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• DEATH OF DIGBY PIONEER.
MR. MiVITHBW T0WN8END.
(From Cur Own Curncspondcut.}
I)I(1BY. Krirtav. !
'Ilit) dentil of Mr. Matthew Town- ■ send removes one ol the few remain
ma iinns binding the present genera- j tiMi to blie early days of this dis- j triet. The deceased gentleman, who ; was liorn at Kirtliiig, Cambridge- j shire, i'Jnglawl, in .1832, landed in Australia at Adelaide in 1S57, and shortly afterwards removed to Digtoy. liare, in 1865, toe lonteral into ibusi ness as a storekeeper, 'which, busi ness he conducted for 43 years. For ■10 years he also acted as postmaster at Digdiy—a position previously held by the late Archdeacon Mercer nrior to his emtering the church. The late Mr. To-wnsend hud many interesting reminiscences of the pre-railwaydavs. when Digby was a live business con tra. Thon four-in-hand coaches fro:n Oasterton and wool-waggons and genera! heavy tratlic from a wide stretch of country extending to the. Western \V iniii.era, passed through Lngby on tlvc-ir way to and from Portland, The deceased distinctly re membered tin: poet Adam biivdsay Ciordon, and Mrs. Gordon, calling ai, Ins store to make a purchase uu New Year's Day, 18til). Mr. Alattnew Townsond was widely respected foi his uprightness of character, hospii.
ulity and charitable disposition. In J'JO.s, Mr. Townsend, having sold out his business to Mr. J. P. Dwyer, re tired to spend his remaining years In Portland, ivhesc, at bis residence in .Iul>ia-street, he passed away on Fri day, Itb inst., at t-tie ripe age of 85 vears. The deceased leaves a_ widow, to whom ho was married l>y the late l)r. Russell, at St. John's church, Digby, SI years ago. Tilts funeral took place on Saturdjiy to the l>ig>by cemetery, starting from St. .Men's church, tu. which place (he remains hail 'been removed from Portland. The cortege was a very lengthy one. and the representative concourse of mourners indicated Ule hi:rh I'sleem in which the late Mr. Townsond was held. The Veil. Arch deacon Harris was the o'ticiating clerrvniRn. The coffin-bearers were members o! the A.O.F. Court Perse verance. of which the deceased was one of tlio- oldest members. The mor tuary arrangements were carried out tv Mr. Jarrett, of Portland.