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From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: January 19th. 1906.


Mr. J. Pentir Williams, coroner, held an inquest on Tuesday, touching the death of Jeremiah Parry Hughes, a painter, Hill-street, who died on Monday from the effects of an accident sustained on the 2nd. of December. The deceased was passing along the parapet in Pool-hill, when a sack of bran, which was being hoisted at Messrs. Lake and Company's Warehouse, fell on his back. - W. Ellis Evans, warehouseman in the employ of Messrs. Lake and Co., testified that a sack of bran, which was being hoisted, fell on the back of the deceased. The sack fell from the height of the first storey. Deceased was conscious after the accident. - R. Roberts, another warehouseman, said they took every precaution to warn pedestrians, and he warned the deceased when approaching the warehouse. - Dr. Tom Roberts said he was called to see the deceased shortly after the accident. The patient suffered from shock, and paralysis ensued. He had also fractured his spine, and the case was hopeless from the outset. - The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death." - Mr. H. Lloyd-Carter appeared for Messrs. Lake and Co. The jury passed a vote of sympathy with the family in their bereavement.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: January 26th. 1906.


Mr. R. Ranleigh Jones, dentist, left town on Monday for Bournemouth, where he will recuperate after his recent long illness.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: February 9th. 1906.


There are complaints that the clock is badly lighted at night. It ought not to be so as the gas is supplied at the expense of the rate payers.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: February 9th. 1906.


Mr. John Kelly, who had been in the employ of the London and North-Western Company for many years, disappeared under mysterious circumstances on Wednesday evening. He was last seen at five o'clock going in the direction of the slaughter-houses. One of his sons, Mr. Dan Kelly, hairdresser, has been lying ill in the hospital for some weeks, and he had come very despondent in consequence. The inquiries instituted by his family and the police have proved unavailing.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: February 16th. 1906.


As a goods train from Llanberis was entering the station on Thursday afternoon, a number of trucks jumped the rails. A breakdown gang from Bangor were soon on the spot, and they succeeded in replacing the derailed waggons with very little, if any, delay being caused to the passenger traffic.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: February 16th. 1906.


A committee was appointed by the Town Council many months ago, to consider the question of purchasng a site for a new cemetery. One or two reports were presented. Since then the committee seems to have gone out of existence - at any rate, nothing has been done.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: February 23rd. 1906.


The insignificant box which was placed on a lamp-post at the top of Pool-street, and intended as a receptacle for letters, has been removed and the large district which the abolished sub-office in that street served is now without any kind of postal facilities. What further action will the Town Council take in the matter?

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: March 2nd. 1906.


The surveyor to the Post Office was in the town this week making inquiries into complaints about the inadequate postal facilities, more especially in the large district above Pool-street, which is now without a sub-office of any kind. The town clerk (Mr. R. O. Roberts) had an interview with the surveyor, and we understand that there is a probability that a sub-office will again be opened in the district named, and that other changes are on the tapis.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: March 16th. 1906.


The men employed in demolishing the old premises in Bridge-street, in the occupation of the late Mr. Thorman for many years, came upon a number of curiosities, which included an old copper coin of great thickness.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: March 16th. 1906.


The building of the new premises at the botton of Pool-street for the National and Provincial Bank will be commenced early next month. The building, which will be an ornament to the town, will be in the classic style of architecture. Mr. R. Rowland Jones is the architect.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: March 16th. 1906.


Last week much damage was done to the Pavilion, as many as thirty large panes of glass having been broken. Bricks and half-bricks, and quite a barrowful of stones were picked up inside the building, and there was every appearance of the damage having been systematically done. Inquiries at the elementary school by the police resulted in summonses being served upon two young boys, who, it is said, made no attempt to deny that they were the delinquents.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: March 16th. 1906.


Night after night the tenant of a house in Henwalia district was robbed of his sleep by mysterious "knockings" in the vicinity of his bed chamber. Though he kept a light burning all night, and on more that one occasion brought a friend or two to keep him company, the noise continued, and in despair the tenant prepared to take up his abode elsewhere. At last, however, the mystery was cleared up by the discovery of a nest of rats at the spot whence the noise proceeded.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: April 27th. 1906.


On Saturday Mr. and Mrs. Griffith Parry, 26, North Pen'rallt, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. They were married in 1856 at Llanbeblig Parish Church.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: April 27th. 1906.


An interim receiving order was made at the Bangor Bankruptcy Court, on Monday, in the case of Dd. Evans, butcher, of Bangor and Carnarvon. The public examination will take place on the 14th. June at Bangor.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 4th. 1906.


Last week Messrs. Hugh Jones and Son, ship-builders, launched a large three-masted sailing boat, which was built to the order of a boat-owner at Aberystwyth.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 4th. 1906.


Last week, the following left town for Canada, on board the s.s. "Southwark" :- Arthur Rees, Turf-square; John Jones, Bank-quay; Richard Evans, Tyddyn Llwydyn; Webster Hughes, and two others.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 4th. 1906.


Aneurin Davies, who, up to a short time ago, was in the employ of Messrs. Edward Hughes and Co., ironmongers, as clerk, was brought up on remand on Tuesday at a special Police Court, before J. R. Pritchard, Esq., charged with forgery and embezzlement. - Mr. J. T. Roberts, who prosecuted, said that he could go into the case on Friday, but he understood that Mr. J. B. Allanson, who defends, had applied for an adjournment until Monday. To this Mr. Roberts agreed, and the case was therefore adjourned.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 18th. 1906.


The 12.5 train from Bangor to Carnarvon to-day was delayed for about half-an-hour at Portdinorwic, owing to one of the eccentrics of the engine breaking. A wire was sent to Carnarvon for another engine.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 18th. 1906.


Under the auspices of the Corporation, an exhibition of gas appliances was held at the Guild Hall this week by Messrs. John Wright and Company, the well-known manufacturers of gas, cooking and heating apparatus. Miss F. E. Farnworth, M. C. A., gave a series of lectures on cooking by gas, with practical cookery demonstrations.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 18th. 1906.


The band of the 4th. Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers, under the able conductorship of Bandmaster George Moreland, played the following selection of music last Saturday on Castle-square:- March, "The King's Guard" (Keith); Indian intermezzo, "Romona" (Lee Johnson); selection, "The Cingalee" (Monckton); waltz, "Estudianta" (Waldteufel); "Konig's Gavotte" (Herman Reh); "God Save the King."

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 25th. 1906.


Mr. George Brymer, is, we regret to state, confined to his home through illness.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 25th. 1906.


A solitary flag on the Conservative Club reminded the residents that it was Empire Day. In the evening a public dinner was given at the Royal Hotel.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: June 1st. 1906.


Under the will of a gentleman who died at Llanrug, a sum of 2 is to be devoted annually towards the purchase of tobacco for the inmates of the workhouse.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: June 1st. 1906.


Yesterday a match was played between the University College (Bangor) Club and the Carnarvon Cricket Club. The former scored 63, and the latter 24. Mr. H. Billing, who carried his bat right through the innings, was responsible for 18 out of the 24. The local team was weakened owing to the holidays, and the pro. (Knight) was also absent as the result of an injury he had sustained.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: June 8th. 1906.


The Aber Swimming Baths were formally opened on Saturday.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: June 8th. 1906.


On Tuesday, the local police wore their new white summer helmets for the first time this season, which are reported to be light, cool, and comfortable.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: June 8th. 1906.


The number of people who paid the bridge toll on Sunday was 3500. On Monday, the number was 7000. The receipts for the two days was 7 and 15 respectively. Nearly 3000 crossed to Anglesey by steamer on Monday.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: June 15th. 1906.


The employees of the Nelson Emporium Carnarvon, had their annual trip to Clynnog on Thursday, through the kindness of their employers, Messrs. Brymer and Davies. The whole assistants at the establishment, numbering about 70, thoroughly enjoyed their outing. Tea was partaken of at the Old Turnpike.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: June 15th. 1906.


At the monthly meeting of the Board of Guardians on Saturday, the master (Mr. Parry) reported that there were 121 in the house on the 2nd. inst., as compared with 104 on the corresponding date of the previous month. - Mr. Richard Jones asked what was the cause of the increase? - Mr. J. R. Hughes said that it was very difficult for men to get work in Carnarvon, and he had never seen a larger number of unemployed. He believed the same thing was true of Talysarn and other places in the union.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: June 22nd. 1906.


Ellen May Lovell and Kate Hilda Gilderdale, two girls, were charged with stealing two tins of salmon from the shop of one Kate Evans. Mr. Nee appeared for the defendants. - Both pleaded guilty, and in reply to the Mayor, expressed their readiness to enter domestic service if situations were found for them. - The Mayor said that he would see to comfortable situations being provided for them, and the case was accordingly adjourned for a month.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: June 22nd. 1906.


Since the opening of the public bath for the season on the 2nd. inst., about 1600 bathers have passed the turnstiles.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: June 29th. 1906.


The tender of Messrs. Williams and Roberts, of this town, has been accepted for the erection of a new N. and P. Bank at the bottom of Pool-street.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: July 6th. 1906.


Mr. Ludwig S. B. Tasker, second son of Mr. Brandon Tasker, who is a student at the University College, London, has successfully passed with honours his Intermediate B. Sc. (London) and 1st. M. B. (London).

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: July 6th. 1906.


A serious accident took place at the old "Herald" Office on Wednesday afternoon. While two men employed by Messrs. E. Hughes and Co., Cambrian Paint Works, were engaged in removing a lift a joiner named Henry Morris Evans, who resides at 13, Eleanor-street, had a narrow escape from death. He fell in a mysterious manner between the lift and one of the floors, and was suspended by the neck until assistance arrived. One man supported him from below, while another cut off a piece of the lift, and so liberated the unfortunate man, who sustained severe injuries. He was attended by Dr. John Williams, who gave instructions for his removal in the ambulance. He is progressing as well as can be expected.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: July 13th. 1906.


Messrs. E. Davies ans Son, agricultural implement makers, Crown-street, have obtained a patent for an improvement in side and bottom slade combined for ploughs.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: July 20th. 1906.


Shops and houses in all parts of the town are being painted and renovated, and professional painters are so busy that amateurs are being employed. Even the fountain, where sit the loafers of the town, dangling their idle legs, is being cleaned and purified.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: August 10th. 1906.


The increased motor and cycle traffic through the town has rendered the corner by Mr. Parry's chemist shop one of the most dangerous, if not the most dangerous, in the town. On Monday there were one or two accidents, the result of turning the corner too sharply, and too swiftly.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: August 17th. 1906.


The installation has been completed, and the light was switched on for the first time this week. The main portion of the building will be lit by ten large arc lamps.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: August 17th. 1906.


At a special meeting of the Town Council on Monday night the Town Clerk (Mr. R. O. Roberts) said that the postmaster desired to know the wishes of the Council in the matter of making provision for letters in the Marcus-street district, where the sub-post office had been closed, and whether they would prefer a wall-box, a pillar-box, or a lamp-box. - Councillor W. G. Thomas thought that a lamp-box was a very poor substitute for a pillar-box. He suggested that they should have a pillar or wall-box. - A resolution was adopted in favour of either a wall-box or a pillar-box, its precise position to be left to the postmaster. - Alderman R. Norman Davies asked whether the location of the sub-post office on Pool-street had yet been decided upon. - The Town Clerk: I have heard nothing officially, but I think it may be taken for granted that the site has been fixed upon, namely Mr. T. O. Jones's shop.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: August 31st. 1906.


The installation of electricity has effected a great improvement in the lighting of the Pavilion. The thousands of people who attended the Eisteddfod concerts last week had reason to thank the Pavilion company for considering their convenience. Had it not been for the electric light the heat in the building would have been most oppressive. The installation was most successfully carried out under the superintendence of Mr. Goodman, manager of the Carnarvon Corporation Electricity Works.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: August 31st. 1906.


A correspondent writes:- When the Celtic cross was erected on Twthill Bach to commemorate the Carnarvonshire men who died in South Africa during the war, it was understood that a public road would be made from the higher to the lower Twthill. An opening was made in the wall, but obstructions were placed across it, and it has remained in that state for many months. Hundreds, if not thousands, of visitors have been to the top of Twthill during the summer months, and were anxious to inspect the monument, but were unable to do so, owing to the obstructions placed across the opening made. What is the reason that the path has not yet been completed? The question is one that ought to receive the attention of the Town Council.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: September 7th. 1906.


A brass tablet on a ground of white marble have been placed above the entrance of the Free Library and Institute to commemorate the founding of the institution by the late Alderman Lewis Lewis, in the year 1887. Mr. Lewis were three times the Mayor of Carnarvon, namely, 1874-5, 1879-81, and 1884-6.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: September 14th. 1906.


The employees of Messrs. Jones and Price, wine merchants of this town, were entertained to dinner on Friday evening at the Castle Hotel, the occasion being the marriage of Miss Enid Jones (second daughter of the late Mr. John Jones and of Mrs. Jones, Minafon), who is a great favourite with the staff, most of whom have almost a life-long record of service with the firm. The chair was taken by Mr. Ernest W. Jones, the vice-chair being occupied by Mr. W. S. Jones, solicitor, as representing the family. After full justice had been done to the sumptuous repast, and the loyal toasts disposed of, the toast of the evening, "Health and happiness to the bride-elect," was proposed by Mr. William Jones, and repsonded to by Mr. W. S. Jones, and toasted their good health. This was responded to by Mr. Ernest W. Jones, who said that the firm, in spite of bad trade, had of late substantially increased their business, and to-day they were known far and wide. The toast of "Success to the firm of Messrs. Jones and Price" having been given, most of the employees took advantage of the occasion to testify to their good feelings towards their employers. The excellent catering of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Roberts deserves parise. The dinner was a splendid success from beginning to end, and a very pleasant evening terminated with the singing of the National Anthem.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: September 14th. 1906.


Whilst riding a horse in the direction of Carnarvon from Llanddeiniolen, on Monday, Mr. Hugh Hope, butcher, fell and sustained injuries to the face. Fortunately, the injuries were not serious. - On Monday, whilst Miss Jones, daughter of Mr. Edwin Jones, butcher, was riding a bicycle she collided with another cyclist and was thrown to the ground, sustaining rather severe injuries. She is, we are pleased to say, progressing favourably.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: October 19th. 1906.


Employment might be given during the winter, and a very desirable work done, if men were employed to put in order the churchyard at Llanbeblig. Only one man is employed at present. He is paid by the vicar. The large size of the churchyard makes it impossible for him to keep it in the proper order. Mr. T. Morgan Lloyd, Cartref, has kindly consented to act as honorary treasurer of the special fund, which is being raised. It will no doubt be strongly supported.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: October 26th. 1906.


An ambulance class for ladies has just been formed in the town. The lecturer is Dr. John Evans.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: October 26th. 1906.


Owing to the failure of several grocers, bakers, and provision dealers to close their premises on Thursday afternoon, it is stated that some of the largest shopkeepers will keep open.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: October 26th. 1906.


Mr. R. P. Evans, 8, Market-street, has applied for a patent for label-holders for umbrellas, etc. An identification label, card, or the like, bearing the owner's name and address, can be attached to an umbrella, parasol, or the like.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: November 2nd. 1906.


The trade of the town is in a very depressed state, and it is rumoured that the employees of one large works are to be put on short time.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: November 9th. 1906.


At a meeting of the Highway Committee of the Corporation, the Mayor called attention to the defective state of the steps from Castle-square to St. Helen's-raod, and the surveyor was instructed to do the neccessary repairs to the same.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: November 16th. 1906.


On Thursday evening, while Miss Davies, Treborth, was delivering her lecture at the Y. M. C. A. Rooms a stone was thrown through the upper window, hitting one of the young ladies present. Fortunately no-one was hurt, but the incident caused some sensation. It is thought that the stone was thrown by some mischievous boys, using the catapult, without thinking what harm they might do.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: December 14th. 1906.


Shortly after 6 o'clock, on Monday morning, an alarm was raised that there was an outbreak of fire on the premises of Mr. Humphreys, fishmonger, South Pen'rallt. The fire brigade, who were summoned, forced an entrance into one of the rooms above the shop, and found that a sail and net belonging to a fishing-boat were smouldering. The fire was put out with little difficulty, and the damage done was slight.

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