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The Rushden Echo, 18th July, 1924, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Mr. John Clark’s Will
Rushden Manufacturer’s Bequests


Further details are to hand of the will of the late Mr. John Clark, formerly of “Heatherbreea,” Rushden, boot and shoe manufacturer, farmer, a director of the Rushden and District Electric Supply Co., Ltd., treasurer and a former President of the Wesleyan Reform Union, who died on Feb. 25th last, aged 61, and left estate of the value of £103,471, with personalty of £50,296, as briefly announced in last week’s Rushden Echo.

Probate of his will has been granted to his widow, Mrs. Annie Clark, Mr. John Henry Freeborough, accountant, of Haxworth-chambers, Figtree-lane Sheffield, and Mr. John Smith Mason, auctioneer, of High-street, Rushden.

Besides the £1,000 left to the Wesleyan Reform Mission Hall, Wellingborough-road, Rushden, “for the general purposes of the religious and social work carried on, at, or in connection with the said Hall,” and two weeks’ wages to each person in his employ at his decease and paid by weekly wages, if in such employment for at least two years and not under notice, testator also left £250 each to John Henry Freeborough and John Smith Mason as executors ; £200 to each of his brothers and sisters, William Clark, Charles Clark, Frederick Clark, Harry Clark, Arthur Clark, Kate Ballard, Annie Wheeler, Louisa Andrews, and Emily Neal, or their issue;  his personal effects to his son John Eric Clark;  his household effects and motor-cars to his wife absolutely, together with the use for life of his residence and annuity of £1,000;  £3,000 to each child attaining majority, but in the case of his son John Eric he is to have the option, in the event of the testator’s business being converted into a company, of taking ordinary shares of the nominal value of £5,000 in lieu of this cash bequest of £3,000.  The residue of his property he left to his children in equal shares, the shares of his daughters being retained upon the usual trusts.

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