did folk cope in those days before antibiotics? Maybe people were
It was 1925
when Fred Treadwell, picture right, a furnace bricklayer and navvie
from West Bromwich, lost his thumb when the drive belt flew off
"He walked to
the first-aid station," recalls his daughter, Frances Davies of
Wall Heath. "Even though it was very traumatic, he didn't even realise
what had happened.
"He was taken
to Manor Hospital in Walsall where septicemia set in. The doctors
wanted to amputate his whole arm but he wouldn't let them. The septicemia
stopped at his arm pit. His body cured itself."
Fred received £150 compensation, a small fortune in those days.
"He was so proud,"
says his daughter. "The money meant he could pay off his mother's
rent arrears of £5 - and buy her a new hat."
lived a hale and hearty life. He died in 1996, aged 91.
to cope with the increasing number of miners working in the Cannock
Chase coalfields, a project was put forward in January to build
1,100 houses for them to live in near their work.
The three local
authorities at Cannock and Brownwhills concerned with the plan said
they had sufficient applications from people in their areas to fill
this number of houses.
It was revealed
that there were at least 2,500 miners employed in the Chase district
who had to travel to their work from nearby towns.
In the case
of the Littleton Collieries at Huntington, some of the workmen had
to to travel about 20 miles from the Stourbridge and Kingswinford
had launched schemes in the past year for the building of l54 houses
for their workmen of which 100 were reported to have to have already
moment in Wolves' history
came when the Molineux Street terrace covering
was uprooted by a January gale.
It was the second time the covering had been lifted. It had been
moved from the Waterloo Road side a few months earlier following
the building of the club's new main stand.
gone tomorrow . . . West
Midlands fashion conscious women were being given the hair-raising
warning by their hairdressers in February that smoking while having
their hair done was very unwise.
came followed the news that five women in Paris had been burned
to death while smoking and having their hair dressed at the same
time. As a result, ether in the preparation of shampoo and hair
wash was banned.
West Midlanders embraced with gusto the challenge of the step that
scandalised America and was now rocking Britain - The Charleston.
to Brewood the dancers were stepping out to the jazz and ragtime
beat the new dance represented.
loved it because they could be themselves and kick out the image
of stiflingly-respectable womanhood.
And the men
loved it because they could see the girls legs in daringly short
It was the age
of the flapper - wild young things who wanted to party.
should cocoa . . . The
great tea versus cocoa row in the Midlands reached national proportions
in February when the Ministry of Health was called in to decide
whether sick tramps up and down the country should be served cocoa
or tea on the wards.
The tramps in
Stafforshire complained that they had been deprived of a drink of
tea on the casualty wards and had to sip cocoa instead.
As a result
of the vagrants complaints a woman who had the cause of the casuals
at heart, took up the cudgel on their behalf. She became an inmate
in the tramps wards to test out the wayfarers theory that drinking
tea does not leave tramps so thirsty as cocoa does. Afterward she
appealed to the Poor-Law Authorities to take action in the tea tussle.
Joint Vagrants Committee decided to bring in the Ministry of Health
on the issue. They wanted the sanctioning of the addition of tea
to the supper and breakfast diet of the casuals.
of Health agreed to the proposals. At a subsequent meeting the Secretary
of the Joint Staffordshire Committee reported the Ministry's decision.
then asked all the joint vagrancy comittees in the country to give
the casuals the boon of their favourite treat.