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Newspaper cuttings re Ernst and Ramsden families

Transcribed from cuttings provided by Sandra Meyer.
ERNST – At Eureka City, on the 8th Jun 1896, the wife of Otto ERNST of a daughter.
[.jpg of cutting entitled “Jessie ERNST birth notice 8 June 1896”]
ERNST – At the residence of Mr. R. LAWSON, Eureka City, on the 29th Sept., Otto ERNST, of Waterval Boven, the beloved husband of Carrie ERNST. [1904]
Mrs. ERNST and Mr. and Mrs. LAWSON desire to  express their heartfelt thanks and gratitude for the many tokens of sympathy shown during their recent bereavement, and for the beautiful wreaths sent; they also deeply appreciate Mr. HILL’s kindness for the general arrangement of the funeral, and wish to thank the bearers for their valuable assistance in conveying the remains [into] the valley.

We much regret to record the death of Mr. Otto ERNST, which occurred at Eureka on Wednesday night, through a stroke of apoplexy. Mr. ERNST was on a short visit to his old friends at the Sheba from Waterval Boden. The funeral takes place this afternoon, several Barberton representatives being present. On behalf of his many friends, we offer our sincere condolences to the bereaved widow and children.

ERNST – At Eureka City on the 29th September 1904, at the age of 45 years 9 months. “Abide with me”.

ERNST - In loving memory of Otto ERNST, who passed peacefully away at Eureka City, September 29th 1904.
“They miss you most who love you best”.
On the 6th inst. at the Roman Catholic Cathedral, Johannesburg, by the Rev. Father Ryan, Ernest RAMSDEN, of Bradford, England, to Katharine Mary ERNST, nee WALSH, of Eureka City; no cards.
[cutting hand marked Dec 1905]
ERNST – In loving memory of my dear father, Otto ERNST, who fell asleep at Eureka City on September 29th 1904.
Peace, perfect peace
In Jesus keeping we are safe and they.
[cutting hand marked 1906]

RAMSDEN - At Bellevue, Eureka, on the 3rd February 1907, the wife of Ernest RAMSDEN of a son (premature).

MITCHELL – ERNST – On June 7th 1916, in the R.C. Church, Johannesburg, by the Rev. Father Schang, W.H. MITCHELL, Pietersburg, to Jess ERNST, Sheba.

The marriage of Miss Jess ERNST, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. RAMSDEN, Sheba, to Mr. W.H. MITCHELL, district Pietersburg, will take place in the R.C. Church, Johannesburg on June 7th. No invitations.
With the interment on Sunday in the New Cemetery, Johannesburg, of Robert George (Bob) LAWSON, a link with the early days of the De Kaap Goldfield was severed.
Mr. LAWSON was born in Scotland 74 years ago and came to South Africa as a baker. In 1884 he went to Pilgrim’s Rest in search of gold, but his luck was so far out that he had to return to his bakery business in Durban.
With the De Kaap discovery he established himself as a baker in Eureka City. He supplied the needs of Sheba workers for 30 years.
[no date, but ‘jpg of cutting entitled “ Robert George Lawson died 12 April 1930”.
The wedding of Mr. Basil RAMSDEN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest RAMSDEN, of Randfontein, and Miss Violet SNELSON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas SNELSON, Luipaardsvlei Estates Gold Mine, was solemnised at Krugersdorp on Tuesday. After the ceremony a reception was held at the residence of the bride’s parents. A noteworthy feature of the occasion was the musical programme, which was provided by an orchestra consisting of five members of the SNELSON family. The bridegroom is on the engineering staff of the Mufulira Copper Mine, Northern Rhodesia, and the bride was a popular member of the Telephone Exchange staff at Johannesburg. She was also a member of St.Peter’s Anglican Church Choir, Krugersdorp and took an active interest in Sunday school work. After the reception the newly-wedded couple left by the evening train for Northern Rhodesia. They had an enthusiastic send-off.
[no date, but .jpg of cutting entitled “Ramsden wedding newspaper article 20 January 1931”
Mr. T. SNELSON, of Krugersdorp, left for N’dola, Northern Rhodesia, on Saturday evening, on a visit to his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. B.C.W. RAMESDEN [sic], there. Mr. SNELSON is to spend three weeks in Northern Rhodesia.
[.jpg of cutting entitled “Thomas Snelson visiting Basil and Vi Ramsden 1931”]
By Special Licence on January 20, at Krugersdorp, Basil RAMSDEN, of Mufulira, Northern Rhodesia, to Violet SNELSON, of Luipaardsvlei Estates.
RAMSDEN – Died at Bulawayo on the 6th Instant, Ernest RAMSDEN, late of Randfontein, beloved husband of Catherine. The funeral will take place tomorrow (Monday 9th inst.), leaving R.D. Morton’s premises at 4pm for interment at Krugersdorp Cemetery.
[cutting hand marked Oct 33]
LAWSON – Passed away peacefully at the residence of her grandson, Basil RAMSDEN, on the 30th June, Mary Ann (Natty) LAWSON, aged 88 years, late of Sheba, beloved mother of Carrie RAMSDEN. The funeral will take place tomorrow (Tues) from Morton’s Funeral Chapel, Krugersdorp, at 3pm, proceeding to Brixton Cemetery.
R.D. Morton & Sons, Krugersdorp. Tel. 66-3438.
[no date but .jpg of the cutting entitled “Mary Ann LAWSON (born HART) death notice 30 June 1945”
Sunday Times, Johannesburg, 20 January 1956
Married at Krugersdorp on Jan 20 1931, Violet SNELSON to Basil RAMSDEN. Address - 100 Ferguson, Randfontein Estates.
SUCKLEY - To Gerry and Claire, a son, on June 6th, at Frangwen. Both well.
[no date, but .jpg of the cutting entitled "Bryce SUCKLEY born 6 June 1962"
RAMSDEN, Basil - 18 October 1969. In loving memory of my beloved husband, our Dad. 'Always revered'. R.I.P.
Vi and family.
The funeral of Violet Elizabeth RAMSDEN (late of 33 Middleton Road, Winkelspruit, dearly beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother) will leave St.Cyprian’s Church, Umbilo Road, tomorrow (Friday) afternoon after a service commencing at 2:00 o’clock, proceeding to the Stellawood Cemetery.
Doves and Adlam Reid Homes Trust, 20 Fynn Street, Durban. Phone 3094720.
Violet – Passed away on 7 May 1990 – gone to her beloved Basil. Loved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Sadly missed.
The Star, October 16 2003
Basil Ernest
Passed away 12 October 2003 in Durban, beloved brother of Claire and brother-law of Gerry, lovingly remembered by all. Rest in peace.
Rest in Peace, my gentle cousin. Love and condolences to Alan, Claire, Dawn and family. Shirley
Rest in Peace our dear Uncle. Condolences to the family. Bryce, Lee and Emma.
5-2-41 – 12-10-03
A dear uncle, remembered with love. Rest in peace “Mavovo”. Sandra, Steve, Donnay, Kaley and Ciaran.
Passed away bravely, comforted by his family and friends on 23rd March 2014 in Cape Town. A memorial service was held at Christ Church in Kenilworth, Cape Town on 28th March. Dearly loved by his parents Gerald & Claire, his daughter Emma, Sandra, Kevin, Lauren and all his family.
Funeral arrangements by Constantiaberg Funeral Home 021 671 2400.
Other BMD snippets captured with the birth notice for Bryce SUCKLEY, above, dated 1962.
SONNENFELD - To Tony and Diane (nee MATTHEWS), a daughter, Susan Amanda, at St.Augustine's, Durban, on June 7 1962. Both well. Thanks to doctor and staff.
SWARTZ - To Lorna (nee KAY) and Mossie, a lovely daughter, on June 7 1962, at the Queen Vic. Thanks to doctor and staff.
THIEL - To George and Veronica (nee SHARP), a bonny son, June 1. Present Address: 17 Buchholtz St., East London.
THIELE - To Marjory (nee WILLIAMS) and Valdemar, a bonny son, at the Boksburg-Benoni Hospital, on June 7. Thanks to doctor and staff.
Undated clipping, thought to be from the early 1940s
How Randfontein Children Helped Christmas Stamp Fund
The story of how several little girls in Randfontein have assisted the Christmas Stamp Fund is revealed in the following letter received recently by His Worrship the Mayor (Clr. G.D. BINDER)
The Mayor, Randfontein
Dear Sir,
My little friends and I gave a doll's fancy dress in aid of the Christmas Stamp Fund. We raised £2 0s 3d which I am pleased to hand over to you.
Yours faithfully
The money has since been handed over to the committee of which the Mayoress (Mrs. BINDER) is Chairwoman.
The doll which took first prize at the party was dressed as the Christmas Stamp Fund.
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