of stealing the mare, but wanted a cheap ride to go and see his friends at Bracebridge and Morton. He was committed for trial at the Quarter Sessions.
1899 Dec 2nd
SUDDEN DEATH AT CROWLE
Whilst making a purchase in the shop of Mr. G.C. Pidd, Butcher, on Thursday morning, Mr. Wm. B. Pidd, of Market Place, had a sudden seizure of the heart, and immediately expired, in spite of the endeavours of Mr. and Mrs. Pidd to resuscitate him. Dr. Renton, who was near at the time, was fetched in, but all efforts were in vain, death prevailing. The deceased was at once conveyed home. The remains will be interred in Crowle Cemetery on Sunday.
With regret we announce the sudden death of Mr. William Burtwistle Pidd, of Crowle, on Thursday morning, at the age of 70. Mr. Pidd was a native of Crowle, and carried on the business of Tailor and Outfitter for over thirty years. There are few in our town who possess the goodwill and respect to that extent as did the deceased, for a more peaceable, just, and honourable resident it would be difficult to find… His friend, Mr. Lazenby, will truly mourn for the loss of his friend. For over 43 years Mr. Pidd resided in the Market Place, and his quiet corner was the rendezvous of several “old stagers” who were happy sitting around his fireside talking of the old days in the 40s and 50s, and later times. Back to top of page