Down Memory Lane

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100 YEARS AGO - October 18, 1912

BAILIE Macmillan resumed his Bible class for working lads and young men last Sabbath evening. The Church Hall was well filled with young fellows from 14 to 20 years of age. Mr Macmillan’s opening address was based on John iii, 16, and he told everyone that since the close of the last session of the class one member had gone to the other world, six had departed to other countries, one is in hospital and one is lying ill at home. He said it behoved all of them to make the very best use of present opportunities.

THE monthly meeting of the British Women’s Temperance Association was held in the hall of the Milngavie and Baldernock United Free Church on Monday night, when in spite of the inclemency of the weather there was a fair attendance. Mrs Young, vice-president, occupied the chair, and introduced Miss Wilson from the City Orphan Home, Glasgow, to the meeting who gave a helpful address on the power of the gospel in the temperance movement. She described the Fall of Jericho, and showed how it was subdued by the hidden power of God. She went on to say that the fight with strong drink and intemperance must be done in the same way, if it has been done successfully.

75 YEARS AGO - October 16, 1937

JAMES Lee (39) from 6 Lennox Avenue, Milngavie, was fatally injured in a collision between a motor cycle and push-bike on Strathblane Road, near Milngavie, on Sunday night. He was thrown violently to the ground when he was riding pillion and sustained severe head injuries. He died later in Glasgow Western Infirmary. Thomas Tulloch (29) from 62 Ferguson Avenue, Milngavie, driver of the motor cycle, and Jas. Murdoch (18), from 207 Firhill Road, Glasgow, the pedal cyclist, were taken to the Western Infirmary, where Murdoch was detained, suffering from head injuries. Tulloch, who suffered an injury to his shoulder, was allowed home after treatment. Lee was an employee of Milngavie Town Council and at one time a prominent amateur football player.

THE Church of Scotland travelling cinema came to St Luke’s Church on Tuesday evening when Mr Armitage showed the film The Evangel in Manchuria which illustrated the work carried out there by missionaries from Scotland. Through these moving pictures the audience was taken to see the work in schools, hospitals and churches in that far away land. Scenes in city and country life were shown also sections of the Great Wall of China. The article said: “much good and lasting work was being done by the missionaries among the youth of China, many of them were being trained as doctors, teachers and nurses.”

50 YEARS AGO - October 19, 1962

A MILNGAVIE man was fined £10, or 30 days in prison, by Police-Judge Buchanan at Milngavie Police Court on Wednesday evening. Hugh McCorkindale c/o Lennox Avenue admitted charges of assault and breach of the peace, the offences were committed in his mother-in-law’s house, where he stays with his wife and three children. He was accused of assaulting his wife and causing fear and alarm to his children. He’d had a considerable amount to drink, and he said: “My wife is a bit of a nagger. I would never have done it had I not been drinking.”

HUGH Harkness, a 19-year-old apprentice butcher, of 66 Balvie Road, Milngavie, was fined £5 by Police Judge Buchanan at Milngavie Police Court for a breach of the peace. Harkness had pleaded not guilty, along with Robert Fanning, an 18-year-old labourer of 45 Ashburn Gardens, Milngavie. Fanning was admonished. Both stood trial after pleading not guilty to a breach of the peace in Douglas Street, Milngavie.

25 YEARS AGO - October 16, 1987

A SPECIAL meeting of the full District Council was going to be held to discuss the possible privatisation of the Allander Sports Centre. This had been raised by a consultation paper, issued jointly by the department of the environment, the Scottish Office and Welsh Office, entitled “Competition in the Management of Local Authority Sports and Leisure Facilities.” It outlined Government proposals to make the management of local authority sports and leisure facilities subject to the compulsory tendering provisions in the current Local Government Bill.

A MILNGAVIE doctor was one of two Scots killed in an air crash in Burma. Dr Lyall William John Ross (51), of Drumlin Drive, was one of 45 people killed when the Fokker Friendship plane he was travelling in fell 2000 feet on its approach to Pagan. Onlookers said the plane burst into flames before hitting the ground. Dr Ross, single and a graduate of St Andrews University, was a senior partner at the Woodside Health Centre in Barr Street, Glasgow.

10 YEARS AGO - October 18, 2002

A BEARSDEN girl miraculously cheated death in the Bali bombing atrocity because her friend was hogging the internet. Mhairi Sim was 50 metres away from the Sari nightclub when a massive car bomb exploded outside the building leaving nearly 200 innocent holidaymakers dead and scores horribly injured. The 23-year-old languages graduate should have been on the dance floor 30 minutes earlier but mercifully was delayed because her friend Alex was sending e-mails.

A POPULAR playground in Milngavie was updated with £30,000 of new equipment to the delight of youngsters. Primary three children from Clober Primary had a field day at Mains Park, trying out the facilities which gave the area, which previously had two swings and a slide, a modern, colourful look. The project saw a large modular multiplay unit called Monsoon, which has 24 features including a small climbing wall and set of heavy duty traditional swings, complete with safety guards, all set on a rubber safety surface, installed.