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WEST WIMMERA MAIL - January 4, 1918

A Tragic accident occurred at Wonwondah East on referendum day, Miss Mary Ann SANDERSON, 25 years of age, had been with her aunt Mrs John KEATING, to the polling booth, and was on her way home driving in a gig, when the horse took fright and bolted, with the result that the gig striking a tree, was upset and the two ladies were thrown heavily to the ground. Two ladies who witnessed the occurrence quickly gave their help. It was evident that Miss SANDERSON was seriously injured, and she was conveyed as quickly as possible to the Horsham hospital, where she died next morning.

The following are awaiting issue at the Horsham Receipt and Pay Office: Crown Grants:--- Duncan McLACHLAN (Tooan) Mrs Elizabeth PRICE (Clear Lake) Mrs Alice M. M. GUTHERIDGE (Mossy Vale, Goroke) William RUSSELL (Conlangorach) Mrs Catherine BELL (Goroke)

Leases:--- James EAGLES (Bungalally)
Licences:---- Miss Kathleen LAVERY (Booroopki) George A. FREEMAN (Brimpaen).

The following accounts await payment at the Horsham Receipt and Pay Office:----Arapiles Shire Council (R.G.FOGARTY) G. BRAY (Natimuk) Kowree Shire Council (H. GOLDING) A. EDLINGTON (Goroke)

Minimay Notes (from our own correspondent)
Owing to the extreme hot weather, the yarding at Messrs P. J. MURRAY and son's sale at Booroopki on Saturday December 22nd, was not large. Prices obtained were fair although showing a decline on previous values. 150 2-tooth merinos, mixed sexes realised 21/-, 140 sound mouth merino ewes brought 22/-, 40 ideal strain mixed sexes 26/-, 90-- 4, 6, 8--tooth merino wethers realised 24/-, and 12 aged ewes changed hands at 14/-.

The lady members of the local branch of the Lady Mayoress' Patriotic League provided afternoon tea at P. J. MURRAY and son's Booroopki sale on 22nd December, and by that means added 10/- to the fund. A lamb donated by Mr D. J. CRABTREE in aid of the above, was sold on the 'Buglar' system by Mr J. D. MURRAY, to Messrs R. McLAUGHLIN, J. T. CARRACHER, at 5/- each, to Mr F. CRABTREE 3/-, and to Messrs D. CARRACHER , J. H. HARVEY, and J. WATT, at 2/-6d each. It was then sold to Mr F. CRABTREE for 17/-; the total amount realised for the fund being 37/- 6'.

A 5/- note donated by Mrs. D. CARRACHER was also sold on the 'Buglar' system to Messrs J. J. CARRACHER, C. WONG, J. T. CARRACHER and P. J. LAVERY at 2/-6d each, and to Messrs D. J. CRABTREE, jnr and A. F. CARRACHER at 2/- each. It then became the property of Mr P. J. CARRACHER for 7/-, the total amount raised by this sale being 21/-; so that altogether the branch added £3/8/6 to their funds, and the members desire to thank all those who so generously contributed, and also the auctioneer, Mr. MURRAY

A general meeting of the Minimay football club will be held on Saturday evening next, 5th January, at 8.30 to wind up the season's affairs, and a full attendance is desired.

A well attended dance took place at Minimay, on boxing night, Mr M. LANCASTER acting as M.C. and, Mr. W. ABERLY, Mrs R. McLAUGHLIN, Miss Cis MOLLOY and others providing good music.

Word has been received by Messrs A. J. HAWKINS and J. T. CARRACHER, hon. sec's of Minimay sports and races, that it is permissible for the committee to run an unlicensed and unregistered meeting at Minimay; so it is now likely that the committee will proceed with the meeting on those lines on February 7th, the day originally selected.

Letters from the Front
Private Jim HOOD writes from England as follows, to his mother Mrs HOOD, of Polkemmet--

Just a line to let you know that I have been in Blighty a week. I got knocked in the battle of Broodsiend Ridge, which the old 1st division took on the 4th of this month, so I have had nearly a fortnight off. I sent you two field service cards, one from the C.C.S. at Poperinghe, and one from the No 1 General Hospital Rouen, so I expect it will be no news for you to hear that I got one. It is a lovely little wound in the left hand, and I have to have an operation yet, I was awfully lucky. My old mate WINTER, who was the only other stretcher bearer besides myself left at Glencorse Wood stunt last month, was killed, shot through the head, and I got another mate and went on carrying down chaps, but he was only a little fellow, and when we had gone about 30 yards I said to him "You'd better have a spell lad", and as we put the stretcher down a 5 9 fell just in front of him and blew him to bits, killed the chap on the stretcher, cut the stretcher in two, and sent me flying with only a small piece in my hand. It nearly undressed me, cut my water bottle, haversack, respirator, and stretcher sling right off me, and left me with only a bandage bag. When I got up I made for one of our machine gun posts where I knew they had some rum, and after a good pull at that, I felt all right so got another mate, a corporal, out of the 7th, and we carried down 5 more cases about one and a half miles each, and by that time my hand had stiffened, so I showed it to the quack and he sent me away with it. I tried to get the pieces out without leaving C.C.S., but they wouldn't let me. I didn't want to come away as my leave for "Blighty" was out with the battalion, and I couldn't go till after the stunt, but as I got here this is tres bon, as I get 14 days after hospital.

Honouring a Comrade
An impressive little scene, in which Private Bruce LILLYWHITE, of Quantong was the central figure, was witnessed at St Kilda recently. With his mother and some friends, the wounded soldier was spending a holiday on the sands at St Kilda, and near them a child was playing with a ball. In the vicinity were several able bodied soldiers, who joined in the sport with the ball. The game was at its height, when Bruce LILLYWHITE raised himself on his crutches to view the fun. No sooner had he done so, however, than the play ended, every one of the soldiers standing to attention to salute the wounded man. This mark of respect from soldiers to one who had been abroad and done his share in the great fight for liberty was the signal for a heavy round of applause.

Farewell Social at Booroopki
On Wednesday 19th December, at Booroopki, a farewell social was tendered to Gunners J.D and E.C. CARRACHER, who were home on final leave and are due to sail shortly with the 17th reinforcements to the Australian Heavy Artillery Group. Mr P.J. LAVERY occupied the chair, and spoke in an eulogistic strain of the guests, whom he had known since their infancy. He felt sure they would keep up the good name of Australia when they got to the other side, and he hoped it would not be long before they, and all the other brave men returned victoriously. On behalf of the residents he presented each soldier with a sum of money which to purchase a suitable article which would serve to remind them of their Booroopki friends, who all wished them a safe return to Booroopki.
Messrs F.A. CRABTREE, F. FORSTER, J.H. HARVEY, D.J. CRABTREE, W. JONES, and D.J. CRABTREE jnr., also added their quota, wishing the guests a safe campaign and a speedy return.
Both lads suitably responded thanking their friends of Booroopki for their gift, and the chairman and others for their kind remarks which would serve as great encouragement to them in future whatever their lot might be, although they were afraid they were not worthy of the good opinions expressed by the speakers. They would procure suitable articles with the money given them, and they would be constant reminders of their kind friends at Booroopki., who had their best wishes for the coming year. Mr. D. CARRACHER also thanked the people for the honour they had done his sons, and the chairman and speakers for their kindly references to the family, also the ladies for the splendid spread provided. He too was sorry that his sons had to go to war, but he recognised it was their duty, and he hoped they would always try to be good soldiers. Dancing was resumed and continued untill dawn, when the singing of the National Anthem, "God Save Our Splendid Men," and "Auld Lang Syne," brought the function to a close.
Gunners CARRACHER left for camp on Friday 28th December.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - January 11, 1918

The person who evolved the idea of harvesting 72 acres of wheat which Private Alex BLACK, on active service, had growing on Pleasant Banks, Goroke, had every reason to feel pleased on Wednesday, when fully 200 of the district folk were present at a working bee. The large attendance, the enthusiasm and energy shown throughout the day, proved that the well wishes of the local people when they bid farewell to Private BLACK were not merely lip service. The magnificent spirit displayed evidenced unquestionably that their patriotism had the practical in it, for farmers left their own ripened wheat unstripped, business men left their shops for the day, lumpers stacked the soldier's wheat, and the women folk left their homes to cater for the creature comforts of the harvesters. It seemed fitting that such an event should be held at Pleasant Banks. There was the smiling corn and the pleasant earnest faces of the men whether they were on the harvester, dumping or sewing bags, or loading or carting wheat. A start was made at 9.35 a.m. and the last harvester had finished at 10 minutes to 5, 16 harvesters having engaged, and owned by the following farmers------Messrs. Geo. ROBINSON, M. KIELY, W. TULLY, J. DELANEY, F.O. ROBERTSON, Chas. RICHARDS, Chas. D. BLOCK, F. SCHUMAN, H. STEHN, O. STEHN, Geo. BURNS, John MOLLOY, C. WALKER, John CUMING, John COMPATON, Geo. STANTON. Teams were sent by Messrs. L.A. BULL, D. BULL, C. BAILEY, J. MITCHEM, W. TIERNEY, A. PERRY, F.SMITH and J. J. WEBB. There were 150 Draught horses on the ground and 16 harvesters------13 Sunshine, one Federal, one Mitchell, and one Shearer. Some of the harvesters were 8 wide and were drawn by 8 horses. Mr F. McKAY, of the Sunshine Works, was present with 4 or 5 district representatives, to render expert help, 11 teams were at work.

As the wheat was brought in the bags were sewn up, loaded and carted. The 72 acres yielded 610 bags.

The working bee was admirably managed by Messrs George BAILEY and George ROBINSON. Mr Albert SCHINCKEL made an admirable and persistent manager of the commissariat, and the excellent dinner showed the deep interest the ladies had taken in making the bee a success. There were drones amongst the lady bees. The dinner was served under the shade of a spreading tree on the bank of a swamp, really an ideal spot. Mr SCHINCKEL, on behalf of Private BLACK, thanked everyone who had assisted, assuring them that Private BLACK when he heard of what had been done would much appreciate the kindness of the people of the Goroke and district.

Mr J.B. SCOTT informed the gathering that it was intended to send a cable to Private BLACK informing him of what had been done.

Two cinematography operators were present, and two films were taken, one to be used for recruiting and one for advertising purposes. The films will also in all probability be shown in the trenches in France. Large group photos were taken in the field and at the railway station.

Wedding Bells McNIVEN--MURRAY
On December 24th, at the Presbyterian Church, Horsham, Mr John McNIVEN (late AIF 6th Battalion), youngest son of Mr Wm. McNIVEN, of Appin, Argylshire, Scotland, was married to Pearl, eldest daughter of Cr. and Mrs A. MURRAY, of "St Elmo" Telangatuk East. The Rev J.L. KING of Balmoral officiated at the ceremony. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a costume of ivory crepe de chene, with a pretty hat of white tulle. She carried a shower bouquet of white flowers tied with tulle and wore a handsome aquamarine necklet, the gift of the bridegroom. The brides gift to the bridegroom was a gold albert. Miss Louis MURRAY, sister of the bride, was the bridesmaid, and wore a simple gown of white voile draped with ninon, and hat of white aerophane trimmed with tiny red flowers, and carried a shower bouquet of red carnations tied with red and white streamers (the bridegroom's Battalion colours). She also wore a circular brooch of rubies and pearls, the gift of the bridegroom. Sergeant J. O'CALLAGHAN (late of 6th Battalion) was best man. After the ceremony the guests were entertained at wedding tea at the Exchange Hotel, and in the decorations of the tables, the regimental colours were again in evidence. The bride travelled in a brown tailor made costume of covert coating, and smart pink tagel hat relieved with brown. Subsequently Mr and Mrs McNIVEN left by the afternoon train for Ballarat, en route to Torquay, where the honeymoon was spent.

Suicide at Taylor's Lake
Karl ANDERSON, aged 30, believed to be either a Swede or a Russian Finn, committed suicide by hanging himself from the ridge-pole of a tent on Thursday week last, at Taylor's Lake. The deceased, who had been employed for twelve months on the storage works controlled by the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission, had suffered for some time from a malignant venereal disease. It is also stated that he had been worried because of his inability to procure naturalisation papers. on Wednesday evening he had been seen by Mr LINDELL, clerk of works, to whom he stated he would resume work in the morning. Next morning he was discovered hanging in an abandoned tent and when cut down life was extinct. An inquest was held by the deputy coroner, Mr S.G. KNIGHT, J.P. when a verdict of suicide was returned. The deceased had 2/5 and some other small effects about his clothes. He spent the Christmas holidays in Horsham, and was at the Rosebrook races on New Year's Day.

Mr F.A. McCLENNAN, a 40 years resident of Dimboola, died on December 31, aged 70, from lung trouble and heart failure. At one time he and his brother conducted the Commercial Hotel, and had been electoral registrar for the Dimboola subdivision for many years.

Private H. NALDER, of Wail, has been invalided home owing to having received concussion of the brain. he had just left a crowded theatre when he was seized with dizziness and fell backwards on the pavement. Private NALDER has submitted to the military authorities details of a plan by which he hopes to considerably prolong the life of big guns. If the idea is a success, Private NALDER will benefit considerably.

The engagement is announced of Miss Annie MAHER, youngest daughter of Mr William MAHER and the late Mrs MAHER, of "Pine Grove," Wal Wal to Mr Cedric Rae BENNETT, youngest son of Mr and Mrs William BENNETT, of "Elmhurst" Dimboola. The marriage is to take place shortly.

Horsham Sub Treasury
The following accounts await payment at the Receipt and Pay office Horsham---

Arapiles Shire Council (R.G. FOGARTY), G. BRAY, (Natimuk), A.C.G. HAUSTORFER (Natimuk), Kowree Shire Council (H. GOLDING), A. EDLINGTON (Goroke).

The following are awaiting issue at the Horsham Receipt and Pay office.

Crown Grants-- Duncan McLACHLAN (Tooan), Mrs Elizabeth PRICE (Clear Lake), Dan WILSON (Wail), Mrs Alice M.M. GUTHRIDGE ( Mossyvale Goroke), William RUSSELL (Connangorach), W. WILKS (Beneyeo), Mrs Catherine BELL (Goroke).

Leases-- James EAGLES (Bungalally).

Licenses-- Miss Kathleen LAVERY (Booroopki), Geo A. FREEMAN (Brimpaen), Donald McQUEEN.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday January 18, 1918

The following is a copy of a letter received from Pte. C. H. L. CRABTREE, of Booroopki, by his Mother-----

    You will see by these lines that I am still getting along well. Things are quiet at this place and I haven't had much to do yet. I was marked active a few days ago and am shifting to another camp today so I suppose I will get furlough from there. My arm is almost better now but it aches a little at times. It was cut about a bit and some pieces of shrapnel are in it yet. I was hit a bit early to miss the winter in France, but that can't be helped-------a man is lucky to be alive. I don't think I told you anything about the "stunt" so I may as well tell you in this letter. I had only been back with my battalion 6 weeks when we went in. We left some of the old trenches about 1.30 am. It had been lovely weather, but just before we started to move up the rain commenced, which made the ground as slippery as glass. I had a box of bombs besides my ammunition, 72 hours rations and other gear. It was pretty crook travelling and when we got up you may guess we were all very tired as it took us 4 hours to get there. We lay out in shell holes for about half an hour, then the order came to get ready and over we went. The Corporal in my section said "come on No 5" but it was impossible to see him as it was dark, so I streaked off on my own and found myself mixed up with the other letter company. The Corporal and Scotty HEAP (you may remember him) went on into our own barrage and were killed, so I was lucky that I did miss them. We met very little opposition in the first and second objectives. We had a few Fritz by then, poor old Huns were scared terribly, and no wonder, the barrage was good although a lot of our boys were killed with our own fire------through going too far ahead. After about 4 hours----we had to wait for the barrage to lift-----I took things as coolly as possible, smoking all the time and taking advantage of all the shell holes I could. All the boys seemed to enjoy it and were confident of success. I had a doze for a couple of minutes while we were waiting, then the barrage lifted and away we went again. There were a couple of "pill boxes" which held us up for a while, they are great concrete structures and take some blowing up. Fritz kept the M.G's. popping till some of the boys got roused on the flank and routed them out. The gunners got very little mercy from our boys till after we had settled the pill boxes and captured all the Fritz that were alive (we had a good few altogether). Things got pretty quiet so we started to dig in and had pretty near finished when someone brought word over that the Huns were advancing so they told a few of us who were good shots to go and have a crack at them. I went over, got on top of a pill box which had some stuff that hid me from view and blazed away for a good while. The old rifle was pretty dirty after the mud and stuff we had come through and lying in the shell holes. I got pretty sick of it so I went back to where my mates were and reported to my officer. I forgot to tell you what the Fritz's were doing. As far as I could see they were a reconnoitring party and were hopping from one shell hole to another, which gave us some pretty good targets to shoot at. I don't know how many I got but I suppose I bagged a few and I'm glad it wasn't me who was being shot at. Well I cleaned the old shooter up "tres bon" and had a little snack. Then the officer sent me on a few messages and that was when the shell got me. I was about sixty yards from my mates, and I did it in good time, bleeding like a pig. One of the pieces cut a vein in my arm. They bound me up, rather roughly I must say, but the best they could under the circumstances. I think it was what is called a "whiz bang" that got me. They burst up in very small pieces. Bert PHILLIPS was wounded in the head. Herb McKAY also got hit. I have just seen Ted MILLAR and he told me poor old Ray had been killed. I feel very sorry for his people, but this is war and those at home must always be prepared to bear good or bad news about us, and if some of us are killed they must not fret, but be comforted when they remember that their boys have been men, not cowards, and have fallen doing their duty towards their King and the country they love. I have been marked fit for active service again, so I suppose I will be going back after I get my furlough.----C.H.L CRABTREE

Friday January 25, 1918 In last weeks issue it should have been stated that the letter (published) from Pte. Charlie CRABTREE of Booroopki, was received by his brother Mr D. J. CRABTREE Jnr; and another error was that "Bert PHILLIPS was wounded in the head". It should have read that he was wounded in the hand.

NOTE : The person by the name of Ray who was killed was Ray GARDNER

Mrs. E.C. KNIGHT of Gymbowen, whose son, Private A.C.KNIGHT, lost his life on active service, has received the following sympathetic letter from Lt. PARKER of the 60th Battalion.

    On behalf of the Officers, N.C.O's, and men of A company, I wish to express our deepest sympathy with you in the loss of a comrade, poor boy (2184), Private A.C.KNIGHT. On the morning of 10th October; 1917, we were on Anzac Ridge, and an enemy shell burst on the trench where your son was standing, he was buried. When we were able to dig him out there was no movement, but he was taken immediately to the dressing station. The Doctor stated that he had passed away. He was buried by the Medical Officer. It was his first time in the line, yet he was very brave and never flinched from duty. We have lost a faithful comrade and feel keenly your loss. He has passed away in a worthy cause---for liberty and righteousness. Each man of us is willing to give life itself if need be for those in the homeland. He has gone to his reward for work well done. With deepest sympathy, your representative in the A.I.F.

Copy of letter received by Mrs George Gardner, of Booroopki –

No doubt you have been notified of your son being killed in action on the 4th of October, but as officer of his platoon, I am sending these few lines. For the battle, your son was in charge of my Lewis Gun team and when we advanced he was killed by a shell hitting almost for him. The gun he was carrying was smashed to pieces. Some of the boys of the team went back next day and we buried him on the battlefield. I have made a parcel of the personal effects that were on him, but the belt and watch he was carrying were gone. From the time I joined up the Battalion, I had a more than high regard for my Private Gardner; and he was always one of the best of the finest lost of lads I have ever been with. His quiet, honest bearing placed him very high in the estimation of the whole Company and his own special pals feel his loss very much. Trusting you and yours may be comforted in the knowledge that your boy was called doing his all in the great struggle we are all engaged in, and you will all accept our heartfelt sympathy in you trail. – I remain, very sincerely yours, George Dutton, C Company, 38th Battalion.

It was decided at Tuesday's meeting of the Horsham District Hospital Committee to invite applications from persons willing to fill the vacancy caused by the death of the secretary, Mr H. BRAUND. Applications are returnable on Thursday, January 24, at noon.

Mr A. S. RODGERS M.H.R. advises that definite arrangements have been made for the immediate payment of three shillings per bushel on the new seasons wheat. Procedures similar to that of previous years will be followed.

Obituary - Mr Carl MEYER
The death of Mr Frederick Wilhelm Carl MEYER, eldest son of Mr Wilhelm MEYER, of Natimuk Lake, removes one of Natimuk's earliest inhabitants. About two years, the symptoms of the disease which eventually carried him off, manifested itself. From that time onwards his state of health gradually became worse until about six months ago, Dr BIRD, his medical attendant, held out little hope for his recovery. This diagnosis was correct, Mr MEYER passing away on Saturday evening last at 8.15. About half an hour previously he was walking about, though very weak from his long illness, the immediate cause of death being heart failure, supervening on Bright's disease. The news of his death was received with feelings of deep regret by a wide circle of friends and acquaintances, who knew him to be a true friend, and a worthy member of the community. The late Mr MEYER was born at Beechapeldt near Adelaide in 1857, and went with his parents to Mt. Gambier in 1860, and from there to Natimuk in 1873, he being then 16 years of age. In 1889 he married Miss Sophia LANGE and founded a home at Carchap, the issue of the marriage being one daughter and three sons, their names being Albert, Elsie, Herbert (just returned from active service), and Walter. In 1910 the family came to Natimuk and have since carried on the farm belonging to Mr W. MEYER, the deceased gentleman's father, who is 92 years of age. The funeral on Monday was well attended, not withstanding the rain which fell throughout the afternoon. The coffin bearers were Messrs. Paul and John BOEHM, Fred and Ernest HAUSTORFER, and William and Albert KLOWSS. Pastor LOHE conducted the burial service and Messrs WILTSHIRE and IRVINE had charge of the mortuary arrangements.

The Telangatuk and other friends of the late Mr Robert BRENNAN, of Telangatuk, will regret to learn that he died at Horsham on the morning of Tuesday week at the age of 63. The deceased had suffered from indifferent health for about four years, and the immediate cause of death was heart failure. For 40 years he was a resident of Telangatuk district where he was well and favourably known. He leaves a widow and a family of three sons and two daughters. One son is in France fighting for his country, and Mrs Alfred HOBBS, of Noradjuha, is a daughter. The burial took place at the Horsham cemetery yesterday week in the presence of a number of friends. The service at the grave was impressively read by Mr COMBRIDGE, evangelist. The pall bearers were Messrs F. and C. BRENNAN, D. and A. MURPHY, P. REES and A. HOBBS. Messrs OULTON and BOYLE had charge of the funeral arrangements.

Mr Fred FINCK, eldest son of Mrs W. MEREDITH, is suffering from appendicitis. Yesterday Dr. BIRD was called in, and ordered Mr FINCK's removal to the Horsham hospital.

Music Examinations
Of the many beautiful voices existing in the Wimmera, few of their possessors care to qualify for their singing examinations. The very successful pass awarded to Miss Jessica A. DALKIN, of Stawell, in singing, intermediate grade at the examination of the Associated Board of the R.A.M. and R.C.M., London, in the Town Hall Stawell, on December 8, is therefore worthy of special notice. Miss DALKIN has a lyric soprano voice trained and developed with professional assistance by Mr G.P. FRAYLING, Horsham. In addition to the usual technical material and sight reading, the examination comprised the songs "As Butterfly that Blindly" (by Scarlatti) "Water Parted from the Sea" (by Dr Arne) and "Fantasia" (by Sir F.H. Cowen), the long B in alt in the final phase of the latter song being given with ease and clearness. The successful piano forte candidates presented by Mr FRAYLING are Master John H. LOFFEL, of Dimboola, nine years of age, who scored 117 points in the primary grade, Miss Winnie WRIGHT, elementary, and Miss Eileen COLES intermediate, also in rudiments Miss CLEMENTS. This brings the total passes of Mr FRAYLING's pupils up to 145, including five diplomas. It is announced that he will recommence tuition at Natimuk on Tuesday, February 5.

Boy Run Over
An accident, which gave rise to a great deal of false rumour, occurred on Friday afternoon about 4 o'clock, at the intersection of Firebrace and Wilson streets, when a lad named EMMERSON, son of Mr Matthew EMMERSON, of Tooan, was knocked over by a pair of horses and a buggy, driven by Mrs PREUSS jnr, of Walmer. The little fellow had come into Horsham to spend the day with his grandfather, Mr Robert EMMERSON, and while he was standing near the corner, Mrs PREUSS drove slowly over the crossing. Before either the boy or the driver realised what was happening the pole strap on the off side stuck the boy on the head. The horse plunged, and the near horse knocked the boy down, one of the wheels passing over his neck. The little fellow, bruised, but fortunately not injured seriously, was taken in a cab to Dr FELSTEAD's surgery, and was afterwards able to leave for his home. The incident was brief, and it was not until Saturday that the news reached the ears of the police. Meanwhile it was widely reported that the boy had died, and it was only after the most careful investigation that the actual facts could be gleaned.

The following letter has been received by Mr Alex SCOTT, of Natimuk, from Pte. W.T. COZENS, regarding the late Pte. Jack SCOTT:--

I will try and write you a few lines concerning poor Jack's death. I wrote you a letter about 3 months ago but it must have been on the boat that went down. I had a letter from father and he said you were wondering if I knew how Jack met his death. Jack was acting as stretcher bearer to one of our companies in a raid on Fritz's lines. He was about 100 yards away from where I was, but on a different sector, and he and the chap that was with him were killed with the same shell, death being instantaneous. I saw a chap since who was within a few yards of him that night. It must have come as a great blow to you all, as a better mate you couldn't find. Jack and I were best of mates ever since we came into camp, and there wasn't a man who had a bad word for him. He was our companies champion runner. I often wonder whether you got the medal that Jack won at Lark Hill or not. We had a lot of casualties the night that Jack met his death. It was on the morning of the 28th of May. 200 of us raided Fritz's trenches and only 80 answered the roll call next morning. I have not been back to the Battalion since that night as I got hit then too. I had letters from the boys over there and they all miss Jack very much. He was always happy and a general favourite. It is with the deepest regret that I write you these few lines, but I thought it only right that I should do so, as jack and I were mates. I extend my deepest sympathy to you all in your sad bereavement.

NOTE:--- Scott, John Thomas
Number: 1004
Rank: Private [Pte]
Unit: 38th Bn
Service: Army
Conflict: 1914-1918
Date of Death: 28/05/1917
Place of Death:
Cause of Death:
Memorial Panel: 130
Cemetery or Memorial Details: 26 Villers Bretonneux-France
Next Of Kin:
Place Of Enlistment: Natimuk, VIC
Native Place:
Notes: SCOTT, Pte. John Thomas, 1004. 38th Bn. 28th May, 1917. Age 24. Son of Henry Scott and his wife Clara Durham. Born at Natimuk, Victoria. He went to Vectis State School No 1623. His brother, Alex D. SCOTT, was the informant for particulars required for the Roll of Honour of Australia for the Memorial War Museum.

Source: Internet, AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army.
Australian War Memorial

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Firebrace Street Horsham
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WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday January 25, 1918

Mr John GORDON, of Goroke, died on Monday last in the Horsham hospital where he had been since December 1 of last year. The deceased, a single man, aged 72 years, was a wool classer by profession, and was greatly respected by all who knew him, as was evidenced by the number of visitors he received while lying in the hospital during his last illness.

On Wednesday last, Mrs D. McPHEE, received by wire the welcome news that her brother Dan NEILL---who has been a prisoner in Germany for about eighteen months ---had arrived safely in England. It will be remembered that he was severely wounded before being taken prisoner, and has had a leg amputated below the knee, hence an exchange has been effected.

On Thursday evening last, 17th inst; about 100 friends of Pte. J.W.S. McDONALD, 38th Battalion, assembled at Booroopki to give that young hero a hearty welcome home, he having been invalided home with a disabled arm.
After dancing had been indulged in for a time and a few vocal items had been rendered, the National Anthem was sung and a sumptuous spread provided by the ladies was partaken of, after which Mr P.J. LAVERY, chairman of the Booroopki Welcome Socials Committee, explained the object of the gathering. He had been pleased in extending a very hearty welcome to Pte. McDONALD and he knew that was the feeling of all. When they met to say goodbye to Pte. McDONALD about 18 months ago, he (the chairman) predicted that he would come back to them a General, but owing to his being wounded, he did not get the opportunity. However he had received his wounds honorably while fighting for the good cause, and they all admired him for it. Personally, he had known Pte. McDONALD for a long time, and always considered him a very fine young fellow, and a boy whom his parents should feel very proud of, as he knew they did, and he could quite understand their joy on his return. He (Chairman) trusted that their guest would soon be quite recovered; but if he were not able to again take his one-time place in life, he hoped that the repatriation scheme or some other scheme would be utilised in giving Pte. McDONALD and our other brave disabled warriors all the assistance they required. (applause)
Other speakers who spoke eulogistically of Pte. McDONALD, and expressed their pleasure in having the opportunity of welcoming him back to Booroopki, were Messrs, F.A. CRABTREE, L.A. BULL, D.J. CRABTREE, P. McCARTHY, D.J. CRABTREE Jnr. and D. CARRACHER.
The Chairman then presented to Pte. McDONALD a handsome gold medal as a mark of esteem in which he was held by the people of Booroopki and district. The medal bore the inscription "Presented to Pte. J. W. S. McDonald 38th. Batt. on his return (wounded) from the war, by Booroopki friends." Private McDONALD suitably responded thanking his friends for their kindness. Very nice things had been said about him by the speakers, but he considered that he had only done his duty to King and country by enlisting. Mr CRABTREE Jnr. had referred to the days when they went to the Morea school together, which reminded him of the number of his school fellows who had enlisted for which he admired them. It was a very sad day for him that he heard of the death of his old pal, Private Ray GARDNER. They left Australia on the same boat, and were in France together until he got wounded, and it was while he was in England that he heard the sad news. He joined with the speakers and all friends in sympathising with Mr and Mrs GARDNER and family. (applause)
Mr H. McDONALD also briefly thanked the people for their kindness to his son, and the speakers for their kindness to his son, and the speakers for their kindly references to Mrs McDONALD, himself, and family. There was no one more pleased then they were to see him back again. "He's A Jolly Good Fellow," and "God Save Our Splendid Men," concluded the social part of the evening.
Dancing was resumed, and the proceedings came to a close at daybreak with the singing of Auld Lang Syne, Mr M. LANCASTER acted as M.C. for the dance, while good music was provided by Messrs. F. HINCH, D BULL, and others.

Letters from the Front
The following letter was received by Mrs G. Gardner, of Booroopki, and it speaks for itself of the golden opinions won by her late son, Ray, amongst his comrades in France. This was also exemplified by a letter in a previous issue from his commanding officer –

I feel it my duty to write you these few lines, informing you of the loss of Ray in the battle we have just gone through. We went over on the 4th October, and we were in the Machine Gun team. Ray was No 1, he had to take the gun and I was No 2 following him up. We were going well, as cheerful as ever we were, until we had nearly reached our objective, when a shell landed alongside us, and a piece of shrapnel caught poor Ray on the side of the head, killing him instantaneously, he never suffered any pain. We went back after and buried him decently, with a little cross over him. It was a terrible blow to us all, for we thought the world of him, and so did our officer. I take it that it was God’s will that he should go. Kindly accept my deepest sympathy, also from all the boys that knew him. I was only two yards behind when it happened. His duty nobly done, I remain – Yours etc., BERT VONEINEM

Reuben SISSON, late of Natimuk, builder, who died on 16 October, left by will dated 21 May, 1889, estate of the value of 2305 pounds reality and 3356 pounds persona'ity to his widow.

A quiet wedding was celebrated at the residence of Mr M. STARICK, of Natimuk Lake on Monday week last, when Edna third daughter of Mr M. STARICK, was united in the holy bonds of Matrimony with Mr Jack RASK. The Rev A.M. FRANCIS officiated.
A tinkettling was rendered the happy couple on Monday evening last at Mr STARICKS home. After listening with commendable patience for a considerable time to the mixture of weird and harmonious instruments principally superlatively weird including the clanging of a junk of iron on a plough share ) the members of the household produced a variety of refreshment, while several of the budding musicians came to light with several well rendered ditties, of which particular mention should be made of the pathetic piece 'R--o--r--roamin in the gloamin'. It is hoped that this crude way of expressing good-will, will be appreciated by the newly weds, and that they will continue to live in happiness and prosperity.

Obituary - Mr Fred RODGERS
The news of the death of Mr Fred RODGERS, of Tooan, on Wednesday morning, came as a shock to his many Natimuk friends. He was, it is true, known to have undergone a delicate operation in Melbourne on Tuesday week, but letters received by the family from Mrs ROGERS, who accompanied her husband, were of the most hopeful kind, the letter received on Tuesday of this week announcing the glad news that Mr ROGERS was still improving. One can imagine with what grief the news was received by them on Wednesday that their father had passed away at 10 minutes past 3 in the afternoon. At the age of 14 Mr RODGERS met with a serious accident as a result of which his liver was crushed. At different times he complained of illness, but was generally speaking full of energy and hard work. Twelve months ago the first serious symptoms manifested themselves and acting under the advice of Dr. BIRD he underwent an operation on Tuesday week.

Mr ROGERS was a man who had always been held in high esteem. He was born at Cavendish a little over 50 years ago, and came to the Miga Lake district 27 years ago, and acquired two blocks of land, one at Kalingur and the other at Miga Lake. About 27 years ago he settled on the land he has lived on ever since and as years went by he bought out Messrs. HARPER and Chas. KNIGHT. He was a well known breeder of high class sheep, and took prizes at Natimuk shows some time back. Two years after settling at Tooan he married Miss Ellen BERRY, the issue of the marriage being two daughters and five sons. May, Thomas, Roy, Oscar, Bert, Cyril, and Nellie. The deepest sympathy is felt for Mrs ROGERS and family in the great bereavement they have suffered. The body was brought to Natimuk by last nights train and will be conveyed to Tooan this morning, the cortege leaving the Methodist Church at 10 o'clock and deceased's late residence at 1.30.

Note! The spelling RODGERS & ROGERS is how it appears in the paper. I suspect it should be ROGERS.

A destructive fire broke out at about 20 minutes past 2 o'clock on Monday afternoon in a 20 horse stable on Mr Jack SEERY's farm, at Murtoa. The fire spread to an adjoining building, and an engine and chaffcutter were destroyed as were also 35 tons of hay and five tons of chaff and a quantity of harness. The Murtoa bush fire brigade was successful in stopping the fire after about 15 acres of grass were burnt. About 200 fire fighter were present. Mr SEERY estimates that his loss on the stable alone at £200, and his total loss at about £500. The property is uninsured. The cause of the fire is unknown.

Mr Fred FINCK, of Natimuk, was operated on at Horsham Hospital on Tuesday, for appendicitis. Yesterday word was received in Natimuk that Fred was doing well.

Mr Thos. A. HEARD, of "Henford Barton" Estate, Lowan, having leased his property for a term of five years to Mr R.G. McCLURE, of Mitre Lake, has instructed Messrs. David ANDERSON and Co. to conduct a clearing sale of sheep, horses, cattle, machinery and household furniture, on Thursday, February 28. It is, we hear, Mr and Mrs HEARD's intention to retire to Geelong.

The biggest load of wheat delivered at Natimuk this season was that brought in yesterday by Mr E. WERNER---86 bags.

Harvesting a Soldier's Crop.
70 ACRES HARVESTED FOR PTE. THOS. P. KNIGHT One would think that Old Sol was doing his bit in the interest of the absent soldier unable to harvest his own crop because of his absence of the most serious business of the Empire. Three working bees have been held lately, each in perfect weather.

A better day then Tuesday for harvesting a wheat crop could not have been created--sunshine from beginning to end, so that the 16 harvesters which were set going in Private Thos. P. KNIGHT's two paddocks of wheat on the Eastern and Southern banks of a swamp on the property of the soldier's mother, Mrs K. BUFFHAM. Save that a few worn out parts of harvesters gave away--one machine was 15 years old--there was no hitch in beheading of the wheat stalks. And the little mechanical trouble that did occur was promptly righted by Mr DEAN, an expert from the Sunshine Works, who with Mr WHITE, motor expert for Messrs. HAGELTHORN and BOLTON, and a representative of the West Wimmera Mail, comprised the outsiders. Some of the teams had come from a distance of ten miles, and it must have been well into the night before they reached home. The working bee was organised by Mr Arthur RICHARDS, and though he had the unanimous support of those present, the completeness of the arrangements was highly creditable to him. The ladies of the district did their share splendidly by providing dinner and afternoon tea.

Dinner and tea were served in the shade of an overhanging gum. There were a couple of after dinner speeches. Mr Arthur RICHARDS said he wished on behalf of Mrs BUFFHAM to heartily thank all present who had assisted in taking off her son's crop. The result far anticipated expectations, 16 harvesters taking part. They all regretted that occasion had arisen for the working bee, but Private KNIGHT had been unable to get harvest leave. It was a handsome effort for Mrs BUFFHAM, relieving her of much anxiety and expense. They could all appreciate Mrs BUFFHAM's feelings of gratitude, which words could not express. Farmers had left their own crops standing that day in order that the soldier's crop could be taken off. It was many years since a working bee was held at Gymbowen, but the spirit of the people was the same now as it was then. The number of bags was not known yet, but it was one of the best patches of wheat in the district. He again thanked the farmers of the Nurcoung and Gymbowen district for the splendid way in which they had rolled up to take off Private Knight's crop.

Mr G.T. HAASE said he wished to thank the ladies for providing the dinner, and the tea which they would no doubt provide later on.

There were no drones among the Gymbowen ladies. He hoped the representative of the West Wimmera Mail would make a note of that, (laughter). From the time some of the bees had taken over dinner he was sure they had done justice to it. He also desired to thank the visitors, particularly the representative of the Mail. Without the press they would not know what was doing. Mr DEAN (Sunshine expert), and Mr WHITE (representing the district agents) also deserved thanks for coming such a long way.

The following supplied harvesters, the driver's name being given in parenthesis:-- Messrs. G.T HAASE (Bert HAASE), J.CRICK (owner), A.RICHARDS, 3 harvesters (G.RICHARDS, A.E. RICHARDS and Jas. BYRNE), Thos. BREEN (owner), J.BREEN (owner), T.COLYER and REDFORD (owners), J. SYPOTT (owner), F. WIDDICOMBE (owner), MUEGEL Bros. (A.E. MUEGEL), J.P. KNIGHT (owner), SHERIFF Bros. 2 harvesters (owners), E. REDFORD (J.SYPOTT), H.C. KNIGHT (owner).

Waggons were supplied by the following:-- Messrs. MAYBERY Bros., W.H. McCANN, W.E. MAYBERY, W.H. KNIGHT, WORTHY Bros., T. KNIGHT, J. AMPT, W and ? TIERNEY.

The following supplied manual labour:--- Arthur BROOKS, Jack BUFFHAM, E. MOLLOY, Jas. LOWE, John and Les LEAR, Fred MILLER, Luke SHELLEY, P. CRUSE, D. BUNWORTH, W. AMPT, N. LEWIS, Walter WHITE, Jas. SHERIFF snr, SHERIFF, H. SAMPEY and two boys, E. REDFORD, W. REDFORD, T. REDFORD, W.E. MAYBERY, E. HAASE, Wm. CRICK, Marsden and Willie WIDDICOMBE and BOLAND.

The Green Lake correspondent of the Horsham Times writes:--- The working bee arranged by Cr. CROSS to reap the crop of Mrs J. TAYLOR of Drung Drung, formally of Grass Flat, on Saturday, was enthusiastically responded to by a number of neighbouring farmers and many others who were willing to render any possible assistance. Unfortunately there were some who could not make it possible to come to the field on that day, and consequently the whole of Mrs TAYLOR's crop could not be taken off before night, notwithstanding the strenuous endeavour on the part of those who were there. We very much regret that there are some of us who had only very short distances to go who did not pull a machine into the crop, while others brought teams six, seven, and eight miles. As far as the remaining crop is concerned, however, Mrs TAYLOR may rest assured it will be reaped before many more days elapse, some farmers having expressed their willingness to complete the job early this week. This was the second occasion on which the neighbours congregated to assist Mrs TAYLOR, who a few months ago lost her husband under sad circumstances, and having two grown-up sons at the front, has none but a lad to help her through. When the time for hay cutting came, Mr A.S. RODGERS kindly promised to cut 50 acres, and promptly had a reaper and binder in the field. As soon as it was fit to cart in, Cr. CROSS arranged for a bee to do it, and three stacks were built in one day. Although there were some 160 acres of crop to be taken off, and roughly estimating there were left on Saturday night some 30 acres. Saturday being a fine day, the crop was fit to reap early in the morning.

What Our Friends Are Doing

Corporal J.T. CRUSE, son of Mr. and Mrs P. CRUSE, of Gymbowen, who was severely wounded in the thigh and was three months out of action, has returned to the trenches in France.

The following letter has been received by Robert BELL, formerly of Goroke, from Captain Joseph H. HOPKINS, commanding officer of the late Private Alan BELL-- I desire to express my deepest sympathy in the loss of your son. He was in my company during the recent operations in Flanders on October 4th and was killed by a shell and subsequently buried in an Australian cemetery near Yonetike in Flanders. I personally regret the loss of good men such as your son, for it was their bravery and devotion to duty that gave us the success of which we are all so proud.

To Private Albert SCHUNKE

In the Natimuk Mechanics Hall, on Friday evening last, a farewell social was tendered to Private Albert SCHUNKE, who was home on final leave and who is expected to sail shortly for the front. Considering that only 24 hours notice of the social could be given there was a large attendance, though men of eligible age were conspicuous by their absence. The Rev. A.M. FRANCIS, chairman of the Farewell and Welcome Home Committee, presided, and before the proceedings commenced, invited Mr James ORR, who will shortly go into camp, on to the platform. In addition to the two guests, there were also on the platform ex soldiers V.C. BROWN and Chris BOUSFIELD and Corporal Gus TOLLNER, the latter having been invalided home after spending six months in a hospital in England. The chairman said they were gathered together to offer honour and best wishes to Private Albert SCHUNKE. There was no need to introduce him, he was known to all present. It was not a time to digress as to the character of the guests, but it was right and fit that they should honour them. The question of nobility of life entered into the action the guests had taken. They could not do great things without a noble character. It was a time to do great things. There were two things worth fighting for, God and country. They had heard a good deal about a call. The effect of a call or its influence was different on the different individuals, and when the call came to fight for the Empire it was received differently. Some boasted about their country and were pleased to do a lot of talking, but James ORR and Albert SCHUNKE did not talk but put the call into action. These men were putting God save the King and the waving of the banner of St. George into action. After all, of what value was a life that was not worth fighting for ? Private SCHUNKE was stepping into the shoes of two brothers killed at the war, while Mr ORR was giving up the promise of a brilliant career in the civil service. These two men were prompted to do something which would have an influence on the world. In Eastern countries it was held, that when a man laid down his life he gave of his best. The two men who were going forward to fight for a great cause, and with every good wish they wished him God-speed and looked forward to the time when they would come back crowned with honour. He had much pleasure in presenting Private SCHUNKE with a safety razor and a wallet and Mr ORR with a set of military brushes. Private SCHUNKE briefly but feelingly returned thanks. The chairman wishes to express his thanks to Misses D. BOYD and RATCLIFFE for supplying music, Mr ANTONY for decorations, and the performers and all those who helped to make the evening a success.
The program was as follows:--

  • National Anthem
  • Recitation, Selection from Ginger Mick, Miss FRANCIS.
  • Song, Ladies in Khaki, Miss Ivy McLEAN.
  • Song, The Deathless Army, Mr ORR.
  • Song, Smiles, Miss E. SCHURMANN.
  • Song, When We Gather Round the Old Home Fire, Miss D. BOYD.
  • Recitation, Mrs Pagaty's Party, Miss FRANCIS.
  • Song, God be With You, Miss NITSCHKE.
A well attended dance was held afterwards.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - February 8, 1918

Private Ernie FRANCIS formally of the "Mail" staff, writes from Belgium under date December 3, 1917, to a friend in Natimuk, as follows-----

The cold is just intense. We had snow yesterday morning and a wind that would bite through you blew all day and night. The wind has frozen the ground and where one had mud yesterday, only earth like stone exists today. I am writing this by candle light in an iron humpy, though the day is bright. The moisture from my breath is settled in drops from the ceiling about a foot above my head. My feet I am trying to thaw out in blankets and my fingers are often at the candle flame. Two others are trying to scribble home and are uttering imprecations on the cold. One has given up the game but if he waits till warmer times that letter will never be finished, and just to think that over there in our sunny Southland you have heat to spare. Things will be much nicer ( I don't think) when we go out at 2 30 PM, handling iron and barbed wire right into the hours of sleety darkness. And they talk of war. We can return to a warm drink of tea at any rate. But there are men who are sitting this weather out up in the front line and supports, with the watchful eye of German airmen ready to spot any incautious movement which will give their position away. I do not think that people really understand just what their friends are undergoing for them. When they are not in the hell that one calls a battle it is a question of wait patiently in much rain and bitter wind. I got a great surprise when I learnt of the death of Ted SCHUNKE. I saw him a few days before he went in for the final time. He looked well and was quite happy. He had suffered more than his share for the sake of Australia. We never had any faith in the relief of the original men. But if they had done their part in Australia he would now have been safe and well. But what else can you expect from men who do not even back us up by carrying out their work in Australia, They can never have any idea of what men are undergoing to save their worthless skins. So far it has been left to men to say whether they value their lives more than the liberty of Australia, but I doubt if they are worthy of consideration.-------Ernie Francis

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - April 19, 1918

A fire, the cause of which seems to be inexplicable, took place on Saturday evening last, in Mr A.A. MORRISON's house in Wawunna Road, Horsham. The fire was noticed by a neighbour shortly before 10 o'clock, and the alarm was quickly given from the Dimboola Road instrument. The brigade arrived quickly on the scene, but were too late to save the dwelling. The house was insured in the Northern Insurance Company for £135, and had not been occupied since April 2. The damage is estimated at £350. Two other fires have recently broken out in Horsham, and the police are prosecuting inquiries into the respective outbreaks.

Mr James BROWN, of Natimuk, was just mounting his hack in front of Mr McINTYRE's store, on Friday last, when the animal, otherwise quite, took fright, throwing him off. Mr BROWN fell heavily on his shoulder, which was dislocated, and was kicked on the head with both hoofs. He also sustained several abrasions on both arms, and was much affected for a while. After recovering he was taken home in Mr GLADIGAU's car.

After being operated on for appendicitis in the Horsham hospital, Mr Wm. JOHNSON has returned to his home at Tooan.

Mr Reinhold HARNATH, a well known resident of Croxton, near Hamilton, was found dead under his overturned motor car on the Dooling-Dooling road. It is believed the accident followed the blowing out of a tyre. Deceased was 58 years of age.

Mr Jack CROSS has been transferred from the Natimuk Colonial Bank to the Willaura branch of the same institution.

What Our Friends Are Doing
Mr G. A. FENTON has received a cable message from his son, Lieut. C. B. FENTON, of the Royal Flying Corps, reported missing in France, that he is a prisoner of war at Karlsruhe Camp, Germany.

Private W. MURPHY, a son of Mr Daniel MURPHY, orchardist, of Quantong, arrived on Monday by the afternoon train from Melbourne. He was welcomed by the Mayor of Horsham, Cr. S. G. KNIGHT, and proceeded by train to his home at Quantong.

Ex Private George COLLINS, brother of Mr H. COLLINS, of Minimay, arrived at Minimay last week looking well and hearty, but still suffering from the effects of the fracture of his ankle caused through jumping into a trench during operations in France some few months ago. Mr COLLINS arrived in Australia about the beginning of the year, but spent his term of leave with his parents, who now reside at Clunes. He will be accorded a Welcome Home Social at Minimay on Wednesday evening, 24th inst.

Lance Corporal Jack McCARTHY, of Neuarpurr, who has been invalided home as a result of severe wounds (second occasion) arrived in Adelaide on Sunday.

Mr Syd O'CONNOR, of Minimay, who recently passed the medical test in Horsham for active service met with a disappointment on going to Melbourne for final examination, failing to pass the severe test there. He also previously failed to pass the test.

Mr Alf MILES entered camp at Broadmeadows last week.

Private Marsden WIDDICOMBE and Charlie LOWE, of Gymbowen, were home on final leave during last weekend and returned to camp on Tuesday evening. Private WIDDICOMBE expects to sail between the 18th and 24th of this month.

Private George BURNS, of Edenhope was also on final leave, and returned to camp on the same train.

Our Neuarpurr correspondent writes--
Private Jack McCARTHY arrived home last Monday. A welcome home will be extended to this gallant young soldier on Saturday next at the Neuarpurr school, Private McCARTHY was, it will be remembered, wounded in the thigh last year. We all hope that Jack will soon be restored to his former health and strength.

In the 389th list of Victorian casualties, Captain F.G. MENZIES, South Yarra, and Private R.C. NEWTON, Horsham, are reported wounded.

Private CROSS, and Englishman, who enlisted from Mitre Lake, where he was employed by Mr Hermann SUDHOLZ, has returned to this district.

In a copy of the Anzac Bulletin, published in France, a copy of which has been shown us, appears the name of Private Gordon TAYLOR, son of Mr and Mrs John TAYLOR, of Tooan, who is reported wounded. The list was published on November 29th last.

Clearing Sales
On Wednesday April 10, at Minimay, on account Mr Harry COLLINS, Messrs. HAGELTHORN and BOLTON submitted his stock and farming plant to a large attendance of buyers. Medium draught geldings brought £13, £15/10, and £19 ; medium draught mares, £23, £24, £27/10 ; draught stallion, £42 ; steers, £12 ; cows, £9 and £12/10 ; reaper and binder, £30 ; drill, £20 ; cultivator, £8/8.

A well attended sale was conducted by Messrs YOUNG Bros. at Polkemmet on Saturday last on account Mr Robert HOOD, when fairly good prices where realised, as will be seen by the following list--Cultivator, £17/10 ; a j scarifier, £12/10 ; harvester, £3 ; stripper, 37/6 ; drill, £5/4 ; 4 fur. plough, £13/5 ; 3 wing harrows, £3 and £3/10 ; waggon, £15 ; horseworks and wheel, £4 ; cream can, 36/ ; saddles, £1 and 15/ ; buggy, £7/7/6 ; bay mares, £21, £14/5, £6/10, £15 and £7 ; aged mares, £4/10, £7 and £5/18 ; roan gelding, £12 ; brown gelding, £20 ; bay mare, £5/10 ; sets harness, £2, £2/5, and 30/ ; 2 steers and heifer, £16/2/6 ; cow, £4/2/6.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - April 26, 1918

Mr D. MAYBERY, of Gymbowen, has disposed of 1000 acres of his land to Messrs. J. CRICK, of Gymbowen. The sale was effected by Messrs. YOUNG Bros.

At "Fernlea Homestead," Noradjuha, next Monday, April 29, at 1 p.m. Messrs. David ANDERSON and Co. will hold a most important clearing sale on account of Mr H. SYMONS, when they will sell 1600 fine sheep, to be sold in lots, this being an excellent chance to secure good sheep, extensive farming plant, and well kept household furniture. On account of Mr James SYMONS, 407 acres of splendid land will be disposed of, and on account of Mr S.A. WALTER, 1 acre of land and a new 4 roomed house at Noradjuha, and some splendid building material.

Goroke Gatherings
Mr J. HISCOCK, of Nurcoung, who had been lingering for some time, died in a private hospital at Horsham last night week. His remains were conveyed to Goroke by train on Friday, and were interred in the Goroke cemetery on Saturday afternoon. The Rev. A. LYONS conducted the burial service.

Master Jack WADE, aged about 4 years, took suddenly and seriously ill on Monday and was removed to a private hospital at Horsham. His case was regarded as serious, in fact almost hopeless, but he is now almost well again.

Mr George BAILEY, who lives quiet close to town, was admitted to Dr. BIRD's private hospital at Natimuk on Tuesday week. His health had been in a precarious state, but under Dr. BIRD's care he is pulling round finely.

Farewell at Mitre Lake
To Mr and Mrs H.A. SUDHOLZ

The heavy rain which fell on Wednesday night, and the electric condition of the atmosphere, prevented a large number of Mr and Mrs Hermann SUDHOLZ's friends from attending the farewell given in their honour in the Mitre Lake South Hall. But it spoke volumes for the esteem in which they are held that such a number should brave the almost blinding flashes of lightning and deafening peels of thunder, to drive in some cases ten miles in order to be present. The rain was heaviest between 7 and 8 when most people were preparing to leave or were on the road. As is well known Mr SUDHOLZ has sold his land at Mitre Lake and purchased a much better and more extensive area of land close to Murtoa. Hence his departure and the farewell social, of which Mr C.G. PUMPA was the organiser.

Proceedings opened with games and interspersed with songs and recitations. At about 11 o'clock, Mr A. BARKER, who was chosen to make the presentations, said it gave him great pleasure to be present. Casting his mind back over the past years and thinking of the pioneers who had done so much for the district, the name of SUDHOLZ stood out prominently. The times in those early days were not as good as now, as there was very little for a man except hard work. The yield of wheat was like the price--very low. The progress was slow but through self-denial they had been able to hand down to their sons beautiful heritages, of which those sons should be proud. Tonight they were honouring a product of one of those sturdy pioneers. As a farmer Mr SUDHOLZ could hold his own against anyone, and he had plenty of pluck and energy. He regretted that such men as Mr SUDHOLZ were going away. They gave a tone to a district. Mr SUDHOLZ had taken his full share of public duty. Mr and Mrs SUDHOLZ should be proud that such a gathering had assembled to do them honour on such a night. He had much pleasure in presenting Mr SUDHOLZ on behalf of friends present and absent, with a silver salver, and to Mrs SUDHOLZ, on behalf of members of the Girl's Friendly Society, with an oak tray. Mrs SUDHOLZ had been secretary of the society since its inception, and had made great sacrifices for the cause for which she worked, but there was a lasting pleasure where there was sacrifice. Mr R.G. McCLURE said he was sorry they were loosing Mr and Mr SUDHOLZ from the district. Mr SUDHOLZ had taken a great interest in public affairs, particularly the Hall, and he did not know how they would get on without the SUDHOLZs, to whom they had looked to get the committee out of difficulty. Mr SUDHOLZ had taken the most prominent part in the rebuilding of the Mitre Dam. Mr SUDHOLZ was a promising man and had done his duty well. He might say that though the guest and he had not got on too well together they were parting the best of friends. He wished Mr and Mrs SUDHOLZ every prosperity. Mr Pat BUNWORTH and Cr. Jas. BUTLER also expressed their deep regret at the approaching departure of Mr and Mrs SUDHOLZ and the hope that they would be happy and prosperous in their new home.

Mr SUDHOLZ said it was not an easy matter for him to make a speech. He was sorry to leave his old friends. If the district had not treated him so well he would still have been struggling along. He had tried to act as honestly as he could. the valuable presents they had received would be very highly appreciated indeed, and would be placed in foremost places in their house and would be taken with them as a reminder of the friends at Mitre Lake. He had had a good deal to put up with on account of his German name, but when the war broke out it was too late to change his name, and it would be a pretty shallow loyalty if he had to do it. He had tried to do his best as a councilor and acting under the good advice of ex Cr. CROSS he had always endeavored to inspect works before bringing it before the council. he thought that one or two young men were needed in the council to stir up the old hands. One of the best things the people of the district could do, if they wished to prosper was to patronise the local business people, which was the most practical way of supporting decentralisation. He wished to offer Mrs SUDHOLZ's and his best thanks for the handsome gifts they had received. If they had had the choosing themselves they could not have chosen anything more suitable. On Mrs SUDHOLZ's behalf he desired to thank the members of the Girls' Friendly Society for their kindness.

Mr BARKER announced that he had received a written apology for the unavoidable absence of Mr F.N.S BENNETT and verbal apologies from others. A vote of thanks was passed to the chairman, "For They Are Jolly Good Fellows" was sung and a coffee supper was partaken of after which dancing was indulged in.

Tragic Railway Accident
A horribly tragic accident happened at the Natimuk East Railway Station last Friday evening after the departure of the train from Natimuk to Kanagulk, the victim being Oliver EVANS, a guard in the employ of the railways. The unfortunate man was giving the signal for the train to set back to connect with the van in rear, when he slipped from the platform and fell on to the rails. The wheels of the moving car passed over his left leg, crushing it terribly below the knee and causing a compound fracture and severe lacerations. He was taken to the Horsham Hospital, where on Sunday last his leg was amputated above the knee. We understand that he is getting on slowly, and is improving as well as can be expected. Guard EVANS had just been taken out of the Horsham goods shed to fill a temporary gap on the Toolondo line and has a wife and one child.

Mr A. EZARD, who has been engine driver on the Natimuk line for the past five years has been transferred to Warragul.

On Tuesday week last 16th April, Messrs. HAGELTHORN and BOLTON held a clearing sale at Polkemmet on account of Mr A.E. RAGGATT, when they disposed of the whole of his sheep, horses, cattle and farming plant at satisfactory prices.

A memorial service for Lance Corporal Tom McCLURE and Private Russell ELDRIDGE is to be held in the Mitre Lake South Hall on the afternoon of Tuesday next at 3 o'clock. Rev. GREEN will officiate. Everybody invited.

Mr W. MEREDITH, while working at Mr A. STEHN's saw bench in NEWTON's Hotel yard on Saturday, when in trying to avoid some timber which was falling from the stack, put his right hand on the saw which was in motion. The first and second fingers were taken off at the first joints. He was taken to the Horsham Hospital and is progressing favourably.

A Tragic Death
A gruesome discovery was made on the Dooling-Dooling road, a short distance from Hamilton, early last week by Mr J.A. LEARMONTH. Mr LEARMONTH was on his way to the town when he saw a dark object on the road, and on making an inspection, he found an overturned ford motor car, and a man pinned underneath it. The man proved to be Mr Reinhold HARNATH a well known resident of Croxton East, about 58 years of age. After raising the car a little and satisfying himself that the man was dead, Mr LEARMONTH apprised the police, and Constable MAHONEY proceeded to the spot. The Constable found the body face downward, and the back of the front seat across Mr HARNATH's neck and his right leg pinned under the car. Life was extinct and a pool of blood was under the head, the nose and face being covered with blood and dust.

The off front tyre had blown out, and there was a slight incline in the road where the accident occurred. It would appear that the deceased, who was driving alone, had lost control of the car and had turned the vehicle on the lock. It took the united strength of five men aided by lifting jacks, to uplift the machine. From inquiries made by Constable MAHONEY, Mr HARNATH must have been under the car for an hour, as he left his home between 2 and 2.30 o'clock, and was found at 3.30 o'clock, the body not then being quite cold.

The deceased was a married man with a family. The late Mr HARNATH was well known in the Vectis East district, his late brother having once possessed the property now owned by Mr O. MAROSKE.

A New Farm Implement. In the presence of about 200 farmers and others interested, a successful field trial was held in one of Mr G.T.SMITH's paddocks near Pimpinio, on Saturday afternoon last, of a combined cultivator, drill and harrows, which had been patented by Mr SMITH and placed on the market by Messrs. MAY and MILLAR, of the Wimmera Foundry Horsham. The implement proved a great success, and it was the opinion of those present that it is going to be a boon for the farmer in many ways, not only as a great labour saver but also as being the means of saving two teams of horses, feed for same, upkeep and wear and tear of extra implements, as well as the three operations of cultivation being completed in one. The implement did its work splendidly. It was drawn by seven horses, but six would work it comfortably. It is constructed with a good wide front carriage, which prevents any sway when the cultivator is let deep into the ground. It has three rows of tynes (sixteen in all) with fifteen hoes from the drill, one tyne being left out for the overlap on the following round. There is one lever on the front to give the cultivator any dip required, and two at the back of the machine are easily accessible to the driver on the foot-board. There is also a straight set of spikes or harrows at the rear, which makes the work complete, covering 8ft 3in in width. The fact that thirteen orders have been booked up by Mr S.R. MAY, with others coming in, speaks for itself, and farmers requiring any information will be readily supplied by Messrs. MAY and MILLAR, Wimmera Foundry, Horsham.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - May 17, 1918

Richard Ambrose TUCKER, of Dimboola, whose ploughs had a big sale and who died on March 11, left property valued at £2,000.

Mr D McINTYRE's delivery mare took fright in the Main Street, Natimuk, yesterday and got out of the cart, but beyond breaking of the harness, little damage was done.

On Wednesday morning of last week, at twenty minutes to three o'clock, Dr. BIRD received an urgent call from Mr A. TUCKER, who lives about eight miles West of Goroke, to attend his wife, who had suddenly taken ill. The doctor arrived there about five o'clock, Mrs TUCKER then being in a critical condition, and it was found necessary to perform a very delicate operation. The many friends of Mrs TUCKER will be pleased to know she is on the high way to recovery.

Mr Geo. BAILEY, who is an inmate of Dr. BIRD's private hospital at Natimuk, is gradually improving.

Obituary - Mrs Lydia SATCHEL.
The death occurred at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr John G. BOWDEN, Wimmera River, shortly before midnight on Wednesday, of Mrs Lydia SATCHEL, wife of Mr Edward T. SATCHEL. The deceased lady had been in failing health for some time, and took to her bed on Wednesday week. The cause of her death was general break up and heart failure. Mrs SATCHEL was born in Lincolnshire England, 74 years ago, arrived in Victoria when 14 years of age, and was married at Heywood in 1861, the issue of the marriage being four girls and three boys. The sons live in Sydney, and Mesdames J.G. BOWDEN (Natimuk), Wynniatt (Edenhope), BODGER and MATHERS (Melbourne), formally of Powers Creek, are daughters. Mr SATCHEL and his late partner in life lived at Heywood, Powers Creek, Sydney, Melbourne, and New Zealand at different times, and came to live with their daughter at Natimuk about two years ago. Mrs SATCHEL was a very estimable lady, respected by all who knew her. The funeral procession will leave Mr BOWDEN's residence at 2 o'clock today for the Natimuk cemetery.

Writing to Mr E.W. HEARD under date March 17, Private HEARD said he received some parcels, which were very acceptable, He intended visiting Billy BROWN, of the 57th, and heard that Hughie McCALLUM had been recommended for the M.M in a raiding party with Jack ANDERSON. Private HEARD had observed a German observation plane tackled by our planes and saw it burst into flames and fall. Through field glasses he watched our planes circling round it until it reached the ground. He had received a batch of papers including the "West Wimmera Mail" which he said was the only one of special interest to him. Bob McCLURE had written to him to say that he was still in England. While he was reading letters Fritz put over some big H. E's, so he promptly got behind a pill box.

On being invalided home, private Roy AITKEN, son of Mrs Ellen AITKEN, of Mitre Lake, arrived home on Saturday night. A welcome home was last night tendered at Mitre Lake to this gallant soldier, who is the first to return to Mitre Lake. Private AITKEN has received his discharge.

At a meeting held at Minimay on Saturday last, it was decided to arrange a Welcome Home Social for Friday evening, 17th inst., to Bombardier F.L. HAWKINS, who arrived home on Tuesday last.

The many friends of Corporal Basil LAVERY, M.M. son of Mr and Mrs B. LAVERY, of Minimay, will be pleased to learn that he has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

Private W.G.T. MITCHELL, who was recently reported wounded, is now reported as having sustained a serious gunshot wound in the shoulder.

Private Dick BULL eldest son of Mr and Mrs L.M. BULL, of Ozenkadnook, who was home on final leave, returned to camp by Tuesday nights train.

In our past issue it was announced that Private Norman LANE had been killed. Word has been received that his brother Jack has been wounded. The eldest brother was gassed some time ago. The three brothers were the only members of the family of the late Mr and Mrs LANE, and after their parents death lived with their uncle Mr John LANE, at Karnak (now of Adelaide), on the property now held by Mr BURTON.

Private Marsden WIDDICOMBE, son of Mr and Mrs Frank WIDDICOMBE, of Gymbowen, writes to a Natimuk friend that he left Broadmeadows about 2.30 p.m. on April 29th for Sydney, when he was taken out to Liverpool camp. He was able to spend a few hours in Sydney. Next day he boarded the "Euripides" and embarked for Wellington, where he arrived safely. He was having a good time and was in splendid spirits.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - May 24, 1918

Obituary - Mr Robert McRAE
The death occurred at Windsor on Thursday of last week, of Mr Robert McRAE, who had with his brother, Kenneth, recently left Clear Lake, where they had resided, save for a brief spell at Hamilton, for a long number of years. The two brothers were closely attached to one another, were almost inseparable in fact and the severing of this life long tie is a heavy blow to the surviving brother. Mr Robert McRAE was born in Scotland, and he and his two brothers (the late Mr Donald McRAE, of Tooan was also a brother) came out to Victoria in the early days, and followed grazing pursuits. Robert, who never married, was about 70 years of age.

The death occurred at her residence at the corner of Wilson and Darlot streets, Horsham, on Saturday last, of Mrs Catherine CREEK, relict of the late Mr John CREEK, who died in West Australia seven years ago. The deceased lady was 76 years of age, and was a native of Melbourne. She was married in Mt. Gambier, and had lived for several years in Horsham. She left two sons (Messrs. John and William) and two daughters (Selina and Catherine). The funeral took place at the Horsham cemetery on Sunday afternoon, and was well attended by a large number of the deceased lady's relatives and friends. The service at the graveside was conducted by Mr J. R. COMBRIDGE, minister in charge of the Church of Christ.

A profound gloom will be cast over this district when it becomes known that the death occurred on Friday last, 17th May, at the Women's Hospital, Melbourne of Mrs Margaretta FULTON, late of Natimuk and Goroke. Deceased was the wife of Mr David FULTON, formally of Goroke, but now of 658 Station Street, North Carlton, and was 25 years 9 months old. She leaves a family of two, the elder being a girl (Lorna), and the younger, a baby boy, (Douglas). Deceased was the second daughter of Mrs F. SHAW (Goroke) and a sister of W.J. SHAW (Mt. Gambier), Mrs T.R BURNS (Lemon Springs), Jim (Nhill), Bella, Ted and Annie (Goroke). Much sympathy is felt for the husband and children to have such a great loss so early in life Deceased was well known in this district and very highly respected by all who knew her.

On Sunday week Mrs NOSKE, wife of Mr Traugott NOSKE, and mother of Mr T.J. NOSKE, owner of the Arapiles Flour Mills, died near Hamilton aged 83 years.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - June 14, 1918

Death at Morea - Mrs H.C. STEHN
Both our Goroke and Minimay correspondents send us details of the death of Mrs H.C.STEHN, senior, of Morea, and they voice the general regret felt locally at the passing away of such an old and highly respected resident. Mrs STEHN was of a homely disposition, and that she enjoyed the esteem of a large circle of friends was evidenced by the many mourners who formed the cortege which followed her remains to the Goroke cemetery on Tuesday. Mrs STEHN, who had reached the advanced age of 76, arrived in Australia 50 years ago, first settling with her husband at Point McLeay South Australia, where they were engaged in farming pursuits for a number of years, removing from there to Tooan East, finally settling at Morea, where they took up land and farmed it until they were called to the Great Beyond, where there is no toil and all is peace. Mrs STEHN had a family of ten---Mrs HERMANN (Patyah), John (deceased), Carl (Morea), Heinrich (Morea), and Ernest (on active service with the A.I.F.), Mesdames W. ROBINSON (deceased), Mrs J. ROBINSON (Booroopki), and R. ROBINSON (Booroopki), and Misses Annie and Louise STEHN (Morea). Mr STEHN's died about three years ago.

Mrs T. GRACE of "Crowlans" has received word of the sudden death of her brother, Mr PAYNE, of Numurkah. He was well and favourably known here, having resided here for a number of years.

News reached us yesterday just prior to going to press that Mrs MULRANEY, wife of Mr John MULRANEY, of Minimay, slipped and fell and broke her leg. She was then removed to the Goroke Cottage Hospital, under the care of Dr. BIRD.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - June 21, 1918

Mems from Minimay
On Wednesday, 12th inst. Mrs John Mulraney, who some months ago had the misfortune to fracture her ankle, fell through the slipping of the stick she was using as an aid to walking, with the result that her ankle was again fractured in the same place, it had knitted well previously. She was taken to the Goroke Hospital on Thursday, where she was attended to by Dr. Bird, of Natimuk, and is now progressing favourably.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - June 28, 1918

Mems from Minimay
Mrs J. Mulraney, who sustained a fractured ankle, is progressing favourably.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - August 2, 1918

Buggy Accidents
Mrs Andrew MEWETT was driving home from Natimuk with her son Norman when the wheel of the buggy struck a post at the railway crossing west of the state school, the pole being broken and the horses being set free. Mrs MEWETT retained her seat in the buggy, but the boy was thrown out and stunned for a little while. Next day the horses were found on the Mount road about a mile from home.

Mrs James FLACK and family, of Noradjuha, were driving down a hill at Lower Norton on Wednesday week when the buggy pole snapped. The sudden stop threw Mrs FLACK and her three children on to the ground. One of the children, with great presence of mind, stuck to the reins until the others were got out of danger. When the horses were released they bolted home with the harness dangling about them. Mrs FLACK sustained bruises and shock.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - August 9, 1918

MEMS FROM MINIMAY. (from our own correspondent)
A public meeting was held at Booroopki on Friday, 2nd inst. when it was decided to plant an avenue of trees in honour of local and district soldiers.
All present were formed into a committee with power to add. Mr Wm. JONES was appointed president, Mrs C WONG treasurer, and Messrs. M. F. MORRIS and A. F. CARRACHER joint secretaries. A working bee is arranged for Friday next, 9th inst., all to assemble at Booroopki at 10 a.m. for the purpose of cutting and carting of timber for tree guards. A general meeting will be held after the working bee to consider important matters, and Mrs WONG has kindly offered to provide tea for the workers.
It is proposed to plant over thirty trees in all, and it was left open for relatives of soldiers to select trees. It is hoped that all interested will act promptly in the matter of securing trees, so as to have them ready for the day of general planting. Which will be fixed at the meeting to be held on Friday (today).

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - August 16, 1918

A very successful working bee took place at Booroopki on Friday last, 9th inst.; a fair number of men raiding the buloke timbered land of Mr F.A. CRABTREE, with the result that after a few hours solid work sufficient timber for over thirty tree guards five ft. square and five ft. high, was procured and practically all carted to the township. Mrs C. WONG kindly provided tea for the workers, which was greatly appreciated, a general meeting of the committee was then held, the president, Mr W. JONES, presiding. It was decided that another working bee, be held on Friday today at 10 a.m., for the purpose of erecting the tree guards, and it is hoped that all interested will be present. Wednesday, 28th inst. was fixed on as the day for planting the trees, and an executive committee was appointed to draw up a suitable program of proceedings for the day, this committee to meet on Friday (today), at 3 p.m. It was resolved to invite the parliamentary representatives, Messrs. A. S. RODGERS, M.H.R., and Wm. SLATER, M.L.A., and the president and councillors of the Kowree Shire, so that in many respects the 28th inst. will be a "red letter day" for Booroopki. A dance will be held in the evening.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday September 6, 1918

Although in the morning the weather was inclement, the afternoon of Wednesday, 28th August, the appointed day for Booroopki and district's worthy recognition of the incalculable and valorous services of her soldier sons, saw much improved weather conditions and a large representative gathering.
After the singing of the national anthem, proceedings were opened by Mr C.D.BLOCK, who, in the course of his address spoke of the worthy cause which had brought all together. It was some minute practical appreciation of the manly services of their soldiers, in as much as, years after the war when the fickle human mind would fast let these services sink into oblivion, in Booroopki towering evergreens would stand aloft in their dignity, forcibly recalling to the aged and strikingly teaching the young the spirit of the times in which they were planted.
The Hon. Secretaries, Messrs A. F. CARRACHER and M. F. MORRIS, than read apologies from Messrs A. S. ROGERS M.H.R., W. SLATER, M.L.A., H. G. HILL and J. A. BULL and Crs. A. W. STEPHENS and P. J. CARRACHER, followed by the procedure of the planting. Thanks to the industry and energy of all, and to the generosity of Mr. F. A. CRABTREE, who donated the timber, the tree guards were all erected, and the plots were dug beforehand, through the agency of several working bees. The planting of the trees to the memory of the deceased soldiers, viz., Ptes J. R. GARDNER, C. F. PATCHING and P. BRENNAN, took pride of place. They were planted by Mrs Geo GARDNER, Miss R. A. CARRACHER (on behalf of Mrs P. J. LAVERY) and Mr W. JONES respectively. After this planting Mr C. D. BLOCK, in a few well chosen words, paid tribute to the deceased.
During the afternoon, lunch, which was provided in their usual excellent way, by the ladies of the District, was partaken at the residence of Mrs C. WONG, who kindly provided all necessary crockery. Delicacies to suit the taste of the most fastidious were provided, while the attentiveness of the waitresses was the embodiment of efficiency. Proceedings were terminated with speeches by Messrs. C. D. BLOCK and B. LAVERY. The latter, speaking as an outsider, complimented Booroopki and district on having taken the initiative, among the many townships in the wide spreading limits of the prosperous Kowree Shire, in perpetuating the memory of those boys who have sacrificed all to do battle for the liberty and freedom which we all cherish. The National Anthem and God Bless Our Splendid Men were then sung, followed by three ringing cheers for the boys at the front, after which an adjournment was made for tea, which was again in the capable hands of the ladies.
After tea all proceeded to Mr D. CARRACHER'S storeroom in which the ever welcome dance was held. The "light fantastic toe" and "jest and youthful jollity" continued well into the early hours of the morning. The ladies, leaving no stone unturned, capped their unequalled generosity by providing the dancers with refreshments, inconsiderate of the fatigue which their arduous day must necessarily have incurred. During the evening Messrs. B. LAVERY, and W. ABERLEY favoured the assembly with fine exhibitions of step-dancing. The M.C., Mr Jack CARRACHER jnr, was at his best, while excellent music was provided by Messrs. F. HINCH, Leo BULL, and W. ABERLEY.
Thus concluded a happy day for Booroopki and district, with the residents feeling an inward satisfaction that within one little corner of the vast area of appreciation applicable to our soldiers, there had been sown a kindly remembrance, a honourable tribute and a glowing pride, coupled with a keen recognition of Lawson's lines, wherein "The better part of the people's life is when the storm comes upper most".
Planting was proceeded with alphabetically, thirty five trees being planted in all. The following is the personnel of the planting:-

Soldiers Name

Pte J. BIGGIN (Jack)
Trpr A. S. BULL (Dick)
Pte P. DOWLING (Peter)
Pte T. DOWLING (Tom)
Pte J. DELANEY (Jack)
Pte T. DELANEY (Tom)
Air Mec C. J. KERR
Lient J. M. LEYDEN
Segt. C. T. MOODEY
Pte J. T. W. MAJOR
Tree Planted By

Mrs. C. WONG
Mrs. C. WONG
Miss Gwen BULL
Mrs. C. WONG
Miss Glad BLOCK
Mrs. C. W. STEHN

The death occurred on Monday afternoon at her temporary residence in Horsham of Mrs. Mary Taylor KERR, wife of Mr. James KERR, grazier, of Patyah, near Edenhope. The deceased, who for the past 30 years had resided in that district with her husband, was regarded by all her neighbours as a very fine woman, and was highly respected by all who knew her. Three sons, one of whom is at the war in the Flying Corps, and seven daughters, many of whom live in the Wimmera, mourn their mother, and have the sympathy of everyone in their great loss. The deceased lady had been ailing for sometime. The body was removed to Melbourne for internment in the Box Hill Cemetery.

As briefly stated in our last issue, the death occurred at Geelong, of Mr. James SYMONS, on Wednesday week. The deceased gentleman who had resided at Noradjuha for 40 years, where he and his brother had successfully carried on sheep farming, was respected by everyone. He always supported and gave liberally to any deserving cause, and though a man of few words, when he did speak his word was his bond. Recently he married Mrs. MUNRO and removed to Geelong to live in retirement, but was soon afterwards overtaken by serious illness. He was operated on for an inward complaint, but though he recovered sufficiently to enable him to return to his home, complications set in and he died.

Mr. C. SMITH, who was reported in a recent issue to be a low state of health, passed away at Portland a few days ago at the advanced age of 97. Mr. SMITH was an Englishman, and about 40 years ago was teaching school at Mt. Arapiles, the school being then known as the Common School, at which, education had to be paid for. He afterwards selected the farm at Mitre Lake known as "Crozier," acquired from him by Mr. A. C. HATELEY 23 or 24 years ago. Mr SMITH then opened a business at Kiata, and on leaving there went to live with his son, the late Mr. Fed SMITH, at Willaura. A few years ago the old gentleman lived for a while at Natimuk and Grass Flat, finally settling with his invalid daughter, Miss SMITH, at Portland three or four years ago. Mr Mark SMITH, of Grass Flat is a son. A second son lives in West Australia and a third is in New South Wales.

On Tuesday, September 3rd, at "Leamont" Mitre Lake Sth, the marriage of William, son of Mr. & Mrs. SMITH of Tallandoon, to Lillian, daughter of Mr & Mrs. D. MAYBERY, of Mitre Lake South was quietly solemnised by the Rev. A. C. EDWARDS. The bride who was given away by her brother, Mr J. T. MAYBERY, looked charming in a dress of ivory crepe de chene, with the customary wreath and veil, and carried a sheaf of lillies. She was attended by her sister, Miss Ethel MAYBERY, who was attired in a pink Havre cloth costume, with a black picture hat, trimmed accordingly, and carried a bouquet of pink hyacinths and freesias. The bridegroom was attended by Mr Arthur MAYBERY. The wedding march was played by Miss Hazel MAYBERY, who during the service rendered other suitable selections. Subsequently about 30 guests adjourned to the Breakfast Room where a sumptuous wedding tea was served, and the usual toasts honoured. Numerous presents were received, including many cheques.The happy couple left by the evening train en route for Melbourne where the honeymoon is being spent. The brides travelling costume being made of navy blue cloth, with picture hat to match. Their future home will be "Lowan Mitre", Tallandoon.

Mr. E. SATCHELL, father of Mrs. J. BOWDEN, of the Wimmera River, near Natimuk, spent last Thursday night at Mrs. WILEMAN'S Tea Rooms intending to take Friday morning's train for Melbourne. Early in the morning he was seized with a stroke, and DR BIRD, who was summoned, found him in a critical state. Mr SATCHELL was removed to Mrs. CARBERY'S, and was slowly recovering, but we are sorry to say that at the time of going to press he was no better.

For more than a week Mrs. Carl SCHMIDT'S state of health has been so serious as to cause the family circle alarm. She is unable to speak, and the gravest fears are entertained for her recovery.

Mr W. C. SCHMIDT'S wide circle of friends will regret to learn that he is not making that progress towards recovery from the serious illness which overtook him some months ago that his friends were hopeful of. It appears that the transfusion treatment at first gave hope of a complete restoration, but the latest reports are disturbing.

Killed in Action.
The toll of the Natimuk district soldiers in France is becoming heavy. Mr & Mrs. Rod McDONALD on Friday received word from the base records announcing that their eldest son, Harry, had been killed in action in France. Harry was a fine stamp of young fellow, respected by all, and anyone who knew him can readily imagine the great loss his parents and brothers and sisters have suffered. The deepest sympathy is felt for them in their irreparable loss.

The following names were contained in the 426th casualty list, issued by the Defence Department:- wounded: Private J. L. BAILEY, Edenhope; Private H. CLARKE, Edenhope; Private J. McCASLINE, Apsley. Mr M. F. MORRIS, head teacher of Morea and Lemon Springs State School, recently volunteered for active service but failed to pass the medical test in Horsham. Mr Willie THOMPSON son of ex-Private Harry THOMPSON, enlisted in Horsham on Saturday. He passed the preliminary test and goes to Melbourne next week for final examination. He is the "eighth" West Wimmera Mail apprentice to respond to the call of the Empire. Corporal W. E. OLIVER, who sailed on the 4th June, cabled to his parents Mr & Mrs. W. J. OLIVER, at Grass Flat, on Wednesday, that he had arrived safely at Liverpool, England.

RED CROSS SOCIETY - Noradjuha Branch
At the annual meeting of the Noradjuha Red Cross Society,Mrs W. J. SINCLAIR was re-elected president, Miss E. TREADWELL Secretary, and Mr W. SINCLAIR, financial Secretary. The following balance sheet was adopted :- Receipts were made up of members subscriptions, £32/2/3; monthly donations, £29/10/; donations, £58/8/; sale of gifts, £1/13/; afternoon tea (annual meeting), 16/10; gate money (football match), £2/11/0.1/2; scarlet minstrels concert, £13/5/9; balance from 1917, £18/6/1; making a total of £156/12/11.1/2. while the expenditure was as follows :- flannel, wool, flannelette towelling, buttons, etc. £124/10/6.1/2 : badges, £2/11/10; stamps and postage, 4/-; leaving a balance on hand of £29/6/7.
36 case were dispatched to government house containing :- 302 prs sox, 46 prs mittens, 31 mufflers and helmets, 15 under flannels, 2 prs of slippers, 237 flannel shirts, 45 flannelette shirts, 543 washers, 4 prs pyjamas, 3 kero tins of honey, 2 packs, 3 kit bags, 1 cushion, 5 towels, 6 binders, 24 handkerchiefs, 2 feather pillows, 4 toilet bags, and quantity of linen. The Secretary wishes to acknowledge the following:- Messrs R. G. FOGARTY (5 months), N. D. WALTER, W. J. SINCLAIR, £5 each; Mrs C. McDONALD, £2; Miss Annie TREADWELL and Mr J. H. HOBBS, 10/6; Mrs TRELOAR, £1; Mrs TREADWELL, 6 prs mittens, 2 mufflers; Mrs T. MOTT, pr slippers and safety pins; Miss MOTT, pr slippers, 4 toilet bags, safety pins, and stationery; Mesdames COOK, LANE, and SINCLAIR, linen; Mesdames POTTER, SINCLAIR, KUHNE, Miss FOGARTY and Mr G. McDONALD, magazines.

A very sad death occurred at Natimuk Lake on Sunday morning last, when Eric, barely three years old twin child of Mr & Mrs. J. E. BOEHM died after an illness of only three days. The little fellow contracted a bad cold which turned to pneumonia, and it was this fell complaint that caused his death. The largely attended funeral on Tuesday evidenced not only the esteem in which Mr & Mrs. BOEHM were held, but also of the general sympathy felt for them in their bereavement. The service at the grave was conducted by the Rev. A. C. EDWARDS, in the absence in South Australia of Pastor LOHE. The coffin bearers were Master Gottleib, Clarence, Walter, and Albert BOEHM, brothers of the deceased. Mr. T. H. BOUSFIELD carried out the mortuary arrangements.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday September 13, 1918

Our Clear Lake correspondent writes:- On Friday last, 6th inst., a goodly number of local residents met at "Marlbro," the residence of Mr and Mrs H. E. HAIR, at whose kindly invitation the visitors came to celebrate their silver wedding. The invitations bore the appointed hour of 4 o'clock, and at that time a right royal welcome awaited all who were privileged to attend. A most sumptuous repast of which the guest cheerfully partook, was tastefully spread in the spacious dining room, and, as no pains had been spared to cater for every appetite, full justice was done to the abundantly laden tables. The Rev. R. H. GREEN voiced the feelings of all present in a very complimentary speech, expressing the pleasure it gave to all to respond to the invitations, and wishing the popular host and hostess a continuance of past prosperity and that they may long be spared to each other and their guests. Mr H. W. WADE, Mr John HAIR, and others also added their testimony of kindness and worth as neighbours and friends, to which Mr HAIR feelingly responded, also thanking those present for their company and the many mementos the kindly friends had brought with them. At 7 p.m. the younger members of the community responded to their invitation, and on their arrival, "Marlbro's" various rooms were soon well inhabited, and this happy family struck a harmonious note of social pastime in the form of parlour games, songs and music, until reminded that supper again awaited them in the dinning room, at the conclusion of which the genial host thanked all for the spirit of unity and goodwill displayed. The compliment was returned, special mention being made of the very pleasant manner all had been entertained, only lamenting the fact that a similar occasion could not present itself again at "Marlbro", homestead. All present then joined in the singing of the National Anthem and Auld Lange Syne, taking with them on their departure a remembrance of one of the most pleasant evenings spent locally for sometime.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday September 27, 1918

Obituary - Mr David KIELY
There were general expressions of regret on Wednesday when it became known that Mr David KIELY, of "Oakvale", Goroke, had passed away after a short illness at the advanced age of 78 years. Arriving at Adelaide from Ireland about 52 years ago, he engaged in farming pursuits at Salisbury, S.A., and later at Chetwynd, Victoria, where he remained for only a short time. He then selected land at Goroke some 35 years ago, and there he farmed successfully and acquired a good deal off land. His cheerful disposition and manly qualities won for him high esteem. His wife predeceased him about six months ago, and the following members of the family survive him:- Messrs David (Ascot Vale), Martin (Goroke), Mrs CALLAGHAN (St Kilda), Miss J. KIELY (Gymbowen), and Misses M. and L. KIELY (Goroke). The funeral was conducted at the Goroke cemetery yesterday, the mortuary arrangements being in the hands of Mr T. H. BOUSFIELD. The burial service was read by Father Daley, of Nhill.

Deep regret will be expressed when it is learnt that Pastor KAIBEL, formally Pastor of the Natimuk parish of the Lutheran Church, has passed away at his residence in Tanunda, S.A. Born in Germany in 1850, deceased was thus 68 years of age, and was in charge of the Natimuk parish for ten years, from 1891-1900. In the latter year he left Natimuk to take up the presidency of the Lutheran Mission work amongst the aboriginals in Tanunda, besides having another congregation to look after, and was actively engaged in this work until the beginning of the year. From then on he was so troubled with sickness he was not able to properly fulfil his obligations, until he passed away yesterday morning from dropsy. He leaves a family of seven, three boys and four girls, his wife having predeceased him by about a year. The late Pastor KAIBEL was a thorough Christian, and was well liked by all who knew him. In the days when he had charge of Natimuk parish, he conducted services at Natimuk, Horsham, Dimboola, and Katyil, and even so far into the Mallee as Hopetoun and Rosebery. The funeral took place at Tanunda today ( Friday ).

What Our Friends Are Doing
Private Albert TREGENZA son of late Mr Robert TREGENZA has been wounded at the front.

Private N. T. BAKER has been reported admitted to Boscombe Military Hospital, Bournemouth, England on the 5th of September suffering from gas poisoning. The actual condition was not stated. In a letter to his mother, Mrs J. BAKER, Natimuk, dated 28th June, he was getting on splendidly, being at the head of his machine gun section.

Sergeant Basil LAVERY, M.M., of Minimay, in recent letters to his parents Mr and Mrs B. LAVERY tells of his first experiences at Oxford College where he is attending an Officers training school. He took part in a cricket match between Oxford and Worcestershire and did some good work for his side. Mr and Mrs Robert WILLIS, of Minimay, recently received word from their son, Corporal Percy WILLIS, to effect that he been attending a bombing school in France, but had returned to the lines. While at the school he had taken part in a three mile race and finished well up amongst the leaders.

Private H. B. PHILLIPS, formerly head teacher of the Morea and Booroopki State Schools, who was severely gassed some months ago, had a "close call" recently. He was being operated on in a hospital in England for some foot trouble, when, owing to the gas effects, combined with chloroform, his breathing stopped , and his heart ceased beating. It was only by the skilful, attention of the doctors that he was kept alive.

Two of the latest local lads to offer their services to the Empire are Messrs Edward HODGES, and Roy BOUSFIELD, of Natimuk, both having passed the preliminary medical test in Horsham on Friday last. Roy is the third son of Mr and Mrs T. H. BOUSFIELD to enlist, two of his brothers having returned after seeing active service, Chris in Gallipoli and France, and George in France. Richard Harold GUY of Quantong has also passed preliminary tests.

Mr William STANTON, son of Mr Geo. STANTON, of Goroke, who has been stationed at Kooyong on the staff of the Bank Of Australasia , entered camp this week.

The following district soldiers are reported wounded in the 430th Victorian casualty list :- Private S. HUTCHINSON Nurrabiel ( third occasion ), Sergeant T. G. D. MUNN Apsley ( third occasion ), Lance Corporal H. OVERALL Quantong ( second occasion ), Private J. D. SCHURMANN Morea ( second occasion ).

Private C. H. TAYLOR, son of Mr and Mrs C. TAYLOR, of Tooan, who returned home some time ago after being wounded in France, has been an inmate of the Military Hospital in Melbourne, where he was recently operated on for the removal of a piece of shrapnel fully 3/4 of an inch square. He was on the operating table for 4 hours, and under chloroform for 12 hours, and we are pleased to say that the operation was highly successful, and that Private TAYLOR is progressing so favourably as to move about on crutches. It was thought that all the shrapnel was taken from his body while he was in France, but on arriving home it was found very much otherwise, as a piece was discovered in his back. Mrs TAYLOR had the piece of shrapnel with her when at the Natimuk Show.

Private TAYLOR was a member of the 38th Battalion and received his wounds at the battle of Ypres, in Belgium.

Mr E. HEARD, of "Lake Banks" cabled to London to endeavour to ascertain the whereabouts of his brother Private Tom HEARD who was wounded recently and has received the reply that he is in the 50th Casualty Clearing Station, and is slightly improved.

Miss L. KIELY, of Goroke, is at present an inmate of a private hospital in Horsham, in a low state of health. She is waiting to undergo a serious operation.

Mr. Lovell BULL of Pascoe Vale, Goroke, who has not been his usual self for sometime past, is in a poor state of health, and at present is an inmate of the Goroke Hospital. It is the earnest hope of his many friends that he will have a speedy recovery.

Before Messrs. A. BARKER and W. J. SUDHOLZ J.P. at the Natimuk court on Tuesday, Messrs. H. H. GOLDING, P. MOLLOY and Thos BREEN were each fined £1. for breach of the Vaccination Act.

Mr C. W. DOUGALL, representative of Mr. C. W. MATHERS, Dentist, will visit Natimuk next Tuesday, October 1st and Goroke on Tuesday October 15th.

Tenders close for Mr Fred OLIVER'S suitable agricultural and grazing land at Grass Flat today.

On account of Mrs G. E. BURRELL, of Goroke, Messrs. David ANDERSON and Co. will conduct a clearing sale of all her household furniture and effects, next Tuesday, October 1st, immediately after the arrival of the train from Horsham and Natimuk when some useful articles will be put under the hammer.

We regret to say that Miss WALTROWICZ, of Natimuk, took suddenly ill on Sunday last, and does not show any sign of improvement.

Dogs, And How To Find Them
Messrs J. W. POWER and BENNETT, Solicitors, wrote to the Arapiles council meeting on Sunday, asking what action was proposed to be taken in regards to cases pending against BELL and others, in regards to the non registration of dogs. A letter from H. A. HALLAM was read as follows :-
I have just received a summons for a dog for which I paid by cheque on the 6th of April last. The facts of the case are that the dog inspector accused me previously, at Noradjuha, of having a dog in my possession, and I told him to come and see, so he came to my place on the 6th of April and when he saw the dog, I said, "I will pay you now", he said "never mind I wont take it". My mother and brother where there to witness that he would not take the 5s, so I posted the cheque in Horsham the same evening to Mr SINCLAIR, so if you call that British fair play. I don't.
I had not received any notice about the dog.
Inspector NITSCHKE who was called upon to explain, said that last year he called at HALLAM'S to collect dog fees. He said he had no dogs. I heard afterwards that he had a dog planted in his house. He sent me an impudent letter, and said if I was smart enough to catch him, he would pay. He did not register the dog. This year I visited HALLAM'S. I pulled up in a gully half a mile from the house, and walked over the hill, when I got near the house, I saw a bustle going on, and saw a dog, which was got away before I reached the house. I found the dog in a shed with it's feet against the door. I took a description of the dog which was all I wanted Hallam said "I suppose I will have to pay" I said "please yourself" but he did not pay me.
The President :- The explanation is satisfactory as far as I am concerned.

Cr. GILL said that he had met BELL in Horsham and BELL told him that he did not want to go to court. He was willing to pay all expenses.
The inspector said he had trouble to catch the BELLS at home.
In reply to Cr. SMITH the inspector said that when he called, Miss Bell only was at home, and she asked him his name and he told her.
Cr. SMITH said that in Horsham he met BELL who told him that when the Inspector called the money was waiting for him but the Miss BELL did not know it was that Inspector who had called.
Cr. SCOTT:- Is the Inspector supposed to call for dog fees?
The Secretary:- NO.
The President and Cr. SMITH said they could see harm in settling the cases out of court. Other cases were settled out of court.
The Inspector:- I do not want to go to court, but now the parties in question are caught they want to get out of it.
Crs. SMITH and GILL moved that the solicitors be instructed to settle the cases out of court, if the parties pay all costs.
The motion was carried, four voting for and three against.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - October 18, 1918

Mr and Mrs Michael HICKEY, of Dopewora, near Goroke, who had attained the ages of 86 and 87 respectively, died within three days of each other. Mr HICKEY, as stated in last issue, died on Monday week, his remains being taken to Horsham on Tuesday evening and interred on Wednesday. On Thursday Mrs HICKEY passed away, she had been prostrated by the death of her husband, and did not recover from the shock. Both were natives of County Clare, Ireland, and landed at Port Adelaide in the fifties, subsequently living at Mt. Gambier and Horsham, finally settling in the Goroke district 34 years ago. The surviving members of the family are one daughter, Mary Ann ; and three sons, Matthew, Michael and Martin, who are well known residents of Goroke.

On Saturday, at Brimpaen, there passed away quietly in his sleep a loyal colonist in the person of Mr John FREEMAN, 80 years of age, and a native of Sweden. The deceased who succumbed to bronchitis, was married in Stawell 50 years ago ; and 10 years later moved to Brimpaen, where he settled till the end of his life ; leaving a family of seven sons and seven daughters and a widow to mourn their loss. The deceased was a very successful grower of excellent wool from an average flock of about 4000 sheep.

Mems from Minimay
The infant son of Mr and Mrs J.T. CARRACHER, who was recently taken to Horsham for medical attention , consequent on an attack of influenza, which later assumed complications, is now progressing favourably under the care of Dr FELSTEAD.

Mr S. CROSS recently went to Ballarat to consult a doctor in regard to a severe illness.

Miss M. CARRACHER of Booroopki, was on Monday last successfully operated on for appendicitis by Dr RYAN, at his private hospital in Nhill.

The attention of Mr E. HARRISON P.M., was occupied for some hours at the Horsham Police Court on Friday in a case involving a claim for wages, including a set-off which included the price of a mare which, it was alleged, had been sold to the plaintiff. Christopher Baden PARISH, a youthful farm laborer, sought to recover from Herbert Edwin GIDDINGS, farmer of Garup, £11/0/6, balance of money due as wages. There was a dispute as to the rate of pay for portions of service, and a difference as to the amount already paid, whilst the defendant claimed £10/10 for the sale of a mare to plaintiff. The case was adjourned till October 25 to enable further witnesses to be called.

A charge against Thomas WARD, of Bungalally, with having, at Bungalally, on September 24, urged a dog to attack a calf, was dismissed, costs being refused.

William PHILLIPS was charged with having been found on the premises of the Exchange Hotel, Horsham, at a time when the premises should not be open for the sale of liquor. Evidence given by the defendant contradicted that of the police and the case was adjourned till November 8.

For having failed to attend drill, Alfred GROSS was sent to Queenscliffe for 7 days, and Archibald Baden PEARSON was ordered in the custody of the prescribed authority to complete the duties he had evaded. William Henry GORDON, who had previously been charged eight times, was fined 2s 6d, in default one day at Queenscliffe, in addition to the eight days which he has to complete there.

While engaged in shearing a woolly crossbred sheep at Katyil, last week, Mr C. LEHMANN, of LEHMANN Bros., discovered a starling's nest made in the wool in the centre of the sheep's back. In this were deposited two eggs, and it was through the latter dropping out when turning the sheep that led to a search and discovery of the bird's peculiar nesting.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - October 25, 1918

Wedding Bells - LEAR - LEITH
At the residence of the bride's parents Arapiles, on Tuesday last, the marriage was celebrated of Mr Reginald LEAR, son of Mr and Mrs John LEAR, of Nurcoung, and Miss Ruby LEITH, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Harry LEITH. The Rev. Mr MEREDITH, of Horsham, in the unavoidable absence through illness of the Rev A.C. EDWARDS, of Natimuk, performed the ceremony. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a pretty ivory silk Empire coat frock, stitched with gold, and carried a shower bouquet, made and presented by Mrs G. LEVITZKE. The bridesmaid, Miss Christina LEITH (sister of the bride), was attired in a grey crepe-de-chine Empire coat frock, with hat to match. She carried a shower bouquet, made and presented by Miss DEWAR. The bridegroom was attended by Mr R.J. McCLURE as best man. The bridal couple were the recipients of a large number of presents. Amidst a shower of confetti and good wishes they left Arapiles by the evening train en route for Ballarat and Melbourne, where the honeymoon is being spent. The brides going away dress was a navy blue costume, with hat to match. Mr and Mrs LEAR's future home will be at Mitre Lake.

Mr Tom FULLER, of Mitre Lake, has young pigs for sale, and Messrs. NOSKE Bros. have feed for pigs. So if you buy the pigs you know where to get the feed.

Mr V. BLAKE, of Tooan East, is a buyer of petrol tins.

The new tennis court at Natimuk is assuming definite shape. Contractor Ted MALONEY has the fence up. A good amount of work in chipping grass and levelling awaits a willing worker.

At Minimay on November 21, Messrs. HAGELTHORN and BOLTON will conduct a clearing sale of horses, sheep, cattle, and farm plant, on account of Mr John MILES, of Minimay.

Mr John McLEAN, saddler, of Natimuk, who has been in indifferent health for some time, was in a critical state yesterday.

Miss Elsie BOYD, of Natimuk, gained a meritorious win at the Ballarat South Street Competition, being placed first for contralto solo, defeating some well known singers.

The sad intelligence has been conveyed to Mr W. SMITH, of Fairbank, Apsley, that his son, Private M. SMITH, died of wounds. He was about to have his leg amputated, but died while under the anaesthetic.

The Defence Department have notified Mr G. MATTHEWS, of Apsley, that his son, Private R. MATTHEWS, is in a hospital in England suffering from a broken thigh.

Amongst the list of returning Anzacs, who are expected to reach Melbourne in the second week in November are Sergeant Clifford BANNER, winner of a Military Medal, of Natimuk, and Sergeant F.E. EDMONDSON, of Goroke. Both soldiers lost a brother in the war. Sergeant BANNER enlisted from New South Wales, and is a son of Mr W. BANNER, who recently removed to Melbourne. Sergeant EDMONDSON's parents live at Goroke.

Word has been received that Trooper Hans FINCK, son of Mrs W. MEREDITH, of Natimuk, is in a hospital in Palestine suffering from malarial fever.

Yesterday Mr A. G. NITSCHKE, of Natimuk, received word from the Base Records Melbourne, that his son, Private P. L. (Loo) NITSCHKE had been admitted on 7/10/18 to a hospital in France, suffering from gunshot wounds in the right wrist and chest. The actual condition was not stated, but it is hoped that the wounds are not serious.

The undermentioned men enlisted in the Wannon electorate during the past month:-- Messrs. E.H. HODGES, R.H. BOUSFIELD and A.K. WOOLMER (Natimuk) ; R.W. WADE (Goroke), R.H. GUY (Quantong), R. CALDER (Polkemmet).

Latest casualty lists contain the following district names:-- Killed in action, Private A. KNIGHT (Quantong) and Private M. MATTHEWS (Brimpaen) ; wounded, Private J.B.T. HEARD (Tooan East), Private J.W. HOOD (Polkemmet), and Private L. McG. ROBINSON (Goroke).

Private Viv. BROWN, of Natimuk, who has been engaged on transport service for the past few months, has received his discharge, and returned to Natimuk this week. He intends entering a moving picture business with a friend.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - November 1, 1918

Obituary - Mrs Eliza Hall
The death occurred at the residence of her daughter, Mrs W. Bray, Natimuk on Wednesday, of Mrs Eliza Hall, in her 84th year. The deceased lady was a native of London Wall, and arrived in Adelaide when about eight years of age and later went to Belvidier, leaving there about 31 years ago, and went to Melbourne, subsequently living at Kaniva, Ballan, and Natimuk. Seven of her nine children are alive. She was well connected in England, a brother being the late Dr. Joyce. She had received a good education, but was very unassuming, and was highly respected. The funeral takes place today at 2.30 o’clock.

Mems from Minimay
The four year old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Robinson, of Booroopki, while playing about his home, had the misfortune to fall, and a nail, which was projecting from a board, came in contact with his eye. He was taken away for medical attention.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday November 8, 1918

What Our Friends Are Doing – Killed In Action
The sad news has been received that Private Lee Robinson, of Goroke, has died from double pneumonia in a Hospital in France. He had been wounded sometime ago. A brother, Private George Robinson, was killed in action at Passchaendale on October 4, 1917.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday November 29, 1918

Mr. J.C. HAMILTON was on Wednesday burning up rubbish around his home at Ozenkadnook preparatory to leaving for Barwon Heads when, his clothes catching fire, he was severely burnt on the leg and hands. He was taken to the Goroke cottage hospital where he was in a serious state yesterday. Mr HAMILTON was one of the first settlers at Ozenkadnook and was the author of a book describing the early history of Western Victoria.

The relatives of the late Eliza Hall desire to thank Lieut. Waller and Mrs. Carbery, also Dr. Bird and all kind friends for floral tributes and kindness shown to their dear mother.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday December 27, 1918

Through the courtesy of inspector W.C. JOHNS we are enabled to publish the subjoined list of candidates who were successful in obtaining merit and qualifying certificates at the examination held throughout the Natimuk and Goroke districts on November 19. A supplementary return is to made of other papers not yet completed. The following are the schools and names and ages of the successful pupils.


Clear Lake State School

  • Harrie Waltie WADE, 13 years 11 months.

Goroke State School.

  • Susan Christina STANTON, 14 years 1 month;
  • Locksley BROOK; 13. 11;
  • Colin James ALLAN, 14. 10; Stewart A. WADE, 13. 8.

Karnak State School

  • Helen Margaret MATHEWS, 14 years.

Mount Arapiles State School

  • Lilian Hilda LEVITZKE, 12 years 10 months.

Minimay State School

  • Margaret ROBBIE, 14 years 4 months;
  • Jean ROBBIE 14. 4.

Natimuk State School

  • Victor PETRIE, 13 years 6 months;
  • Harold BEARD, 11 years 11 months;
  • Reginald BILSTON, 14;
  • Clarence BOEHM, 13 years 7 months;
  • Bertie CHENOWETH, 13. 9;
  • Kathleen Maria Jean WILEMAN, 13 years 5 months.

Natimuk Lake State School.

  • Minnie SPEHER, 14 years 9 months.

Noradjuha State School.

  • Horace WALTER, 15 years 5 months.

Polkemmet East State School.

  • Catherine COURTNEY 13 years 6 months;
  • Hilda BAKER 13. 2.

Quantong State School

  • John STRUTHERS 12 years 5 months.

Patyah State School.

  • Matthew Edgar FINNIGAN, 15 years 5 months;
  • Thelma Augusta STEHN, 13. 1.

Toolondo State School.

  • Austin Augutus MURRAY, 14 years 3 months;
  • Eileen Ellen MURRAY, 13 years 8 months.

Tooan State School.

  • Mary Aberdeen SCOTT, 13 years 9 months.


Nurrabiel and Carchap State Schools.

  • Myrtie Russell, 13 years 7 months;
  • Lillian May Collins, 12. 10;
  • Nellie Irene Hutchinson 12. 3.

Lemon Springs and Morea State Schools.

  • Patricia May McPhee, 12 years 3 months;
  • Juanita Annie Schinkel, 12. 4.

Mt. Arapiles State School.

  • Arthur Edward Levitzke, 11 years 2 months;
  • Annie Dorothy Sudholz, 10. 11.

Natimuk State School.

  • Robert Clarence Victor Beckwith, 11 years 11 months;
  • Jean Elsie Hannah, 11. 6;
  • Hilda Newcombe Schmidt, 11. 6;
  • Phillip Woolcock, 12.2.

Noradjuha State School.

  • Donald Thomas Light, 13 years 2 months.

Polkemmet East State School.

  • John Frost, 13 years 2 months;
  • Ernest Worral Hallam, 12. 2;
  • George Theodore Kuhne,11. 8.

Quantong State School.

  • Katie McDonald 12 years 5 months;
  • Dorothy J. Rickards, 12. 8.

About seventy people met in the Ulswater school room on Wednesday evening last to tender a social to Miss LUNDY, who has been teaching here for the last three years, and has been transferred to an assistant teacher to the Fitzroy state school. The chair was occupied by Mr HOUSTON, who, after introducing the object of the gathering, called upon some of the local talent to render vocal items. Speeches were made by the following, namely Mrs E. McDONALD, J.& A LAMPARD, T. & J. DIXON, A. McDONALD & R.C. DIXON all expressed regret at her departure, as did the chairman in his remarks. He added she had been an active worker in the district in the way of promoting entertainments for patriotic movements.

Motor Car For Hire.
I wish to notify the general public that I intend, at the beginning of December, running a motor service in Natimuk. Address---- Newton's Hotel. L. WHITELAW.

Shocking Fatality - Returned Soldier killed
A shocking fatality occurred on the road opposite the Horsham Gasworks on Christmas Eve, when ex Private "Pat" COULTER met his death. It appears from what we can gather that when the deceased was driving in a gig over the crossing leading from the Criterion Hotel, his horse, a flighty animal, took fright and bolted up Wilson St. around the Royal Hotel past Young Bros. sale yards and back into Wilson St. on reaching which, it turned back in the direction of home--Quantong--increasing its pace considerably. Ex Private COULTER was thrown out at the spot stated, and falling on his head, his neck was dislocated. He was immediately conveyed to the Horsham Hospital, but died just as he reached that institution. When the news became known a gloom was cast over the whole district, particularly that of Quantong, COULTER being very popular with all classes. Enlisting in 1915, at Quantong, where he was employed by Mr JAHN, young COULTER went to the front. He was gassed and was invalided back to Australia last May 12 months. Recently he was handed over Mr HOYLE's orchard at Quantong under the repatriation scheme. An inquiry into the cause of death was held on Thursday morning, when a verdict of accidental death was returned. In the afternoon the deceased soldier was given a military funeral. Mr COULTER leaves a widow in Scotland, who was on the water or about to sail when the sad fatality occurred. Mr A.S. RODGERS has cabled to the Military authorities acquainting them of what has happened.

NOTE: Pat COULTER was recorded as Patrick COULTON in both the Victorian death index, aged 41 at time of death, parents unknown and in the AIF World War 1 Nominal Roll where he was listed as Spr. 3910, Patrick COULTON, 5th Tunnelling Company, enlisted 26-02-1916 RTA 23-05-1917.
Daryl Povey, 1 Oct 2003.

Bereavement Notice.
Mr and Mrs John LEAR and family desire to express their sincere thanks to all kind friends and relatives for cards, letters, floral tributes in their recent sad bereavement.

Mr John LEAR wishes to extend his most sincere thanks to all those friends and neighbours who so generously left their own work and assisted him with his work, which had got behind during his recent trouble.

Mrs J. POTTER, of Wombelano, is recovering satisfactorily from the effects of the motor car accident with which she met recently at Clear Lake. Her son, Mr Stan POTTER, who was in the same mishap, and who subsequently lost portion of his foot in a motor bike accident, is also making satisfactory progress.

December 27, 1918 What Our Friends Are Doing
Sergeant Frank EDMONDSON, of Goroke, who has the great honour of being an Anzac, had a wonderful run of good fortune right through the war. He landed in Egypt in October of 1915, and after a course of training in Egypt he went to Gallipoli in April of 1915, and remained there until the evacuation, going to Tel-el-Kabir to reorganise, thence to France, where he arrived in 1916 and remained until three weeks before the armistice was signed, when he went to England. That was his second trip to Blighty, and the only other spell he had was a fortnight in France. The wonderful thing is that he got through without a scratch.

(Note! Although there is some discrepancy in the dates, I have transcribed the article as it appears in the paper. Further research can be carried out through The National Archives of Australia by requesting a free of charge digital copy of his record of service.) : Daryl C. 2003

Private Norman BAKER, son of Mr and Mrs Jasper BAKER, of Natimuk, stuck it through magnificently. When he left his native heath, he appeared physically unfit for the strenuous life of a modern soldier. But he proved that though he was spare in frame, he was rich in stamina and stout of heart. Sergeant EDMONDSON informs us that Private BAKER feared nothing and was held in great esteem by his comrades for his unflinching bravery. Norman has an English bride.

Mr and Mrs George ABERNETHY received the welcome news this week that their son Private Geo. ABERNETHY was safe in England, after having been a prisoner in Germany for one year and eight months. On Christmas day, his brother Frank, who lives in Polkemmet, while carving the goose, remarked feelingly, "George would enjoy a cut of this." In the afternoon Frank visited his father, who met him with the truly joyful Christmas greeting, "George is in England."

Word has been received from the Base Records that Sergeant Frank A. STEPHENS, of the "Wattles," Bringalbert North, is returning to Australia on the "Shropshire", on the 25th September, 1916. While in France last March he contracted trench fever and has been in various English hospitals ever since, the fever having left him with chronic bronchitis and asthma.

Gymbowen Gleanings (From our own Correspondent)
The Y.M.C.A. effort, which was made at Gymbowen on Friday, 13th, was a decided success. The evening was a perfect one and people rolled up from all quarters. Cr. W.H. KNIGHT occupied the chair, and kept things on the move. The program consisted of vocal items, interspersed with games and dancing, while guessing competitions and sales of gifts were carried on all the while. The contributors to the program were, Misses K. BUFFHAM and T. STAFFORD, and Messrs. A MUEGEL, T. DIXON, and B. HAASE. The waltzing Competition for a prize donated by Mrs F. MAYBERY was won by Mr. Jack McBEAN and Miss Ivy KNIGHT. Guessing the weight of a dressed sheep was won by Mr W. McCANN, who redonated it to be sold for the benefit of the fund. A prize dip was conducted for the children and received hearty patronage. The gold brooch presented by Mrs W.H. KNIGHT was won by Miss Muriel RICHARDS, while the lucky ones in connection with the lucky bags, which were sold at 6d each, were Miss CAN?Y, Mr. IREDEL, Mr H. BENNETT. Guessing the name of the doll was won by Mr H. MAYBERY, who guessed the doll's second name (Dorothy). After supper the remaining goods were sold by Bruce auction. Mr RICHARDS acting as auctioneer, and then the young people danced until the early hours of Saturday morning. The effort realised the substantial sum of £45.

(Miss CAN?Y, unreadable) Any suggestions anyone? And what in the world is a "Bruce auction"?? Daryl C. 2003

In conjunction with the above social a Welcome Home was extended to ex-Lance Corporal Charlie KNIGHT, who has been away with the A.I.F. for three years, and during which time he has proved himself a soldier of the first class. The speakers included the Chairman, (Cr. W.H. KNIGHT) and Messrs. RICHARDS, HAASE, and A.E. MUEGEL. Lance Corporal KNIGHT was presented by the Chairman with a suitably inscribed medal, after which he made a neat speech in response. He also spoke of the excellent work which was carried on by the Y.M.C.A. and kindred bodies, in the war areas.

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