Excerpt from Failsworth Industrial Society Limited: Jubilee History, 1859-1909
The following pages contain an account of the History of the Society from its establishment in 1859 to the beginning of the Jubilee Year, 1909. The society possesses no records relating to the first few years of its existence, but fortunately we have been able to obtain documents and authentic details from various sources, notably from Thomas Hayes (the sole survivor of the fourteen founders of the society), Jacob Rydings, and, some years ago, from others of the founders and early members. From 1869, the society's minutes and the files (two or three years later) of the 00-0perative N and the local news papers have been available. The information thus obtained has been supplemented by various members who have occupied the highest position in the society, and by others. Several extracts relating to the early attempts at cc-operation in Failsworth and Newton Heath, and to local incidents and occurrences, have been taken from Mr. Holyoake's History of Cc-operation, Mr. Ben Jonesis cc-operative Production. Mr. H. T. Crofton's History of Newton Chapelry, Mr. P. Percival's Fails worth Folk and Failsworth Memories, Mr. Sim Schofield's Short Stories about Failsworth Folk, and from the late Mr. Joe Miller's Reminiscences, published many years ago in the All Saints Parish Magazine.
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