A Numerical Puzzle – John Saggers of Stebbing, Essex, England,1903.

Discovery is the theme for the Guild of One-Name Studies Blog Challenge 2021

It was a bit of a surprise to see something like this identified with someone with the Saggers surname. John Saggers’ puzzle and his instructions give us a hint of his personality, something we so rarely glimpse. Discoveries like this keep me researching on through the ‘dry days’.

From the Chelmsford Chronicle (Essex County Chronicle), 8 May 1903, page 4 – the “Today’s Questions” column.

Mr. John Saggers writes from Stebbing: – “I have found this to puzzle many who have tried it: ‘Put the nine figures – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 – in any position so that, when added together, they amount to 100. Each of the figures must be used once, and only once.’ Will your readers try it?”

Located in FindMyPast’s newspaper search, British Newspaper Archive, May 2021.

I have yet to discover (confirm) which particular John Saggers this was – but I do see there is likely a family connection to British Columbia, Canada where I live. Perhaps another discovery for the future.

Stebbing War Memorial with the spire of TL6624 : St Mary the Virgin, Stebbing, Essex, England in the background. Courtesy Glyn Baker, the photographer: CC BY-SA 2.0 license, For more of these photographs, see Geograph.