17. John Cafe
Death of a Pioneer.
MR. JOHN CAFE.
Another of the grand old band of pioneers of the West, who blazed the track of development in this district, has been called to his rest after a residence on the Castlereagh of upwards of 70 years. On Tuesday last, in a private hospital in Dubbo, Mr. John Cafe breathed his last after a lengthy illness, at the ripe old age of 85 years. Deceased, who was a native of the Richmond River, was a pure Australian, his mother and father before him being natives of this sunny land. At the age of 11 years he came to this district with an uncle (Mr. Tailby), and took up his residence at Gulargambone Station, then owned by his uncle, and now in possesion of Mr. Peter Ferguson. Later he was appointed manager of the station. It was then that he met and married Miss McGuire, of Curban Station, Warrumbungles. Forty-nine years ago he purchased Bearbong Station. This property he afterwards sold, and then took up Boorananda Station, where he resided until about 10 years ago, when he retired from active life and settled in Dubbo. Throughout his long career as a grazier on the Castlereagh he was known as a man of indomitable courage, honorable in all his dealings--a man whom it was a pleasure to know and an honor to have for a friend. He had the esteem and respect of all who knew him on account
of these sterling qualities. During the whole of his long sojourn he showed a perseverance in this outback region which proved the real worth of the man. In those days none of the conveniences of modern life were available, still honest John Cafe persevered, and with the sympathetic help and guidance of his good wife braved the inconveniences and discomforts of the far west, and by his pluck and energy pioneered civilization along the Castlereagh. To such men the people of to-day owe a deep debt of gratitude, and the name of John Cafe and other pioneers who have made the country for the present day citizen will live long in the memories of those who have come later.
Deceased leaves a widow and one son to mourn their loss. The funeral took place on Wednesday, the remains being laid to rest in the Church of England portion of the local cemetery. Rev. L. Dawson Thomas officiated at the graveside, and Mr. E. Carrett carried out the funeral arrangements.
Source: The Dubbo Liberal and Macquarie Advocate 3 Mar 1916
Eliza Jessie Maguire
An old and respected former resident of the Gilgandra and Dubbo districts, in the person of Elizabeth Cafe, died at Mudgee on Sunday. The deceased lady, who until recently resided at Bishop-street, Dubbo, leaves a grown-up family to mourn her loss, all of whom reside in the Mudgee district. The body was brought to Dubbo by this morning's mail train, and laid to rest beside that of her late husband, John Cafe (who predeceased her some three years), in the Church of England portion of the local cemetery. Rev. C. W. Leavers read the burial service, and Mr. E. Carrett carried out the funeral arrangements at the Dubbo end.
Source: The Dubbo Liberal and Macquarie Advocate 5 Nov 1918
21. George Cafe
COONAMBLE. (Express.) The district coroner (Mr. H. R. Bailey, P.M.) held an inquest before a jury on last Friday, at the Merri Merri, on the body of George Cafe, then and there lying dead, The evidence was taken of Constable Dineen, stationed at Quambone ; Jane Cafe, wife of deceased ; Edward, George Cafe, sons of deceased ; Leslie A. Chambers, one of the proprietors of Carwell station ; and Dr. Stanley Tresidder, who held a post mortem examination on the body. The circumstances connected with the death of deceased, as disclosed by the evidence, were peculiar and may be summarised as follows : — Deceased had gone to Nevertire for a load of stores for Messrs. Chambers and Co. of Carwell station, in whose employment he had been for some six years, and was accompanied by his son Edward, a boy about 9 years of age. Among the loading was a case of brandy, all of which deceased had drunk except about half a bottle, found by Mr. Chambers under deceased's waggon on his return, all the rest of the loading correct. Deceased had also acted for Messrs. Chambers and Co. as a boundary rider, and in that capacity had strychnine in his possession for poisoning native dogs. On returning with the loading he asked another son, George Cafe, to bring him a bottle of Strychnine, as he was frightened to meet Mr. Chambers after drinking the grog, he should poison himself. The strychnine was not brought to deceased, and the lad George seems to have paid but little attention to the matter, as deceased had been accustomed to threaten to poison himself after a drinking bout. He went to bed at his own residence on the station on Tuesday night, his wife noticing nothing wrong with him except that he ate but little supper. He got up early on Wednesday morning, and after dressing went to a box in his bedroom where he kept strychnine. He then went out, and his wife, who was still in bed, thought he was going to do something on the station. About nine o'clock a child of deceased's went into a hut near his residence, and there saw his father lying on a bunk. The child told his mother, who went and found deceased dead. An alarm was given, and the constable stationed at Quambone sent for. The evidence of Dr. Tresidder showed the symptoms of death to be like those of strychnine poisoning, and the jury returned a verdict to the effect that deceased died from that cause. A small bottle of strychnine deceased kept in his box cannot be found, and it is thought that he, after taking some of the contents, threw the bottle away.
Source: Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal 27 May 1886
23. Thomas Cafe
A sad and fatal accident happened on Saturday to a married man named Thomas Cafe, in charge of Messrs. McAlpin and Eather's run at Dooral. He was out shooting, and not returning on Saturday night, his wife sent here on Sunday, when search parties went out and found his body, with a gunshot wound in his forehead. A magisterial inquiry was held by Edward Parnell, Esq., J.P., and from the evidence adduced, a finding of accidental death was recorded.
Source: The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser 16 Jun 1885
107. George Henry Cafe
MR GEORGE CAFE.
Friends of Mr George Cafe will regret to learn that he passed away on Monday, November 21, at Rylstone in his seventy-third year. Mr Cafe was a resident of the district for many years, and lived with his parents chiefly on the Dabee Estate. His mother, who still lives in Rylstone, and is now over ninety years of age, was probably the first girl born in the district, being the daughter of Mr and Mrs Tailby, who were the original owners of the "Fernside" Estate, Rylstone. The sympathy of the district is extended to mother and relatives.
Source: Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative 24 Nov 1927
Maria Jane Merrick
PASSING OF ONE OF DISTRICT'S OLDEST RESIDENTS
One of Singleton district's oldest residents, in the person of Mrs. Maria Jane Medhurst, of Putty, passed away at the residence of her son, Mr. Amos Merrick, Victoria Street, during last night. The deceased had reached the grand old age of 93 years. A former Miss Wood, deceased was born at Howe's Valley, and as she has lived in the district all her life in and around Howe's Valley she has watched with keen interest the events which have taken place down through the years. In her earlier days, deceased was a noted horse woman, and old hands claim that few equestriennes could ever sit a horse side-saddle better than could the late Mrs. Merrick. Deceased married twice, but both husbands predeceased her. Her first husband was the late Mr. Thomas Cafe, and there were three children from that union. She later married Mr. Edward William Medhurst and there were four children from that union. Two children of the first family pre deceased their mother. Deceased had come into Singleton to reside with her son only a fortnight ago. The remains will be privately interred at Putty to morrow morning, following a service according to the rites of the Church of England.
Source: Singleton Argus 3 Dec 1947
27 Great-Great Grand Children is Good Record
Mr and Mrs W. Cobcroft, of Putty, have returned home after spending several weeks at Newcastle, where Mrs Cobcroft has been convalescing after having spent three weeks in the Mater Misericordiae Hospital, whereshe underwent a serious operation. Sympathy is being extended to Mrs Cobcroft at the loss of her mother. Mrs Medhurst, who passed away whilst her daughter was an inmate of the hospital. The late Mrs Medhurst had reached the ripe old age of 97 years, and had resided with her daughter for the past 22 years. The late Mrs Medhurst had come to stay with her son at Bulga for a few weeks, and was taken to Singleton, where she passed away at the residence of Mr and Mrs Amos Merrick. The deceased was born at Howe's Valley, being the daughter of Mr and Mrs Amos Joseph Merrick, and she was twice married. There were six children by the first marriage, three of whom are still living. Living are Messrs Thomas Cafe (Bowral), Leo Cafe (Singleton), and Victor Cafe (Ballina). John, Eliza, and Alice predeceased their mother by some years. By the second marriage there were five children, four of whom are still living. They are Mrs P. Dries (Mayfield), Mrs W. Cobcroft (Putty), Messrs William (Bulga) and George (Adamstown). The deceased daughter was the late Mrs J. Nealon. The late Mrs Merrick had 11 children in all, of which seven are still living. There are 30 grandchildren living, and two have passed away. There are 66 great-grandchildren living, and five are deceased, and there are 27 great-great-grandchildren, all of whom are still living.
Source: Singleton Argus 2 Jan 1948