MR. HENRY HIGHT.
The death occurred on Wednes- I day last, at his residence, St Albans street, Christchurch, of Mr Henry Hight, late of Brookside, and a very old resident of Canterbury The late Mr Hight was born in .Broughton, Nonhhampton-hire, Edgiand, in 1836, and passed his early years on his father's and uncle's farms. When 27 years of age, he came out to New Zealand in 1863 ln tne ship Lancashire Witch, and was for the first few years rf his re.idence in Canterbury head gardener for Mr Watts Russell a- Ham, and f r 'he late Mr Hemy L-u-ce In 1874, he took up 184 acres of I. ud an B wokside. The land was then a;l covered with flax and raupo, and could not be reached with a horse on account of its swampy nature and the I prevalence of pine stumps. Mr Hight, however, succeeded in making Crystal Fountain Farm a welldrained and well cultivated property, with a good homestead, garden, orchard and plantations The outbuildings on the farm included sheds If n l-nn??. Mr Hight's splendid herd of Shorthorn cattle, which he estab - lished in 1878, when he purchased from Mr Dudley some cows descended from his champion bull Conrad (271 C.H.B ). None but purebred bulls were used in the herd, and Mr Hight had in turn the son of Alfonso I , imported by the late Mr John Grigg, and a son of Alvie's Hero, which was succeeded by Jupiter, bred by Mr William Watson. Mr Hight also included amorgst his sires Duke of Borchfelt (by Khedi* c by Oxford's Roan Duke), aijd Russell's Biigh, bred by the late Mr T_t TV--.-.- /» ,C~\ A/T- T_l:_Ui
John Deans (1469). Mr H'ght was also very successful as a breeder of Shorthorns of the milking strain, and on several occasions, with a Shorthorn against all other breeds, took first prize for a cow giving the greatest weight of butter fat. He took huudreds of prizes for his stock at Christchurch, Leeston, Ashburton, Timaru, Dunedia and other agricultural/sbnws. Mr Hight was married in 1858, to Miss Mee. He leaves a widow, six daughters, and
four sons, 39 grand-children, and six great-grandchildren. He was one of the founders of St Luke's Church at Brookside, which under his will benefits to the extent of £100.
Amongst the old residents of the Elle?mere district who attended the iate Mr Hight1* funeral were the following:—Messrs W, D. Lawrence, Charles Withell, A. Chamberlain, D. Cant, T. Dixon, W. B Cunningham, I. Mawson, W. Hibbard, T. Brooke G. Frampton, F. G. Frampton, jun., I, Crossman, H. Stephens, T. Durant, Fred FcarapIton, J, Watson, Joa, W&t§(Jß, T»
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