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Saltaire People: Additional Biographies
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McGowan, Anthony
1868 – 26 February 1934

Anthony McGowan was the son of James McGowan. James was born 1843 in Ireland. James married Ann Waters 11 June 1865 at St Edward’s, Clifford in Yorkshire.

Anthony, their only son and the middle child of three, was born 1868 in Clifford. In 1871 they were living in Clifford with James working as a farm labourer. James died in 1878.
In 1881 & 1891, Anthony lived with his widowed mother in Keighley. In 1891 he was working as a worsted comber.

Anthony married Elizabeth Ellen Ratchford in 1895 in Keighley. They had seven children, two of them died as infants. In 1901 they were living at 7 Wellington Street in Shipley with Anthony working as a comber jobber. In 1911 they were living in Keighley with Anthony working as a combing overlooker.

Elizabeth died in 1912. Widower Anthony married Clara Fern, 26 May 1917, at St Peter’s Shipley. By 1919 they were living at 21 Mary Street in Saltaire. Anthony and his son, Anthony McGowan jnr., emigrated to America. They arrived in Boston 2 September 1923 aboard SS Winifredian having sailed from Liverpool. They lived in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Anthony returned to England in 1928. He arrived in Liverpool, 24 July 1928, aboard SS Celtic having sailed from Boston. By 1931 he was living with his wife at 17 Ada Street in Saltaire. Anthony died 26 February 1934.

Report in the Shipley Times Saturday 3 March 1934:

Died At Breakfast.
“Natural Causes” was the verdict recorded at the inquest held in the Shipley Town Hall on Wednesday by the District Coroner (Mr. E. W. Norris) on Anthony McGowan, aged 65, woolcomber, of 17 Ada Street, Saltaire.
Evidence of identification was given by the widow, who stated that her husband had enjoyed good health but had had pains in his chest on Sunday.
Mrs. Margaret Ellen Fern (mother-in-law) told how McGowan was having breakfast on Monday morning, when he suddenly collapsed in his chair.
Dr. E. W. Sharp, of Saltaire, stated that McGowan was dead when he arrived in answer to a call. The cause of death was a spontaneous rupture of the heart resulting from fatty degeneration.


McGowan, Anthony jnr.
11 January 1905 – July 1994

Anthony McGowan jnr. was the son of Anthony McGowan. His father was born 1868 in Clifford, Yorkshire. He married Elizabeth Ellen Ratchford in 1895 in Keighley. They had seven children with two dying young. In 1901 they were living at 7 Wellington Street in Shipley with Anthony working as a comber jobber.

Anthony jnr., their second youngest child, was born 11 January 1905 in Keighley. In 1911 the family were living in Keighley with Anthony working as a combing overlooker. Elizabeth died in 1912. Widower Anthony married Clara Fern, 26 May 1917, at St Peter’s Shipley. By 1919 they were living at 21 Mary Street in Saltaire. Anthony jnr., a combing jobber, emigrated to America with his father. They arrived in Boston, 2 September 1923, aboard SS Winifredian having sailed from Liverpool. They lived in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Anthony’s father returned to England in 1928. Anthony jnr., returned to England in 1931. He was a stowaway aboard SS Baltic; the ship arrived in Liverpool, 27 January 1931, having sailed from New York. He lived with his father and step-mother at 17 Ada Street in Shipley.

Report from the Shipley Times 22 October 1932:

Bradford West Riding Court Monday (17 October)
Saltaire Man On Serious Charge – Committed For Trial
Anthony McGowan, aged 27, a labourer, of 17 Ada Street, Saltaire, appeared charged with assault upon a young woman with intent to commit an offence and with indecent assault.
Mr. Linney, of the County Solicitors Department, Wakefield, appeared for the prosecution, and Mr. E. Cawthron represented the defendant. The young woman stated in evidence that she was employed in domestic service in Saltaire. She was leaving a picture house at 11.10 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, when McGowan spoke to her. He said “Good night. Have you been to the pictures alone?” She said “Yes,” and was going on when he said, “Can I see you home." She told him “No,” and he then said, “I will come down with you.” He walked along with her, and then she said, “You had better leave me. I can manage alone.”
He asked her if they could not arrange to go out together and when she refused, he took hold of her arm and dragged her against a gate. In the struggle they fell into a field, and after eluding him once he seized hold of her. She screamed, and he then let her go, telling her that he was sorry this had happened. "I have had drink,” he added. “Can I see you tomorrow night?”
She ran into her employers’ house and there she told them what had happened.
Cross-examined by Mr. Cawthron, she denied that she had ever spoken to McGowan. She had seen him before because he came to the house on business.
Evidence was given by the woman’s employers, Dr. J. McGowan, Shipley police surgeon, and the police, and the accused was committed for trial at the next Leeds Assizes.

Anthony jnr. appeared at the Leeds Assizes 9 December 1932. He was found guilty of indecent assault and sentenced to six months imprisonment.

Anthony’s father died 26 February 1934. Anthony jnr. married Annie Nutter 1937 in Blackpool. They had five children including Anthony born 5 March 1938 and Terence Michael born 30 November 1950. Anthony jnr. died July 1994 in Blackpool.


Metcalfe, Samuel
1 December 1854 – 9 August 1917

Samuel Metcalfe was the son of John and Mary Metcalfe. He was born 1 December 1854 in Bramhope; he was baptised 21 January 1855 at All Saints, Otley.

Samuel married Hannah Halliday 19 June 1886 at Bradford Cathedral. At the time, Samuel was an overlooker living at 14 George Street in Saltaire, Hannah was a worsted twister living at 8 Shirley Street in Saltaire. Samuel and Hannah had four children; John Thomas (b1886), William Henry (b1888), Herbert Clifford (b1891) and Annie (b1897).

In 1891 Samuel, working as a spinning overlooker, lived with his family at 5 Almshouses in Saltaire. They moved to 16 Dove Street in 1893; in 1901 Samuel was working as a yeast dealer. They moved to 3 Daisy Place in 1905. In 1911 Samuel was a time keeper in a worsted mill and all four children were mill workers.

Samuel died 9 August 1917 and he was buried at Nab Wood Cemetery in Shipley. His wife, Hannah, died 13 March 1930 and was buried alongside him.


Midgley, William Shackleton
1865 – 29 January 1919

William Shackleton Midgley was the son of Levi Midgley. Levi was born 1840 in Illingworth, near Halifax. He married Henrietta Shackleton 20 February 1864 at Bradford Cathedral.

William, the eldest of four children, was born 1865 in Shipley. In 1871 the family were living at 7 Wycliffe Place in Shipley with Levi working as a weaver. By 1881 they had moved to 10 Dove Street in Saltaire with Levi working as a warehouse man and William as a mill hand.

William married Mary Jane Chapman 20 August 1887 at St Pauls Shipley. They had three daughters; Annie (b1889) and Alice (b1890), and Edith (b1893).

In 1891 they were living at 6 Albert Terrace in Saltaire with William working as a dyehouse labourer .

In 1901 William and his two daughters were living with William’s mother at 4 Albert Terrace with William working as a lamp lighter. William’s wife was not living with them . By 1911 they had moved, without William’s wife, to 5 Higher School Street in Saltaire.

Mary Jane, William’s wife, died 1 October 1917 in America; William died, at 5 Higher School Street, 29 January 1919.

In his will he left £145 14s 8d to his married daughter Annie Waddington.


Mills, Amy Emmott
25 September 1890 – 25 November 1956

 Amy Emmott Mills was born, 25 September 1890, in Ilkley to Nelly Mills, father unknown. She was baptised 6 June 1894 in Ilkley. In the 1911 Census she was a servant for the Lund family in Ilkley.

Report in the Shipley Times 30 November 1923: -

Miss Amy Mills, who has been sister at Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital for the past two and a half years was appointed Matron in place of Miss Pearce, who had resigned.

Excerpt from a report in the Shipley Times 28 December 1944: -

Complimentary Dinner to Miss A. E. Mills

Presentation of Cheque for £373

A most delightful function was held at the Shipley Musical Union rooms on Wednesday (20 December) evening, on the occasion of a Complimentary dinner given to Miss A. E. Mills on the completion of 21 years’ service at Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital. An excellent and well served meal was provided for by the Baildon Café.

Living at 48 Victoria Road, Saltaire, Amy died 25 November 1956 at 37 Moorhead Terrace, Shipley.

Extract from a report in the Shipley Times 28 November: -

There is hardly a family in Shipley which will not feel that the town is the poorer for the passing last weekend of Miss A. E. Mills, who was Matron of Salt’s Hospital for 27 years until her retirement six years ago.

Miss Mills received her nursing training at St Luke’s Hospital, Bradford, and during the First World War she was a nursing sister in the Army. She served at Beckett’s Park General Hospital, Leeds, and many others.

She was a keen member of the Bradford Bridge Club, and an honorary member of the Shipley Inner Wheel.

Miss Mill’s great ministry to the sick is commemorated in a plaque on one of the beds at the hospital which was presented to Salts on the occasion of her completion of 21 years as matron.

The funeral will be held tomorrow (29 November) afternoon at 2.30 p.m. and will be followed by cremation at Nab Wood.

Transcription: MILLS Amy Emmott of 48 Victoria-road Shipley Yorkshire spinster died 25 November 1956 at 37 Moorhead-terrace Shipley Probate Wakefield 4 February to Frank Eckersley wine and spirit merchant and Norman Edward Whitaker master hairdresser.
Effects £7793 15s 9d.

(Note – there is no monumental inscription recorded for Amy.)


Milton, Alfred
1889 – 13 April 1963

Alfred Milton was the son of Albert Milton. Albert was born c1863 in Wellington, Somerset. He married Emiley Cordingley in 1883 in Bradford.

Alfred, the second of seven children, (including Holmes and Maurice) was born 1889 in Shipley. In 1891 & 1901 the family were living at 1 Ada Street in Saltaire with Albert working as a woollen warp sizer then later as a milk dealer. Around 1905 the family moved to 1 Dove Street in Saltaire, where they remained until Albert’s death in 1936.

Alfred, working as a wool sorter, married Margaret Walker, 18 November 1916, at St Pauls Shipley. They lived their married lives in Shipley. Alfred was living at 17 Springswood Avenue in Shipley when he died at 13 April 1963 at Salts Hospital. He left £3,336 7s (worth c£63k in 2016) to his widow, Margaret.

Margaret died in 1981 in Keighley. Alfred’s elder brother, Holmes Milton, served in World War One.


Minakin, Starkey
c1838 – 21 January 1895

Starkey Minakin was born c1838 in Kirkby Malham near Settle. His mother was Ann Minakin with father unknown.

Starkey, a wool sorter, married Hannah Jowett, 7 April 1860, at St John’s Halifax. They had five children including Herbert who died 10 December 1871 aged just one, and Fred who worked in Saltaire Mills.

In 1861 they were living Hannah’s parents in Harden with Starkey employed as a wool sorter. By 1871 they had moved to 3 Mawson Street in Saltaire By 1881, Starkey was a wool buyer living with his family at 18 Victoria Road.

Starkey was a member of the Bradford Festival Choral Society, and of the Airedale Lodge of Freemasons. In April 1877 he was reported as being a judge at an amateur concertina contest held at the Saltaire Institute. In October 1881 he was reported as being treasurer of the Shipley Musical Union. In November 1889 he was reported as a being a bass singer at the annual tea and concert of the St. Paul’s Cricket Club. His rendition of “Monarch of the Woods” was greatly appreciated. In August 1893 he was a member of the Choir of St Paul’s Shipley on their summer outing to the Lake District.

Starkey died 21 January 1895. Report from the Shipley Times 26 January: -

Death of Mr S. Minakin, of Saltaire, — It is with regret that we record the death of Mr Starkey Minakin, of 18 Victoria Road, Saltaire. The deceased gentleman was well known amongst commercial circles in Bradford and Shipley and was socially a prominent man. For a number of years he was a member of the St. Paul's Church choir and the Shipley Musical Union, and last summer he was presented with a testimonial by the members of the choir, as token of the respect in which he was held. At that time Mr Minakin gave failing health as a reason of his retirement from the choir, and subsequently he underwent an operation, since which he has never regained his strength, and died on Monday last, at the age of 56 years.

The funeral took place at St. Paul’s Church this afternoon. The cortege was a large one, and a large number of deceased’s relations and friends attended. The ceremony was performed by the vicar (Rev A.W. Cribb), assisted by the Revs W. Ferens and C. French. Almost all the senior and junior members of the Church choir were present, and special hymns and music were rendered. Mr B. Firth, organist, presided at the organ.

His widow, Hannah, died 12 December 1920. She was buried alongside Starkey in St Paul’s Lower Churchyard.


Mooney, William Patrick
1903 – 20 March 1927

William Patrick Mooney was born in 1903 in Skipton. He was the third child of Mary Mooney, father unknown. In 1911 he was living with his mother and siblings at 14 New York, Saltaire Road, Shipley, the house of Thomas Sutcliffe.

Advert in the Shipley Times 25 September 1925: -
would be pleased to receive orders for Piano Tuning.
A postcard will bring particulars.

William died 20 March 1927.

Report in the Yorkshire Post 7 April 1927: -

An inquest was held the Shipley Coroner yesterday (6 April) on William Patrick Mooney (24), a blind piano tuner, 22 Albert Terrace, Saltaire, whose body was found on Monday (4 April) in the Leeds and Liverpool Canal at Saltaire, after he had been missing from home for over a fortnight.
Edward Mooney said he saw his brother alive about 11 p.m. on 19 March. There was then nothing unusual about him. He was missed about 10 a.m. the next day. His brother had been in the habit of walking by the canal.
P.C. Draper, who found the body, said he had often met Mooney walking by the canal river late at night, and had spoken to him, he had never seemed depressed.
The Coroner returned a verdict of " Found drowned," and said there was no suspicion of foul play.


Moore, Ethel
15 July 1890 – 1973

Ethel was the daughter of Henry Moore. Henry was born c1869 in Purton in Wiltshire. He married Rhoda Tuck 1888 in Keighley. Ethel was their eldest child, born 15 July 1890 in Haworth. They had three more children; Edith (born 1892), Albert (born 3 February 1894) and Fred (born 24 October 1895). Both Albert and Fred served in WW1.

In 1891 the family were living in Midgley with Henry working as a weaver. Henry died in 1899, aged just thirty.

In 1901 widowed Rhoda, working as a weaver, was living with her children at 38 Ada Street in Saltaire. By 1911 they had moved to 11 Katherine Street in Saltaire with Ethel and her mother both working as weavers.

Ethel married Robert John Thompson Middleton Rutherford at St Peters Shipley 29 January 1916. Robert was a clerk and he also served in WW1. They lived at 11 Katherine Street until 1925 when they moved to 13 Tower Road in Shipley, where they lived until 1956.

Husband Robert died in Blackpool in 1958 and Ethel died in Fylde, Lancashire in 1973.


Morrell, George
14 October 1840 – 29 January 1930

George Morrell was the son of Joseph Morrell. Joseph was born c1816 in Boroughbridge. He married Elizabeth Brown, 24 November 1838, at St Andrew’s in Auckland, County Durham. They had three sons.

George, their middle son, was born 1840 in Catterick, North Yorkshire. In 1851 the family were living in Darlington in County Durham where Joseph was a tallow chandler.

In 1860 George moved to Saltaire to begin his teaching career. In the 1861 census he was an assistant teacher boarding with Samuel Naden, a schoolmaster, and his family at 41 George Street in Saltaire.

George married Lydia Wade 31 March 1867 at Salem Chapel in Bow Road, London. Lydia was born 1843 in London. They had three children: -
Walter – 6 May 1875 to 9 April 1963
Constance Lydia – 1 November 1876 to 11 February 1967
Hilda – 30 May 1884 to 15 February 1975.

George & Lydia lived all their married lives at 12 (renumbered 23) Albert Road in Saltaire. George was headmaster of the Saltaire Factory School, moving to Central Board School, Saltaire Road, Shipley in 1876. He was the first headmaster of this school. He was a member of the Saltaire Congregational Church and superintendent of the Sunday school there until 1907. He was also the manager of the Band of Hope connected to the church. For leisure he liked watching football and cricket, but he liked angling best of all. He was for many years secretary of the Appletreewick, Barden, & Burnsall Angling Association.

George was reported in 1900 as being president of the Shipley Temperance Union. In 1902 he was reported as being president of the Shipley Free Church Council.

George retired from his role as headmaster of Central Board Schools 30 November 1905. On that day he was presented with a “handsomely-upholstered easy chair” – a gift from the teachers and scholars of the school. On 20 December 1905 George was presented with an inscribed testimonial and £150 at a meeting in Saltaire Congregational Sunday School.

In August 1907 George was appointed secretary of the Waif Saturday Fund in Shipley. In June 1908 he was reported as being the Hon. Secretary of the Barnardo Homes in Shipley.

By 1913 George was working for Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons & Co., Ltd., in connection with the management of the housing owned by the company. On 9 November 1919 as the oldest member of the Saltaire Congregational Church, George unveiled a tablet to the memory of the late Mr Amos Brear. In August 1925 George was appointed vice-president of the Shipley Cinderella Club.

George died 29 January 1930. He was buried two days later at Nab Wood Cemetery, Shipley, following a service at Saltaire Congregational Church. His wife, Lydia, joined him when she died 14 February 1931.

In memory of George a tablet was unveiled in Burnsall Village Hall. The tablet reads: -

In memory of the late George Morrell, secretary of the Appletreewick, Barden and Burnsall Angling Club, a member for 52 years, 1877-1929.





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