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Mrs Edith Parker (nee Elmer)
Edith was born in Duck Street, in 1880, the eldest daughter of Samuel and Sarah Elmer. She attended Alfred Street School, and on September 24th, 1899, at St. Mary’s Church, Rushden, she married Fred Parker, who also lived in Duck Street. The couple continued to live in Duck Street, at number 37, two of Edith’s brothers living with them. On the 5th December, 1899 their first child, William Horace, was born, but sadly, he only lived for eight months and died on the 3rd September, 1900. However, the couple went on to have seven more children, two boys and five girls. They moved further along Duck Street to number 53 which is the first of the stone cottages still standing just passed the bottom of Fitzwilliam Street. Fred Parker’s parents, Joseph and Susan, lived next door at number 55.

At some time between 1914 and 1918 the family moved to number 67 Glassbrook Road where their youngest child, Constance, was born in 1919.

Fred died in September, 1944, aged 66, and Edith continued to live in Glassbrook Road until her death on 4th October, 1958.

The Parker family
Left to right – Fred, Edith May (Cis), Phyllis Maud, Frederick Henry, Eric Clifford,
Ella Grace (Grace), Edith, Vera Doreen.

Long service employees 1950
Work stopped for a few minutes at Messrs Eaton’s factory, Rushden, on Friday to allow a photographer to take a picture of seventy-year-old Mrs Edith Parker, who
was celebrating her birthday, and her daughter, Mrs E G Robinson, who works in
the closing room with her.
Also on the picture are six long service employees, Mrs D Sparkes, Miss E White,
Mrs L E Payne, Miss J Pettit, Mrs A R Ward, and Miss M Cotter, with forewoman,
Miss E Pollard, in the centre of the back row.
Mrs Parker cuts her cake
Written on the box supporting the cake is:-

"To Mrs Edith Parker, Wishing you heartiest congratulations
on your seventieth birthday. 1880-1950.
May you be blessed with good health and much joy be yours always".

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