Myrtle Louise Aeschliman
(1893 – 1988)
Myrtle (Mary) Louise Patterson was the daughter of George W. and Electa Ellen (Shaner) Patterson, born in Illinois in January 1893. Prior to 1921, Mrs. Patterson moved to Peking (Beijing) China where she taught school for American children. There she met and married Rev. Edward J. Aeschliman.
The Aeschliman’s remained in China until 1950 when they returned to the US due to the advance of communist forces. After two years furlough in the US, they transferred to the Methodist Episcopal Church’s mission at Old Umtali (Old Mutare), Southern Rhodesia. As of 1958, they were at Umtali (Mutare), where Mrs. Aeschliman was supervisor of the Methodist “junior church.”
She died October 1988 (age 95) and is buried in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Edward John Aeschliman
Edward J. Aeschliman was born January 1893 in Rib Lake, Wisconsin to John and Martha (Luethy) Aeschliman. He was educated at Lawrence College, Appleton, Wisconsin, Rochester Theological Seminary and Garrett Biblical Institute, and ordained in 1915. He spent two years as the assistant pastor of the Ashbury Methodist Church in Rochester, NY. In 1919, Rev. Aeschliman went to China as a missionary stationed at Peking and later Tienstsin. While in China, he met and married Myrle L. Patterson in 1921.
The Aeschliman’s left China in 1950 with the advance of communist forces. After two years furlough in the US, he transferred to the Methodist Episcopal Church’s mission at Old Umtali (Old Mutare), Southern Rhodesia, serving as Director of the Theological Seminary.
Rev. Aeschliman died January 1960 in Southern Rhodesia at the age of 66.
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Arthur Merlin Climenhaga
Arthur Merlin Climenhaga was born to Rev. John and Emma (Smith) Climenhaga in February 1916. His grandfather was founder of Messiah College, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor of Sacred Literature Beulah (later Upland) College 1936, his M.A. from Taylor University in 1938. In the same year he married Arlene Brubaker.
In 1944 he earned his Doctorate of Sacred Theology from Los Angeles Baptist Theological Seminary and in the following year he and his wife served as missionaries in the Rhodesias until 1960, where Rev. Climenhaga was Secretary of the Southern Rhodesia Missionary Conference, 1948-50, General Superintendent of Field Mission, and later Bishop of the Brethren in Christ in Northern and Southern Rhodesia.
Upon their return to the United States, Bishop Climenhaga held a number of posts, including President of Messiah College, Executive Director of the National Association of Evangelicals and Dean of the Western Evangelical Seminary, Portland, Oregon.
His first wife died 1968. He married his second wife, Lona Sue Brubaker, in 1969. Bishop Climenhaga died April, 2005.
Chaplin High School
Seven children reported for school in October 1902 when the school was first started. At that time, it was called the Trinity Church School as the building was in the Trinity Church of Gwelo. The first headmaster was Mr Watkinson while Miss Coates-Palgrave was the Assistant to the headmaster. The following January, 16 children moved to the current school grounds.
In 1909, Mr A McDonald was appointed as the headmaster of the school which had been renamed the Gwelo Public School. He continued as the headmaster of the school until 1927 when he retired.
In 1911, the government built a schoolhouse which was the first school hostel in the country. This schoolhouse was later renamed Duthie House after being opened by Mr George Duthie FRSE. By 1914, the first school magazine was printed.
In 1923, the first girls hostel Maitland House was opened by Sir Drummond Chaplin and the school was renamed Chaplin. In 1928, Coghlan House was opened with Lenfesty being opened in 1950. In 1937, the seniors and the juniors were separated, which was the start of Cecil John Rhodes Primary School.
On 7 July 1953, The Queens Gate was opened by The Queen Mother as part of the 1953 Royal Tour.
Central African Airways
1956 – First Flight of Vickers Viscount
On April 25th, 1956, Central African Airways took delivery of its first Vickers Viscount aircraft, YP-YNA “Malvern”. It entered service on My 28th, 1956, completing a flight from Salisbury to Ndola. Five letters were carried on the service.
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Airways Letter Service
On 1st April, 1955, Central African Airways introduced the Airways Letter Service. The service ran between Bulawayo and Salisbury.
Letters were accepted up to 30mins at Airports – or 90mins at Town Terminals – prior to the aircraft scheduled departure time. Letters were to bear stamps of the Federation of Rhodesia & Nyasaland to the value of normal postage and the Airways Letter stamps available at the airport/terminal.
The Airways Letter surcharge rate was:
- 6d – weight not exceeding 2oz
- 1s – over 2oz but not exceeding 4oz.
Letters over 4oz were not accepted.
By 1959 Lusaka, Ndola, Livingstone and Blantyre were added to the service. In 1960 the 2oz letter rate was increased to 1s (or part thereof). By 1961, Fort Jameson, Lilongwe, Kariba and Mongu had also been added to the service.
On 1st August, 1963, CAA introduced an improved service which included:
- Three specially printed covers that were available free of charge to customers
- Telephone advice to addressees of mail delivery (excluding where it required a trunk call).
The rate was increased to 3/6d.
Airways Letter Stamps
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