Today in history: Elderly man, woman pass away

ON THIS day (January 11) in Gladstone history: 


The death occurred at the Gladstone District Hospital of John Henry Fry who was born in Gladstone 69 years ago. He spent practically the whole of his life in the district, and took a keen interest in its development.

He married Rachael Abigail Rice, and there was one child of the marriage, a son, who predeceased him 30 years ago.

Mr Fry had been employed by the Gladstone Town Council for many years, and at the time of his death was an employee of Swifts Pty Ltd.

He was a prominent member of MUIOOF and an ardent worker for the Methodist Church.

He is survived by his widow, two brothers, Charles and Arthur, two sisters, Priscilla (Mrs Bauer, Yangan), Fanny (Mrs WR Golding).

Four sisters, Bessie, Nellie, Sarah and Maggie predeceased him.


One of Gladstone's oldest residents in the person of Mrs Elizabeth Alice Walters passed peacefully away on January 10 after a short illness.

A native of the district, the late Mrs Walters was born at Calliope 85 years ago and was a daughter of Mr and Mrs Gardner who were early settlers in the Calliope district.

She spent the whole of her life in Gladstone and district and in 1895 married Mr Joseph Wallace Walters at the Presbyterian Church.

Possessing a kindly and generous nature, she endeared herself to a large circle of friends who will deeply mourn her passing.

She is survived by her husband, five daughters, Bertha (Mrs D Groundwater), Sylvia (Mrs Pender), Gladys (Mrs C Thiele,) Melba (Mrs Webb, London), Verna (Mrs J E Bartholomew) and two sons Aubrey (Julia Creek) and Darcy (Gladstone), also 23 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

One daughter, Nita, predeceased her.