Grahamstown Journal

Grahamstown Journal 1898 12 December

Thursday 1 December 1898

DIED at Rutherglen Cottage, Grahamstown, Louisa Ann FINCHAM (born FREEMANTLE), in the 56th year of her age, relict of the late T.Z. FINCHAM of Wittiputs [sic], District of Herbert, Griqualand West. Deeply regretted by her sorrowing children.
Colonial and foreign papers please copy.
The kind friends who assisted the family in their bereavement are heartily thanked by the mourners.
The Funeral of the above will leave the residence at 10 o’clock tomorrow (Friday) morning. Friends are respectfully invited to attend.
A. WILL
Undertaker
[Transcriber’s note: Her husband was John Thornton Zachariah FINCHAM, who died earlier the same year on the 13th March 1898 – see his civil death notice here.]

At Pretoria, Christian ROMPF, a German, 50 years of age, residing in Struben Street, retired to his room, sat down on his bed, and dropped down dead on the floor. It is thought he had unknowingly taken too large a quantity of antipyrin.
[Transcriber’s note: Antipyrin was a compound formerly used as an analgesic and antipyretic]

Alexander CLOETE, stepson of the late Judge CLOETE, died from typhoid in the Johannesburg Hospital on Saturday morning. Deceased was highly respected.

Eastern Districts’ Court
BUCKLEY v BUCKLEY
Mr. BLAINE for the plaintiff; defendant in default.
This was an action for divorce on the grounds of the defendant’s misconduct.
Mr. BLAINE, having read the petition and the notices to the defendant, called the plaintiff, who stated that she was married to defendant in 1886. He was then a billiard-marker at Port Elizabeth, and after the marriage carried on a hotel. They lived together six years, but not happily, on account of the defendant’s habits of drinking and gambling. Three years ago she had left him, and had only seen him occasionally since. She had then gone to East London, and subsequently came to Grahamstown, where she carried on a general grocery business and had, during these years, supported herself entirely. There were three children, a boy and two girls, and she desired to have their custody, as he was not a proper person to have charge of them.
Mr. W.H. STOKES, at present living at Wolvershoek, who was engaged by the Free State Government in contracting a telegraph line, stated he lived formerly in Port Elizabeth, and gave evidence as to the alleged misconduct of the defendant.
The marriage was proved by affidavit of the Rev. Father HANTON, R.C. Priest at Port Elizabeth.
The Court granted order for divorce as prayed, with costs, and that plaintiff have custody of the minor children.
[Transcriber’s note: The marriage certificate of Richard BUCKLEY and May Ann CARNEY is here.]

Saturday 3 December 1898

BIRTH at Johannesburg on 28th November 1898, the wife of Gilbert H. DOLD of a son.

MARRIAGE: LENNARD – NUNN
At the Ayliff Institution Church, Peddie, on Nov. 28, by the Rev. A.J. LENNARD, brother of the bridegroom, assisted by the Rev. E.P. Thomas, Charles Ernest LENNARD to Marnie NUNN, second daughter of the late Thomas NUNN, of Pietermaritzburg, Natal.

DIED at Johannesburg on the 26th November 1898, Cordelia Ethel (born MEREDITH), beloved wife of John DEVITT, aged 26 years.

Thursday 8 December 1898

DIED at Oakwell, near Grahamstown, on the 5th Dec., Arthur Charles STANDEN, youngest son of the late Mr. Jonathan STANDEN, aged 48 years.

DIED at Capetown on Dec 7th, after a short illness of one week, David O’LEARY, youngest son of Mr. D. O’LEARY of this City, aged 24 years. Deeply regretted. R.I.P.

The sad news was received today of the death at Capetown of Mr. David O’LEARY, fourth son of Mr. D. O’LEARY of this town. Deceased, who was a fine, strapping young fellow, served for some time in the R.M.P., and was a member of the Cape Police at his death, being stationed about two hours’ drive from Aliwal North. The body will be brought to Grahamstown for interment.

Dr. TILLY, an ex-professor at Edinburgh University, and one of the cleverest medical men that ever visited this sub-continent, died at Springfontein Junction, Bloemfontein, a fortnight ago. The doctor, who was suffering from phthisis, was only [41] years of age.

Captain PENFOLD R.N.R., a director of De Beers, one of the most popular men in Kimberley, has received a cable announcing the death of his wife.

We are sorry to learn that Mr. Barnabus J. SHAW, son of the Rev. B. SHAW of this city, who has long been exceedingly ill, is now considered to be in a dying state.

We (F.B. Advocate) are sorry to announce the death on Thursday last, at the residence of the Hon. J. [LAING] M.L.A. (Blackwoods), of Miss SMITH, sister of the Hon. Abercrombie SMITH and of the late Andrew SMITH MA. She lived with her surviving brother for nearly twenty years, and like all her family was distinguished by much character and intelligence. She was [85].

Saturday 10 December 1898

NOTICE TO ADVERTISERS
SOUTH AFRICAN EXHIBITION, GRAHAMSTOWN
Journal’s Daily Issue
While the Exhibition is open, namely for six weeks from 13th Dec 1898 to Jan 20th 1899, the Journal will be issued daily, price One Penny.

BIRTH at Fort Peddie on Nov 30th 1898, the wife of Wm. Douglas CAMPBELL. Sergt. of Police, Magisterial Department, Middledrift, of a daughter.

ENTERED INTO REST at Bathurst, December 8th 1898, Barnabus John SHAW, eldest and beloved son of the Rev. Barnabus J. SHAW, Stonehenge, Grahamstown.

DIED at Grahamstown on Friday December 9th, Ann, widow of the late Christopher DREDGE, aged 76 years.
The funeral of the above will take place at 5:30 this Saturday afternoon.
A. WILL
Undertaker

DIED at Grahamstown, December 9 1898, John Robert NORTON, aged 54 years.
The Funeral of the late Mr. NORTON will leave the residence of his mother-in-law, Mrs. KING, Beaufort Street, tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon at 4 o’clock. Friends respectfully invited to attend.
A. WILL
Undertaker

Tuesday 13 December 1898

BIRTH at Grahamstown on December 10th 1898, the wife of Chris. S. WEBB of a son.

S.A. Industrial & Arts Exhibition 1898-9
Grahamstown
Opening Day, December 15th 1898
We the undersigned agree to close our respective establishments on the 15th December at 11am for the rest of the day:
T. BIRCH & Co
D. KNIGHT & Co
R. Restall STOCKS
J.W.BAYES & Co
J. VAUGHAN & Co
HAMILTON & Co (per W.G. GIBSON)
T.H. PARKER & Co
W.H. BASRNES
Charles J. STIRK & Son
D.W. NICHOLLS
JACKSON Bros.
Edwin B. PARKER
F. BRUNNER
LAWRANCE & Co
MUIRHEAD & GOWIE
E.W. WELLS
W. Burnett STOCKS
BARRAUD & Co
H. FITCHAT & Co
CUTHBERT & Co
L. BLACKBEARD
J.S. WILLCOX
HEPWORTHS Limited
GALPIN Bros.
W. BROOKS & Co
HEPBURN & JEANES (conditionally)
ROBERTS & Son
IRVING & Co
Ernest J. PIKE
R. CAMPBELL & Son
Stephen SMITH
A. SKACKLETON
p.p. A. OLIVER, H.F. OLIVER, C.H. ABBOTT

Wednesday 14 December 1898

DEATH OF MR. J.R. NORTON
A figure formerly familiar to Grahamstown has passed away in death. Mr. J.R. NORTON was one of the first to join the now extinct Grahamstown Volunteer Horse Artillery, in which force he was a lieutenant. For some time he was the bookkeeper and confidential clerk with Messrs. Benjamin Bros., and after entering the business of ironmonger he went farming, and settled on a farm adjoining Heatherton Towers. The deceased gentleman was of a quiet and retiring disposition and was much respected. He has died at the age of 54, and leaves a widow and family to mourn his loss.

Friday 16 December 1898

MARRIED at Queenstown on the 10th inst, in the Church of St.Michael and All Angels, by the Rev. William Stead, Percy Mitford WRIGHT, Assistant Resident Magistrate, Glen Grey, to Ada, daughter of S.H. ROBERTS Esq, Chief Inspector of Natives.

A young man named PARKINSON, am employee of Peterson & Co, Chemists, died on Wednesday from poisoning. To induce sleep he injected six grains of morphine, and he died this morning. He was a native of Derby, England.

At Pretoria on Sunday night, a shunter, named P. ESSIMAN, was crushed between two trucks at the Railway Station. He died in the Hospital.

Tuesday 20 December 1898

IMPORTANT TO VISITORS
If you are staying at an hotel, call at CAMPBELL & Son’s for Fancy Sweets and Chocolates.
If you are staying at a boarding-house, call at CAMPBELL & Son’s for Tinned Delicacies for late Supper.
If you have rented a house, CAMPBELL & Son can supply you with everything you need.
If you are camping out, don’t forget that CAMPBELL & Son’s stock of Preserved Fish and other Tinned Goods is the largest in town.
R. CAMPBELL & SON
The Famous Italian Warehousemen and Family Grocers
Sole Grahamstown Agents for Mazawattee Teas and Coffees and the Household Paraffin Pump.
High-Street and Bathurst-Street.

VISITORS TO THE EXHIBITION
Buy your Groceries from
E.J. PIKE
Family Grocer, Bathurst-street
Having received his large stock of Groceries and Provisions, you can have
French Sweets, Fancy Boxes Chocolates, splendid Mixture of Sweets from 4½d to 3/6 lb, ordered specially for the Exhibition, first-class quality, at lowest prices, Muscatel, Sultana, Pudding Raisins, Currants, Peel, Dates, Prunes, Figs, Dried Fruits, Essences, Spices, walnuts, Almonds, Brazil and Barcelona Nuts, Compton’s Selected Hams in Canvas, 9 to 14 lbs, Cooked Half-Hams, special quality, also by the lb, Preserved Chow-Chow and Ginger in jars, Plum Puddings, Mince Meat, Roast Beef, Roast Mutton, Lunch Ham, Corned Beef, Ox Tongues, Sheeps’ Tongues, Sliced Bacon, Lobsters, Oysters, Salmon, Mackerel, Fresh Herrings, Haddocks, Sardines, Army and Navy Rations, Camp Pies, Sausages.
Lime Juice Cordial, Lime Juice, Lemon Squash, Lemon Syrup, Black Currant Vinegar, Raspberry Vinegar, Bottled Fruits etc.
Macfarlane Lang & Co’s splendid Iced Cakes, from 2 to 6, Short Bread in Tartan Boxes, Luggage.
Biscuits, splendid assortment from 6d to 2/6 lb, and 20lb boxes 6d lb.
Seaside and Country Orders carefully packed, Camping Out Parties,
Goods sent to any part of the Town.
Fresh Bread, Butter, Eggs, Vegetables Daily.

F.J. ABBOTT
Chemist and Druggist
Has just opened a goodly assortment of Choice Perfumes, Soaps & Toilet Requisites
Just the thing to select for a Christmas Present
A full range of Patent and Homeopathic Remedies
In the Old Show until the end of January
Bathurst-Street

JUST OPENED
New Shapes in Sailor Straws
Ladies’ Linen Cuffs and Collars
New Hosiery and Summer Cashmere
Trimmed Millinery
Very Choice Parcel of Summer Robes, specially selected for the Exhibition Season, in Fancy Blacks, Summer Weights and Newest Fancy Col’d Robes
Inspection Invited
Prices Right
Dressmaking at Strictly Moderate Charges
R. RESTALL STOCKS

BON MARCHÉ SHOWROOM
Pique and Drill Coats and Skirts
Costume Skirts in Drill, Piques etc.
Our prices are all marked in Plain Figures
BAYES & CO
Grahamstown

DINE AT THE EXHIBITION
To suit the public convenience the following alteration has been made in the time of meals:-
Prices
Breakfast 8 to 9am 2s 6d
Dinner 12:30 to 2:30pm 3s 0d
Supper, a la Carte, 7 to 9pm 2s 6d
R.J. LAMBSON, Caterer
Beach Hotel, Humewood, Port Elizabeth

Wednesday 21 December 1898

VISITORS TO THE EXHIBITION
Do not fail to visit and inspect the Interesting and Extensive Exhibits
CHAS. J. STIRK & SON
For all the latest Sports and Games and Accessories such as
Cricket, Tennis, Polo, Hockey, Golf, Croquet, Football &c &c.
Ayers’ Cricket and Tennis Goods. Geo. Busseys & Co’s Sporting Goods, Slazenger’s Tennis, Cricket, Polo, Hockey and Golf Materials.
Stanley & Co’s Planes, Diston & Co’s American Tools, Archibald Kendrick’s Cast Iron Goods.
Latest Novelties in Apiculture and all Requisites for Bee-Farming.
Guns at Cost Price
During the Exhibition the Magnificent Show of Westley Richards Sporting Guns and Rifles (ranging from £4 up to 100 guineas) will be sold at Manufacturers’ List Prices, plus Importation charges.
See our Agricultural Implements &c in the Machinery Court.
Magnificent Range of Fishing Tackle
Careful inspection is invited of these, the best and newest articles ever shown.
Our Stand is in the Main Buildings, near the Orchestra.
CHARLES J. STIRK & SON.

HAIGH – NELSON
Married on Tuesday 20th December 1898, at the Cathedral of St.Michael and St.George, by the Rev. W.H.T. White, Henry E. HAIGH, of Port Elizabeth, to Beatrice Mary, fourth daughter of R.W. NELSON Esq, J.P., of Grahamstown.

PASSED AWAY at his residence, Elizabeth Farm, Bedford, on the 16th December 1898, George KING, second son of Thomas Francis KING of Grahamstown, in his 69th year.
“Peace Perfect Peace”

DEATH OF DR. DIACK
The death of Dr. Alexander Downie DIACK took place at Fort Peddie on Wednesday last, at the early age of 46. Dr. DIACK was District Surgeon of Fort Beaufort, a native of Aberdeen, and a graduate of that famous University.

Many happy returns to Capt. D. SAMPSON of this City, who reached his seventieth year last Sunday. The well-known volunteer officer, who has done much for the honour of the City in the Native Wars, is still as hale and hearty as ever.

The many friends of Mr. G.A. PARKER, the well-known Football Union secretary and lately proprietor of a sporting journal in Capetown, will regret to hear that after suffering a great deal with his eyes he is now quite sightless. For many years he has rendered service to the cause of sport in South Africa, and it has naturally been proposed to [assist] the afflicted sportsman-journalist and his wife and young family. Mr. Harold M. QUIGLEY, of the Standard Bank, Capetown, is acting as hon. secretary and will be glad to receive subscriptions, which will be acknowledged in due course.

Thursday 22 December 1898

High-Class Harness & Saddlery
HAMILTON & CO
Saddle & Harness Manufacturers
Grahamstown
Established 1852
Hamilton’s Universal Fitting Saddles
Improved Pat.
Non-Chafing Harness
Highest Award Queen’s Jubilee Exhibition 1887 – Nine Gold and Silver Medals Awarded
First Place at P.E. Agricultural Show 1893: do. at Albany do. 1896
Harness and Saddlery of every description manufactured on our Premises. Nothing but the very best selected Material used in the different classes.
Workmanship Guaranteed
Our Goods are all Warranted Hand-stitched, not Machine-made.
Every Requisite known to the Trade Stocked.
SPECIAL NOTICE
WE beg to direct the attention of our numerous Customers and Visitors to the Exhibition generally to our Exhibition of Harness, Saddlery &c
In the Exhibition Main Buildings (Stands 11 & 12)
During the Exhibition a Special Show in all our Leading Lines will be made at our Stores, Church-sq.

Friday 23 December 1898

DIED on the 22nd December at Oak Lawn, Grahamstown, Lucy Florence, twin daughter of F.A. SAUNDERS, aged 7 months.

We are pleased when the Settlers’ City, the City of Graham, is the centre of a great National Exhibition, to see amongst us a chip of an old block, Mr. GODDARD, a son of one of the old Albany Settlers. It must be an astonishing, as well as a pleasing sight to those who remember the old city 50 or 60 years ago, to see it now a centre of civilisation, and the seat of a far greater Exposition of the resource of the country than South Africans have seen hitherto. With the old gentleman is Mr. KEW, his nephew, who can also remember some stirring incidents of the early days when the Settlers held their lives in their hands.

OBITUARY
GEORGE KING
We greatly regret to record the decease of Mr. George KING, of Elizabeth Farm, near Bedford, which took place on the 16th inst. at his residence. The family of Mr. KING is well known on the frontier, he having been one of the sons of Mr. Thomas Francis KING, of Grahamstown, who was the builder of Commemoration Church. Mr. George KING was born in 1829, and as a young man took his share in the [...] defence of the Colony in the wars of 1846 and 1851, and in the latter war he was one of the brave Cradock Volunteers who undertook the memorable exploit of riding through a country swarming with rebels in order to relieve the beleaguered village of Whittlesea, which they safely accomplished. Mr. KING then settled in Bedford district, and became eminent as a stock-breeder, his cattle, sheep and horses having been for a long period most successful in winning prizes at the Agricultural Shows throughout the country. He served for a long period as a member of the Divisional Council, and was useful and honoured in this capacity. Mr. KING was twice married, his first wife being Miss CAWOOD, who died, leaving one son. After her decease he married Miss WEBSTER, who as his widow mourns his loss. His whole family of 7 sons and 4 daughters are living. He was a man of high and honourable character, and kind and generous disposition, and his death will be felt as a loss and sorrow by many in his own and neighbouring districts. His latter years were saddened by disease and pain, but he fully enjoyed the consolations of religion, and passed away in perfect peace.

Monday 26 December 1898

BIRTH at Somerset East on 23rd December 1898, the wife of Cecil PARKER of a son.

DIED at Grahamstown on Friday December 23rd 1898, Angus Graham, beloved son of Colin C. and Mary L. MACKAY, aged six months. Deeply regretted.

DEATH OF DR. MATHEW
There died at his residence in Johannesburg on Saturday 17th inst. the veteran Dr. T.G. MATHEW, one of the oldest residents of the Rand. In former years the late Dr. MATHEW was [....ated] in the capacity of [illegible] with the Grahamstown and Kingwilliamstown Hospitals. In [M.....] the deceased gentleman was particularly prominent and popular, having been a P.M. of 40 years standing, and ... [rest of paragraph faded away].

Mr. GRIFFIN, of Bushman’s River, Natal, is at present a visitor to the Exhibition. He is one of the oldest Colonists in Natal. It is 54 years ago since he left Grahamstown and the description of the Grahamstown of then compared with the town of today is deeply interesting. When he left for Durban, Grahamstown he says was merely a scattered hamlet and, he added, although Grahamstown is such a very old colonial town, Maritzburg and Durban were far ahead of it in many ways.

Tuesday 27 December 1898

PASSED AWAY at Grahamstown on December 27th 1898, John JOLLY, aged 63.
The Funeral of the above will leave his late residence in Bartholomew-street this (Tuesday) afternoon at 4 o’clock. Friends respectfully invited to attend.
A. WILL
Undertaker
[Transcriber’s note: His civil death notice gives his date of death as the 26th December]

AN EX-MAYOR KILLED
At the East London railway station on Thursday night, Mr. Alexander DUNCAN, ex-mayor of Kingwilliamstown and librarian there, was crushed to death under some trucks near the goods shed. Deceased, who was a prominent Oddfellow, and was corresponding secretary of that district, arrived by a late mail train at 8:20, intending to officially attend a lodge celebration. He was roused up on the arrival of the train and was seen to leave the station at the Caxton Street end, but a quarter of an hour afterwards his body was found crushed under some trucks running into the goods shed at the other end of the station. Death was instantaneous. How deceased got round and on the siding is a mystery. He had evidently been [reclining] on the line with his back to the [bay embankment] off the street. The Oddfellows adjourned their meeting on the sad news becoming known, and they will attend the funeral at King.

Thursday 29 December 1898

NARROW ESCAPE
Mr. Daniel WEBSTER, produce agent at Mafeking, had been enjoying an evening pipe on his stoep, and as he entered the house, going through the dark passage, he kicked against something once or twice, thinking it was a pillow or something left there through neglect. He called (the Bechuanaland News relates) for a light, and to his horror he found the obstacle to be a huge puffadder. He immediately rushed into the kitchen and secured a broom, but before he got back the snake was already in the children’s bedroom, standing on its tail as if in a furious rage, the children the while being in an awful state, when Mr. WEBSTER with great presence of mind destroyed the reptile from which he had such a marvellous escape.

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