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Ira Talmage Stephens

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Ira Talmage Stephens (1875-1964) of Ira Stephens

1875 Born in Liverpool the son of William John Stephens, a Grocer, and his wife Isabella Runciman

1891 Living with his widowed mother in Liverpool; a grocery clerk[1]

1898 of 26 Gladstone St., Bradford. Business Talmage Stephens and Co[2]

1903 Married at Tynemouth to Elise Charlotte Lindemann (1876–1942)

1911 Ira Stephens 36, machine belting traveller, lived in Solihull with Elise Stephens 40, Lotte Stephens 6, Freda Stephens 4, Margot Stephens 6 months[3]

c.1912 Set up in business for himself - Ira Stephens

1924 of Richmond Street, Ashton under Lyne[4]

1939 Lived in Ashton under Lyne, a leather manufacturer, master currier, with Elise Stephens (b1870) and Margot E Stephens (b1910)[5]


1964 Obituary[6]

"We regret to announce the death, on August 22nd, of Mr Ira Talmage Stephens. Mr Stephens, who was 89, had lived to see his original company, Ira Stephens Ltd., which he founded in 1912, become the parent of a group which now includes Ira Stephens (Miraclo) Ltd., and Stephens Miraclo Belts Ltd., of Ashton-under-Lyne, and Stephens Belting Company Ltd., of Birmingham.

For fifty-two years he was chairman of Ira Stephens Ltd., of which he was also managing director for fifty years. He was actively associated with the later companies in the group from the dates of their foundation."


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Sources of Information

  1. 1891 census
  2. Bradford Directory
  3. 1911 census
  4. Kelly's Directory
  5. 1939 register
  6. The Engineer 1964/09/04