Grahamstown Journal

Grahamstown Journal 1891 08 August

Thursday 6 August 1891

The Graaffreinet Advertiser says: On Saturday morning died young LAUBSCHER, aged 17, a pupil of the G.R. College, of fever. The funeral took place yesterday afternoon. The boy’s father was present, and while the Rev. Mr. MURRAY was reading the funeral service he sank down as in a faint beside the grave where he was standing. He was lifted up, and efforts were made to restore him, but in vain. He died a few minutes after.

The Resident Magistrate, Mr. J.M. CROSBY (says the Cape Times), should be the happiest man in town today. Amongst the Gazette notices appears the name of Miss Agnes CROSBY, daughter of the worthy gentleman, as having passed the B.A., in Science, with honours. This distinction is an enviable one, but is rendered more enviable still by the fact that Miss A. CROSBY is the first lady who has passed this particular examination in South Africa. The lady’s tutor was the Rev. Dr. KOLBE, who also is the object of universal congratulation.

An accident is reported by the Representative at Hazeldean, near Whittlesea, on Thursday last week, in which Mr. John Henry ARMSTRONG, aged 67, was killed. The deceased was starting for Cathcart with a load of potatoes, and was sitting about the middle of the wagon, when he was seen to fall off into a watercourse, and before any assistance could be rendered the hind wheel passed over his head, completely crushing it. He was a descendant of the 1820 settlers, and was one of the few who bravely defended Post Retief during the Kast River rebellion of ’50 and ’51. He came to this district as one of the original grantees, and was well known as “Jack” ARMSTRONG. The funeral took place at the Chilton on Saturday, attended by a large number of relatives and friends, who mourned his sad and sudden end.

Tuesday 11 August 1891

MARRIED on the 5th August at St.George’s Cathedral, by the Right Rev. the Lord Bishop of Grahamstown, assisted by the Very Rev. the Dean, William WHITE-COOPER, of 49 Cornwall Gardens, London, second son of the late Sir William WHITE-COOPER F.R.C.S., to Amy, only daughter of the late Mr. J.C. HESS, of Port Elizabeth.

The Hon. Mr. COMBRINCK died at Capetown on Thursday afternoon, ater a severe illness.

Thursday 13 August 1891

We (Northern Post) much regret to learn of the sudden death of W.J. Shaw COPELAND, of Barkly East, last Monday. He was found dead in his room, but we have not yet heard any details. For years past Mr. COPELAND had been established as an Attorney and Notary in the district, and in addition to being the first Mayor, took a leading part in everything connected with its interests until the discovery of the Maimani Gold Fields, in which he and his friends and clients invested very heavy and lost nearly everything. Our hearty sympathy goes with his wife and young family.

DIED at Grahamstown on the 13th August 1891, William Horner WALLACE, aged 64 years, eldest son of the late Wm. WALLACE of this City.
The Funeral of the late Wm. H. WALLACE will leave his late residence, Cathcart Hotel, Market Square, at 4pm tomorrow (Friday), 14th inst. Friends invited to attend.

We regret having to record the death this morning of Mr. Wm. WALLACE, an old, well-known and respected citizen of Grahamstown, who had been living for a short time with his brother, Mr. G.G. WALLACE, Barkly East, and returned to this City a few days ago for medical advice. Mr. WALLACE in his early days was well known in commercial circles, and took an active part in matters which are now a portion of our Colonial History. He served with the Grahamstown Burghers in the Kafir War of 1852 and took a leading part afterwards in organising the first Volunteer Cavalry Corps here.

A telegram has been received in town stating that this lady, who was well known and had many friends in Grahamstown, died at Ladybrand this morning.

Saturday 15 August 1891

BIRTH at Port Alfred on the 7th inst, the wife of W,H. SWAN of a son.

MARRIED at Alice on the 13th inst, Theodore Duffton BARRON, Manager Bank of Africa Ltd., Grahamstown, to Ida Sophia SLATER, only daughter of George SLATER Esq., Victoria Post.

Saturday 22 August 1891

A contemporary hears from Kraai River that the wife of Mr. Hans ROUX, a well-known farmer, went to the kraal to superintend the milking, and while there a cow, which was always reckoned tame, literally disembowelled her with its horns. Death was instantaneous.

Tuesday 25 August 1891

HORNABROOK - Aug. 19th at Healdtown, the wife of the Rev. R.F. HORNABROOK of a daughter (Dora).

Married, from the Rectory, Barkley West, by the Rev. A. Stanley Allum, on 22nd August, Brooke Muriel, eldest son of the late Dr. LACEY, to Amy Agnes, second daughter of the late D.R. HUME Esq., Grahamstown.

DIED at Cradock August 23rd 1891, Clarice Audrey Elaine, youngest and beloved daughter of the late Charles and Elizabeth HARPER, of Melrose Hall, aged 10 years and 1 month. Her last words were:
“There with happy children,
Robed in snowy white,
I shall see my Saviour
In that world so bright.”
“For of such is the Kingdom of Heaven”

“The death of David HARTLEY, the manager of the St.Augustine Diamond Mine, has caused great sorrow. The deceased was a well-known Colonist and had served in various Kafir wars. The cause of death was chest affection, the result of repeated underground inspection of the mine while in a poor state of health.”
A subscriber sends the above cutting from the Cape Times, announcing the death at Kimberley of an old Grahamstown resident, David HARTLEY, son of the late William HARTLEY, and nephew of the brothers CAWOOD. As a lad he will be remembered by many here as junior clerk of the old Eastern Province Bank, under its first manager, Mr. P.W. LUCAS. He seemed to have inherited the pluck and bravery of his ancestors, being ever foremost in volunteering in the defence of the Colony; and took part in many of the engagements during the bitter war of 1852. When a mere youth he volunteered and joined Sir Walter CURRIE, Hermanus BERTRAM and other brave men against the Kafirs and rebel Hottentots, and was actively engaged at the storming and recapture of Fort Armstrong from the rebels.
When the Namaqualand mining excitement commenced, David HARTLEY was appointed to an office of trust in one of the Companies there, in which his uncle the late Hon. Joseph CAWOOD had large interests. Subsequently we find that he made his way to the Diamond Fields, where he resided for some years past.
There are very many in this neighbourhood who know him well, and will mourn the loss of a good comrade and staunch friend. – Communicated.

Thursday 27 August 1891

Last Saturday morning (says the Northern Post), the whole of Molteno was startled by the report that a Cape Policeman named FOUCHIE had shot himself with a revolver, whilst in liquor. And upon enquiry it turned out to be only too true. The man had been reported several times previously for drunkenness, and was warned that if brought up again he would be discharged. This seems to have preyed upon his mind and caused him to take his own life. He leaves a wife and four little children. The detachment of Cape Police stationed here went down on Monday and buried the body outside the graveyard early on Tuesday morning.

We learn that our former Inspector of Police, Mr. Brooke LACEY, has just been married at Barkly West, to Miss Amy Agnes HUME, daughter of our late townsman Mr. D.R. HUME. The Rev. A. Stanley ALLUM was the officiating clergyman. We wish the new venture a fullest measure of success and prosperity.

Saturday 29 August 1891

The P.E. Telegraph regrets to announce the death of Mrs. CASSÉ, wife of Mr. CASSÉ BA, of the Grey Institute, on Tuesday last. The deceased was a lady very much respected, and the sad event has evoked a feeling of the deepest sympathy with Mr. CASSÉ in his painful bereavement.

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