All posts by CS Clarke

Monday 16th September 1918

It was a very fine day.  I sowed a row of Stratagem Peas the top side of the house,  got some pea sticks from the barley paddock.  Willie was ploughing in the orchard.  Grace went for the mail in the pm.


Sunday 15th September 1918

It was a very fine day.  The 23rd Anniversary was held of the Omaha Bible Class in the morning,  Mrs Woodcock sang a solo, Grace & I attended.

In the afternoon I conducted service in the Church,  23 attended
Collection 8/- .  The Dead March was played out of respect to the memory of Mrs Hadwick.


Saturday 14th September 1918

It was a fine day.

Mrs Ashworth came in the morning and staid lunch, all of us went down to the wharf in the afternoon to say goodbye to Mrs James Greenwood who is leaving the district, her husband having already left, also Lieut  E. Wyatt & wife who are returning to Wellington and will shortly leave NZ


Friday 13th September 1918

It was a fine day.  In the morning I planted the following plants,  1 Penstemon,  1 Begonia,  1 Pelargonium,  3 Canditufts also 5 bulbs Gladiolus.

Mrs Hadwick who died yesterday morning was buried in the claim cemetery along side of her late husband at 3 pm.  Charlie Wyatt drove the coffin over in Willie Dunning’s waggon.  I took a wreath down for Charlie to take over as I was not going to the funeral, but I tolled the Church bell.

There was a farewell in the Hall in the evening to Private Wm Greenwood,  second son of Mr John Greenwood,   Lieut  E. Wyatt  (Eddie)  &  wife  and Private Frank Whaylen were also present.  Grace went.


Thursday 12th September 1918

It was a fine day with the exception of a few slight showers.  The ladies entertained Mrs James Greenwood who with her husband are leaving the district,  it took the form of a morning tea laid on the stage the ladies provided most bountifully, and the table was nicely decorated with flowers.  On behalf of the company I expressed the sorrow of all present at their leaving and asked their acceptance of a silver mounted biscuit barrel.

Grace went down to the village in the afternoon and got the overland mail.


Tuesday 10th September 1918

It turned out a fine day.  Mr Ranham brought a sulky over to take me to Pakiri to conduct the funeral over Herbert Dyer, I had lunch at Mr Ranhams and then called at Joe Harpers,  Mrs H  & I walked down to Harry Dyers place, both Mr & Mrs Dyer feel their loss very much,  there were a good many at the funeral.

I went up with the John Greenwoods who were driving to their place and staid the night,  Bowden Birdsall also staid the night.


Sunday 8th September 1918

It was a dull day, wind blowing strong from the E, and threatening for rain.  I conducted service in the church in the afternoon, there were 19 present.  Collection 7/- .

Heard that Herbert Dyer had passed out at Noon to day.


Saturday 7th September 918

It was a fine day, but the ground was very wet after the rain yesterday.

After breakfast I went down to the village to post a letter to Mr Glass,  to put flowers in the church,  also went to Gravatts,  the “Kawau” called in here at 4 oclock this morning on her way to Mangawai,  Willie Greenwood came up on his final leave,  the steamer called back here again at 11.30 and Bert Darroch who was home on his final leave went away by her.

Mrs Eddie Wyatt came in the afternoon and Eddie came in the evening.