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OBITUARY.

:■'■ ■ ■ ■ ■ -♦-—— . .'■ , -■. -v> ■' ■ . .. MR. CHARLES CURTIS. * Mr. Charles 6^*i iCu*fc4i*d jttterday morning after a long illness. The deceased was the third son of the late.;Mr. George Curtis; who at one time was a very prominent figure laranaki commercial and political life s having been, a pioneer storekeeper at °.mataa£4 .a member .of the olcT Pro♦'mW* ,Ourtiß and ■■■•1"8 ' brothers themselves in business on the.banks of the Patea rirer in the new township of Stratford. Their first stored a temporary structure/was «et: up be-' fore the whole of the township was cleared and-W. they laid the foundations of what was to become the leading business in that large district The constructionof |he through Stratford and the opening up of the country w^tand^east of t|e mw town! ship caused the business to attain very large proportions, and Mr. Charles Uurtis took the most active part in it Ihey were very strenuous times, and his exertions^over a long series of years probably undermined his constitution, for he was not only a very hard worker' but also m his younger, days a fine athlete, and later an enthusiastic mountaineer, having with two or three triends spent much of his'spare time in «xplormg the eastern slope's of Mount Lgmont and cutting th^ original track up that side. In his later years he was i an eqiially ardent bowler, and one of the pioneers: of the Stratford Bowling Club. While a resident of; Stratford he took an active interest in all moyements for the adyanoemerit'of the town antf^strie*: So^ lord ; sold, and ?Mr/Curtis came to ieside in New Plymouth, where ne had lived ever since, except for occasional long visits to the Bay of Islands, where Fe indulged ■ his love for boating. His, health for a Jong time had been very_ indifferent. JBe leayes a widow, one daughter, Mrs. A. M , MacDiarmid, and one son, Mr. Harry Curtis, now resident in Australia — ; Herald: '- ■/■,■ . " ■- -: ..... ' Of four boys in the Curtis family | (George, Charles, Herbert and Oswal*). , Mr. George Curtis; of Stratford, is. the Lonly one surviving, he being the eldest

HON. C. H. MILLS.

- In a notice on the death of the Hon |O. H. Mills the Eltham Argus saysM^e was bofttnirNev Zealand .'in 1844, educated in public schools, Wellington, and was for four years a pupil teacher at Te Aroha school. . He was^of •an adventurous' disposition, and for some years followed, mining and nautical pursuits. He^took- ah active part in local government, having held positions in road boards and town hoards, and ,was a member of the Marlborough Provincial Council in 1874, Remaining on that body until the provinces were abolished. He was afterwards a1 member of the Marlborough Land Board, JMueation Board, Hospital and Chafitt - -,o^ d, Board ' d County Council. In 1890 he was elected to the House ,ot -Representatives as ■member for Wai-mea-Picton. He was senior Government••■Whip for eight years, and in 1900 joined the Seddon Ministry as Minister for Customs^ arid at different > times held various portfolios. He was for seven years a member"-" of the ■ Legislative Council. Personally-te .was exceedingly popular. He had: a happy knack of making himself agreeable1 to most people, a free: and easy, sailor-like ..-?nanner..,that.'-m«de-:Jiirii'-:€asily-*p'prba^h-able. He' !abon>ed prodigiously 6n .feehalf ;6f I^ujs Chemist a man who w^s convicted of- murder :; in ;- Wellington. , Mr. Mi 11s was convinced that Chefhis was innocent; and eventually succeeded m obtaining a commutation of his sentence, Chemis being eventually released. The late Mr. Mills was'of a j sunny, cheerful, arid kind-hearted dis--1 position, >nd made many friends ; He ' had for some years been in popr health, f and his death was riot entirely unex^ ! "peoted; nevertheless general sympathy ■wiirbe. fe]t for Mrs. JVfiUs, 'who is ■ much hked Jy all who know her, and all her family," ... •. ':■ •-<

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OBITUARY., Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume XLII, Issue XLII, 5 April 1923

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OBITUARY. Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume XLII, Issue XLII, 5 April 1923

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