ON Saturday evening last a number of the public were somewhat inconvenienced by the failure of the electric light.
Our representative therefore at once proceeded to make inquiries as to the cause thereof.
The facts were as follows:
On Saturday afternoon Mr. Findlay, of Melbourne Road, Frankston, had engaged some men to take down some large pine trees, about 5.45pm.
One of these fouled the high and low tension wires, breaking both, as a result of which the whole of the services became disorganised.
Mr. Quartermain, the Council’s manager, was at once apprised of the fact, and with commendable promptitude gathered his staff and commenced operations.
So well and quickly was this accomplished that by 8.40pm the whole of the services were restored.
Too much praise cannot be bestowed on the manager and his staff for their prompt action, only for which, being Saturday night, more serious consequences might have resulted.
The public are advised that when dealing with any matter that may affect the wires, they should always notify the Council’s officers, so that the necessary steps can be taken to prevent an accident.
DESTRUCTION OF VERMIN
On and after Wednesday, Feb. 20, the destruction of all vermin must be commenced, and carried out effectively.
This is important to land-owners, who are liable to a penalty if they fail to comply with the conditions of the Act.
THE Frankston District High School commenced operations yesterday, there being about 70 pupils present.
A number of visitors were also present, including Mr. C. Long, M.A., of the Education Department, Mr. Jennings, Mesdames Roberson, Coxall, Amor, James, Evans, and Young (Somerville), Messrs. W. C. Young, L. Ward, J. McComb, and Cr. Gray.
Mr. Chapman, the head teacher, in his opening remarks, welcomed the visitors and scholars.
He pointed out that this was only an informal opening, as they have not been able to get the furniture and other school requirements in, but he hoped in about a week’s time to have a proper ceremony.
Mr. Long then addressed the children, and in a very fine discourse showed the children the advantages they had today, as compared with the boys and girls of his day, tracing the various stages by which this had been brought about.
He urged them to endeavour to do their utmost to show their appreciation of the efforts of those who were responsible – by their consistent efforts – for the establishment of the High School in Frankston.
Miss Broughton, B.A., Dip. Ed., who followed, made a few appropriate remarks, and thanked those present for the warmness of their welcome.
Cr. Gray followed in one of his characteristic speeches, in which he urged the scholars to endeavour by their attention to their teachers to strive to reach the highest possible goal.
He also called upon the children to give three cheers for the success of the school.
These were heartily given.
Mr. Jennings said he was pleased to be with them, and would do all in his power to push other scholars on, so that the numbers attending the High School would be augmented.
Mr. J. McComb also spoke.
He told them of his early days at school, and pointed out the contrast today.
The ceremony concluded with three hearty cheers for the visitors, which were given by the scholars, at the request of Mr. Chapman.
THE many friends of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Watkins, Presbyterian Minister of Frankston, and his good wife, will be pleased to know that they are at present enjoying a well earned holiday at “Bethany House,” Myers Falls, Healesville, where they will be staying for the next two weeks.
We trust they will have fine weather, and an enjoyable time, and will thus be able to return to their noble task refreshed both in mind and body.
We know that the worthy gentleman and his good lady carry the best wishes of all who know them, in this district.
THE many friends of Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Scarborough, of Lyndhurst, and formerly of Frankston, will be pleased to hear that their daughter, Mrs. P. Cook, who is at present an inmate of a private hospital at Kerang, is now making good progress towards recovery after a very severe illness.
We wish lier a speedy and complete recovery.
MRS. H. C. Heymanson is at present staying at Frankston. House.
Mrs. Heymanson is well known to many of the residents here, being a frequent visitor.
She also took a very active part here during the war, and after, in helping the Wattle Club in entertaining the returned wounded soldiers.
WE regret to learn that Mr. J. Lyle, of the Wells Street stores, is on the sick list. He was unable to attend business today, but hopes to be able to leave his room tomorrow.
MRS. Price, of Frankston, who has been under treatment at Miss Creswick’s private hospital, is now stated to be progressing favourably.
MISS Dorothy Watkins, daughter of Mr. W. E. Watkins, of Frankston, passed the examinations at the Presbyterian Ladies’ College with first class honors.
Her performance was all the more meritorious in view of the fact that she missed nearly three months tuition owing to illness.
CHEVROLET UTILITY TRUCK
Demonstrations in connection with the above will be conducted daily, up till Tuesday next at the Frankston Motor Garage.
Mr O. J. Olsen will personally conduct the trials. The model of Chevrolet under notice supplies a heavy truck, combining speed, power, capacity, and economy. It is admitted that successful business men are those who keep step with progress.
To motorise your business economically, secure a Chevrolet. Price £250, on easy terms.
THE employees of Johns and Way good, engineers, of South Melbourne, held their annual picnic on Saturday last in the Frankston Park.
About 500 members and friends attended, and were accompanied by the St. Kilda City Band, which discoursed sweet music the whole day through.
A programme of sports was run, and numerous games were indulged in, after which numbers of the picnickers proceeded to the beach and took advantage of the fine weather for a good time on the sands.
HIGH SCHOOL MOTTO
To the Editor.
Sir, As “The Standard” has done so much in assisting to establish the High School, I would crave space to offer a suggestion that I think will meet with the approval of its supporters.
My suggestion is that “The Standard” offer a prize, to be competed for by the residents of Frankston, for the most suitable “motto” for the High School.
[We welcome the suggestion, and will consult with the Head Master. Ed. “The Standard.”]
From the pages of the Frankston and Somerville Standard, 13 & 15 Feb 1924