8 September 1900
You may remember a Mr GICHERO from
last week's extra posting about the
MESCHIA ice cream family of Hyde. By
pure coincidence, it seems he or one
of his family appeared in the Reporter
again 100 years ago this week, involved
in the trial of a fellow Italian, charged
with cheating a woman out of half a
WOODHEAD of 20 Travis Street Hyde
had finished work on Friday evening
and was making her way home at Green
Croft Mill with her 12s 11d pay packet.
She had spent 2s 10d, leaving her
with half a sovereign and a penny,
when she stopped at a market stall
run by Louis BOGGIANO. She ordered
half a penny worth of ice cream and
put the half a sovereign on the counter.
Sarah turned away for a moment and
when she looked back, the coin had
gone and the ice cream seller claimed
she had only given him a ha'penny.
Eliza ASHTON, 50, of
High Street, Denton gave evidence,
saying that BOGGIANO had just laughed
when WOODHEAD demanded her change
and motioned her to go away. Passers-by
asked to check his pockets, but although
he allowed them to look in the pocket
where he kept his silver, he refused
to let them check the pocket where
he kept his coppers. Then BAGGIANO
picked up his apron and ran across
the market to his sister.
The police were called
and could find no sign of the coin
until it was handed in by a boy who
had found it nearby. BOGGIANO was
said to have been in the country for
only a few weeks and Mr GICHERO was
called in to interpret for him. At
the trial, it was established that
BOGGIANO was familiar with the currency.
WOODHEAD was quizzed about why she
had paid for the ice cream with a
half sovereign, rather than the penny
she had in her purse. She claimed
it was because she wanted change.
BOGGIANO was fined 5s and costs.
James ASPINALL was summoned for assault on Mary
DAVIES of Waterloo: "She was washing on Oldham Wakes
Monday morning. Her clothes were hanging in the
yard to dry. She went into the yard and heard a
noise in the washhouse and saw the defendant and
a 'dirty' man inside. She watched them, frightened
they would dirty her clothes and saw ASPINALL put
a hosepipe out of the window.
The witness said: 'Mind my clothes'.
Defendant wet half her clothes then turned the
hosepipe onto her, and wet her from head to foot,
and she had to take all her clothes." (I wonder
if her husband bought this story?! - ed) "The
defendant said he did not did not do it intentionally.
The complainant jumped up at the washhouse window
and fired a pot at him and he 'ducked' (laughter).
'He wanted to make me into a laughing stock,'
said the complainant. The defendant was fined
10s 6d and costs or 14 days."
And the court cases get stranger.
John EVANS and John TAYLOR failed to appear at Ashton
County Police Court to answer a charge of obstruction
on Sunday, 24 August. A police constable gave evidence:
"At 10.35 am on the morning in question, he saw
the defendants running on a public footpath in Knott
Lane, Bardsley. TAYLOR was dressed in costume and
EVANS had a pair of pumps on. There had been several
complaints." They were fined 2s 6d and costs, but
what on earth were they supposed to have done? Disorderly
jogging? Perhaps the pumps were all that
EVANS wore? A very odd report that begs more questions
than it answered!
There was a large congregation
at St Michael's to witness the marriage of William
CORDWELL of Cleveleys, near Blackpool and formerly
of Ashton and Henrietta, the eldest daughter of
John HOBSON of Plantation Street, Whitelands Road.
CORDWELL had been an employee of Garside's Wellington
Mills "but by his industry and perseverance, he
has risen to the post of electrician at the large
new hydro at Cleveleys."
There was a jolly evening at the
rooms of Mr BLACKER on Stamford Street, the singing,
games and dancing brought to an end at half past
ten. The couple honeymooned in Morecambe and were
to live in Bispham.
"Recruiting at the Ashton Depot
is very brisk at the present time, more particularly
in connection with the line battalions. There are
now at Ashton undergoing training, 100 line recruits
and 60 militia recruits. The recruits, we are informed,
nearly all belong to Lancashire and they are a fine
stamp of men."
But if local men were keen to serve
in the Boar War, others were never to return.
"On Monday evening, Mrs K COMMERFORD of 75 Wellington
Street was advised by the authorities that her
husband, No 938 Private COMMERFORD, 5th Manchester
Regiment, died of wounds on 25th August. This
is a very sad case as the widow is left to face
the future with the care of three young children."
Meanwhile, Miss G HOLMES of Crawford
Terrace, Cockbrook, received 'an official memorandum'
telling her that her brother, James HOLMES had
been severely wounded in Geluk, along with many
others of the Manchesters
William Thomas SINGLETON, "a
young man well known in the neighbourhood of Marple
a few years ago, now residing in Lytham was in Manchester
Bankruptcy Court on Monday." He was managing director
of Vendors Limited and had apparently gone belly
up through the failure to float various companies,
including the wonderfully named 'Natural Epsom Salts
Dukinfield Old Chapel Sunday
School was advertising its imminent centenary celebrations
to take place later in the month with a Scholars'
Procession and party and special services. Hopefully
more about this in a few weeks time. Also, the second
Hyde Eisteddfod was to be held at Union Street Congregational
The following were found in the
public notices, applying for licences to sell
intoxicating liquor: John Clayton CROMPTON of
169 Whitelands Road, Ashton; Mary TATTERSALL of
High Street, Lees; William GREENWOOD of Pelham
Street, Bardsley and Mary BRENNAN of Old Street,
And finally, John BRIERLEY,
the very proud proprietor of the George and Dragon
Hotel, Market Square, Ashton proclaimed it: "The
finest hotel in the North of England, lighted throughout
by electricite" (sic)