Grahamstown Journal

Grahamstown Journal 1894 08 August

Saturday 4 August 1894

DIED this morning, 3rd Aug 1894, Effie, aged 29 years and 6 months, beloved wife of Richard WEBB and eldest daughter of S.H. ROBERTS

On Friday morning there passed away Mrs. R. WEBB, eldest daughter of Mr. S.H. ROBERTS, Chief Inspector of Natives. The deceased lady was only 29 years of age and leaves a husband and 3 children to mourn their loss. We believe the illness from which Mrs. WEBB died commenced with aggravated influenza. Mrs. WEBB married Mr. Richard WEBB, son of our fellow-townsman Mr. William WEBB. The funeral will take place this afternoon at 3:30.

We regret to hear of the death of Mr. R.J. POTE of Hopewell, in the Somerset East district. Mr. POTE, it will be remembered, lately suffered a sad bereavement in the loss of his wife.

The death is announced of Dr. HUGHES of Ventersburg, O.F.S., from blood-poisoning, contracted during the performance of an operation.

Tuesday 7 August 1894

BIRTH at Grahamstown on Aug 2nd, the wife of [Edw’d] BUTCHER, of Martindale, of a son.

DIED at Johannesburg on August 3rd 1894, Elizabeth Frances AMM (born VERITY), beloved wife of Mr. Philip AMM, aged 52 years.

DIED at his residence, Hopewell Farm, Robert James POTE, from congestion of the lungs after a painful illness of five days, aged 74 years, one month, and 27 days; leaving behind to mourn his irreparable loss three sons and three daughters. His end was peace, passing away repeating,
I heard the voice of Jesus say:
Come unto me and rest.
Lay down, thou weary one, lay down
Thy head upon my breast.

DIED at Grahamstown on August 7th 1894, Thomas CUFF, aged 67 years, leaving a wife and four children to mourn his irreparable loss. R.I.P.
The funeral of the above will leave his late Residence, New Street, tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon at 4 o’clock. Friends are respectfully invited to attend.
A. WILL, Undertaker.

At Bethlehem O.F.S. Mr.A. WILLIAMS tried to jump from a wagon while crossing a spruit. He jumped short of the bank and fell backwards, the wheel passing over his head, causing dead [sic].

Saturday 11 August 1894

LANGMEAD, a porter at Modder River station, was charged at the Criminal Sessions Kimberley on Monday with culpable homicide, and causing the death of a woman by hitting her on the head with a broom. He was found guilty of common assault and fined £20 or three months’ imprisonment.

Tuesday 14 August 1894

Mrs. STEWART of Maritzburg, a hard-working, deserving woman, and respectably connected, the wife of a man who occasionally worked at the trade of a blacksmith, committed suicide early on Friday morning with “rough on rats”. There is a family of small children left.

Thursday 16 August 1894

The Star announces the death of the wife of a much esteemed and enterprising citizen of Johannesburg, Mrs. Philip AMM, who died at her husband’s residence in Bree St. on Friday. She was in her 52nd year, and had been ailing for the past 5 weeks. She came to the Transvaal with her family 7 years ago from the Eastern Province, of which she was a native, and from the early days of Johannesburg identified herself with religious and benevolent work in that town. Mrs. AMM was the mother of 9sons and 4 daughters, all of whom reside in Johannesburg. The funeral was very numerously attended, close upon 40 mourning carriages and carts following the remains to the grave. The remains were carried to the grave by 6 sons of the deceased lady, and all the members of the large family were present when the last solemn obsequies were conducted.

Saturday 18 August 1894

BIRTH at Grahamstown on Saturday August 18th, the wife of G.B. WEDDERBURN of a son.

Tuesday 21 August 1894

Master Kingsley WOOD, son of our esteemed fellow-townsman Mr. Henry WOOD, met with a severe accident on Saturday last. He was mounting his horse in Hill St., with a large parcel in his hand, and before he was seated the animal plunged forward, and in place of him sitting on the saddle he found himself on the cropper, without having hold of the reins. The animal set off, and the unfortunate lad was unable to keep his seat, but was violently thrown off on to the back of his head. He was picked up unconscious, and carried into a neighbouring store, where it was fund that he had sustained two severe and deep cuts, which had to be sewn up, on the back of his head, while his garments were simply torn to rags by the stones in the street. He is still in a critical condition, but with proper care and nursing we hope he will soon recover.

At Capetown on Thursday in the Supreme Court a husband and wife case was heard. The parties are named SMIT, and are both young. The wife refused to leave her home at Malmesbury for her husband’s farm at Konhardt, where they would have to live in square tents. The Court ordered the wife to return to her husband, and if not, to show why divorce should not be granted.

Thursday 23 August 1894

BIRTH at Grahamstown on August 22nd, the wife of R.O. HARRIS of a son.

BIRTH at the Drostdy, Grahamstown, the wife of F.A. SAUNDERS F.R.C.S. (Ed.) L.R.C.P. (Ed.) of a son.

Saturday 25 August 1894

MARRIED on Wednesday 22nd August at St.George’s Cathedral by the Rev. W.H.T. White, Margaret Christina, only daughter of A.R. RICKETS, to William Aubrey GOLIATH, of Port Elizabeth.

DIED at Grahamstown on August 25th 1894, Isabella, relict of the late G.C. WALLIS, aged 60 years.
The funeral of the above will leave her late Residence, Beaufort Street (lately occupied by Miss FEATHERSTONE), tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon at 4 o’clock. Friends are respectfully invited to attend.
A. WILL, Undertaker.

At Kwelegha, near Komgha, a case of shooting has occurred. During a quarrel with a native, Julius SICHELSMIDT, a trader, fired with his revolver, the bullet embedding itself in the leg of a native woman – mother of the man attacked. SICHELSMIDT stands committed for trial. An extraordinary incident of the affair is that the wife of the trader has committed suicide by drowning. The position of her husband, arrested on a charge of shooting with intent, preyed on the poor woman’s mind, and is believed to have unsettled it.

Tuesday 28 August 1894

DIED at Grahamstown, Sunday August 26th, Louis, infant son of Albert and Frances LAWRANCE. Also, on the 28th August, Alice Webb LAWRANCE, youngest daughter.

A special telegram from Johannesburg reports that William BRAY and Herbert John MARTIN, the two miners implicated in the death of the miner Thomas [TABAY], in a squabble at the [Thespian .... ] during June, in which Miss Kitty CAMERON and other ladies figured, were on their trial before the Circuit Court today. MARTIN was discharged and BRAY was found guilty of common assault, and sentenced to one month’s imprisonment without hard labour.

Thursday 30 August 1894

The Uitenhage Times hears from Jansenville that Rev. Mr. JOUBERT died a few days ago from inflammation of the lungs. This will be [illegible] calamity to Mrs. JOUBERT and her eight young children, and also not only to the district in which, as pastor, he was so widely loved, but to the entire D.R. Church. The deceased gentleman’s care for his district, especially his solicitude for the poor whites, will live long in the public recollection, and the many to whom he was endeared will long cherish with affection the memory of their amiable, large-minded, large-hearted friend a counsellor. – The death is reported at the same time and place, from the same cause, of Mr.F. MACKAY, one of the elders of the Rev. Mr. JOUBERT’s Church.

We hear that Mr. Reg. STIRK of Woodlands, near Southwell, had a valuable shed, which he has just completed for the storage of forage, totally destroyed by fire on Tuesday last. The native boy had made a fire and forgotten to put it out, and this is conjectured to have been the cause of the conflagration.

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