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Dewhirst, Rhoda
15 March 1874 – 1959

[Updated 9 September 2019]

Rhoda Dewhirst was the daughter of Leonard Dewhirst. Leonard was born c1852 in Copley, Halifax. He married Sarah Jane Brown, 17 January 1874 at Bradford Cathedral.

Rhoda, the eldest of three children, was born 15 March 1874 in Saltaire. She was baptised 3 May 1874 at Saltaire Wesleyan Methodist Church. In 1881 the family were living at 18 Dove Street with Leonard employed as a tin plate worker at Salts Mill.

Sarah Jane died in 1883. Widowed Leonard married Louisa Lambert, 29 March 1884 at Bradford Cathedral. They had three children. In 1891 & 1901 they were living at 4 Dove Street.

By 1911 Rhoda, and her sister Sarah, were living at 1 Edward Street (re-numbered 6) in Saltaire. She would remain here the rest of her life.
Rhoda worked at Salt’s Mill for over 54 years. In October 1937, working in the Spinning Dept, Rhoda, was one of 24 employees who were given long service awards by the Managing Director, Mr R W Guild, at a function in the Royal Café. Rhoda was presented with a wristlet watch.

Rhoda, who never married, died in 1959.

Dewhirst, Sarah Harriett
4 November 1875 – 10 March 1963
[Updated 9 September 2019]

Sarah Harriet Dewhirst was the daughter of Leonard Dewhirst. Leonard was born c1852 in Copley, Halifax. He married Sarah Jane Brown 17 January 1874 at Bradford Cathedral.

Sarah, the second of three children, was born 4 November 1874 in Saltaire. She was baptised 2 January 1876 at Saltaire Wesleyan Methodist Church. In 1881 the family were living at 18 Dove Street with Leonard employed as a tin plate worker at Salts Mill.

Sarah Jane died in 1883. Widowed Leonard married Louisa Lambert 29 March 1884 at Bradford Cathedral. They had three children. In 1891 & 1901 they were living at 4 Dove Street.

By 1911 Sarah, and her sister Rhoda, were living at 1 Edward Street (re-numbered 6) in Saltaire. She would remain here the rest of her life.
Sarah worked at Salt’s Mill for over 51 years. In October 1937, working in the Reeling Dept, Sarah was one of 24 employees who were given long service awards by the Managing Director, Mr R W Guild, at a function in the Royal Café. Sarah was presented with a walnut clock with Westminster chimes.

Sarah died, a spinster, 10 March 1963 aged 88 at Calverley Hospital, Thornbury, in Bradford.

Dibb, Edith
c1876 – 17 June 1955

Edith Dibb was born in Saltaire c1876, the second youngest of nine children to Henry Dibb & Mary Illingworth. They were married 30 November 1858 at St. Johns Yeadon.

By 1881 the family were living at 1 Birr Street in Shipley with Henry working as a butcher. In 1891 they were living at 6 Gordon Terrace (renumbered 61 Bingley Road) in Saltaire. Henry was a drayman and Edith was working as a silk spreader.

By 1901 Edith was living her unmarried sister, Ada, at 47 Crag Road in Shipley. She was working as a confectioner. By 1911 Edith was living with her brother Sam at 73 Alexander Road in Shipley. She was working as a baker.

Edith, a spinster, died 17 June 1955 at Bingley Hospital. Her home was 4 Warren Terrace in Gilstead, Bingley. Edith was the sister of Polly Dibb.

Dibb, Polly Illingworth
c1878 – 1914

Polly Illingworth Dibb was born in Saltaire c1878, the youngest of nine children to Henry Dibb & Mary Illingworth. They were married 30 November 1858 at St. Johns Yeadon. By 1881 the family were living at 1 Birr Street in Shipley, Henry was working as a butcher.

In 1891 they were living at 6 Gordon Terrace (renumbered 61 Bingley Road) in Saltaire. Henry a drayman and Polly aged just 13 was working as a worsted spinner. By 1901 Polly was living her unmarried sister, Ada, at 47 Crag Road in Shipley. She was working as a confectioner. By 1911 Polly was boarding with the Edmondson family at 7 Chapel Street in Cleckheaton. Polly was working as a weaver.

Sadly Polly died, a spinster, aged just 36 in 1914. She was buried 23 March 1914 at St. Pauls Shipley. Her home was Revy Hall Farm in Wibsey. Polly was the sister of Edith Dibb.

Dodgson, Rose Ann
c1872 – 1928

Rose Ann Dodgson born Saltaire c1872 was the youngest of eight children to John & Ellen Dodgson. In 1881 the family were living at 18 Jane Street in Saltaire. John was an unemployed farm labourer.

In 1891 the family were still at 18 Jane Street. John was a mason’s labourer whilst Rose worked as a winder. By 1901 they had moved to 29 Ferrands Road in Shipley with John now widowed. In 1911 Rose was a spinner continuing to live at 29 FerrandsRoad. The head of the house was her unmarried elder sister Catherine.

At the age of 37, Rose married Albert Marshall 23 December 1911 at St Peters Shipley. Albert, a mule piecer, was five years younger than Rose.

Rose died in 1928, aged 56.

Dodgson, Harriet
c1877 – 1897

Harriet Dodgson born Saltaire c1877 was the second eldest of five children to Elisha Dodgson & Alice Dobson. They were married 9 December 1872 at Bradford Cathedral.

In 1881 & 1891 the family were living at 1 Fern Place in Saltaire. Elisha was working as a mechanic’s labourer. In 1891 Harriet was working as a mohair spinner.

Sadly Harriet died in 1897, aged just 20.

 
 
 
 
   

 
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