This undated report brings us news of a special birthday:
"Today (Thursday) Mrs Joanna Driscoll, residing at Whitehall Road,
Great Bridge, celebrated her 100th birthday.
"Mrs Driscoll is in very poor circumstances with her son, Patrick
Driscoll, who is 70 years of age, in a small tenement in Whitehall
Road. Considering her age Mrs Driscoll is a remarkable woman.
"She is exceedingly active, being able to go to market and to
cater and look after her son.
"The old lady however suffers from lapses of memory and can recollect
only a few of the incidents that have happened during her long life.
"She remembers some of the things that occurred during her early
life, particularly the potato famine in Ireland to which her husband,
who was a well-to-do farmer, was a victim; but other things are
a blank to her.
"Mrs Driscoll was born in the parish of Lisley, County Cork, on
the 1st of March 1806 and she subsequently lived for over 50 years
at Woodcroft in the parish of Tidnam, near Chepstow.
"She afterwards went to reside at Cheltenham where her husband
died at the age of 87. She and her son came to live at Great Bridge
16 years ago.
"Mrs Driscoll has had seven children (four of whom are still living)
the collective age of these being 391 years. She is a Roman Catholic
and has one son, an octogenarian, in Australia, and another one
Horse case solicitor walks free:
October 16 Birmingham solicitor George Edjali was released from Portland
Prison four years after being jailed for killing an mutilating a horse.
Edjali's family, including his father the Vicar of Great Wyrley,
announced a campaign to establish his innocence.
Edjali was convicted after a week-long trial at Stafford crown
court in which a handwriting expert declared that threatening letters,
sent by the supposed Wyrley Gang claiming responsibility for a series
of horrific killings of cattle and horses, were in Edjali's hand.
Following an appeal four years of Edjali's seven-year sentence
Wolves go down! Wolverhampton Wanderers were relegated from
division one of the Football League as Bury won 2-1 at home to Bolton
Wolves could only draw 2-2 against FA Cup finalists Everton before
an 8,000 crowd at Goodison Park.
Wolves finished the season bottom with 23 points from 38 matches.
Comic pays fine: In June top comedian Arthur Roberts gave evidence
before a stipendiary magistrate at Wolverhampton police court where
his chauffeur George Carpenter was charged with being drunk in charge
of a motor car.
A police officer reported finding Roberts' car outside the Victoria
Hotel. When he asked Carpenter to get out he found he was drunk
and took him to the police station.
Roberts told the stipendiary that Carpenter had been in his employ
for only a week and had driven him from Southampton to Wolverhampton
where he was to appear at the new Wolverhampton Hippodrome.
The fine of 40 shillings was paid by the comedian.
"Professor" Richard was jailed for 12 months at Stafford Assizes
in July after he was convicted of defrauding patients in Wolverhampton
with his medical electricity treatments.
Alfred Edward Richard, aged 60, denied obtaining money by false
pretences, but was found guilty by a jury after a three-day trial.
The professor used an electric chair or a coil to treat patients
with a variety of illnesses.
He claimed to have a letter from Queen Victoria praising his work.
But the prosecution case was that he was a quack whose electric
treatments did nothing to help patients.
Mr Justice Bigham, who tested a witness's eyesight during the
trial, told the professor he wascheating poor people out of money
they could ill afford. The professor had a seizure in court once
he had been sentenced.
Valiant Sam beaten by the pigeon test: Samuel Moore, of Wolverhampton,
ended up in hospital in September after he accepted the "pigeon test"
of eating 14 cooked pigeons over the space of a fortnight.
Moore, described as "a valiant trencherman" whose custom was to
eat enough for three men at a single meal, was challenged by regulars
at the Duke pub.
Day after day he ate a pigeon before his dinner and they appeared
to make no impression on his cast-iron stomach.
When asked how he was he replied "peckish" but on the 14th day
he had a worried expression as he polished off the last pigeon and
then loudly called for tripe and pigs' feet and then devoured them.
Just as the gastronomical hero was receiving congratulations he
gave a groan and turned black in the face and collapsed from his
Doctors were force to use a stomach pump to relieve his agony.
Tropical times . . . The highest temperature for 10 years
- 90.4 degrees Fahrenheit in the shade - was recorded at West Park,
Wolverhampton on September 1, as the West Midlands was gripped by
a heat wave.
Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Hull City 1-0 at Molineux in their
opening game in division two played in conditions described as "tropical".
Several Wolverhampton cyclists collapsed in the heat.
And at a local football match in Wolverhampton players became
firemen as the boards around the ground caught fire.
Pankhurst vows to carry on:
leader Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst was interviewed in the Express &
Star in October while staying at the home of a Mrs Sproson in Hordern
She was described as "a quiet, tastefully-dressed woman" and a
"brilliant pleader for her sex".
Asked if she would continue the struggle for the vote for women
she said: "We are going on. We think we have done a great many good
Mrs Pankhurst pledged that the suffragettes would contest any
future Parliamentary by-election in Wolverhampton.