After leaving the employment of Guest and Chrimes, Mr Tom Greenwood went into partnership with William Henry Gummer, who had a joiners business in the Crofts. The partnership however was only short lived when, after a disagreement, Tom Greenwood left the business and George Gummer, son of W H Gummer entered into partnership with his father and established a firm which eventually became the Effingham Brass Works. Effingham Brass Works produced water fittings and steam and oil valves.
During the Boer War the works concentrated on producing water filters which were carried to the front on the backs of mules. The First World War saw the company producing amongst other things water carts, parts for shells, mines and depth charges. At the end of the war the company received a letter of commendation from the Admiralty for the part they had played in defeating the German submarine warfare offensive.
W H Gummer served as mayor of Rotherham on one occasion and his son George on three occasions.
Following serialisation in the Rotherham Advertiser in the 1920s, George Gummer was invited by John Dickinson JP Editor of the Rotherham Advertiser to publish his Reminiscences of Rotherham, a retrospect of over 60 years from the middle of the 19th century to the early 20th century.
It appears he undertook the task with some diffidence and the publication is prefaced as follows:
“The idea of writing my reminiscences was presented to my mind by my old friend Mr Councillor John Dickinson JP, Editor of “The Rotherham Advertiser”, who undertook their publication. Several reasons influenced me in consenting to their publication in book form, first the desire to fall in with the wishes of the many correspondents who during the
past year have expressed their appreciation of my efforts and in some cases have furnished valuable information; and also I believe that a permanent record of some of the features of our early municipal life would not be unacceptable to the numerous friends I have made during my municipal career.
The work of writing these recollections, although involving much labour, has been a real pleasure to me and has brought back many happy memories. If my efforts have met, as I believe they have with the appreciation of the readers of the “Advertiser”, I am more than repaid and can only hope that the publication in book form of the Reminiscences will result in a substantial sum of money being raised for the Rotherham Hospital“.
George Gummer died in 1927, after having been made a Freeman of Rotherham.