19 September 1844

2014 marks the 170th anniversary of the Rochdale Equitable Pioneers Society. To celebrate this special anniversary the Pioneers 170 blog will guide you through the Pioneers’ first year.

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This week, James Smithies is recorded as absent and James Daly’s fine is revoked (yet there is no record of what he did to incur this). There is a new candidate, John Hill, and the members decide to purchase a counter, “when a suitable one can be found”. There is no further mention of the counter James Daly examined which is referred to in the minutes for September 5th 1844; it was intended then that this counter would be purchased, but clearly it was not found to be appropriate.

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You can also find out about the Pioneers 170 Christmas Celebration on Wednesday 17 December 2014