Memory Lane - 100 years ago

First published in Memory Lane

THE White Star mammoth liner the Titanic struck an iceberg with the loss of life placed at 1,461.

Among the passengers were Leopold Weisz and wife Matilda Weisz who lived in Victoria Road, Bromsgrove. Mrs Weisz’s name appeared on a list of those saved on board the Carpathia. But the Messenger reported: “No mention of the name of Mr Weisz has been made in the lists and there appears to be no doubt that the unfortunate gentlemen is included in the large number of men who duty and discipline compelled to stand aside and await death in order that the safety of women and children be ensured.”

à BROMSGROVE Secondary School’s new buildings in Stourbridge Road had been opened by the Countess of Coventry.

The school, established in 1905, had seen a growth in pupil intakeandtheBoard of Education ruled that its old buildings could not be altered to meet their tuition needs. Itwasdecided to erect a new school building, yards from the town centre on a part of the old cricket ground, equipping the school with modern furniture and apparatus.

à ATBromsgrove Petty Sessions John Warner, of Alvechurch, was charged with cruelty to a dog by striking it with a stick, causing it to lose an eye.

Thedefendant said thedog had on two separate occasions caught hold of his trousers as he was passing and this time he swung his stick to keep him off. The chairman of the bench ruled that there was no intention to injure the dog and the case was dismissed.

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