JOHN CARTLEDGE BOTHAM:
The worthy life of an' old settler* i* the person of 2lr John Cartledge. Botham, of Tua Marina, came to ait ohd last *»v r<?nin^• *^he H few***!,,^ who* had attained the a.ge ol * y^ars, parsed aiv*ay at hi^ residenoe, having lotained his faculties up la the last.) He was born at-StoCkford, Cheshire, and came out to New .Zealand with. his wife some 55 years ago. J/andiiJg at Dunedin, he proceeded to Nelson,, and conducted a blacksmith'o business at Stoke for a few months. Subsequently he entef<Mi the employment of Mr Gforrie, at Nelaori, and comain* ed with that settler for a number ofl years. ,Gaming on to the \Vairau heengaged with his brother, tho tete Mri Henry Botham, in a ' blacksmith/a--business in Grove Road i'or several! years, after pursuing his trade aiiDalton's sawmill, Koromiko. WlSfefin Blenheim the deceased devoted ai portion of his tiilie to the dfevelop-t ment of land he kad acquired at Tua) Marina, and later on.hG made hia ' " home on this farm". Tliere he Jia^f lived ever since, enjoying the general esteem that is due to a man of up«\ right principles and personal worthy His residence in the Wairau extended to close on half a century., Hiawife predeceased him by. sortie eighfl ' years. Two sons—Charles .. raiWP George, both of Tua Marina—hold hiamemory in respect and three daughters survive him—Mrs Fred . Smith} Jcr., arid the two Misses 'Botham* Mrs Charles White, who died recently, was his eldest daughter. He, loaves! eighteen grandchildren. For several years the late Mr Botham . was al member of the Pukaka River Boards He was a staunch and.'practical adherent of the Metfcodiajjb Church, andf instituted and can-Jed !'6n for a considerable time the We.sleyan Sundayschool at Tua.JMarina.'""