John Dixon Rutherford
Mayor of Jarrow
1901-1902

Councillor John Dixon Rutherford

1849-1902

John Dixon Rutherford was born in 1849, Longframlington, Northumberland, England. His father, John Rutherford was born in 1827, Heighley Gate, Northumberland, married Mary Dixon born 1823, died 2nd June 1896 aged 74 also from Heighley Gate Northumberland in Hexham 1845.

John's father was a Blacksmith in the 1861 census and John was a Blast Furnace Labourer living in Jarrow, County Durham, along with his brother William who was born in 1859 in Longframlington and who died on 20th February, 1878 aged only 19 years. John's sister was Mary Eleanor born in 1860 Durham.

At the very early age of 12 John worked at Messers Charles Mark Palmer’s shipyard. Twelve months afterwards was bound as apprentice to Mr. John McIntyre and Mr. Ninian Hill to learn the trade of “Plating, Riveting and Caulking” Mr. Hill took a great interest in young John and under supervision of the experienced shipwright he became an efficient workman. When he been out of his time 12 months he went to Middleboro and commenced work for Messrs Backhouse and Dixon Ship builders[1].As foreman plater. John only stayed for about 12 months owing to Mrs. Margaret Rutherford’s health which had been unsatisfactory and returned to Jarrow. [2] Where he commenced work at Messrs Palmers under Mr Hill. He continued there until about 1877,when Mr Hill retired from the position as manager John then left Jarrow and moved to Whitehaven, but only stayed about 12 months returning once more to Tyneside He then commceed work at the yard The Tyne Iron Shipbuilding Company, were he remained for about 3 years[3]. About this time he made up his mind to go into the licensed victualling trade, and took lease of the Turf Hotel in North Street for several years. As his capital increased he became the proprietor of several houses in Middleborough and South Shields. About 1886 he purchased from Messrs Faulkner of Howden Brewery “The County Hotel” on Ormonde Street. The establishment under went an entire overhauling and refitting.

John Rutherford first essayed to enter municipal life was about 1890 when he opposed Mr Henry Cooney in the Central Ward, the result being that Mr Henry Cooney polled 428 and John only 391. On November 3rd 1893 John again put up for Central Ward and pooled 372 votes out of 962. While Mr Henry Cooney the retiring member only got 327, giving John a majority of 45. On November the 9th 1895 he was unanimously chosen Mayor in succession to Aid John Price. The selection was a popular one as was amply testified during the ensuing twelve months. On September 24th he preside a town meeting in connection with the Armenian outrages in the Cooperative Hall Jarrow and in opening the proceedings he said that they were there to express their sympathy with the Armenians and no matter what their religions or political opinions might be to do their little mite toward relieving the sufferings of the Armenian Christians. On October the 8th a town meeting was called by the Mayor for the purpose of devising some means for alleviating the distress caused by the boat accident on the Tyne on September 26th. At the ordinary monthly meeting of the Town Council held on October 1st John referred to the boat disaster and stated what he had done. He had arranged for a football match between the police and tradesman, and also for a second match. Also that he had negotiated with Councilor Watson and Councilor Woodman with a view to having one large fund. The council approved of what he had on the motion of Mr Ramsy seconded by Dr Norman and warmly supported by Councilor Andrew Frew and Councilor Evens, the latter gentleman promising £5. The council agreed form themselves into a committee with Mr W.J. Charlon as secretary and Alderman Dickson as treasurer. The total amount raised was 3386.12s. John was one of the trustees and took a great deal of interest in the matter throughout. During John year of office trade was slack and he took a leading part in the local efforts to alleviate the distress. One of the most gratifying features of his public life was the settlement of the dispute at the Bede Metal works. Both side accepted the offer of his good services and his decision gave satisfaction to both. He was also presented the Park bowling Club wit the beautiful trophy known as the Rutherford Cup. About three years before he was elected a member of the Durham County Council defeating Mr Reavley by a large majority. The vacancy was created by the elevation of Councilor Johnson to the rank of country alderman. Mr John Rutherford was a Presbyterian in religion but in politics a unionist.

John Dixon Rutherford died 19 November 1902 at his residence Woodbine Villa St John Terrace Jarrow, on Wednesday morning he had been suffering from Chronic Parenchymatous Nephritis Uremia Coma [4]. Evan though he had been suffering from this disease for sometime he had been able to attended to business and his public duties up until a month be for he died. John was buried Sunday 23rd November 1902 Jarrow Cemetery.

UK Census

In 1861 John was living with his father John Rutherford and mother Mary Rutherford nee Dixon at …………… John was said to be 13 years and working as a Blast Furness Labourer his father was Blacksmith. John brother William age 2 years born Longframlington Northumberland and sister Mary Eleanor 4 months born Jarrow Co Durham were also living at home. John’s father and mother where both born according to the census Heighley Gate Northumberland

By 1871 John was living at 40 North Street Jarrow Co Durham and was married to Margaret. John was working as Plater in the Shipyards according to the 1871 census aged 22 years on the 1881 census John was a Licensed Victualler with his first public house called the Turf Hotel on 28-30 North Street. Also living there at the time of the census was his uncle Robert Dixon aged 42 who was a coal miner born in Northumberland. Dorothy Dixon cousin age 22 years, who worked as a servant. Annie Young Niece age 12 years also a servant born Jarrow

John and Margaret where still living at the Turf hotel along with other family members at the time of the 1891 census

This time John is seen with the initial D for a middle name this turns out to be Dixon after his mother. James Kilgour nephew age 4 born Jarrow is living with John and Margret and two servants Elizabeth A Oliver General Servant age 22 born Jarrow and Mary Jefferson age 20 Domestic Servant born Jarrow

In 1901 John and Margaret have moved on to Woodbine Villa Jarrow, James Kilgour is still with them now aged 14 years along with another nephew John Hutchinson aged 12 years. John is named as a Hotel Proprietor. Annie Smith aged 13 years is the housemaid. And Isabella Smith is a border and also Hotel Barmaid.

[1]Dixon became Sir Raylton Dixon, became Mayor of Middleborough in 1888 born 1838-1901 and is buried at St Cuthbert's Marton Church yard. [2] John married Margaret nee Chandler in 1870. [3]The ship Orange Prince was built in 1894 by Tyne Iron shipping Coon the 15 November she was torpedoed by U-39 85 miles from Gavdo Island in the Mediterranean with the loss of 3 lives [4] Chronic Parenchymatous –inflamation of the parenchyma, the part of an organ that performs the function of that organ (in this case the kidneys) Ureamia - excessive urea in the blood, usual cause of kidney failure

[1]Dixon became Sir Raylton Dixon, became Mayor of Middleborough in 1888 born 1838-1901 and is buried at St Cuthbert’s Marton Church yard. [2] John married Margaret nee Chandler in 1870. [3]The ship Orange Prince was built in 1894 by Tyne Iron shipping Coon the 15 November. She was torpedoed by U-39 85 miles from Gavdo Island in the Mediterranean with the loss of 3 lives [4] Chronic Parenchymatous, inflamation of the parenchyma, the part of an organ that performs the function of that organ (in this case the kidneys) Ureamia - excessive urea in the blood, usual cause of kidney failure