I believe I am the oldest man in Stamford. I shall be 94 next Saturday. I am not dead yet, though. I am enjoying life still. And if I live to be a hundred years old I shall have to write to the king and ask him to grant me a special pension!And that is the spirit of the man. Although Mr. Scholes's eyesight is dim, his hearing is failing, and infirmities cause him to be inactive, his mind is alert, there is a twinkle in his eye, and he can crack and enjoy a joke. His out-look upon life is that of a middle-aged man, and his reasoning is sound and clear.
In this jocular and light-hearted way Mr James Fuller Scholes, of Pretoria Cottage, Foundry Road, Stamford, greeted a "News" representative who called on him to extend to him birthday greetings in advance. Mr Scholes, who is believed to be Stamford's eldest man, is certainly not a pessimist on the eve of his 94th birthday.
THIRTEEN TRADESHe smilingly reminded our reporter that there was no need to write an obituary notice about him yet, adding:You must call on me when I am a centenarian in six years time. I am looking forward to reaching the Century mark, and will tell you some more news about my life then. Jimmy Scholes is not dead yet.
A pit sawyer
A mill stone maker
A pattern maker
A general engineer
A stone dresser
A corn and flour dealer.
A threshing machine owner
And a posting and livery establishment proprietor.
Two years ago Mr Scholes and his
devoted and faithful housekeeper (Miss Rigby) went to a wedding at Grimsby
and the old gentleman thoroughly enjoyed the outing and its festivities.
Mr. Scholes's life was not exactly a bed of roses. He lost his father (the late Mr. James Scholes, farmer of Stamford, who was knocked down and killed when his horses ran away on a journey near Empingham) when he was only seven years of age. But through the help of his mother (who lived to be 90), coupled with his own industry, he attained a position of affluence and was able to retire from business about 20 years ago. His initial venture, in trading on his own account was made when he was quite a young man. He commenced business as a miller and dealer in corn, flower, and offals at 9 St.Peter's Street Stamford, and later let out a pony and trap on hire. The demand for the pony increased, and as soon as he had saved sufficient money he bought another pony and trap for hiring purposes. From this small beginning he established livery stables and a posting house in Foundry Road in 1873, and he built up a thriving and very successful business, letting out horses and carriages of all descriptions for hire. In all he supplied mourning coaches, etc., for around 2,000 funerals in Stamford and the neighbouring villages, and he estimated that quite 2,000 brides and bridegrooms rode in his wedding carriages. He had a complete record of all the funerals he attended, but has no details of the weddings.
NONAGENARIAN CYCLIST'S ACCIDENT.-Mr. J. F. Scholes, Foundry Road, Stamford, who although a nonagenarian has been for a long time a familiar figure on his tricycle, met with an accident last week. He was crossing Red Lion Square on his machine, and found when he came to apply the brake it would not work. To prevent running headlong into the kerb. He was thrown from his machine with considerable force, and sustained a nasty cut on the forehead. However, after receiving treatment in Mr.Hensmans shop he mounted his tricycle and rode away again. ______________________ MR. J. F. SCHOLES. STAMFORD'S GRAND OLD MAN. DEATH AT 94 YEARS OF AGE Worked at 13 TradesMr. James Fuller Scholes, of Petoria Cottage, Foundry Road, who celebrated his 94th birthday on August 25th, 1928, and was Stamford's oldest inhabitant, died on Tuesday at his residence after being in failing health for several months.
Mr Scholes had crowded a good deal into his 94 years, and when he was interviewed by a News representative a few days before his last birthday he proudly boasted that he had been:-
(There follows a reprint of James's working life as told in the above article)
WORK HARD TO LIVE LONGMr. Scholes's recipe for long life was:
Hard work, good plain food, temperate habits, and plenty of fresh air.
He was the oldest member of the Stamford Conservative Club, and the senior freeman of Stamford.
The late Mr. Scholes did not enjoy particularly good health after a serious illness he had about two years ago, and his death was not unexpected. He is survived by two sons, Mr. J. W. Scholes of Prince's Road. and Mr. Clarence Scholes, of Tinwell Road. There are no daughters. Mrs Scholes died in 1907 and for the past 15 years Miss Rigby (who belongs to London and was a friend of the late Mrs. Scholes) has been the deceased's housekeeper and companion.
The funeral took place at the Cemetery on Friday afternoon, the last rites being conducted by the Rev. A.S. Jackson, curate of All Saints'. The coffin was borne to the grave by Messers. E. Barlow, F. Barlow, G. Yates, and S. Lee, and was followed by Mr. C. C. Scholes (son), Mrs. Watkins (cousin), and Mr. W. Godfrey and Mrs Boor (friends). There were no flowers by request.
______________________Mr. J. F. SCHOLES' WILL - the late Mr James Fuller Scholes left estate of the gross value of £2,113, net personaly amounting to £665.
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