[From The Manx Quarterly, #15, 1915]
Died September 11th, 1914.
Mr John Cowin, of Ballachrink Farm, a useful and highly-respected parishioner of Onchan, passed peacefully away on Friday afternoon, Sept. 11th, at the ripe old age of 85. By many years Mr Cowin claimed to be the oldest dairy farmer on the Island, and by his death a link with the agricultural life of the Island during the middle of the last century has been severed. Up to recently he enjoyed excellent health, and during his great length of life his ailments were few and far between. His final illness showed symptoms of general collapse, and was of short duration, only lasting in all some thirty hours. The late Mr Cowin was born nearly 85 years ago, at Ballagarey, Baldwin, his father being a. well-known agriculturist. His young manhood was spent in the parish of Santon, where his sire had removed to Oatland, now farmed by Mr F. M. Greene, C.P. At the age of 22, Mr Cowin married Miss Elizabeth Kelly, daughter of a well-known farmer, of Onchan. This lady predeceased her husband by seven years. Twelve children were born of the union, nine of whom survive. The surviving children, in order, am: Mrs W. Wilson, of Liverpool; Mr J. Cowin, Wavertree, Liverpool; Mrs S. Gelling, " The Laurels," Crosby; Mr L. Cowin, Douglas; Mr W. Cowin, Victoria-road, Douglas; Mr R. Cowin, Ballachrink, Onchan ; Mrs R. Clucas, Illinois, U.S.A. ; Mrs J. Shaw, Ballachrink ; and Mr T. H. Cowin, draper, Douglas. The deceased gentleman was well-known all over the land, especially among the farming community, having gained for himself a splendid reputation for business integrity, he possessed the confidence and of all who knew him. He first commenced farming 43 years ago, at Glencrutchery, and twelve years later went Ballachrink Farm, Onchan, where be since remained, a period of over 31 years. He was a great supporter of new farming methods, and was a prominent member of the Isle of Man Agricultural Society, being a most successful exhibitor at the Insular shows. By his death the Island has lost a patriotic Manxman, and the community is considerably the poorer by his removal.
The funeral of the late Mr Cowin took place on Monday afternoon, and was attended by many leading town and country people, including Mr E. B. Gawne, J.P., Kentraugh; Mr F. W. Briscoe; Mr R. Radcliffe; Mr W. F. Cowell, H.K. ; Mr J. W. Cubbon, Ellerslie; Mr J. Taggart, Howstrake; Mr W. Corlett and Mr C. Corlett, Ballamenagh; Mr Ed. Corkill, Begoade ; Mr and Mrs L. Callow, Port-e-Chee ; Mr and Mrs C. Moore, Nunnery Howe. Many other leading agriculturists were also present, the hearse being followed by a long cortege of mourning coaches and private dogcarts. A large number of parishioners were also present, among whom was Rev W. Creer, son of Mr Creer, Clypse. The interment was in the Parish Churchyard, Rev R. Wakeford officiating. A short service was conducted in the Parish Church, where Mr Cowin in his earlier days was a regular worshipper, having been churchwarden under Parsons Howard and Kermode for a period of 15 years. The chief mourners were Messrs John, Lewis, William, Robert, and T. H. Cowin, sons; Messrs W. Cowin and D. Cowin, brothers; Mrs J. Cottier, sister; Messrs W. Wilson, S. Gelling, and J. Shaw, sons-in-law; Messrs H. Gelling, E. Cowin, H. Cowin, and G. Cowin, and Misses C. Cowin and A. Cowin, grand-children; Messrs Hy. Callister and R. D. Callister (Queen's terrace, Douglas), J. Cowin, sen., R. Cowin, W. Cowin, J. Cowin, jun., nephews. Many wreaths were sent by family relations and friends, including one from Mr E. B. Gawne, J.P., as the owner of the Ballachrink Estate.
Died October 25th, 1914.
On Oct. 25th the death took place of Mrs Christina Bailey Young, widow of the late Mr William Edwin Young, of Douglas, who for many years held a very prominent position in Manx business circles. Mr Young was for a long period local agent of the Dublin and Silloth line of steamers, and secretary to the proprietors of the Hills Estate, while he had also a large fire and life insurance connection, was secretary of several important public companies in the Island, and had an extensive connection as an accountant. During early manhood Mr Young took an enthusiastic interest in the Volunteer movement, and for some years hold a commission as lieutenant in the Douglas Artillery Corps. Mrs Young was a daughter of the late Mr Robert Corteen, one of the most versatile geniuses the Isle of Man ever produced. Born in the parish of Maughold, his boyhood was spent in a Ramsey advocate's office. Subsequently he came to Douglas and became an assistant with Messrs Gelling, a firm which in those days carried on an extensive iron business in Douglas - the business which is to this day carried on by Gelling's Foundry Co., Ltd. While in Messrs Gelling's employ, he erected a small gas plant for the lighting of St. Matthew's Church--the Gas Company was not then in existence. He also installed similar plants in connection with Douglas business premises. Another proof off his aptitude for mechanics and physics was forth-coming in his inauguration of an iron foundry-the first to be worked in the Island. On leaving the service of Messrs Gelling, he surveyed Douglas in connection with the laying down of pipes for the public supply of gas and water, and he was engineer in connection with the first gas works on a large scale erected in the town. Mr Robert Corteen was a wonderful mathematician, and he had a complete mastery of the theory and practice of navigation. For some time he taught these subjects with much success, and many of the most skilful navigators turned out in the Island received their tuition from him. For a period he sojourned in England, where he acted as a surveyor for the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company during the construction of some of the most important of the company's lines. The last seven years of his life were spent as secretary and manager of the Douglas Gas Light Company. Notwithstanding his multifarious occupations, he found time to acquire a very excellent knowledge of the Greek and Hebrew languages, and for many years he made the nautical and astronomical calculations for Jefferson's and other almanacs, these calculations being ever remarkable for their accuracy. He was the first to publish a complete list of the lighthouses round the coasts of the United Kingdom with their bearings, nature of lights, etc. Born in 1791, he died in 1853. The late Mrs Young was the second of Robert Corteen's daughters, the other two, Mrs Kennish and Mrs Potter, predeceasing her. She had five brothers, of whom only one survives, in the person of Mr Henry Corteen, who for several years was in business in Douglas as a cabinetmaker, and who now resides in Liverpool. Mrs Young died at the age of 75 in the house No. 9 Esplanade, in which she had lived for about half-a-century. She was a lady of quiet yet pleasant disposition, and though her retiring nature militated against her making a large acquaintance, she was highly esteemed and respected by those people who were fortunate enough to acquire her friendship. Of her five children, four daughters survive her-Mrs Matthews (Southport), Mrs Warriner (Douglas), Mrs Berry (St. Albans), and Mrs F. W. Callow (Ramsey). Her only son, the late Mr William Edwin Young, of Douglas, died some years ago. The funeral took place on Wednesday morning, interment being in St. George's Churchyard.
Died October 30th, 1914.
One of the Island's most illustrious sons joined the Great Majority on Friday, October 30th, in the person of the Hon. William Cain, of South Yarra, Melbourne. The news came to the Isle of Man in a cablegram which was received on Saturday by Mrs Fargher, of Home Croft, Ballasalla, a sister of the deceased gentleman. Mr William Cain, who had attained the ripe old age of 83, was born at Ballasalla, his father being the late Mr Robert Cain, of Home Croft. Mr Robert Cain was in his day the most famous contractor in the Island. He carried out many public works, and in particular he was entrusted with the building of quays and piers at the various ports of the Island. That remarkably substantial and in its day very useful breakwater known at Fort Anne Jetty, which protects Douglas inner harbour, was constructed by him, and he also built the outer works in connection with Castletown harbour, and the fine pier at Derbyhaven. The Hon. William Cain left the Island in early manhood, and settled in the colony of Victoria, Australia. By calling he was a builder, and soon made his mark in Melbourne. Entering business on his own account the days when the now great city of Melbourne was in its infancy, he bore a prominent part in the building up and development of the capital of Victoria.. The sterling integrity of his methods, his sound judgment, and his mastery of the building trade in all its branches soon gained for him a foremost place among the men. who had most to do with placing Victoria in the front rank of Australian cities, and before attaining to middle age he had amassed considerable wealth and secured the complete confidence of his fellow citizens. He bore a prominent part in the political life of his adopted country, while he strenuously strove to order civic conditions in Melbourne in such fashion as to make the city a model not only for Australia but for the world. The handsome streets and magnificent squares and public buildings of Melbourne, together with the fine sanitary system obtaining, testify to the success which attended upon the labours of the band of pioneers of which he was a leading member. In early life he was honoured by election to the City Council, and in due course he attained to the proud position of Mayor of Melbourne, his mayoralty being remarkable for the progress which the city made under his guidance. Mr Cain also became a member of the Victorian Legislature, and was appointed to responsible posts in the Colonial Government. In other directions he took a very active part in Australian affairs, and his influence had much to do with the success of the movement which culminated in the federation of the Australian colonies. Throughout his career he always retained a warm affection for the Island of his birth and particularly for Ballasalla. He paid frequent visits to the Island, the last taking place a few years ago. In very generous fashion he gave financial assistance to schemes having for their object the betterment of his fellow Manxmen, and especially were his benefactions to Ballasalla handsome of character. He contributed liberally to the funds raised for the erection of the beautiful chapel-of-ease in Ballasalla, which is associated with Malew Parish Church, and he also subscribed largely to the fund for the erection of Ballasalla Wesleyan Church. The last good turn of importance which he did his native village consisted in the gift of the very striking and extremely useful Church House. In other ways he demonstrated his affection for his birthplace, and he frequently gave freely towards benevolent movements in other parts of the Island. Ever was he ready to lend a helping hand to young Manx people who emigrated to Australia, and many of these have to thank him for the start of a successful life. He was elected patron of the recently formed Manx Society in Melbourne, and so recently as August 5th he wrote to Mr S. K. Broadbent, editor of the "Examiner," whom he had met in Australia, asking for aid and suggestions in connection with the formation- of a library of books relating to the Isle of Man, which he purposed presenting to the Society. His son, Mr Robert Cobbold Cain, is, by the way, first president of the Society.
After taking up his residence in Australia, the Hon. William Cain married a Miss Gobbald, who survives him; and there are several children of the marriage. The late Mr Cain had two younger brothers and three sisters. Of the brothers, Mr Robert Cain died young, while Mr Thos. Cain, who many years ago carried on a timber business in Castletown, subsequently proceeded to Australia. Only one of the sisters survives-Mrs Fargher (widow of the late Mr Thos. Fargher, of Ronaldsway), who now resides at Home Croft, Ballasalla. The other sisters were Mrs Karran, wife of the late Capt. Karran, and Mrs J. Taggart, widow of the late Mr John Taggart, who for many years was the leading agricultural auctioneer of the Island.
FUNERAL SERVICE IN MELBOURNE.
The death of the Hon. William Cain, brother of Mrs Faragher, of Homecroft, Ballasalla, which took place in Melbourne on October 30th last, called forth many eloquent references by distinguished public men in Australia. Mr Cain, who had been Mayor of Melbourne, and had also held a seat in the Legislative Assembly of Victoria, was one of the most respected citizens of the Victorian capital, while throughout the Isle of Man-the place of his nativity-he was greatly esteemed. The following is extracted from a Melbourne newspaper:-
The first part of the burial service of Mr William Cain was held at St. Paul's Cathedral on Saturday morning, when the clerical and lay members of the Cathedral Chaptzr, representatives of the civic and commercial life of the city, and many of deceased's political friends took part the Church's appointed service far burial of the dead. The lay canons present were Dr Leeper, Alderman Strong, Mr J. Alcock, and Mr E. Keep. The lesson was read by the Rev L. Townsend, vicar of Christ Church, South Yarra, which was the parish in which the late Mr Cain had lived. Then followed the hymn, " Saints! their conflict past, and life's long battle won at last."
Archbishop Clarke, in an address, said Once more we gather at the last solemn service following upon the death of a member of our Cathedral Chapter. Mr Cain has closed his long life's work with honour and great respect. His work for the Church had been faithfully rendered through many years; and in the parishes with which he has been connected, in the synod of which he was so long a member, on the council of the diocese, where his services were so highly valued; and, most. of all, in his labours in connection with the building of this cathedral, he has left behind him .a long and honoured record of church work. Two objects held a foremost place in his thoughts-first, the Cathedral ; second, the Melbourne Grammar School. During the building of the Cathedral, Mr Cain gave unstinted time and personal service to its erection. His valuable professional knowledge was given for some years without payment or reward. To no one is the Church more indebted than to Mr Cain for this long-continued and valuable help. In recent years he has given unceasing labours and effort to the welfare of the Cathedral, so that no one has held more worthily the office of lay canon. As a member of the Melbourne Grammar School council, Mr Cain has held a foremost place. His love for the school became an abiding sentiment of his life, and his memory will be cherished for all time as one of its best friends. To this record of Mr Cain's public services, I wish to add my personal affection for one whose generosity and courtesy were unfailing. On many occasions 'he has enabled me to render assistance where it was needed by means of gifts privately bestowed. For all these reasons I offer now the Church's tribute of respect for a good man, who till the end of his life worked amid much physical weakness to carry out the duties of his several offices. We shall number Mr Cain amongst the Church's benefactors, who throughout a long life maintained his faith in Christ, and grew in goodness and in reverence. To his widow and children I tender our sympathy in their loss, and our expression of a sense of loss which has fallen upon the whole Church.
At the conclusion of the service, Mr Alexander McConachie, organist, played the Dead March in " Saul."
The body was removed from the Cathedral to, the hearse, and the cortege proceeded to the Boroondsra Cemetery. The pall-bearers were: Messrs J. S. Horsfall, J. C. Stewart, W. Stawell, W. Madden, J. Grice, W. W. Gudgeon, W. Pulteney Mein, and W. Lawrence. The Rev Henry Kelly, precentor of St. Paul's, read the opening prayer and prayer of committal, and the remainder of the service was taken by Canon Sutton and the Rev L. Townsend.
A Memorial Service was held in Malew Church on Sunday, November 9th, at 11 a.m., when the Rev Canon Spicer, Vicar of Malew, preached the sermon, taking for his text.-
Acts xiii., 36: " After he had served his own generation by the will of God, he fell on sleep."
Here we have the record of a man's life and the manner of his death. In his life on earth he served his generation and in his death he fell asleep; service, then sleep. And in these words of my text we have a description of the life of the celebrated Manxman, the late Hon. William Cain, of Melbourne, for whom this memorial service is being held in this church to-day. He served his generation, and when he died a few days ago he fell an sleep. For the words of the Psalmist apply to every God fearing man and woman--so he giveth his beloved sleep. The ideal life is for a man to serve his generation here on earth and then go home to God in the world to come. Generations may be taken here to mean the age or period in which he lived, or the people who were his contemporaries in this world.
Now there are at least four ways in which men, generally speaking, may serve their generation, and in all four the Hon. William Cain did serve his generation. First, by marrying and bringing up a family respectably, and in the fear of the Loral. A bachelor, though he may do good work, cannot in the best way serve his generation., Mr Cain was married and had four children--a daughter who died in her youth, and three sons, now grown to manhood, and engaged in carrying on many of the things started by their father. Thus a man serves his generation who leaves children behind him to carry on the work of the world and the work of the Church of God in the World.
Family life has ever been the strength or backbone, as it were, of the nations of the world. Family life was ordained by God, who we read " setteth the solitary in families," and whose promise to Abraham was: "In thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed."
In the second place, a man may serve his generation by his energy, perseverance and skill in the trade or profession he follows. He does this by the work accomplished which benefits the town or country in which he lives, and by finding employment by which working men obtain a means of livelihood for themselves and their families.
That the late Mr Cain served his generation in this way is very evident from the fact that as a contractor he erected such buildings as the Town Hall, Melbourne, and assisted in making the railways of Australia. While the great sheep farms many miles in extent, established by him, provided flesh for food and wool for clothing for people of his generation, and work and wages for the farm hands and their dependents.
For 63 years Mr Cain was serving his generation in the business life of Australia.
A third way in which a man may serve his generation is in what is called public service, and as Mayor of the great City of Melbourne, and member of the Legislative Council of Australia, the late Mr Cain rendered valuable service to his country.
But the highest and best way in which a man can serve his generation is in the service of Gad and his Church, for while other work is useful for a time, work for God and His, Church is for eternity; and in this sort of service our late brother Churchman was enabled to do a great and notauble work.
When St. Paul's Cathedral was erected in Melbourne, Mr Cain spent some five or six years in voluntarily supervising the cathedral erection as if the contract were for his own special benefit, and by his services relieved the Erection Board of paying architect's commission and con-tractor's profits, so benefiting the cathedral funds by many thousands of pounds.
Of his other church work in Australia, which was extensiwe and valuable, there is not time to dwell now. It is enough to know that during his long residence in Australia he was a faithful son of the Church of his Manx forefathers, said did valiant and faithful service as a soldier of the Lord Jesus Christ, in whose name he was received as a member in this old Parish Church of Malew at his baptism and confirmation,
That the Church in Australia appreciated his work, was seen when they sent him as their representative to the Pan Anglican Congress in London, where he was entertained by the Prince of Wales (now his gracious Majesty King George), the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Bop of London.
In our own parish here in the Isle of Man we have also evidence of Mr Cain's work for God and His Church, for it was largely , through his influence and monetary help that the Abbey Church in Ballasalla was built. He interviewed the architect in London about the plans for the church, paying some £40 in architect's fees, and was one of the largest contributors to the building fund. Mr Cain also presented the parish with that useful block of buildings in Ballasalla comprising the Church House, the Gymnasium, and the Men's Club. He was also one of the founders of, and the largest contributor to, the Malaw Curates' Endowment Fund.
To the Wesleyan Church at Ballasalla he gave a clock for the spire, and to the Primitive Methodists £100 for their building fund.
On the more spiritual side of Church life our departed brother was a regular and exemplary communicant, and occupied the position of Lay Canon at St. Paul's Cathedral; Melbourne.
On Saturday, October 31st, a cablegram came to the Isle of Man to say that Mr Cain had passed away from this world; or. to use the language of my text, "After he had served his own generation he fell on sleep."
And for a while the tired body
To its resting place is borne,
Till there dawns that best and brightest Easter Morn.
Here awhile friends must be parted,
And the flesh its Sabbath keep,
Waiting in a holy stillness
Wrapt in sleep.
The body returning to the earth as it was, and tbc spirit unto God who gave it. The figure of death being likened unto steep, occurs again and again in the Bible, and this figure, as used in our text, is an act of the most natural kind. It is a. fit. ending of a weary day. Sleep is not painful, but the end of pain. Again, sleep is a condition by no means destructive. Neither sleep nor death destroys existence or even injures it. Sleep is a position full of hope. Hence the disciples of Jesus said of Lazarus, " If he sleep he shall do well." And the soul that is asleep in Jesus shall awake from this sleep without difficulty. For we read " When Christ shall appear, them that sleep in Jesus, God will bring with Him." That by death, as the Psalmist says, God giveth His beloved sleep, is a very pleasing thought, whatever way you look at it.
What a beautiful figure of the Resurrection it suggests. See the mother with the child she loves; when the night sets in she puts the child to sleep, and there, all unconscious, it lies during the silent hours. But in the morning the mother wakes up her child that it may behold the bright sunshine and enjoy the day in its loving parents' company.
So God, after the sleep of death, will awake His children, that they may behold the morning break on heaven's golden shore and bask in the sunlight of the sun of righteousness and enjoy an endless day in the society of the loving Heavenly Father, and so be for ewer with the Lord. How fair and how lovely it is to behold
The sun, in its splendour approaching tlh: West, Its race is near run, and refulgent as gold It glides through the ether as hastening to rest. It sinks, lint in sinking 'tis only to rise Its splendour and glory again to display ;
It sets, but in other and far distant skies It rises and reigns, in the brightness of day. Yet far more resplendent than this is the scene Of a good man approaching the confines of time. All loving, all peaceful, all calm, all serene, He passes away with a brightness sublime. He dies, but no pencil can ever display
The splendour and glory that bursts on his sight, As guided by angels he speeds on his way, Through the portals of death to the Temple of Light.
Death is a. great mystery, and for that matter so is sleep. The mystery of our daily sleep and awakening are in them-selves as mysterious as anything can be. Who knows anything about his own dropping asleep? It comes like the dew from heaven, without any consciousness of ours at the time. It leaves us to all appear-ances perfectly helpless, exposed to every danger and enemy. We can do nothing for ourselves-no more than a child just born. No more than a corpse from which the life has departed. Thus our falling asleep at night and awaking in the morn-ing without any effort of our own is a great mystery.
And then what becomes of us during our sleep? Where is gone that which just before was so active within us-our mind, heart, and soul? A few minutes before so full of thought and feeling.
Where is it gone? How is it employed?
What happens to it? What are those dim and unaccountable and shadowy thoughts which so often seem to engage it in what we call dreams? And more especially, 'how and why does it come back? Who fixes the time? Who gives the signal? Who furnishes us with the power to wake up all of a sudden and be ourselves again? All these things have befallen us every time we have slept and awakened from our birth even until now; and which of us all really knows more about them, or can explain them better than he could the first hour he was born?
To the simplest child alike, and to the wisest man, it is a great and inconceivable mystery how all this comes to pass. How he lies down and becomes so helpless and unconscious and passes for a while out of himself and then rises up alive and the same, only strengthened and refreshed in mind as well as body by having in appearance lost all power for a time in sleep. When we duly, consider this, it may help us to believe, though of course we shall never in this world be, able to understand how that much longer sleep, which we call death, may come on us, we know now how, and leave our bodies without power or thought for a while. Our souls departing in the meantime we know not where, and employed we know -not how, to be by and live wakened up, and find ourselves again the same, our souls joined to the resurrection body, which is like the glorious body to the Lord Jesus Himself. With all our thoughts and powers in a wonderful manner quickened and made more active and wakeful than ever before, 5o as to endure not simply for what we map term a long life of 83 years, like Mr Cain's life on earth, but to endure an eternity of enjoyment.
The Lord who has sustained us so often when we lay down and slept and caused us to rise again in safety, can sustain us in like manner through the sleep of death, and He will do so if we are His, for His sure word is given: " All that are in the graves. shall hear His voice and shall come forth they that have done good unto the resurrection of life, and they 'that have done evil unto the resurrection of damnation." " He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life. He that believeth on me, saith Jesus, though he die, yet shall he live. Because I live ye shall live also."
Brethren, when we come to the end of our life here on earth, may it be truly said of each of us: "Having served his generation, by the will of God, he fell asleep."
Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep,
From which none ever wakes to weep ;
Asleep in Jesus, oh, how sweet
To be for such a slumber meet,
With holy confidence to sing.
That death has lost its venomed sting ;
Asleep in Jesus, peaceful rest,
Whose waking is supremely blest.
We have a message on this subject direct from God Himself, for a voice was heard from Heaven saying: " Write, from henceforth blessed are the dead which die in the Lord: even so saith the Spirit; for they rest from their labours."
The service was well attended, and there were two representatives of the World Manx Association from Douglas present to show their appreciation and respect. The National Anthem was fully sung at the commencement of the service, and the " Dead March " in " Saul " was played at the close by the organist, Miss Abbott.
Died August 31st, 1914,
We regret to record the death of Mr George Moore, lately a prominent Manx farmer, which sad event occurred on August 31st, at deceased's residence, The Crofts, Castletown. Up to a couple of years ago Mr Moore farmed the large estate of Balladoole. Arbory, and whilst thus engaged, established the reputation of being one of the shrewdest farmers on the Island. He had acquired a useful knowledge of veterinary surgery, and his services were much in demand in the south of the Island, and were readily given. Deceased retired in November, 1914 and settled down in Castletown. Up to a few months ago he enjoyed good health, but a grave malady took hold of him and brought about his death on Monday morning. Mr Moore took considerable interest in public matters, both in Arbory and Castletown. In Arbory he had served on every parish board. He was also for some years chairman of the Setting Quest, and was ever a prominent Churchman. In Castletown his services were sought for the Board of Commissioners. A contested election in 1912 resulted in his being returned a member of the Commission, and during the time he was able to attend the meetings he proved himself a valuable member of the board. At one of the last meetings of the board an unanimous vote of sympathy was passed to Mr Moore in his protracted illness. Deceased, who was 67 years of age, leaves a widow and eight grown-up children, with whom the deepest sympathy is manifested in their sad trouble. The funeral took place on Wednesday, Sept. 2nd, and was largely attended, the interment being in Arbory Churchyard.
The chief mourners were Messrs J. G Moore and F. R. Moore (sons) ; Mrs ii. F. Shimmin, Mrs T. A. Cowin. and Miss Alice Moore (daughters), Masters George Shimmin, George Moore, and Alan Cowin (grandsons) ; Miss W. Shimmin (granddaughter), Mr J. G. Moore, Ballacross, Mr W. Moore Balladoole, Mr G. E. Moore, Liverpool (nephews) ; Messrs R. F. Shimmin, T. A. Cowin, H. Lorry Kennaugh (sons-in-law) ; Mr P. Kelly, and Capt E Keig (brothers-in-law) ; Inspector Coole, Mr Fred Higginbotham (cousins) ; and Master Jack Moore (nephew's son).
The following sent floral tributes :-Widow and family ; John, Mona, Susan, Fred, Florrle, and Tom, members of the family ; Commissioners of Castletown ; Capt and Mrs E. Keig ; Mr and Mrs W. Lawson, Mr and Mrs P Kelly; Mr G. E. Moore ; Mr C. Boyde ; Surgeon-Len. Stevenson, J.P., and Mrs Stevenson ; Mr W. A. Stevenson, J.P., C.P., and Mrs Stevenson ; Mr G. E. Kewley (Parrs Bank) ; Mr E. G. Gawne, J.P., Kentraugh ; Mrs Roberts ; Mr and Mrs R. Cooil (The Crofts) ; and Master Eddie McHarrie (" Little Eddie"), who was a great favourite with deceased. and who brought some flowers, picked by himself, for "Master Moore."
Died November 14th., 1914.
On Tuesday, Nov. 24th, Mrs Moore, of Cronkbourne, Braddan, widow of the late Mr William Fine Moore, passed away at the advanced age of 87. Mrs Moore's maiden name was Christian, and although her father's family had been settled in England for some considerable period, it was, as the name indicates, of Manx origin. For very many years Mrs Moore was a leader of Manx society, in the spacious days when the late Lord Loch was Governor of the Island, she being one of Lady Loch's closest friends. Mrs Moore's late husband was a distinguished member of the House of Keys, he having represented Douglas in the Elective Chamber of the Legislature from the early 'sixties up to 1881. Her son, the late Mr Arthur William Moore, was, too, a member of the House, and held the position of Speaker at the time of his death. About twenty years ago, Mrs Moore was afflicted with partial paralysis, which never left her, but otherwise she enjoyed fairly good health, and was able to take frequent carriage exercise up to about a fortnight ago. When his late Majesty King Edward the Seventh and Queen Alexandra visited the Isle of Man, in August, 1902, Mrs Moore had the honour of entertaining their Majesties at her beautiful residence, Cronkbourne. Mrs Moore always took a great interest in Church work in the parish of Braddan. She also had closely to heart the welfare of the inhabitants of Cronkbourne Village, the great majority of whom were employees at Tromode Sail-cloth Factory, which was carried on by her husband, and subsequently by her son.
On Nov. 28th the remains of the late Mrs W. F. Moore, of Cronkbourne, were laid to rest in Braddan Cemetery, where they were borne from the now Church by those whom she had known all their lives. The service was taken by the Lord Bishop and the Rev W. A. Rushworth, M.A. (vicar of Braddan). The coffin was preceded by the Lord Bishop and the three clergy of the parish, and was followed by Miss Moore, Miss R. Moore, Mrs Seckham (daughters), and Mr F. Pearson (nephew), and by a numerous company of friends. Miss M. L. Wood was at the organ, and there was a choir to lead the singing of the hymns, "O God, our help in ages past," and "On the resurrection morning," and Psalm xc. Among those present at the funeral were:-The Speaker of the House of Keys (Mr D. Maitland), the Vicar-General (Mr C. T. W. Hughes-Games), Deemster Callow, Messrs W. J. Corlett, H.K., R. Clucas, H.K., the Mayor of Douglas (Councillor D. Flinn, J.P.), A. Robertson (Town Clerk), S. H. Wilson, J.P., F. Mackenzie Greene, C.P., A. A. Whiteside, L. Goldie-Taubman, J.P., Geo. Drinkwater, J. R. Drinkwater, Dr Mackenzie, W. H. Blaker, Dr Richardson, W. A. Craine, J. Gibbon, E. Quaggin, Revs C. H. Leece (vicar of Rushen), R. B. Jolly (vicar of St. Thomas's), Canon Kermode (vicar of St. George's), and W. A. Bywater.
Wreaths and floral tributes were sent from the following:-Edith, Rosamund, Mildred, and Godfrey Moore ; Mrs Clucas and grandchildren - Colonel and Mrs Seckham and grandchildren; Helen and Edward Walford (great-grandchildren); Mr and Mrs Pearson; from the Indoor and Outdoor Staff at Cronkbourne; the members of Cronkbourne Mothers' Union and residents of the Village; Mrs T. H. Christian; Mrs William Christian; Mrs Agnew and Mrs Fax (nieces) ; Mrs Christian, Milnrtown; Miss Ward; Mr and Mrs Gerald Seckham - the Dowager Lady Loch; Deemster and Mrs Stevenson Moore ; Deemster and Mrs Callow; the High-Bailiff and Mrs Stowell Gell; Miss Gell ; Miss Harris; Mr L. Goldie-Taubman ; Mr and Mrs Drinkwater ; Miss M. L. Wood; Dr and Mrs Mackenzie ; Col. and Mrs Madoe ; Mrs Stephen Cluoas ; the Misses Clueas; Mrs Richardson ; Mr Geo. Paton; Mrs Brearey and family; Mrs Carden; Mr and Mrs R. F. Douglas; Mrs and Miss Hoyle; Miss Flemming - Mrs Huide (Harrogate) ; Mr R. D. Farrant ; Miss Violet Seckham.
REFERENCE IN BRADDAN CHURCH.
On Sunday morning, in the course of a sermon on I. Thess. iv. 14: " For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him," the Rev W. A. Rushworth, M.A. (vicar of Braddan), spoke of the comfort and hope for the mourner that came from the Advent message, and said that it was never more needed in the history of our country than at the present time.-Continuing, he said I cannot refrain from an allusion to the kind and gracious lady, who fell asleep in Jesus during the past week, after a long life spent in good works for the Church and for the benefit of those who were in need of help. Mrs Moore, of Cronkbourne, seemed to be, in a sense, the mother of the parish. Belonging to one of the oldest Manx families, she was placed in a position of prominence which afforded an opportunity of influencing others. Nothing was too good for the Church, and she wished' nothing to be lacking that would add to the beauty, the dignity, and the reverence of the worship. "If you seek her monument, look around you," for this most beautiful house of God owes much to her generosity at the time of building, and subsequently it has been enriched by many gifts. Like the royal saint who reared the noble pile of King's College Chapel, the pride and joy of all Cambridge, her motto was--
Give all thou canst
High Heaven rejects the love
Of nicely calculated less or more.
But the treasure she land up in heaven was not confined to gifts for church building, for she game unto her Master in the persons of the poor, the sick, and the suffering, and ever there was the personal touch or message which made the offering all the more precious. Nor was money the only thing she gave, but amidst the claims of a large family, and with social duties, she gave of her time to superintend the Sunday-school, or to play the organ for a mission service, or to help in other parochial efforts. And these gifts of time and of money were no hobby-they were the result of deep religious convictions, which found their natural out-come in a life of service. How she missed the privilege of joining with the congregation in worship, especially in Holy Communion! what an example she has left us! For herself we cannot grieve, as in a ripe old age she passed peacefully away at the summons "The Master has come and calleth for then," but for her family our hearts are filled with deepest sympathy and silent in the possession, and for ourselves there is a vacant place with nobody to fill it. May that bright example be an inspiration in our lives for fresh service for God!
Died December 15th., 1914.
By the death of Mr George Richard Halton, younger brother of Mr William H. Halton, chemist, of Market-hill, and second son of the late Mr Richard Halton. pharmaceutical chemist, after a year's illness, which took place at his residence, No. 8 Eastfield, early on Tuesday, Dec. 15th, a well-known and life-long resident is taken from the activities of Douglas. Generous and companionable he was to a fault. He was fond of travel, had been many times on the Continent, and in many of the capitals of Europe. He was about two years in South Africa. Mr Halton was a short time chairman of the Douglas Debating Society, and was a well-known figure in the social life of the town. He married less than three years ago, and leaves a widow, who has, we are sure, the sympathy of relatives and friends.-The funeral took place yesterday (Friday), at Braddan Cemetery, and was largely attended, the Rev. C. E Barlow, officiating.