[From Manx Quarterly, #2 June 1907]
Died April 4th, 1907.
Mr William Quayle, of Ballamilghyn, Lonan, died at his residence on April 14th, and as the intelligence of his decease spread throughout the Island, widespread regret was occasioned, In his removal, the Island in general, and the parish of Lonan in particular, sustain a deep loss, A man of more than ordinary ability and culture, he took a deep and scholarly interest in the political and social conditions of his native land, Though inclined to Conservatism, he recognised that Manx people must advance with the times, and especially did he endeavour to give practical effect to this recognition in the case of Laxey. He was chairman of the Commissioners of the mining village, and in this capacity he took a leading part in the movement to secure to Laxey a copious supply of pure water and a sewerage system beyond cavil. Unfortunately death intervened to prevent him seeing the completion of either of these schemes. As chairman of the Laxey Commissioners, he was a member of the Licensing Board for the Douglas District, and though a total abstainer from alcoholic liquor, and a past officer of the Isle of Man District of Rechabites, the board had such confidence in his judicial temperament as to elect him a member of the District Licensing Court, So efficiently did he discharge his duties in Insular Rechabite circles, that his brethren elected him as representative to the Annual Moveable Conference the highest honour they could bestow upon him. His name was frequently mentioned in connection with the representation of Garff Sheading in the House of Keys, and within the last few years he refused to allow himself to be nominated in opposition to Mr J. Killip, one of the present members, In 1903, Mr Quayle was appointed to the honourable and ancient position of Captain of the Parish of Lonan in succession to the late Mr H. B. Noble, Frequently Mr Quayle took part in the proceedings at meetings of the Douglas Progressive Debating Society, and his attendance was always valued by the members, For many years, and up to the time of his death, Mr Quayle was a member of the Isle of Man Natural History and Antiquarian Society, and at one period took considerable interest in its proceedings his chief work in that connection being a " List of Manx Plants, with their (Manx) Gaelic names," which he drew up in collaboration with Mr P. G, Ralfe, formerly of Laxey, now of Castletown. Mr Ralfe was responsible for the botanical part of this list; Mr Quayle for the Manx nomenclature. Mr Quayle's antiquarian interests were mainly in the department of the Manx language, it naturally led him to identify himself less with the Antiquarian Society and more and more with the Manx Language Society, of which he was one of the original members, and for some time secretary, He was probably the most competent contemporary (Manx) Celtic scholar, having both a scholar's knowledge of the language, in that respect on a par with the Speaker of the House of Keys; while at the same time he had a colloquial acquaintance with the language on a par with the oldest inhabitant of a Manx glen. This, of course, was not the limit of his interest. He was a collector of Manx books, and has left a collection of much value, He had a very considerable acquaintance with Manx history, but especially of its industrial, economic, and constitutional aspects; and in respect of being acquainted with all recent Acts of Tynwald, he might have passed for a well-versed lawyer, This indeed was his true vocation, both in respect of intellectual type and in the eminently judicial cast of his mind and spirit, Mr Quayle was a comparatively young man, he being but 48 years of age, The immediate cause of death was rheumatic fever supervening on influenza. He leaves a widow and mother to mourn his loss.
The funeral took place on Wednesday, April 17th, amid manifestations of great grief. Indeed nothing could speak more eloquently of the deep regard entertained towards the late Mr Quayle by the residents of the Isle of Man generally and Laxey in particular, than did the representative character of the gathering which followed his body to its last resting-place.
It was an impressive scene. Along the route blinds were drawn, and young and old, rich and poor, all gave evidence of their regret at the loss of the public-spirited Captain of their parish,
At Ballamilghyn a short service was conducted by the Rev W, H. Gibson, Chaplain of Christ Church, Laxey, and it concluded with the hymn "Rock of Ages," which was feelingly sung by the assembly. The procession then formed, and wended its way towards the Lonan Parish Churchyard, where the interment took place, At the head of the cortege was the Vicar of the parish, in company with the Rev W, H, Gibson and Mr W, Kelly, Baldroma. The Rechabites of the district, to the number of some hundred, headed those on foot, and included all the principal office-bearers of the tent, (The deceased was a Past Chief Ruler of the Order,) Then followed the Village Commissioners of Laxey Messrs Robert Williamson, John Fargher, Geo. Preston, Thos, Killip, W. H, Gill, F. L, Hulme, and J, Lawton ;the Parish Commissioners Messrs E, J. Cowley, R. Clague, and others, were also present, as were the Parish Poor Law Guardians, including Captain Reddicliffe, Capt. Killip, Messrs J. H, Cain, Jos. Cowin (Baldrine), Thos, McKneale (Gretchvane), and the treasurer (Mr W, Brew). The School Board was also represented, the members present being the Vicar, Messrs R, T. Corlett, E, Rydings, J. Kermode, and James Craine.
Among others present were Messrs E, J. Curphey, H.K., D.C.R., Jas. Caugherty, D.S., R, G. Fargher, J.D.S. ; J. Jackson (Local Government Board Inspector), T, A, Miller (secretary to the Great Laxey, Limited), J, R. Kerruish, H.K., Thomas Corlett, John Kewley (Ballaragh), and Dr Shaw.
The coffin was carried from Ballamilghyn to the hearse by Messrs Hulme, Preston, Gill, and Fargher, of the Laxey Village Commissioners, and on arrival at the churchyard was borne into the church by Messrs J, H, Condra, C.R., Jas, Craine, D.R. and trustee; W, H. Corlett, treas.; and J. K. Caine, secretary the principal office-bearers of the Tent the deceased had displayed such an interest in.
A short but impressive service followed, The Rev W, H. Gibson having read the. appointed lesson, The Rev J, Quine said: We have just laid in earth all that is mortal of our dear brother, there to await the Resurrection morning, believing that, in ways unknown to us, the will of God is done in earth even as in Heaven, devoutly believing that the immortal soul of our brother is in joy and felicity. I ask your attention to a few words, though my own emotions warn me that I should hardly venture to speak, knowing that my words must be inadequate, and may fail me in the very wish I have to speak every word from my inmost heart, Our sympathy, our deepest sympathy, is with those two bereaved ones on whom this loss has fallen tenfold more heavily than on us; and I pray God that they will find consolation in those thoughts that are the main source of consolation the goodness of him whom they have lost, and the goodness of God, who has taken him to Himself, But it is rather of our common loss yours and my own that I wish to speak of. I have lost a personal friend, a most precious and noble friend; and I know that many of you, equally with myself, have lost a personal friend; I believe that every one of us has lost that we are all alike to-day saying our last farewell to a personal friend. Ever since I have been resident in the parish, he was always the same, differing only in that longer acquaintance deepened the regard, the respect, the affection I have had for him. In speaking my own feelings, I believe I am expressing yours, But let me say this of friendship, that I cannot conceive any true friendship but that which has its fount and origin (1) in respect for the integrity and nobility of the character, and (2) in conviction as to the goodness and purity of the heart; and from this source, my friend, and your friend, became and remained our friend; and will remain " loved, though lost," But there is another word I wish to say. He whom we bid farewell to to-day was one gifted in a marked degree with some of those gifts that God in His wisdom gives more largely to some men than to others that they may be used for public ends that there may by His Providence never be wanting a fit succession of persons to serve God in Church and State! Thinking of him in this respect, we have all, I think, felt and hoped that he had yet in store many years of a life in which he would have been valued throughout the Island, only in a less degree than we valued him here in this parish, That, however, in the decree of God, was not to become an accomplished fact; and so, with hopes, humanly speaking, disappointed, we bow to the will of God. Good men, men with good and with real gifts such as his, are not in any community easily to be found, combining those various talents of mind, character, and estate which fit them to take a part in public service unvarying for the public good. There are, I am sure, many thoughtful men here to-day, whose minds are in agreement with me that he whom we have lost was one of these. I believe those hands, now at rest, were pure; and I believe those lips were unstained with either words of unkindness or untruth, Forgive me if what I have said is inadequate, but I know that, very far from being alone in the thoughts and convictions that I have hesitatingly ventured to express, in this parish we have no hesitation about it going forth to the whole of the Island, how much we respected and honoured the late Captain of this Parish, and how intense and absolutely general our feeling is about the loss we have sustained by his removal from our midst In conclusion, speaking one last word as being myself a Manxman, to you Manx-men, we need never feel about our Island anything but genuine pride, so long as those of our countrymen who hold public office among us are men of such a stamp and character as the friend to whom to-day we are paying this tribute of respect, as (in the presence of God) we bid him our final farewell,
The service concluded with the singing of " O God, our help in ages past," The committal service was performed by the Rev John Quine (Vicar), and he was assisted by the Rev W H, Gibson. Subsequently Mr J. H, Condra, C.R., read the service appointed by the Rechabites for recital on the occasion of the burial of the dead.
The chief mourners were Messrs T. M. L, Quayle (Douglas), J. Kermode (Grawe), John Quayle (Ballamilghyn), Thos, Quayle (Ballamilghyn), Ed, Kermode (The Glen), Robert Kermode (Grawe), J, B. Brew (London), Gordon Brew (London), Robert Brew (London), Thomas Killip (Lagey), James Killip (Ballamoar), John Mylroie (South Cape) ; Mr and Mrs J. Collister (Douglas), Mr and Mrs Thomas Collister (Douglas) ; and the Misses Kermode (Grawe).
The funeral arrangements, which were carried out by Mr Corlett, of Lagey, were under the supervision of Mr Jas. Craine, of Lagey.
Died January 30th, 1907,
The news of the death of Mr John Lowey, which took place on Wednesday, January 30th, was received with profound regret, Although it had been known for some weeks that Mr Lowey was seriously ill he having had a stroke which rendered his left side useless the news of his demise came as a shock, He was born in the south of the Island just 73 years ago, Nature had dowered him with a strong constitution, which he prized and protected to the last, When a young man he joined the police force in Liverpool, and also built up a good trade in the butchery business. After many years of useful work, he came to reside in Ballasalla, where he has lived for 24 years. He was a member of the School Board, and warden at the Abbey Church. He leaves one son and one daughter. His son, Theodore, who is at present the president of the Manx Society in Liverpool, is widely known. Mrs . Qualtrough (his daughter) also resides in Liverpool, Both are in the butchery business there,
The funeral of the late Mr John Lowey took place on Sunday, Feb. 3rd, amidst many manifestations of sorrow and sympathy, The day being beautifully fine, a large crowd of people assembled, amongst whom were noticed: Messrs J, S, Gell (High-Bailiff), T, H, Moore, C.P., E. B. Gawne, H.K., J, Qualtrough, H.K., J, T, Lomas, R, Radcliffe, T. M, Dodd, G, E. Kewley, T. E. Jefferson, J, Gale, W. C, Cubbon, J, Clague, R. C. Cretney, W, Mylchreest, J, d', Qualtrough, W, J. Moore (Port St, Mary), T, Faragher, T. Kennaugh (2), J, Kennaugh, C, Teare, W, Qualtrough, G, Clucas, Captain Keig (Douglas), and many others from the South of the Island, The Abbey Church Choir and scholars were in attendance, and led in the singing outside the house of " O God, our help in ages past," and " Rock of Ages" on the route. The large number of conveyances and of people on foot formed quite a long procession, As the coffin was borne into the church, strains from the organ stole softly through the building. The service was taken by the Rev H, C. Kinred and the Rev J. M, Spicer, and the hymn "To those who've joined with friends above" was feelingly sung by the large congregation . The service over, the coffin was borne out of the church to the soul-stirring " Dead March" in "Saul," performed by the organist, Mr M. P, Spicer. The service was concluded at the graveside by the Vicar, The principal mourners were: Mr and Mrs Theodore Lowey, Mr and Mrs T, Qualtrough, Mr and Mrs H, S, Thornton (stepson), Mr William and Mr Joseph Lowey (brothers), Mr E, Clark (brother-in-law), Mr A. Qualtrough, Mr W, Kinnish (Ramsey) ; Supt, Stowell and Supt, Affleck, Liverpool; Miss A, Moore, Dr Williams, and Nurse Geraighty. The wreaths were beautiful, the following being the senders: Mr and Mrs T. Lowey, Mr and Mrs T, Qualtrough, Mr and Mrs Thornton, Mr J. Lowey, Mr and Mrs Garside, Mrs Faragher, Mrs Robinson; and a beautiful harp from the Liverpool Manx Society, A letter of sympathy was received by Mr Theo. Lowey from Lord Raglan, Lieut.-Governor. The coffin was made of oak, with heavy brass plates, and bore the following inscription: " John Lowey. Born April 14th, 1833; died January 30th, 1907." Mr G. Gelling was the undertaker, and the carriages were supplied by Mr Jas. Taggart, Castletown. A special service was held on Sunday evening in the Abbey Church, which was draped in black, The Vicar took for his text " And so He giveth His beloved sleep," The service was very impressive, and the "Dead March" was played on the organ, Mr J, C. Qualtrough (Castletown) officiating,
CHAIRMAN OF DOUGLAS POOR LAW GUARDIANS.
Died March 4th, 1907.
One of the most unassuming, yet most useful, of public men in Douglas passed away somewhat suddenly on March 4th, Mr Robert Quayle, a partner in the firm of Qualtrough & Co., Ltd., shipbuilders and mineral water manufacturers, though he had not been in robust health for several months, was apparently on fair way to recovery, Last September he had a rather serious illness, but he, being naturally of a strong constitution, rallied and although he did not deem it advisable to at once resume business he held a responsible position in connection with Qualtrough and Co.'s works he was able to get out and about, and indeed had intended to put on harness again soon, On Saturday, March 2nd, he paid a visit to the factory of his firm, situate in Castle-town-road, and he then expressed himself as confident that he would be able to return to his duties on the following Monday, On Sunday he, as was his wont, attended the services at St. Matthew's Church, and in his capacity of churchwarden he assisted to take up the offertories, On Monday afternoon, not feeling very well, he proceeded to his bedroom with the object of resting for a period, and at four o'clock he attempted to rise from his bed, In the act of rising he fainted, and almost immediately expired, the cause of death being syncope, arising from heart weakness, a form of illness for when he had been medically treated for some months previously, Mr Quayle, who was in the sixty-fourth year of his age, was a Douglas man by birth and breeding, His father, the late Mr John Quayle, was in the employ of the late Mr William Qualtrough, shipbuilder and mineral water manufacturer, and the son, upon completing his education, also entered Mr Qualtrough's employ. He served his apprenticeship as a ship carpenter, and also mastered the mysteries of the aerated water business, his intelligence and steady application commending him to the good graces of Mr Qualtrough, who had the well-deserved reputation of being one of the most kindly and considerate employers in the isle of Man, In the 'seventies, Qualtrough's yard was famous, not only in the Isle of Man, but in the outer world for excellence of material and workman ship, In those days the coasting smacks and schooners were mainly employed in the home carrying trade, and, for the matter of that, frequently made voyages to the Baltic, the Mediterranean, and the Canary Islands, Mr Qualtrough built a large number of staunch and speedy craft, and in the construction of these Mr Quayle took a prominent part. Middle-aged people will not have forgotten the building of such celebrated schooners as the Kangaroo, the William Berey, the Goldseeker, and others, some of which yet plough the seas, The launching of any of these trim and stout argosies was always attended with high festival, and the whole population almost were in the habit of gathering on the Bridge to watch the hulls glide along the ways into the river, But steam has almost ousted the old sailing craft, and with the passing of the , wind-jammer" the romance of the sea is fading, Upon the death of Mr Qualtrough some twenty-seven years ago, the business was taken over by a private company, Mr Quayle being one of the partners, Among others associated with him in the conduct of the business were the late Mr John Christian Fargher, the then proprietor of the "Mona's Herald"; the late Mr George Maley, and Mr Harry Qualtrough, the last-named being still happily in the land of the living, Mr Quayle was as assiduous in attention to the affairs of the firm as he was unremitting in his discharge of the public duties which were imposed upon him, and when illness overcame him, it was a source of deep regret to him that for a time, as he thought, he would be unable to give personal attention to the operations in the shipyard and the factory, As a young man Mr Quayle, in his spare time, acted as a letter carrier, but this position he relinquished when more important responsibilities devolved upon him. Perhaps he was best known in Douglas as one of the wardens of St. Matthew's Church, He was appointed Vicar's Warden by the present Vicar (Rev Canon Taggart) about twenty-five years ago, and held the office without intermission to the day of his death, During the whole of this period he had for co-warden Mr James Rae Fielding, who, despite his ninety years, was re-elected as people's warden last Easter, It is doubtful whether there is another instance of such a lengthy partnership in churchwarden-ship as this which has just been severed by death, Mr Quayle dearly loved old St. Matthew's Church, and contemplation of the demolition of the picturesque fane caused him many pangs, yet he realised that the growing demand for church accommodation in the parish and the sanitary and commercial interests of Douglas required that the church built in the Market Place by Bishop Wilson must come down, and like the sensible man he was, he resigned himself to the inevitable and worked with might and main, yet quietly, to assist in providing a new church, Canon Taggart received from him whole-hearted support in the movement which resulted in the erection of new St. Matthew's at the junction of Ridgeway-street and the North Quay, and in his unobtrusive way Mr Quayle took a modest pride in the handsome and substantial structure which took the place of the "old chapel" as Douglas people were in the habit of affectionately terming the church which was pulled down to admit of the extension of Douglas Market, As a churchwarden of St, Matthew's, Mr Quayle, in the days when the compulsory system did not obtain for the relief of the Douglas poor, had to bear a prominent part in administering the income of those funds which had been left by charitably-disposed persons to the Vicar and Wardens in trust for the Douglas poor, and he was thus brought into close contact with those of his fellow townsfolk who were either destitute or distressed, This portion of his duty he regarded as of the highest importance, and he ever discharged it with a kindly consideration, tempered with business-like discretion. When the compulsory system of poor relief came into operation in the town, he was appointed a member of the Board of Guardians, and, by constant re-election, maintained member ship to the last. Than Mr Quayle no member of the board was more regular in attendance at board and committee meetings, or more zealous and tactful in the other work which devolves upon the Guardians. Last May the board recognised his admirable service by electing him to the chair, and so long as health permitted he was most faithful in the discharge of the important duties attaching to the chairmanship, As a warden of St, Matthew's, he was a member of the committee of the House of Industry, in which Institution he took a deep and active interest, He was also, for many years, one of the most respected and most practical and useful members of the committee of Noble's Isle of Man Hospital and Dispensary, In many other ways, too, Mr Quayle was of great service to the town of his nativity, and that his loss will be deeply felt there is no doubt, While a young man, Mr Quayle joined the Order of Oddfellows, and for the remainder of his life he was a respected member and Past Grand of the Loyal Victoria Lodge. He leaves a widow and seven children, his eldest son, Mr Robert W, Quayle, being senior attendance officer in the employ of the School Board of Douglas, Another son, who is in the Mercantile Marine, arrived home on leave on Monday, just too late to see his father alive,
The interment took place on Thursday, March 7th, at Braddan Cemetery. The first portion of the Service for the Burial of the Dead was read in St, Matthew's
Church, where deceased had been a warden for so many years, by the Rev Canon Taggart (Vicar) and Rev Canon Moore (Vicar of Braddan). The 90th Psalm and the hymn "Jesu, lover of my soul," were sung by the choir and congregation, and the " Dead March" in "Soul" was played by the organist (Mr Hoskins). Messrs T. Lewin, R. Howe, R, H, Kelly, and G. Moore were the pall-bearers. There was a full congregation, The Douglas Board of Guardians were well represented.
The following appreciation of Mr Quayle has been received from a friend of thirty years' standing:
By the death of Mr Robert Quayle, of 9 Mount Bradda, on Monday last, the parish of St, Matthew incurs a great loss and the town the loss of a most useful, honourable, and esteemed citizen, and public man. Not only was he chairman of the Douglas Guardians of the Poor, but for the past nineteen years he had been the Vicar's Churchwarden for St, Matthew's Parish, and a more loyal churchman and churchwarden no vicar could ever be blest with, A modest, un-obtrusive man, he adorned each office that he filled, Never absent from church, Sunday morning or evening, he delighted in being in his place, even when weakness and sickness overtook him, as they did some months since, It was remarkable that on the very day before his death he was present at and received Holy Communion in Church. On the following afternoon, a spasm of the heart, causing but a momentary pang, carried him for ever beyond the reach of suffering, He is gone, but not his quiet salutary influence it remains, a growing heritage, entering into, enriching, and invigorating other lives,
His memory long will live alone,
In all our hearts as mournful light,
That broods above the fallen sun,
And dwells in heaven half the night.
Mr Robert Halsall, tailor and draper, of Strand Street, Douglas, died on Tuesday, April 16th, 1907, at the age of 54 years, after three weeks' suffering from. an acute development of an internal ailment which had troubled him at intervals for years, He was born at St, Mark's, and after serving his apprenticeship as a tailor in Douglas, he worked for some time in Manchester and Barrow, Twenty-two years ago he returned to Douglas, and set up in business for himself, and gradually won a first-class connection. A lifelong Methodist, he attached himself when he returned to Douglas to Victoria-street Church, of which he has for several years been a sidesman. He was twice married, and leaves a widow and several children. The funeral took place on Thursday, April 18th.
Mrs Craine, widow of the late Mr Robert Craine, of Douglas, passed away at the residence of her son, Mr W. A, Craine, at North Cliff, Onchan, on April 19th, at the advanced age of 79 years, Mrs Craine will be remembered by a number of old friends as being some years ago an active worker in connection with the Douglas Primitive Methodist Church, but, owing to infirmity and old age, she had not been able for a lengthened period to attend public religious service, Mrs Craine leaves two daughters Mrs G, H. Smith, of Wilkes-Barre, Pa,, U.S.A., and Mrs Wm. Curphey, of Douglas and two sons, Mr J, D, Looney and Mr W, A. Craine, well-known in musical circles, to mourn her loss, The funeral took place at Braddan Cemetery on April 22nd.
Died March 7th, 1907,
It will be learned with deep regret throughout the Isle of Man, and particularly in Douglas, that Mr Joseph Johnson died at Waterloo, near Liverpool, on Thursday, March 7th, Mr Johnson, who had reached the great age of 85 years, had for some time suffered from an internal complaint, in connection with which he, on Wednesday, underwent an operation. The operation was a rather severe one, and from the effects of it the subject never recovered, death taking place at half-past one o'clock on Thursday morning.
Mr Joseph Johnson was a Manchester man, and in the 'fifties and early 'sixties he carried on business as a bookseller in Cottonopolis. While still resident in Manchester, he had paid several visits to Douglas, and indeed had delivered a course of lectures in the town, Forty years ago he decided to make the Isle of Man his home, and came to reside in Douglas, Starting business as an auctioneer and valuer, he soon secured a large connection, and up to the day of his retirement from business a few years ago in favour of his only surviving son, Mr Fred D. Johnson, he held a foremost position among knights of the rostrum and hammer in the Island, During his Manchester days, Mr Johnson took a deep interest in religious, political, and social questions. He was a pronounced Liberal and ardent advocate of reform, and the practical interest he took in public questions brought him into frequent personal contact with many of the men whose advocacy of liberty, peace, retrenchment, progress, and temperance made them famous in the latter days of the first half of the nineteenth century. He was a keen and able controversialist, and employed both his voice and his pen in his efforts to bring home his beliefs to others. In Douglas he engaged in both religious and social and political debate with many doughty opponents, and he inevitably held his own with remarkable success. Believing in Pope's dictum that the proper study of Mankind is Man, he earnestly sought to acquaint himself with human problems, and this search after knowledge secured for him an un-commonly particular knowledge of the aspirations and of the difficulties of his fellows. His mind was of a literary turn, and he was the author of several pamphlets and books, the latter being mainly of a minatory and educational character. The bulk of these were published by Messrs Thos. Nelson and Sons, of Edinburgh, and although many years have elapsed since Mr Johnson gave up writing books, his works are still in demand. He also in the days of his activity contributed largely to the newspaper Press, and even to the very end his articles frequently appeared in the "Manchester City News," that most literary of provincial weekly newspapers. In the early days of the "Isle of Man Examiner," his pen was often at the service of the editor, and many powerful pronouncements upon questions of importance to Manxmen emanating from him appeared in these columns. Mr Johnson had a lively appreciation of the ridiculous and the humorous, and he was an admirable raconteur. Particularly did he relish relating a good story when it told in any way against himself, for he was too considerate to impart sufficient zest to the stories in which his friends or enemies did not show up very well.
Occasionally very occasionally his humour was caustic in character, but generally it was kindly. Indeed he was a most companionable man, and there was not a spark of malice in his composition. An ardent believer in popular education. Mr Johnson was elected as one of the first members of the School Board of Douglas, after the passing of the Education Act of 1872. His experience on the board was not an over-pleasant one, as he was in the minority of advocates of board schools who were opposed and dominated by the supporters of denominational education. He served but a term, and then decided not to seek re-election, feeling that upon the education question he was out of touch with the majority of his townsfolk. Yet was he but a little in advance of his time, for the educational policy which he as a member of the School Board advocated is that which now obtains in Douglas, with the hearty approval of Douglas people. Mr Johnson was an enthusiastic member of the Douglas Progressive Debating Society; frequently while resident in Douglas he read papers before the society, and invariably when present at the society meetiags he took part in the debates the instinct for discussion was strong in him to the last. Upon retiring from business, Mr Johnson resided for some time in Douglas, but two years ago he went to live at Waterloo. He was a widower, and he leaves two children, one of whom is the wife of Mr F. C. Poulter, The Belvedere, Douglas, while the other is Mr Fred D, Johnson, auctioneer. His first-born, the late Mr Harry J. Johnson, a man of much promise, died some years ago.
On March 10th, the funeral of the late Mr Joseph Johnson took place, There was a numerous attendance of relatives and friends following the hearse from the Belvedere Hotel, but the early hour of the funeral nine o'clock and the tempestuous weather, prevented great numbers from attending the obsequies, The coffin was covered with beautiful wreaths sent by members of the deceased gentlemans' family and by friends, including the Douglas Progressive Debating Society, the Misses Cartwright, Mr John Spence, Mr W, A. Waid, Mrs Gradwell, Mr Greenburgh, and Mrs Bruce, of Stronvar, Waterloo, where Mr Johnson has chiefly resided of late years. The chief mourners were Mr Fred. Johnson (son), Mr F, C, Poulter (son-in-law), Mr S. J. Poulter (grandson), Mr P, F. Johnson and Mr George Johnson (nephews). In the cortege were also Dr Marshall, Messrs W. H. Kneale, J, L. Kneale, M. W. Corran, W. Kissack (tailor), Wm. Proctor, J.P., John Proctor, W. G, Qualtrough, Councillor Gray, Josiah Goldsmith, A, B. Crookall, Ales. Robertson (Town Clerk), Thos. Grindley, T. Hough, A, Hough, J. Blakemore, Douglas Coupe, L, Meyer, A. Dick, W, A, Fyffe, W, G. Cubbon, W. M, Corkill, Councillor Cowin, F. P, Bunting, M. Isaacs, John Blair, R, W, Creer, W. H. Clucas, S, K, Broadbent, W. G. Morrison, John Fargher, F. W, Forrest, etc. The interment was at Braddan Cemetery, Canon Savage read the funeral service in an impressive manner, and the deceased was buried beside his son, Mr Harry Johnson, who died about 15 years ago,
Died April 3rd, 1907.
At the great age of 94 years, Mr Charles Swinnerton, of Port St. Mary, and formerly of Douglas, entered upon the last long sleep of death on Tuesday, April 23rd. To the end almost he was as active as a youth, and only a few days before he was downstairs in his house, and chatted freely and cheerfully with his household, To all appearances he was destined to swell the thin ranks of the world's centenarians, but the fates disposed otherwise, and the end of a short illness was his peaceful passing three days later, Mr Swinnerton was indeed a man of wonderful vitality. Short of stature and spare of body, there was yet about him an appearance of wiry strength and endurance which his long life and the activity and energy which he displayed during the course of an extended business career did not belie, He was born in the year 1813 one year later than Sir William Drinkwater, of Kirby, whom in a great many respects Mr Swinnerton resembled physically and mentally. He came to the Isle of Man in the first quarter of the nineteenth century about 75 years ago and resided for a considerable period at Castletown. By calling he was a carver in stone, and while resident at Castletown he was responsible for much of the artistic work in connection with the structure of King William's College. During the years he lived in Castletown, too, he married, and this important event in his life doubtless decided him to settle in the Island, While still a very young man he removed to Douglas, and set up in business as a carver in stone and mason, He was ever industrious, and though a man of much energy and strong convictions, and of intense fixity of purpose, he had a delightful manner, and was gifted with that old-world courtesy of address which stamped him as one of Nature's gentlemen. These gifts many of them, alas! now so rare assured him commercial success; while his talents gained him an artistic reputation which was not by any means confined to the Isle of Man. His place of business was for many years in Stanley Mount next door to the house which has recently been acquired from the executors of the late Mr Thomas Murray, by the Insular Government, for the purpose of extending the accommodation for Manx records. His place of residence was the house at the corner of Fort-street and St, Barnabas'-square almost opposite to the building now used as the Custom House, and which was formerly the Town Hall, Soon after the passing of the Douglas Town Act, in the early 'sixties, Mr Swinnerton was elected as a Town Commissioner, and he for a term usefully and faithfully served the town of his adoption. He was the last survivor of the gentlemen who, in those days, formed the Town Board. In the days now of forty years ago when the Rev Samuel Simpson was incumbent of the Church of St. Thomas, Douglas, Mr Swinnerton was a regular attendant at that place of worship, and took a somewhat active part in the affairs of the church. When Mr Simpson left Douglas, and the unfortunate dispute arose between the late Bishop Powys and the late Rev William Drury, Vicar of Braddan, as to the patronage of the living of St. Thomas' a dispute which resulted in the closing of the church for public worship for a number of years Mr Swinnerton's interest in church matters somewhat waned, but he remained a son of the Church of England, and continued to attend the Church services, He retired from business in Douglas about twenty-five years ago, and went to reside at Port St. Mary, where he built a beautiful house for himself, and where the evening of his life has been passed, on the whole pleasantly, though family bereavement has occasionally interrupted the calm of his retirement. His wife predeceased him, as did three of his sons, These latter were the late Mr Mark Swinnerton, who died in Marysville, U.S.A. ; Mr Robert Swinnerton, who died in Los Angeles, California and Mr Godfrey Swinnerton. Mr Mark Swinnerton was a stone carver, and for a year or two was in partnership with his father in Douglas; Mr Robert Swinnerton was for many years in business in Douglas as a jeweller and watchmaker, and was much respected in the town; and Mr Godfrey Swinnerton was a master mariner. Three sons and one daughter survive, viz., the Rev Charles Swinnerton, retired chaplain in the Indian Army, and sometime head master of the Ramsey Grammar School; Mr Joseph Swinnerton, the famous sculptor, of London and Rome; Mr Frederic Swinnerton, artist (India) ; and Mrs Blakeley, of Sale,, Manchester. The funeral of the late Mr Chas. Swinnerton took place on the 26th April, the interment being at Onchan Churchyard.
J, C, Kneale, 68 years old, and a resident of Chicago since 1872, died on Wednesday, Feb. 20th, at his residence, 2732 Sheridan-road. Mr Kneale was a native of the Isle of Man, having been born.in Kirk Bride. In 1858, becoming dissatisfied with the slow methods of acquiring wealth in the Isle of Man, and hearing of the rich discoveries of gold in the Antipodes, Mr Kneale set sail for Australia, in which country he laboured for three years. In 1861 he joined in the gold rush to New Zealand, where he remained until 1866 emigrating to the United States, and first settling in Cleveland, There he embarked in the building trade, and for six years successfully carried on business in that line. He was one of the founders and principal stock-holders of the National Malleable Casting Company, and had large real estate holdings on the West side. Mr Kneale was a member of the Builders' and Traders' Exchange, and was a charter member of the Chicago Manx Society, holding the position of treasurer for many years, and eventually being honoured by election to the presidency, the highest tribute his countrymen in Chicago could confer on him. The funeral took place February 23rd, the interment being at Forest Home. "Western British-American," March 2.
Mr Kneale was very well-known in the Island. He often visited his " native heath," and indeed spent the summer of 1905 here,
Joseph Cannell, who formerly carried on business as a tailor and outfitter in Strand-street and afterwards in Windsor-road, Douglas, died suddenly on February 10th. He partook heartily of dinner, and subsequently retired for the purpose of an afternoon nap. Later on he was found dead in bed. He was 84 years old, and death was the result of heart failure. A quarter of a century ago there was no more prominent person in Manx musical circles than Mr Cannell. His devotion to the science of sweet sounds was extraordinary. Particularly was he enthusiastic concerning choral music As a young man he was a member of the choir of St. Thomas's Church, and when in the 'sixties that church was closed owing to the dispute between the late Rev W. Drury, vicar of Braddan, and Bishop Powys, he casually assisted in the musical services in various churches. Eventually he settled at Finch Hill Congregational Church, and was appointed choirmaster. Under his direction Finch Hill Choir became famous throughout the Island. After holding office for nearly twenty years he resigned and went to live in Ramsey ; but on the death of his wife he returned to Douglas, Mr Cannell was a prominent member of the old Douglas Choral Society, and upon the collapse of the society he organised the members for the purpose of rendering oratorios. Under his baton "The Messiah" was sung about 25 years ago in the Victoria Hall, the chorus numbering nearly 150 voices. Mr Cannell was the composer of a number of hymn tunes some of which are yet used in Douglas churches. He was twice married and was a widower at the time of his death. He leaves no children. The funeral took place on February 13th,
Died January 14th, 1907.
The "Galveston (Texas) Daily News," of Jan, 15th, has the following: Captain Charles E. Clarke, one of Galveston's oldest and most useful citizens, passed away yesterday evening about 7 o'clock, Deceased had been in ill-health for several months, though only within the last few weeks had his illness forced his remaining away from active participation in business affairs. Yesterday morning he appeared to members of the family to be improving, and was speaking of going downtown to his office. Late yesterday afternoon he fell asleep and was left alone for a few moments, and when members of the family again approached his bedside, it was discovered that he had died, without apparent pain, while asleep,
Deceased was born near the town of Douglas on the Isle of Man, and was 67 years of age at the time of his death. Douglas is the principal town on the Isle of Man, and it was there that Captain Clarke received a common school education. His early life was spent at sea as a sailor before the mast, and it was in this position that he made voyages through Eastern waters and to Australia, learning by practical experience the knowledge that served him so well later in a life's profession. He came from England to New Orleans when 19 years of age, and after a few months removed to Galveston, where he lived continuously ever since, He began life in Galveston without any means whatever, but soon had built up a flourishing stevedoring business, In 1885 the firm of Charles Clarke and Co. was organised, with the deceased and Mr Robert P, Clark, The two men, bearing the same name, but not related, were associated together since that time, and have succeeded by their combined efforts in building up a mammoth contracting and dredging business, In every Gulf port the handicraft of Capt. Charles Clarke has been practised, and his strict fulfilment of his contracts and sterling honesty and integrity have won him an honourable name among all men, In 1888 the firm took their first jetty contract. It was the Aransas Pass project, and later the Brazos River contract was secured, By these jetty contracts a name was made and the firm placed among the strong, reliable concerns of this character, where it has deservedly remained, At the nresent time there are harbour improvements going on at Scranton, Miss,, and Port Arthur, Tex., and a harbour improvement contract at Calcasieu in Louisiana, which have, up to the time of his demise, received his personal attention, In 1899 the firm became associated with the Bowers' Southern Dredging Co., and in 1905 Mr R, P, Clark retired from the firm of Charles Clarke and Co. to actively manage the affairs of the Dredging Co., while Captain Charles Clarke continued to pursue his life's profession, that of harbour improvement contracting. It was his pride that his companies were strictly Galveston concerns, and none but Galvestonians stockholders in them, Evidences of his work are seen on every hand in Galveston's harbour,
Captain Charles Clarke was loved by every person with whom he became associated. He was one of the biggest-hearted men in Galveston. Generous and of kindly disposition, he made friends innumerable. Though strictly a business man, he found time to have a kind and pleasant greeting for every person he met, and he was respected and admired by every man in his employ, His early life fitted him to deal justly with his employees, and the intelligence of his death will sadden the heart of many a workman in the harbours along the Gulf Coast,
Deceased is survived by a widow and three children. His son, Charles Clarke, junior, is one of the partners in the firm of Charles Clarke and Co. He has two daughters living in Galveston, Mrs G, H, Mensing, junr., and Mrs M. R. Ervine.
For several years the deceased had been a member of the Pilot Commissioners, and also served the city as Alderman at one time. He has been a member of the Masons in Galveston for about 20 years.
Died January 19th, 1907.
The Liverpool Manx Society and the Manx community in general have suffered another severe loss; by the painfully sudden death of one of their most active and hard-working members, Mr John E. Teare. It was only on Thursday, January 17th, he was laid aside with a severe cold, which unfortunately developed into pneumonia, and ended by his passing away on Saturday, Jan, 19th, peacefully and painlessly,
The funeral took place on Tuesday, Jan. 22nd, at Smithdown-road Cemetery, amidst a great gathering of people, the evidence of the high esteem and respect in which the deceased gentleman was held in fact, every shop and residence in the vicinity where he lived showing tokens of respect, either in being closed or their blinds drawn, Amidst the numbers present were many of the poorer classes, who in our late countryman have lost a. kindhearted and helpful friend, and they manifested great grief at his removal from their midst. At least twenty carriages followed the hearse, and amongst those present, in addition to Mr John E, Teare, junr. (son), were Messrs T. Corrin, R, Corrin (son-in-law), J. Gledsdale, W, S, Kennaugh, R. T. Curphey, T.C., J, Kennaugh, E. Allen, Theo. Lowey, C.C. (president of Liverpool Manx Society), Jos. Lowey, J, Maddrell, J, J. Caine, R. Teague, Vaughan, Walter Moore (chairman of the Liverpool Manx Society), William Moore, T. Corrin, J, T. Cowin, J. Costain, T. B. Harrison, Thos. Corrin, W. Kennaugh, junr., W, Bashforth, R. F, Whiteside, T, H. Porter, R. Taylor (president of the Liverpool and District Bread and Flour Dealers' Association), T. Qualtrough, R, Costain, T. Thomas, T. J, Rowland, W, H, Close, T. Browning, J. Gelling, J, J, Crowe, T, J. Smith, junr., B, Grain, H. B. Wilson, F, Baddeley, J, R, Barrett, T, Littford, Supt, James Stowell, Inspector Foulkes, Rev R. Kirby (Vicar of St. Catherine's, Edge Hill), and others. Mr L H, Knees (son-in-law) was prevented being at the funeral through illness.
The Rev W, Kirby, Vicar of St. Catherine's, an old personal friend, conducted the service, and touchingly alluded to the many little acts of kindness which Mr Teare had performed amongst the poor in his district. He was a generous contributor to the Refugees and Reservists' Fund, Edge Hill Old Folks' Fund, etc., and any deserving case that came before his notice was speedily helped, Mr Teare's official duty in connection with the Manx Society, in addition to being a member of the committee, was that of auditor, in which capacity he has acted for several years. He has been solicited on many occasions to allow himself to be put forward as a candidate for municipal honours in his neighbourhood, but, being of a retiring disposition, he never attempted to contest the ward; otherwise he would no doubt have been elected, and would have proved a useful member of the City Council,
Wreaths were sent by the family (sons and daughters) ; also from Mr and Mrs .J. H. Kneen and grandchildren, Mr and Mrs R, C, Cubbon (Port St, Mary), from his sisters, Mr and Mrs W, S, Kennaugh, Mr and Mrs W alter Moore, Mr and Mrs William Moore, Mr and Mrs Jos. Lowey and family, the Palmerston-street P.M. Chapel, the Liverpool Manx Society, Mr E. B, Gawne, H.K. (Kennaugh), Mr A, G. Smith, Mr R. G. Smith (Bert), Mr and Mrs H. Clarke, Mr and Mrs Powley, Mr and Mrs Knowlson, Mr and Mrs Close, Mr Gillbanks, Mr and Mrs Howell, Mr and Mrs W, E, Shepherd, and Miss Dougherty.
Mr Teare had built up a most successful and prosperous business as a baker and flour dealer, and many young Manxmen coming to Liverpool in search of work, and many of those who have now attained businesses of their own, had him to thank for a helping hand, The loss of such stalwarts as Mr Callow, last year, and Mr Teare now, makes the Liverpool Manx Society losers, as these men's places, their ardour, and enthusiasm, are hard to make good and fill.
Died February 14th, 1907.
We regret to announce the death of the above named citizen of Douglas, which took place at his residence, Kingswood Grove, on Thursday, February 14th. He had been unwell for about a week with an affection of the heart, but yet his death was hardly looked for. Mr Radcliffe was a native of Ramsey, where he served his apprenticeship to the painting and decorating business. After working as a journeyman with the late Mr Evan Quirk, of Peel, he eventually entered into business in Douglas, being joined by the late Mr Evan Kermode. The firm of Radcliffe and Kermode, in Finch-road, for many years had a large share of business. Since Mr Kermode's death, the business has been carried on by the late Mr Radcliffe and his sons. The deceased gentleman was a prominent Wesleyan Methodist, a class-leader, trustee of Well-road Church, and superintendent of Well-road Sunday School, having held the latter position for about 40 years. His visits to the poor and his religious counsel will be greatly missed. He was also a strong temperance and Band of Hope worker, and it has been the lot of few men in Douglas to influence more seriously and powerfully the past and present generation of Douglas people. Now he rests from his labours, and his works do follow him. Mr Radcliffe leaves a widow and three sons, with whom we sympathise in their bereavement.
The funeral of the late Mr Alexander Radcliffe took place at Kirk Braddan Cemetery on Sunday, Feb. 17th, and was largely attended, After it had been removed from the deceased's residence, the coffin was set down in the roadway, and the hymn "Rock of Ages, cleft for me," was sympathetically sung, The procession, which included the scholars of Well-road Sunday-school, under Mr John Cain, and many well-known public gentlemen, then formed and moved towards the Rose Mount Church, where a short service was held, The lesson, taken from 1, Corinthians xv. 21, was read by the Rev J, E. Clarke. The Rev B. Burrows said he had been asked to say a few words, though he felt it was unnecessary for him to do so, Their presence there was more eloquent than any words that could be utterd by him. Continuing, he said clever men had died, and it was surprising how small was the gap they had left. One had seen rich men die, and the gap had been even smaller. Their presence seemed to him to be a testimony of the character of the deceased. He had been told that no man in Douglas would be more missed. Wherever there was sickness or distress, to which he had access, Mr Radcliffe was always present, and had probably visited more sick chambers than any living man in the town, Now he had gone to his reward, assurance of which we have from the words of the Lord Jesus Christ. They had no other evidence of immortality except His teaching. Once he (the speaker) was in the far North of Scotland when he got lost in the mist on a summit of a mountain, He had lost his path, missed every landmark, and far below him he could hear the waters of the Atlantic break at the foot of the precipices. He might have thought of the life of man "We know not whence we go, and cannot tell where we are going." Suddenly there was one of those miracles of nature; the mist lifted off the mountain, leaving around him a clear blue July sky, The smaller hills and the little islets in the sea, still wrapped in mist and shone on by the sun, gleamed like mountains of polished silver. Not far away was the path from which he had strayed, and down in the valley was the little white-washed house he called home, Christ shows us our pathway, it leads them to their home, saying, "I am the resurrection and the life, he that believeth on Me shall never die." At the conclusion of the service, the cortege re-formed and wended its way to Braddan Cemetery, The Rev J. E, Clarke conducted the burial service. The chief mourners were Mr J, Radcliffe, Mr W. H. Radcliffe (sons) ; Mr J. Radcliffe (Liverpool) and Mr W. Radcliffe (Ramsey), brothers; Mr T, Radcliffe, Mr J, B, Cain, Mr G. Cain, Mr A. Gill, nephews; Mrs Radcliffe (Ramsey), Mrs W, H, Radcliffe, and Mrs Gill, At Well-road Church, in the evening, a memorial service was held, being conducted by the Rev J. E. Clarke.
The following sent wreaths: Mrs Radcliffe and family, deceased's Society Class, Well-road Sunday-School, Well-road Church Choir, employees of firm, Master Painters' Association; Mr and Mrs J, Edwin Clegg, Mr and Mrs J, C, Sharp, Mr and Mrs Creer and Miss Clucas, Supt, and Mrs Cain, Mrs Kewley and Miss Bell, Mr and Mrs Cain (Sulby), and Mr and Mrs Norton (Ramsey).
Principal cutter in the employ of Messrs Callister & Corlett, Duke-street, died at his residence (No. 101 Castle Mona-avenue, Douglas) on February 25th, He had been in indifferent health for some time, but the news of his passing away came as a shock to his friends, Mr Morgan was a well-tried supporter of the Volunteer movement, and for several years was an active member of the civilian force. About twenty-seven years ago he joined the 1st Isle of Man Rifle Volunteers now the 7th Volunteer Battalion (Isle of Man) King's Liverpool Regiment and soon became one of the most proficient members of the corps, He was promoted corporal, and subsequently serjeant, which rank he held when he resigned after about twelve years service In his youthful days Mr Morgan achieved some fame on the running path and in the football field. He was a playing member of the Douglas Rugby F.C. in the early 'eighties, and he afterwards played for Manx Wanderers F.C. A widow and several children mourn his loss. The interment was at Braddan, on Thursday, February 28th.
We regret to learn of the death of Mr W. T. Kelly, of Peel, which took place on April 21st, at his residence in Douglas-street. He had not been long ill, but his friends noticed that he was failing for some time. He was 78 years of age, The poor have lost a good and sympathetic friend, Our columns have often been used to describe the donations he received, and the gifts he gave to the poor, A widow and son and daughter survive, and also his sister, Mrs Thomas Cubbon, of Rushen Abbey Gardens. The funeral took place on April 24th, at the Peel Cemetery, and was numerously attended,
Died November 23rd, 1906,
[From an Australian Paper,] Longreach, Nov. 23rd, There passed away this morning, on his 62nd birthday, one of the best-known men in Central-Western Queensland namely, William Kewley, secretary of the Longreach Branch of the Australian Workers' Union, His death was not entirely unexpected, He had been in failing health for some time, The Union granted him leave of absence for three montns a short time back, and Mr Kewley went south to consult a specialist, who held out no hope. Towards the last he suffered considerably, but passed away quite peacefully and fully conscious, Mr Kewley was born in Douglas, in the Isle of Man, where his family had resided for generations, His grandfather fought under Nelson at Trafalgar, and under Codrington at Navarino. Mr Kewley landed in Rockhampton in 1861, having for shipmates Mr John Cameron, the present member for Brisbane North, and the Hon. J, T. Amear, M.L.C. After spending some time in Rockhampton, he drifted into the back blocks and followed bush work of all kinds, He also owned several racehorses, He settled in Blackall where he was in business for a number of years, and was also on the Town Council for many years, He was elected Union Secretary in 1887. In 1892, when the Union Office was transferred to Longreach, he came over here and resided in Longreach from that time on, He tools a prominent part in public affairs here, and assisted to establish the hospital, of which he was an ardent and zealous supporter. He took part in a number of Union Conferences in Brisbane and Sydney, and on one occasion was elected President of the Queensland Union, Mr Kewley was pressed a number of times to stand for Parliament, but declined, as he was somewhat deaf, and thought this would be a drawback. He was a man of strong political convictions, but even his great political opponents had a warm admiration for him, The funeral procession this afternoon was the largest ever seen in Blackall, being nearly half-a-mile long.
William Kewley was brother of the late John James Kewley, who died at 99 Castle Mona-avenue, on Dec. 21st, 1906. John James Kewley resided for some twenty-three years in Port Adelaide, South Australia, He returned about seven years ago, and lived in Douglas, where he made many friends by hie kindly and genial disposition. Both William and John James Kewley were brothers of Mrs Cubbon, of the School-house, Rushen.