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Samuel Mellor

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of the Magnesium Metal Co.

1871 In the context of municipal elections, Mr. Samuel Mellor was described as a magnesium metal manufacturer, of Springfield Lane, Salford.[1]

1890 Samuel Mellor of the Magnesium Metal Company, Patricroft, became a new member of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce.[2]

1909 Funeral of Samuel Mellor. Attended by representatives of the Magnesium Metal Co: Messrs Sellon, Moss, Pendlebury, Matthey. [3]

1909 'ALDERMAN MELLOR, ECCLES. FORTY YEARS' PUBLIC WORK. The death occurred about midnight on Thursday of Ald. Samuel Mellor, Bromyhurst, Barton-on-Irwell, a member of Lancashire County Council and of other local authorities. He was seventy-five years of age and for forty years had been engaged in public work. Ald. Mellor last November was made the first freeman of the borough of Eccies, as he held the record in the municipal government of the borough, having behind him the longest term of public office. In the late sixties he made his first effort to gain municipal honours, when he contested Greengate Ward, Salford, but was defeated. His connection with Eccles dates from 1872, when he removed his works — the magnesium metal works-from Salford to Patricroft. He at once entered into the public life of the town, being instrumental in commencing evening classes under a science and art scheme, which proved very successful, and were continued until taken over by the borough at the passing of the last Education Act. He was selected to fill a vacancy, without election, on Barton Local Board, and his first and only contest was after twenty-eight years of public life, when the borough was incorporated in 1892. He took an active part in obtaining the Charter of Incorporation. He was elected for Patricroft Ward, made alderman, and in the second year — 1893-4 — was mayor of the borough. In 1894 the borough bench was formed, and he was made a Justice of the Peace. For over ten years he had represented Patricroft on the County Council and was appointed to represent the borough on the Mersey and Irwell Joint Committee. He had been chairman of the County Council Education Sub-Committee for the rural portion Eccies Division. For nearly thirty years he was a teacher in St. Peter's St. Sunday School, Manchester. About two years ago Ald. Mellor had a serious illness, but so far recovered that was able about six months ago to resume public work, and it was at this time that was made freeman of the borough. A fortnight ago he had a seizure in the nature of stroke, at his works, and gradually sunk to the time of his death. He leaves a widow but no family.'[4]

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Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Times - Saturday 04 November 1871
  2. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Tuesday 25 February 1890
  3. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Thursday 15 April 1909
  4. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 10 April 1909