My mother told me that he and my grandfather were always tinkering about in the garden making things. One of their last projects was making a caravan together. It was never completed but mum remembered the chassis of it laying in the garden for years.
THE ADVERTISER, SATURDAY, MAY 25, 1929.
ROWBOTTOM – WISEHALL. – On May 20th, at the Rotherham Parish Church, by the Vicar, Fred Rowbottom, 46, Canklow Road, to Freda Wisehall, 46, Canklow Road.
Although the newspaper article below states that Fred had lived in Greasbrough all of his life, actually he hadn’t. He was born in Parkgate and lived there for a number of years before moving with his family to Greasbrough.
In his younger years, Fred had suffered from rheumatoid arthritis which had weakened his heart and probably contributed to his death from a heart attack in 1949. After Fred had died, my grandfather used to give Fred’s daughter, Betty, pocket money and ‘gave her away’ when she married.
THE ADVERTISER, SAT., JULY 9th, 1949
DEATH OF MR. F. ROWBOTTOM. – The death occurred on Monday at his home, 15, Chapel Street, Greasbro’, of Mr. Fred Rowbottom, at the age of 48. Mr. Rowbottom, who had resided in Greasbro’ all his life, worked at the New Stubbin Colliery for 34 years. During the war he was a member of the Home Guard. He had been ill for two years. He leaves a widow and daughter. The interment took place in Greasbro’ Cemetery on Wednesday, Rev. A. R. Eyles officiating.
The mourners included Mrs. Rowbottom and Betty (widow and daughter); Mrs. F. E. Rowbottom (mother); Mr. and Mrs. Sennett, Mr. and Mrs. White, Mrs. F. Smith, Mr. A. Locke (brothers-in-law and sisters); Mr. and Mrs J. Rowbottom, Mr. and Mrs. H. Rowbottom, Mrs. Willoughby, Mrs. Horner (brothers and sisters-in-law); Mrs. Locke (mother-in-law); Mr. and Mrs. F. Locke, Mr. and Mrs. Walker, Mr. and Mrs. H. Sprig (brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law); Mr. and Mrs. Barker, Miss Rowbottom, Mrs. Lunn (cousins); Mr. and Mrs. Barraclough, Mr. Wignell, Mr. and Mrs. Dobson and Mrs. Daphne. Mrs. Rowbottom thanks relatives, friends and neighbours for their sympathy and floral tributes during her sad bereavement, also Dr. P. Collinson for his attention.