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Greytown correspondent reports on progress - 1889

Evening Post, 1 February 1889

It is now time that some remarks should be made as to the progress we are making in this district.

Since the holiday of the New Year there have been very few exciting events to chronicle, and as harvesting, wherever there are any crops to gather in, is now proceeding with much vigour, there are very few idle hands to be found.

So far as this part of the Wairarapa is concerned, the present season has been very favourable to the crops, oats especially, and some very heavy yields have been the result at Papawai and other places.

On the road to Carterton from Greytown Mr. Buchanan has some splendid crops, and should yield at least when cut 60 bushels to the acre. The weather being so very hot and dry has given splendid facilities for ripening, and everything has combined to make cropping this year a striking success, consequently I should not wonder if next year there will be more land sown in oats, wheat, amd barley than ever attempted before—probably even double the amount of this year.

All the racing excitement in the valley has now subsided, and the events have established several surprises, favourites were not always "morals" and some good dividends were paid at several of the meetings, thus proving the glorious uncertainty of the fortune of the turf.

Since writing, Greytown has seen the advent of a new head schoolmaster, in the person of Mr. Bunting, from Featherston, whence he comes with excellent credentials. Mr. Porritt, who has filled the post here for a number of years, is, I believe, to be shifted to Featherston, where no doubt he will labour for another long term.

The local Volunteers are recruiting, and there is every prospect that they will fulfil the requirements of the Government. There was an excellent muster of the Greytown Rifles on Tuesday night.

The friendly societies are making all preliminary arrangements for their sports on St. Patrick's Day (17th March), and no doubt this year's gathering will be quite as successful as last.

The Rev. Mr. Murray, the new Presbyterian minister, is making a good impression here among his congregations. A tea-meeting to welcome him takes place at Carterton on Wednesday, which will be well attended by the Greytown Presbyterians.

At Martinborough the Waihenga Bridge is getting rather dilapidated, and Councillor Martin, on the South County Council, has drawn the attention of the authorities to the matter. A resolution was passed to the effect that an order be made restricting weights over four tons from being carried over any bridges in the district. This resolution is to be subjected to a legal opinion.

Tho health of the district is excellent at the present time, and there is almost an entire absence of sickness, notwithstanding that the weather has been extremely hot and dry.

It has been mooted in Featherston that Artesian wells conld be sunk with great success throughout the Valley, especially at that part of the Wairarapa.

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