John Simco Warren
John Simco Warren was born in England in 1869. He was a chemist who worked in Bulawayo. In 1907, he married Frances ‘Fanny’ Garrod.
Garrod had arrived with her first first husband, John Knox, from Port Elizabeth by ox wagon. She was a qualified nurse and was in the Bulawayo laager during the ’96 rebellion. In 1907, many years after the death of Mr Knox, she married Warren.
He died of heart failure on 27th March, 1929.
A Strickland & Co
Arthur Newby Wetherall Strickland was born in Greytown, Natal in 1866. He married the eldest daughter of the Meikle family, Jeannie Valance Graham Meikle (b.1864).
In 1892, the three Meikle brothers left Natal for the Mashonaland goldfields with five loads of general merchandise and three loads of liquor. In the same year they bought Marshlands Farm at Charter and constructed a Hotel and Store which Arthur Strickland would run.
Arthur established A Strickland & Co as a General Dealer. Arthur and his wife later moved to N’odzi, Penhalonga, where Arthur was listed as a farmer. On 12th January, 1928 while at Premier Butchers in Umtali, Arthur suffered from a cardiac arrest and died.
Mrs Strickland’s died in 1957.
C Clarkson was a cycle and motor agent in Que Que. He was the sole agent for the Sanspareil bicycles.
Scotch Stores in Bulawayo was run by William Archibald McCalman (b.1869, Scotland). McCalman was a wholesale and retail grocer and a wine and spirit merchant.
Scotch Stores incorporated the liquor business of The Bechuanaland Trading Association Ltd (BTA). BTA operated a large scale enterprise with interests outside Bechuanaland and was linked to the British South Africa Company in Southern and North-Western Rhodesia.
He died 13th November, 1924 of influenza.