Loving couple making move to the coast
Heading from Eidsvold to Bargara Beach
LONG term Eidsvold residents John and Jenny Pott farewelled their friends at a ceremony on Saturday as they prepared to make their new life in Bargara Beach.
John was five when the Pott family moved to Eidsvold. He attended the Eidsvold State School for a few months, until the family purchased Glenrock station in 1939.
John finished his education at the Ceratodus State College, now known as the Ceratodus University.
“There was many a tale to tell about the old school days,” he said.
“Ceratodus University was about two and a half miles from Glenrock and every morning we’d milk the cows first, then try to catch the horse so we didn’t have to walk to school.
“Once the kids got older, my family purchased a few push bikes, well this caused a lot of trouble as there were many fights over these bikes and who was riding them.”
John finished school at the end of Year 7, then it was straight into mustering.
“I worked at the Eidsvold saleyards drafting cattle for the sale,” he said.
“Back then, trucks had only just started carting cattle and a lot of people couldn’t afford to truck them in, so many of the cattle were walked into Eidsvold to the sale.
“Mustering, fencing and of course milking the cows were some of the jobs I did.”
It was a challenging period during this time.
“We experienced the 1942 floods but the most recent one in 2013 was devastating,” John said.
“Weeks were spent repairing fences and river crossings.”
John also recalled the bushfires that engulfed the district in 1942.
Jenny’s family still owns the house just across the road from the Eidsvold State School and she attended school there until Year 8, then it was off to work.
“I did a lot of cooking and cleaning and was also assisting with the well-maintained lawn and garden that my mother Ruby held,” Jenny said.
Jenny later moved to Mundubbera and worked at the Top Pub.
“I was the barmaid there for some time and then left back to Eidsvold,” she said.
The couple then met each other while working at the Star Hotel and married on April 8 1971.
They have two daughters, Leanne and Megan.
Due to John’s deteriorating health they decided to move to Bargara near Bundaberg, so they can be closer to doctors.
FAREWELL: Long term Eidsvold residents John and Jenny Pott at their farewell party at the weekend.