Joe worked in the mill's dyeing stores and was 16 in 1910. It was there that he met his future wife Kelly, who handled yards of material from the dyeing vats into clean water. They got married on 9th March1913 at St. Mary's Church and moved into No.9's front parlour. Exactly nine months later, their son Jim was born.
Returning from the war, Joe discovered he'd been replaced at work and so he, Kelly and Jim moved to Canada for a new life there.