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PERSONAL

Mr J. S. S ; torey has been reap.pointed by ilio Government a rneniber of tJie Mnrlborough Jiand Board.

Mr L. W. De La, Mare, of the advertising staff of the Lyttelton Times, Christchurch, is on a sliort visit to Blenheim.

Tl-e Nelson Colonist states thai "Mr Philip Best, of Appleby, one of the best-known settlers' in the Waimeas and a member of several local bodies, is at present rather seriously ill.

Mr H. D. Vavasour, who has been re elected a member of the council or the NZ. Sheephreedors' Association CSourJi Island), was amongst those present afc the annual meeting of the Association in Christchurch on Wednesday.

At a meeting of the New Zealand University Senate, held in Wellington, the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery were conferred on James Alfred Jenkins, of Obajjo University. Dr Jenkins is the son of Mr R. W. Jenkins, of "Blenheim;, and is an ex-pupil of the MarJb-rouorh High School. He enlisted for' active service on the outbreak of Var,, but, with other medical students, w:i? preventi'C! by the authorities from proceeding to the' front.

Ax, the conclusion of die special meeting of the Land Board yesterday, the members took the opportunity of saying farewell nlficially to Mr H. G. Price .(Commissioner of Crown Lands), who rotirys from the Public Service on tho 31st inst., and presented mm with a silver-mounted unibi'iiJla' as a mark, of their esteem and appreciation. Mr A. Mackay, in a happy resume of Mr Price's oooupancv of the chairmanship, of the Board, complimented him on the ability with which he had carried out the duties.of the position, and.on his unfailihi' interest in the welfare of the seKlers. Messrs., Fulton and Storey fully endorsed th.3 .einarks of Mr Mackay.. The memboi-s U'?grettte& Mr Price's departure, nnd they all hoptxl tiJat the, health of Mrs Price would improve, and that •hey would be Ion,? spared to etijoy their wellearned retirement. Mr Price suitably replied, and thanked, the members fut their co-operation in the transaction of the Board's business. This co-operation .»nd the desire of the members to deal sympathetically and losily as between i lie State and the settlers had mado i.ifc duty light, and he would always 'ook back^ with pleasure to his association with the members of the Lan-.i Bou^d-

The death took place in England: recently of Mrs Helen BomfoVd, widow of the late Mr Benjamin Bomvcrd, of Great Alrie Manor, in her 81st y,ear. Mrs Bomford was the daughter of the late Mr Benjamin Bomford, of Ipsloy Lodge, and was born at Chapel Oak, 'Pit-chill, in 18c>7. When she was 25 years of age she was married ; to Mi; Benjamin Bomford, of Great Aluo Alraior. In her yt'Uiiger days she lived an active life," and' has been through experiences which seldom fall, to the lot of ordinary mortals. The fir.*fc ten years of her married life were spent in New Zealand, the outward*-oyage taking six months. Returning to England with her .husband and children ten yenrs later, they 4vef3 siiipwrecked on the coast of So'ith A"aiorica, and Mrs Bomford' was landed jit Valparaiso in sailor's clothes, all personal W'longings hayiug f \one down with the ship. Thj-late' Mrs ■Bomford's husband was very .successful in, business in New Zeaiaad, and prae-, tically laid out the si to ;.f the township of Blenheim. Thb family had left New Zealanl 3>:peocing to return, but the rou>,h- journey, home so up so D Mrs Bomfoal that tl^y decided to reiriaih' In EnglandDecea<i3.:Vs husband the.i started in business as a farmer ;md woolstaplsr at Great Alri-j, he died at the comparatively early age of fbrty-eifl.t. Mrs Bo'nford then went to liv 3 r«t Worcester, and lived the remainder "of-her-life at-'that city- and Eveshkm: " She : wis «x staunch adherent of the, Baptist Church, first at D.unninsrtoh, and fator at "Worcester- £iidrEveshara, ~and. for -many years was a regularr attoti^aht. She wu-i a good friend to ,yary.'many-people.-f specially-t-o "oid people who found themselves in 'lumble. circumptances,' and her death will be sincerely mourned by :i lueat. num.Ver. The deceased Indy leaves two children, one son and a daughter', namel-r, Mr O. H. Bo .tj ford, of Eviisham. and Mrs ~W. Stokes, of Broad Camprlen.

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PERSONAL Marlborough Express, Volume LI, Issue 71, 24 March 1917

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