On the sudden death of his Father, Harry returned to “Cragieburn” from Porangahau where he had been working. He married Jean Orr two years later. My sister Judith was born just days after the 1931 Earthquake. I arrived four years later! The old Olrig shed that had been used for years as a woolshed fell down in 1944 and a new one was built. After I left school I worked on the farm with my Parents.
Harry and Jean retired to Havelock North in the early 1960’s and I took over the property.
In 1958 I married Jill Klingender; we raised a family Paul, Graeme and Pip and spent 36 happy years at “Cragieburn” many improvements were done, a bridge built over the Mangatahi Stream opened up the access to the main part of the property, fences were replaced, subdivision of the farm continued and new pasture was sown.
Paul and Graeme both worked on the farm with me, till they moved to follow their own interests.
In 1992 we sold “Cragieburn” and moved to Havelock North, Jill died a few years later.
Fred, Harry and I owned “Cragieburn” for 85 years in succession before I retired.
Bob…your family out-lasted us!
One Hundred years – Congratulations.
My thanks to Bob, Joyce, David and their families for arranging this occasion giving us an opportunity to reminisce about the 100 years since our ancestor’s “marbles” proved lucky in 1907.
G. Campbell Jackson
100 years to 2007