[From Manx Quarterly, #10,1911] 


Died July 9th, 1911.

On July 13th, death claimed Mr Fred. Saunderson, a gentleman held in high respect and esteem throughout the Isle of Man. Mr Saunderson occupied the position of manager of the Howstrake Estate, and resided at Groudle Glen Hotel, which forms part of the property. He had not been in good health for a number of years past, and was taken seriously ill towards the end of last week, but his passing came rather unexpectedly. He was attended affectionately to the last by his niece, Mrs R. Cowle, who resided with him. Mr Saunderson was a native of Ireland, and after completing his scholastic education, he served his articled as a civil engineer, in which profession he for a time practised in the Green Isle. He came to the Isle of Man over forty years ago, and was for a time occupied in mining operations, in association with the late Capt. W. H. Rowe, who was married to his sister. Subsequently he became managing clerk to the late Sir Alured Dumbell, who in those days had the leading legal practice in Ramsey. On Sir Alured Dumbell being appointed Northern Deemster, Mr Saunderson resumed practice of his profession, and eventually he was appointed engineer to the Howstrake Estate Company, at the head of which was the late Mr Alexander Bruce. In this capacity, Mr Saunderson planned and carried out the approach road and sea wall from Derby Castle to Port Jack, and the continuation of the road to Groudle. He was also responsible far the design of the Electric Railway system from Douglas to Laxey and Ramsey, and from Laxey to Snaefell summit. Other important works with which he was professionally connected were the Rushen water undertaking and the Ramsey water supply. Mr Saunderson, who had attained to the age of three score and ten, was in private life one of the kindliest and most pleasant of characters. Charitable in thought and deed, he was ever ready to condone little failings m other people, and to assist the distressed. He had a keen sense of the humorous, and his abundant fund of anecdote was a source of much joy to his friends. The funeral took place on Wednesday, and was largely attended, interment being at the Douglas Borough Cemetery.


(from Examiner Annual 1898)
Died July 13th, 1911.

A telegram was received in Douglas on Thursday announcing that Mr John Allen Mylrea, formerly of Douglas, had died at Schandau, Germany, during the morning of July 13th. A dozen years ago, Mr Mylrea was one of the most prominent public men in the Isle of Man, but with the failure of Dumbell's Banking Company in 1900 he lost touch with the people. Scan after the bank trials he left the Island, and has since resided on the Continent — sometimes in Italy, sometimes in Switzerland, and during the closing days of his life in Germany. He was a director of the ill-fated banking concern, and its collapse left him a prey to regret and disappointment. Mr Mylrea was the only son of the late Mr John Mylrea, book-seller and bookbinder, of Duke-street, and he was born in Douglas about 63 years ago. He was educated at the late Dr McBurney's famous Douglas school, Athole Academy, and had a promising scholastic career. On leaving school he became a student for admission to the Manx Bar, and was admitted in 1871. A few years later he was admitted to the English Bar, though he never practised as a barrister. Indeed, Mr Mylrea never followed his profession very actively in the Isle of Man, for, possessed of a competency, he devoted his time largely to the pursuit of artistic subjects. He was a connoisseur in painting, and his knowledge of music was profound. As an organist he was particularly able, and he had a mastery over several other instruments. For many years he was honorary choirmaster and organist at St. Thomas' Church, and in this connection he directed the finest musical services ever experienced in the Isle of Man. He took a prominent part in the operations of the famous Douglas Choral Society, which, under the conductorship of the late Mr Thomas Cheslyn Callow, father of Deemster Callow, gave admirable concerts in Douglas during the early 'seventies, and subsequently he was at the head of the Douglas Orchestral Society, a splendid combination of amateur instrumentalists. Generally, Mr Mylrea. was one of the most cultured men in the Island. As a linguist he was unrivalled among Manx people, while his acquaintance with classic literature was profound of character. In 1881 he sought election to the House of Keys for Garff Sheading, and was successful. He continued to represent the constituency up to the passing of the Redistribution Act, some twelve years later, when he transferred his affections to North Douglas, for which division he sat until 1900, when he resigned. He was by far the most graceful speaker in the House, his oratorical efforts being marked by an ease, polish, and finish which none of his contemporaries in the Legislature could approach, and which make present-day politicians look very small Though by no means prolific of speeches, he frequently took part in the debates of the House and of the Tynwald Court, and his utterances always commanded the deepest attention. In politics he was a Liberal-Conservative, his leanings being perhaps more in the latter than the former direction. Upon the death of the late Sir John Goldie-Taubman, Mr Mylrea was in the running for election to the Speakership of the House of Keys, but was just beaten by the late Mr A. W. Moore, the difference in voting being one. In the 'eighties Mr Mylrea commenced his connection with commercial life in the Island on being appointed a director of Dumbell's Banking Company. Afterwards he became a director of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, and in course of time he was appointed chairman of the board. He was also associated with the late Mr Alexander Bruce in the development of the Douglas Tramways and in, the construction of the Electric Tramways from Douglas to Laxey and Ramsey, and from Laxey to Snaefell summit. He was a director of the Isle of Man Tramways Company, which concern collapsed soon after the failure of Dumbell's Banking Company. Mr Mylrea, however, had not the business instinct, though in presiding at company meetings he was without compeer in the Island. He had no talent for detail, and the fact that he trusted others too implicitly in this exceedingly important element in commerce was to him, in his last years, a matter of deep sorrow. About thirty years ago Mr Mylrea married Margaret, younger daughter of the late Mr Philip Killey, of Douglas, who survives him. There is one child of the marriage, Miss May Mylrea.


The " Dalton Guardian " of June 24th had the following: — It is with feelings of deep regret we announce the death of Mrs Mary Atkinson Cowan, wife of Councillor T. A. Cowan, of Slater-terrace, Dalton, who passed away on Monday, June 19th, at the age of 67 years, leaving a husband and two daughters to mourn their loss. Mrs Cowan had suffered a long and painful illness, but had endured it with great fortitude. The cause of death was tuberculosis and peritonitis. Drs Cross and Fothergill had been in attendance during Mrs Cowan's illness. The deceased lady was born in Dalton, being a daughter of the late Mr George Huddleston, who for many years lived in Rawlinson-street. She was a member of the Primitive Methodist Church, and was a lady who was highly esteemed for her many good qualities. The interment took place yesterday (Friday) in the Dalton Cemetery, amid every mark of genuine regret. The Rev J. H. Geeson performed the last sad rites. The chief mourners were Councillor Cowan, Mr and Mrs T. C. Hoskins, son-in-law and daughter; Mr and Mrs Paul Walmsley, son-in-law and daughter; the Rev W. Moore, son-in-law; the Misses Hoskins, grandchildren; Mr and Mrs Hartley, brother-in-law and sister; Mrs Jeffrey, sister; the Misses Hartley and Miss Jeffrey, nieces; Mrs Noble, aunt; Messrs E. and T. Jeffrey, nephews; Mrs Harrison, Mrs Dickinson, Mrs Black, and Mrs Ennerson, cousins. — Councillor T. A. Cowan is a native of Laxey, and is very well known in the mining village. He is a prominent local preacher in connection with the Primitive Methodist body. Councillor Cowan is nephew to the late Mr Caesar Christian, of the Alma Hotel, Douglas, and is cousin to Mr Caesar Christian of " Caledonia," Buck's-road, Douglas.


Mr W. J. Cain, of Woodbourne-square, Douglas, died on Friday, March 17th, after a brief illness, at the advanced age of 86. Born at Glen Dhoo, Onchan, Mr Cain in early youth went to reside with his uncle, Mr Robert Lewin, miller, of Mullen-e-Corran, Onchan, his parents about the same time leaving the Island in order to settle in Liverpool. On the death of Mr Lewin, he succeeded to the mill and farm, which he carried on successfully for many years. While in business at Mullen-e-Corran he was a warden of Braddan Parish Church, and simultaneously acted as steward of Abbey Lands Wesleyan Chapel. On retiring from the mill and farm, he was in 1881 appointed parish clerk of Braddan, a post he held until 1894, when the burden of advancing years compelled his resignation. For some years, too, he was a member of the School Board of Braddan, and generally took a deep interest in parochial and Insular affairs. He was an accomplished Manx scholar and linguist, and on the death of the Rev Wm. Drury, vicar of Braddan, over twenty years ago, he was appointed translator of Acts of Tynwald into the Manx language, an office which he gave up within the last few years, his successor being the late Mr A. W. Moore, Speaker of the House of Keys. Up to a few weeks :ago, Mr Cain was active of habit, and constantly got out and about. He will be greatly missed by a large circle of friends, by whom his genial and instructive conversation was much valued. For about ten years prior to death he resided with his younger son, the Rev Robert L. Cain, curate of St. George's Church, Douglas. Mr Cain, who was a widower, leaves two sons, the elder of whom, Mr W. J. Cain, is resident in Cardiff. The funeral took place on Tuesday, and was largely attended. Interment was in the family burial place at Kirk Braddan Cemetery.


Died September 9th, 1911.

Charles Roeder

On Saturday, Sept. 9th, Mr Charles Roeder, of Manchester, was removed by death. Mr Roeder took a great interest in the archaeology, philology, literature and folk-lore of the Isle of Man, and by his able pen rendered considerable service to the Island. He was a frequent contributor to the " Isle of Man Examiner," and some years ago his " Notes and Queries " concerning Manx matters, as published in these columns were not only highly interesting, but were of exceeding value from the literary and antiquarian points of view. These contributions were subsequently reprinted and are yet held in high regard by persons conversant with the written and traditional history of the Island. He also edited the translation into Manx by the late Mr Edward Farquhar Creignsish) of Aesop's Fables (" Skeealyn Aesop "), and he wrote an introduction, partly biographical of character, to Mr Farquhar's poems and folk-stories.

The " Manchester City News " of 16th Sept. contained the following reference to Mr Roeder : —

An interesting character has been removed from the business, scientific, and archaeological circles of Manchester by the death, on Saturday last, of Mr Charles Roeder, at the age of sixty-three. He was a native of Gera, an important town in Thuringia, and came to this country when twenty-one years of age as a clerk in a Manchester shipping warehouse. Eventually he started in business for himself, and was able to devote a larger measure of his time to those scientific subjects for which, throughout his life, he had an absorbing passion. He was by instinct an explorer into the minutiae of nature and history, but his chief occupation was that of a Manchester business man engaged in continental trade with those countries, the languages of which were familiar to him. After business hours, however, his restless energy found vent in research work of various kinds — geology, botany, conchology, philology, geography, and historical research — subjects into which he entered with all the carefulness of a painstaking student, and some results of his labours may be seen in the collections of various museums and libraries not only in Manchester but elsewhere. He was keenly interested in the prehistoric archaeology of this district, and his quick observation has been the means of obtaining many objects which otherwise might have remained unknown and their story untold. He has rescued perforated stone implements from street excavations, flint implements from the surrounding hills, and rough stone tools from the ancient mines at Alderley. Early settlements have not escaped his observation, and he has marked them down at Kersal, New Brighton, Eddisbury and other sites, consequently our knowledge of local pre-historic life has been greatly extended. But his researches into local conditions in the past did not end here. The settlements of the Romans in the district had a peculiar fascination for him. He saw the effect that dominant conquest had in planting a civiilised stronghold where now stands Manchester, one of the greatest cities in the world. It had, however, no classic records beyond that of its Latin name, and except in one or two instances, objects relating to that period which had been discovered from time to time had been dispersed as more curios and lost. Manchester in this respect had been peculiarly unfortunate, and Charles Roeder sought with keen eagerness to remedy the fault. For many years he patiently watched casual excavation, and was quick to distinguish fragments of Roman pottery and other objects when flung out with earth and clay by the spade. These antiquities have now been acquired for the city by the " Old Manchester and Salford Committee," and may be seen in the Roeder collection at the old Manchester and Salford Exhibition at Queen's Park. His observations on local Roman matters are on record in the transactions of the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society, and are pioneer work in that direction. He became a member of that society in 1887, and was elected an honorary member in 1904. He has contributed papers within the range and province of that society on many subjects of varied interest including prehistory, Roman antiquities, topography, genealogy, folk lore, manners and customs, dialect, and other matters worthy of record and preservation. His personality was as varied as his studies; he had that quick, nervous temperament which could not attain recreation in idleness and useless pleasure. A holiday meant a search for further information.

The sea shore was to him a page of the book of nature speaking of coast erosion or upheaval, changes in strata, and marine or other life. The country was again another page telling him its story of botany, geology, and human conditions of life and history. All these nature pages came in far his careful observation and annotations, later on to be condensed into valuable notes for the benefit of others. Even during a long and painful illness he kept as much as possible in touch with his favourite pursuits, and was keenly interested in whatever study and research were bringing to light in various phases of life, until the spark of life in himself shone low, and ultimately flickered out. His quiet funeral was attended by a few friends who accompanied his devoted sister to the place where, at the Crematorium, a few farewell words were said, as the casket containing his silent form slowly moved from sight amongst the palms and to the sound of sweet music, and passed beyond the dark curtain.


On Sunday, Oct. 5th, one of the oldest Peel residents passed away in the person of Mr Thos. Kneale. His wife died about four years ago and he missed her very much, although he was living with his son-in-law and daughter, Mr W. K. Palmer and Mrs Palmer, and surrounded by his grand-children, who were assiduous in their devotion to his comfort. He literally fell asleep, for he had no pain or disease. An older generation will remember Mr Kneale as the Peel carrier in the pre-railway days, and his obliging disposition made him many friends. Then he engaged in the fishing, and retired a few years ago. He was a good Rechabite and a devoted member of the Wesleyan Church. His family are all grown up, two sons being in America, Mrs Palmer, his daughter, being in Peel. The funeral took place on Wednesday, leaving the residence of his son-in-law, Mr Palmer. Amongst those present as mourners were: Mr W. K. Palmer (son-in-law), Messrs C. W. and S. T. Palmer (grandsons); Mr J. Moore, Lhergydhoo (nephew), and Mrs Moore; Mr C. Moore, Ballabooie (nephew; Mr A. Curphey, Ballakilley, Michael (nephew); Messrs L. and F. Moore (nephews); Mr W. Cain, Barregarrow (nephew); Mrs Brew, Michael (niece); Miss Curphey, Ballachrink House, Michael (niece); Mrs Kelly, Trelia (niece); Mrs J. Quane, Dalby (niece); Mrs C. Kneale, Almorah House, Douglas (sister-in-law); Mrs J. Moore, Peel (niece); Mr J. Kermode (cousin); Mr C. Kermode, Ballafageen (cousin); Mr W. Cowin, Marown (cousin); Mr D. Cowin, Ballaharry (cousin); Mrs Cottier (cousin) and Miss Cottier, Crosby. Amongst others present were many old friends: Messrs S. K. Broadbent, Thos. Clague, T. C. Kermode, H.K., J. Barrie, T. Crebbin, D. W. Kee, G. Cringle, etc. A memorial service was held in the Wesleyan Church, conducted by the Rev W. A. Brown, B.A., who also officiated at the graveside. Mr T. Kelly, secretary of the Star of Mona Rechabite Tent, read the address of the Rechabite order and stated that the deceased had been 52 years a member.


We regret to record the death of Mrs Faraker, wife of Dr Faraker, of Glen-view, Peel, which took place on Monday, October 2nd, at the age of 73 years. The deceased lady was the Doctor's second wife and upon their marriage, about twenty years ago, came to the Island. Her health had not been good for some years and believing that a residence in England suited her better, she lived there for three years. The last year, however, was spent at Peel, and there is no doubt that good nursing and medical skill lengthened her life. She was a devoted member of the Church of England, and contributed liberally to all the Peel charities.-The funeral took place on Thursday afternoon. A unique spectacle was the presence of the Peel Lifeboat Brigade in uniform, with Mr Cain as coxswain, and Mr Wilson, deputy harbour-master, in charge, who carried the remains to the Peel Cemetery. Amongst those present were:-Dr W. C. Faraker, Mrs Parker (London), sister; Miss N. Hobman (niece) ; Mr and Mrs R. E. Morrison, Liverpool; Miss Faraker, Miss Cregeen, and Mr S. K. Broadbent, Douglas; Mr Richard Qualtrough, Castletown; Mrs Morris, Kirk Michael ; Mrs Swan, Mr and Mrs Hall Caine, Dr Gell, Mr W. H. Looney (chairman Peel Town Commissioners), Messrs W. K. Palmer, G. W. Dean, S. Callister, Joshua Graves, P. A. Williamson, W. H. Walker, etc., etc. Mr Ambrose Kelly had charge of the funeral arrangements, and the Vicar of German (Rev W. A. Lewis), assisted by the curate (Rev J. Wilson), very feelingly conducted the religious services at the chapel and graveside. Flowers were sent by the following:-Mrs Parker and son Willie, Mr sand Mrs Alfred Hobman, Miss Hobman, Miss Faraker, Mrs Hobman and daughters, three nieces (Violet, Carrie, and Nessie), Mr and Mrs Moss, Mr and Mrs Alfred Parker, Mr and Mrs Morrison and son, Ma and Mrs Brownfield, Miss B. Cregeen, Mr and Mrs Hall Caine, Dr and Mrs Gell, Dr and Mrs Macdonald, Miss Adams, Rev and Mm Morris, Mr Walford, Mr and Mrs Walker, Miss Watterson.


"The Straits Echo " (Penang, Straits Settlements) of the 23rd February last has the following, under the heading " Death of a popular skipper" :-

Captain Quine, of the Straits Steamship Company's steamer Perak, died at the European Hospital here at 3 p.m. yesterday. By the death of Captain Quine the local steamship service loses one of its most popular skippers. He was a Manx-man, having been born in the Isle of Man about 44 years ago. For over fifteen years he was in the employ of the Straits Steam-ship Company, his last command being the s.s. Perak, which vessel he had to leave suddenly at Port Swettenham some few weeks ago owing to illness. At first he was thought to have been suffering from acute diarrhoea., but complications set in, and a private message states that he died from dropsy. He will be missed not only in shipping circles, but all over the Peninsula, for no one that travelled by his ship but became a friend of the skipper whose death at Kuala Lumpur it is our sad duty to record.

Captain Quine was a son of the late Captain Quine, of Derby-road, Douglas, and spent a considerable portion of his boyhood in Douglas. He has many relatives in the town, his maternal grand-father being the late Mr Daniel Cowin, builder, of Hill-street, Douglas.

" Bell-Buoy" writes from Lower Burma " It may interest the many friends of the late Captain W. S. Quine, who died at the European Hospital, Kuala Lumpur, F.M. States, on the 22nd February last, to know that he was well cared for during his last illness. The hospital is beautifully situated, and the trained European nurses are kind and sympathetic. I visited the Hospital on the day Captain Quine died, and was surprised to find that the doctor who received me was stationed at Noble's Hospital for some months during the summer of 1909; and he spoke in glowing terms of the happy time he spent on the Island. This gentleman, Dr A. K. Cosgrave, took a deep interest in Captain Quine's case, and sympathises with his relatives and friends."


Died October 3rd, 1911.

It is with feelings of genuine sorrow that the writer of this note pens a few lines to the memory of a remarkable Manxman. On Oct. 3rd, Mr Wm. Caine passed away from Rose Dene, Glen Auldyn, at the ripe age of 85 years, after a very painful illness. Few persons die a really " natural " death. A natural death is simply a wearing out from old age, but in most cases accident, disorder, disease, is superadded to hasten the end. Although Mr Caine has lived to a big age, his constitution was good enough for years to come. He, however, developed an internal disorder, which was the immediate cause of his death. He was a man of wonderful mental grasp, and exceedingly strong-minded. Had he adopted the law as a profession, he would have been an ornament to the Manx Bar. Few laymen knew more of the law as affecting property, and even a lawyer would have found it difficult to get the wrong side of him. He was a keen politician, and took a leading part in many a fight in, the parish of Michael, of which he was a native. He was a rigid Non-conformist, and strongly protested against anything savouring of clerical pretension. He held office in his prime drays in his native parish. He was a member of Michael School Board when the school was handed over by the Church to the School Committee. In many parishes this transference was made with a reservation that the Church could give religious instruction in the day school, and the vicars in many cases claimed to control the building itself outside of school hours. Mr Caine's committee, however, were wide awake, and they agreed to nothing but that the vicar should have the use of the building for Sunday-school purposes on the Sunday; all other uses for the Church to be by mutual agreement between the committee and the vicar. Mr Caine was chairman of the School Committee when the old school was condemned. A public meeting was called to consider whether to alter the old school or build a new one. The meeting decided in favour of a new building, and Mr Caine and his committee loyally adoopted the decision of the majority of the ratepayers. At election meetings Mr Caine was a " terror " to the candidates, and no more formidable heckler was found in the parish or sheading. The deceased gentle-man was naturally Conservative, and looked with suspicion on proposed changes. He seemed to feel it was better to endure the ills we know than fly to those we don't. Mr Cain was a lifelong Wesleyan Methodist, and at the time of his death he was the oldest local preacher on the Island. He was on the plan over sixty years, and he was, of course, one of the older school of preachers. His speech was clear, his style vigorous, but he never ran to excitement. His recollections went back to the time when Ramsey and Peel were one circuit, when the ministers had their groceries bought for them, and when some of the local preachers could not read. Some years ago Mr Caine's sight failed him, and for a number of years he was quite unable to read anything. In spite of the deprivation he oocasiomally conducted services, his last efforts being made only about two years ago. During the past 22 years the deceased lived in Glen Auldyn, and he gave his earnest support to the Wesleyan cause there. Until be was absolutely prevented by pain and sickness, he took an interest in what was going on outside. He will be much missed by his family, and friends will deeply regret being deprived of the chance of a chat with him.

The last remains of Mr Wm. Caine, of Glen Auldyn, were laid to rest at Kirk Michael Churchyard on Friday afternoon, October 6th. The funeral was largely attended by town and country people, local preachers, and a great number of admirers of deceased, who assembled to pay their last tribute of respect. Outside the house at Glen Auldyn the Rev J. R. Ellis, chairman of the Isle of Man District, who was well acquainted with Mr Caine, gave out the hymn " Rock of Ages," and in the chapel, which could hardly accommodate those present, Revs J. R. Ellis, H. T. Brumwell, J. B. Edwards, each took part.


Died October 4th, 1911.

Mr William Kneen, of Circular-road, Douglas, died on Oct. 4th, after a, long prostration. He was for 33 years in charge of the Town and Seamen's Bethel Mission. A native of the Dhowin, Andreas, Mr Kneen in early life became a Wesleyan Methodist local preacher. On coming to Douglas, he took a situation in one of the timber yards; but in course of a short time, when a vacancy occurred in the Bethel Mission, Mr Kneen was one of the applicants, and the successful one. Amongst his testimonials was one from the Rector of Andreas, Archdeacon Moore, who commended Mr Kneen to the committee on the ground that he was "dependable " The record of thirty years or so bears out the late Archdeacon's words, as Mr Kneen was assiduous in attending to the preaching, visitation, and other work of the mission up to the time of his being seized with partial paralysis some two or three years ago. In the interval, Mrs Kneen (who was assistant missioner both before and after marriage) has conducted the mission, under the direction of the committee. Mr Kneen's practical knowledge of the Manx language was well known. He edited a Manx Primer, and had tracts and sermons printed in the language; while his singing of hymns in Manx was a feature of open-air and other meetings held by him. Two daughters are left to mourn his loss, along with the widow

The funeral of Mr Wm. Kneen (Missionary of the Douglas Town and Seamen's Mission) took place on Sunday afternoon. It was attended by at least 2,000 people, and there were many manifestations of respect. The hymn " Rock of Ages " was sung outside the residence of the deceased. Amongst the minister of religion present were the Revs R. D. Kermode (Vicar of St. George's), J. R. Ellis and Wilson Stuart (Wesleyan), J. Davidson (Presbyterian), and H. Cooper (Baptist). The coffin, covered with beautiful wreaths, was carried to the Bethel by Messrs Tooms, Kelly, Moore, and Crellin, and when the service was over it was borne to the hearse by Messrs Gorry, Cleator, Hampton, and Karran. All these gentlemen had been associated with Mr Kneen in his work. Every section of the community was well represented at the funeral, the members of the Bethel committee present being Mr P. Christian (chairman), the Mayor (Alderman W. Joughin), Alderman Caley, Alderman Faragher, Councillor W. J. Corlett, H.K., Messrs W. Goldsmith, H.K., R. H. Collister, H.K., J. H. Clarke, J. C. Cannell, J. Stephen, J. G. Stephen, T. Champion, J. Davidson, W. J. Kermode, John Blair, W. J. Coole, John Crellin, Jas. Merrifield, Jas. Moore, and W. Tooms. The Bethel choir and Sunday-school were present at the obsequies, and marry of the members were dressed in black.

The Rev R. D. Kermode conducted the service at the Bethel. The Rev John Davidson gave an address, and the Rev J. R. Ellis pronounced the benediction. The Dead March was played as the coffin was borne from the Church. Arrived at the Borough Cemetery, the funeral service in the mortuary chapel and at the grave was conducted by the Rev J. R. Ellis. In the course of his address at the Bethel, the Rev John Davidson paid a tribute to the late Mr Kneen's long work amongst this poorer classes of the town and the sailors, emphasising especially his ministrations to the sick and dying. He referred feelingly to his long and patiently-borne illness, and to the splendid help which he had received in his life's work from his wife, who had also carried on the work bravely during the long period that he was laid aside. He asked the prayers and sympathy of the congregation for the widow and children.

Among the large number of floral tributes sent were wreaths from the Mission Committee, the B.W.T.A.,and the Bethel workers, the teachers and choirs, Miss Campbell (sister-in-law), Mr and Mrs Winkup, and Mr and Mrs Wilkin. There were also a quantity of loose flowers. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs Teare and Cooper. Mr Kneen, who was 72 years old, had been in charge of the Mission for 33 years, succeeding the late Mr J. F. Clucas. His pulpit work extended over 53 years.


Died January 22nd, 1911,

The death took place on January 22nd of Mr L. H. Collister, of the Town Treasurer's Department, Natal. He was admitted to Grey's Hospital about five weeks previously, suffering from enteric fever, and after improving had a relapse, from which he was unable to recover.

Mr Collister was well-known as License Inspector for the borough, and latterly in the capacity of cashier in the Town Treasurer's Office. For twelve years he had served in the borough, having been for two years in the Police Department, and ten years in the Treasurer's Department. He was promoted to the position of cashier in January, 1909. His principal interest was with the Oddfellows, amongst whom; he held high office and was much respected. He was an efficient and valued member of the Corporation staff, and his death at the early age of 35 years will be regretted by all who knew him.

The obsequies of the late Mr L. H. Collister took place on the afternoon of January 23rd in the Church of England Cemetery, where a very large gathering of sympathisers assembled to pay their last respects to the memory of the deceased. The cortege left Grey's Hospital at five o'clock, and proceeded to the Church of England Cemetery, where it was met by the very Rev Joseph Barker, D.D., Dean of Maritzburg, who conducted the beautiful and impressive service. The late Mr Collister was respected and esteemed by all who knew him, and it was only natural that such a large number should do honour to his memory. In the procession were noticed a detachment of the Borough Police and Fire Brigade, as well as the officers and brethren of the Loyal Natal Unity Lodge of Oddfellows. The chief mourners were a brother, a brother-in-law, and an uncle of the deceased. The pall-bearers were Sergt. Henderson and Sergt. Byres, of the Borough Police, and Messrs C. C. J and Welters. Amongst those pr were noticed the Mayor (Mr D. Sanders) the Town Clerk (Mr D. Walker), Councillors L. Line, W. E. Mason, W.. Francis and W. J. O'Brien; Mr P. W. Stride (Town Treasurer), and the heads of Corporation Departments.

There were also present Messrs Broadbent, Cooper, D. G. Cooper, F. R. Cooper, H. H. Cooper, W. P. Cooper, Master F. N. Cooper, J. T. Gutridge, W. Dennis Blight, A. Fairall, F. Fairall, P. Fair W. Fairall, E. G. McAlister, W. Swires, B. Archer, Strachan, Rogers, W. W. King, W. H. F. Harte, Harper, junr Geldstone, Knapp, Hopkins, and several others.

A large number of people were waiting at the cemetery when the cortege arrived among them being several ladies.

A number of beautiful wreaths were deposited on the grave, having been sent by the following mourners and sympathisers : " Wife and dear ones"; " Lizzie and children"; the Mayor of Maritzburg; Inspector and Mrs Podmore; Town Clerk and Staff; Mr J. Kelly; Mrs Straahan; Mrs Murray; Mils Wheeler; Officers and Members of the Peace and Harmony, I.O.G.T.; Mr and Mrs G. Joliffe; " Katie Adcock" ; Mr and Mrs Runcie ; Town Treasurer and Staff; Mr and Mrs D. F. Forsyth ; the Borough Police; Mrs Archer; Mr B. Ireland and family; "Alice Swires"; Mr T. James; Mr and Mrs Phil Stride; Mrs and Mrs E. G. McAlister; Mr A. R. Inglis; Mr and Mrs Cooper and family; Mr and Mrs W. H. F. Harts; Mr and Mrs Folwell; Mr L. Blight; and the Borough Engineer and heads of departments.

The undertaker was Mr J. W. Coney, of Chapel and Pietermaritz Streets, City. The late Mr Collister was a son of Mrs Collister, Four Roads, Port St. Mary.


Died February 7th, 1911.

The death of Mrs John Clague, at Crofton, The Crofts, on Tuesday, Feb. 7th, removes one of the best-known residents from the life of Castletown. Although Mrs Clague had been an invalid for some years, she took a great interest in the district, and her beautiful home was often visited by those who were interested in antiquarian and musical research. She had made no change in her home since the death of her late husband, Dr Clague, some three years ago. The horses and carriages had been kept up as usual, Mr Charles Clague being in charge. Mrs Clague was the only daughter of the late Mr Henry J. Watterson, H.K., of Colby, and was possessed of considerable means in her own right, and we understand that under her will charities here and in England will benefit largely. The funeral on Thursday was largely attended by persons from Douglas and Castletown and neighbourhood, amongst whom were noticed the Clerk of the Rolls (Mr T Kneen), Colonel Moore, M.H.K., Messrs P. G. Ralfe, G. L. Trustrum, Richard Radcliffe, W. A. Stevenson, T. M. Dodd, R. Qualtrough, R. Cain, A. Backwell, V. Pleignier, Dr Faraker (Peel), S. K.: Broadbent, T. H. Cowley (Douglas), J.-A Clegg (Douglas), and many others. The principal mourners were Mr John Wood, Mr W. Wood, Miss Rose Wood, Min Lillie Wood (nephews and nieces of the late Dr Clague), and Mr Charles Clague (cousin). The Rev E. H. L. Locke { gave Parish Church of Arbory the Rev E. H} ... past," at the residence, which was sung ... of my soul," was given out by the Rev Canon Kewley, and was sung when Ballabeg Village was reached. In the Parish Church of Arbory, the Rev E. H, L. Locke and Canon Kewley conducted the service, and Canon Kewley read in a feeling manner the committal service at the graveside. [the actual copy appears to have two or three lines of type misplaced and one missing ]


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