Fred turns detective with copy of The Star

Pictured is Frederick Ogle(right) handing over a copy of The Star from 1939 that he found featuring a story about Kenneth Iggo to the sons of the late Ken From LtoR. Noel,Raymond and Tony
Pictured is Frederick Ogle(right) handing over a copy of The Star from 1939 that he found featuring a story about Kenneth Iggo to the sons of the late Ken From LtoR. Noel,Raymond and Tony
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WHEN Frederick Ogle came across a copy of The Star he did what most Sheffield people would do - he sat down and read it from front to back.

But the difference is this particular copy of the paper was more than 70 years old.

Builder Fred, aged 56, found the paper, dated October 25, 1939, when he was renovating a house in Parson Cross.

He said: “I was taking an old boiler cupboard to pieces when I saw something.

“As I demolished part of the cupboard the old newspaper came away with it. I thought, I’ll have a look at that.”

One of the articles which took Fred’s eye was a quackers story of a 13-year-old lad called Kenneth Iggo.

“It was funny tale really,” said Fred. “It seemed Kenneth had a duck and wherever he went the duck would follow.”

And like the duck, Fred decided he’d quite like to follow the story up.

“I wondered whatever happened to Ken and set about finding out. With Iggo being fairly unusual there are only a handful of people by that name in the phone book so I thought ‘I’ll ring them’.”

And after a few calls - bingo.

“I discovered that Kenneth had passed away some years ago but his son Noel was still living in the area.”

Fred contacted Noel and arranged to take the paper to his home in Deerlands Avenue, Parson Cross. He had it laminated and presented it to Noel, 55, and his three brothers Raymond, 61, Tony, 50 and Philip, 62.

Noel said: “It was great to see the story in the Star and we’re so grateful that Fred found it and managed to track us down. My elder brothers knew about the duck as dad told them how it used to swim in bomb craters which filled with water during the war.

“Dad loved animals all his life. When he was a lad he brought a goat home. When my grandma found it on the top of her stairs she wasn’t best pleased.

“He had everything - dogs and cats, budgies, canaries, even bats and monkeys. You name it he had it.

“Kids on our street used to call him Dr Doolittle.”