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From: Sunelia Heath <>
Subject: [ZA-IB] Queenstown Free Press (May & June 1897)
Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2011 08:11:59 -0800 (PST)


 
Hallo  :-)

Transcribed from the original papers at the Queenstown museum.

Tuesday, May 4 1897
 
Fashionable Wedding.- An extremely pretty wedding was celebrated on Wednesday,
the 28th, at St Michael and all Angels, Queenstown, by the Rev Julius GORDON,
assisted by the Rev J CATLING of Tarkastad, when Mr George Leach SMITH of East
London was married to Miss Gertrade CALLAGHAN, eldest daughter of Mr Charles
CALLAGHAN of “Blackwoods” Queenstown...
 
Friday, May 14 1897
 
Railway Accidents.
A sad accident occurred by which J.F.G. REIMER, son of Rev E.P.R. REIMER, East
London, lost his life.  Deceased, who was 20, was on duty as a fireman on a
railway engine at Toise River about 3.30 on Monday morning.  In the dark, as the
engine moved, REIMER stumbled, and was afterwards found on the line shockingly
injured.  He died three hours after.  The funeral took place at East London on
Tuesday, and was attended by many sympathisers from the Railway Locomotive
Department...
 
Tuesday, May 25 1897
 
Late Telegram.
Mrs ROWLAND, wife of Dr ROWLAND, district surgeon, died on Saturday and was
buried this morning.  The funeral was largely attended by town and country
residents.
 
Tuesday, June 1 1897
 
Birth, At Queenstown, on the 10th inst., the wife of F. MARSBERG, of a Daughter.
Birth.-  At Rwantsana, on 22nd May, the wife of R.R. MOSS of a son.
 
Married,- At St Michael’s Church, Queenstown, on the 26th May, 1897, by the
Revd. J. GORDON, Mr. W. PAYNE COTTON, of Boksburg, S.A.R., to Miss A.C. COOPER,
of Dordrecht.
 
O’GRADY,- Died on May 30th, 1897, at Qamata Poort, James O’GRADY, aged 60 years.
 
Friday, June 11 1897
 
Died.- At Queenstown, on Sunday June 6th, 1897, the son of Charles SMITH, of
Indwe, age 5 months...
 
St. Marks
The late Mr. O’GRADY
It is our sad duty to chronicle the death of James Edward O’GRADY (son of the
late J.E.H. O’GRADY of Port Elizabeth), one of the oldest and most respected of
our Transkeian neighbours.  The deceased was born in London on May 10th, 1837,
and passed away very suddenly through the bursting of an aneurism on the chest
on Sunday, May 30th.  The deceased was well known by Queenstown people, and it
will be no doubt a surprise for them to hear of the suddenness of the death of
an old friend who appeared to be in very good health...
 
Friday, June 18 1897
 
Birth,- At Queenstown, on 15th June, the wife of E.W. DALE of a son.
 
Died,- At Queenstown, on the 14th June, 1897, Rev. H.H. DUGMORE, aged 87 years.
Died,- At Lady Frere, on the 15th June, 1897, Edith May, aged 1 month and 3
days, infant daughter of H. And E. BERRY.
 
Friday, June 18 1897
 
In Memoriam
One of the most prominent citizens of Queenstown has been removed from amongst
us in the person of that venerable missionary and clergyman the Rev. Henry Hare
DUGMORE, of the Wesleyan Methodist Church of South Africa.  The deceased was
more intimately connected with Queenstown and district than any other in South
Africa.  He was a missionary at Haslope Hills in the Zwart Kei, when the
Queenstown district was occupied by the Tambookie tribe.  He was appointed
resident Wesleyan Minister to Queenstown shortly after the town was laid out,
and for some time was the only clergyman resident here.  In the ordinary course
of events he was removed to other circuits, but again returned, and made this
his home.  He was a poet and musician, and many a pleasant entertainment was
given by himself and family – everyone being a musician – for the benefit of the
town he made his home...
...The Rev. H.H. DUGMORE was born in Birmingham, on 27th April, 1810; and came
to this country with his parents, who formed a portion of a party of Settlers,
in April 1820.  For some years he lived with the family on an allotment on the
Kariega River, about 10 miles from Grahamstown.  The family afterwards moved
into Grahamstown, where the subject of this sketch was employed by Mr. WRIGHT. 
After his conversion he became a local preacher, and owed much to the wise
counsel and guidance of the Rev. W. SHAW, who may be fitly termed the apostle to
South Africa.  Under the auspices of Mr. SHAW, Mr. DUGMORE entered the ministry
of the Wesleyan Methodist Church as an exhorter, then a local preacher, and
three years after at the age of about 24 took charge provisionally of the Mount
Coke station, under the superintendence of the Rev. W. SHEPSTONE.  Having no
knowledge of the language, Mr. DUGMORE had to speak through an interpreter;  but
be dissatisfied with their performance he set himself to learn the language, and
in three months was able to conduct the services in Kafir himself, and before
the year was out, the interpreters were laid aside.  Attempts at translation and
composition followed and Mr. DUGMORE soon added to the number of Kafir hymns
then in use.  He also translated the Prayer Book and Psalms into Kafir and this
translation was in use for many years.  The war of 1835 found him at Mount Coke,
he remained there for a great part of the war.
In the year of 1838 Mr. DUGMORE married Miss SIMPSON, a cousin of the Rev. W.B.
BOYCE, and for 56 years she was a heipmeet to him in everything.  Her death in
1894 was a severe blow;  but the parting was not for long.
It is not possible to mention the various stations in Kafiirland at which Mr.
DUGMORE was stationed;  but at all of them he laboured acceptably and with
results which eternity alone will disclose.  If the memory of the writer is
correct, Durban, close to Peddie, was the last purely mission station that Mr.
DUGMORE occupied, with the exception of a year or two spent at Lesseyton.  From
Peddie the move was to Grahamstown, and there Mr. DUGMORE was during the war of
1852.  Salem, Grahamstown, King Williamstown, Dordrecht and Queenstown were the
chief scenes of his labours as a minister to the English;  and with the last
mentioned place he was connected during the last years of his life, embracing a
period of over 30 years.  After his retirement from full work in 1876 Mr.
DUGMORE lived in Queenstown first with the eldest and during the last 14 years
with his youngest daughter, in whose house he passed to his reward on Monday
night, the 14th June, 1897, at the ripe age of 87 years and nearly 2 months. 
For some time previous to his death the venerable minister of Christ suffered
intensely from an internal disorder;  but the last month of his life was free
from pain.  He gradually became weaker and weaker, and finally passed from sleep
to life immortal without a struggle...
Mr. DUGMORE leaves behind him 5 sons and 3 daughters, and a large number of
grandchildren and one great grand child...
 
Tuesday, June 29 1897
 
Birth- On 28th inst. The wife of ? MACKENZIE, of a Daughter.
Birth,- At Tarkastad, on the 22nd inst., the wife of T.H. MALLETT, of a
Daughter.
Birth,- At Queenstown, on 15th June, the wife of E.W. DALE of a son.
 
Kind regards
Sunelia Heath
Researching all Heath's in RSA






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