Culter 100 years ago- 1920
· The year began with Culter Mills taking on more staff, due to the 3 shift working system. They would also be building New Cottages for the workers.
· 16th February saw semi-jubilee celebrations (25 years) at the U.F. Church. A noted item was the Church bell which had been taken from the old UF Church at Contlaw 75 years ago. So in 2020, the Church must be celebrating 125 years (since 1895?).
· The Road Committee was discussing the North Deeside Road which still had to “see tar”. A stretch from Mannofield towards Cults was being currently laid.
· The Estate of NEWMILL was up for sale at an upset price of £3000- it sold later in the month for £4000. £1000 over the asking price!
· It was reported that the Freemason’s held a meeting to advise the opening of a new lodge in the Village.
· “Kennerty Flashfoot” was offered at standing for stud at Kennerty Farm. He is described as “three years old, is of the most appropriate breeding, his sire being the celebrated Dunsmore Footprint and out of a mare by Dunure Monarch”.
· Theodore Crombie gifts an oak-carved table and Chair to the Parish Church. “This communion table is dedicated to the glory of God, and in loving remembrance of Alice Margaret, wife of Captain Holland, C.B. R.N., daughter pf Theodore and Margaret B Crombie of Culter – 18th April 1920.”
· Davidson, Shoemaker, Culter is selling his 7-9 Harley Davidson Combination – 2 new tyres.
· “Culter Sergeant Obsequies” – a harrowing tale of a former Culter soldier who died at Netley Hospital. When his remains were finally returned to Aberdeen they were not in a good state and the family were supported in their complaint.
· 18 May- the Rev D Somerville leaves Culter to take on his new charge at Pollockshields East U.F. Church. The Girl Guides formed a Guard of Honour.
· 19 May- local hotelkeeper, Adam Marr, of the Gordon Arms was charged with overcharging for 2 bottles of beer. He has sold 2 bottles of Bass beer for 1 shilling a bottle. This was 2 ½ d in excess of the maximum price allowed by the licensing board – fined 5 guineas!
· 18 May – AGM held for Fresh Air Fortnight and Home for Ailing Children at Linnmoor.
· 25 May- Café Chantant held by the Football and Quoiting Club.
· 31 May – Post-war -an outlying station for the 5th Gordon Highlanders to be stationed at Culter.
· 10 June- “Culter Ejectment case”. A local farmer Henry Bruce, Holemill tries unsuccessfully to evict Miss Jane Stewart from Mayfield Cottage. The judge dismisses the case and gives £21 to the defendant.
· 8 June- Sports Day held at Robertson Farm on behalf of the Scottish Federation of Discharged and Demobilised Sailors and Soldiers.
· 14 June. Theodore donates £600 to the Sick Children’s Hospital in memory of his daughter Mrs Alice Margaret Holland.
· 15 June – Lilybank, Culter is for sale, shop currently a newsagent and confectioner.
· 16 June – 6000 trees up for sale at Newmill.
· 22 June- the sewer system is to be extended along Malcom Road to serve the block of new workmen’s houses.
· Culter Parish Church Picnic. Children marched to Ordhill, to a field granted by Mr Stephen- games and picnic
· 3 July – Culter Games held. Heavy and light competitions, piping and dancing, pony races, horse-jumping. 4 silver cups. Record Crowds at Pittengullies.
· 7 July - marriage of Thomas Henderson to Lily Clark, second daughter of John Clark, Esq. JP, Inspector of Poor, Peterculter and Mrs Clark, Lilydale, Culter.
· 9 July- Free Gardeners’ War Memorial unveiled at Culter Public Hall.
· 14 July – New Minister for Culter . Rev. J.Y Campbell.
· 16 Aug – Kennerty takes Supreme and Reserve Champions at Marr Agricultural Association Show.
· “Verona” pipes to the top position by “Topline”.
· 4 September. Lodge Leuchar consecrated No. 1224. 70 brethren in attendance. RWM Bro. W.H. Richmond.
· 20 September – Mr Farquhar, Culter points out that that there is no teacher of physical instruction at Craigton Higher Grade School. Exemption was asked for a Culter boy to work during the harvest. There was no objection but it was stated that this “would be giving cheap labour to the farmer”.
· The Inspectors report at Craigton Higher Grade School showed weakness by pupils in Mathematics. There had bee4 mathematics teachers in 4 years.
· 4 October, the Peterculter War Memorial is unveiled.
· Mr and Mrs Alexander McDonald of Church Terrace celebrate their Golden Wedding. Of a family of ten, five survive with 2 being abroad. They have 9 grandchildren.
· A joint service is held in the Parish Church – wreaths are placed on four graves of soldiers in the churchyard.
· Mr and Mrs Robert Dunbar, New Cottages celebrate their Golden Wedding. They have seven of a family, and eighteen grandchildren.
· Professor Colin A Bannatyne dies. He was ordained at the Free Church in Culter in 1766. He was the Moderator of the Free Church in 1900 and 1906.
· Culter Paper Mills purchase Newmills, 50 acres. from Mr Duguid.
· Culter votes in the Aberdeenshire Temperance Act “Local Veto Bill”. “Peterculter being a largely working class area, most votes were cast between 6-8pm”.
· How Culter voted:
· 2643 on roll; 1373 votes- 52%
· No Change 1138
· Limitations 12
· No License 215
· Majority of 911; 8 spoiled papers
· Culter is to retain its quota of 3 licensed hotel, one public house and four licensed grocers.
· 29 December- Culter Paper Mill reports on a good first 9 months of the year and then trade falling off since September. “The New Year Holidays will, in consequence, be somewhat lengthened”.