Children of Eliza and Thomas Nickalls

01. Daniel Smith Nickalls

1848-01-27 b. Reigate, Surrey birth certificate; censuses; William Pollard: 'Some Descendants of James and Mary Pollard', MS book at West Sussex RO; Essex Record Office ERO D/Q 49/D1/a2
1851 of High St Reigate, Surrey, living with his family, two house servants, a char woman, a journeyman watch manufacturer, and two apprentices TNA: HO 107/1599 f110 p28
  educated at Ackworth and Croydon Ackworth Old Scholars' Association Annual Reports 1905 & 1930
1856-12-04 applied for admission to Friends’ school, Croydon ERO D/Q 49/D1/a2
1857/1860 at Friends’ School, Croydon ERO D/Q 49/D2/a1
1857-01-22 started at Friends’ school, Croydon ERO D/Q 49/D1/a2
1860-06-29 discharged from Friends’ school, Croydon
1860/1863 at Ackworth School List of the Boys and Girls admitted into Ackworth School 1779–1879 (1879). Ackworth School Centenary Committee, Ackworth
1861 scholar, of Ackworth School, Ackworth, Yorkshire TNA: RG 9/3340 f46 p8
1867 emigrated to USA 1910 United States Federal Census
1860s settled on a farm near Silver Lake, and lived in that vicinity till about 1933 Find a Grave, citing The Topeka Daily State Journal, 1937-03-30
1869 naturalised (dec. of intention) 1920 United States Federal Census; Missouri Western District naturalization index
1869-10-13 declared, Johnson County, Iowa Naturalization Abstracts, Shawnee County
1871 m. Sarah Jane Parsons (née Sarah Jane Mongold, 1838–1927, a widow with four children from her first marriage) US censuses; Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925; Find a Grave, citing The Rossville Reporter (Rossville, Kansas), 1927-09-15
Children: Ellen (1872–1880), Thomas (cal 1877 – 1880), baby (? – 1880) US censuses; Find a Grave, citing The Rossville Reporter (Rossville, Kansas), 1927-09-15
1880 farmer, of Silver Lake, Shawnee, Kansas, USA, living with his family and stepson; as Smith Nickalls 1880 United States Federal Census
1882 in America ERO D/Q 49/D2/a1
1885 living with his wife and brother in Silver Lake, Shawnee, Kansas Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925
1901 of Silverlake, Shawnee Co., Kansas Proceedings of the Ackworth Old Scholars' Association, Part XX, Eighth Month, 1901
1905 of Silver Lake, Shawnee Co., Kansas AOSA Annual Report 1905; Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925
1906-09-25 naturalized Naturalization Abstracts, Shawnee County
1909/1910 Silver Lake R R 12 Topeka, Kansas, City Directory, 1909, 1910
1910 farmer, living with his wife in Silver Lake, Shawnee, Kansas; able to read and write; farm owned free of mortgage; naturalised US citizen 1910 United States Federal Census; Ackworth Old Scholars' Association, Annual Report 29
1920 farmer, living with his wife in Grove Township, Shawnee, Kansas; farm owned free of mortgage 1920 United States Federal Census
1925 farming, living with his wife and brother-in-law in Grove, Shawnee, Kansas; house owned free of mortgage Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925
1926/1927 Silver Lake R R 12 Topeka, Kansas, City Directory, 1926, 1927
1930 no occupation, of Shorey, Soldier township, Shawnee, Kansas, USA; uncle in household of Rapha Kinnet, oil company salesman Year: 1930; Census Place: Soldier, Shawnee, Kansas; Roll: 722; Page: 14B; Enumeration District: 14; Image: 232.0
1931 r2135 N Buchanan, Topeka, Kansas Topeka, Kansas, City Directory, 1931
1933 Topeka, Kansas, City Directory, 1933
c. 1933 moved to Lawrence to make his home with Robert 'Jack' Catlett Find a Grave, citing The Topeka Daily State Journal, 1937-03-30
1937-03-29 d. Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas, USA The Friend; Find a Grave
1937-03-31 funeral at 2:00 from Peebler's funeral home (until which time the body lay in state there); burial in Silver Lake Cemetery Find a Grave, citing The Topeka Daily State Journal, 1937-03-30


02. William Nickalls

1850-04-22 b. Reigate, Surrey birth certificate; censuses; William Pollard: 'Some Descendants of James and Mary Pollard', MS book at West Sussex RO; Essex Record Office ERO D/Q 49/D1/a2
1851 of High St Reigate, Surrey, living with family, two house servants, a char woman, a journeyman watch manufacturer, and two apprentices TNA: HO 107/1599 f110 p28
1858-05-064 applied for admission to Friends’ school, Croydon ERO D/Q 49/D1/a2
1858/1863 at Friends’ School, Croydon ERO D/Q 49/D2/a1
1858-08-06 started at Friends’ school, Croydon ERO D/Q 49/D1/a2
1861 living with his family in the High St, Reigate, with a cousin, a nurse, a house servant, a post office assistant, and an apprentice TNA: RG 9/443 f88 p8
1863-06-30 discharged from Friends’ school, Croydon ERO D/Q 49/D1/a2
1863/1865 of Reigate; at Ackworth School List of the Boys and Girls admitted into Ackworth School 1779–1879 (1879). Ackworth School Centenary Committee, Ackworth
1871 watchmaker, of High St, Reigate, Surrey, living with his family and a servant, a general servant, a nursemaid, a watchmaker, a watchmaker's apprentice, and a post office clerk TNA: RG 10/832 f81 p4
1879-04-13 watch maker, of 23 Palace Road; m. Alice Eveline Pye (1856–1935, d. of Samuel Pye, engineer), at Holy Trinity, Lambeth, Surrey, after banns GRO index; Marriage Locator; parish register; censuses
1879-08-16

Surrey Gazette
1881 not found in census  
1882 in India ERO D/Q 49/D2/a1
Children: William Arthur (1883 – ?, b. Madras, India); Florence Eveline (1884–1970), Edith Gertrude (1886–1941), Thomas William (1887–1948), and Alice Kate Winifred (1891–1978) India, select births and baptisms; GRO index; censuses; London school admissions and discharges
1891 watchmaker, neither employer nor employed, living with his family at 167 Stockwell Rd, Lambeth, Surrey RG 12/407 f80 p55
1891-09-13 watchmaker (shop), of 167 Stockwell Rd bapt. St Andrew's, Stockwell Green parish register
1901 watchmaker, worker, living with his family in 3 rooms at 103 Ferndale Rd, Lambeth, Surrey RG 13/425 f91 p29
1905 watchmaker, of 44 Sydney Rd, Stockwell, Lambeth, Surrey parish register, entry for daughter's marriage
1910 lodger, in 4 rooms, ground, 1st, and 2nd floors, unfurnished, at 54 Loughborough Park, Norwood; landlord his son-in-law H.T. Snoswell electoral register
1911 watchmaker, [in business of:] watchmaker, worker, living with his family, two nephews, and two boarders, in 5 rooms at 54 Loughborough Park, East Brixton, Lambeth, London RG14PN2079 RG78PN72 RD25 SD4 ED30 SN348
1913 landlord, of 65 St James's road, Brixton electoral register
1914-04-30 watchmaker, witness at his daughter's wedding parish register
1921-05-12 watchmaker (journeyman), of 65 St James Road, Brixton; d. 62-64 Ludgate Hill, London City RD, of 1) cerebral haemorrhage, 2) arterio-sclerosis death certificate


03. James Nickalls

1851-08-25 b. Reigate, Surrey GRO index; William Pollard: 'Some Descendants of James and Mary Pollard', MS book at West Sussex RO
  anaemic from birth A Journey Through Reigate Past, accessed 2010-12-20
1851-09-07 d. Reigate GRO index; William Pollard: 'Some Descendants of James and Mary Pollard'
1851-09-08 bur. Reigate Friends' burying-ground Surrey Record Centre SRC 6189/58


04. Eliza Mary Nickalls

1852-08-25 b. Reigate, Surrey The Friend; Surrey Record Centre SRC 6189 Box 11; GRO index; William Pollard: 'Some Descendants of James and Mary Pollard', MS book at West Sussex RO
1859-01-29 of Reigate; d. there The British Friend; Annual Monitor; GRO index


05. Ellen Priscilla Nickalls

1854-05-23 b. Reigate, Surrey censuses; GRO index; Surrey Record Centre SRC 6189 Box 11; Essex Record Office ERO D/Q 49/D1/a2; William Pollard: 'Some Descendants of James and Mary Pollard', MS book at West Sussex RO
1861 scholar, living with her family in the High St, Reigate, with a cousin, a nurse, a house servant, a post office assistant, and an apprentice TNA: RG 9/443 f88 p8
  educated at Croydon Friends' School Ackworth Old Scholars' Association Annual Reports 1901, 1905, or 1930
1862-06-05 applied for admission to Friends’ school, Croydon ERO D/Q 49/D1/a2
1862/1864 at Friends’ school, Croydon ERO D/Q 49/D2/a1
1864/1869 of Reigate; at Ackworth School List of the Boys and Girls admitted into Ackworth School 1779–1879 (1879). Ackworth School Centenary Committee, Ackworth
1871 Post Office clerk, of High Street, Reigate, living with her family and a servant, a general servant, a nursemaid, a watchmaker, a watchmaker's apprentice, and a post office clerk TNA: RG 10/832 f81 p4
1881 boarder with Harriet Barritt at 5 Sydenham Rd, Croydon, Surrey RG 11/814 f27 p48
1881-12-07 m. Henry Noakes (1850–1902, ironmonger, later commercial traveller, s. of Oliver and Priscilla Noakes), at Ashford Friends' meeting-house, Kent GRO index; censuses; The British Friend; The Friend; Ackworth Old Scholars' Association Annual Report 18, 1902
1882 at Carrick on Suir ERO D/Q 49/D2/a1
Children: Ellen Priscilla (1882–1937), Oliver Hagen (1883 – after 1925), Henry James (1885 – after 1953), Phœbe Hilda (1886–1959), William Benjamin (1887–1955), Alfred Smith (1888–1950), Eliza Mary (1889–1963), Thomas Reginald (1891–1892), Frederick (1895–1916), Ernest (1897–1982) GRO index; censuses; The Friend; Annual Monitor; Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
1891 living with her family at 76 High Street, Barnstaple, Devon, with a general servant RG 12/1773 f15 p24
1901 of 644 Alexandra Parade, Glasgow Scottish census, Parish: Glasgow Springburn; ED: 59; Page: 32; Line: 6; Roll: CSSCT1901_275
c/o Mr Mill, Newport, Dundee, Fife, Scotland Proceedings of the Ackworth Old Scholars' Association, Part XX, Eighth Month, 1901
1902 of Langside, Glasgow AOSA Annual Report 18, 1902
1905/1916 of Glasgow Ackworth Old Scholars' Association Annual Reports 1905 and/or 1930
1905 a tenant at 11 Stevenson drive, Glasgow electoral registers
1907
1910
1910 living with her family at 471 Eglinton Street, Glasgow Ackworth Old Scholars' Association, Annual Report 29
1916-07-20 of 11 Stevenson Drive, Glasgow CWGC
1918 of 11 Stevenson Drive, Langside, Glasgow The Friend
1920/1921 living with her daughter Priscilla and son Ernest at 11 Stevenson Drive, Pollok, Glasgow electoral registers
1922 living with her sons Alfred, Ernest, and Oliver at 11 Stevenson Drive, Pollok, Glasgow
1924 living with her daughter Priscilla and sons Oliver and Ernest at 11 Stevenson Drive, Pollok, Glasgow
1925/1926 living with four of her adult children at 11 Stevenson Drive, Pollok, Glasgow
1926 of Glasgow The Friend
1928-08-19 present at the wedding of her son Alfred, in Kilconquhar; at the reception in Balcarres grounds, "Mrs Noakes favoured a tunique dress of slate grey alpaca, with a shaded braid for trimming. Her black satin hat carried a black and white ostrich boa." Dundee Courier, 1926-08-20
1928/1932 living with her daughter Ellen and son Ernest at 11 Stevenson Drive, Pollok, Glasgow electoral registers
1934 living with her daughter Ellen and son Ernest at 1048 Pollokshaws Road, Pollok, Glasgow
1934-10-20 d. 1048 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow The Friend


06. Charles Nickalls

1855-12-10 b. High Street, Reigate, Surrey The British Friend; censuses; GRO index; Surrey Record Centre SRC 6189 Box 11; William Pollard: 'Some Descendants of James and Mary Pollard', MS book at West Sussex RO
1861 scholar, living with his family in the High St, Reigate, with a cousin, a nurse, a house servant, a post office assistant, and an apprentice TNA: RG 9/443 f88 p8
1864/1870 of Reigate; at Ackworth School List of the Boys and Girls admitted into Ackworth School 1779–1879 (1879). Ackworth School Centenary Committee, Ackworth
1871 watchmaker's apprentice, of High Street, Reigate, living with his family and a servant, a general servant, a nursemaid, a watchmaker, a watchmaker's apprentice, and a post office clerk TNA: RG 10/832 f81 p4
1881 watchmaker finisher, of 29 St Georges St, St Andrews, Canterbury, Kent, living with Walter Radcliffe, jeweller's shopman, and a housekeeper RG 11/959 f88 p4
1891 not found in census  
1893-02-06 appointed manager of the Kempener G.M. Company and Iris T.M. Company Daily Telegraph (Launceston, Tasmania), 1893-02-06
1894-07-10 secretary of the Tasmanian Dairy Association Limited Launceston Examiner, 1894-07-14
1895-02-02 manager of the Narrawa Prospecting Association Launceston Examiner, 1895-02-05
1895-05-14 submitted 'Pakeha' for the Tasmania photographic competition:

Had he complied fully with conditions he would probably have taken third prize. No particulars of localities being sent he loses two points on each exhibit, or a total of six.

Launceston Examiner, 1895-05-14
1895-08-23 had Narrawa PA office at 70 St John-street Launceston Examiner, 1895-08-23
1895-09-12 elected a member of the Chamber of Commerce Launceston Examiner, 1895-09-13
1895-10-30 elected a director of the new South Hercules Mining Company Launceston Examiner, 1895-11-01
1896-05-15 invested in the new Queen Hercules Mining Company, with 300 shares Launceston Examiner, 1896-05-19
1896-10-02 had resigned as manager of the Narrawa Prospecting Association Launceston Examiner, 1896-10-06
1899-01-11 elected a member of the Launceston Branch Board of Agriculture Launceston Examiner, 1899-01-16
1899-10-13 Launceston office district agent for the National Mutual Life Association Launceston Examiner, 1899-10-13
1900-02-28 chaired a meeting of electors at St George's Square Launceston Examiner, 1900-03-01
1900-04-30 has taken over as secretary of the Tasmanian Agricultural and Pastoral Society, providing them with office accommodation at 99 Brisbane-street Launceston Examiner, 1900-05-01
1901-10-01 company secretary to the new Tasmanian Produce and Cool Storage Company Limited, which had taken over the Tasmanian Dairy Company Daily Telegraph (Launceston), 1901-10-01
1905 of 99 Brisbane Street, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia Ackworth Old Scholars' Association Annual Report 1905
1906-02-23 secretary of the Breadalbane Road Trust Daily Telegraph (Launceston), 1907-07-27
1907-01 became secretary to the chamber of commerce Daily Telegraph (Launceston), 1907-10-01
1907-04-03 secretary of the chamber of commerce Examiner (Launceston), 1907-04-03
1907-04-23 appointed secretary and collector, Breadalbane Road Trust The Mercury (Hobart, Tasmania), 1907-04-23
1907-07-23 unanimously elected honorary secretary to the Launceston Centenary clock and chimes committee; "took a personal interest in the object for which the committee is working" Examiner (Launceston), 1907-07-24
1907-10-15 re-elected as one of the auditors for the Mutual Fire Insurance Company of Tasmania, Limited Daily Telegraph (Launceston), 1907-10-05
1908-07-10 manager of the New Alliance Gold Mining Company Daily Telegraph (Launceston), 1908-07-11
1909-12-22 attorney and agent of the New Brothers' Home No. 1 Tin Mining Company Examiner (Launceston), 1909-12-23
1910 of 99 Brisbane Street, Launceston, Tasmania Ackworth Old Scholars' Association, Annual Report 29
1912-01-25

Hospital Board

The board of management of the Launceston General Hospital met last evening to consider the applications for the position of secretary, which was rendered vacant through the resignation of Mr Thomas Gladman, who had been associated with the board since 1879. Mr Charles Nickalls was chosen to fill the vacancy. The new secretary is a well known citizen, and is eminently fitted for the duties, Mr Nickalls holding a similar position to the Launceston Chamber of Commerce and other institutions.

Daily Telegraph (Launceston), 1912-01-26
1912-11-07 had been auditor for the Launceston Savings, Investment and Building Society for the past two years; gave evidence at Launceston Police Court, in a fraud trial The Mercury (Hobart, Tasmania), 1912-11-08
1915-08-17 jury foreman in civil case for damages after a road accident, in the Court of Requests Examiner (Launceston), 1915-08-18
1916-12-16 of 66 St John street, Launceston; secretary to the Tasmanian Butter Advisory Committee The North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times (Tasmania), 1916-12-16
1918-11-28 Tasmanian secretary to the Commonwealth Dairy Produce Pool Committee The Mercury (Hobart, Tasmania), 1912-11-08
1919 accountant, of 32 High-st, Launceston East, Bass, Tasmania Australian Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980
1920-04-09

Launceston Chamber of Commerce: "Mr Charles Nickalls, who has been secretary of the Chamber for a great many years, tendered his resignation, owing to inability to devote the requisite time to the position."

Daily Telegraph (Launceston), 1920-04-09
1921-04-20 secretary to Launceston Public Hospital Examiner (Launceston, Tasmania), 1921-04-22
1922 accountant, of 7 Brisbane-st, Launceston East, Bass, Tasmania Australian Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980
1922-07-11 legal manager of the Lisle Hydraulic Gold Mines The Mercury (Hobart, Tasmania), 1922-07-12
1926-12-01 manager of the Waugh Tin Mining Co. The Mercury (Hobart, Tasmania), 1926-12-04
1928-11-01 one of four vice-presidents of the Mechanics' Library, and a pall bearer at the funeral of Mr F.R. Unsworth Examiner (Launceston, Tasmania), 1928-11-02
1932-02-09 had been treasurer of the Launceston Benevolent Society for 22 years Examiner (Launceston, Tasmania), 1932-02-12
1935-09-19 had retired as auditor to the Launceston Bank for Savings, which position he had held since 1913 Advocate (Burnie, Tasmania), 1935-09-20
1936-09-17 d. General Hospital, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia The Friend; Examiner (Launceston, Tasmania), 1936-09-18
1936-09-18

OBITUARY

MR. CHARLES NICKALLS

The death occurred at the Launceston Public Hospital yesterday of Mr. Charles Nickalls, at the age of 31 years. Born in England, he came to Tasmania many years ago, and for some years was an accountant and auditor in Launceston. When the Tasmanian Produce and Cool Storage Co-operative Co. Ltd. was first formed he was appointed secretary, and held that position for some time until a permanent staff was put in charge. He was then appointed auditor, and carried out the duties for many years. He acted as secretary of the Butter Pool Committee in Tasmania during the war. The late Mr. Nickalls was at one time secretary to the Launceston Chamber of Commerce and Public Hospital Board. He was a member of the Launceston Public Library Board, and for many years a deacon at Christ Church (Congregational). He was a legal manager for many mining companies. An enthusiastic bowler, he was a member of the East Launceston club. He retired a short time ago. Mr. Nickalls was not married. The funeral will leave 116 St. John-street at 4 o'clock this afternoon for the Carr Villa cemetery.

Examiner (Launceston, Tasmania), 1936-09-18
 

LATE MR. C. NICKALLS

BUSINESS MEN AT FUNERAL

There was a representative gathering at the funeral at the Carr Villa cemetery yesterday afternoon of Mr. Charles Nickalls. Rev. H. Watts Grimmett conducted a service at the graveside. The pall-bearers were Messrs. E. A. Gee, A. E. Pepper, C. W. Dodery, and John Birchall. Among the gathering of men representing the business and commercial community were representatives of the Chamber of Commerce, of which the late Mr. Nickalls was formerly secretary. Wreaths were received from city business firms and the Chamber of Commerce.

Examiner (Launceston, Tasmania), 1936-09-19


07. Thomas Rowe Nickalls

1857-02-19 b. Reigate, Surrey censuses; GRO index; William Pollard: 'Some Descendants of James and Mary Pollard', MS book at West Sussex RO; California Death Index, 1940-1997; U.S. Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1795-1972 (World Archives Project)
1861 scholar, living with his family in the High St, Reigate, with a cousin, a nurse, a house servant, a post office assistant, and an apprentice TNA: RG 9/443 f88 p8
1866/1872 of Reigate; at Ackworth School List of the Boys and Girls admitted into Ackworth School 1779–1879 (1879). Ackworth School Centenary Committee, Ackworth
1871 scholar, of Friends School, Ackworth, Yorkshire TNA: RG 10/4642 f143 p2
1879-09-04 left Liverpool on the Moravian, bound for the USA U.S. Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1795-1972 (World Archives Project)
1879-09-14 entered the United States at Port Huron, Michigan, coming in from Quebec on the Grand Trunk Railway; and lived in the US the rest of his life 1920 United States Federal Census; 1930 United States Federal Census; U.S. Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1795-1972 (World Archives Project)
1885 living with his brother and sister-in-law in Silver Lake, Shawnee, Kansas Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925
1886-02-03 declaration of intent for naturalization, in Garden City, Kansas U.S. Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1795-1972 (World Archives Project)
1887-08-01 arrived in Washington State, and lived there till at least 1913 U.S. Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1795-1972 (World Archives Project); 1910 US census
1889 builder, of 710 Howard, Spokane Falls, Washington Spokane, Washington Directories, 1889-93
1890 contractor and builder, of 1 Eagle block, Spokane Falls, and W. Indiana n w corner N. Adams Spokane, Washington Directories, 1889-93
1892 contractor, of 1 Eagle block and 1306 Indiana avenue, Spokane Spokane, Washington Directories, 1889-93
cal 1892 m. 1. Margaret Ross (1866 – before 1909, b. Canada) 1900 US Federal Census; California death index
1893 carpenter, of Spokane and 1306 Indiana avenue, Spokane Spokane, Washington Directories, 1889-93
Child: Katherine E. (1893–1989), b. Spokane RG14PN4263 RG78PN169 RD55 SD2 ED9 SN160; 1910 US census; U.S. Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1795-1972 (World Archives Project); Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1935; 1900 US Federal Census
1896 contr, res 407 Indiana av., Spokane Spokane, Washington, City Directory, 1896
1896-02/-03 contracted for the construction of the Normal School, Cheney, Washington, with unfortunate results:

"It is well known that the board advertised for competitive plans and required all architects submitting plans to accompany said plan with a bond that his plan, if adopted, could be let to a responsible bidder for or below the sum of $55,000, the limit fixed by the board for the cost of the building. The contract was let to T. R. Nickalls for the sum of $51,164, he furnishing bonds in the total sum of $25,000 that he would complete the building according to plans and specifications for the sum of his bid. Before letting the contract the board was assured by Mr. Nickalls he would use $5,000 of his own money to commence the work. Failing to procure the $5,000, and the board holding back twenty per cent of all estimates as the work progressed, according to the contract, for the protection of the state, and for which these same faultfinders condemned the board as incapable of doing business, the contractor failed, leaving some debts unpaid. In this emergency the board was forced to take charge of the work and complete the building. They have advanced far enough now to know they can finish the work within the limit of the appropriation.

"These compilers say: 'The perfidy of the members of the board who gave assurances on which they relied, that protection would be granted brickmakers, stonecutters, and the various other material men and laborers, can scarcely be too strongly censured, and constitutes one of the darkest chapters in the whole transaction.' Well, in what does this perfidy consist? Simply this: Mr. Nickalls, in prosecuting his contract with the board, contracted with Sharp & Truitt for all the brick he would need to fulfill his contract. Mr. Nickalls made estimates on the brick in the walls from time to time and paid them for the same. Sharp & Truitt were brickmakers, making brick in their yards, and delivering to Mr. Nickalls, and from the same kilns shipping brick to Sprague and into the Big Bend country. In paying their brickyard men and those had brought wood from, Sharp & Truitt made arrangements with Nickalls to give orders on him, which he was to accept instead of paying money to Sharp & Truitt. The orders thus given and accepted by Nickalls aggregated over $1600; and these order cover all now due the business men and citizens of Cheney, and which 'has caused the bankruptcy of some of the business men of Cheney.'

"Had these compilers desired to state the facts to the public, they would have said the board they accuse of perfidy did all they could to apply the twenty per cent reserved from Mr. Nickalls to pay on his debts due for labor and material, but the state auditor refused, under the law, to allow them to do it; that the attorney general of the state, by whose opinion the board must be controlled, informed these 'compilers' the trustees could not pay one cent of Nickalls' debts until the building is completed, and then only out of money due him, if any, on his contract. They would further have told the people that the attorney general had told them that the orders given by Sharp & Truitt and accepted by Nickalls were a private transaction, and that the board they accuse of perfidy in not paying out of the pockets of the taxpayers of the state had been instructed by him, as attorney general, not to pay these orders.

"The statement 'the building will not be completed until another raid on the state treasury can be made' will be answered by the completion of the building within the limit of the present appropriation; and since they assert they intend by the fight they are making, to bring about the removal of the present boards and hereby get control themselves, it will be necessary for them to force the governor (as they assert they will do if necessary) to the accomplishment of their purpose very soon, or the building will be completed and turned over to the state, paid for out of the present appropriation, before they get their hands in and pay to themselves the private debts of Sharp & Truitt, and no excuse remain for their contemplated 'raid on the state treasury.'

"As to their statement that the board has employed an assistant superintendent, that is simply an unqualified falsehood. There is no such employee known to the board. Alexander Watt, the superintendent, has been busily engaged since the work was closed down, on account of the weather, looking after material, receiving shipments and getting everything in readiness for resumption of work when suitable weather comes."

Almost simultaneously with the appearance of the 'pink pamphlets' came an unfortunate affair in the school, which resulted in the expulsion of one of the men students. He appealed the case and was supported by the group in Cheney that was unfriendly to the administration. After another stormy session the board of trustees approved the decision of Principal Sutton.

So far as Cheney and the Normal School were concerned, in February, 1896, "it poured." Story after story from the press in those days tells of the board of trustees adjourning after a session lasting until midnight or well beyond. Citizens wrote articles attacking the Normal School or some person connected with it; other citizens wrote spirited replies, defending the person attacked, or the institution, and in turn denouncing the authors of former articles. The administration was attempting to solve the problems and to go on with the building; it appeared as if many persons were doing all within their power to obstruct the work. It was an unfortunate state of affairs, from which the town and the school were a long time in recovering in the estimation of the general public. It probably paced the way for the disaster of 1897, when another governor interposed a veto.

The failure of the first contractor placed a heavy burden upon the board of trustees. It became necessary for the board to take up the unfinished work, save from the "wreckage" what could be saved and complete the building within the appropriation of $60,000. In the Spokesman-Review for March 1, 1896, the following story appeared:

"The trustees of the State Normal School adjourned at midnight without awarding the contract for the competition of the new building now under construction. The board entered minutely into the details of the work and was in conference for several hours with Architect Seaton and Superintendent Watt, and, although ten or a dozen contractors were here waiting for the verdict, it was decided the safer course not to act hastily, but to consider the matter for another week.

"As a result of this careful consideration the trustees now believe that they will be able substantially to complete the building within the appropriation and have several thousand dollars left for furniture. This, however, will not cover the indebtedness under the Nickalls contract, amounting to several thousand (?) dollars. when the board took the contract off the hands of Contractor Nickalls it was hoped there would be sufficient funds to complete the building and pay these claims besides. The attorney general, however, decided that under the law the board must first complete the building and then consider payment of the claims against the contractor, if any balance remained."

 

History of the State Normal School in Cheney, Washington
1897 architect 609 1st av, res 1829 Mission av, Spokane Spokane, Washington, City Directory, 1897
1900 contractor and builder, living with his wife and daughter at 1829 West Mission Ave 1900 US federal census
1901 architect and builder 1829 Mission av, res same Spokane, Washington, City Directory, 1901
1902 contr and bldr 1829 Mission av, res same Spokane, Washington, City Directory, 1902
1903 bill clk Wash Mill Co, res 1829 Mission av Spokane, Washington, City Directory, 1903
1905 of 1829 Mission Avenue, Spokane, Washington, USA Ackworth Old Scholars' Association Annual Report 1905
1905 fcty supt. Wash Mill Co, h 1829 Mission av Spokane, Washington, City Directory, 1905
1906 clk Wash Mill Co, h 1829 Mission av Spokane, Washington, City Directory, 1906
1907 estimator Wash Mill Co, h Grand s e cor E 34th av Spokane, Washington, City Directory, 1907
1908 city slsmn Wash Mill Co, h Grant se cor 34th av Spokane, Washington, City Directory, 1908
1909-07-15 salesman, of Spokane, Washington, widowed; m. 2. Ida Dorothy Burns (1867–1953, teacher, b. Buckram, Ohio, d. of James and Melissa Burns) 1900 US Federal Census; Washington Marriage Records; 1930 United States Federal Census; The Friend; Lingenfelter; U.S. Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1795-1972 (World Archives Project)
1910 wholesale lumber salesman, living with his wife and daughter in District 0158, Spokane Ward 1, Spokane, Washington; able to read and write; naturalised US citizen; living with brother 1910 United States Federal Census
1910 retail sales mngr Wash Mill Co, h E606 34th av Spokane, Washington, City Directory, 1910
1910 of 1829 Mission Avenue, Spokane, Washington, USA Ackworth Old Scholars' Association, Annual Report 29
1911 sales mngr Wash Mill Co, h E606 34th av Spokane, Washington, City Directory, 1911
1912 sls mngr Wash Mill Co, h E606 34th av Spokane, Washington, City Directory, 1912
1913 naturalized (but 1930 census says not naturalized) 1920 United States Federal Census;1930 United States Federal Census
1913-02-11 salesman, of 606 E. 34th Ave, Spokane, Washington, petitioned for naturalization U.S. Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1795-1972 (World Archives Project)
1913 estimator Wash Mill Co h E606 34th av Spokane, Washington, City Directory, 1913
1920 farmer, chicken farm, own account; living with his wife in mortgaged property on Sherwood Boulevard, Oak Park Precinct, Los Molinos township, California, USA 1920 United States Federal Census
1930 hay farm owner, living with his wife in Pacific Highway East Side, Oak Park Precinct, Los Molinos township, Tehama, California, USA 1930 United States Federal Census
1940 living with his wife in Red Bluff, Tehama, California; house valued at $1000; had worked 40 hours in previous week, and 52 weeks in 1939; owner operator of an orchard 1940 United States Federal Census
1943-07-23 d. Los Molinos, California, USA The Friend; Lingenfelter gives place of death as Red Bluff; California Death Index, 1940-1997 says Tehama


08. James Pollard Nickalls

1859-03-15 b. Reigate, Surrey censuses; GRO index; The Friend; Annual Monitor; William Pollard: 'Some Descendants of James and Mary Pollard', MS book at West Sussex RO
1861 living with his family in the High St, Reigate, with a cousin, a nurse, a house servant, a post office assistant, and an apprentice TNA: RG 9/443 f88 p8
1871 scholar, of Friends School, Croydon, Surrey TNA: RG 10/839 f82 p35
1871/1874 of Reigate; at Ackworth School List of the Boys and Girls admitted into Ackworth School 1779–1879 (1879). Ackworth School Centenary Committee, Ackworth
1881 watchmaker, lodger with Francis C. Putley and family, watchmaker, of 33 Biggin St, St Mary Virgin, Dover, Kent RG 11/1003 f49 p6
1882 of Canterbury, Kent source misplaced
1884-08-18 journeyman watchmaker, of 29 St George's-street, Canterbury; d. Clock House, Ashford, Kent National Probate Calendar; The Friend; Annual Monitor; GRO index; Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, and Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times, and Farmers' Gazette, both 1884-08-30
1884-09-30 administration granted at Canterbury to his father Thomas Nickalls; personal estate £138 1s. 6d. National Probate Calendar
 

JAMES POLLARD NICKALLS,

Canterbury.      25    18  8 mo. 1884

Son of Thomas Nickalls, of Ashford.

As a child James Nickalls showed symptoms of delicate health; but as he grew older it was hoped that he had outgrown them. About eighteen months before his death he was obliged to leave his situation and go home for nursing. His health seemed again restored, and he was able to enjoy active exercise in bicycling, swimming, and the like; it is feared, however, that over-exertion in these things caused his last and fatal illness.

During his last three years he lived at Canterbury, frequently spending his First-days at home, where his genial presence was much enjoyed. He left his situation finally on the 7th of the Eighth month, being then too unwell to continue at work, but no danger was anticipated until three days before the close.

Throughout his illness he was very gentle and patient, thoughtful for others, never repining, and grateful for any little service rendered. The last two days he was quite aware of the uncertainty of his stay here, and remarked, "What a comfort it is for thee to pray with me;" and on being reminded what a blessing it was to know there was no sense of unforgiven sin resting on him, he expressed his confidence in Him who had washed him in His own blood; saying that he had been a wayward child, but was quite sure the Lord had forgiven him.

First-day, the 17th, and the next day, were times of great weakness and suffering, from the intense heat, and the difficulty of remaining long in any position. In the morning of the 18th, he asked his mother to read the 23rd and 103rd Psalms, and remarked that they always gave him great comfort; and during the day he expressed himself very sweetly, the 23rd Psalm being much on his mind; he said he had endeavoured to do something for the Master, and thought his influence had been beneficial in one or two cases. The gentleman in whose employ he had been for the last three years, speaks of "the blameless life he had led."

When thankfulness was expressed that we were able to nurse him, and that he was at home and not among strangers, he rejoined, "Heaven is the happy home; we shall meet on that beautiful shore." At another time he said, "Weary, oh, so weary! when shall I be at rest?"

The feeling of great weakness was often very trying to him, and when it was remarked, "There is no pain or suffering in heaven," he replied, "The Lord is helping me to bear it, I am quite sure; to depart and be with Christ is far better." During the evening he faintly repeated the hymn beginning, "Leaves have their time to fall." After this a few verses from the end of the fourth and beginning of the fifth chapters of II. Corinthians were read to him, and prayer was put up for the continued support which had been so graciously afforded hitherto, in which he fervently united.

A neighbour kindly offering to sit with him for a few hours with his mother, to allow his father to take a little rest, he took her hand and said how kind it was. At half-past ten a change was apparent, and he was slightly wandering, asking, "Is father come home yet?" and very soon the gentle spirit had passed away without a struggle, we reverently believe to the realms of bliss, and received the joyful greeting, "Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you."

1885 Annual Monitor


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