The news from 1914
South Holland residents were most upset to hear that Bryan Smith, a well known landowner and brewer from Quadring, had passed away at the age of 76.
Bryan Smith was said to have been in poor heath for “some years” but the illness was not sufficient enough to confine him to his bed.
On the day before his death, Mr Smith had been fine, but he later had a fall which made his condition more serious.
A doctor was called but despite “every attention and care” he passed away later that night.
Mr Smith, born in August 1838, left behind four daughters and three sons.
Originally, Mr Smith appreticed as a chemist in Horncastle, before coming to Spalding and continuing to work as a chemist in Sheep Market.
Five years later, he moved to Gosberton where he obtained the lease for the brewery, which was later occupied by his son, and then bought the business.
In addition, he then purchased a farm in Quadring and another in WigtoftBank.
He became very successful with his farms and was a noted sheep breeder and dealer.
Mr Smith also owned a number of licensed houses in Gosberton, Donington and Bicker.
A comment in this very paper in 1914 said: “The deceased gentleman, whilst not taking an active part in public office, was greatly respected by all and his generosity was almost unbounded, many families in the district being better for his gifts.
“The late Mr Bryan Smith was one of the links with the past and it was noticeable at the funeral on Saturday that several gentlemen who were young when Mr Smith was young were present to pay their respects.”