Grahamstown Journal

Grahamstown Journal 1889 03 March

Tuesday 5 March 1889

A telegram from Johannesburg to the Capetown papers says: George COOLEY, one of the Transvaal team who played here against Major WARTON’s team, is dead. He died from inflammation of the lungs, resulting from a cold caught at the cricket match.

We tender our sincerest sympathy with our fellow-citizen, Mr, LOWDEN, in the loss of his son, who succumbed yesterday, after a severe illness contracted at Kimberley. Deceased, who was well known to every resident of the town, was brought down to Grahamstown and was progressing favourably, but some imprudent exposure incurred a fatal relapse. The deceased was in his 21st year, and was a young man of abundant promise.

This important mansion is now for private sale. Particulars may be seen in our advertising columns, and further details may be obtained of Mr. A.B. SHAND, Secretary to the E.P. Guardian L. and I. Company. The opportunity of securing a spacious and beautiful residence should commend itself to capitalists and others. The whole of the elegant and useful furniture, silver plate, paintings and water colours, at Woodville, will be sold on the spot by Mr. Peter POTE, auctioneer, on March 27th and 28th inst. Catalogues can be obtained at the E.P. Guardian office.

A sad occurrence took place here (says the E.L. Dispatch) a few days ago. Mr. HATTER, a gentleman well known at St.John’s, where he has resided for some considerable time, left the Colony for England about six months ago. Last week he returned, bringing a wife with him. He was taken sick just before landing, having eaten freely of some tinned lobsters which brought on dysentery, from which he died soon after coming ashore, leaving a widow, only two months a bride, in a strange land.

Thursday 7 March 1889

The Northern Post says: A gentleman who was visiting Mr. Jury WESSELS received a letter a day or so ago from his home, telling him of the death of his five children from diphtheria; his wife being the only member of his family who escaped the fell disease.

Ata Public Meeting held last evening in the Baptist Church Schoolroom, most of the Town Councillors being present, it was unanimously resolved that the town be lighted with gas. We (EP. Herald) received no notification of this meeting.

Saturday 9 March 1889

Mr. Henry LAWRANCE, duly instructed, will offer for sale at his auction rooms on Thursday April 4th the valuable farm Hopewell, otherwise called Brendalbane, near Blinkwater, in the Estate of the late Thos. GILBERT Esq.

This farm, situated at the junction of the Klipplaat and Zwartkei rivers, midway between Queenstown and Whittlesea, enclosed, and stated to be one of the best agricultural and grazing farms in the District, will be offered for sale by Messrs. J. BRADY & Co, Auctioneers, of Queenstown, at the farm Douglas (Imvani Station) on April 10th next.

The Cradock Register says that Mr. William BOTHA, a farmer residing near that town, has just lost four children by this disease.

Tuesday 12 March 1889

DIED at the Albany Hospital, Grahamstown, on the 11th March 1889, John HASTINGS of Leicestershire, England, aged 69 years.
English papers please copy.
The Funeral will take place at 8 o’clock on Tuesday morning.

We learn from an English paper that the Rev James CALVERT, well-known in South Africa, has married the widow of the late Rev. Dr. KERSEN. Mr. CALVERT is the sister [sic] of the Rev. George SAWDAY, of Toomkoor, India.

Col. WYNNE died at Maritzburg on March 7th. He never recovered consciousness from his accident.

Thursday 14 March 1889

MARRIED by the Rev. Canon Wharton B. Smith, at St.George’s Cathedral, George Stewart, fourth son of James F. COOPER of Oudtshoorn, to Jansena, fourth daughter of Henry DIXON of this city.

DIED at Somerset East on the evening of Saturday the 9th inst, Ann STRETCH, widow of the late Charles Lennox STRETCH, aged 83 years and 7 months.

It was rumoured on Saturday and yesterday (says the Independent) that Dr. JAMESON, who with Dr. Rutherfoord HARRIS left Kimberley a few weeks ago on a trip to the Interior, had been killed by some natives, and that the latter had escaped. We have received no communications confirming the rumour.

On Saturday last Mr. Thos. ISTED, farmer, of Funnystone, New England, met with a terrible death. The particulars, as far as we can learn, are as follows: It appears he had been told of a nest of wild bees in a krantz on the farm, and went to the place with the object of taking out the nest. He had hardly begun operations when the whole swarm sallied out and attacked him. In a few seconds he was totally blinded by the bees, and any chance to escape cut off. Before assistance could be rendered, the mischief had been done, and a few minutes after the arrival of two of his boys on the scene the unfortunate man succumbed. Death resulted (says the Northern Post) from the great shock to his system. Mr. ISTED was one of the most enterprising farmers in the New England district, and his loss will be greatly felt.

Thursday 21 March 1889

We (Dispatch) regret to have to record the death of Mr. W. temple NOURSE.

The Free Press learns that the Government has given consent to the sale of land to the Messrs. ATTWELL for the purpose of erecting a large mill at Queenstown, adjacent to the railway station. We have no doubt that the building will now be commenced at an early date.

Saturday 23 March 1889

A sad bathing fatality (says a Transvaal telegram) happened on Sunday afternoon at Wonderboom. A young barber, a member of FUCHS’s establishment, named DONOVAN,
After being seriously ill with the fever, went for a drive to this place. A party of friends arriving at the pool to bathe, he indulged in a swim, but being too weak to sustain himself in the water he threw up his arms. Assistance was rendered, but the banks are steep, and there being no support except reeds, which gave way, DONOVAN sank out of sight. Repeated efforts were made to recover the body without avail. It is now being searched for.

Thursday 28 March 1889

MARRIED by the Rev. N. Abraham, at Commemoration Church, Philip BROOK, Sampford Courteney, Devonshire, England to Ellen Jane BLACKBEARD, third daughter of the late G.F. BLACKBEARD Esq, of this City.

On the afternoon of last Saturday fortnight as an under-ganger, named Adam ADAMS, was walking along the line in the direction of Nel’s Poort, the lightning struck the rails and killed him on the spot.

The Northern Post hears that a fatal accident occurred last week on the farm Zuurbron, near Patriotsklip. It appears an old man, Jacobus SWANNEPOEL, 64 years of age, went on to the mountain to gather wood, and in trying to gather some brushwood overhanging a precipice, he must have missed his footing or overbalanced himself, for his body was found late in the afternoon lying at the bottom of the krantz. From the top to where the body was found is estimated to be at least 300 feet. The body and face were dreadfully bruised and disfigured.

Saturday 30 March 1889

We regret to have to record the death of Mrs. Harry PRICE, who departed this life on Wednesday morning at 5 o’clock, after a period of intense suffering. The husband of the deceased lady had been away at Kimberley for some time, and only arrived yesterday morning, in time to attend the funeral. The Rev. M. NORTON conducted the ceremony at the Graveyard. Deceased’s death leaves four young children motherless.

The pretty Wesleyan Church of Salem was filled on Wednesday morning to witness the nuptials of Mr. G.E. MATTHEWS – the eldest son of our worthy J.P., and Miss Mary AMM, the eldest daughter of Mr. S.E. AMM of Lindale. The church was tastefully decorated and the service was choral, Miss SHAW presiding at the instrument, and the Rev. H. COTTON being the officiating minister. The bride, who looked very charming in white with the usual veil and wreath, was attended by three bridesmaids – hr sister, Miss Alice AMM, Miss Daisy MATTHEWS and Miss Carrie SHAW. At the close of the ceremony the “Wedding March” was played by Miss H. FLETCHER, and the guests were driven out to Lindale, which was the scene of a large and interested gathering. We counted over 20 vehicles of one description and another, and some of these made more than one journey to and from Salem. Friends from the countryside, and even from around Alice – the home of the bridegroom – were present. The luncheon, at which upwards of 70 sat down, was a substantial repast, and the usual toasts were honoured. The newly-married couple left in the afternoon, amid a shower of rice and the hearty good wishes of the company, for Grahamstown, en route to their home near Alice. The presents were numerous and some of them costly, and spoke volumes for the popularity of the bride.

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