Grahamstown Journal

Grahamstown Journal 1888 02 February

Thursday 2 February 1888

BIRTH at Grahamstown on the 28th January, the wife of Mr. A.G.C. SHAW of a son.

Farrier and general Blacksmith
Good workmanship guaranteed and reasonable terms.

John RAWNSLEY, a publican, and John DAVEY, a farmer, have both just died at Bedford from hydrophobia. In the case of the latter the Buisson treatment of vapour baths and the sweating process was resorted to, in the hope of saving life, but without effect. The police authorities of Bedford have, during the past ten years, destroyed more than 2,000 dogs.

Saturday 4 February 1888

Butcher & Baker
Is prepared to supply at all times to his Customers and the Public generally
The Primest Beef & Mutton at lowest market prices.
Also Bread of first quality.
Contracts entered into. Hotels, Schools and Restaurants carefully catered for, at low prices.
Note the shops
High-street, Bathurst-street, Beaufort-street, African-street

DIED this morning at the residence of Mr. A. GOODGER, the Drostdy, William Edward FAIRBAIRN, Headmaster of the Colesberg Public School
Grahamstown, Feb 4th 1888
The Funeral will arrive at the Cemetery on Sunday 5 Feb at half past 4pm.

Tuesday 7 February 1888

I beg to give notice to the Public outspanning at the bottom of the Queen’s Road that I have five Farms in the neighbourhood, and every one takes a part of the Main Road, and any person taking Firewood, Honey, or Shooting Game thereon, taking Water out of my private Dam, or otherwise trespassing, will be prosecuted, and all Stock found on my premises will be impounded.

BIRTH at Grahamstown on the 5th inst, the wife of A. EDKINS of a son.

There is every reason to believe that Mr. WHITTALL has struck it. There was great excitement at the Kowie the other day on the announcement that gold had been discovered on Mr. WHITTALL’s farm, and it was increased when further news reached that place that the precious metal had also been found on a neighbouring farm. While hoping that the news may be authentic, we must wait full particulars before giving any opinion on the matter.

Saturday 11 February 1888

The first qualified Zulu doctor of medicine has arrived in Natal in the person of Dr. John NEMBULA, after an absence of seven years, in the United States, whither he was sent to study by the American missions at Amanzimtote. This news will be most gratifying (says Imro) to all our countrymen, who will remain debtors to the American missions who have had heart to experiment in this direction. The success of Dr. NEMBULA shows that the Native of South Africa is quite capable of assimilating the highest education that European civilization can give. Dr. NEMBULA’s career will be watched with much interest by Colonists and his countrymen, and we trust he will give a good account of himself. Advance, Africans!

Tuesday 14 February 1888

DIED at Grahamstown on Sunday Feb 12, Benjamin CINNAMON, aged 49 years.

A contemporary commenting on the death of Dr. G.H. MAASDORP, for many years resident at Graaff-Reinet, where he held the appointment of District Surgeon, says: Dr. MAASDORP was a man of broad and liberal views, active in promoting every measure of local usefulness, and taking a constant and intelligent interest in all questions of public policy. He was lately amongst the visitors at the Grahamstown Jubilee Exhibition, looking as hale and hearty, it is said, as though insensible of the burden of seventy-three years. An attack of low fever, lasting only five days, was the cause of death. Two of Dr. MAASDORP’s sons have obtained high positions in the legal profession, the elder as Solicitor-General, the younger one as one of the Judges assigned to the Eastern District Court. The Dowager Lady STOCKENSTROM and Mrs. CHIAPPINI, of Capetown, are sisters of Dr. MAASDORP.

The E.P. Herald regrets to report that Mr. Smith HOLMES has lost another daughter from diphtheria, from which it is understood the other members of the family are suffering. The young lady who succumbed to this terrible complaint died yesterday in her twenty-first year, and had only recently returned from a holiday in the country. The prevalence of diphtheria at the North End would seem to indicate that the complaints of the inhabitants of that part of the town with regard to defective sanitary arrangements have foundation in fact. Diphtheria is an insidious complaint which exists often for several days before it is discovered. Parents should be very careful not to allow their children to run any danger of infection at schools or otherwise: and we trust the Town Council will adopt stringent measures to enforce the carrying out of the sanitary regulations by householders in all parts of the town. It would be better to spend money now on cleaning out drains and gutters, and in improving the sanitary conditions of the place generally, than to have our juvenile population decimated by an epidemic of diphtheria.

The Cathcart paper announces the death at Hartfield of Mr. W.A.HART, one of our foremost Border farmers. He was in his 57th year.

It is our painful duty to have to record the death of this well-known and very highly esteemed gentleman, who died at his residence at Cathcart last Sunday. He will be greatly missed amongst farmers and others. He was always willing to give farmers the benefit of his advice, and to assist any deserving man. The following is from the Cathcart Herald:- “When the village of Cathcart was laid out he took an active part in the formation of its first School, and was up to within a year or so one of its Committee of Management. Elected on the first formation of the Divisional Council, his advice and suggestions were always received with the utmost deference. He was also President of the Farmers’ Association in those days when that Association was a power in the land. Mr. HART turned his attention to the importing of first-class sheep, and his flocks today show the result of his careful selection being second to none on the Frontier. “Hartfield” (the name of the estate) ranges many miles over the Bontebox Flats, and the deceased gentleman was noted for his hospitality to all. He was a direct mover in the formation of the Cathcart Mounted Volunteers, of which he was an honorary member, and lived to see his son command one of the finest Volunteer Corps in the Colony. He was buried with Military Honours in the garden close to his residence.”

Death appears at present to be very busy in our midst. We regret to have to announce the death of Dr. PRESTON of Port Alfred, who died at an early hour yesterday morning. On Sunday last he attended a patient who was staying at Cole’s Hotel, and on his return, before reaching his home, he was taken suddenly ill, and had to be carried into a neighbour’s house. Dr. FLIGG, who is staying at the Kowie at present, was sent for, and was immediately in attendance. Medical treatment having been administered, deceased was assisted to his residence, where he expired during the night. Dr. PRESTON had been ailing for some time previous to his death, and had frequently mentioned this fact to his friends. Deceased, who was an old resident in Port Alfred, was widely known and highly respected throughout the district.

Robert WILSON, a Scotsman belonging to Glasgow, came to this town a fortnight ago, and being in a very bad state of health was admitted to the Hospital. A few days ago he was discharged as being cured. He went to look for work, being by trade a shoemaker, and took lodgings in Dell’s Row, where he died suddenly on Sunday, and being in destitute circumstances he was buried at the expense of the Grahamstown Caledonian Association. About 15 of the members, headed by the President, Mr. W. YOUNG, acting as Chief Mourner, next day followed the poor fellow’s remains to their last resting place in the Scotch burial-ground. Mr. YOUNG is trying to find out the deceased friends’ address so that he can inform them of this sad occurrence.

A numerous assembly gathered at Commemoration this morning at about 9 o’clock to witness the solemnisation of the marriage between Geo. PEACOCK Esq, of Queenstown, and Mrs. TEMPLETON, daughter of the late Hon. Geo. WOOD, of this City. A large number of the bride’s relations were present in Church, and the bride was given away by her brother, Jno. E. WOOD Esq. M.L.A. The interesting ceremony was conducted by the Rev. R. LAMPLOUGH, President of the Wesleyan Church of South Africa. Mr. B. ATTWELL presided at the organ, and rendered “The Wedding March” in most effective style.

Thursday 16 February 1888

DIED at Port Alfred on the 13th February 1888, Augustus Richard PRESTON, Staff Sergeant-Major Imperial Service, and District Surgeon of Bathurst.

Graaffreinet Advertiser Feb 9 1888
The town was surprised and pained on Tuesday evening to hear that Dr. Gysbert Henry MAASDORP (father of the Solicitor-General and Mr. Justice MAASDORP) had died that afternoon. A few had heard that he had been ailing, but though of latterly he had shown signs of growing weakness, as he was suffering from no disease or serious malady, not much was thought of it. However, was the fact. An old resident of the town (since 1850), a true gentleman, the very soul of honour, was lost to the community. It is some consolation that he lives in his sons, who are treading in his footsteps. Great sympathy is felt for them, for they must deeply feel what they have lost in him, an example of active labour on their behalf when they were young. The deepest sympathy is felt for Mrs. MAASDORP, who had to part from her husband of 45 years of happy wedded life. Judge MAASDORP arrived here yesterday evening by train, and was thus able to take part in the obsequies. The procession, which was one of the largest ever seen in Graaffreinet, was led by the Freemasons – to which society the deceased belonged – preceding the hearse. Following the hearse were the sons and other relatives of the deceased. Then came the students of the College, an institution in which the Doctor had always taken the greatest interest. Then came the friends of the deceased and the general public. At the grave, in the Free Protestant Church burial-ground, Mr. DU TOIT read the burial service of the Theistic Church, of which the Dr. was a member. The Masonic ritual was read by the Rev. Mr. STEABLER, and the Chaplain of the Lodge, and the responses by the P.M. Br. READY, and the following address was read by Br. E. DU TOIT.
There has passed away from us, from this community, one of the best and kindest of men and of citizens. Having lived in our midst for nearly 40 years he is no stranger to you, and I need not therefore now enumerate to you the various public institutions with which his name is associated, and in all of which he took such a deep interest. Although thus in a measure a public man, he had no ambition but the ambition to be good and to do good. He sought no honours from men. His own life was an honourable one. Having his own convictions clear and strong, he yet had respect for the opinions of others, and men of all parties and all churches recognised his catholic spirit – his large love and his universal charity. He won golden opinions by his gentleness, kindness and nobleness of life. No one doubted him.

Saturday 18 February 1888

SPARGO – February 12th at Seymour, the wife of the Rev. T. SPARGO of a daughter.

MARRIED at the Commemoration Church on the 14th inst by the Rev. R. Lamplough, President of the Conference, George PEACOCK of Queenstown to Lydia R. TEMPLETON, youngest daughter of the late Hon’ble Geo. WOOD.

Tuesday 21 February 1888

Mr. John S. LISHMAN died at Keiskamma Hoek on Monday last, the 13th, after a residence of forty-five years in the Colony. He fought in the wars of 1850 and 1853, lost much property and went through many vicissitudes. He was married to the eldest daughter of the late Mr. Wallace HEWETSON, and was the father of a large family. He has left (the Mercury says) an irreproachable reputation and a spotless name, and a large circle of relatives will mourn their loss.

BIRTH at Grahamstown on 18th February, the wife of T.R. PALMER, Oxton Manor, Whittlesea, of a son (still born).

DIED at the residence of his Mother, Lawrance-street, Grahamstown, on February 21st 1888, Joseph George WOOD, youngest son of the late W.S. WOOD, aged 17 years 4 months and 11 days.
The Funeral of the above will leave the residence of his Mother Tomorrow (Wednesday), Feb 22, at 4 o’clock. Friends are invited to attend.

Saturday 25 February 1888

On Monday morning (reports the D.F. Express) a lad named BROUWER, employed by Mr. WILLIAMS, a cab proprietor, of Newtown, was attending to one of the horses, when the animal suddenly launched out his hind legs, kicking the unfortunate little fellow on the side of the head. Medical aid was at once procured, but the boy never regained consciousness, and expired within a couple of hours of the occurrence. Sad to relate, his widowed mother was an inmate of the Hospital at the time, but on intelligence of the accident being conveyed to her she at once repaired to his bedside, where the scene witnessed was heart-rending in the extreme. The deceased was only fourteen years of age, and his melancholy end is deplored by all who knew him.

DIED at Cradock, Feb 21st 1888, Bertha, the beloved wife of Joseph GIBSON, aged 21 years and 8 months.

Tuesday 28 February 1888

FELL ASLEEP at Grasslands, Feb 26th 1888, Mary Kapel-Hyde, the beloved daughter of Harold and Harriette GUEST, aged 1 year and 10 months.

We regret to learn that Mr. H. GUEST’s little daughter, aged 1 year and 10 months, died suddenly on the 26th instant. We hear that the child’s death was caused by eating the seeds of stramonium, or what is generally known as stink-blaar. The plant is very common in the district at present, and we would warn parents to be careful and see that their children do not make a habit of eating seeds, which in all probability may be of a poisonous nature.




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