The Rushden Argus July 14th 1922, transcribed by Susan Manton
Nonagenarian Receives Congratulatory Letter from Queen Alexandra
Four generations are represented in this interesting family group, which was specially pictured on Saturday when the principal “sitter” Mrs. James Bull, of Little Street, Rushden, celebrated her 90th birthday. A birthday party was held at the Independent Wesleyan Schools and between 70 and 80 friends attended. Among those who made congratulatory speeches were Messrs. W. Lack, E. Wrighton, G. Denton, J.S. Clipson, A. Wilmott and J. Wilmott, who all testified that Mrs. Bull had spent a life in the service of all that was noble and good, not only in duties to her family, but to the community generally. After tea games were played, and others joined the party – notably Mr. C.L. Bradfield, who appreciatively referred to his early associations with the Bull family. He used to play cricket, he said, with Mrs. Bull’s sons – the late Mr. Charles Bull and Mr. George Bull (who played for Surrey and Northamptonshire respectively) in the backyard of the house, and that yard undoubtedly served as the training ground for the two county cricketers.
Mrs. Bull (aged 90) with Mrs. T. Stapleton, of Stafford (daughter), Mrs. Plant (grand-daughter) and her infant great grand-daughter
Mrs. Bull delighted the company by making a speech in reply to the kind wishes that had been expressed and said it was a joy and pleasure to her to meet so many of her friends.
Mr. T. Stapleton (Stafford) responded on behalf of the family, which, it is interesting to note, included two “four generation” groups. Three great-grandchildren were present. Some of Mrs. Bull’s children are in America, but on July 4th they did not omit to celebrate the great occasion.
Queen Alexandra’s Congratulations
The old lady received a letter conveying the kindly wishes of Queen Alexandra:
July 6th 1922
This is to tell you that Queen Alexandra’s thoughts were much with you on your 90th birthday, and Her Majesty wishes you God’s best blessings.