Friday 21 April 1916
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Mr and Mrs Mark Oddy of Leeds Road, Idle, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary by entertaining a number of old friends to tea. ‘The aged couple were married in 1866 at the Calverley Parish Church. They still enjoy the best of health and are remarkably active, notwithstanding the fact that both have passed the age of three score years and ten. Mrs Oddy is 73 and Mr Oddy 72. ‘The latter was born at Esholt, his parents being farmers. On coming to live at Idle over a half a century ago, he got employment at Messrs James Harper and Sons, Ravenscliffe Mills, where he was employed for over 20 years.
‘Since taking up his residence at Idle he has been closely associated with the Wesleyan Church and has taken an active part in temperance work. For 36 years he has been a total abstainer. He holds the position of trustee and has rendered excellent work in the Sunday School. ‘In all his labours, Mr Oddy has had an enthusiastic helpmeet in Mrs Oddy. She also has been in regular attendance at the Wesleyan Church. She well remembers the old Wesleyan School which used to be where the Broomfield laundry now stands. Mr John Fallon, at the time an old worker in the cause, lived next door to the school. He had a large family, one of the sons being the Rev John Fallon who is doing good work in the South of England… ‘Mr Fred Oddy (son) is at present an esteemed and worthy member of the church, holding the important position of society steward.’
Golden couple celebrate with tea party for friends
This week’s profile was of Mr J S Waite (above), ‘who is exceedingly popular in Shipley. He has been in the employment of Mr John Blackwood, pawnbroker, clothier and jeweller, Shipley, for over thirty-four years. ‘Leaving his home in Harrogate in 1882, he went as an apprentice to one of Mr Blackwood’s branches in Bradford. On attaining his 21st year he was given charge of the sales department and only a few years elapsed before he was appointed buyer and manager of the large business in Shipley. ‘Spencer, as he is familiarly known to his customers, is always the embodiment of courtesy and he has worked up a profitable business for his employer. We wish him many years of health and strength to continue in the position which he fills so well.’
Tribute to a popular Shipley pawnbroker
Columnist Wanderer gave his view on the changing role of women, revealing some of the attitudes that prevailed 100 years ago. I remember somewhere reading that so far from women being unfitted for hard work, she really is the ideal worker and that the course of the world has gone altogether wrong in making man the wage-earner and women the wage- spender! Staying power It was pointed out that woman has far more “staying” power than her lord and master, is much more accustomed to pain and suffering and so bears it better, and is much less given to grumbling. If man is physically stronger, he lacks patience and woman, the “weaker vessel,” makes up for her deficiency in bone and muscle by the marvellously superior control of her mind and spirit over her body. When she says “I will do it,” she does it. I do not necessarily subscribe to this view of things which in practice would mean that the women folk should go out and earn the living and the men stay at home and mind he babies and do the washing up and baking! At the same time I admit there may be something in it and I think this is proved by the fact that today when the men are away fighting, the women are taking their places at home in a manner so excellent and as if used to it all their lives, which positively astonishes us - by the
“us”, meaning those who have never studied anthropology, who have taken a superficial view of women’s capabilities, who have permitted an obsession to take the place of observation, examination and thought. Women are showing what they can do when their country’s back is against the wall and in the doing of it they are not losing an ounce of their delightful femininity – they are just as much women as ever they were and when the war is over will return to their domestic duties vastly enriched in every way through their experiences. Then as we think of it what an insight into life she is getting which will be most useful to her future. Conductress The tramcar conductress who can control a brake on a steep gradient and keep order on a car full of men, women and children – what a wonderful wife, mother and neighbour she will make in the days to come! Afraid of any one man – when she kept scores of them under control daily! Suffer unruly children in her home when she withered hundreds of them by her glance and kept them quiet by a look! Be troubled by her neighbours when she has been accustomed to insist on so many of her sisters the sensible way to get off a car, that here is the end of the penny
stage, and their destinations that she would be glad if they would kindly sit closer and not occupy two spaces while they only pay for one. She is in authority and is going to be obeyed and in the future she will do the “carry on.” Help-meet So she goes on her way – the perfected specimen, the evolved, the woman who is to be man’s help-meet and never again his slave. It is excellent in every way and I admire her intensely while at the same time I beseech her to be merciful! During the 18 months ended January 1916, 617,000 women and girls were placed in employment by the Labour Exchange, representing a 40 per cent increase on those employed before the war. Wages for women’s work are steadily going up and I read of a woman overseer appointed to a munition factory at £500 a year, with an assistant at £250 while ten posts at £200 a year (with travelling expenses) have been created under the Board of Agriculture. This is good news – if they do the work they get the pay. All honour to our splendid women folk and may their number increase daily. For women to be idle in these times of national stress is unpardonable but then what woman ever did think herself idle and is it not true that in all classes and conditions of folk, there are “conscientious objectors” to do their bit, sufferers from ergophobia, “whose strength it is to sit still”!
During the 18 months ended January 1916, 617,000 women and girls were placed in employment by the Labour Exchange, representing a 40 per cent increase on those employed before the war.
War roles will make women better wives
“Owd Abe” was ruminating ‘abaht t’difference there is nah-a-days I’ goin’ courtin’ an’ what it used to bi when I wor a lad. ‘Most o’ t’courtin’ I’ t’owd days hed ta be done ahtside. There wor no picter palaces an’ sitch grand places as t’Empires an Alhambras ’at y see taday. ‘There wor a circus nah an’ agean an’ at t’Tide we sometimes gat owd Clegg’s or Vickers Theatres. But that wor abaht all. Ginnils an’ snickets ‘Fowks bits o’ courtin’ hed to be done mostly ahtside i’ t’loins an’ closes. An’ when it wor rainin’ we hed to stand i’ ginnils an’ snickets. ‘I’ most cases it meant hoddin’ hands for hahrs together i’ a cowd draughty ginnil an’ keepin’ wharm wi’ t’love we hed for one another. ‘I wonder hah t’young fowk o’ this day wod like that sort o’ courtin’. It worn’t mitch compared wi’ t’luxuries an’ t’priviliges at courter hez nah-a-days.’
“Owd Abe” reckons young courting couples never had it so good
At a meeting of Shipley Council, Independent Labour Party Councillor T F Doyle wanted to know why the Electricity and Gas Committees met in the afternoon rather than the evening, which meant that some members like him were excluded from serving on them. Council chairman, Thomas Hill, said that he took the point ‘after four years’ experience of the working of the committees named, I find that it is absolutely imperative that those committees should meet during the afternoon in order to enable the committees to inspect the important undertakings of which they had oversight.’ This view was backed up by the chairmen of the two committees, Cllr
Reynolds and Cllr Waugh both of whom thought it was essential that committee members should be free to visit the works for which they were responsible and that had to be done in the day. Public Cllr Doyle responded by saying he did not think it was necessary for every member of the committee to attend visits which could be covered by a sub-committee and that several members of the public had said to him they thought serving on all committees should be available to all councillors. He received some support from Cllr Cowgill who thought it was important that ‘committees of the council
should be so arranged as to give every member during his career as a public representative an opportunity to make himself acquainted with the whole of the work with which the council had to deal.’ But he added: ‘At the same time it does seem to me there is a very great difficulty in the way. If we are to be guided by these gentlemen who are on the Gas and Electricity Committees, it seems to be – to use Cllr Reynolds word – imperative that those two committees should meet in the day time. Insurmountable ‘While I would have been very pleased indeed for the committee to meet at night in order that every member could have a chance of serving on them, it was evident there is an insurmountable difficulty in the way which settles the question.’ The council decided to ‘continue the old practice of meeting in the afternoon.’
Labour councillor loses evening meetings bid