Mon Jan 7th 1889
Inquest on Catherine JOYCE aged 48, wife of William, Labourer of 2 house 12 Court, Westmoreland St. Victim subject to fainting was found by young son William with her feet in the fire and clothes ablaze, taken to Northen Hospital were she later died.
Platelayer Thomas SHEERAN employed by Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Co sustained severe injuries while in employment died in Wigan Infirmary
Andrew PARKER age 35 of 22 Pugin St met with serious accident while working at North Docks moving baulk of timber which fell on him. He sustained a compound fracture to his leg.
John WALSH aged 45 of Pleasant View Bootle engaged at jute mills as a fireman fell from a ladder. He was thrown onto a wheel going at 154 revolutions a minute and died instantly.He had worked at the mill for many years and had lost an arm in an accident 11 yrs ago.
William MAGEE aged 6 son of a railway porter, 1 house, 15 Court, Smithfield St. died from his clothes catching fire. His mother had left him and a younger child alone while she went for something for dinner.
On arrival of the Liverpool Steamer OPTIC at Belfast it was ascertained that William MULLEN Hairdresser deliberately jumped over board when the vessel had reached the mouth of the Mersey. A life bouy was thrown but MULLEN pushed it away and after a half an hour search was not found. The vessel proceeded on its journey
16th / 17 th, January 1889
ORMSKIRK Police Court
James CAVE charged with attempted suicide Mr Jarvis SWIFT Described it as a sad case, CAVE aged 60 was a hardworking sober man of the Stand Houses Aughton who had worked for 30 yrs as a farm labourer. He had not worked for 12mths due to an injury to his arm, he has a wife and five children. His wife a decent woman earns a few shillings silk weaving. remanded to workhouse for 1 week. When the police went to the house the children were eating dry bread for breakfast
14th January in the temporary absence of his wife George SWEETMAN age 57 of 11 Tillitson St hanged himself by means of a rope attatched to the bannister. Had been out of work for sometime and was in a despondent state of mind.
16th of January 1889
Thomas ALLEN of Benedict St Everton was knocked down and killed on the Lancashire Yorkshire railway at Fazakerley.
21st Jan 1889
The well known and popular song writer Mr J.B. GEOGHEGAN died at Bolton today aged 75 he had been connected to the Music Halls all his life. He wrote songs such as, "John Barleycorn," "The men of merry merry England," "Lancashire Witch," Marigold" and "Black diamond".
Richard LEE aged 64 foreman in a yeast manufactory, was found with a leather belt round his neck attatched to a bedstead by his landlord Robert OSBORNE, 1 House, 1 Court, Crammer St, with whom he had lodged for 2yrs. OSBORNE described him as having bouts of melancholy and would drink habitually. verdict suicide through the effects of drink and disturbance of the mind. Mr LEE leaves a grown up son in Ormskirk.
23rd to 24th Jan 1889
A sad accident occured at Llanwddyn James PEARSON who works for Liverpool Corporation fell headlong into the new straining tower. He fell 42ft into a waterpipe filled with water and died the next day.
Michael McMAHON aged 50 of Peasley Cross St Helens was found drowned in the canal, it is a mystery how he got there. He was night foreman to the caustic men of Messers A. G. KURTZ and Co chemical works. Southport
Death of Jane JONES age 35 wife of Elias Richard JONES Chemist, now in an Asylum. Deceased was lodging at the house of Hannah WISON, 9 Heriot St, who found her dead on the floor of her bedroom. She had complained of pains of the heart on Tuesday and was addicted to drink. Verdict Syncope accelerated by drink.
25th Feb 1889
At Wavertree Town Hall an inquest was held by Mr W. T. HUSBAND on the death of Fanny FOX age 26, who lived with her uncle Thomas ATHERTON at Bourne Bank, Potters Rd. on the 11 inst at 9.30am the kitchen boiler exploded the deceased was knocked down and injured. Dr WILSON and Dr SHAW attended her till the 22nd inst when she died, accidental death.
Carnarvon and Denbigh Herald, 20th Sept 1889
THE SAD FATE OF A SHIPS CAPTAIN
Mr CHURTON on Friday held an inquest at the Boathouse Hotel, Magazines, New Brighten touching the death of Robert Griffith, Pwllheli, whose body was washed ashore on the previous day. Deceased was identified as the captain of the schooner Market and Martha. William Thomas, mate of the vessel, stated that they left Garston for Belfast on the 30th August. The captain, when the schooner left the port, was not sober. He had the whole control of the vessel, and refused to allow witness to take the helm. When in mid-river the schooner struck on a bank, but the tide carried her off. She proceeded down the river, and when near the Herculaneum Dock witness again wished to take the helm, but the captain refused, with the result that the schooner run against the dock pier, damaging her bulwarks and bowsprit. The captain then got into a violent passion, struck G. Jones, one of the crew, in the face with his fist, and seizing witness tried to hang him with a boat painter. A desperate struggle ensued, and wit- ness and the other members of the crew jumped into the punt, and rowed to the landing-stage, where they informed the police of the occurrence. In reply to the coroner, witness stated that he did not know whether the captain was drunk or insane. Witness returned to the schooner at night, and found her in charge of the boatmen who had witnessed the struggle. The Coroner said as they had no evidence to say how deceased got into the water, it would be safest to return an open verdict to the effect that the man was Found drowned. The jury adopted this course.
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