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WEST WIMMERA MAIL - January 16, 1914

On Monday last, at about midday, Mr. Donald McRAE, one of the most widely known, and certainly one of the most highly respected residents of the West Wimmera, died at the age of 72. Some four or five months ago the deceased gentleman was thrown from his gig and the fall apparently affected his heart, for though he had the very best medical attention, he gradually became weaker. He, however, was a man of great pluck, and it was not until his failing strength compelled him that he took to bed, his last appearance in public was on New Year's Day, when he visited the Tooan Sports for an hour or two. Next morning he was brought into Nurse JONE'S Private Hospital, but the call had come, and he passed to the Great Beyond 10 days later. He was a man of commanding physique, a fine type of Scot in every way, and his demise is deeply regretted amongst a wide circle of friends and acquaintances.

Leaving Inverness where he was born in 1842, with his parents, when he was about 10 years of age, he came to Australia, landing at Portland. Up till 1865 he was employed on station work, after which time he and his brother-in-law (Mr. Alex McLACHLAN), became partners in a farm at Munthum near Hamilton. Not meeting with much success, they, in 1872, went to the Arapiles district and selected 320 acres each. After the dissolution of this partnership 7 years later he became a larger land holder acquiring over 1000 acres at Tooan, and of late years he was very successful as a wheat grower and grazier. A judge of stock, particularly of sheep; his views were always looked up to. From the inception of the Horsham Caledonian Society the deceased was a member and worthily filled the position of Chief.

A sorrowing wife and five children are left the mourn the loss of a devoted father. They are: Messrs. Donald (licensee of the Criterion Hotel, Horsham). John (Natimuk), Lachlan (Tooan), Mrs. LIGHT, (Noradjuha), and Mrs. SCOTT (Noradjuha). Another son (Robert) died some time ago. Brothers and sisters of the deceased are Messrs. Kenneth and Robert McRAE, of Clear Lake, Mrs. CAMERON, of Connangorach, and Mrs. McLACHLAN of Tooan. The funeral on Tuesday was very largely attended, close on 50 buggy loads of mourners, beside horsemen, joining in the procession to the Natimuk cemetery. Mr. T. W. HOLMES, of the Presbyterian Church conducted the burial service impressively.

Misfortune has overtaken the household of Mr. W.D. BROWN, of Natimuk. Mary BROWN, a little daughter, had her collar-bone broken through falling off a swing. Mrs. BROWN, who had been ailing for about a week, was taken to the Horsham Hospital by Wednesday night's train, and Vernie, the eldest boy, is also laid up.

Miss Alice McCULLOCH, Of " North Woodlands," Stawell, has purchased from Mr. RICKETTS of Penola, his champion hunter, "Denial". The price paid is said to be a record for the district, and it was only a tempting offer that induced Mr. RICKETTS to sell. "Denial" has won the hunters events at Mt. Gambier, Penola, Naracoorte, Millicent and many other places. During last year he won about 100 in show ring prizes. It is Miss McCULLOCH'S intention to hunt him in Melbourne during the coming season, and at Easter time he will probably be taken to Sydney to compete at the Sydney show, together with other horses of Miss McCULLOCH'S.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - January 23, 1914

The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur BLAKE, of Tooan East, died on Saturday, and the funeral took place on Sunday to the Natimuk cemetery. Both parents have since entered Nurse JONES'S private hospital, suffering from pneumonia, the same compliant which took off their child.

Mr.Charles CRABTREE, of Booroopki, has returned home from Horsham after being successfully operated on for appendicitis a few weeks ago. He is now progressing favourably towards recovery.

Natimuk Court
Wednesday 21st January
( Before Messrs. E. HARRISON P.M., A. BARKER and J. SUDHOLZ, J's P.)

Brahm SINGH v Henry CARTER, claim for 5/19/10--Mr. WILMOTH for complainant, order for 3/18/10, and 26/- costs.

Same v Miss DOCHERTY, claim for 5/4/- . Evidence was given that the summons was served in November. The mother wrote after issue of the summons that the defendant had died, but there was some doubt as to whether she had contracted the debt. Order for the amount and 26/- costs.

Same v Jas. NEWELL claim for 2/12/6---Mr. WILMOTH for complainant, said he had been paid 1. Order for amount with 15s costs.

Same v Chas. DOCHERTY, claim for 12 10s 6d---Mr. WILMOTH for complainant. Order for amount with 1/16/6 costs.

M. WHELAN v F.E. HARSTON, claim for 7, money lent in February, 1912. Mr. J. BENNETT for complainant. Order for amount with 1/6 costs.

Sujah SINGH v George JONES, claim for 2/14/-. Mr. WILMOTH, for complainant, said that on last court day complainant sued Mrs. JONES and the case was dismissed. He saw defendant both before and after the court and he said he owed the money. Order for the amount with 20/6 costs.

Same v G WORRALL, 1/12/6. Order for amount with 15/6 costs.

Constable ROWLEY v Wm. SCOTT, failing to send his child to school the required number of half days, 2 charges,. Find 4/- in each case.

Same v Peter Wm. POTTER, failing to have his child vaccinated. Conscientious grounds were pleaded. Fined 20/-.

Same v Ellis V. WALTER, same offence and plea. Fined 20/-.

Robert EMMETT, applying for collectors licence----Granted.

L.W. PARSONS, proceeded against Alexander McLAUGHLIN on a fraud summons to show cause why he should not be imprisoned for not complying with an order from the court.

Mr. WILMOTH for complainant.

Examined by Mr. WILMOTH, defendant deposed that since November, 1912, when complainant obtained a verdict against him for 50 and 4 costs, he paid two sums of 3 and 11 14s 6d, leaving a balance still owing of 39 odd. He admitted having earned since the order was made, 110 at shearing and wheat lumping.

The bench made an order for the payment of 5 within 7 days and 10/- a week until the amount was paid, with 2 6s costs ; in default one month's imprisonment.

Auction Report - Messrs. HAGLETHORN and BOLTON
We desire to draw attention to the sale of Mr. John ELLIOTT'S Brimpean property, in conduction with Messrs. YOUNG Bros., tenders for which close on Saturday January 31st. Since last report we have disposed of the following properties:- On account of Mr. A. TWARTZ, 316 acres, in the parish of Paywit, to Mr. W.H. WILSON ; on account of Mr. F. FORREST, 636 acres, Rainbow, to Mr. R. STAPLES ; account of Mr. C.F. NIEWAND, 725 acres in the parish of Lalkardno, to Mr. W.E. SUTTERBY ; account Mr. J. DUNN, 390 acres near Wagga, to Mr. C. CUNNINGHAM, of Dooan. Total sales 12,830.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - January 30, 1914

Edenhope News
A sad death occurred at Naracoorte of one of our local residents, Wm. E. RILEY, on Saturday last. The deceased was working at the drains some distance from Naracoorte, and on Friday at about 5 o'clock went to get a drink from a waterhole but became unconscious before he got it. He was then taken to the Naracoorte Hospital, where he died at 8 o'clock on Saturday morning. Sunstroke was the cause of death. All who knew him were deeply grieved to hear of his death, as Mr. RILEY was exceedingly popular. The deceased was brought to Edenhope where he was interred on Sunday. The funeral was one of the largest ever witnessed in this district. He leaves a widow, 4 daughters and 3 sons to mourn their loss.

Gymbowen News
During the latter part of last week we experienced rather unseasonable weather. A heavy thunderstorm broke over the district on Friday night, and similar weather prevailed till Monday. Some heavy showers were registered. A district lady, Mrs. P. CRUSE, had a rather unpleasant experience on Friday. A current of lightening struck a large tree in the vicinity of the house, and the shock was so great that it shook crockery off the kitchen shelf, whilst Mrs. CRUSE was overbalanced.

For Sale
30 tons of good, clean, new, Oaten Hay or Chaff, in lots to suit buyers, 6 months terms on approved bills or cash, can be had cheap as I am contemplating leaving the district shortly. Address - Wilhelm F. MILLER, Goroke.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - February 6, 1914

The second round of cricket for the season for the Mitchell trophy was played between Minimay and Edenhope on the Edenhope ground on Saturday last. and resulted in a draw. The scores were as follows:--
C.STEHN 12, A.J. CARRACHER (run out) 54, G. O'CONNOR 0, P.J.CARRACHER 19, J.T. CARRACHER 0, B. LAVERY 0, H. BLOCK (run out) 12, C. WONG 3, F. CRABTREE 0, W. JONES 2, C. CRABTREE (not out) 0 ; Byes 14 Total 116 Bowling--- T. KELLY, 0 for 33 ; SCHINCKEL, 2 for 21; WYNIATT, 5 for 28 ; CRANAGE, 0 for 20 ; TAYLOR 1 for 1.

T KELLY 11, E. SCHINCKEL 11, L.A. ROBERTSON 2, M. CRANAGE 2, B. TAYLOR 7, S. WYNNIATT 9, J. HAMILTON 0, RAMSDEN (not out) 41, O. WARNER 3, Byes 5, Total 7 wickets for 90 runs.
Bowling -- A.J. CARRACHER, 2 for 38 ; E. STEHN, 4 for 26 ; F. CRABTREE, 1 for 17 ; 0 for 2 ; J. CARRACHER, 1 for 2.

Ozenkadnook is leading, having gained 8 points, to Bringalbert's 4 pts, and Edenhope and Minimay's 2 points each

Cricket - Goroke v Maryvale
A cricket match was played last Saturday between the above teams on the former's ground. The scores were very low, and the game very close, Maryvale winning by the narrow margin of three runs. Goroke batted first and totaled 43, of which MERTON contributed 13. LEES, of Maryvale, was in excellent bowling form taking 9 wickets for 19 runs. Maryvale then batted, reaching 46. D. McDONALD, 13, R. KEYTE, and LEES, with ten each, batted best. MERTON and CARRACHER bowled best for Goroke taking 6 wickets for 21 and 4 for 8 respectively. Appended are the scores :--
G. McDONALD, c and b MERTON (0)
W. JOHNSON, c and b MERTON (0)
W. CALDOW, not out (0)
Byes (4)
Total (46)
Bowling -- E. MERTON 6 for 21, Dr. BOURKE 0 for 13, J. CARRACHER 4 for 16.

L. WADE not out (2)
Byes (2)
Total (43)
Bowling --- D. McDONALD 1 for 21 A.J. LEES 9 for 19

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - February 13, 1914

Pioneering Days
Mr J. C. HAMILTON, formerly owner of Ozenkadnook Estate, now living at Barwon Heads, concludes a private letter to us with the following interesting facts:-
I am returning shortly to Ozenkadnook. My book, "Pioneering Days" has gone off very well, about 2,500 copies having being disposed of in 10 months. The cost of publication was very heavy, but I am pleased to say the book has nearly cleared itself, and I will shortly be able to look for a little return. I am now engaged writing another book on a much larger scale on the settlement of Australia since 1768.

Auction Report - HAGELTHORN & BOLTON
On Tuesday, 24th February, on account of Mr. William STANTON, Goroke, we will offer the whole of his sheep, horses, and farm plant ; and on Wednesday Februrary 25, on account of Mr. Wm. FEATHERBY, Nurrabiel, sheep, cattle, horses, machinery, and household furniture. During the week we sold 636 acres of land near Rainbow, on account of A.A. DRENDEL, to J.E. HEINDRICH.

While leaning out of a train waving her arm, a little girl named Alice MORRIS who was returning from a Sunday school picnic at Brighton, had her arm torn off by an open door on another passing train. She died a few hours later in the hospital. The little girls arm was flung into the next compartment.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - March 6, 1914

The marriage of Miss Olive MAYBERY, of Gymbowen, with Mr. Reginald MAYBERY, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. MAYBERY, of Mitre Lake, takes place on Wednesday week.

Messrs. YOUNG Bros. held a very successful clearing sale on account of Mr. J. SANDERS at Rainbow on Tuesday. Merino ewes sold for 15/3, draught mares to 45, and six month foals to 19.

Messrs. Young Bros. associated with HAGELTHORN and BOLTON, will hold an extensive clearing sale on Monday March 23, on account of the executors of the late Fred SCHMIDT, and also by order of Mrs. Fred SCHMIDT.

Tenders close tomorrow at YOUNG Bros. Horsham office for the first class property of 755 acres offered by Mrs. M.J. ROSEL.

Kathleen BEARD, the little daughter of Mr. Elijah BEARD, of Neuarpurr, had a very startling experience during a thunder storm last Friday afternoon. She and her sister were in one of the home paddocks waiting for the cows to come from an adjoining one. A post of the dividing fence having decayed at its base had fallen over and Kathleen was sitting on the wires on one end of the post and a cow was stepping over them on the opposite side, when suddenly a flash of lightning struck the wires. Child and cow both felt the shock, the former having her clothing burnt through in two places, and one of her legs paralyzed for a time. The cow staggered about and seemed dazed. The storm was so severe that wires were struck in three different parts of the fence. A barbed wire had a piece out right off. It was lying some distance apart.

On Wednesday last (writes our Edenhope correspondent) Norman McDONALD met with a very painful accident. He was loading timber at the sawmill about 5 miles from Edenhope, when his foot slipped and the log he was holding fell on the top of two fingers of his right hand. one was badly bruised and the other was nearly severed just above the top joint. At first it was feared that the finger would have to be amputated as it was so badly crushed, but now it is hoped that it will be saved.

The members and adherents of the Natimuk Presbyterian Church met in the church building and entertained Mr. and Mrs. T.W. HOLMES at a social gathering, prior to their departure to take over a Mission Station for aborigines, at Weepurr. in York Peninsular Queensland.

Mr. E. KNIGHT, as chairman, explained the object of the gathering, expressed regret at Mr. and Mrs. HOLMES departure, as during their period in the Natimuk charge both Mr. and Mrs. HOLMES had been most assiduous in their duties. Though the minister had a large district to cover in all manner of weather, Mr. HOLMES always managed to be at his post. He (the chairman) was in receipt of communications from all parts of the district, which enabled him to assure that the regret of their departure was general. Mr. Knight than handed Mr. HOLMES a purse of sovereigns remarking that he felt sure the new work that Mr. and Mrs. HOLMES had taken up was an indication of their sincerity to labour for the good of mankind. Mr. D. McINTYRE endorsed the previous speaker's remarks, and drew attention to the splendid increase in the attendance at Sunday School, which all recognised was due to Mrs. HOLMES' untiring work.

Mr. T.W. HOLMES responded on behalf of his wife and himself and regretted having to leave a district where he had made many friends. He assured all that his thoughts would be often of them. He was also pleased to know that his labours had born some fruit, and was thankful if through his ministry some had been lead to think and care for the spiritual side of life. He came to the district with instructions to hold services every Sabbath and he was pleased to have been able to carry this out. He took a pride in the way the country people recognised he would be at his post in all weather, as it frequently happened that a large congregation listened to him under adverse circumstances.

During the evening musical items were rendered by the following:--- Misses BOYD, NITSCHKE, SUTHERLAND, WOOLMER, MELLOR, and Mr. LANGE. The ladies, as usual, provided supper, which was much appreciated.

Mr. HOLMES was also tendered a farewell by the Lowan Carchap adherents on Wednesday evening in the Noradjuha Hall and presented with a purse of sovereigns.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - March 13, 1914

One of the most highly respected citizens of Natimuk, Mrs. Jessie McFADYEN, died at 6.30 a.m. on Tuesday last. Though able to move about and do light household duties, she had been an invalid for 53 years. Some few months after her marriage when living at Glendaurel, near Learmonth, she contracted a chill while washing clothes at a creek bank during a sleety rain. From this she never recovered, having been a martyr to asthma. Last Saturday morning she was seized with what proved to be her last attack, for she immediately lapsed into a comatose state and did not regain consciousness. Death claiming her at 6.30 am on Tuesday morning, the end being painless.

The deceased lady was born at Iona, Argyleshire, Scotland, in 1838, and was the only daughter of Mr. Archibald McCALMAN, of Iona. She landed at Geelong in 1852, so that she had been in Victoria for 62 years. She shortly afterwards went to the Ballarat district, and was married to Mr. W.L. McFADYEN, who survives her, on the 17 May 1859, at Glendaruel. Mr. and Mrs. McFADYEN come to the West Wimmera about 30 years ago. The deceased had lived here ever since, but Mr. McFADYEN was for some years in Western Australia, and at present has a store keeping business at Turkey Bottom, in the Mallee, where he resides.

Mrs. McFADYEN had a large circle of friends in the Natimuk district. She bore her affliction with great fortitude, and was always one of the first to extend sympathy in cases of sickness. She was of a kindly and cheerful disposition, and her demise is greatly regretted. The funeral took place to the Natimuk Cemetery on Wednesday, the service being conducted by the Rev. Thos. GRAY

The death occurred at Green's Creek near Stawell, of Mr. John T. SUTHERLAND, formally in the employ of Messrs. YOUNG Bros. at Stawell, and of Messrs. HAGELTHORN and BOLTON at Horsham. He was only 47 years of age.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - March 20, 1914


One of the most successful social functions yet held in Gymbowen took place in the Mechanics Hall on Wednesday, 11th instant, in the form of a pioneers' social. Although steady rain set in at 5.30 over 200 persons attended and without doubt 50 or more folk were deterred by the rain. Sociability was a marked feature from the start to the finish. The committee and especially the president (Mr. A. RICHARDS) and the secretary (Mr. F. MUEGEL) deserve the greatest praise possible in the way in which the arrangements were carried out. It is hoped that this movement will become an annual affair, for the more we of the present generation reflect, the greater should be our respect for the men who fought their way into the heart of Australia and opened up our country. Probably we will never know the extreme hardships they suffered.

Some of the oldest inhabitants present were Mrs. RYAN, 76 years ; Mr. W.A. ROBINSON, 84 ; and Mr. Thos. LEAR, 86. At six o'clock in the supper room of the institute, a nicely prepared dinner was partaken of by all present. The ladies of Gymbowen district had spared no time or trouble to complete the catering arrangements. At 7.30 the hall was packed to receive the evening part of the entertainment.

Mr. A. RICHARDS, in occupying the chair, said it was a pleasure to preside at such a social gathering. As there was a long program, he would commence at once by reading apologies from the following :-- Mrs. KEEPING, snr. ; Messrs. J.C. HAMILTON, J. SUDHOLZ, J. McCLURE, A. COMPSTON, S.G. KNIGHT, W. McBEAN, A. RODGERS (member for Wannon), and J. THOMPSON (member for Dundas).

Overture, pianoforte duet, Misses S. RICHARDS and M. McCARTHY.
Humorous recitation Mr. A. SCHINCKEL.

Mr. R.G. McCLURE said he had much pleasure in being with Gymbowen folk once again. He could speak of as far back as 1874. The older he got, the more respect he had for the sterling value of a generation almost gone. Many of his old friends had crossed the bar, but it did not alter the fact that they were the men of the right calibre. He was sure there was still plenty of pioneering work to be done by the rising generation.

Song, Miss E. BLOCK.
Recitation Mr. CASSAZZI (encore)

Mr. Chas. WALKER said he passed through the Gymbowen district in 1887, and as he looked at the district today it was almost impossible to recognise it. He selected on Mortat, and for a number of years he spent most of his time toiling on his land, sometimes food being very scarce. He was sure that the present young men would acquit themselves as creditably as the pioneers, against the same reverses and with the same opportunities. But he hoped they would never have to go through the same experiences. In passing, he might say they had a fair train service to Goroke. In the interest of the district they should agitate to have the railway connected with South Australia.

Club swinging by school children.

Mr. W.H. KNIGHT said he was one of the oldest settlers in the Gymbowen district, having selected land on Sept. 9th 1876. On arriving in the district they had to put up with many inconveniences. There were no houses, no permanent water, no fences and no rabbits, but it was not long before there was plenty of the latter. The nearest townships were Natimuk on the East and Apsley on the West. He and his brothers stayed for a time, but dry seasons set in, and consequently they were starved out, and journed South, returning again in March the following year. In the meantime a good fall of rain had altered the prospects. As a precaution he and his brothers sank a well, which could be used, if necessary, at the present time. The next year a number of farmers arrived and settled in the district. He remembered well the first rabbit he saw, he and his brothers spent hours in trying to capture it, but were unsuccessful. Had it being the only one to arrive it would have been better for everybody. Wire at that time was 22 per ton. Roads were unmade, and it took a week to go to Horsham with a load of produce, however, that is all altered today, and he was pleased that the convenience at the present time was much greater than in the past.

Duet, school children, Misses AMPT and RICHARDS.

Mr. M. KIELY said he landed in the district in 1876. He first pegged out his selection on Ozenkadnook Station, but owing to the flooded condition of the country he did not have great success. In 1882 he took up land at Goroke and was pleased to say things generally were vastly different from in his boyhood days.

Recitation Miss Ivey KNIGHT
Pianoforte Overture Mr. MURTON

Mr. L.M. BULL said he and his brother took up land at Ozenkadnook 30 years ago. The country was rough and uncleared. For a time the only food obtainable was flour, tea, sugar, and rabbit. They started ringing and clearing but for many years the land was unproductive. After a time they decided to try grazing, and bought 300 ewes from the Hamilton district. The first year they expected to shear from 1200 to 1400 sheep, lambs included. Instead they only had 282 left and had to cart the wool to Natimuk, selling it for 6d per lb. He hoped his sons and other young men would never have to go through the same hardships.

Song, Mr. P. CRUSE (encore)
Song, Mr. G.H. HAWKINS.

Mr. J.A. SHANAUGHAN said that the old pioneers were men, and that was saying a lot. This evidence of regard for them would never be too great an honour. He was perfectly satisfied that the young men of today could not equal the qualities of the pioneers by half. He was pleased to think that the boys of today would never see such hard times.

Recitation Mr. CASAZZI (encore)

Mr. G.T. HAASE said he did not help to pioneer the country to any extent, but he thought the pioneers of old were much greater men then the men of the present day. He had spent most of his youth in South Australia, and as sports of all descriptions took up a fair amount of his time., he had various changes of occupation, thus making life more pleasurable. He had heard old identities say the most looked for articles on the coach was the old blue tin of treacle, jam and butter being quite out of the question.

Song, Mr. L. PARSONS.

Mr. J. CRICK said he must heartily congratulate Mr. A. RICHARDS in his social movement. He could not claim to be a pioneer, but he thought men the stamp of J.C. HAMILTON were true pioneers. He could not agree with Mr. SHANAUGHAN and HAASE in saying men of today were unequal to men of the past. He thought the acts of bravery in South Africa would equal deeds of past heroes. Early pioneers did their work and did it well.

Song, Mr. A. MUEGEL.

Mr. A. RICHARDS said he did not desire too much credit for being the promoter of this social gathering. He had long thought of it and was glad at last the idea had matured. It was pleasing to see so many friends together. He thanked everybody in the way in which they made the social so great a success. He would, as briefly as possible, tell of a few of his experiences on first coming to the district. In 1863, 49 years ago, he started on the land. It was a rough time and hard time to get a living. The necessities of life were a high price, tea being 3/- per lb., eggs 2/6 per doz., butter 2/6 per lb., and one would have to go a considerable distance to obtain them. He felt proud to think that pioneers were men of the first order. He would advise the young men of today to " make hay while the sun shines " , for probably reverses would come again. Of course, there were wasters amongst the pioneers as well as among the men of today, but still the honest, steady pioneer came out on top.

Song, Mr. W.H. KNIGHT.
Recitation, Mr. W. MAY.

Mr. R. McCLURE moved a hearty vote of thanks to the chairman which was seconded by Mr. A. SCHINCKEL. All joined in singing God Save the King. Supper was served at 12 o'clock and the young folk indulged in dancing until morning.

A send-off to Mrs. G.W. EASTWOOD, of Vectis, which took the form of a garden party, was held at Mrs. R.K. BIRD's residence at Natimuk on Tuesday week evening, a large number of ladies being present, some of them motoring from Horsham for the occasion. A very happy, jolly evening was spent, musical selections by Madame BELLMONT, and Miss SCHURMANN, and vocal items by Mesdames WALKER and BIRD and Misses McGORLICK and BOYD adding much to the enjoyment. A tray with a large number of articles was handed around for a brief inspection, after which those present tested their memories by writing down the different articles. Three ladies tied for the prize, a bottle of perfume, which was won eventually by Miss McCLURE. During the evening a very handsome silver chain bag was presented by Mrs. ROSEL to Mrs. EASTWOOD. Mrs. ROSEL expressed the general regret felt for Mrs. EASTWOOD's departure, and also the very warm wishes for future happiness in her new home. Mrs. EASTWOOD suitably responded and thanked her many friends for their good wishes and beautiful gift. Auld Lang Syne at a late hour brought to a regretful close a most enjoyable evening.

Quantong News
A public meeting was held in the local hall on the night of Friday, the 6th inst. to inaugurate a branch of the Peoples Party. Mr. G. MUEGEL, who was voted to the chair ably filled that position. Mr. Harold SMITH, of Lower Norton, addressed the meeting at some length, describing in detail the objects and policy of the party. After some discussion it was decided to at once form a branch. Mr. MUEGEL after much persuasion consented to be president. Mr. ASPLIN who is a very energetic worker for the party was elected vice president. Mr. Fred LANE, jnr., accepted the position of secretary, and Mr. Harry OVERALL that of treasurer. Mr. SMITH (secretary of Vectis branch) was present at the meeting, and handed over to the Quantong secretary the names of a number of members, who reside near Quantong. Mr. Harold SMITH was accorded a very hearty vote of thanks on the motion of Messrs. LILLYWHITE and ASPLIN for his presence, which necessitated travelling over many miles of rough country and returning home in the dark.

Mr. Thos. McCLOUNAN, who had one of his legs amputated, is doing as well as can be expected.

Sydney JEFFRIES, 29 years of age, was charged at Stawell last Friday with being a lunatic at large. Drs. AITKEN and FORSHAW certified to his insanity, and he was committed to the Ararat Asylum. JEFFRIES accompanied the MAWSON Antarctic expedition as wireless operator.

Important Extensive and Positively Unreserved. Clearing Sale At Natimuk. By order of the executors in the Estate of the Late, FRED SCHMIDT. Also by order of Mrs. FRED SCHMIDT.
11 splendid horses, 500 sheep, and up to date farming plant.
Monday, March 23, 1914. At 1 o'clock, YOUNG Bros. associated with HAGELTHORN and BOLTON. Under instructions from the executors of the late FRED SCHMIDT and also on account of Mrs. F. SCHMIDT, will sell as above, positively without reserve--

1st., in the estate of Fred SCHMIDT.

  • McKay, Sunshine Harvester, in good order.
  • McCormack Reaper and Binder, in good order.
  • Mitchell Seed Drill.
  • Ronaldson and Tippett Oil Engine, 6 horse power, equal to new.
  • Ronaldson Chaffcutter, 3 knife, with elevators and sieve.
  • Sunshine Disc Cultivator.
  • Martin Scarifier, 13 tine.
  • Two bag jumpers, one on wheels.
  • Treadwell 3 Furrow Plough, new.
  • Set of Harrows, Beard Seedsower.
  • Waggon, just been done up.
  • Stripper Poles, &c
  • Collars, Haimes and chains for 8 horses.
  • Set of Double pony harness.
  • Horse Rug, Hand Truck, Tools, Wire Strainers, Swings, Stack of old Rails, and Sundries too numerous to mention.

2nd., A/c Mrs. FRED SCHMIDT, snr.

  • Bay Mare Kate, 8 years.
  • Bay Mare Maudie, 8 years.
  • Bay Mare Rose, 4 years.
  • Chestnut Mare Fan, aged.
  • Bay Mare Poll, aged.
  • Black Gelding Darkie, aged.
  • Bay Gelding Punch, 8 years.
  • Bay Gelding Robin, aged.
  • Chestnut Filly, 2 years off, unbroken.
  • Chestnut Gelding, 2 years off, unbroken.
  • Bay Filly Yearling.
  • Sundries.
  • Swingletree, 6 or 7 horses, new.
  • Hay frame for wagon, new.
  • Horse Collars, Haimes, Backbands.
  • Winkers, and Plough Chains.
  • Tin of Molasses, Tools and sundries.
  • Surplus Hay.
  • Treadwell Double Furrow plough.


WEST WIMMERA MAIL - March 27, 1914

In our report of the old settlers social held at Gymbowen a mistake occurred through a similarity of names. Mr. M. KIELY was credited with having said that he took up land at Ozenkadnook in 1876, Kadnook was the place named by Mr. KIELY.

Mr. John MACKLEY, of Duchembegarra was successfully operated upon by Dr. BIRD on Monday at Nurse JONES's hospital, Mr. MACKLEY is doing well.

The marriage of Mr. Jas. B. HENRY, of Natimuk, and Miss Lavinia FALLS took place at Stawell yesterday.

A shower tea was tendered to Miss Elsie BILSTON at the residence of Mrs. G. NITSCHKE last night.

The Open Air Concert
Not a single circumstance occurred to mar the success of the Natimuk School open air concert which was held on Friday night. A star dotted and cloudless sky, with not sufficient wind to disturb the flame of a candle and withal an atmosphere that was perfect, were combinations for which everyone was thankful. There must have been fully 200 people present and they were accommodated on seats taken from the school. The grounds were lit up with acetylene lamps, Chinese lanterns, etc. and the effect produced by these amongst the labyrinth of foliage and flowers was very pleasing. The school lawn, on which the band played, and where the maypole was danced and the physical exercise took place, looked at its best, and its trim appearance, encircled by beautiful flowers, spoke volumes for the excellent guidance of the head teacher and the interest taken by the scholars in the work of beautifying the school surroundings.

The vocal and instrumental numbers were given from the school verandah. Each item was a gem in itself, and was well received by the delighted audience. The physical culture exercises were done in perfect time, and with pleasing effect. The training of the children was highly creditable to Mr. WALKER and Miss HENDERSON. The instrumental items given by the Mr. E.W. and Misses SCHURMANN greatly pleased the audience, as also did the songs rendered by Mrs. WALKER and Miss BOYD.

Amongst the scholars two exceptionally good numbers were those by Master Colin BILSTON and Masters W. SUDHOLZ and W. MEREDITH.

The medals won by the best scholar in each grade were presented by Mr. W.J. SUDHOLZ, chairman of the school committee. The successful scholars stood in a row, and Mr. SUDHOLZ, with a few happy remarks, pinned the medals on each child. The following are the names of the scholars who received medals:--

  • Dux of school -- Lionel LOCKWOOD
  • Seventh Grade -- Clyde FENTON
  • Sixth Grade -- Walter DUBBEN
  • Fifth Grade -- Alex BILSTON
  • Fourth Grade -- Cecil BECKWITH
  • Third Grade -- Victor PETRIE
  • Second Grade -- Mary ROWLEY
At the conclusion of the performance Mr. ROWLEY moved, and Pastor LOHE seconded, a hearty vote of thanks to all who had contributed to the success of the entertainment. Both referred to the good work done by Mr. WALKER since he had occupied the position of head teacher. Mrs. WALKER gave very valuable assistance by helping in the training of the children, and she also accompanied the various items.

A pretty wedding, in which considerable local interest was manifested, was celebrated at Gymbowen on Wednesday, 18th instant, the contracting parties being Mr. Reginald MAYBERY, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. MAYBERY, of Mitre Lake, and Miss Olive MAYBERY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. MAYBERY, of Gymbowen. The ceremony, which was performed by the Rev. Thos. COLE, of the Church of England, took place at the private residence of the bride's parent's at 3 o'clock.

The bride wore a beautiful gown of white satin. The bodice was draped with a lace fischu, lace sleeves, and a pretty lace tunic opening at the left side was the draping for the skirt. The court train of satin was square cornered, lined with ruched ribbon. Across the corners of the train was a large lover's knot, with a sprig of orange blossom and fern. The veil of filmy tulle was arranged over a spray of orange blossom. The bride carried a shower bouquet of choice white blooms.

The bridesmaid, Miss Ruby KNIGHT, wore a white embroidered net overdress, with pale pink silk lining ; black tagel hat, trimmed with black tulle and pink roses. She also wore a wishbone brooch set with emeralds (the gift of the bridegroom) and carried a bouquet of pink roses. The train bearer, Miss Norma RICHARDS, wore a pretty white silk frock, and a net mop cap, trimmed with lace frill and small pink roses.

When the nuptial knot had been tied, and the usual congratulations extended, an adjournment was made to the Mechanics' Hall, where 70 guests sat down to a nicely prepared breakfast, the three-tier wedding cake, (the gift of Mrs. P. CRUSE) being an artistic triumph. The usual toast were proposed. The Rev. Thos. COLE, who presided, gave the toast of the King, also that of the Bride and Bridegroom, making complimentary references to both parties. The bridegroom made a suitable acknowledgement. The Parents of the Bride and Bridegroom was proposed by Mr. W.T. KNIGHT, who paid a high tribute to the sterling qualities of both families. Mr. J.F. MUEGEL responded. Mr. Leslie LEAR proposed the Bridesmaids and Lady Helpers, and Mr. H. QUINAN responded. After supper the Bridal Set was danced, and at 7.20 the happy couple left by train for Melbourne, good wishes and confetti helping a merry departure.

The bride travelled in a tailor made coat and skirt of navy blue, and a black tagel hat, trimmed with black tulle, relieved with white and two large black ostrich plumes.

List of presents will appear in our next issue.

A combined kitchen tea and song evening in honour of Miss Olive MAYBERY was held at Mr. A. RICHARD's residence on March 13. Over 40 of Miss MAYBERY's friends assembled, each one representing a song. Prizes were given to the persons guessing correctly the greatest number. Mr. J.T. MAYBERY secured first, a metal ink stand ; Mr. Reg MAYBERY the lowest, a mug. A most useful assortment of kitchen utensils were given to Miss MAYBERY. Mr. H. QUINAN, on behalf of all present, expressed regret that we were to lose one of the girls of the district who was ever ready to assist the social side, but, no doubt, our loss would be someone else's gain. Mr. Reg MAYBERY, on behalf of Miss MAYBERY, thanked everybody for their kind wishes and useful presents. Supper was served at twelve o'clock, and dancing concluded one of the most pleasant evenings.

Goroke News
The Methodist Swiss Fair held last week, together with collections etc. netted the sum of 43. This will go towards furnishing the parsonage for the incoming minister in place of the Rev. PARKER, who has been promoted to the Jeparit Circuit.

Master Jim WADE, who has for some time been an inmate of the Cottage Hospital, has taken a turn for the better, and is now making a very satisfactory recovery.

We regret to report that Constable NICHOLAS, who is away on holidays, is an inmate of the Police Hospital, in Melbourne. He was unfortunate to have ricked his back some time ago and it has at last confined him to bed. It is to be hoped that he will soon recover. Constable WILSON, of Horsham is relieving him at present.

All persons having claims against the Estate of the above named Jessie MACFADYEN, deceased, are requested to immediately supply particulars thereof to - H. BALFOUR CATHCART, Solicitor to the Estate, Horsham.

Will conduct his farewell service Sunday March 29, at the following places

  • Karnak, 11 a.m.
  • Gymbowen, 3 p.m.
  • Goroke, 7.30 p.m.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - April 10, 1914

The Methodist Church, Warrenheip, presented a very animated appearance on Thursday, March 26, when Miss Ada HUGGINS, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. HUGGINS, was united in the bonds of matrimony with Mr. W.B. LARRAD, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. LARRAD of Natimuk. The bride, who was daintily attired, was given away by her father, and was attended by Misses A. LARRAD and S. HUGGINS as bridesmaids, while Mr. R. HUGGINS was best man and J. WADE groomsman. The officiating clergyman was Rev. A.P. WATSFORD. After the ceremony an adjournment was made to the school-room, where a beautifully laid-out breakfast awaited the guests. The Rev. WATSFORD had charge of the proceedings, and proposed the toast of the Bride and Bridegroom, the response made by the Bridegroom. Other toasts were ; Bridesmaids, by Mr. R. HUGGINS ; Bride's Parents, by Mr. J. McGREGOR ; Bridegroom's Parents, Mr. CROZIER ; and Officiating Clergyman, Mr. R. HUGGINS. During the breakfast congratulatory telegrams were received. The bride, having given valuable musical assistance to the Methodist Church and Sunday school, a presentation of a very pretty e.p. hot water jug was made to her. In making the presentation, Mr. E. ALLAN referred to her many good qualities, and expressed appreciation of her long continued help, wishing her and the bridegroom every happiness. A suitable response was made by the bridegroom. The happy couple left by the evening train to spend the honeymoon in the Horsham district. They had to run the gauntlet of a crowded platform of friends and showers of confetti. The evening was happily spent by a large assemblage in music, games, etc. Very many and valuable presents were received.

An exceedingly pretty wedding was solemnised by the Rev. H.C. MATTHEWS at the Presbyterian Church, Stawell, on Wednesday afternoon, March 25, when Mr. James B. HENRY, second son of Mr. Robert HENRY, of Hamilton, was married to Miss Lavinia FALLS, of Stawell. The bride, who was given away by her brother, (Mr. Harold FALLS), looked charming in a robe of white crepe de chine, trimmed with silk shadow lace. A very pretty touch was added by a long court train, lined with a delicate shade of pink. She wore a pretty long lace veil, worn cap fashion, and carried a bouquet of roses, carnations and ferns. Miss Ethel FALLS, sister of the bride, was dressed in white silk with trimmings of fur, and wore a pink mop cap. She carried a bouquet of pink posies with streamers to match. Mrs. FALLS, mother of the bride, wore a black silk gown, trimmed with silk lace, black hat with black lancer plumes. The bridegroom's present to the bride was a gold circle brooch, set with turquoises and pearls, while that of the bride to the bridegroom was a pair of gold sleeve links. The duties of best man was carried out by Mr. Norman FALLS, brother of the bride. As the happy couple left the church, Miss Thomas played the Wedding March on the organ. An elaborate wedding breakfast was held in the Town Hall at the conclusion of the ceremony. The Rev. MATTHEWS, who presided, proposed the health of the bride and bridegroom. Numerous other toasts were drunk. The happy couple (who were the recipients of many handsome presents) left the same evening for Melbourne and Ballarat, between which places they will divide their honeymoon. The bride travelled in a navy tailor-made costume ; black hat and lancer plumes. In addition to presents, the young couple received a number of congratulatory messages, which were read at the breakfast table by the Rev. MATTHEWS.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - April 17, 1914

A wedding in which a considerable amount of interest was manifested was celebrated at Natimuk on Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock, when Mr Holford H. JORY, third son of Mrs R. JORY, was united in the holy bonds with Miss Elsie Victoria BILSTON, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. BILSTON. The ceremony, which was performed by the Rev. Thos. COLE, took place on the verandah at "Ellensville," the residence of the bride's parents. Only relatives and immediate friends of the contracting parties were present. The bridal pair stood under a suspended floral wedding bell, with their initials at the sides.

The bride, who entered on the arm of her father, looked charming in an exquisite gown of ivory pailette, with bodice of shadow lace and pailette points, caught with silver beads and pearls, with silver kilting on sleeves. The skirt was prettily draped and caught with horseshoes of orange blossom with shadow lace inserted. The train with kilting of ninon, satin belt caught with satin buckles. She wore the usual wreath and veil with spray of orange blossom.

The bridesmaid, Miss Katie BILSTON, (sister of the bride), wore white silk, with shadow lace vest and dainty American lace collar. The draped skirt was caught with white heather with shadow lace inserted. She also wore a lace crown cap, trimmed with satin ribbon. The bridegroom was supported by Mr. Lance CROSS.

After congratulations and the taking of photographs an adjournment was made to the dinning room, where a very choice wedding tea was in readiness. The tables were prettily decorated, the brides with white carnations and asparagus fern and the others with pink roses and asparagus fern. When justice had been done to the delectable repast, the chairman (the Rev. Mr. COLE), proposed the toast of the Bride and Bridegroom, or rather the Happy Young Couple.

Marriage, he said, was what most people looked forward to, and these two young people had been looking forward to it for a long time and their relatives were there to honour its consummation and to wish the bridal couple all happiness. Mr JORY had been brought up in their midst, and he regarded him as a protectionist because he had not gone out of the town for his bride. He had found a partner here, worthy in every way. He was an industrious young man of excellent character, which meant a great deal. Both parties had character, and were of good report in their midst. It was pleasing to know that Natimuk would continue to be their home. It had often been said that marriage was a lottery. The analogy was not a good one, as marriage was what the people themselves made it. Marriage was a mutual concern, and those entering into it should help one another. Where true love existed happiness necessarily followed. He wished Mr. and Mrs. JORY a happy future. Messrs. LOCKWOOD and BECKWITH supported the toast.

The Bridegroom made a feeling response, he thanked the speakers for their kind remarks, and he was pleased to see so many of his friends present to wish the bride and himself happiness in their new start in life. The other toasts honoured were the Parents, proposed by Mr. R. WILLIAMS and responded to by Messrs. G BILSTON and E. JORY (on behalf of his mother.) The Bridesmaid and helpers, proposed by the Bridegroom and responded to by Mr. L. CROSS.

At night a dance was held in the hall, when about 50 couples participated to their evident enjoyment. The floor, prepared by Mr. Fred ROWE was in tip top trim. Mr G. ESMOND made a very good M.C. Mr. L. CROSS, on behalf of the parents of the bride and bridegroom, thanked all the kind friends who had assisted in making the evening a success, particularly mentioning Mesdames EKMAN and BECKWITH. The Bridal couple left shortly after midnight by motor car to catch the express at Horsham, en route to Sydney where the honeymoon is to be spent.

The bride's going away dress was a navy blue tailor made costume, with white satin hat trimmed with electric blue satin.

The residence of Mrs. WOOLMER was a scene of great animation on Thursday evening last when a number of the lady friends of Miss Ethel MEMBREY met to do her honour, as she is leaving the district shortly. Music, singing and games, were indulged in, and after supper Miss MEMBREY was presented with a handsome silver mounted oak tray, bearing her initials. A most enjoyable evening was concluded with dancing on the lawn.

A very unique function in the form of a golden wedding took place in the Bringalbert district on Saturday last, when Mr. and Mrs. CLARKE suitably celebrated the 50th anniversary of their wedding day, and the esteem and respect in which they are held was evidenced by the large number of relatives and friends who sat down to the sumptuous breakfast provided.

Mr HOARE outlined the career of Mr. and Mrs CLARKE for the preceeding 35 years, and it was one that would thrill the pride of any enterprising youth on the threshold of life. In conclusion Mr HOARE wished the still happy couple peace and prosperity and the future celebration of their diamond wedding.

Mr P. RUTH an old pioneer of the district and an esteemed friend of Mr CLARKE, in a few well chosen words bore testimony to the respect for Mr. and Mrs CLARKE, and concluded by presenting Mrs. CLARKE with a beautiful hand bag on behalf of her relatives, and a purse of sovereigns on behalf of friends and relatives, also Mr. CLARKE with a smoker's outfit. The usual toast were proposed and duly honoured.

Mr. W. PENROSE, on behalf of Chetwynd friends, in an eulogistic oration endorsed the remarks of the previous speakers, and wished Mr. and Mrs. CLARKE long life and happiness.

Messrs Jos. FLYNN, and John FLYNN, M. O'NEIL, W. MOORE, D. MAHONEY and W. CASSIDY supported the before mentioned speakers. The former having known Mr. CLARKE before he embarked from the Emerald Isle. The health of Mr. Bernard CLARKE brother of the host, was then proposed by Mr. W. PENROSE, and suitably responded to. After the rendering of "They are Jolly Good Fellows," the happy gathering dispersed, some of the older friends of Mr. and Mrs. CLARKE adjourning to the residence where reminiscences of the early times passed away a few pleasant hours.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - June 5, 1914

Sudden Death - Mrs. I. DUNCAN
A tragically sudden death occurred at the residence of Mrs. Donald McRAE on Sunday morning, when that lady's sister, Mrs. Isabella DUNCAN, a former old, well known, and highly respected resident of Natimuk, was found dead in bed. Mrs. DUNCAN who had been living at Thornbury with her daughter, Mrs. MANSON, since the latter's marriage, suddenly decided to go to the Wimmera, and left the city on Saturday in the best of health. At Natimuk she was greeted by her grandchildren, the mother making it her pleasure to give her children a surprise. She went on to St. Mary's Station to take up her home with her sister, and was than in capital spirits. The pair retired to rest and chatted for hours, her concluding words being, that she felt tired and would sleep. Mrs. McRAE woke in the morning to find her sister cold, the spirit having taken its flight in the hours of the morning.

Mrs. DUNCAN was under the care of Dr. BIRD for a long time, and her medical attendants always expected the end in sudden fashion. The cause of death was heart failure and syncope. The deceased lady, who was aged 70 years, was born at Banavis, Argyleshire, Scotland, in 1844, her parents being Donald LEWIS and Amy McLACHLAN. She married the late Andrew DUNCAN at Croxton, Hamilton, Victoria, in 1862, at the age of 17 years, the issue being 11, (7 sons and 4 daughters) four being dead. She lived in the Wimmera for over 37 years, and in the latter years was with her daughter, Mrs. Robt. MANSON, of Thornbury, Melbourne.

The family are Alex DUNCAN and Will DUNCAN, of Natimuk, John L DUNCAN, of Melbourne, Fred E. DUNCAN, Ardlethan, N.S.W., Leslie S. DUNCAN, Augaston, S.A., Mrs. H.A. STORIE, of Horsham, and Mrs. Robert MANSON, Melbourne.

The funeral took place to the Natimuk cemetery on Tuesday, the cortege moving from the Natimuk Presbyterian Church, where service was conducted by the Rev. Thos. GRAY.

The first meeting of the Minimay and Goroke teams for the season took place at Minimay on Saturday last, this being the third game of the Border Football Competition. After a pleasant and friendly, but strenuous game, Minimay won, with a total of 6 goals and 3 behinds, to Goroke's 1 goal 4 behinds. Both clubs put strong teams into the field, although the visitors were without the services of one or two regular players.

A. CRAIG captained the visitors and M. MORONEY acted in that capacity for the locals. The visiting captain, winning the toss, took advantage of the wind, which blew from the North, but, after a hard fought quarter, Goroke only succeeded in kicking two minors. In the second quarter, Minimay, having the wind, raised the two flags twice, and single flag twice, hence the oranges score was Minimay 2 goals 2 bhds, Goroke 2 bhds. In the third quarter the visitors again made it lively, but the locals were strong in defence, and when time was called they had only added 2 points to their score, the score then being, Minimay, 2 goals 2 points, Goroke 4 points ; these figures, however, showing an equal number of shots. The final quarter was very interesting and exciting, though at times good football was spoilt by too much crowding on the ball, but both teams were out for a win. Although the visitors scored a goal against the wind, Minimay added 4 goals, 1 point, to their score, and when the final bell rang the scores read, Minimay 6 goals 3 behinds ; Goroke 1 goal 4 behinds.

There was a large number of spectators, both teams having a good backing, and it was almost generally agreed that the match was one of the most interesting that had ever been played on the Minimay ground. Mr. Ted MILLER gave satisfaction as central umpire, his decisions being well received by both teams. Messrs. Geo. ROBINSON and E. CROSS gave complete satisfaction as goal umpires.

It was a difficult task to pick out the best players, as there were a number on both sides who did yeoman service for their respective teams, but probably the most conspicuous were for Minimay, P. WILLIS, W. MORONEY (capt), BLACKSELL, G. O'CONNOR, B. BURNS, W. CALLAGHAN, P. STEPHENS, B. LAVERY, and E. STEHN, while C. WONG, D. NEILL, T. CARRACHER and D. BLACKSELL also rendered valuable assistance ; and for the visitors, BAILEY (3), G. WALKER, A. CRAIG, J. McBEAN, W. BELL, E. RUTH, L. PARSONS, D. KIELY, H. WALKER and J. CARRACHER did the bulk of the work. At the conclusion of the match the visitors were entertained at tea by the local club, Mrs. C. WONG catering in her accustomed first class style.

Edenhope News
On Friday last the Edenhope Bachelors held their annual ball. The weather was showery and not as many people as expected turned up. There were however over 100 couples present. The music was supplied by Miss HOWLETT (piano) and Messers HOWLETT, NELSON and SCOTT (violin). The duties of M.C. were carried out by Mr J. GASH. The catering was in the capable hands of Mrs J. CLARK.

On Thursday of last week Mr Arthur FORSTER'S second son had the misfortune to break his leg. He slipped off his father's lorry and the two wheels passed over both his legs, breaking one.

Willie ROBERTSON cut his foot on Wednesday last. While cutting wood the axe slipped and cut along the sinew of the large toe. Three stitches had to be inserted.

Mr. IVEY developed measles last week. It is rather a severe case. He has lately returned from his holidays and it is thought he contracted the disease while away.

Death has removed from the district one of its oldest and most highly respected residents in the person of Mrs. GUTHRIDGE, wife of Mr. R.GUTHRIDGE, of Charam. Mrs GUTHRIDGE arrived in the State with her parents about the year 1855, for some time the family resided in the Carapook district. About 30 years ago she, with her husband and family, settled at their present residence, on land selected by them, undergoing the many hardships which beset the pioneers of those times. The deceased lady was held in the very highest respect throughout the district. The bright geniality of her disposition and her sterling uprightness of her character, made many friends. she leaves a husband and twelve grown up children to mourn their loss. The funeral took place at the Edenhope Cemetery on Wednesday, when there was a large attendance of relatives and friends.

Minimay - June 5, 1914
The Minimay bachelors' ball took place last Friday evening, 29th May, and, despite the inclement state of the weather in the early part of the evening, proved very successful. Although the rain prevented some from being present, and the consequent attendance, fifty four couples, not being as large on many previous occasions, the ball may be numbered amongst the most enjoyable social functions that have taken place in Minimay. For this state of affairs, the untiring hon. secretaries, Messrs H. KRAHNERT, and B LAVERY, were mainly responsible, the committee also rendered valuable aid. Good music was provided by Misses L. TAYLOR and T. MUNN (Apsley), and the supper, which was second to none was supplied in splendid style by George GARDNER. The arduous duties of M.C. were well carried out by Mr. H. KRAHNERT, assisted by Mr. E. CROSS.

We regret to learn that Mr and Mrs. F. H. FRIEND are leaving the township shortly, having secured the lease of Mr. E. CROSS'S Coffee Palace, Goroke. These worthy citizens will be much missed as they have always taken a prominent part in all social and other movements for the good of the district, Mr FRIEND being joint hon. secretary of the Minimay Sports Club. However what will be our loss will be our neighbouring towns gain, and Mr. and Mrs. FRIEND will have with them the best wishes of the community for their future success.

A meeting of the Minimay Football Club was held last Saturday evening, when very important business was considered, Mr. J.T. CARRACHER being in the chair. A letter was received from Maryvale club, stating their willingness to join in an association, but no letter was received from Goroke, as their meeting would be held on the same evening. However, it was understood that the club would probably also be willing to join. It was decided to appoint delegates, Messrs G. O'CONNOR and P.J.CARRACHER being duly elected. The various instructions to the delegates were then decided upon. Mr. J. BLACKSELL was appointed captain, and Mr M. MARONEY vice-captain. After discussion the colours of the uniform were decided upon. The old colours (yellow and blue) to be retained, but a darker shade of blue will be introduced, with a vertical yellow stripe instead of horizontal stripes as before. This is calculated to make the colours less confusing in matches with certain neighbouring clubs.

A concert was held here on Friday night last, the proceeds to go to the building of a shelter shed at the State School. The arrangements were in the capable hands of the head teacher, Mr, DEWSNAP. A lengthy program was rendered to a crowded house. The last half was taken by the Salt Lakes Dramatic Troupe, who delighted their audience with a splendid piece, entitled "A Regular Fix". Parts were taken by Mr.and Mrs.FORRESTER, Misses HOBBS, and BURSTON, Murray McINTYRE, J. DEWSNAP, R. HEAPHY, J.H. ROSS, and H. HAIR. A very enjoyable dance followed the concert, music being supplied by Messrs. HEENAN and QUIGLEY, while J.H. ROSS acted as M.C.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - June 12, 1914

At Nurse CARROL'S Private Hospital Horsham, Mrs BLAKE, wife of Mr. P. BLAKE, railway ganger at East Natimuk, passed away from an internal complaint early last Saturday morning. The deceased lady who had been suffering for a long while, was recently an inmate of Nurse JONES' Private Hospital, Natimuk. At Nurse CARROL'S an operation was performed to try and lengthen her life, but it was of no avail. She was of a very kindly disposition, and the trouble she took in order to assist or convenience was appreciated by all. Among railway men she was very popular, and her kindly hospitality to them has earned their respect, as was evidenced by the large number of railway employees present at the funeral, which took place at the Horsham cemetery on Sunday. She had been married for 18 years, but left no family. Deceased was a native of Camperdown, and her two brothers, Messrs. W. R. and D. MOORE, well known business men of Terang, were present at the funeral. The burial service was conducted by the Rev. Father MEADE, and the pall bearers were all railway officials, viz., Ganger J. HART, P. MONOGHAN, G. COLLINS, and P. MONOGHAN. Mr A. F. WEIGHT had charge of the Mortuary arrangements.

Mrs. Eliza GUTHRIDGE ( wife of Mr. Richard GUTHRIDGE, of Edenhope ), who was 73 years of age, and died last week, was buried at Edenhope. Deceased leaves, besides her husband, her six sons, Messrs W. J. (Casterton), Fred (Edenhope), Richard (Charam), George and Henry ( Digby), and John (Edenhope) ; and six daughters, Mesdames J. HADDEN (Charam), T. OUGH (Wombelano), N. BURGESS (Digby), W. HADDEN (Bahgallah), Flowers (Merino), and Miss Emily GUTHRIDGE, who with her youngest brother, John, resided with their parents. Also her sisters, Mrs Alfred HOGAN (Portland), Mrs. Geo. PARSONS (Warracknabeal), and her brothers, Charles, Walter, George, and William, all of Portland.

To Lease for a term of five years for agriculture or grazing, 950 Acres. About 5 miles from GOROKE Railway and stock market. Splendid Merino Sheep Country. Tenders to lease the whole or a portion of this property close at YOUNG BROS. OFFICE Goroke, on Wednesday, 17th June, 1914.
at 2 o'clock p.m.
Under instruction from Mr. W. F. MILLER (who is leaving the district), invite tenders for the Leasing of his property, as above, as a whole or in lots.

Lot 1, Crown Allotment 19, parish Dopewora, County Lowan, containing 310 acres (more or less), with substantial homestead, stables, etc., etc. Securely fenced and well watered.

Lot 2, Crown Allotments 36, 37, 38, Dopewora, Lowan, containing 640 acres (more or less), distant 1 mile from Lot 1. Well fenced subdivided and watered.

REMARKS -- A splendid opportunity is offered the public to lease a really good property for mixed farming. An area of about 500 acres is good cropping land, virgin soil. The whole property is well watered and securely fenced, and a new house, good stables, woolshed, etc., are conveniently situated on the farm. The successful tenderer will have the right to enter on the land on August 1st. to fallow 200 acres, if desired. Possession of the balance of the land on 1st November 1914, or he has the option of taking over the sheep and obtaining possession of the land on 1st July, 1914.
The highest or any tender not necessarily accepted.
Full particulars on arrangement to inspect.
Replies to YOUNG BROS. Horsham and Goroke.

Will visit Natimuk every second Thursday, on the dates of Messrs. YOUNG BROS. Stock Sales.
Dates of next.
June 11 and 25, and July 13
Mr. MEPSTEAD, who has had 33 years practical experience behind him, is prepared to treat animals for all diseases.
All lumps removed without a knife.
Expert attention to teeth.
Do Not Forget-- Mr. MEPSTEAD may be consulted on the dates of Messrs. YOUNG Bros. Natimuk stock sales at NEWTON'S HOTEL.

DARRAGAN CREEK (From our own correspondent)
Throughout our district things are looking well, plenty of feed for stock and crops growing nicely. Most of the farmers are near the end of their cropping now. A good percentage of lambs is expected. Foxes have commenced to do damage. A few more good seasons and all the bachelors will be tied up. Our friend, John CREEK, has settled now. The happy couple arrived home the Thursday night after the wedding, and on the following Monday night Mr CREEK'S friends met to give him welcome. A little later in the evening they were greeted by a company of over twenty black and masked faces, who rattled their tins and bells. After spending an hour or two with amusements, they were served with supper, after which the captain wished the young couple every success in their new life, and hoped it would not be long before they would meet again in the same manner to greet the other brother. Mr CREEK then thanked them for their kind remarks and good wishes.

Registered teacher of music, will visit Natimuk again on Wednesdays to give tuition in pianoforte. Will attending pupils write direct to---
Or leave their names at the 'Mail Office', Natimuk.
Certificates "Trinity College" and Association Board of "Royal Academy" and London College of Music

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - June 25, 1914

A BOAT CAPSIZE - Swim For The Shore
Mr Donald McQUEEN, of Tooan, who recently purchased Mr. H. HALLAM'S boat, went out for a row on Heard's Lake. Messrs. Ted and Leigh HEARD, who were watching from the bank, noticed, when the boat was about five chains out, that it was in trouble. And so it was, for almost immediately it overturned. The value of being able to swim was once more demonstrated. Mr. McQUEEN and Mr. McNEIL were both strong swimmers, particularly the latter. If they had not been, they would have been drowned, as assistance could not have reached them until they were "well settled". Mr. McNEIL had to divest himself of his overcoat when in the water, and assuring one another that they were alright they struck out for the shore, which, not withstanding that they were impeded by their clothes and boots, they reached safely. It was a coincidence that Mrs McQUEEN, who was quite recently married, came down to the lake with Mrs HEARD just in time to see the boat capsize. Mr. McNEIL is her brother, and a Rhodes scholar. The boat and the overcoat floated out to the bank. It was in the same lake that the two brothers GUEST were drowned a few years ago when duck shooting. The water is 40 feet deep in places.

Death at Tooan
The death occurred at half past three on Sunday morning at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. Henry ADAMS, Tooan, of Mrs. A.M. TAYLOR. The deceased lady, who was 83 years of age, had enjoyed excellent health practically the whole of her life, and had been only ailing for a week prior to her death. She was attended by Dr. BIRD, who certified that death was due to senile decay and heart failure. The late Mrs. TAYLOR was born in Lancashire, and landed at Geelong in 1850, when 18 years of age. She remained at Geelong until four years ago, when she came to live with her daughter at Tooan. She was twice married. There was no issue by the second marriage, and of the three daughters of the first marriage, Mrs ADAMS, is the only survivor. The funeral took place to the Tooan cemetery on Monday, The Rev. E. SHACKELL, of the Methodist Church, conducting the burial service

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - July 17, 1914

Sincere regret was felt when it became known that Eliza Alice ELLIOT, of Brim Springs, passed away on Wednesday night at the residence of her son, Mr. T.R. ELLIOT. The late Mrs ELLIOT was a sister of the late Mr. Samuel CARTER, of Rosebrook, and came to the Wimmera at the age of seven years, first settling on North Brighton Station, near Horsham. The deceased was in her 83rd year at the time of her death and was a resident of the Wimmera district for 76 years. Deceased leaves a family of five to mourn their loss. Messrs Robert, Thomas and John and Mrs J. BRIMACOMBE and Miss Ena ELLIOT to whom the keenest sympathy will be extended.

On Sunday week another old pioneer, in the person of Mr. James SMITH, of Apsley, passed peacefully away into the Great Beyond after fighting life's battles for 81 years. He was born in Chippenham, in Wiltshire, but possessed of a desire to see something of the world, and after a few years on his native heath, he set out for Australia in 1852, on the schooner Ugiauah. Once in the Sunny South he set to work to make his fortune, and put in a couple of years at Munro's Station. The adventuresome spirit again became predominant, and in 1854 he went to try his luck at the diggings, but left them later and took on wool carrying on the Portland road. Sandford was his next home, and after a few years there he went to Apsley in 1880, where he finally settled down.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - August 28, 1914

Frederick ROBINSON, the 12 years son of a Yackandandah butcher had his leg smashed to pulp through his horse bolting while after cattle. He was thrown, and one foot hung in the stirrup. The leg was amputated below the knee.

Mr. Wm. FELL, of Booroopki, is in a precarious state of health, and has been removed to the Goroke Hospital.

Mr. John STEHN, of Morea, is still in the Horsham private hospital.

The Minimay and Ozenkadnook Junior footballers met for the second time, on the Booroopki cricket ground on Saturday, 22nd. inst., and played a friendly game which resulted in rather an easy win for the local boys. The final score were Minimay, 11 goals 10 behinds (76 pts.); Ozenkadnook, 5 goals 7 behinds (37pts.) On the previous Saturday Ozenkadnook were victorious over Minimay, but on this occasion Minimay had two or three more good players, while Ozenkadnook were without the services of some of their best. The scores at the end of the quarters were as follows.

1st quarter - Minimay 6 1 Ozenkadnook 1 2
2nd quarter - Minimay 2 2 Ozenkadnook 1 2
3rd quarter - Minimay 1 2 Ozenkadnook 3 2
4th quarter - Minimay 2 5 Ozenkadnook 0 1

The best players for the winners were J. McCARTHY., A ROBINSON, D., L., T., and J. CARRACHER while D. CRABTREE, P. McCARTHY, J. ROBBIE, P. CARRACHER, J. MULRANEY, R. FENTON, and A. CARRACHER assisted well. The best for the visitors were D. PAHL, D. McDONALD (capt), C. PAHL, BULL (2), C. SCHUMANN, J. LAMPARD, J. MULRANEY and McDONALD. Mr. P.J. CARRACHER gave satisfaction as central umpire, as did Messrs. V. GARDNER and SCOTT as goal umpires. At the conclusion of the match the local ladies provided a much appreciated tea.

Edenhope News
On Wednesday week the 53rd annual exhibition of the Edenhope Pastoral and Agricultural Association was held. The entries were records in nearly all cases, the jumping being especially good. In the hurdle contest Mr. J. ROSS's Daystar dropped dead. He jumped the first and second hurdles splendidly, but ran off at the third hurdle and dropped dead. His death is supposed to be caused by a blood vessel having burst.

On Thursday last Mr. P. E. VIRGOE left here in answer to a call to join the Australian Scotch Regiment. Before he left an impromptu meeting was held to bid him farewell. Mr. E. J. CRANAGE occupied the chair and a great number of those present spoke of his sterling qualities and wished him a safe return.

Mr. Horace WOOLMER, who is away on holidays, in a letter to his parents at Natimuk, says that when at Botany Bay, New South Wales, he was nearly being placed under arrest as a spy. He had his camera with him and was in the neighborhood of fortifications, when, being regarded with suspicion, he was accosted by a party of cadets. Fortunately he was able to satisfy the authorities that he came from the peaceful little village of Natimuk, and that he had not the slightest intention of giving the internal arrangements of his country away.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - September 4, 1914

Mrs. MOODY, who has been in charge of the Vectis South school for some time, has been transferred to the Trunk Lead school, near Ballarat. During her stay in Natimuk she was an active and devoted member of St. Aidan's Church, acting as organist from time to time. Before leaving she was presented with a handsome travelling rug by the Rev T. COLE on behalf of the congregation.

Mr. Thos. E. SPOWART has been appointed head teacher of the Natimuk State school, and will commence duty on September 28.

The ceremony of opening the new pavilion room at the Natimuk school, and unveiling the honour board presented by Mr. R. SISSON, will probably take place on Friday, September 18. The honour board contains the names of all children who have won scholarships or merit certificates since the year 1888.

The many friends of Mr. William FILL, of Booroopki, received with regret the news of his death in the Goroke Cottage Hospital last Wednesday night 26th August. Mr. FILL, who was 76 years of age, had been ailing for some time, and two or three weeks before his death, his condition became worse. He was then taken to Goroke Cottage Hospital where he gradually sank. The internment took place in the Goroke cemetery on Friday, August 28, the Rev. DREWITT, Apsley, conducting the service. Mrs. J. HARVEY, "Winterlake," and Miss C. JONES are nieces of deceased, and Wm. JONES of Booroopki is a nephew.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - October 2, 1914

Mr. and Mrs. COLLINS of Ding-a-Ding, having leased their property, are leaving the district in the course of a week or so, and intend to make Clunes their future home. Their departure will mean the loss of two of the oldest residence of the district, having settled here in the pioneering days and have made a wide circle of friends who will all join in wishing them the best of luck in their new home. On Wednesday, 22nd. inst., a clearing sale of Mr. COLLINS stock, machinery, etc. was held, but owing to the season's gloomy outlook, low prices ruled throughout.

The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. CARRACHER, who was reported to be in a serious condition, suffering from pneumonia, is now recovering rapidly under the treatment of Dr. H.S. BOURKE, of Goroke.

Kathleen, the second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. McLAUGHLIN, who was operated on for appendicitis in Horsham recently, is now recovering, and will probably be brought back home during this week.

Goroke News.
A very old and well known resident passed away on Friday, 25th ult., at the age of 76 years, in the person of Mr. P. DOWLING, of Ozenkadnook. Deceased landed in Melbourne in 1864, and went to Ararat where he worked at the baking trade, he also lived at Hamilton and Coleraine. Leaving there about 30 years ago he went to Dopewora and took up land on which he resided until his death. Deceased leaves a wife and ten children, mostly adults. The daughters are Mrs. FITZGERALD (Harrow), Mrs. PARFITT (Horsham), Mrs. COX (Gymbowen), and Miss Alice (who resides at home). The sons are William, Peter, Robert, Timothy, Joseph and George. Two other sons, James and Patrick, died some few years ago. The funeral took place to the Goroke cemetery on Monday last, the Rev. Father JONES officiating at the grave. Mr. J. C. McDONALD carried out the mortuary arrangements.

Obituary - MRS. J. H. OLIVER
Another of the fast diminishing band of Wimmera pioneers joined the great majority on Sunday morning when Mrs. OLIVER, relict of the late Mr. J. H. OLIVER died at the residence of her son, Mr. L.A. OLIVER, of Duchembegarra. Deceased had been in indifferent health for some time, but her end came somewhat suddenly. Until a few days ago, when she contracted a serious cold, deceased appeared to be in fairly good health, and her condition did not occasion any alarm until Sunday morning when she expired rather suddenly.

The late Mrs. OLIVER who was a native of the old country, arrived in Melbourne when only a few years of age, and spent the majority of her girlhood days in the Hamilton district. It was while a resident of that district that she married her partner in life, and about 40 years ago they settled in the Wimmera district, where they remained up till the time of death.

Deceased was for several years a resident of Horsham, where her husband died about six years ago, but her declining years had been spent with her three sons, Messrs. H.L.A. and Fred OLIVER, of Duchembegarra. Deceased had enjoyed the span of years allotted by the Psalmist, three score years and ten, but the news of her demise will be learnt with regret by a large number of friends, she having, by her kindly disposition, won the respect of all with whom she came in contact.

Deceased had two daughters, these being Mrs. J. BUTLER and Mrs. A. McRAE, of West Australia, whilst a brother Mr. Wm. SMITH, resides at Korumburra. The funeral took place on Monday, the place of internment being the Horsham cemetery. The service at the graveside was conducted by the Rev. E.E. SHACKELL, and the pall-bearers were Messrs. C, T. and W. KEYTE, R. PEARSE, and J. BUTLER. Mr. A.F. WRIGHT had charge of the funeral arrangements.

The many friends of Mr. Arthur HOCKING, of Horsham, will be pleased to hear he is making a good recovery from the recent operation, and was able to return to his home last week.

Cr. Harold SMITH, of Lower Norton, who volunteered with the Expeditionary Force, has been promoted from Lance Corporal to Corporal.

Private Bert SWINDLES, a native of Horsham, and a member of the Australian Expeditionary Force, has been appointed a Lance Corporal.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - October 23, 1914

Mr. John KAY, aged 71, a native of Northumberland, who resided in the district for 50 years, and with Mrs. KAY left Horsham for Warrnambool in March last, and latterly residing at Dunkeld, died yesterday. The only particulars to hand are these contained in a brief telegram which stated that he was found dead in his bed on Monday morning, and that the body would be brought on to Horsham on Tuesday for internment in the family burial ground. The late Mr. KAY was known all over the Wimmera.

His first engagement was with the WILSON'S at Woodlands. After living in Horsham for a time he was employed by Mr. Thos. YOUNG, (now YOUNG Bros.), as auctioneer, and in his younger days there were few men who could conduct a sale with more spirit then Mr. John KAY. After leaving the firm of YOUNG Bros. he was in business on his own account, and later on, for a considerable time, salesman for Messrs. HAGELTHORN and BOLTON. Deceased possessed a good memory for dates and faces, and could relate many instances of the struggles of the early settlers.

He was the last surviving foundation member of the Wimmera Masonic Lodge, which was opened in 1878. Deceased leaves an aged widow, who has been an invalid for many years, for whom deep sympathy is extended, also a grown up family of sons and daughters, including Mr. A.W. KAY of Natimuk Shortly after their departure from Horsham they had a sad bereavement by the death of their youngest daughter, Mrs. W.H. PERKINS, which greatly distressed deceased and his wife.

A sudden death occurred at the Victoria hotel, Hamilton, on Friday evening. Mr. J.H. WOODHEAD, (58), an inspector of the Colonial Bank, was found lying unconscious on the floor of his bedroom. Dr. TEAGUE, who was called in, declared life to be extinct. Death was apparently due to heart failure. Deceased resided at St. Kilda, but was a frequent visitor to this district, where he had many friends.

In the "Argus of Wednesday October 14, it was stated that John BUTLER, Grazier, of Brimpaen, had been convicted on the previous day of having stolen sheep. The correct name of the person convicted was William BUTLER. We copied the paragraph, and, like "The Argus," we have to express our regret to Mr. John BUTLER, and to apologise to him for the error. He is one of the most highly esteemed residents of the Brimpaen district.

Mrs. Rod BUTLER of Polkemmet who recently underwent an operation is progressing favorably.

Miss Annie G. DUFFY, of Melbourne, has been appointed to fill the position of Matron of the Horsham District Hospital, rendered vacant by the resignation of nurse HAYDON, after many years of faithful service. The applicants numbered thirteen.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - October 30, 1914

Fire At Tooan
What may be described as an ancient landmark--- locally speaking--- has disappeared from the landscape at Tooan. Fire is a dreadful enemy, its enveloping tongues seem to revel in its pitiless work of reducing to ashes the dear old home.
Helpless and filled with remorse the octogenarian stands by watching the home with its lifetime associations and treasures, disappear.
These remarks seem to us to aptly apply to the burning of Mrs. Donald McRAE'S residence at Tooan on Sunday morning. The original portion of the dwelling was erected thirty eight years ago by the late Mr. Donald McRAE. At about 8 o'clock on Sunday morning Mrs. McRAE was in bed, and occupying the same room, was a nephew, the six year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. SCOTT. The boy was playing with matches, and the flame of one set fire to a curtain. The flames quickly spread beyond control.
Mrs. SCOTT, Miss LIGHT and an immigrant employed on the place, were attracted by screams, and they arrived not a moment to soon, for just as Mrs. McRAE had been got to a place of safety the roof fell in. The fire spread with such rapidity that nothing was saved, excepting a clock. Mrs. McRAE suffered seriously from shock.
The building was insured for 200, but this amount does not nearly represent the loss, 200 having been spent not long ago in the erection of two rooms.

Wedding Bells
One of the events of the season at Clear Lake was the WILLIAMSON---HEARD wedding, that was celebrated in the Methodist Church on September 22, the contracting parties being, Mr. Harold WILLIAMSON of Ballarat, and Miss Ruby Ethel HEARD, daughter of Mr. E. HEARD, of "Lowan Estate." The church was prettily decorated by the girlfriends of the bride, pear blossoms, Banksea, roses, and ferns predominating. The advent of the bride on the arm of her father was the signal for the strains of the usual bridal hymn being sung. Miss HAIR officiated at the organ. The bride was becomingly attired in a creme mervallieu, trained gown, trimmed with rich lace and pearls. She also wore a coronet bridal veil and orange blossoms, in which she looked very exquisite. The bridesmaids were, Miss Bertha HEARD, (sister), who was attired in pale pink silk, trimmed with white lace and ribbon, with pink floral hat to match ; and Miss Dorrie WILLIAMSON, (sister of groom), in white silk and silk hat. All carried beautiful bouquets. The bridegroom had as attendants, Mr. B WILLIAMSON and Mr. B. HEARD. The Bride being so well known, it was not surprising to notice such a large gathering of well wishes at the ceremony. The beautiful service of the Methodist church was well carried out by the Rev. E. E. SHACKELL.

In the Church of England, Harrow, on Wednesday, 16th Ult, by the Rev. W.J. POWNEY, Jean, the Third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. BENSON, of Harrow, was married to Mr. Aubrey Francis MORRIS, eldest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. MORRIS, of Sunbury. The bride, who was given away by her father, was attired in a frock of white silk, trimmed with lace and pearls, Miss Lena BENSON, sister of the bride, was the bridesmaid, and wore a dress of white muslin. Mr. J.O. McDONALD, of Hamilton, fulfilled the duties of best man. The bride's present to the bridegroom was a traveling rug, and the bridegroom's to the bride and bridesmaid, silver handbags. Mr. and Mrs. MORRIS'S future home is Underbool.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - November 6, 1914

The death is announced of Mrs. JENNISON, wife of the Rev. J.C. JENNISON, Methodist, formerly of the Noradjuha circuit, now in South Australia. The news came as a great surprise, for when Mrs. JENNISON left here in April she was apparently in the best of health.

Miss ABBOTT, the local school mistress is reported to be leaving shortly. She is likely to give up teaching.

Mr. L.C. WEBB, who was the accountant at the local bank, has entered the Broadmeadows camp. His place has been taken by Mr. TRETHEWAY. Mr. Frank READER has also gone to join the Expeditionary Force.

Measles and colds reduced the usual large attendance at the annual ball given by the employees of Newlands Estate, however tickets to the value of 6/3/0 were sold. The balance, after expenses were paid, came to 2, and this sum was contributed to the Narracorte Hospital.

Lindsay the second son of Mr. and Mrs.,. T. MAKIN, of Meereek, has been ill with bronchial pneumonia. Mr. and Mrs. G. MUNN, of Apsley, have had a daughter suffering from a like compliant. Both patients are recovering.

Minimay Notes
The Minimay Football Club's euchre party and dance and presentation of medals--won in the recent border competition--took place last Friday evening, 30th October, and although the weather was very warm the attendance was very satisfactory, the takings amounting to upwards of 8. The first part of the evening was given to progressive euchre, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The prizes were won as follows:-- Ladies first prize, Miss Julia COLLINS, this lady winning after playing off with Miss M. HAWKINS; booby prize Mrs. SUTTON. Gents first prize, Mr. W. LANCASTER, booby prize, Mr. C.H. CRABTREE.

Mr. E. CROSS (president) then presented the twenty gold medals to the members of the Minimay team as follows:-- M. MARONEY, B. BURNS, J.and R. BLACKSELL, F. STEPHENS, P. WILLIS, B. LAVERY, E. STEHN, D. NEILL, G. O'CONNOR, J. McDONALD, W. CALLAGHAN, J. McCARTHY, D.and T. CARRACHER, F. HAWKINS, C.WONG, A. MULRANEY, C. CRABTREE and J. ROBBIE. The medal for the most unselfish player in the Minimay team, presented by Mr. H.B. PHILLIPS, was also presented, this being awarded to Mr. J. BLACKSELL. It was also announced that the medal given by Mr. E. CROSS for the best all round player in the competition had not yet been awarded as two players, Messrs. BAILEY and W. CALDOW, had tied on points and the judge Mr. E. MILLER, had been requested to give his casting vote:-- we have since learned that this medal was awarded to Mr. W. CALDOW on the casting vote of Mr. MILLER

After this pleasing ceremony the hall was cleared and dancing was indulged in until about 4am, an appetising supper provided by the ladies, being handed round during the interval. The other clubs concerned in the border competition, viz., Maryvale, and Goroke, were also represented, the former by the secretary Mr. E. McDONALD and Mr. W. CALDOW (delegate), and the latter club by several members and players. The thanks of the club are due to Mr. P. WILLIS for the manner in which he carried out the secretarial duties in connection with the function, as also to the hard working committee. Others deserving of special thanks are Messrs. B. LAVERY and N. McINTYRE, who conducted the euchre tournament; M's C, Messrs. E. CROSS, J. McDONALD and N. McINTYRE; the ladies for their splendid supper, and the ladies and gentlemen who kindly provided music.

Miss DIGMAN, who was recently appointed temporally to the charge of the Minimay State school, is taking her departure from the district during the week. Miss DAY, of Brighton, has received a permanent appointment as head teacher. Miss DAY arrived on Tuesday, and has taken up duties. The many friends of Miss DIGMAN will regret to hear of her departure from this school.

Three Shops Burnt AT HORSHAM.
Three Horsham shops were destroyed by fire on Wednesday night. The fire started about 11 o'clock, and the three shops were completely gutted. The origin of the fire is not stated. The shops, which were owned by a Mr. ELLIS, and were situated opposite the post office, were occupied by Mr. KIDDLE, hairdresser; Mr. BARWELL, tailor; and Mr. FILEGAR, fruiterer and confectioner.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - November 20, 1914

Mrs. William LANE, mother of Mr. LANE, of Polkemmet, died at Horsham last Friday, aged 73 years. She landed in Portland in 1855. After living in the Portland district for a time, she left for Penola in South Australia. In November, 1859, she married Mr. LANE, and they lived in the Mount Gambier district for 15 years. They selected land at "Lambing Hut," near Pimpinio, in 1874, where they lived for some time, and afterwards at Vectis East and Lower Norton, finally settling down to rest in their old days at Horsham, about ten years ago. They brought up a large family of 11 children, six sons and five daughters, ten of whom are living. The eldest daughter, Mrs. Maria DALTON, of Hopetoun, predeceased her mother by eighteen years. The surviving members of the family are Alfred LANE, Polkemmet; William LANE, Lower Norton; Mrs. C. T. LANE and Mrs. F. LANE of Wonwondah; J. LANE, S.A.; Mrs. CREASY, Horsham; Mrs. P. WILLIAMS, Geelong; James LANE, Horsham; and Edward LANE, Horsham. The burial took place on Sunday, there being a large attendance. Mr. J. R. COMBRIDGE, evangelist, read the burial service.

I think there maybe a problem with some of the children's names, I carefully copied it as written in the paper at the time. e.g. ( "Mrs. C. T. LANE and Mrs. F. LANE of Wonwondah") ?? suggests they married Lanes, maybe it should have read Mr. C. T. LANE and Mr. F. LANE of Wonwondah.??? That's the problem with papers, they often got it wrong and had to print an apology later. So don't rely on them for accuracy only as a guide to further research. Cheers, Daryl C.

An unusual accident happened the other day on Mr. Fred OLIVER's farm at Grass flat. A cow fell through the covering of a well, and dropped tail first, a distance of 38 feet to the bottom. Naturally, no one expected the cow to be alive. Fortunately there was not sufficient water in the well to cover the animal, which sat on its haunches. There was a windless on the well, and the assistance of neighbours having been obtained, a rope was tied around the horns of the cow, which was hauled to the surface. It lay for a minute or two, and then got up and walked away, quite well. She was well out of the well, though just before, she was well in the well. Well, well. All's well.

In the divorce court, Melbourne, on Friday last, Charles William MATHERS, dentist, of Horsham, on the ground of desertion, sued for divorce from Harriett Fanny Mary Jane MATHERS, formally SMITH, now going under the name of Mrs.WATSON. The two, who are quite young people, married in 1906. There were no children. After living privately for some time, they stayed at the Royal Hotel. Then Mrs. MATHERS began frequently to visit Melbourne. She stayed longer than was arranged on one occasion in 1911, and when her husband came to town to ascertain the cause she said she was tired of house keeping, and sick of Horsham. He had been unable to induce her to return to him since.---- A decree nisi was granted.

Mr. T.H. BOUSFIELD has secured the contract for removing the State school building at Tooan East to Tooan.

The Apsley State school is closed at present pending the arrival of a teacher to take the place of Miss ABBOTT, who has resigned.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - December 4, 1914


A quite but pretty wedding was celebrated in St. Aidan's Church of England, Natimuk, yesterday, when the Rev Thos. COLE performed the ceremony of tying the knot which bound together in matrimony Mr. Dudley Gordon MACKAY and Miss Emily BARKER. Both parties are well known in the West Wimmera. The bridegroom, who is the son of Mr. T.J.C. MACKAY, of Auburn, now occupies the position of manager of the Colonial Bank at Wonthaggi, and for some time was manager of the Goroke branch. The bride is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. BARKER, of "Waratah," Natimuk and has lived here practically all her life. The church had been prettily decorated by friends of the bride. As the bride entered the church on the arm of her father, Miss Elsie BOYD played "The Voice that breathed o'er Eden". The bride wore a costume of cream cloth, with a hat of white crepe de chene, lined with black and white roses. Miss Lily BARKER, cousin of the bride, was bridesmaid, and was attired in white silk, with a small white hat.
As the bridal pair left the church, Miss BOYD played "The Wedding March" with much expression. Outside the church the bridal pair were met with showers of confetti.
An adjournment was then made to the residence of the bride's parents, where a delicious wedding breakfast was in waiting. The Rev. Thos. COLE presided, and in proposing the toast of the Bride and Bridegroom said he had known the bride since he came to Natimuk two years ago. She had been actively associated with the Church and Guild. He was sorry she was going away, but was pleased to know she was going with a suitable partner. Mr. COLE concluded by extending the usual congratulations and advise. Mr. A. BARKER humorously supported the toast. In reply Mr. MACKAY thanked Mr. COLE and Mr. BARKER for their kind remarks and hoped that he would justify the confidence reposed in him.
Mr. and Mrs. MACKAY motored to Horsham, where they caught the midday train en route for Geelong and Lorne. The bride's going away dress was navy crepe de chene, trimmed with floral silk, with blue hat to match.

MAN IN THE CORNER. A chiel's amang ye takin' notes an' faith he'll print 'em.

Mr. Alf BARKER was in his best form yesterday at the wedding breakfast. In supporting the principal toast, he likened marriage unto a besieged city. Some wanted to get out, and others wanted to get in. For his part he was prepared to stay in. The bridegroom had said he would be pleased to see any of his old friends at Wonthaggi. He intended excepting that invitation, and would take the whole family and spend a month. He was sure Mr. MACKAY would be delighted. The bridegroom ought to be a happy man. He had had a parson provided to tie the knot securely, and he had just had a good feed before he was driven to Horsham.

Edenhope News
On Thursday morning, November 26, Donald McDONALD was bitten by a snake. He was in bed, and was awakened by the pain in his arm, where he was bitten. He was at once taken to Dr. HALAHAN, and is now alright again.

An interesting ceremony took place at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Natimuk, on Sunday last, when the congregation unveiled a tablet erected to the memory of their pioneer pastor, the late Rev. C. SCHOKNECHT. The services were conducted by the local pastor, the Rev. F. NOACK, the Rev. O. NICHTERLEIN, of Tabor, performing the ceremony of unveiling, the late Pastor SCHOKNECHT was born on 15th February, and accepted the call to the above named congregation in 1874, to whom he ministered to the date of his death, 27th Nov. 1904, a period of 30 years. Pastor NOACK based his sermon on the same text as that inscribed on the tablet ( Hebrews 13:7 ) Pastor NICHTERLEIN chose the text II Corinthians, 5:20. The tablet is of marble, measuring about 20 inches x 30 inches, and is the work of Mr. HOWELL, of Hamilton. It was artistically framed by Mr. E. W. SCHURMANN. A confirmation service was held on the same day. The service was largely attended, many visitors being present, seats having to be placed in the aisle and porch.

A very old and respected resident of Warracknabeal, in the person of Mr. J. J. H. A. BUSSAN, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 1st, at his residence, "Ruhe" Lyle Street. Deceased contracted bronchitis and asthma some weeks ago, and on Sunday week lost, during a fit of coughing, he burst a blood vessel on the brain. This caused paralysis to set in and little hopes were entertained of his recovery owing to his advanced age and the severity of the lung troubles. Dr. DONALD, who attended him, did all that human could do. He passed away peacefully in the presence of his family, who were summoned to his side. Deceased was a colonist of nearly 50 years and during that time lived in various parts of the Wimmera. Thirty five years ago he was engaged in business as undertaker and contractor, in Dimboola, in which he was very successful. The green field of the Western Wimmera attracted his attention, and he decided to relinquish his business and commence farming at Tooan East. After eight years of battling against adversities he was compelled to leave the land and resume his former duties. He then came to Warracknabeal, and up till about 8 years ago resided here. Deceased married Miss Marie ROKESKY, daughter of the late Carl ROKESKY, well known resident of the Hamilton, Dimboola, and Natimuk districts. Messrs. Jas. SHANAUGHAN, of Gymbowen, Harry ROKESKY, Lake Karnak, and Jas. SCOTT, of Tooan East, are relatives of deceased. A widow, six sons and four daughters are left to mourn their loss. The funeral, on Wednesday, was largely attended. Deceased was 74 years old.

Mr. Harry MOODY, assistant at the Natimuk State school, is to be transferred after the holidays.

Mr. L.A. ROSEL's wide circle of friends will regret to hear that he had been seriously ill. They will however be pleased to know that he is on the mend. Everyone wishes him a speedy recovery.

Mr. D. EZARD, loco engine driver on the Horsham---Goroke line, has been laid up with a serious attack of pneumonia, but is improving, we are pleased to announce, under the care of Dr. BIRD.

Master Reginald BILSTON, of Natimuk, has been suffering from a very severe attack of congestion of the lungs. He made good progress towards recovery, but suffered a relapse a few days ago. He is again under the care of Dr. BIRD, and is improving.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - December 18, 1914

Obituary - Mrs. W.C. WRIGHT.
The death occurred early this week at Perth, West Australia, of Mrs. WRIGHT, relict of the late Mr. W.C. WRIGHT, for many years sheriff's officer at Horsham. Six months ago, owing to failing health, Mrs. WRIGHT gave up the boarding house which she had conducted at Horsham for nearly 20 years and went to live with her daughter, Mrs. HOLLINGSWORTH, at Perth. About a month ago she had a stroke, from which she did not properly recover, and a second stroke was the cause of her death. She was a sister of Mr. W. H. MEREDITH, of Natimuk, and was 57 years of age. She leaves a family of three daughters (two in the West, married, and one single) and three sons. The deceased was born in Horsham, where she had lived all her life until removing to the West, and where she was held in high esteem.

The marriage of Miss Lilly May DICKERSON, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac DICKERSON, Gymbowen, with Mr. Oscar Alfred Chas. BUTTERS, son of Mr. BUTTERS, of Stawell, took place at the residence of the bride's parents on Wednesday, the Rev. Thos. COLE officiated the bridesmaids were the Misses DICKERSON, sisters of the bride.

A nasty accident occurred to Mr. A. RICHARDS, of Gymbowen last Wednesday week. He went to saddle his horse, with the intention of proceeding to Goroke to attend the public meeting there, when the horse turned around crushing him against the rail. He had to go to bed, but is now just able to get about.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - December 25, 1914

Break up of School
The break for the Christmas holidays at the Natimuk school on Friday afternoon, was the occasion of a pleasant function. At 2.30 the children were assembled in the infants room. Members of the school committee and a few parents, were present, and were accommodated with seats in front. On various blackboards were seasonable greetings and artistic drawings, the work of Miss READER and one or two scholars. A drawing of Father Christmas, well laden, was the best. A number of children provided an interesting program under the chairmanship of master Alex BILSTON . The items were:---

  • Piano Duet--- Lexie and Queenie BARKER.
  • Recitation, A Little Scrap of Paper, Ethel FALLS.
  • Song, Sweet Little Mary from Dandenong, Mary ROWLEY.
  • Recitation, The Xmas Goose, Bert CHENOWETH.
  • Recitation, A. BILSTON
  • Piano Solo, Emily KUBALE.
  • Recitation, Cecil BECKWITH.
  • Song, We Parted on the Shore, W. MEREDITH and Walter SUDHOLZ.
  • Recitation, Mr. Can and Mr. Can't, Nellie SPOWART.
  • School Song, Come and Let Us All Go Maying.
Mr. J. SUDHOLZ, chairman of the school committee, read out the names of those who were at the top of their respective grades for the year, and who had consequently won medals. The gold medal was won by Alex BILSTON.
  • Sixth Grade---Alex BILSTON.
  • Fifth Grade----Emily BEARD.
  • Forth Grade---Doris BECKWITH.
  • Third Grade---Eric JORY.
  • Second Grade---Phillip WOOLCOCK.
Mr. A. BARKER exhorted the children to study at least one hour daily during the holidays in order that they would return to school as well advanced as when they left.
At the invitation of Mr. SPOWART (Head Teacher) the scholars gave three cheers for the school committee.
After the singing of God Save the King, the children of the First and Second Grades were each presented with a Christmas stocking and those in the higher grades with a bag of lollies.

NOTE: Below are the names of Rate Payers from the Parish of Gymbowen, the list is for valuations on their properties, I could only copy these ones from 1914, there were others from the various districts, but time and money did not permit more. However I believe I copied some more in the 1920 extracts. Daryl Crabtree

Parish of Gymbowen Ratepayers

  • AMPT, John F., Gymbowen----121
  • BROOK, Arthur, Goroke-------118
  • BUFFHAM, Annie Mrs., Gymbowen---50
  • BUFFHAM, Thomas, R., Nurcoung---28
  • CRICK, John and William, Gymbowen---197
  • CRICK, Madeline, Mrs., Gymbowen---44
  • HAASE, Annie, Mrs., Gymbowen----17
  • HAASE, Fred, J., Gymbowen----41
  • HAASE, Gustav T., Gymbowen---184
  • HEARD, Edward W., }Noradjuha--201
  • HEARD, Leigh B., }
  • HOUSTON, David Sen., Gymbowen--40
  • KNIGHT, Alfred C., } Gymbowen----50
  • KNIGHT, J. Proctor } ----"
  • KNIGHT, David,-----------"---------12
  • KNIGHT, Edward,----------"---------52
  • KNIGHT, Mertle, Miss,----"---------49
  • KNIGHT, Selina, Mrs.,----"---------43
  • KNIGHT, Ruby, Miss,------"---------25
  • KNIGHT, Thomas,----------"---------5
  • KNIGHT , Wm. J. Jun.,----"----------35
  • KNIGHT, Wm. A. Sen.,-----"----------64
  • LEIBELT, Gottfried, Gymbowen--------78
  • LEIBELT, Henrietta Mrs.,-"-------------17
  • MAYBERY, Amelia Mrs., Gymbowen---67
  • MAYBERY, Amelia and Thomas-"-------10
  • MAYBERY, John Thos., and Wm. R.,
  • Gymbowen-------------------------------172
  • MAYBERY, Daniel, Learmount
  • Mitre Lake--------------------------------47
  • MAYBERY, E. E. and Lily H. Miss
  • Learmount, Mitre Lake--------------------12
  • MOLLOY, Edward, Gymbowen----------100
  • MUEGEL, Edward A., Gymbowen-------34
  • MUEGEL, Fred. Wm., Gymbowen--------27
  • MUEGEL, Elsie Mrs., Gymbowen---------48
  • MUEGEL, Margaret Mrs., Gymbowen-----31
  • MULLER, Carl F., Gymbowen-------------36
  • McCANN, Hugh, Horsham-----------------28
  • McCANN, Mary Miss., Horsham-----------25
  • McCANN, William, Horsham-----------------6
  • McCLURE, William J., Mitre Lake-----------15
  • McRAE, Donald Exors. of Horsham----------15
  • QUINAN, Henry, Gymbowen----------------50
  • QUINAN, Isabella S., Mrs., Gymbowen------50
  • RICHARDS, Arthur, Gymbowen--------------78
  • RICHARDS, Hannah Mrs., Gymbowen--------54
  • ROGERS, Ann Mrs., Tooan--------------------11
  • SAMPEY, Catherine Mrs., Gymbowen----------32
  • SEIVEWRIGHT, Mary A. Mrs., Gymbowen----32
  • STANTON, George W., Goroke------------------3
  • TULLY, Leslie M., Gymbowen--------------------20
  • WIDDICOMBE, Ellen J. Mrs.,Gymbowen--------54
  • WIDDICOMBE, Frances, Gymbowen------------114
  • WORTHY, Alexander G.,--"-------------------50
  • WORTHY, Frederick,-----"-------------------50
  • WORTHY, William, Exors of Gymbowen-----------42

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