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Death of Mr Solomon Darker - 1916

Loughborough Monitor - 9th November 1916

Mr Solomon Darker
The funeral took place on Friday of Mr Solomon Darker, who was a well-known figure in the village a few years ago. For a number of years he was registrar for the sub-district. He belonged to an old Quorn family, and although in his early years was resident in America on two occasions, he spent he greater part of his life in the village. He had more than an average knowledge of Latin, and was an interesting conversationalist. He had been in failing health for some considerable time, and latterly had resided with his son in Kent, where he passed away at the age of 83.

Loughborough Monitor - 16th November 1916

The late Mr S Darker
The late Mr Solomon Darker, who passed away at his son's residence, Crayford, Kent on the 30th Oct was born at Quorn on August 5th 1834. His father, the late Mr John Darker, emigrated to Illinois with his family in 1851, and of his four sons and four daughers, two sons, William and George, and three daughters, Ann, Elizabeth and Mary Ann, are buried in the States; one daughter, Maria, still lives there, and two sons John and Solomon, both of whom returned to England in 1862, now sleep in the old churchyard at Quorn.

In 1867 deceased married Kate, daughter of Mr John Stubbs, formerly of Launde, but then of Wisconsin, USA, and together they sailed again to America. At Dixon, Illinois, Mr Darker kept a drug store, and was engaged in veterinary work until 1870, when he returned and settled down at Quorn.

For many years Mr Darker carried out the duties of secretary of the Quorn Horticultural Society with marked success. Although he always put business before sport, deceased was a very good shot, and a keen angler, and in conjunction with his brother John, and the late Mr J J Fairfax Scott, he did much to promote the success of the Quorn, Barrow-on-Soar and Mountsorrel Angling Society in the seventies and eighties.

In politics deceased was a convinced and consistent Conservative. As registrar of births and deaths, deceased was well-known and highly respected throughout the district, and when he resigned this post through advancing years, he received from the Registrar-General an official letter thanking him for the efficient way in which his duties had always been discharged.

 Submitted on: 2011-01-24
 Submitted by: Kathryn Paterson
 Artefact ID: 1187
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