1906: Bridge swept away

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RAINIEST SPOT IN THE KINGDOM

Snowdon and the neighbouring Welsh hills, about the rainiest spot in the kingdom, felt the full effects of the rainstorm. Sweeping down from the mountain sides, the floods filled the rivers, and the valleys were generally under water. Beddgelert Bridge, an historic Norman structure, was swept away. Water covered the village church floor, and also the post office, to a depth of some feet.

 

Source: Nottingham Evening post, published 4 August 1906

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1906: Rhyd-Ddu and Beddgelert

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Much money has recently been spent upon the Glan’rafon Quarry, which is now being worked by a new company, under the management of Mr Cadwaladr Humphreys. An attempt is being made to open out the quarry, and many men have been given employment. The slates produced are described as being of the finest quality. The arrangement as to wages, namely, the withholding of 2s in the £ from the sum earned, is adversely criticised.

The Rhos Clogwyn Quarry has been idle tor some time, but it is believed that work will soon be restarted on a small scale.

The Bwlch Cwmllan Quarry is the highest in Carnarvonshire. At present there are not many workmen there; but it is said that large quantities of slates are being produced, and that good wages are earned.

About twelve men from the parish of Beddgelert have emigrated to America, and a few have gone to South Wales.

Published in Carnarvon and Denbigh Herald, 3 August 1906

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1904: “Golden Rule” Jones Dead

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Toledo, Ohio, July 12.

“Golden Rule” Jones, mayor of Toledo died here today at 5 p. m., after having been unconscious for the past sixty hours. He was 58 years old.

Samuel Milton Jones was born in Beddgelert, Wales. He was brought to the United States by his parents when he was three years old. He worked as a laborer in the Titusville, Pa, oil fields. His experience in the oil district gave him an idea for an improvement in the sucker rod of oil pumps. He formed a company and started his fortune. Mr. Jones was at first a Republican, but abandoned strict party principles. His name appeared on the Republican ticket for mayor of Toledo in 1897. He was elected. He retained his seat in 1899, 1901, 1903 as an independent. He was a non-partisan candidate in 1900 for governor in Ohio. In his campaign he wrote two songs and sang them himself in Golden Rule hall, an institution of his own where musicals are given free for the benefit of working men and their families.

Mr. Jones advocated municipal ownership, direct legislation, the eight hour day and the doctrine that the people should nominate their own candidates for all offices by free petition without the intervention of caucuses, primaries delegates or parties.

Source: Barton County Democrat (Kansas), published 15 July 1904

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1903: Carneddau

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NANTMOR, BEDDGELERT.

AFTER 300 YEARS. – Carneddau, which has been the home of the forefathers of Mr R. Griffith (Carneddog) for over 300 years, is to be pulled down. There lived at Carneddau in the olden times some very famous personages in the poetic, musical, and antiquarian world, of whom Carneddog is the only remaining descendant.

Carnarvon and Denbigh Herald, 4 December 1903

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1903: Marriage of the Vicar

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BEDDGELERT

The Rev J. Jenkins, the vicar, is engaged to be married to Miss McDougall, the second daughter of Sir John McDougall, chairman of the London County Council, and owner of the Chalet at Nant Gwynant. Sir John McDougall is a great Wesleyan worker, and took part in the great Wesleyan meeting held at the London Aquarium last week, when Mr R. W. Perks announced that it was intended to make the Aquarium the home of Wesleyanism in Great Britain.

 

Source: The North Wales Express, published 13 February 1903

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1900: The Late Mrs. Morawelon Williams

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Aberdovey

Mrs Williams was the daughter of the Rev John Dingle, M.A., vicar of Lanchester, Durham, and married the Rev Richard Williams who, for nineteen years, was vicar of Beddgelert and died there in 1898. The funeral took place last Friday, the 28th May, and was commenced by a short service by the Rev John Rowlands, M.A., vicar of Aberdovey, at the residence of the deceased lady. The party then proceeded to Beddgelert, some hymns being beautifully rendered by the Church choir at Aberdovey Station before the train started.

At Beddgelert, the service in the Church was conducted by the Vicar (the Rev J. Jenkins, B.A.,) assisted by the Rev J. Lloyd Jones. M.A., rural dean of Eifionydd; Rev W. M. Roberts, M.A., Morwylfa, Aberdovey Rev C. P. Price, M.A., rector of Maentwrog, and the Rev H. J. Manley, vicar of Penrhyndeudraeth. All the deceased lady’s family, a brother, and some old friends attended as mourners and a large number of the inhabitants of the village and neighbourhood were present in Church and at the graveside. Some beautiful wreaths and crosses were sent by sympathising friends. Mrs Williams, during her long residence at Beddgelert, had, by her remarkable unselfishness of character, by her devotion to church work, and by her reliability as a friend and counsellor, made herself much beloved. Though resident in Aberdovey less than two years, she had been very active in the work of the Church and will be much regretted by the many friends she had made in that brief time.

Source: The Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard, published 1 June 1900

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1899: Portmadoc Petty Sessions

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These sessions were held on Friday, before Mr R. M. Greaves (in the chair) and Mr. J. R. Pritchard. The Chief-constable (Colonel Ruck) also occupied a seat on the Bench.

Selling Drink to a Drunken Person. – Jane Roberts, Gelert Inn, Beddgelert, was summoned for selling drink to a drunken person. – Mr William George prosecuted on behalf of the police, and Mr John Humphreys (Messrs Jones and Jones) defended. – P.C. D. Roberts, Beddgelert, said that on the 13th of July he saw John Edmonds, Ty’nycoed, Beddgelert, drunk, and he cautioned the landlady of the Gelert Inn not to serve Edmonds with drink. Subsequently the officer called at the house, and found he had drink before him, and the landlady said that Edmonds had told her the officer had said he could have a pint of beer. – Mr Humphreys admitted the offence, and said that the landlady was 72 years of age, and would be going out of the house in a few days, as she was practically unfit to keep the house. – The Bench inflicted a fine of £2 and costs, but no endorsement. – John Edmonds was then charged with being drunk at the Gelert Inn. P.C. Roberts repeated his evidence in the previous case. – Defendant was fined 2s 6d and 11s 6d costs.

Assault on the Police. – John Edmonds, defendant in the last case, was also charged with assaulting P.C. Roberts. – The Officer said that the defendant got hold of him by the shoulders, shook him, and threatened him. – Defendant was fined 20s and 8s 6d costs.

Drunkenness, Etc. – Griffith Roberts, Ty Rhew, Beddgelert, was charged by P.C. Roberts with being drunk and disorderly. In inflicting a penalty of 2s 6d and costs, the Chairman said that there were many complaints lately of the conduct of the young men at Beddgelert, and he strongly recommended them to be more careful in future what they were doing.

North Wales Chronicle, 5 August 1899

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1898: A School Flooded

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A remarkable scene was witnessed last week at Nantmor, Beddgelert, North Wales. The River Glaslyn overflowed the banks, and few children could reach Nantmor Schools. Those children who were able to attend the school had not been there half an hour when the water rushed in under the door, and filled the building to a depth of twelve inches. The children got on the benches, and ultimately had to wade knee-deep through the water to their homes.

Published by Hull Daily Mail, 7 November 1898

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1896: Sudden Death

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Nantmor, Beddgelert.

News reached here on Wednesday morning that Mr R. Hughes, Nantmor, had been found dead in bed, in the barracks of Rhosydd Quarry, that morning. Deceased had a wife and family.

North Wales Express, 7 February 1896

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