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Emigration to 1918
Rushden Echo, 25th March 1904, transcribed by Kay Collins

Off to Canada—€”Yesterday two Rushden young men—Mr Horace Bull (son of the late Mr Geo. Bull) and his cousin Mr Leonard Bull (son of the late Mr Chas. Bull) started for Canada. On Sunday afternoon at the Queen-street Independent Wesleyan schools the emigrants were each presented with a gold fountain pen. Mr G Denton, senior superintendent, made the presentation on behalf of the school, and he and Mr T Bromage wished the recipients a happy and prosperous future. Mr John Mackness, the teacher of the young men's class, also spoke. Mr T F Twigge, son of Mr Twigge, of Bencroft Grange, Bedford-road, Rushden, and Mr Sidney Miller, of Midland-road, Rushden, also left for Canada.

Rushden Echo, 23rd June 1905, transcribed by Kay Collins

The Migration to the WestMr and Mrs Britton, of Harborough Park, with their son, left Rushden on Monday for Canada. About ... schoolmates of Master Britton were at the Station to see him off by the 1.29 train. The voyage of the party is being made by the SS Lake Manitoba. [number unreadable]


Rushden Echo & Argus, August 18, 1944 – Left in 1906

American Killed - Son of Former Rushden Resident

Pvt. James W Sanders, U S 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, 31st January 1908, transcribed by Kay Collins

The Death of Mr. W. Skevington—A cablegram had been received by the Standard Rotary Co., of Rushden, announcing the death of Mr. W. Skevington, their representative in an important district of Australia. Mr. R. Skevington, of Hayway, father of the deceased, has just received a letter from Mr. D. Michael, of Toorak, giving a few details of the sad event. [part of a longer article]

Rushden Echo, 20th March 1908, transcribed by Kay Collins

Emigration—”A considerable number of friends and relatives assembled at the Midland Railway Station on Wednesday evening to bid goodbye to Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Hayes, who left Rushden for America some three years ago and who have been paying a visit to the old country. Mr. and Mrs. Hayes were accompanied by Mrs. Grey, of Wellingborough-road, Rushden. They embark at Liverpool on the White Star liner "Celtic" for New York, whence they proceed to Aberdeen, South Dakota. Mr. Harold Holland, of Stanwick Mills, who goes by the Canadian Pacific Railway Company'™s magnificent s.s. "Empress of Ireland" to St. John, Canada, left at the same time. His final destination is Estvan, Saskatchewan, Canada. The necessary arrangements were made by Mr. T. Swindall, of Station-road.

Rushden Echo, 11th December 1908, transcribed by Kay Collins

Across the Water—€Mr. W. E. Sugars, fifth son of Mr. James Sugars, of Harborough-road, Rushden, arrived home on Saturday last after nearly two years in Canada and America. He will probably remain at Rushden for the next twelve months for a holiday and then return to Canada. For five months he was in a music store, and was subsequently engaged in "shoe-cutting" as it is called across the water, in a little German town called Milverton. Mr. Sugars says he received a copy of "The Rushden Echo" every week and followed local events with keen interest. Across the water he met with several old Rushdenites, including Mr. Horace Chettle. Asked by a "Rushden Echo" representative whether he would recommend anyone to go out to Canada at the present juncture or not, Mr. Sugars replied that he should not advise going out there just now. He says he likes the Canadian winters because the atmosphere is so dry and bracing; and he has felt the cold during the last few days in England more than he did in Canada. He is in excellent health "never better in my life" he says.

Rushden Echo, 15th March 1909, transcribed by Kay Collins

Mr. C. E. Long left Rushden yesterday morning by the 11.26 train, and Mr. C. Court this morning at 8.40, both en route for Canada.

Rushden Echo, 14th May 1909, transcribed by Kay Collins

Claim to £25,000—Mr. Edward McCracken, stonemason, of Thrapston, formerly of Rushden, who urges that he has a claim to an estate of £25,000 in America, is following up his claim with vigour. Mr. McCracken's legal representative has set sail for America in connection with the claim.

Rushden Echo, 14th May 1909, transcribed by Kay Collins

Mr. J. J. Holt, formerly organist at the Primitive Methodist Chapel, Rushden, who left a few years ago for Canada, and has been spending the winter here, has now returned to Canada, leaving on Wednesday. Most of the Rushden Primitive Methodists assembled at the M.R. station to bid him farewell.

Rushden Echo, 30th July 1909

To The Antipodes—The families of Messrs. W. H., C. and G. Perkins left England for Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, on Wednesday by the S.S. Oswestry Grange. [Diary of their journey]

Rushden Echo, 3rd September 1909, transcribed by Peter Brown

Emigrants—€Miss Frances Freeman, daughter of Mr C Freeman, of Crabb Street, and Miss Auger, are leaving Rushden this week for America. Miss Freeman will join her brother Mr C Freeman who formerly worked at the CWS factory at Rushden.


Rushden Echo, 27th August 1909 & 4th February 1910

Canada and New Zealand
Employment guaranteed: Agricultural and Domestic. Other trades busy. Assisted passage to Australia and New Zealand. T Swindall, 28 Moor Road, Rushden. Information free. Passengers booked to any part of the world.


Rushden Echo, 11th March 1910, transcribed by Kay Collins

EmigrantsMr Wakelin, late manager at Messrs Burton's Stores, Rushden, and Mrs Wakelin left Rushden on Monday for Sheffield. After a brief stay there they will proceed to Canada.

Rushden Echo, 16th September 1910, transcribed by Peter Brown

A Hoax—A telegram was received in Rushden on Saturday stating that a vessel which had left Liverpool with Rushden passengers on board had gone down. Considerable anxiety was felt by the friends at home, and it was not until Monday that they discovered that the telegram was a practical joke.

Rushden Echo & Argus, 12th January 1934 - Left in 1911

News has been received of the death in Australia of a former Rushden resident, Mr. Mark William Ingram. He died in Melbourne, Australia, on Dec. 3rd after a painful illness, and leaves a son and two daughters, one of whom is the wife of Mr. H. Jaques, of Essex-road, Rushden.

Mr. Ingram was born at Earls Barton, and prior to his leaving Rushden with his son in 1911, he was a member of the old Rushden National Band for a number of years. His wife joined him in Australia in 1912.

Rushden Echo, 14th June 1912

Darnell - Smith — Rushden Couple Married — at Winnipeg, Canada
The marriage was solemnized at All Saints’ Church, Broadway, Winnipeg, on Saturday, May 18th, by the Rev. F. Heathcote, of Miss Edith Smith, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Smith, of Rushden, to Mr. Fred Darnell, eldest son of Mr. W. H. Darnell, of Church-street, Rushden.

The bride was attended by Mrs. Hatfield, late of Rushden, Mr. J. Burgess, also a former resident of Rushden, was best man. [a list of presents follows]

Rushden Argus, 15th March 1912

Wedding—On Tuesday, at the Independent Wesleyan Church, the Rev. C. J. Keeler married Miss Elizabeth Sarah Brightman to Mr. Charles Ernest Eden, both being natives of Rushden. The bride was given away by her brother, Mr. Sam Brightman, and Mr. Leonard Eden acted as best man. The bridesmaid was Miss Nellie Rodwell, a friend of the contracting parties. The bridegroom returned from Canada to be married, and the happy couple will spend their honeymoon on board the liner which takes them to Canada.

Emigration—A number of families left Rushden on Thursday to seek their fortunes abroad. In Fletcher Road, a street containing only about 16 houses, no fewer than 14 persons are leaving for the colonies. Mr. Attley, Mr. Odell, Mr. and Mrs. Davies and three children, and Mr. and Mrs. Sinfield are going to Australia, and Mrs. Holland and her six children are rejoining Mr. Holland in Canada. A large company visited the railway station on Thursday evening, when 24 persons left the town, some for Canada, and some for Australia.

Rushden Argus, 12th April 1912

EmigrantMiss Vinnie Skinner, of Rushden, left the town on Tuesday for Portland, Canada.

Presentation—At the close of a choir practice at the Park-road Baptist Chapel on Tuesday evening, Miss Nellie Wilmer, one of the members, who is leaving the town with her friends for Australia, was presented, on behalf of the choir, by Mr. Max Stringer (conductor), with copies of Handel’s oratorios “Messiah” and “Samson,” wishing her a safe voyage and prosperity in her new sphere.


Rushden Echo, 1st November 1912

Going AbroadMr. Ernest Hooper, son of Mr. Robert Hooper, of Queen-street, Rushden, who has been spending a holiday in England with his parents since last August, commenced his return journey to South Africa this morning, leaving Rushden by the 8a.m. train. Mr. Hooper, who is accompanied by his brother, Mr. Septimus Hooper, sails from the Tilbury Dock tomorrow by the S.S. Durham Castle. During his stay in England Mr. Hooper has met many friends of his boyhood’s days and has spent a strenuous time visiting his old acquaintances; moreover he has been in great demand for concerts, etc., being possessed of an excellent baritone voice.


Rushden Echo, 1st November 1912

Re Mr. G. A. McLeod - Jeweller’s Failure

He was not doing anything for a living at present, but he had obtained a situation in Ontario.

Mr. Parker said debtor desired to sail to Canada on Nov. 6th.

The adjourned examination was held on Tuesday and was closed without further questions.


December 1912
St Mary's Church
Parish Magazine



Printed by Croft & Nichols
74 High Street

Owing to many subscribers to the Parish Magazine having gone abroad the number circulated every month in the parish has fallen to 660. We should be glad to see the circulation go up again to the old figure of 700. Could not the distributors find some members of the Church of England in their districts who would be willing to take the Magazine ? If each distributor could get two new subscribers the number would be brought up to 720 and this would help the funds considerably.
Rushden Argus, 20th February 1914, transcribed by Kay Collins

COMING-OF-AGE—The coming-of-age of Miss Alice Dix, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Dix, late of Washbrook-road, Rushden, was celebrated at their present residence, 113, Colborne-street, London, Canada, on January 24th. A large number of relatives and friends assembled, and a real hearty, time was spent. Miss Dix was the recipient of many beautiful presents, and was not forgotten by her Rushden friends.

Rushden Argus, 3rd April 1914, transcribed by Kay Collins

Death—”We deeply regret to record the death of Mrs Emily McConnachie, aged 34 years, wife of Mr Henry John McConnachie, of Toronto, Canada. Mrs McConnachie was a daughter of Mrs Eliza Rice, late of 36 Portland-road, Rushden, and now of Toronto, Canada.


see also Australian & Canadian Men returning to serve in WWI


1915 - from Queensland, Australia 15 bakers enlist. One is Mr R H Knight, late of Rushden.



Rushden Echo, 26th February 1915, transcribed by Kay Collins

Australian Appreciation —“ of the 'Rushden Echo'
Writing to Mr. James Jaques, of Rushden, and old Rushden resident, Mr. Barry Lack, who left his native town about 30 years ago, sends interesting news about Australia. He says:-

"Thanks for the photo of your house, which looks very nice. I hope you will not get it spoilt by the Germans. I do not see a smile on either of your faces; I suppose it is the war you are thinking about. But don't worry; I think we have got them beaten. Of course, it is something dreadful to read about. Pleased to say we have been very busy with the boarders, who seem to find plenty of money for holidays. Still, they have given very liberally to the war funds. I received the "Rushden Echo" from you and found it very interesting to read about the Rushden soldiers at the war."

Extract from a longer article Nov 1916: Mr. Button, on his visits to South Africa, has on each occasion visited Mr. A. E. Long, formerly of Rushden, who resides in Cape Town.


Rushden Echo, Friday 5th October 1917

A Rushdenite now in Queensland, Australia, calls one of his horses "œRushden Echo" after Rushden'™s own newspaper ”because it is so smart and goes so well!


Rushden Echo, 2nd August 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins

Mr. Arthur Taylor, of Rochester, U.S.A., formerly of Rushden, has been appointed to a responsible post on the staff of the Y.M.C.A. in connection with their work among the soldiers.



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