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WEST WIMMERA MAIL - April 1, 1910

Regret was expressed on all sides on Sunday when it became known that Mr. Frederick Hermann GROHS, of Natimuk, had died just about midday. Deceased, who came to Natimuk on January 24th, 1889 just a little over 31 years ago, was a tailor by trade, and practised his trade till within 3 weeks of his death. Mr. GROHS was a kindly, and inoffensive and retiring man, and took no part in public affairs, but he was genuinely esteemed by a large circle of acquaintances. Hardworking and painstaking, his constant attention to duty kept him too much indoors, till at length he contracted phthisis. Very few knew that he was ill, and his death comes quite as a surprise to most. The late Mr. GROHS was born in the Leiterad of Cr Krossen , Germany, in the year 1853 so that he was 57 years old when he died. He learned the tailoring trade as a young man in Germany, and on June 24, 1879, married Miss Louisa Bertha POLLMER at Lutersdorf. With his family Mr. GROHS emigrated to Victoria in 1889!, landing here on Dec. 13. He came direct to Natimuk and lived here ever since, except for two years, which he spent in West Australia. Mrs. GROHS and five of a family of six children survive deceased. Their names are Mrs. Anton SUDHOLZ, Miss Hannah GROHS, and Messrs. Augustine, Otto and Rheinhardt GROHS. The funeral, which was largely attended, left deceased's late residence at 2 o'clock on Tuesday. Pastor LOHE conducted an impressive service at the grave.

Mrs. Rosa McLEAN, an old resident of Natimuk, died somewhat suddenly in Bethesda Private Hospital, Melbourne, on Friday last. Deceased was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. WILEMAN, senr., and had undergone an operation for an internal complaint some months ago and had suffered acutely since. A second operation was performed last Wednesday week, and the patient appeared to be doing well, but collapsed on Friday. She leaves a family of nine children. Her husband, the late Mr. Norman McLEAN, pre-deceased her some 10 years ago in Stawell. Mr. N. D. McLEAN, ganger, of Natimuk, is a brother of the late Mr. McLEAN, and Mrs. A. McLEAN, his wife, is a sister of the late Mrs. Rosa McLEAN. The funeral took place at the Booroondara cemetery, Kew, on Saturday, 26th ult.

An employee of Miga Lake Station, halfway between Natimuk and Edenhope, whilst ploughing, found the body of a man dressed with the exception of his boots, which were alongside him. Apparently death took place whilst he was asleep. The corpse was in a very decomposed condition, and it is believed that the man had been dead since last October. From correspondence found in the swag it is believed to be the body of William C. SETON, an old man, about 65 years of age. SETON, who earned his living as a labourer and rabbit trapper, was fairly well known in the district. He was an Englishman, and came out to the colonies 18 years ago, he is said to have been an officer in the army before coming out, and was in receipt of a periodical remittance from the old country. Some years ago SETON was employed by Mr. PHILLIP, and about last August he came back to the Station, where he was taken ill, and laid up till about the end of October. It was often suggested to him that he should ! be taken to hospital, but to this the old man would not consent. He left one afternoon towards the end of October with his swag on his back, and the intention of getting to Nalang S.A.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - April 8, 1910

One of the oldest landmarks of Natimuk township is about to disappear. Mr. C. SCHURMANN has sold what is known as "Hill's Store" to Mr. John MACKLEY for removal, and in its place intends having erected a more presentable shop. Mr. MACKLEY intends using the material for a woolshed. The present corrugated iron store was built in the year 1880 to take the place of the more commodious premises which were situated on the West side of the "Mail" office, and which were completely destroyed by fire. The corrugated iron store was intended to be only temporary, but it was never replaced.

A boy named Bernard BANDEL, of Natimuk, met with a very painful accident on Saturday morning. He was chasing a dog through a paddock when he ran into a barbed wire fence and had his left ear badly cut. The services of Dr. BIRD had to requisitioned.

Mr. Peter ROBERTSON, of Cootamundra,N.S.W., but formally of Balmoral, is dead, aged 65.

Mr.and Mrs. A. M. PERRY were driving in Goroke on Easter Monday with their two children when near BOURKE and WEBB'S the front carriage broke away from the buggy, which struck the ground, throwing Mr. and Mrs. PERRY out. It then capsized on the two children, who were in the back seat, but they luckily escaped without hurt. Their parents were a good deal bruised and shaken. The horses made off with the front carriage, and struck a tree, smashing pole and harness. A good deal of damage was done.

The twelve month old child of Mr. and Mrs. E. MALONEY, of Natimuk, is recovering from Ptomaine poisoning caused by drinking sour milk.

On page four of this issue appears a letter from Mr. L. NICHTERLEIN, in which he offers to donate 5 if Mr. J. K. McDOUGALL, or his informers, can prove the charge made against him that he made boys in his employ work in the dinner hour and do men's work for 10s a week. Mr. NICHTERLEIN has deposited with us a cheque for 5 in accordance with the terms contained in his letter.

A farewell smoke social is to tendered to Mr. O. L. BEDFORD in the Goroke Mechanics hall this Friday evening.

Messrs. JACKMAN and others were clearing and burning some miles away, from their homestead, near Toolondo, and were camping in the room occupied by Jas. RENFREY to which the fire got by some means, they hurried back on seeing the smoke, but were too late to save much, harness, clothes, watches, etc., being burned. The loss is between 30 and 40.

Donald CAMPBELL was accidentally shot by a neighbour near Warragul on Friday last. A domestic dispute had arisen, and the neighbour's wife presented a revolver at her husband, CAMPBELL stepped forward in order to pacify the woman, and the weapon accidentally went off, and he was shot in the chest. He is in a critical condition at the Melbourne Hospital.

The weather conditions in Melbourne on Wednesday, March 30, were most conducive to the brightness of the happy event which took place in Carlton at the Catholic Apostolic Church, when Mr. Henry C. R. NASH, school teacher at Carchap, was united in marriage to Miss May SIMMONS, teacher of Fine View school (Jung), the ceremony being impressively conducted by the Rev. Mr. KIRKHOPE. The bride, who was prettily arrayed in cream charmeuse satin, was given away by her stepfather, Mr. Hy. SIMPKINS.
Attendant on the bride were Misses Elsie SIMMONS, Ida MILLIST, and Myrtle TAYLOR, robed in dainty muslin, with pink, blue and heliotrope hats and flowers, while the bride's mother wore black silk, with black and white hat. The charming bouquets carried were from Paton's. The groomsmen were Messrs. Lorrie and Fred TAYLOR, and master Charles SIMPKINS. Mrs. MARTIN, church organist, effectively rendered music appropriate to the ceremony. The gift of the bridegroom to the bride was a pretty pearl crescent brooch, and to bridesmaids, daintily designed gold brooches. The bride's gift to bridegroom was a pair of gold sleeve links. En route from the church the party had the usual photograph taken at Mendelsohn's. The wedding breakfast was served at the residence of the bride's parents, 'Alloa', Ascot Vale. Early in the evening the couple left, cheered and fondly farewelled. The travelling costume of the bride was a French blue prettily made in princess style. A large number of costly presents were received.

There past away last week at Carapook, after a long illness borne with great fortitude, Mrs. Joyce JELBART, relict of the late Mr. Joseph JELBART, and mother of Mr. Thomas JELBART, of Goroke, at the age of 88. Deceased arrived with her husband and remaining members of her family, some of them were at the time in Australia and South Africa, in the year 1875, and had resided for the principle part of her life in Australia at Carapook. The members of the family who preceded her to Australia were the sons Joseph (deceased), and Thomas, now residing at Goroke . The members who accompanied her on the voyage out were, Charles (dead), John, Frank, and Miss Joyce Ann JELBART. Mr. John JELBART now resides near Albury on an estate he purchased not long ago. Miss Joyce Ann JELBART and Mr. Frank JELBART, still live at Carapook, and the former was a most devoted daughter during her mother's long illness. Mr. Everett JELBART at a later date arrived from Kimberley, South Africa.

Messrs. YOUNG Bros., Horsham, report having effected several important land sales during the last ten days, totaling an area of 11,195 acres, for the sum of 78,836. Account E.A. DAHLENBURG, Pimpinio,501 acres, at 10, to Wm. BARBER. Account R. WALSH, Norton Creek, South of Horsham, 700 acres, at 7, to John WALSH, of Gymbowen. Account E. SLEEP, Japarit, 800 acres, at 4/2/6 per acre, to ZINKER Bros. At Irrigation Colony, near Horsham, 41 acres, at 10 per acre, to HILL and HART.
Account Edward ROACH, Kalkee, near Horsham, 320 acres, at 12/10, to R.H.B. GUEST. Account Wm. BARBER, Kalkee, 500 acres, at 10/3, to J. SMITH and Mrs. THISTLEWAITE. Account Mrs. L.E. WENSLEY, Telangatuk East, 320 acres, at 3/3/6, to R. BRENNAN. Account C. HEBARD, near Natimuk, 106 acres, at 8/10, to D. HANNAN. Account Jno. KELSALL, Warracknabeal, 167 acres, 7/7/6, to C. JOHNS. Our total land sales to the quarter ended 31st March were 59,277 acres, for the sum of 365,315.

Messrs. HAGELTHORN and BOLTON report having been successful in disposing of the following properties :- on account of owner, 1378 acres, in the parish of Arapiles, to Mr. M. A. SMITH ; account of M. and F. KOENIG, 398 acres, in the borough of Horsham, to H. E. UBERGANG ; account of W. SMITH, 960 acres, in the parish of Labarum, to Mrs. McTAVISH ; account Mrs. A. PILVEN, 61 acres, in the parish of Awonga, to D. McDONALD. All the above at satisfactory prices. Also on account of E. STEPHENS, house and land, in the township of Goroke, to Geo. STANTEN, for 220 ; account of W. H. WILSON, the Eureka Hotel, Rainbow, to G. WALLIS, for 6,300.

Mr. HEMPEL, father of Mrs. Emil HABEL, of Murtoa, and grandfather of Messrs. O.E. and A.A. HABEL, of Minyip, passed away last week, at Murtoa, at the ripe age of 94 years. The old gentlemen, who was highly esteemed, enjoyed good health up to within a very short time of his death.

A young man named Chas. BAILEY, about 25 years of age, a resident of Edenhope, was operated on by Dr. READ for appendicitis at the Horsham hospital on Friday. The patient is reported to be progressing satisfactorily.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - April 15, 1910

Mr. John DEANS
The clearing sale conducted by Messrs. YOUNG Bros. (Mr. J.W. SUDHOLZ auctioneer) at Mitre Lake on Friday last was highly successful. There was a particularly large attendance, and bidding throughout was very spirited. Fat sheep made the district record for the season, namely 13s 8d. Mr. W. BROWN, butcher, of Natimuk, purchased the line, a particularly fine draft of 3 and 4 year merino wethers. Wethers made 6s 6d, and 4 and 5 year ewes, in lamb to merino rams, sold for 7s 3d. An aged gelding bought 32 10s, and a grey mare (said to be 20 to 25 years old) 13 10s. A cow bought 2, and her calf the remarkably high figure of 3 17s. The whole of the stock were in the pink of condition. The waggon made 20, buggy 18 6s, horseworks and chaff cutter 6, separator 9 10s gun 7, 9 tons of hay 20, fowls at 1s 3d each, and all other offerings sold at equally satisfactory prices.

Messrs. YOUNG Bros. conducted a successful clearing sale on account of Mr. F.G. MOTT, at Lower Norton Creek, on Wednesday last. Mr. W.J. SUDHOLZ wielded the hammer. A 3 year old medium draft mare made 28, aged mare 20, light aged mare 11, aged mare and foal 8 10s, foal 5. Weaners, in poor condition, sold at 3s 8d. Everything sold remarkably well, considering the quality.

At Horsham Police Court on Friday Sydney WINFIELD was fined 2s 6d with 13s costs for allowing a dog to wander at large. CRANAGE and WALTER, of Noradjuha, obtained an order for 41 11s 7d for goods sold and delivered, against F.G. MOTT with 3 5s 6d costs. Arthur SHIELDS, Income Tax Officer, prosecuted J.J. HENNESSY for not supplying a return of his income in 1908, after being notified to do so. Defendant was fined 2, with 12s 6d costs.

Mr. S. G. KNIGHT, of Gymbowen, was admitted to Mrs. DUNCAN'S private hospital on Sunday suffering from strain of the heart, caused by lifting a heavy log. Mr. KNIGHT was able to get of bed on Wednesday, and will probably be well enough in a few days to return home.

The first of the quarterly progress exams for 1910 has just been completed at the Natimuk school, and resulted in the following being placed at the head of their respective classes:-- upper 6th, Ethel SISSON, Lower 6th, Dorothy BOYD, 5th, Mabel SCHMIDT, 4th, Alan PETRIE, 3rd, Alick KAY, 2nd, Dudley LANYON, 1st, Ethel MALONEY.

The marriage of Miss Katie PETTIT, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John PETTIT, Tailageira, and Mr. L.H. STAGGARD, of Edenhope, was quietly celebrated at the residence of the brides parent's on Thursday. The Rev. J.J. McCALL was the officiating clergyman. The bride looked charming in a nice white muslin Empire gown trimmed with valenciennes lace. She wore the customary wreath and veil. The bridesmaid, Miss Lucy PETTIT (sister of the bride) also wore a dainty white muslin dress. The bride was given away by her uncle Mr. Jas. TUCKER, while Mr. H.G. TUCKER, acted as best man. A reception was afterwards held, at which only relatives and intimate friends were present. The happy couple intend residing in Melbourne. The bride was the recipient of many useful and valuable presents.

Yesterday Miss E. WERNER, second daughter of Mr.and Mrs. J.H.A. WERNER, of "Burr" farm, was married to Mr. Edward AMPT, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. J.F. AMPT, of Gymbowen, by Pastor NOACK, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Natimuk.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - June 3, 1910

Mr. Thos. PHILIP, who recently met with a serious accident on his property at Branxholme, through his pair of buggy ponies knocking him over as he tried to stop them, is progressing favourably, though it will be some time before he recovers the injury to his back.

Mr. W.H. KNIGHT has refused 8 an acre for his paddock adjoining the railway Gymbowen. This place is sharing in the general rise in this district of land sales.

Old West Wimmera friends of Mr. and Mrs. Henry McCLURE, who now reside on their property " Myall View," Near Gilgandra, N.S.W., will deeply regret to hear that their eldest son, Wallace, has been the victim of a terrible accident. The unfortunate young fellow and his brother Norris were out looking around the sheep when they started a fox, which they ran down and killed. Shortly afterwards they started another fox, and while chasing this, the horse Wallace was riding ran him into a tree, and he fell motionless to the ground. His brother, on coming up, concluded that his brother was dead, and galloped home to inform his parents. His father returned with Norris, but as the latter had not taken his bearings of the locality of the accident, they had some difficulty in finding the body. After considerable looking about they heard a sound as of someone in distress, and following it up found Wallace still living. They immediately had him conveyed home, and as quickly as possible two doctors were in attendance. The injuries to the head were of such a terrible nature that the doctors regarded the case as hopeless. They were compelled to remove portions of the skull, which had been smashed against the tree, from the brain, also hair. The drum of one ear was also burst. The shock to the unfortunate young man's father and mother and family was very great, as can readily be understood, and we trust that the hope of recovery which latest news brings will be fulfilled.

Gazette Extracts
Transfer of lease -- F.C. SMITH to A.B. MULRANEY, 1,224 acres Kalingur and Tooan;
Applications for licences approved -- Susan MURRAY, 126a, Jallakin; S.C. CARTER, 60a, Lah-aruna; Catherine M. MILLER, 39a, Dopewara; Alvena M. DALEY, 41a, Wartook; C.A. BAILEY, 507a, Goroke; Margaret H. MURRAY, 176a Jallakin; A.E. EALES, 1a, Dolin.

The following crown grants, leases, and licences, await payment at the Horsham receipt and pay office, and application should be made at once:--




Agricultural and Grazing Licence -- E. CAMERON, C.F. CRAMER, A.S. LALES, J. ELLIOT, Louisa F. GENE, H.C. HANN, M.J. KIELY, W.J. MARTIN, J.W. TAYLOR, A.A. YOUNG (2).

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - December 23, 1910

A very pretty wedding was (writes a correspondent) celebrated at Grass Flat at Mr. P. RASMUSSEN'S residence on Tuesday last, the contracting parties being Mr. W. HEBARD, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. HEBARD, of Mitre Lake, and Miss Olive May RIDEOUT, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. RIDEOUT, of Grass Flat. The officiating clergy was the Rev. W.J. POWNEY. The Misses Lily and Ada RIDEOUT were first and second bridesmaids respectively, Mr. R. WHITFIELD best man, and Mr. Walter SMITH groomsman.
The bride's dress was a silk striped resilda, the bodice trimmed with silk insertion and overnet, pleated elbow sleeves with puffings of silk overnet and insertion. The skirt had a deep hem and buttons on front. She wore the customary wreath and veil, and carried a pretty bouquet of carnations and asparagus fern. Miss Lily RIDEOUT wore a white muslin dress trimmed with panel front of embroided insertion, threaded with pale green ribbon, elbow sleeves with cuffs of embroided insertion and ribbon and sash to match. Miss Ada RIDEOUT wore cream cashmere trimmed with overnet yoke, gathered sleeves, and pale green sash. Both bridesmaids wore veils, and carried bouquets of carnations and asparagus fern. After the ceremony the party adjourned to a splendidly laid out breakfast. The Rev. W.J. POWNEY, who presided, in proposing the toast of the bride and bridegroom, said he had to ask the bride to love, honour, and obey, which was proper, but he had not to ask the bridegroom to o! bey, which was just as well, because most bridegrooms had to obey whether it was in the contract or not. The bridegroom proposed the toast of the bridesmaids most delightfully, and the best man, during his response, said he thought Mr. POWNEY had done him an injustice by calling upon him to respond, for he thought that after the ceremony the bridegroom was the best man, and should respond ; but seeing his hands and arms were full (laughter) he would relieve him of the burden of responding.
After the breakfast an adjournment was made to the parlor, where musical selections, singing, and other forms of amusement were indulged in, and those light of foot tripped o'er the well spermed floor until daylight. The happy couple will spend their honeymoon in Melbourne, and will then go on to their home in Mooralla. The presents, which were costly, useful, and numerous, making a beautiful aspect for the eye to look upon, were as follows -- parents of bride,silver cake stand, mother of bridegroom, cheque, Mr. M. SMITH, cheque, Mr. W. SMITH, cheque, Mr. P. RASMUSSEN, cheque, Mrs. P. RASMUSSEN, cheque, Miss Lily RIDEOUT, pair of cake dishes, Miss Ada RIDEOUT, ladies handbag, Miss Lily SMITH, two pairs of pillow cases, Miss Ruby SMITH, cooking utensils, Mrs. SMITH half doz. cups and saucers, Miss May SMITH half doz. plates, Miss Myrtle SMITH, three mantel ornaments, Mr. and Mrs. W. HAUSLER, soda syphon, Mr. and Mrs. H. LIGHT, half doz. cups and saucers, Miss Eliza LIGHT, cake dish, Master Charles LIGHT, pair salt cellars, Mr. and Mrs. LEITH, biscuit barrel, Leslie LEITH, cream jug, Albert LEITH, jam dish, Miss Ruby LEITH, ruby salt cellar, Mr. and Mrs. P. BUNWORTH, set jugs, Mr. and W.! BUTLER, set jugs, Mr. R.R.and F. WHITFIELD, silver biscuit barrel, Miss M. WHITFIELD tray cloth, Mr. and Mrs. ENGLISH and family cheque, Mr. and Mrs. WOODHART and family, pair pickle jars and pair butter dishes, Mr. and Mrs. E. BURRIS, half doz. cups and saucers, Miss Ada and Lena BURRIS, water jug and glasses, Mrs. LOCKWOOD half doz. tea spoons.

Owing to the heavy growth of grass in Mr. D. MAYBERY'S, the committee of the Gymbowen Sports Club were afraid to hold the race there on Boxing Day, owing to the danger of fire, so they have decided to hold the races on the old course in Mr. W.H. KNIGHT'S paddock for this year. The committee are endeavoring to put the course in first class order, and the public can rely on a good days sport.

Mr. Arthur RICHARDS had a nasty fall from a horse on Sunday. He was carrying a parcel wrapped in paper, the rattle of which frightened the horse. The animal bolted, and Mr. RICHARDS was thrown heavily, but is recovering from the severe shaking.

The annual tea meeting and concert of the Ozenkadnook Sunday school was held yesterday evening, and proved to be one of the most successful gatherings of the kind yet held. Tea was served in the schoolroom at 6.30 p.m. and the choice viands and delicately prepared luxuries gave eminent satisfaction to the crowds of friends who continued to come in relays until nearly 8 o'clock. The concert commenced about 8.30, the chair being taken by the Rev. T.C. RENTOUL, who, on behalf of the parents, thanked the teachers Messrs. J. LAMPARD and R. DIXON, for their zealous and successful labours amongst the children during the past year. The program was altogether delightful ; many of the items by the children were exceedingly praiseworthy. It was remarked during the evening that Ozenkadnook shows promise of developing ample musical talent for the years to come.
After votes of thanks to the performers and also to the ladies had been moved by Mr. Lovell BULL and Mr.Chas. BLOCK respectively, and duly responded, the highly gratified audience dispersed.


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