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F.W. Woolworth stores and Liverpool, UK
« on: Friday 28 June 19 09:14 BST (UK) »
While looking into the history of a house in Liverpool, now demolished, I have found that in the 1920s and 1930s it was occupied by a Mr William H. Brunner, his wife Blanche and a young son, also William.  The elder William was a US citizen and a director of the UK Woolworth business, and the Liverpool branch was the first to be set up over here.

I have been told that the house was bought by the original F.W. Woolworth for his daughter, but I have no way of discovering whether he had a daughter named Blanche. 

If there is anyone who can add to or disprove this story I would be pleased to hear from them.

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Re: F.W. Woolworth stores and Liverpool, UK
« Reply #1 on: Friday 28 June 19 09:41 BST (UK) »
9 St Annes Road, Aigburth?

William H Brunner's wife was Blanche Jeannette Luff. Married in Wilmington Delaware, 6 September 1915.
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Re: F.W. Woolworth stores and Liverpool, UK
« Reply #2 on: Friday 28 June 19 09:51 BST (UK) »
The house name was Rock Mount or Rockmount. Per directories, the occupier in 1911 was George H Daglish; 1914 was Mrs Geo H Daglish. 
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Re: F.W. Woolworth stores and Liverpool, UK
« Reply #3 on: Friday 28 June 19 10:01 BST (UK) »
Thanks for your posts.  I replied to the first but it has not appeared yet.
Very useful info about the marriage, and that is the correct house.  I know lots about the earlier history, but am building on that with the Brunner occupation and later a Mr Gould before the place was used as a nurses training school.
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Re: F.W. Woolworth stores and Liverpool, UK
« Reply #4 on: Friday 28 June 19 10:06 BST (UK) »
You'll have seen that the house was advertised for sale in September 1939 - "to be sold at a bargain price".
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« Reply #5 on: Friday 28 June 19 12:50 BST (UK) »
Yes, thank you.  That fits in with the departure of Mr Brunner to USA, not long afterwards. 
I have also seen the Echo piece on the opening of the house for nurses training, Sept 1956.
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Re: F.W. Woolworth stores and Liverpool, UK
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 29 June 19 05:28 BST (UK) »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Winfield_Woolworth#Personal_life

On June 11, 1876, Woolworth married Jennie Creighton (18531924). Together, they had three daughters:

    Helena Maud Woolworth McCann (18781938)
    Jessie May Woolworth Donahue (18861971), mother of James Paul Donahue, Jr..
    Edna Woolworth (18831917), who committed suicide. She was the mother of Barbara Hutton.[15]
Cambridgeshire: Billups, Cropley; Derbyshire: Jenkinson, Gratton; Co Down: O'Rourke, Rodgers, Cunningham

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« Reply #7 on: Saturday 29 June 19 05:29 BST (UK) »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Winfield_Woolworth#Personal_life

On June 11, 1876, Woolworth married Jennie Creighton (18531924). Together, they had three daughters:

    Helena Maud Woolworth McCann (18781938)
    Jessie May Woolworth Donahue (18861971), mother of James Paul Donahue, Jr..
    Edna Woolworth (18831917), who committed suicide. She was the mother of Barbara Hutton.[15]

no mention of any sons, and no mention of Liverpool in the article.
Wikipedia is as far as I looked. other sources might say more.
Cambridgeshire: Billups, Cropley; Derbyshire: Jenkinson, Gratton; Co Down: O'Rourke, Rodgers, Cunningham

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Re: F.W. Woolworth stores and Liverpool, UK
« Reply #8 on: Saturday 29 June 19 09:12 BST (UK) »
Thanks for those details.  It looks as if a story has been handed down, and distorted along the way, as so often!

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