Wm Parkinson ,  breeder of ch Colonel who grandsired Dr Turner' foundation - The Lady Rowena

Ch Colonel b May ’75 was bred by William Parkinson , son of an 'overlooker in cotton card room' , b ’31 Chorley and listed in Census ’71 as confectioner of 2 George Street Ashton under Lyne . Colonel was purchased in ’78 by Richard Alston b ’41 Whittingham - of Leigh lodge Wardle road Sale nr Manchester but unfortunately Colonel died the following year . Mr Alston was a Master Ironmonger employing in ’71 21 men , 4 boys & 1 woman . Ch Colonel grandsired not only Dr Turner' foundation brood The Lady Rowena , he also grandsired perhaps one of ch Crown Prince' best sons , ie ch Montgomery ,  Dr Forbes Winslow ch Crown Princess & Nicholl' ch Leo VII .

Above - a photograph of ch Colonel ; below a painting by Anton Weinberger [1843 Munich - 1912 Wiesbaden] , a well known Prussian animalist painter ; he studied at the Munich Academy , was a pupil of August Erxleben & Paul Friedrich Meyerheim , worked as art teacher in Leipzig and Saint Petersburg and exhibited a/o in Vienna in 1886 and from 1902 on the artist permanently lived in Munich , where he regularly exhibited in ‘Glaspalast’ . After champion The Shah [b 1873 & bred by W H Balleston] being drawn by the Prussian engraver Ludwig Beckmann , it’ was  R Alston’ champion Colonel  ,  exhibited at the Hanover International Dog Show of 1879 , who stood model for this other Prussian artist , Anton Weinberger .

According to the Kennel Club Stud Book ch Colonel was sired by Colonel Mellor’ Ben [Sloane’ Lord Nelson x Becker’ Sybil] out of Parkinson’ Jeannette - Exley’ Victor x Hebron’ Una - . Ch Colonel' maternal granddam Hebron’ Una was perhaps Una KCSB 2401 born July 1871 and bred by Major Elms out of Miss Aglionby Wolf’ daughter Lufra sired by Sloane’ Lord Nelson , ch Colonel’ grandsire along the male line ; in case Hebron' Una was indeed the Una KCSB No 2401 then ch Colonel is through his great-granddam Wolf' Lufra related to Charles H Mason' ch Salisbury being Lufra' grandson bred by a 'Mr Carr' .

Thomas Carr b ’21 , of 24 Hanover Street Keighley , was according to the Census ’81 a ‘reed & heald maker’ employing 6 hands ; reed & heald making is part  of weaving , ie the reed is like a comb and its purpose was to control the separation of the warp threads , the heald being the part of the loom which moves the thread up & down .  The KCSB boasts ch Salisbury' extensive pedigree - out of Victor’ Duchess sired by Monarch ; paternal grandam Lufra was sis to ch’s Briton & Hector , his maternal grandam Beldam was sis to ch Turk , his paternal grandsire Lion  was sired by ch King & grandsired by Lukey’ Governor’ son Harold , his maternal grandsire Victor was sired by Hanbury’ Prince & grandsired by Lukey Governor .

Ch Salisbury was owned by Charles H Mason b ’44 Hull Yorks son of James M- fishmonger , Charles profession ‘whitesmith (tin)  & bellhanger’ of 50 Ashley Street Horton Bradford in ‘81 whereas Thomas Carr’ father John b ’1791 was a gunsmith and there’s a Keighley research source which mentions a William Carr , Reed & Heald maker , native of Scorton nr Preston . In an attempt to make his fortune as a mechanic  moved to Keighley taking a house [later the Golden Fleece Inn] in 1790 where he had  his mechanics shop & smithy .  This William might have been Thomas’ adventurous grandad !

John Leigh Becker , breeder of ch Colonel’ sire ch Ben

A ‘Manufacturing Chemist’ , born at Chadderton in 1812 and being the son of Ernst Hannibal Becker (1771-1852) a German immigrant from Ohrdruf, Thuringia who had settled in England . His father Ernst  became a naturalised citizen living at Foxdenton Hall (see hereabove) Chadderton – north of Manchester , that about 1800 and set up vitriol works just below later removed some distance away . After his father’ death John Leigh Becker JP , took over Foxdenton Hall (see illustration hereabove) and was there until 1882 because the owner of the Hall , Charles James Radclyffe and his tenant disagreed about some matter .

In 1872 John Leigh Becker bred Ben out of Sybil - ch Turk x ch King’ Countess 2360 - sired by Lord Nelson ( claimed as winner of 30 prizes ! ) owned by Mr David Sloane of Mason - & Swan street , Manchester ; Lord Nelson being out of T Smith’ Nell sired by Wilding’ dog  - Lord Stamford’ Lion x Edwards’ Tigris - .

Ben got 1st in puppy class at Manchester Belle Vue ’72 , then purchased by Mr J Naylor , of 18 Wellington Rd Dudley nr Birmingham , who made him up . He finally became owned by a Colonel Mellor and when mated to Mr Parkinson’ brood Jeannette produced the quite important stud ch Colonel owned by Mr R Alston of Leigh Lodge , Sale - south of Manchester .

The Middleton Guardian of 13 August 1898 contains the following report – ‘The Works , which at one time were a flourishing industry at Middleton Junction , known for miles around as the 'Vitriol Works' owned by Messrs Hannibal Becker & Co , are at present in a crumbling condition and are occupied by a caretaker . On Monday evening , one of the outer walls , probably being undermined with the recent rains , gave way , and brought with it the roof , making a loud crash which could be heard for some distance . What a pity that a thriving business as this used to be has had to come an end ‘. It would appear that the houses near the factory were demolished some nine years before the actual works so this is another mystery , one would think that the chemical works would be first to go but that doesn't seem to be the case . One other reason for this demolition could be that the extensive railway sidings at Middleton Junction would need extra land as the sidings covered a large area in those days . At sometime later Leigh Becker left Foxdenton , there were varied tales at the time why exactly he left but he settled for a time in Altringham then to Daisy Mere Farm , at Buxton , this is the town where he is buried .'

John Leigh Becker’ older brother Hannibal - b ’03 - married Mary Duncroft and became the proprietor of first a calico-printing works at Reddish and then a chemical works at Altham in Lancashire ; the couple had fifteen children , a/o Lydia Ernestine 1827-1890 (see below at left)  who became a leader in the early British suffrage movement , as well as an amateur scientist with interests in biology and astronomy . She is best remembered for founding and publishing the Women'  Suffrage Journal between 1870 and 1890.

Lydia Becker (see at left) was educated at home , like many girls at the time . Intellectually curious , she studied botany and astronomy , winning a gold medal for an 1862 scholarly paper on horticulture . Five years later , she founded the Ladies' Literary Society in Manchester ; she began a correspondence with Charles Darwin soon afterwards and convinced him to send a paper to the society .In the autumn of 1866 Becker attended the annual meeting of the National Association for the Advancement of Social Science, where she was excited by a paper from Barbara Bodichon entitled ‘Reasons for the Enfranchisement of Women’.

She dedicated herself to organizing around the issue, and in January 1867 convened the first meeting of the Manchester Women' Suffrage Committee . It was the first organization of its kind in England . Several months later , a widow shop owner named Lily Maxwell mistakenly appeared on the register of voters in Manchester ; Becker visited Maxwell and escorted her to the polling station . Once they arrived , the Returning Officer found Maxwell' name on the list and allowed her to vote .

Becker immediately began encouraging other women heads of households in the region to petition for their names to appear on the rolls. Their claims were presented in court by junior defence barrister Richard Pankhurst in Chorlton v. Lings, but the case was rapidly dismissed .

In 1870 Becker and her friend Jessie Boucherett founded the Women's Suffrage Journal . Soon afterward, they began organising speaking tours of women – a rarity in Britain at the time . At an 1874 speaking event in Manchester organized by Becker, fifteen-year-old Emmeline Pankhurst experienced her first public gathering in the name of women' suffrage .

The Journal was the most popular publication relating to women' suffrage in XIXth century Britain . Roger Fulford , in his study of the movement Votes for Women : The Story of a Struggle , writes: ‘The history of the decades from 1860 to 1890—so far as women' suffrage is concerned—is the history of Miss Becker ‘. The Women' Suffrage Journal published speeches from around the country , both within and outside of Parliament . Becker published her correspondence with both her supporters and opponents, notably in 1870 , when she chastised the MP for Caernarvonshire after he voted against a proposal offering women the vote .

Becker differed from many early feminists in her disputation of essentialized femininity . Arguing that there was no natural difference between the intellect of men and women , Becker was a vocal advocate of a non-gendered education system in Britain . She also differed with many suffrage activists in arguing more strenuously for the voting rights of unmarried women . Those women connected to husbands and stable sources of income , Becker believed , were less desperately in need of the vote than widows and single women . This attitude made her the target of frequent ridicule in newspaper commentary and editorial cartoons . In 1890 Becker visited the spa town of Aix-les-Bains , where she fell ill and died .

Her brother Dr John Leigh Becker (1840-1872) , so John Leigh Becker’ nephew , emigrated to Australia - Merino Downs , Portland - Victoria - . He had come into this district only to ascertain whether the District could support a medical man . His three months working in the Melbourne Hospital has convinced him that if he is to benefit from the climate he must lead a more open air life and spend the greater part of his time in the saddle .