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From: Sunelia Heath <>
Subject: [ZA-EC] Queenstown Free Press (May 1894)
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2011 09:44:58 -0700 (PDT)
Tuesday, May 1, 1894
Married,- At Wesley Church, Queenstown, on the 23rd inst., by the Rev. A.H.
HODGES, Charles Edward LISTER, of Yorkshire, England, to Emilie May WARD, of
Died,- At Queenstown, on Sunday the 29th April, John Alison, the beloved son of
Alison and Annie TYSON, aged 1 year and 3 months.
Friday, May 4, 1894
Marriage.- FISHER-STILWELL.- At Mountain Glen, near Queenstown, on 30th April,
Arthur Bentley FISHER to Mimmie, second daughter of Ablorrt STILLWELL, Esq.- No
Tuesday, May 8, 1894
Died,- At Queenstown, Saturday, 5th May, 1894, Arthur Herman, the fifth and
beloved son of John and Lily AUSTEN, aged 3 years and 11 months.
Friday, May 11, 1894
ROBERTS-COTTERELL.- Married in the Roman Catholic Church, Queenstown, on the
8th inst., by the Rev. Dr. ALLAN, assisted by Rev. Father VAN BAER, Crawford E.
ROBERTS to Winnifred, only daughter of the late E. COTTERELL.
Birth,- At Queenstown, May 8th, the wife of W.A. HILDER, of a Daughter.
Birth,- At Oak Lodge, Aliwal North on April 6th, the wife of Dr. WATSON, acting
District Surgeon, of a Daughter.
Tuesday, May 15, 1894
Married, - At Xuka, Xalanga, on May 9th, by the Rev. T. OLDMAN, J.W.C. HOLDING,
Esq., M.D., to Katharine, eldest daughter of W.H. WIDDICOMBE, J.P.
Birth,- At Queenstown, May 8th, the wife of W.A. HILDER, of a Daughter.
Died,- At Clapton, district Cathcart, on the 4th May, George FULLER, aged 78
years. Deceased came out with the Settlers of 1820.
Died,- At “Glendower,” near Maraiesburg, May 6th, 1894, Owen Stubbs PARKER,
from inflammation of the lungs, aged 38 years and 8 months, youngest son of the
late James PARKER, of Kington, Herefordshire, England.
Friday, May 18, 1894
Died,- At Queenstown, Tuesday, 8th May, 1894, Herbert G., the sixth and beloved
son of John and Lily AUSTEN, aged 2 years and 9 months.
Tuesday, May 22, 1894
Birth,- At King Williamstown, on the 14th May, the wife of Mr. Reuben LLOYD, of
Ncuncuri, of a son.
Birth,- At Queenstown, on May 21st, the wife of Robt. H. IMPEY, of a Daughter.
The Death of Mr JACKSON of St. Marks.
It will be remembered that last month we announced the death of Mr. JACKSON
under mysterious circumstances at Johannesburg. The case is being subjected to
strict enquiry by the officials of the Transvaal. The Critic Says. A case,
similar to the Andrews Lind mystery, occurred at the Driefontein Hotel, out
Germiston way, which stands in a fair way of being smothered, unless some steps
be at once, taken by the authorities to elicit the full particulars. It appears
that on the 14th February, an overseer at Glencairn mine was found dead in his
bedroom at the hotel named, the result of a revolver shot. The revolver lay
some distance away, and had apparently been placed where it was discovered. The
Field-cornet, the now famous J.G. MEYER of Rachmann notoriety, gave a
certificate for the burial without mentioning the cause of death. The
certificate was written by a policean (MEYER, on his own showing, whilst on oath
in the RACHMAMN case, “can only write a bit”). Dr. Benjamin W. HALL, M.R.C.,
S.E., L.M.L., certified that the deceased “had shot himself through the head and
was dead” when he arrived, “the deed having been only just committed” On the
Friday following the body was buried: but, owing to some agitation on the part
of the friends of the deceased, who suspected foul play, it was exhumed on the
next day, before the District Surgeon of Boksburg, Dr. ZIERVOGEL, a Sergeant of
police and Detective POOLE from Johannesburg. Neither the Field-cornet nor the
Public Prosecuter of the district attended and no evidence was led. It is
surmised, with some show of reason, that JACKSON was murdered; but no definite
statement, one way or the other, can be got from the officials, by the
deceased’s relatives, who reside in the Cape Colony. Whether the case can be
one of murder or of suicide, a strict investigation should be held in the
matter, as much for the sake of the proprietor of the hotel, where the tragedy
occurred, one COOPER, as in the interests of the public in general.
The Standard and Diggers News, says, Some weeks ago a man named JACKSON employed
as overseer, or in some such sort of capacity, at the Glencairn GM Co., was
found shot through the head with a revolver in a private room attached to a
canteen at Elandsfontein. The tragedy is supposed to have been enacted about
eight or ten in the morning. In the telegraphic despatch from Germiston we
published at the time reporting the affair, the occurrence was described as a
suicide, and in that light it was generally interpreted. Subsequently, however,
information reached us that it had not been proved from the circumstances of the
incident that the deceased had positively taken his own life, and that there was
much in the matter that cried for a searching investigation. To set our vague
doubts at rest, and to assist a surviving relative who lent no credence to
public explanations of the death, a representative was prompted to go down to
Boksburg yesterday to interview the local Authorities in relation to the late
Mr. JACKSON’s death.
In the course of a conversation with Mr Glynn ROTH, the Boksburg Public
Prosecutor, he found that the Authorities shared in the doubts furtively
expressed. From various documents courteously disclosed to us, it appeared that
Dr ZIERVOGEL, Boksburg District Surgeon, had held an inquest upon the remains,
but had preferred to defer his judgement until some points and features of the
affair, which at present bear a sinister complexion, had been satisfactorily
cleared up. Mr GLYNN-ROTH went the length of writing to the Acting
State-Attorney and openly expressing the suspicions he entertained, and still
entertains, and asked for instructions as to what course of action to pursue
with regards to a man named COOPER, whose revolver was found lying close by the
body of the deceased JACKSON, and between whom and JACKSON a bitter commercial
quarrel was alleged to be raging. For some unaccountable reason Dr. Schagen van
Leeuwen, Chief of the Criminal Department in the State Attorney’s Office (in
whose hands Mr. GLYNN- Both’s communications presumably falls for treatment) had
up to date neglected to reply. And there that matter rests at the present
time. Detectives DONOVAN and POOLE were sent by Chief Detective FERGUSON to
assist the Boksburg Authorities in pursuing enquiries but the results of their
investigations appear to have been nil.
JACKSON was formerly associated in business with COOPER, and COOPER owed JACKSON
a considerable sum of money, it is said they quarrelled; COOPER lived on the
premises where JACKSON met his heath; a revolver, said to be COOPER’s, was
found by the corpse, These data and information have been furnished us
Friday, May 25, 1894
Drowned at Sea Point
Sad death of a Lady
A sad drowning accident happened at Sea Point on Saturday afternoon last. It
appears (says the “Cape Times”) that early in the afternoon Miss SOMERS, the
elder of two sisters who kept the Alphen House Hotel, left home with the object
of taking a walk along the beach. When leaving Miss SOMERS said that she would
not require any lunch, as she was going to make a call upon some friends. The
lady took with her a volume of Thackeray...
About four o’clock in the afternoon two young men, Ross and Spyker, who had been
fishing in a small boat about half a mile off Three Anchor Bay, noticed the body
of a lady in the water. The body was fully dressed, except that it was without
boots. The body was taken to land, and was identified by a man named BENNETT as
that of Miss SOMERS. Mr BENNETT was acquainted with the lady, as he had
assisted in furnishing the hotel and had seen her as late as the previous
night... All the circumstances of the case point to the view that the lady fell
into the water whilst in a faint and was drowned.
Some months ago the Misses SOMERS came to Capetown in the Union steamer “Greek”
from Teneriffe. Soon after landing they purchased the Alphen House Hotel, and
the deceased lady has been expecially energetic in making the place what it now
is. She was not very strong, being subject to fits of headache and dizziness
which led to faints...
Tuesday, May 29, 1894
Died,- At Aliwal North, on 24th inst. Elfreda May, infant daughter of Dr. And
Died,- At Queenstown, on Friday, 25th, Georgina Margaret, beloved wife of John
MEADE, and only daughter of the late J.G. BREMNER, aged 40 years 10 months and 7
In loving memory of Sophia, the beloved wife of E.M. TURVEY, Queenstown, who
died on the 25th inst., aged 77 years.
It is our mournful duty to have to record the demise of Mrs TURVEY wife of Mr
E.M. TURVEY, a lady than whom no one was more respected and esteemed in
Queenstown. Mrs TURVEY came to this country with her parents in 1821, when only
three years of age. For many years she resided in Grahamstown where also she
married Mr E.M. TURVEY. Later she lived with her husband on Table Farm, on the
Klaassmits River and old travellers still gratefully remember her hospitality at
a time when accommodation houses were scarce and railways unknown in this
country. For the last 35 years she lived with her husband in Queenstown. About
a year ago she was seized with a paralletic stroke and she was never herself
again after that but gradually declined, and passed away peacefully on Friday
last. She leaves 7 children, forty grand-children and nineteen great
grandchildren to mourn their loss. The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon
and was largely attended...
Sunelia Heath :-)
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