Most histories I have read about Rugby note that the utopian English village lasted only during 1880-1900, leaving the impression that the area was deserted from the 1900s through the 1950s, until the village's 1960s historic restoration began. Thats why it's interesting to me to find that some English descendents of Rugby actually continued living there throughout the twentieth century and are remembered quite well by Grey Gables innkeeper Linda Brooks Jones, who grew up there.
The English descendents Jones remembers from the 1940s and 1950s and mentions in her Grey Gables books include these families: Berry, Brooks, Fletcher, Keen, Lourie, Martin, Pfau, Turner, Walton, and Wichman. Jones notes in her books that the ladies descended from the 1880s English settlers who stayed were different from the American-born ladies of Rugby. The English descendents spoke with the English accents of their families, exhibited a ladylike demeanor, walked with straight backs, carried their handbags differently, and folded their hands in their laps when seated.
American families, some of whom had lived in the area before the Rugby settlement, also continued living there after the English village declined. The Rugby neighborhood was populated with these American families: Bertram, Berry, Brewster, Brooks, Cochran, Cooper, Crabtree, Fletcher, Frogg, Haskell, Jones, Letner, Monday, Needham, Potter, Potts, Rogers, Seabolt, Smith, Wright, and York. These folks worked their farms, ran their small businesses, and shopped at the R.M. Brooks General Store. Many of their forebears were responsible for the beautiful Victorian English Gothic carpentry on the houses that survive in Rugby today.
And it seems the English attended the tiny Victorian Gothic-style Christ Church Episcopal in the heart of Rugby, while the Americans were regulars at the nearby Brewstertown Church of God.