BULLETIN 5 - from Winkie
Email received 17 July 2007
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Have started looking.
Below are 2 extracts from Booh, written by my Mother.
Presume that you have: -
1. Family of Donald and Eliza Mc Donald by Mercy Murray.
2 An Ancient Scottish Clan - The Fletchers of Glenorchy (sp) by M. F. P. Mason.
I have a 420mm x 640mm old, tatty, hand-written family tree, probably written +/- 1900; it starts 5 generations before 1587. These 5 generations do not have dates attached to them! Ends with the birth of my Dad, Kenneth.
I also have the breeding record of Zita Baillie (b 23/12/1909) and George Gray - I am not sure who Zita was, but I know certain family members were "ashamed" of her.
1. "Aunt Ida Fletcher told us this story:-
On her first birthday after she and Uncle Pat were married, she woke up to find no evidence of this having remembered her Birthday. She was so emotionally upset and full of resentment that she burst into a flood of tears. Feeling unwanted and neglected she decided to get up and when Uncle Pat came in for breakfast she would say nothing. Having dressed and put on her shoes and stockings (in those days all ladies, even farmer's wives wore stockings) she felt something uncomfortable in her shoe, which, to her everlasting humiliation turned out to be a five stone diamond ring."
2. "Aunt Ida wanted to wear her usual clothes to the Agricultural Reception.
Her family accused her of being obstinate, pig-headed, and stubborn.
Aunt Ida wore her dress and in the newspaper, was mentioned among the 'charming guests of honour.'
Aunt Ida and Uncle Pat were unfortunate in having a car accident. When returning home along a farm road the car 0ver-turned in the bed of a river. Dr. Standish-White rushed to Zimbele Farm from Bulawayo. Aunt Ida had broken her nose and was suffering from Severe shock. She must be kept very, very quiet. The injection he hoped would make her sleep for many hours.
Aunt Ida told me this part of the story. Repeatedly during the night, Uncle Pat gently touched her on the shoulder and said 'Ida, are you dead?'."
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[1. 2. Yes, there seem to be several copies of these, scattered around the clan. Some of them are already copied/extracted on various file on this site. It is pointed out elsewhere that rs Mason's book is now of limited importance as far as the SA branch of the clan is concerned, - but of course she did "get the ball rolling" even if she couldn't see much of it.
The hand written family tree sounds very interesting. I think it's most important that you should submit a copy of some sort to this archive. If it can be scanned in several sections it would be better than nothing, or if that might damage it maybe it could be photographed with a digital camera in one of more section. It cold also be photocopied in one or more sections. One immediately wonders: who wrote it out in 1900?/where might they have been when they copied it out/what was their source of information?/Also have you compared the information with that in Margaret ason?/remember Annie was in the UK just after the turn of the century.
Zita. I don't know why, but she seems to have always been of interest - in fact some of the first stuff on the website concerns her (See Bulletin 1). But I dont think there is any detail so far on her children. There is quite a bit on her (brought up by Annie) and her brother Cecil (brought up by Ida) scattered through the bulletin. Please send copies.scans etc of whatever you have.
1. The story of the diamonds is nice to have. It rings an extremely faint bell with me. Need to try and find who now has the ring.
2. Ida was certainly obstinate, pig-headed and stubborn. Young Hugh thought she was a Tartar. And Peter who idolised her and was her right hand in many ways, was often in rows with her over this or that, usually something to do with the garden. The blacks often hit the nail on the head when they name somebody. The called her Mbongolo. But I don't remember any silly or sharp edges to her, and she smiled about a lot of things.
I wish I had paid closer attention to the story of the car accident, both from Ida and from Peter. It is substantially as you give it above, except I had forgotten about Standish-White. The accident happened when they were driving through a bit of bush with long grass a short distance downstream of the old (1906) dipping tank but before the confluence of the two streams. The vehicle might have been a model A or an Overlander. The children nearly drowned. A maid who couldnt swim managed to get each one onto a sandbank where "she put us right way up and made us say our prayers". Either Ida or Pat were trapped in the vehicle, with their nose hardly out of the water. The other had a broken nose. It seems from your story it was Ida. She in that case was the one who stayed close to Pat, holding his head above water because he became too tired to do it himself, while Peter went off to find some boys and a span of oxen.
Both Pat and Ida were better with horses, donkeys or mules where driving was concerned. On one occasion in the car there was a disagreement over how it should be done, and one of them got out and walked home.
I spoke to Archie Standish-White's son Miles on the phone about six months ago. He was hanging on in the Chinhoyi area.
You earlier mentioned in your letter that you had a lot of Kenneth's letters written from South West Africa during WW1. I hope we can have copies of them. There are already a number of his letters in the Catalogue, and there are a lot more of his letters written from school in Eastbourne. I will probably extract information from them first, even kid's letters often fill out details, and at some stage copy the actual letters. Its just a matter of time. Ends. NF]