Joe Foster's Creeping Club - Attercliffe Sheffield 1930
Until I read the newspaper report in The Manchester Guardian, I had never heard of a "Creeping Club." I'm none the wiser now but it seems to have been some form of Xmas Savings Club whereby members put small amounts of money in over a given period and come Xmas, they received a lump sum.
Joe Foster and his family had lived in Swan Street for many years. There is a record of Joe and his wife Ellen living there in 1911. The Census for that year gives the following information
Name Joe Foster
Relationship to Head of Household Head
Condition / Years Married Married / 10 Years
Age 33 Estimated Year of Birth 1878
Occupation General Labourer
Employed Yes Working at Home No
Industry Steel Foundry
Place of Birth Leeds Yorkshire
Address 20 Swan Street Sheffield Parish Sheffield Town Sheffield
Type of Building Private House, Number of Rooms 3 Rooms Inhabited Yes
Reference RG14PN28004 RG78PN1600 RD510 SD7 ED16 SN176 Administrative County Yorkshire (West Riding)
Registration District Sheffield Registration Sub District Attercliffe Enumeration District 16
Reference Information Folio 351 Page 1 Piece 28004 RD number 510 SD number 7 ED number 16 Schedule 176
Living with the couple were their three children Edith, Albert and Charles and Joe's younger brother Charles.
There is a photo of Swan Street that was taken in 1966 a few years before the houses were demolished
Joe and his family were still living there when Joe was taken over by "events"
The Manchester Guardian dated 27th December 1930 carries a report of Joe's death four days earlier, and the reasons for his death. The report is headed by the title "£64 SHORT"
There was a shortfall in the club's payments, and Joe must have been responsible for this state of affairs. He and his family had lived in the street for more than 20 years, and so Joe must have been in total despair that he took the decision to end his life.
Joe is buried in Sheffield's Burngreave Cemetery
FOSTER, Joe (Labourer, age 52).
Died at 20 Swan St; Buried on December 29, 1930 in Consecrated ground;
Grave Number 72, Section B3 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield. Parent or Next of Kin if Available: . Remarks: Officiating Minister, E Lloyd Rees: Removed from Sheffield Parish.
His wife Ellen joined him 17 years later
FOSTER, Ellen (Widow, age 65).
Died at 20 Swan St; Buried on April 3, 1947 in Consecrated ground;
Grave Number 72, Section B3 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield. Parent or Next of Kin if Available: . Remarks: Officiating Minister, H J Spalding: Removed from Sheffield Parish.
The Manchester Guardian (1901-1959); Dec 27, 1930;
UK Census 1911
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