Frankston bootmaker John Reynolds dies


IT is with extreme regret we have to record the death of Mr John Reynolds, which took place at St Pancras Hospital, Frankston, on Wednesday morning 1st, after a painful illness, the cause of death being “pernicious anemia.”

The deceased, who was only 50 years of age, came to Frankston some 30 years ago, and commenced his trade as boot maker, and followed it up to within a few weeks of his death.

The deceased was a great lover of cricket, and as young man took numerous trophies for excellence in the game.

He was also connected with the Rangers in which body he attained the rank of Sergeant. He took great interest in the advancement of the church of England and acted as secretary to St Paul’s Church for about 20 years.

Of late years he has withdrawn himself from active participation in outdoor sports, and devoted his spare time and attention to the welfare of the gardens in Bay Street, and it is entirely for his care and attention that they have attained the state of perfection to which they have.

It was also mainly through his efforts that the Young Men’s Club was established in Frankston, where the evenings can be spent pleasantly, apart from any pernicious influences.

He was of a kind and generous disposition, every ready to lend a helping hand to those in need.

He leaves a widow, and grown-up family of two, as well as a son by a former marriage, to mourn their loss.

The funeral took place yesterday (Friday) afternoon, the remains being conveyed to the Frankston cemetery, followed by a large number of sorrowing friends.

Many beautiful floral tributes were sent from the citizens and local bodies.

The Rev. A. P. M’Farlane officiated at the grave. Mr H. Gamble had charge of the funeral arrangements.


THE Treasurer for the Roll of Honor Fund gratefully acknowledges receipt of ten shillings donation from Mr H. G. Wells.


A GENERAL meeting of the Somerville Fruitgrowers’ Association will be held on Monday next, Oct 1st at 8pm when the following business will be transacted – Report of conference, Fruit pool, Minimum price, Show.


THE Jumble Fair in the Frankston Mechanics, in aid of St Paul’s Church funds, will be opened this afternoon, and continued during the evening, when there will be an attractive display of goods to be disposed of and a good programme of amusements carried out during the evening.


THE Langwarrin Methodist Sunday School Anniversary services will be held tomorrow in the church, when services will be conducted in the afternoon and evening by Mr Austin.

On the Monday evening, 1st October a concert and coffee supper will be held, when a good programme will be provided.


OWING to the Hall being taken on the night of the next regular Wattle Club fortnightly dance, it has been decided to hold a euchre party and dance on next Thursday night, October 4th.

The usual euchre party and dance will also be held on the following Thursday and the Dance will take place on Saturday, October 20th.


A SALE of gifts will be held in the Agricultural Hall, Somerville, on Friday and Saturday, 5th and 6th October in aid of the Church Funds, under the auspices of the Presbyterian Ladies Guild.

The fair will be opened on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. by the Rev N. Webster.

Besides the attractive display of goods to be disposed of their will be a shooting gallery, quoit competitions, nail driving, hoopla, and other amusements.


CHRISTMAS parcels for soldiers. The London Headquarters Staff of the Y M.C A. have been asked to purchase and despatch parcels to Australians in France.

They are willing to under take this service buying as the market allows and making each parcel as varied and useful as possible, but requests must reach the National Office at Elizabeth House Melbourne not later than 6th October.

Parcels may be ordered at three prices 5s, 10s and 20s.


MR G S. Slocombe of Tyabb notifies that he his been appointed agent for the Victorian Orchardist Cooperative Association and has in stock fruit cases arsenate of lead, lime, sulphur,copper, soda, nails paper wood wool and everything likely to be required on the orchard.


THE Somerville Red Cross Society are holding a social evening on Tuesday, October 2nd, in the Somerville Hill, to show their recognisation and appreciation to the Boys who have returned from the front, both local and surrounding districts.

There will be a good musical evening interspersed with dancing, followed by a good supper.

These boys have all seen active service and most of them are Gallipoli heroes. All are welcome to give the boys cheer.

Red Cross members and their associated workers are to provide supper by bringing a basket and the public will be admitted at one shilling.

Mrs White, vice president and the secretary will receive the guests of the evening, and councillor Chas. Murray will act as chairman.

Mr Carr has charge of the musical arrangements. Permission has been given for all returned soldiers to wear uniform on this occasion.


FROM an interview we had with Mr Brierley, manager of the Frankston Gas Works, we understand that the installation of the electric lighting plant in the Shire of Frankston and Hastings is nearing completion.

The company has experienced great difficulty, owing to war conditions, in securing the necessary material to go on with the work, but happily this has now been overcome, and most of the plant is now on the ground.

The new power house is finished, and the engines and dynamos put in position.

Poles are in course of erection along the Mornington Road, and other roads are being supplied as quickly as they can be delivered, and the manager expects everything to be in order for the trial runs in the course, of a few days.


DEEP regret was expressed here when the news came through last week of the death of Alma Day, at the age of 14 years, as the result of a railway crossing accident at Noble Park.

Mr and Mrs Day had just recently left this district and bought a farm at Noble Park and great sympathy is extended to them.

A wreath was sent by the children attending the Somerville State School as a token of the esteem in which they held their late school mate.


Frankston School. Work will be resumed next Monday, Miss Keane wishes all girls and boys, who have reached the age of 4½ years, and desire to attend to enrol not later than next week.

Silva Parsons was the first pupil to donate a book to the school library. Four others have followed her good example.

An old plough wheel is wanted as a part for a circular swing.

Captain Conder wrote such a very nice letter, to his dear little friends, expressing the warm thanks of the sick soldiers for the welcome fresh eggs, that only a score of dozens can begin to square our obligation to him.


From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 29 September 1917

As published in the Frankston Times – 25 September 2017

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