A. M. EDMONDS . - MISSING - BODY FOUND
edmondsallan - hi everyone . The title of this journal , is what happened to Arthur Milson Edmonds , husband of Ada Ellen ( nee cross ) As already mentioned , this Arthur- my Grandad - was a Registered surveyor , after being an apprentice to his father in-law , an english architect /surveyor . Arthur was born in 1870 - married Ada in 1889-and died in 1906 - age 36. Within that time they 5 children . We have a story to tell , which just goes to show us how much we are intergrated with the northland area .and assists us to bring both halves of the Edmonds Family together .
Arthur was surveying the Kaikohe to Rawena Rd , being up graded & widened , this 70 kilometeres now known as highway 12. He had been working there for a very long period , in stormy atrocious weather . His workmates noticed one day that he wasn't there . In fact when they started asking around he hadn't been seen for at least 3 days . A search was organized , first their camp , no sign . The cook said he was pretty crook with the flu and coughing heavily . They widened their search & found Arthur lying face down , just past the Waima valley stream, dead . The Autopsy said he died of pneumonia . It appeared that even tho he was seriously ill , he went to work as usual . To not notice he was their among them ,was not uncommon as the surveyor often went ahead along way , some time, days , to try and find the best way for the road to go .The deceased was placed in a coffin and sent by sea , down the west coast, thro the Manakau harbour to the Onehunga wharves , where Ada, who had been told of his death was waiting .The deceased was transfered to the morgue at the " Waikaraka Cemetry " and then buried there at the same place . When " Ada Ellen Edmonds" my grandma, Died in 1947 - 41 years later -aged ( 76 ) she was buried along side her beloved husband - Arthur Milsom Edmonds - Can you imagine the task she set out to achieve . - their was no Social welfare in those days , Her whole life must have been a real struggle to rear her family and make ends meet.and still loved her husband to the very end . At the age of ( 70 ) when my father was in trouble , without hesitatation , she just moved in & reared us three . the children of her eldest son . Besides all the little things I can remember about her , now I have lived for quite awhile , & like all of us have experienced ,some of life's real problems , I can only admire & say " Grandma -- you really were one great woman ,and showed all of us " Edmonds " how to keep on going,when the going gets tough - -- Hope this uplifts somebody - regards - edmondsallan