stories about the town of Paul Roux
Paul Roux is situated in the Eastern
Free State, South Africa. The town is situated next to the N5 (the
National Road between Durban and Bloemfontein - the Capital of the Free
State), approximately 30 km from Senekal and 40 km from Bethlehem.
Paul Roux is a small town with a
lot of old sandstone buildings. The Paul Roux population consists of more or less
300 people and the total population together with Fateng is round about
it all start?
Paul Roux was situated on the old
stagecoach route between Harrismith and Winburg and served as a halfway
post for changing the horses of the stagecoach. Whenever the stagecoach were nearing the town, a horn sounded, and the new set of horses
were prepared so to exchange the horses of the stagecoach that no delay
|Mosten Cleaver, an Englishman, was
born on the farm “ Zuuringkrans “. His parents had a small shop as
well as the post office, where the horses were exchanged for the stagecoach. This shop and post office was the only place where people
could sell their wool and grain. Bethlehem was the closest other
The Cleaver family built a small
church in Senekal, west of where the parsonage of the Dutch Reform Church
of Senekal is standing today. Unfortunately this building was never
declared a heritage site. The Moslem community of Senekal today uses
the town get its name?
In 1911, the newly formed community
was divided about the name of the new town. One group wanted to name
the town, Du Plessisville - after a respected citizen, while the other
group wanted to name the town after their minister - Paul Roux. Paul
Roux was the minister of the Dutch Reformed Church in Senekal. Because
the town had no church, the people went to the church in Senekal to worship.
The people decided to get a big piece
of dolomite (ironstone). On the one side they wrote the initials
PR and on the other side the initials DPV. One of the men, Mr Koos
Smit, was asked to throw the stone as far as possible - the side
on which the stone lands will indicate what the name of the town would
be. The town was called Paul Roux after the stone had fallen with
the initials PR on top. This historical event took place on the ground
west to where the AP Church is standing today.
The school in Paul Roux was built
in 1912 and opened its doors on 8 October 1912, with 52 pupils and two
teachers. In 1923, five new classrooms were built and in 1945 a new
school hall was erected. The school at this stage is hosting 580
The building of the Dutch Reformed
Church in Paul Roux was started in 1914. The Rebellion interrupted
the building of the church and before long sweet-grass started to grow
on the walls of the church.
Prinsloo received the farm Holhoek
in 1842 with the primary purpose of populating the Free State. What
makes this farm so important is that it has an open cave in the mountains.
This cave gave shelter for many women and children during the Anglo Boer
War. Late President P.W. Botha's mother was one of the women who
sheltered there and it is here where his half brother H.G. Prinsloo was
P. W. Botha grew up on the farm "Telegraaf"
in Paul Roux. His parents were Hendrina and Piet Botha. Hendrina
was the wife of one of J.J. Prinsloo's sons - Johannes Prinsloo - who inherited
the Farm - Telegraaf. The other sons inherited the farms Welgevonden
(the farm J.J. Prinsloo came back to after England took over Natal), Marthinusdal
and Kwarriekop. P.W. Botha became the Minister of Defence then Prime
Minister and later State President.
The 1938 symbolic Trekkers erected
a monument on the farm Marthinusdal. The monument was erected in
honour of the two children who died of measles during the Trek of J.J.
of interest near Paul Roux
Biddulpsberg has a rich history,
with a lot of interesting stories.
Dinosaur footprints were discovered
on the farm Uniondale. What was interesting about these footprints is that some
scientists from America tried to remove the rock to take it for further
studies. Luckily for Paul Roux they could not succeed. All
that is left of their attempts are the holes they drilled for the removal
of the rock.
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