The Western Chronicle 04 Mar 1904 South Petherton inc Fatal Accident Percy FISH Funeral at Donyatt of Mrs Elizabeth Ann SCHENCK of Knapp House

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The Western Chronicle, (Established in 1764 as The Sherborne, Dorchester, and Taunton Journal) With Which is Incorporated “The Dorset Record.” Friday 04 Mar 1904

Page 5 Column 6


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FATAL ACCIDENT. - Intimation was received on Wednesday afternoon by Mr N. G. FISH, of Palmer Street, of the almost sudden death of his son, Percy, who was a private in the 17th Lancers, stationed at Edinburgh. Deceased was only about 20 years of age, and was at home at Christmas for some weeks on holiday. His sudden death was the result of a football accident. Great sympathy is felt with Mr FISH in his sudden bereavement.

PARISH COUNCIL, Tuesday. - Present: Col. BLAKE, in the chair, Mr. H. R. POOLE (vice chair), Messrs J. WILLY, HAWKER, HEBDITCH, STUCKEY, COSSIUS, J. G. VAUX, MASTERS and JEANES(?). The Clerk was requested to write to the Yeovil Rural District Council and ask that the Surveyor might be directed to visit the parish and specify as to who is responsible for the repair of the roads as between the water works and sewage contractors, the Gas Company and the road contractor, and to see that the repairs for which each is liable are properly carried out. - It was reported that the path in “Thorn's Close” had been repaired.

Cheques were signed for the portion of the Fire Brigade uniform which had been supplied and for incidental payments.

CHINESE LABOUR. - The monthly people's service was held in the Congregational Church on Sunday evening last, the pastor (Rev. H. T. MADDEFORD) taking as his subject, “Things we do not pay for.” At the close of the service the following resolution was unanimously passed – by a standing vote:- “That this congregation of Free Churchmen, in the strongest and most solemn terms it can command, protests against the importation of Chinese labour into the Transvaal (1) As an incalculable injury to the Chinese themselves; (2) A foul stain upon the fair fame of Great Britain as a Christian nation; (3) An insult to British labour; (4) An outrage upon the people of South Africa whose wishes are being overridden in the interest of a few mine owners; and this congregation demands of the Government and the majority of the House of Commons a reversal of this disastrous and dishonourable policy.”

The funeral of the late Mrs SCHENCK, wife of Mr SCHENCK, of Knapp House, took place at Donyatt on Friday. The funeral cortege left deceased's late residence at 12.30, several of the prominent residents in the town heading the procession. At Donyatt the funeral service in the church was conducted by the vicar (the Rev. J. BEASLEY), assisted by the Rev. J. P. BILLING. The surpliced choir sang a hymn both in the church and at the graveside. The mourners were Messrs. T. and C. ROGERS (brothers), Mrs PITMAN, Mrs BROOMFIELD, and Mrs. OSBORNE (sisters), Mr OSBORNE (brother-in-law), Messrs W. ROGERS G. ROGERS J. ROGERS, T. ROGERS, and C. BROOMFIELD (nephews), Miss OSBORNE, Miss B. ROGERS, and Miss T. ROGERS (nieces), Mr SCHENCK was prevented from being present at the obsequies by his doctor's orders. Amongst those who were present at the graveside were Mr J. LEAN, Mr BROOKES (Bristol), Mr WALTER (Ilminster), Dr MUNDEN, Dr ADAMS, Dr A. W. SINCLAIR, Messrs H. HELLIER, F. HELLIER, and J. BAKER (Donyatt), together with the servants at the house. The coffin was of finely polished English oak, with raised and moulded panels and massive brass furniture. The breast plate bore the inscription:- Elizabeth Ann Schenck, born April 24th, 1844, died February 20th, 1904.” There are many floral tributes. The whole of the funeral arrangements were admirably carried out by Messrs. Wheadon & Son, drapers, Leicester House, Ilminster.

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