The late Mr James STEEL
Mr James Joseph STEEL of Abercromby Square, Liverpool died on Tuesday night at Buxton where he had gone in search of health. Born in 1818 he became involved in business in early life and at the time of his death was head of the firm Steel and Co, Cigar manufacturers and tobacco importers of Duke St. In politics he was a devoted Liberal and contested Pitt St ward against the Conservative candidate in 1859, 1866, 1868, 1873 and 1876 being defeated on each occasion. In latter years his opponent Mr C. C. DEANE was unseated and in the election that followed Mr STEEL defeated Mr DEANE by only 53 votes. In 1878 Mr STEEL was re-elected and held the seat till late in 1881 when he retired from the council due to ill-health.
Some years ago he rendered service to the Select Committee and was also a member of the Management Committee of the Liverpool Liberal Association. In 1880 he was appointed Justice of the Peace for the city and no magistrate surpassed him in the attention to his duties.
At a meeting of the City Council yesterday the Mayor Alderman David RADCLIFFE communicated the news of Mr STEELíS death. He was a man of genial temperament and highly esteemed by both political and in social and commercial circles, the funeral takes place at Roby Church as noon on Saturday next.
Liverpool Mercury Nov 6th 1897
Death of a local brewer
The death is announced of Mr Thomas GARDNER who for many years was a prominent brewer in the city. The deceased was the principal founder of the firm Messers GARDNER, THOMPSON and CARDWELL Ltd, now known as WHITTLE SPRINGS BREWERY Ltd, 37 Leeds St, owners of a large number of public houses in Liverpool. Mr GARDNER relinquished his interest in the business some years ago and led a somewhat retired life. He enjoyed many warm friends and was noted for the kindness of spirit he at all times exhibited, not only to the public but to his employees.
Although pressed on many occasions to seek public honours, he always declined owing to his quiet, modest nature. During the last few weeks his health became affected and he died yesterday aged 80yrs at his residence, Ladycroft, Huyton, he leaves three sons and two married daughters. The funeral will take place on Monday afternoon a Roby Church.
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