Mrs Magee recalled a Huthwaite childhood with vivid memory of first day attendance at Common Road School. Unaware the bell ringing signalled play time, a young Miss Rutter mistakenly made an untimely walk home. A friendly neighbour Ernie Stubbins fed the gal a jam sandwich before sending her back off into the school yard, apparently without ever being missed by a teacher.
Prior to fully featuring Mary's Huthwaite genealogy, this paragraph outlines current understandings beginning with:-
Marriage between Miss Frances Reddington to William Henry Bingham, of Newton, Blackwell, was performed at Huthwaite Parish Church 19th February 1921. Their first son William Henry was born later that year when living in Pit Row, but died aged two. Two further children named Louise born 1925, Laurence born 1927, preceeded Mary Bingham's 1929 birth also in Huthwaite at a newer family address of 27 Blackwell Road. Loss of their mother on Christmas day 1933 would certainly prove an anxious time. But just two days before Mary's 12th birthday their father also passed away at home leaving three orphaned children. Assisted by their paternal Bingham grandparents, each child was then given choice of an adopted home between close relatives. Louise stayed with gran, Laurence with his dads sister Kate and her husband William Sales. Mary Bingham chose to live with her dads other sister Hannah, whom having married William Underwood already had a daughter named Marjorie.
The family tree diversifies, but it was Mary whom in 1949 wed William Rutter at the Huthwaite Parish Church. Their daughter and donator also named Mary was born at 39 Cross Lane. Along with elder sister Misses Sandra and Mary Rutter are shown playing on the rear yard off Main Street, where the family continued sharing lodgings with one of her dads married sisters Mrs. Maisie Shelton.
Mary's visit into my humble flat, reveals by sheer coincidence, its been converted from that small original terraced block on Main Street sharing same back yard. We also happen to share ancestral ties from when her grandparents William and Florence Rutter ran the Shoulder of Mutton pub. Their daughter Kathleen (Vera) married Ronald Elliott my grandfathers brother.