From the Advertiser archives - August 23 edition

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100 years ago

August 24, 1912

Absence of sunshine and excess of rain have combined to make the month of August memorable. It is many years since so little sunshine was recorded during the holiday season, and the wet weather is having a disastrous effect upon the crops, particularly potatoes.

The hay harvest is not yet completed and a large quantity has been so repeatedly saturated that it is practically useless.

About twelve o’clock on Tuesday a heavy thunderstormpassed over Braunston. A valuable three-year-old cart horse, the property of Mr FB Timms, Manor House, was killed by lightning. This was the only horse in the field at the time. Several beast were not touched. The field is situated quite near to Braunston Church.

Up to 9am yesterday (Friday) exactly 3 3/4 inches of rain had been registered in Rugby this month.

As a striking proof of the extreme wetness of the present summer, we may add that the total rainfall for June and July amounted to over four inches in each case.

50 years ago

August 24, 1962

Letter: My wife and I would like to take the opportunity of using your paper to acquaint its readers with Rugby, Tennessee in the USA. We were both and educated in Rugby, England and emigrated to Canada in 1959.

This village was founded as a settlement for the second sons of English noblemen, in 1880 by Thomas Hughes, author of Tom Brown’s Schooldays. It thrived for a while and attracted many wealthy American ladies who hoped to marry off their daughters to nobility.

Unfortunately the community did not succeed due to various reasons, which included a dislike for manual labour and a typhoid epidemic. It is tragic today to see a dying Rugby. Some of the very fine original buildings still exist and a handful of people remain sufficiently proud to keep the history alive.

We appeal to people here to take an interest in this namesake. There is a wealth of interest that you can learn of just by writing a friendly letter to the address below. It would be appreciated greatly by the residents. Ralph and June Meyer.

25 years ago

August 20, 1987

An umbrella which has stood waiting for the return of its owner for more than 60 years has finally found a place to rest. Rupert Brooke left the umbrella at New Bilton School after a Liberal meeting there in 1914.

Mrs Tomlinson-Jones, who now lives in Stratford, kept it for him, but he never picked it up and soon after he was dead.

She presented the Centenary Association with the silver mounted umbrella, which actually belonged to Rupert’s father, who died in 1910.

Enterprising pupils at Rugby School set a trap to catch two raiders who had carried out a series of burglaries at the school.

They deliberately left open a window and set up a rota system to lie in wait. Their ingenuity paid off in the early hours when the two climbed through for their seventh raid in just two weeks.

The pupils grabbed one and held onto him and locked him in a broom cupboard until police arrived. The other was arrested shortly afterwards.