Arthur Lane Adventurous Career of Well-known Beeston Man A well know personality in Beeston and Nottingham passed away by the death, last Saturday, of Mr Arthur Lane, of Devonshire House, Devonshire-avenue, Beeston. Mr. Lane, who was 70 years of age, was born in Nottingham, being one of a large family. As a boy he ran away to sea, and had experience of sailing before the mast in one of the largest types of sailing ship. Subsequently he worked in various parts of America, including the cotton belts, and on his return to England he entered the yarn trade, joining Mr. Joseph Wright at Castle-gate, Nottingham. In 1885 he started business on his own account. The undertaking of Arthur Lane Ltd., of Broad-street and Pilcher-gate, Nottingham, flourished to such an extent that at one period there were offices in London, Glasgow, Manchester, Plauen, Leipzig and Calais. For many years Mr. Lane journeyed annually to South Africa and South America. Owing to ill-health the business was wound up last June. Prominent Freemason Mr. Lane took and active part in Freemasonry. He was a P.Prov. Grand Junior Deacon of the Nottinghamshire Province, a Past Master of the Pax Magna Lodge, and a late member of the Carnarvon Lodge. He was also associate with Royal Arch Masonry. For 25 years he was a member of the Manchester Cotton Exchange, and belonged to the Nottingham Chamber of Commerce. His membership of the Nottingham Constitutional Club lasted for nearly 30 years. In his younger days he was a member of the Nottingham Britannia Rowing Club, and was keenly interested in fishing, shooting and golf, playing on the Beeston Fields course. Mr. Lane had a very charitable heart, and was generous to an extent that was not known. Several old people had cause to be grateful for the help he gave anonymously, but he once remarked to a friend that he had been fully repaid for every kindness he had shown and never missed what he gave away. He had a kind thought for poor children, and constantl
Arthur Lane Adventurous Career of Well-known Beeston Man (continued...) ...The family mourners present included: Messrs. P. Chas. Williams (son-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. R. Hayter (son-in-law and daughter), Miss C. Potter, of Beeston (niece), and Mr. John Williams (father of Mr. P. Chas. Williams). Among the many Freemasons were: Wor. Bros. Dallimore, P.P.G. Chaplain, Ernest Clarke, Harry Clarke, Mather, and Ebblewhite, and Bros. A. Bush, Clayton, Walker, Anelay and Hall. There were also present Mr. W. H. Pratt, Mr. Harrison (Chilwell), Councillor J. R. Anderson, Mr. Walter Morley (Beeston Lads’ Club), Miss Ware, and Messrs. Holmes, Nicholls, and Howman, who were members of Mr. Lane’s business staff, Mrs. Holland (representing Messrs. Dobson and Brown, Ltd.) Mr. A. Machin (representing Messrs. Thomas Adams, Ltd.), Mr. W. Clayton (representing the Broxtowe Dyeing Company), and many other friends and business associates from Nottingham. There were over 40 wreaths at the graveside in the Beeston Cemetary, where the committal prayers were said by the Rev. A. M. Rumball.