About Emma Style (Holder)
Back in October 1970 Mr Peter MacFarlane, who was approaching 90 at the time, gave a talk on 'Some old families of the Kowie'. Among the many families he discussed, he told his audience about the Styles who ran the hotel situated on the west bank, on the top of the hill and known as Styles Hotel.
........... Emma Holder was a child of William and Sofia Holder, leader of the Holder's Party. She married James Styles, from the adjoining location, which was Southey's.
My first record of James Styles, husband of Emma Holder, is that, as a carpenter and a cabinet maker, he was working on the Wesleyan Church on Wesley Mount on Green Fountain.
Emma and James had a very varied life. They ran several hotels. There was an Inn at Fraser's Camp, and an Inn at the Koonap River. 1857 saw them at Goosha River Mouth Farm, near Peddie, while in 1866 they gave up the Grahamstown Club which they had changed to a residential hotel and moved to the Kowie to take over the present Grand Hotel from the Orren family.
All the indications are that James Styles must have been insolvent as everything was in his wife's name.
Emma had a son Joseph (b 1840 - d.1879). He was the first of the family buried in the West Bank Cemetery. Eventually the whole family was buried there.
Emma, a tiny, stooped, energetic, quick-walking woman, had a big family and was very interested in Church affairs. She gave strong support to the Methodist Church on the hill and also helped with the Sunday School. She received a fine testimonial in 1870 honouring her commitment to the church.