Obituary dated 1915
ONE OF THE FIRST RESIDENTS.
The death on Wednesday afternoon, at 51, St. Andrew's Road South, of
Mr. John Ogden, one of St. Annes residents, and the sole surviving
member of the first St. Annes local Board.
Mr. Ogden was born at Bury in 1844, being the son of a farmer. After
leaving school he assisted his father until he reached the age of 17,
When he was apprenticed to a stonemason. Ultimately he became a builder
and contractor on his own account and migrated to St. Annes on the
foundation of the new town.
Mr. Ogden was one of the first contractors, and the contract for the
erection of the St. Annes Hotel—one of the first two contracts—was let
to Messrs. Ogden, Hamilton, Roberts, Walmsley and others. Only one of
these gentlemen----Mr. Edward Walmsley—is now in the flesh.
Mr. Ogden had the distinction of cutting the first sod in the new town—
on February 2nd, 1875, so that he may be truly regarded as the oldest
He had also the distinction of being the father of the first child born
in the town, which was named after the present Squire, John Talbot.
Unfortunately, Mr. Ogden's son died at the age of three and a half, and
was buried in St. Annes Churchyard—the third grave in the new
In the early days of the town Mr. Ogden did very well, undertaking the
erection of many important buildings in the town. One incident, showing
the difficulties of the early settlers, was clear in Mr. Ogden's mind
up to the last. St. Annes Gas Works were under construction in 1876,
when a violent storm came and the partially erected buildings suffered
damage to the extent of £7,000.
On July 25th, 1878, the first St. Annes Local Board was elected. There
were 21 candidates, and Mr. Ogden was returned at the head of the poll
without issuing an address. The first members were Messrs. John Ogden,
James Astley, Robert Hargreaves, William Pomfret, John Allen, John
Singleton, Wm. H. Howarth, Thos. Swarbrick William Cross, Jas.
Parkinson, Hanson Swarbrick, John Marks. The late Mr. Thomas Fair was
the returning officer. Mr. Ogden was the last surviving member of the
first Local Board, and his death removes a link with the earliest
events in St. Annes.
In his later days Mr. Ogden followed the occupation of a jobbing
gardener, and he was a well-known figure in the town. Three daughters
survive, two of whom are married, and all reside in the Manchester
The interment will take place to-day (Friday), at St. Annes Parish
Church, Messrs. C. Rawstron and Son having charge of the arrangements.
It is interesting to note that the funeral of the oldest resident will
thus be directed by the oldest living native.