Adventurous motorists at Paradise

An old landmark: The White Horse Hotel, Milton, which has been sold to a Dunedin syndicate. It is...
An old landmark: The White Horse Hotel, Milton, which has been sold to a Dunedin syndicate. It is built of Scotch iron, of which it is reckoned there will be about 60 tons. The hotel was well known in the coaching days. It was run by the late Mr R. Capstick, then by Mr and Mrs Langley and finally by Mr F. Bastings. — Otago Witness, 27.1.1920.
The residents of Paradise were to-day startled by the unusual sound of a motor car (telegraphed a correspondent yesterday). 

A party consisting of Mr A. Hume (driver), Mrs Hume, Mr M’Laren (Timaru), and Mr Claude Young (Glenorchy) left Glenorchy at 10 a.m. and arrived at Mr D. Aitken’s residence before 11.  The dreaded Rees River and Earnshaw Creek were only a joke to the five-seater Ford, and a horse taken by Mr D. Downey in case of emergency was not required.  Photos of the adventurous party in mid-river and passing through Heaven’s Gate were taken.

New Oval pavilion

The new pavilion which has been erected on the Oval is built of reinforced concrete with hollow walls, and it has a red tile roof, giving it a very attractive appearance.  It contains three large rooms fitted up with dressing accommodations, and at the back conveniences are situated, including shower baths and hand basins.  Along the front is a verandah.  The building is subdivided and compact, and it should be found thoroughly suitable for its requirements.  The old tin shed, which has done service in the past, will be handed over to the ladies after it has undergone certain alterations and repairs.  Towards defraying the cost of the new pavilion the sum of £100 was handed over to the City Corporation by the committee, which arranged a sports gala and entertainments in aid of the project.

White Horse Hotel for demolition

Since the advent of no-license into the Bruce electorate, the old White Horse Hotel at Milton has fallen upon evil days, and the last stage in its career is now taking place.  The surplus furniture was sold by auction last Saturday afternoon, and a start made on Monday morning with the demolition of the stable and corrugated iron hotel, the buildings and contents having been purchased by a Dunedin syndicate.  This well-known hostelry was erected in 1861, during the gold rushes, and will be remembered by many old-timers throughout the dominion.  It served as the stopping place at Milton in the early coaching days of Otago.

Fiftieth grandchild arrives

A farmer who was attending the recent dairying conference in Auckland received a wire announcing the birth of his fiftieth grandchild.  "I was 68 years of ago on Christmas Day," he said. "I came to New Zealand in October, 1879, with a wife and young family, and reared 10 children, all of whom are doing well.  Now I find that I have 50 grandchildren, and yet people talk about the decline in the birth-rate."

 — ODT, 21.1.1920.

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