Taking a look at the Arlington Baths Club proposal books from 1910 to 1915 reveals that there were lots of members who came from all over the world, many joining as supernumerary members for three or six months.
Meet a few of these international members…
L L Cintas was a landowner from Havana in Cuba. He stayed at 9 Queen Margaret Crescent when he lived in Glasgow.
Halvor Midtbo described his profession as ‘Clergyman, Norwegian pastor’, when he joined in December 1910. He lived at 22 Smith Street in Hillhead. There’s an entry on Wikipedia which describes him as a Norwegian priest and temperance activist. He was born in 1883 and died at the age of 101 in 1985.
Carl Albert von Burspdorff, age 24, joined for three months in 1911. His application doesn’t says where he was from but his profession was written as ‘landwirth’ – meaning ‘landwirt’ in German – which translates as farmer/estate owner.
There’s a Von-Burgsdorff-Straße in the town of Herne, in Germany. According to the Stadt Herne website the street is named after “Manor owner Rittmeister a. D. Carl Albert von Burgsdorff (born on March 29, 1857 in Cologne-Deutz, died on January 1, 1919 in Garath), …from 1897 to 1918 board member of the union Frederick the Great, the Association for mining interests in the Oberbergamtsbezirk Dortmund and of the coal mine in Essen.
Was our member his son?
There was a significant German population in Glasgow at the late 19th century; you can read more on our blog post about Pastor Geyer.
K Wakasa worked for the Imperial Japanese Navy. He was in Glasgow in early 1910, staying at 365 Bath Street.
Perhaps he was here to meet with Clyde shipbuilders?
Leslie Lacy Langley was an engineering student at Glasgow University, having come to Scotland from Allahabad, in Utter Pradesh in India.
D. P. Dadathai was from Lahore. This city is now in Pakistan but in 1910 was in India. He was in Glasgow as a student at a technical college, and joined the Baths for six months. He lived at 12 Ann Street in Hillhead.
James Inglis Robertson was a medical student from Sydney in Australia.
Fritz Lichte was from Osnabruck in Germany. He was a student but didn’t say where or what he was studying. He stayed at 4 Granville Street, off St George’s Road.
Leon Jercy Wolski, was a student from Warsaw in Poland. He joined the Baths in autumn 1912, when he lived at 7 West Cumberland Street. At this time Poland was part of the Russian Empire.
Casimir Kuratow was an 18-year-old science student, also from Warsaw in Poland. He lived at 3 Lansdowne Crescent in 1913.
John Carbonnier was a foreign correspondent, though sadly we don’t know what paper he worked for. He lived at 36 Hill Street.
See all the proposal forms for these members:
You can also read the story of Alexander R B Soga, a famous South African doctor who was also a member at this time.
Researchers: Lucy, Lyndsay