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I thought you may find this letter interesting as it contains references to life in 1930 Ironbrige.
The letter was sent to New Zealand to my grandfather William Ryalls son of Alice Emma Roberts and Isaac Ryalls (all born in Coalbrookedale).
May 15th, 1930.
I was quite agreeably surprised to receive your letter a day or two ago, & very pleased to hear you are well & doing well. I at once got in touch with the Supt Register for Births & Deaths in Reference to Certificate of your Birth which I am enclosing herewith, I trust it will prove beneficial to you in obtaining your desired Position. Glad to know you have married happily & have quite a nice little family. You are certainly engaged in a progressive industry. We in the old country have been very slow in adopting this means of Power & Light, but are at last making a move, in fact one of the great Super Power Stations is now in the course of erection, at Buildwas, within a mile of Ironbridge, it is part of a great National scheme to link up
the various parts of the country. I am sorry to say that trade keeps very quiet generally, but there are some signs of improvement locally.
I was very sorry to learn of the death of your father, he showed signs of heart weakness before going out to New Zealand. I trust your mother is keeping as well as her age and condition warrant, please convey our Love to her & Archie & family.
Glad to say that I am keeping fit & my wife. I have a very busy life both in business and in public work, having been an Alderman & Chairman of our Boro Council, & now have had 25 years as a J.P. so that I have very little time for private matters, letter writing etc.
Our Co-op Society continues to grow we have a fairly modern Central and eight Branches, with Butchery business just added. We are just installing a Refrigeration Plant & have just built an up-to-date slaughterhouse. We have a large new Bakery & Confectionery Dept, with Café, with a total trade of about 50,000 pounds per annum, so you will guess I have plenty to occupy my time & energy, with about 40 Employee's. I am enclosing a Photo on which I appear marked X this is of my committee taken on the occasion of the opening of Café & the resignation of Mr F. Johnson.
I am also glad to say that your Aunties and Uncles are keeping fairly fit, except that of course Anno Domini begins to tell. Your Aunt Polly still keeps going in her position as manageress of our Central Drapery. My brother Fred is and has been living in Leamington for some years. Tom still keeps going in his engineering capacity. Altogether we have much to be thankful for in regard to good health.
Shall hope to hear of your continued progress, with best love to your wife, Self & Family & please convey same to your mother, Archie & his wife and family.
Your affectionate Uncle