Friday 18th October 1918

It did not rain during the day but it was dull and looked threatening, wind strong from W.  Willie was working at his chicken yards.  I dug between the crops the top side of the house .  Burned some oyster shells.  Went down to meet the steamer in the afternoon as Grace was going to send a parcel down by Dan Kempt.

Last Wednesday evening after the “Kawau” left here for Auckland, Frank Witten and his eldest boy went out in a sailing boat to meet the “Kawau” steamer in the Kawau passage and it is supposed that the boat was upset by a squall of wind  and that Frank and his son were drowned as the boat came ashore bottom up the next morning, search has been made for the bodies without success, he leaves a widow and 7 children living at Matakana.