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Luton family missing in Ukraine

In November 1916, former Luton Hoo gardener Jesse William Funge, his wife Ethel and young daughter fled from Germans occupying Rumania, where they had been working for Prince and Princess Bibesco. They escaped to Russia, where they settled in February 1917, only to get caught up in the later revolution there. Nothing more had been heard from them since August 1918.

DS&S war gratuity petition

War gratuity petition form

A special meeting of the Luton branch of the National Federation of Discharged Sailors and Soldiers was held at the Ivy Leaf Club, Park Street, on Saturday [May 3rd, 1919] to consider resolutions to be placed before the annual conference in Manchester on White Sunday and Whit Monday.

Wartime waste paper scheme wound up

[From Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: May 3rd, 1919]

A pleasant function took place at George Hotel on Thursday evening, when a dinner was given to mark the winding up of the Luton Waste Paper Scheme after a successful war career. In the words of Town Clerk Mr William Smith, they had seen the birth, youth and middle age of the undertaking, and now they had come to the funeral, and it was one of the happiest of interments.

Straw trade 'transformation'

[From the Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: May 3rd, 1919]

Miss Margaret Bondfield, one of the best-known Labour leaders and Acting General Secretary of the National Federation of Women Workers, preached the gospel of unity through the Trade Union movement at a well-attended meeting at Luton last night [May 2nd, 1919].

Vauxhall foresees a rosy future

Vauxhall Motors factory 1919

A rosy future for Vauxhall Motors Ltd was painted by Chairman Mr Leslie Walton at the company's annual meeting in London on April 24th, 1919. Not only had the first post-war cars been delivered but maximum output was anticipated with America seen as a potential market, and all men demobilised from the Army had been re-engaged with the prospect of more jobs being created for skilled workers.

Light railway system for Bedfordshire?

At the first annual meeting of the recently incorporated Luton Chamber of Commerce held in the Council Chamber of the Town Hall on Friday, April 25th, 1919, Mr C. H. Osborne gave the first intimation of a scheme for a light railway from Luton to Bedford, by way of Barton and Silsoe.

The Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph reported Mr Osborne said the Government proposed to put down several light railways, using the material brought back from France, with a view to encouraging agriculture and the distribution of agricultural produce throughout the country.

Leagrave and Limbury Peace Day plans

[From The Luton News: Thursday, April 24th, 1919]

A long and rather discursive joint meeting of Leagrave and Limbury Parish Councils was held at Norton Road Schools last evening to consider the question of Peace celebrations. Practically the whole of the discussion, however, centred round the financial aspect.

It was reported that Messrs Hewlett & Blondeau, of the Omnia Works, had offered the use of their ground and mess-room and to provide, through their caterers, tea for the children of the two parishes.

Scheme for 1,000 new houses

[The Luton Reporter: Tuesday, April 22nd, 1919]

A practical start has at last been given to the scheme for the erection in Luton of 1,000 new houses under the Housing Act now going through Parliament by a decision of the Town Council to enter into agreements for the purchase of approximately 89 acres 1 rood 4 poles of land as sites for the full number of houses required, subject to the approval of the Local Government Board.

Unemployment dilemma in the straw trade

[From the Beds & Herts Tuesday Telegraph: April 8th, 1919]

Speaking of the effect of industrial unrest in trade, the local correspondent of the Hatter's Gazette said: “As far as St Albans and Luton are concerned, the action of the workmen in the trades that talk of striking is producing unemployment on an unprecedented scale.

Leagrave and Limbury seek merger with Luton

From The Luton Reporter: Tuesday, April 8th, 1919]

The first conference has taken place between eight representatives of Luton Town Council and four representatives each of Leagrave and Limbury with respect to the request that the Town Council reconsider at once the question of extending the borough boundary so as to include the two parishes.

Infants hospital amalgamation possibility

Children's hospital

[From the Luton Reporter, Tuesday, April 15th, 1919]

The possibility of amalgamating the infants hospital provided for in Luton Town Council's maternity and infant welfare scheme with the Children's Sick and Convalescent Home, London Road, was brought forward for discussion at the close of the annual meeting of the Children's Home on April 8th, 1919.


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