AppreciationWhen Elias left Efenechtyd in 1892 he also gave up his role as an HMI. The North Wales Chronicle, in his obituary, touches on the affection in which he was held:-
On resigning his appointment as Diocesan Inspector, he was presented with a beautifully illuminated address, with a photograph of St. Asaph cathedral at the head, a view of his little parish church at Efenechtyd at the foot, and his own portrait in the margin, by the clergy and school managers of the diocese. He was also presented with an address at the same time by the teachers and parents of children. Both addresses pay a touching tribute to the sincerity with which Mr. Owen carried out his work, and speak of the esteem in which he was held, and both were accompanied by a purse of gold. Mr Owen as an antiquary and author enjoyed an extensive and well-deserved reputation.
This was also reported in The Montgomeryshire Collections Vol xxxi .
Whilst he may no longer have been an active HMI he maintained his involvement in education as this letter to The Times of August 1897 illustrates.