Granny Bland

The baby in the feature picture is Mary Caskie, daughter of Alexander Caskie and Mary Craig. Her father Alexander Caskie became mayor of Harrismith. She married JFA Bland II and gave birth to JFA III. Frank (JFA III) Bland married Annie Watson Bain, daughter of Stewart Bain, mayor of Harrismith. So much of mayors, yourContinue reading “Granny Bland”

Frank’s Death at 9 Stuart Street

‘Mom! Dad’s in pain,’ said Mary, out of breath. She’d run up to the Caltex garage in Warden Street. Annie drove her back and took her husband Frank Bland to Frank Reitz, his friend, rugby team-mate and physician/surgeon. Gallstones, a gallbladder op needed, was the verdict. Mom was fifteen, ‘about to write my JC‘ –Continue reading “Frank’s Death at 9 Stuart Street”

Many Marys

Sheila gave us the breakdown: Mary Craig married Alex Caskie; they had a daughter Mary Caskie, who married John Francis Adam Bland; their eldest son was Frank, who married Annie Watson Bain; their second daughter was Mary Frances, who married PG Swanepoel; their eldest daughter was Barbara Mary, who married Jeff Tarr; their eldest daughterContinue reading “Many Marys”