Clarry Cone was born in Cone Street, Rangiora and was educated at the Borough School and took the carpentry course at the Rangiora Technical School. At the age of 15 years he left school to work on his father's farm at Edendale and after the farm was sold, worked on various jobs about the country, including the cheese factory at Edendale which at that time, was the largest in the country. He was working in North Canterbury when his father bought the Waiau shop in 1911.
In 1918 he went to the Military Camp at Featherston, joining the 47th Field Artillery and was still in Camp when the war finished. His discharge took place in the middle of the Flu epidemic and he returned to Waiau to work in the Wairau Butchery.
Clarence Frederick Cone married 4th March , 1920 to Fred and Margaret Hand's eldest daughter Edith (Edie) May Hand (b: 14 Mar 1900 in Rotherham; d: 21 Jun 1989 in Ivanhoe Rest Home, Christchurch) Others in Edie's family were Maude who mar Leonard Kjestrup; Alice mar Sydney James (Jim) Trowbridge; Charles Hand mar: Ella; and Gladys Hand mar: Douglas Davison)
Edie's father, Frederick Hand was born in Lincolnshire, England to parents Charles (b. 1840 Nettleton, Lincolnshire; d:1920 Hands Road, Hillmorton, Christchurch) who mar: 1863 Grasby, Lincolnshire to Rebecca nee Bratley (1846-1922) They immigrated when Fred was 5, along with John 7 and Mary 3 yrs and grandparents John (1810-1875) and Elizabeth nee Proctor (1816-1894) The family left England 18 Sep 1874 on the ship "Geraldine Paget" and arrived at Lyttelton 27 Dec 1874. Charles and Rebecca are said to have had in total 17 children - those known are John (1865-1945) mar: 1888 to Amy Frances Legg; Frederick (1869-1956) mar; 1894 to Margaret Gray; Alfred (1870-1874); Mary Jane (1872-1954) mar: 1901 to Willie Ernest Page; William Padget (1874-1962) mar: 1903 to Catherine Brosnahan; Annie Georgina (1876-d:5m); David (1877-); Henry (1878-1880); Charlotte Georgina (1879-1906) mar: 1900 to Frederick Charles Wilson; Ethel May (1880-d.4m); Edward Martin (1881-1938); George (1881-1939) mar: 1922 to Annie Louise Davis; Peter (1889-1967) mar: 1912 to Selina Frances Ann Carter.
Edie's mother, Margaret nee Gray was b: 14 Jan 1870 at Lillydale, Victoria, Australia to parents Alexander Gray (1838-1897) and mother Mary Ann nee Thompson (1850-1941) - Margaret d: 16 Aug 1948 in Christchurch Public Hospital Bur: Simeon St Cem, Christchurch
The Gray with their children - Alexander (1867-1945); Mary (1869-1926); Margaret; William Andrew (1873-1956) Annie (1876-1962) Jane (1878-1907) James (1880-1918) Henry (1883-1931); Joseph (1887-1917); Victoria (1888-1973) George (1890-1954) left 20 Dec 1890 from Melbourne for Canterbury
Edith's parents spent all their married life at Rotherham - here, Fred had a farm and her mother Margaret did all the nursing duties in the Rotherham area before a hospital was built and a resident doctor came. All the babies (including triplets) were born at the Hand's house. (Edie's mother lived with her daughter for the last two years of her life).
In 1926 after about 10 years ownership, Clarrie's father, George Herbert retired and Clarrie took over the shop where he employed five people. One of these was Jack Muir who drove the old Dodge delivery van to Rotherham, Culverden and at Hamner they supplied the Queen Mary Hospital, The Lodge and the Public Works Camp during the construction of the Lewis Pass Road.This remarkable van had been round the clock about three times. It was said that you can tell something of a person's character by the vehicle they own - Clarrie used to favour V8's - he was an excellent driver and those with a less powerful vehicle would allow about two and a half hours to town but Clarrie did not waste any time. His butcher delivery vehicle was an old Dodge about 1926 vintage.
The family had the first radio or wireless as they were then called in Waiau.The area did not get power until the 1940's so it was battery powered by old 6 volt car batteries and a large crowd gathered at the house to hear the arrival of Kingsford Smith after his historic flight across the Tasman.
Clarry was very interested in flying in the 1830's and was an early member of the Flying Club. His daughter Avis can remember when she was young, him flying over the house in a Tiger Moth and dropping them the newspaper. He also was a very keen golfer.
In 1959 he leased out the shop and retired to his small farm running a few sheep and in the house he built himself in the Waiau township. He had spent 70 years in Waiau when he died on 26th December 1981 and was cremated at Bromley Cemetery, Christchurch.
Children of CLARENCE CONE and EDITH (Edie) HAND are:
i. CLARENCE MAXWELL (MAX) CONE, b. February 20, 1922, Rotherham Hospital, Amuri; d. May 30, 1982, 171 Cecil Rd, Wadestown, Wellington.