I love that you noticed the signature of Fred in that old poetry book! Yes, he's related to me, I believe as a nephew of one of my ancestors, Robert Thistlethwaite, and the name Fred has been passed down in my family through the generations. I'd like to follow your research on the council activities of old Fred if you recall where you found this information.
I collect postcards and maps of places where my ancestors and family members lived, and am beginning to collect book titles that I know were read by these folks. I only have a couple of the latter thus far, so I am very appreciative of your post! I look forward to seeking out a copy of this old book. This is the kind of thing that really brings genealogy to life. You really made my day!