Posts Tagged ‘about 1930’

May and Bill on the run

January 11, 2016

May is Mrs Elisha, the lady who spent almost 60 years as teacher and supply teacher at Market Lavington School and on into St Barnabas, the new school built when the two village schools of Market Lavington and Easterton closed.

This uncaptioned photo we have certainly dates from pre World War II. It shows May – full name Helena May Elisha – sitting on a chicken run.

May Elisha  on the chicken run

May Elisha on the chicken run

May was born on 11th August 1903 as ‘Miss Potter’. She married Bill Elisha in 1929. We guess this photo was taken soon after the marriage.

It’s a lovely homely sort of shot with May holding the dog that she and Bill had at the time. The couple clearly took a photo of each other.

Here is Bill in the almost identical location.

Bill Elisha on the chicken run

Bill Elisha on the chicken run

Incidentally, it is Bill that the Elisha Field is named after, Both he and May were much involved in village life but it was Bill who had a stint as chairman of the Parish Council and he was also passionate about local football.

The couple had no children which may explain why we have a goodly collection of Elisha memorabilia in the museum.

A Jam Factory Lorry

September 27, 2014

We feel so lucky that Karen got in touch with us. She and her brother, great grandchildren of Samuel Moore, came to see us at Easterton’s rain soaked show on August Bank Holiday. This was one of the photos they brought.

Samuel Moore lorry in about 1930

Samuel Moore lorry in about 1930

What a wonderful period shot.

The man leaning on the mudguard is William Moore – son of Sam and grandfather of our contacts. He was born in 1903 and appears to be quite a young man here so maybe the photo dates from the late 20s or early 30s.

A lorry expert can probably tell us more.

The other man, sporting the apron, is not recognised by us – but you never know what you might learn by publishing on a blog.

Loading the lorry has been quite a substantial job. It would have involved lifting all the boxes of jars by hand.

The sign on the lorry tells us it carries Moore’s Jams. The sign on the top of the shed – readable with quite a bit of photo tweaking – says just the same.

Over to you, folks. Tell us some more about the people, or the lorry, or the jam.