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LATE MR. \V. PETSCHI'iu.

By the death of Mr. Wilhelm -I'ets chel, which occurred nt his rc-.;:h:iice, youth Hamilton, Inst week, n'-utiicr link was broken in the chain i f a» fociations which binds the proient "enorntion to the early histiry of the Hamilton district. The late Mr. Petschel, who reached the ripe age of £3 years on the fourth of the present month, was horn in Neukirch, Sax ony. Germany, and was among the first German settlers in this district. He arrived at Adelaide in 184S, and, after,residing there for a short lime, came over to Portland with two of his brothers and several oth-ir fami lies. The late Mr. Petschel to^< a situation as grocjn 'at the Hey wood hotel, thtn kept by Mr. Bilston, ar.d in later years he delighted ill rciat in- his experiences of those (iv/s and fhe roueh trips he used to n.vo to Portland over the terrible io..ds. A'b'6ut the year 1851 he heard of symv cood land to l,c sold at the Orange, iie Hamilton was called at that nm»,

so he and Mr. Michael Heutsciiftr, ! '-rnrtdfatiier of the Mes'=rs. Deuf.j:hjr, of the local foundry, rode up to iinnectl I it. and were pleas-antly surprised to

see the beautiful country and spl'jnd'.d blac'; soil near the Grange CrceS. At the land sale'subsequently Mr. j'jeut Bchfir secured a Mock for liim, and though he had to pay a high price for it, he considered it the happiest day of his life whan he had a place to call his own. in 1S5G he mar ried,'and in l'JOi, the Couple celebra ted their golaen wedding. The -fa mily consisted cf one son and one daughter, the former now occupying the t. l<oc< of land first selected )>y his father. The late Mr. Petschel was one of the founders of the Lu tlitrnn church, South Hamilton, in which he held the- position of elder Up to tlio time of liio- death. He was , nlso a 'lay reader, and often conduc

ted service in the absence of the mi

nister. He a'lso held; thu position of treasurer for many years. Mr. Petschel, who was highly respected for his many sterling qualities and straightforwardness in all dealings, enjoyed very good health until the last few years, when his heart be en me a/Tectwl. A severe attack of bronchitis, from which his medical adviser, l)r, Dennett, held out 110 hopes of recoverv, resulted in his death on the 30th inst. He passed away . peacefully, and his funernl was one of the largest seen for some t:me, friends from Dimboo'la, Mur toa, and other pluces coming to pay the last tribute of respect to nn old pioneer.

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