The death, which took place on Sunday at Kettering, of Mrs Elizabeth Phoebe Newman, formerly of Burton. The deceased lady, who was the second daughter of the late Mr James Ball, builder, of Wellingborough, took over, with her husband, The Dukes Arms Inn in 1877, leaving in 1903 to reside in High Street. During this period at The Dukes Arms her husband passed away. Soon after her retirement from the business, Mrs Newman, who was a Liberal in politics, went to the poll for the Board of Guardians, and was successful, winning the second of the three seats won by the Liberals. On this occasion there were no less than seven candidates. By her success, Mrs Newman became the first lady Guardian for the Burton district, and as the position was also that of a Rural Councillor, Mrs Newman was the first lady in England to occupy the position of a Rural Councillor. The deceased lady had but three years in this office, and in 1918 removed to Kettering to reside in "Nome", St Peter's Avenue, where she has been practically confined to her bed for the last three years.
Mrs Newman leaves one son (Mr Alfred Newman, of Roundhill Road, Kettering), but has had residing with her for many years her daughter-in-law (Mrs Will Newman) and her family. Deceased was 76 years of age.