OUR SALEM BASE Base open this week as usual from 10am – 3pm. Visitors this Tuesday will be Pat Stanley who Daz will be showing around the Cemetery for her to see her father’s grave. Also Mike Clarke has changed his scheduled visit so that he can meet Pat as they both have Wollaston family connections and we welcome all others from this family to exchange information as well.
REQUESTS An enquiry from Harold White ‘I am researching my family tree and wondered if you have any information regarding Harold and Sarah Ann White (nee Turner) as i think they could be my grandparents. Also if you have any information regarding George & Joseph Turner as I believe these gentlemen are brothers of Sarah Ann. My father was also called Harold White and was born in Cheslyn Hay in 1910.
RESPONSES And in advance of meeting up with any connections with her family on Tuesday, Pat emails ‘How interesting that the Wollaston name is being researched, my father’s full name was Keith Cadman Wollaston and his father (my grandfather) was Arthur Wollaston. Arthur was the middle child of thirteen and I met one of his brothers Bert once. Arthur’s party piece was to recite all thirteen names and I can still remember some Ethel, Edie, Bert, Clarry, Millie and, of course, Arthur. I believe Arthur worked at the Liverpool Cable Company for some years as he and my grandmother lived there at one time and he must have married my grandmother Alice Maude Sambrook in the 40s and her family were local people to the Midlands. She is the person for whom the plot next to my father’s grave was reserved. It would be lovely to meet and discuss the Wollaston family with Mr Clark and anyone else.’
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS A Perry family gathering, Hazel & Thora Doyle, the weddings of Ted Steadman & Thora Doyle and Charlie Bickley & Josie Perry, a 1958 photo of the Steadman and Perry children with St Marks Vicarage and the railway station in the background, a Joseph Lucas Christmas Party, a 1937 George V Silver Jubilee Celebration outside the Wheatsheaf in Great Wyrley, a 1938 Cheslyn Hay Boys Club football team and three photographs of the Cheslyn Hay WMC’s darts teams with only Perce Perry named.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS A two page letter from Maud Edalji dated 1959 complaining about the errors in John Dickson Carr’s book on Arthur Conan Doyle.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO ……by Mike Belcher
24th July 1964 Salem’s Womens Own Gala Party.
24th July 1964 The life of Mary Elizabeth Poole from 95 Station Street.
25th July 1914 Four paragraphs on the wedding between Mr Albert Edwin Dawson, Miss May Marshall of the Talbot Inn, Cheslyn Hay including naming all 50 guests and their wedding presents!
25th July 1914 The anniversary of the Female Friendly Society.
25th July 1914 The outcome of the fire at Mr J Pearson’s of Station Street last week and the update on Jim Perry of The Lot.
25th July 1914 A special collection at the Working Men’s Club for John Davis.
MEMORIES This week comes from the researches of Pat Everiss from Coroner’s Inquests and it concerns the death of Elizabeth Turner, aged sixty and wife of the innkeeper Henry Turner of the Rose and Crown in Station Street involving Elizabeth Rushton, John Skitt, PC Cooper, PC Parkes and William Bryan.
FAMILY HISTORY by Andrew Pearson This week is the other line of the Clewley family tree. It is derived from Joseph, also going back to the early 1700s with 2 pages of the tree but with all the information it totals 13 pages in all. Selected pages available at £1 per page, with £2 for the tree and £20 for all the Clewley information which includes the 30 pages of the other Clewley tree from last week. Enquiries or advice, free of course, by emailing or phoning me – 01922 414772. Other names on the tree include Benton, Bond, Bradbury, Dutton, Hood, Jenkinson and Poynor.