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Name: ORTLEPP, Adolph Albert

Birth Date: 2 Jan 1864 Colesberg, S.A.

Death Date: 9 May 1928 killed by python, Eldoret

First Date: 1904

Profession: Surveyor in Nakuru in 1905; he later farmed at Nakuru and Eldoret. Govt. Surveyor who planned Eldoret township

Area: Nakuru, Eldoret

Married: Anna Alida Margaretha 'Ma' Roux b. 8 Jan 1875, d. 22.8.1963 S. Africa

Children: Madeline Gynath Elise (30 Dec 1903 Johannesburg-19 Oct 1991); Vergo Sybil Elizabeth (Nakuru 7.3.1908-4 Jan 1998 Pretoria) ((Du Plessis)

Book Reference: Gillett, SE, HBEA, Eldoret, KAD, Hut, Playne, Drumkey, Letter from Granddaughter, Land, EAHB 1906, Nicholls, North, EAHB 1907, Leader14, Red Book 1912

General Information:

SE - A.A. Ortlepp - Nakuru - July 1907
Eldoret - O.C. Arnesen said that Mrs Ortlepp had a tame cheetah and at 60 years old won a competition for the best lady's legs. A farmer, Mr Barker, objected to her pet and said "Why don't you take me as a pet?"
Playne - Vergezicht - "Vergezicht" means, in plain English, "Distant View". It did not come into the hands of Mr A.A. Ortlepp by the ordinary means of purchase. As a surveyor he obtained a contract with the Govt. and received the farm in part payment. It has an elevation of 6,500 feet, runs to 5,000 acres, and is 9 miles from Nakuru. Two rivers run through it, and as much as 100 acres can be got under irrigation. ......... There is plenty of timber, the soil is good, and the whole farm arable. .............. Mr Ortlepp is a Cape Colonist by birth, but came to BEA from the Orange River Colony in 1904. He intends to go in principally for wheat-growing, and hopes to export fruit
Land - 1906 - Building, 2 acres - Nairobi Hill - 25 years lease from 1/7/1904 - Registered 19/4/1906
Land - 1911 - A.A. Ortlepp - Buildings, 9375 sq.ft. - Nakuru - 19/10/10 - Leasehold for 99 years from 1/1/10 - Registered 12/5/11
Land - 1911 - Mrs A. Ortlepp - Buildings, 9375 sq.ft. - Nakuru - 11/1/11 - Leasehold for 99 years from 1/1/11 - Registered 26/6/11
Nicholls - 1913 - around the same time A.A. Ortlepp, whose property was adjacent to Plot 64 also sold pieces of his land. A bridge was built across the river and by August 1913 three shops had opened in 'Ortleppville'. Later that year the Pioneer Hotel, managed by the fearsome Mrs Ortlepp, opened its doors.
Red Book 1912 - A.A. Ortlepp - Naivasha
Gazette - 10/7/1928 - Probate and Administration - Adolp Albert Ortlepp also known and described as Adolf Albert Ortlepp who died at Eldoret on 9 May 1928. Applied for by Anna Alida Margaret Ortlepp
Barnes Eldoret cem - Adolph Albert / Ortlepp / landmetter pioneer en / geliefde eggenoot en vader / geb 2-1-1864 te Colesberg / S Africa / oorl 9-5-1928 te Eldoret / Kenia

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