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R A Wheeler - Butchers
Rowland Arthur Wheeler

R A Wheeler - butcher - 12 High Street

This business was established about 1880 by C E Knight, and R A Wheeler took
over about 1908 and taken over in about 1922 by Edward Warren.

Runaway horse and cart - accident 1914
Rushden Echo, Friday 26th October 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

An Accident happened on Saturday to a lad named Payne, when taking a truck of meat for Mr R A Wheeler, butcher. Payne was pulling the truck, and another boy was pushing it, when it got out of control in going down-hill, with the result that it knocked Payne down and ran over his leg.

Rushden Echo, 19th March 1915, transcribed by Gill Hollis

Accident—Mr. Freddie Wheeler, son of Mr. R. A. Wheeler, butcher, of Rushden, was motor-cycling to Luton on Sunday night when he met with a mishap. He was going along the Bedford-road when a dog rushed out, and Mr. Wheeler was pitched off the machine to the ground, sustaining cuts and bruises on the face. Surgical aid was summoned, and the patient, who was removed to his home, is now making good progress.

1916 invoice header
An invoice from 1916

Extract from a Military Tribunal in May 1918

Frank Albert Jones, 31, married, Grade 1, foreman butcher and shopman for Mr. R. A. Wheeler, who said that without this man it would be impossible to keep on the business. – six months.

Rushden Echo, 19th September 1919, transcribed by Kay Collins

Speed Trials—Mr. F. Wheeler, son of Mr. R. A. Wheeler, of Rushden, won second prize (two silver medals) in motor cycle open speed trials, on Saturday at Luton, promoted by the Luton and South Beds Automobile Club. Mr. Wheeler rode an 8-10h.p. J.A.P. and attained a speed of just under 70 miles an hour. This speed was 3 seconds better than all the other riders, including the cracks of the country, except the first prize winner, who, riding the same make and power engine, lowered Mr. Wheeler’s time by three-fourths of a second. Mr. Wheeler’s machine made the fastest time of the day at the recent Northamptonshire Motor Cycling Club’s “Hill Climb,” doing a mile a minute.

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