Samuel Clover Turner was one of the early pioneer photographers in Rhodesia, having arrived in Bulawayo in 1897. Very little is known of his early life other than he was from Lancashire, England and was born about 1866.
By profession, he was a picture framer which, we can only assume, led to his interest in photography. In any event, he had with him a camera on his arrival in Bulawayo and set up in business as a photographer.
Lobengula’s Youngest Daughter. Original Photo.
For the next forty four years he earned his living as a photographer and making / repairing picture frames – never once taking a holiday. On 9 July 1941, Turner died at his rented residence (a shop at 72 Abercorn Street, Bulawayo) at the age of 75 years. As he never married, the residue of his estate passed to his sister in England.
It is not known for certain if Turner published his own picture postcards but photographic images used on two types of anonymously published postcards (circa 1905) can be, in part, attributed to him. However, it is known that he supplied photographs to Percy Clark at Victoria Falls who published a series of postcards using those images. It would also appear that Turner supplied his photographs to other postcard publishers both in Rhodesia and South Africa but those can only be identified for certain from those cards which show Turner’s imprint.
Ernest Henry ‘Tich’ Attwood was born in Birmingham, 6 Mar 1899. He joined the RFC in 1917 and saw active service in Egypt and then became a training instructor at No 5 RAF Flying School in Sealand, Cheshire. He joined Imperial Airways in November 1926.
Captain Attwood flew the 1931 Christmas mail from London to Cape Town via Rhodesia.
He was killed in November 1938, when piloting Empire Flying Boat G-AETW ‘Calpurnia’ which hit bad weather, and crashed and sank in Lake Ramadi, 15 miles short of the Imperial Airways base at Habbaniyah. Four of the crew of six were killed; there were no passengers.
Burnice “Bunni” E. Stetson was born to James Harold and Auda Rollins Young on January 11, 1924 in Windsor Twp., MN. She grew up in Newaygo, MI and after high school she took stenographic training in Grand Rapids, MI.
She served in the Navy as a WAVE from 1944 to 1946. Bunni graduated from Adrian College in Adrian, MI with a BA Degree in 1949 using the GI Bill. On August 26, 1949 she married Kirk Stetson who entered medical school in Rochester, NY a month later. During this time, she earned her diploma in Practical Nursing and then went to work to help support Kirk through medical school and residency.
Following Kirk’s graduation, the couple departed for Africa as medical missionaries at Mt. Silinda Mission Station in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). They served there from 1956 to 1973 interrupted by two furloughs back to America. Two children went with them to Africa: Charlinda Sherry (1952) and Eric Richmond (1954). A third child, Lorrin Paul, was born to them in Africa in 1957.
After they returned permanently from Africa in 1973, they settled in Flagstaff, AZ where Bunni earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling at Northern Arizona University. She set up a Christian counseling service in Marriage and the Family. In 1992 they moved to Cottonwood where Bunni was a member of Verde Baptist Church.
Kirk R Stetson was born September 26, 1925 in Rochester, New York, where his father Paul was an engineer at Kodak and mother Lois looked after the family. He grew up involved in Soap Box Derby racing, Boy Scouts (Eagle Scout) and church life.
He became an engineering student in 1943, was in the Naval ROTC, graduated in 1945 and was commissioned in the Navy where he served in the Pacific until 1946. At this time Kirk met the love of his life and future wife of 63 years, Burnice Stetson.
Kirk taught mathmatics from 1946 to 1948 at Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey. During this time he became interested in medicine. In 1949 Kirk and Bunni were married and he entered the University of Rochester Medical School, graduating in1953. Daughter Charlinda was born in 1952 and sons Eric in 1954 and Lorrin in 1957.
After internship Kirk and Bunni signed up to serve on a mission station in Rhodesia, Africa, where he ran the hospital at Mt. Selinda from 1956 to 1973. During this time he positively affected the lives of thousands of Africans, both physically and spititually. They are lovingly remembered by these people to this day.
After returning to the USA in 1973, Kirk set up a medical practice in Flagstaff, AZ, where they lived until retiring to Cottonwood, AZ in 1992. In retirement, serving others remained his life’s work and they returned to Africa for two years. Kirk worked with Indian Health Services in Arizona, and in Cottonwood at the free clinic at Old Town Mission.
After letting his medical license go, he joined Gideon Bibles and Habitat for Humanity until he fully retired in 2004. Life remained busy and full. Throughout his fulfilling life his Christian faith and his drive to help others have been his guiding lights.
Ivy Elizabeth Craig, born December 1887 in Marion, Kansas, U.S.A., was appointed in June, 1919 to the Rhodesia Branch of the South Africa Mission.She was a graduate of the University of Kansas and had several years’ experience of teaching in the public schools of Kansas City. She was described as having a pleasing voice and a rare gift for singing Gospel Hymns.
After waiting for months until sailings could be secured for herself and Rev. and Mrs. C. C. Fuller, she finally sailed on 11th February, 1920. She was stationed at Mount Silinda in Southern Rhodesia as an associate Principal of the Girls Boarding School.
By 1922, she was also Principal of the Mt. Silinda Training School and seemed to remain in this post until Oct 1938. Between 1941-1954 she was working in the Chikore and Craigmore missions.