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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
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
c.1912 Set up in business for himself - Ira Stephens
1924 of Richmond Street, Ashton under Lyne
1939 Lived in Ashton under Lyne, a leather manufacturer, master currier, with Elise Stephens (b1870) and Margot E Stephens (b1910)
"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."