THIS week’s selection of extracts from The Commercial, Shipping & General Advertiser, The Penryn & Falmouth Advertiser and The Borough Times, supplied by Penryn Museum.

From January 1920:

Wilful Damage: During the afternoon of December 20th, a valuable polished monument on the premises of Messrs John Freeman, Sons & Co Ltd, Granite Merchants, Penryn, which was ready to be despatched to London, was wilfully destroyed, and a reward of £5 has been offered to any person who evidence will lead to the conviction of the culprit.

Labour Council’s Protest: At the monthly meeting of the Penryn Trades and Labour Council, held in the Adult School, Mr T B Martin presiding, a controversy was raised by members as to the suggested decontrol of milk and butter. Butter, it was pointed out, was essential to the working classes of Cornwall, generally and especially those who had to go daily to their work away from home. The following resolution was unanimously carried and ordered to be sent to the Food Controller, Divisional Food Commissioner, and local authorities: We, as representatives of the working classes, view with alarm the suggestion made and fully believe that the result will be that an increase in the charge for milk and butter will be made.

Molecatchers are advised to send all skins for best returns to the old regular buyers, John Lee & Son (Grantham) Ltd, Furriers, Grantham.

Mr and Mrs Sam L Carne, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA, have shown their practical sympathy with the Penryn United Methodist Trustees in their effort to raise 50,000 pennies for reduction of debt, by sending the 5 dollars (equivalent to 247 pennies or £1 0s 7d). Mr Carne, who is deputy sheriff at Elizabeth, is well-known to Penryn folk.

Mr Donald Rundle, of Penryn, (an ex-Service Officer), has been appointed Assistant Master at the Weymouth Technical and Engineering School.

From February 1920:

At the East Kerrier Licensing Sessions at Penryn, Supt Nicholl’s objection to the renewal of the licensees of the Stonemason’s Arms, Long Downs, and the Lemon Arms, Burnt House, St Gluvias, on the grounds of redundancy, was upheld by the bench, who referred both houses for compensation.

At the Penryn Wesley Guild Mr J H Harris gave a splendid paper on “Protection of Children and Young Persons.” It bore reference to the danger of children attending picture palaces, working in shops during school hours, Sunday labour, the care that mothers should put to their children by having clean homes and many other points of interest.