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Emigration after WWII

Rushden Echo, 18th August 1944, transcribed by Peter Brown

American Killed - Son of Former Rushden Resident
Pvt. James W Sanders, US Army, son of Mr and Mrs James Sanders, of 127, Knickerbocker-avenue, Rochester, N.Y., who has been killed in action while serving in Normandy, was the nephew of Mr Arthur Sanders, the Rushden building contractor, and visited Rushden on his last leave. He was aged 26 and married, and before enlistment worked for Messrs Kodak. His father formerly resided in Hayway, Rushden, and emigrated to the United States in 1906.

Rushden Echo & Argus, 4th March 1946

Welcomed In America

Mrs. Dora Cook
Mrs. Dora Cook
A CABLE from America was received by Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Birt, of 22, Fitzwilliam-street, Rushden, on Saturday, announcing the safe arrival of their daughter, who left the town about three weeks ago.

The daughter, Mrs. Dora Cook, states that she was met in New York by her husband, Sergt. Robert E. Cook, US. Army, together with his mother, and she received a "very warm welcome."

The couple were married on May 7th, 1945, when Sergt. Cook, whose home is in Ohio, was stationed at the Co-operative Hall, Rushden. He returned home last June and hopes to be demobilised shortly.

Mrs. Cook was employed by the Dubilier Condenser Company.

Rushden Echo & Argus, 4th March 1946

Arrived In New York

Mrs. Doreen Jordan
Mrs. Doreen Jordan
Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Parbury, of 95 Irchester-road, Rushden, have received a cable from their only daughter, Mrs Doreen Jordan, stating that she and her 18 months old daughter, Christine, have arrived safely in New York.

Mrs. Jordan was met in New York by her husband, Mr. O. A. Jordan, and his people, and then they drove on to New Baltimore, Michigan, where they will make their home.

Mr. Jordan served as a private with the U.S. Army at the Knuston Camp and in Rushden, returning to the States about 18 months ago and being discharged over a year ago on medical grounds.

Rushden Echo & Argus, 30th May 1947

Trekker Married
Mr Hebden Rodgerson, of Rushden, the former organist at Highfield Baptist Church, who made the overland trek to South Africa, has been married in Grahamstown to Miss Joy Luke. At the same time Mr. Rodgerson sends the information that he has purchased a grocery and newspaper business and is settling down well.

Rushden Echo, 1949

Junior has an English pram

RUSHDEN (Northants) Society, which joined the national membership scheme at the start, has now gone one better by doing international trade.

An American visitor to Rushden, unable to get the kind of pram that she wanted at her home in Pennsylvania, purchased from Rushden Society's furnishing department just the article she was looking for.

The pram was dispatched and has reached the customer, who has written a letter of acknowledgment. In it she says: "Thank you for the trouble you took to get the pram over to me in the U.S.A. I am very pleased and proud to have it. The workmanship and fine quality material are a constant topic of conversation and admiration among my American friends. You and the 'co-op' are justified in your pride at handling such fine goods."

The satisfied customer was Mrs Edith Matson, of South Bend Pennsylvania.

Rushden Echo & Argus, 2nd February 1951, transcribed by Kay Collins

Rushden Family for Australia
Leaving Rushden shortly after two years as engineering assistant with the Rushden Urban Council, is Mr. J. G. Swales, of 23, St. James' Close. He will be taking up a similar position with Brisbane (Australia) Council. Mr. Swales, together with his wife and three children sail on the Orontes on February 15th.

Rushden Echo & Argus, 22nd October 1954

Mothers Bound For Rhodesia

Two Rushden mothers have been keeping an anxious eye on the dock strike this week.

It will be goodbye to the kitchen for a while for Mrs. A. Mead (left) and Mrs. J.Boddington, when they set off next week on a ten-month-holiday in Southern Rhodesia to visit their son and daughter.
Mrs. A. Mead, 82 St. James Close, and Mrs. J. Boddington, 19 Manton Road, are bound for a ten-month holiday with their children in Southern Rhodesia, and were alarmed to learn on Monday, that owing to "labour difficulties" in London, their boat had been cancelled. But now all is well. They will sail on October 28 as planned - but on a sister-ship, the Durban Castle, from Plymouth instead of London.


At Bari, South Africa, they will, be met by their son and daughter, Keith and Audrey Boddington, and from there they will all fly to Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia.

Mr. and Mrs. Boddington emigrated from Rushden four years ago, a year after their wedding at St. Mary's Church. Mr. Boddington is in the building industry at Salisbury, and is soon to begin building his own home there,

Mrs. Mead and Mrs. Boddington have both given up their jobs, with John White Footwear and Walter Tarry respectively.

Rushden Echo & Argus, 22nd October 1954

Mr. Don Green, who leaves the town shortly with his family to take up work in South Africa, received two gifts from the staff and employees of Messrs. C. W. Horrell. Ltd., on Tuesday. The gifts—a silver watch and an inscribed pen—were presented by the works manager, Mr. J. Lilley.

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