Delving into the files from 25, 50 and 100 years ago
100 years ago
May 16, 1911
THE workhouse master, Mr W Dickens, stated that a tramp came into the casual wards the other day and complained that he feared he had lost the sight of one of his eyes through a piece of stone flying into it when he was breaking down rocks.
After trying but failing to see a doctor in Northampton, he walked to Rugby via Daventry in the hope of receiving medical attention.
There he was kept for three days but was not put to work because of his eye, but once more was not allowed to see the doctor.
The doctor in Rugby did see him, and told him he must have the damaged eye taken out in order to save the other.
The clerk for Rugby Board of Guardians said there could be no claim against the workhouse as tramps were not covered by any insurance policy. The workhouse master said that goggles were provided for all tramps breaking stones and that if they did not use them, it was their own fault.
It was decided to send the man to Birmingham Eye Hospital for treatment.
50 years ago
May 22, 1961
NORTH Street scene: Two Irish labourers of no fixed address pleaded not guilty to being drunk and disorderly in North Street on Monday night.
PS Seeney said at 10.30pm he saw the licensee of the Windmill trying to evict two men from the hotel yard. One of them said to the officer: “Come on I will fight you, you...” and felt ill. He said that if he had been English, he would have blankets. Defendants were found guilty and fined £1 10s each.
A YOUNG female laundry worker appeared on remand for attempting to commit suicide by cutting her wrist with a razor blade. After cutting herself she went to the police station, and was later taken to hospital. It emerged she had been living with a man whom she had a disagreement with. Shortly afterwards she attempted suicide, felt faint, and told police, “I am fed up with living, I want to do away with myself.”
She was released on probation and will be charged next Tuesday.
25 years ago
May 22, 1986
THE Sun newspaper backed a borough councillor who demanded Rugby Borough Council shun job applications from gay people.
The tabloid declared ‘Let’s all follow Rugby in fighting back’ after Long Lawford resident and former Rugby mayor Keith Judge declared that homosexuals were ‘disgusting’ and demanded the council scrap its proposed policy of equal opportunities. The row came to a head one evening in Rugby’s council chamber when a packed public gallery went berserk after a majority of councillors agreed with him in removing the policy.
The controversy prompted Channel Four’s Diverse Reports team to feature Mr Judge in a 30-minute documentary. He was furious when the interviewer revealed after filming that he was gay himself. Mr Judge was mayor of Rugby in 1980/81 and lost his seat in 1986 after 14 years as an independent candidate. He told the in an interview: “I am not a member of the Tory party and I never have been. They are not right wing enough for me.”