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Appreciation: SHORT, Samuel Henry

"The Late Sam SHORT"
By Mrs. E. O. CLARK, Lower Southgate.

Only once in a lifetime have we had before us, the example of such a life, as that led by the late Mr. S. H. Short. While I know wide tribute has already been paid to him I feel that I must add even at this late stage some words of appreciation of one who is so dear to us.

He was a most successful farmer and an inspiration to the younger generation. As a lover of good stock and breeder, he exhibited many champion draught mares at the Grafton show.

He found time to help others and his advice was freely given. He was a tower of strength in times of flood and his home was an open house for flood victims.

It seems as if the whole district came under his care at this time. His phone was busy advising neighbours about getting cattle away and offering refuge and milking facilities for them.

In his own industry he was a staunch Co-operative man and his work as a director of his own factory was known to all. In the ballots for the C.P. and A. Society he topped the poll many times.

His foresight and organisation were two remarkable attributes of his character. This made him see that the local flood boat was kept in repair during the past 40 years.

As secretary of the Trust for the Flood Reserve and Recreation Ground, he also saw that the fences were kept in perfect order.

His books and records for the local P. and C. for 30 years and as secretary for the Flood Reserve for 30 years were a credit to him.

His loyalty to the school never failed. Every new teacher who arrived was welcomed by him, given a load of wood of perhaps a cow to milk.

At school picnics, Mr. Short and the boys always mowed the grass to make things comfortable for everyone. The many successful picnics held there were due greatly to his organisation.

He didn't live for himself. It seemed as if his presence were an inspiration and his regular visits to his neighbours always left behind a feeling of pleasure. His cheerfulness and quiet enjoyment of humour endeared him to all his friends.

The friendships of his late wife and himself were retained through the years and will leave a memory that will be with us for all time. Their hospitality, generosity, solicitude for the sick and individual help are known only to recipients. Every heart will endorse these sentiments.

With this great heritage, I know the family will carry on as he would have done, and make the name still more honoured and revered.

Truly, he was one of nature?s gentlemen, and has left behind, "his footsteps on the sands of time."

Reprinted from The Daily Examiner, Grafton, issue dated Friday August 22, 1952. Ref. D167


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