The Daily News
December 10, 1962
Raymond Clarke, 19, of Upper Island Cove was killed Saturday night when his car went out of control at Bishop's Cove and plunged over a 250-foot embankment.
Two passengers - Elizabeth and Raymond Mercer, both of Upper Island Cove - are receiving treatment for injuries in the Carbonear Hospital.
The Daily News
December 11, 1962
Elizabeth Mercer, who with her brother escaped a spectacular traffic accident Saturday, was reported "slightly improved" at the Carbonear Red Cross Hospital Monday.
The Bryant's Cove girl is suffering from a skull fracture but is off the critical list, the attending doctor said.
Miss Mercer and her brother, Raymond were passengers in a 1952 model car driven by 19-year old Raymond Clarke of Upper Island Cove, which plunged over a 150-foot cliff on Bishop's Cove road, ending up in the waters of Conception Bay.
The driver, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Clarke, was killed. Raymond Mercer was not seriously hurt.
The car went out of control at a point known as the "Scrape", a narrow, winding road along the side of the cliff mid-way between Spaniard's Bay and Bishop's Cove.
A report said the vehicle apparently struck a boulder on the left or high side of the road, ripping off a headlight and chrome strips. It careened to the right, tore away part of the wooden guardrail, and several feet further on crashed through the rail and plunged down the jagged cliff to the land-wash 150 feet below.
The driver's body and Miss Mercer were found on the beach. Raymond Mercer was still in the battered car.
The fatality brought the December violent death toll to 10. It was the fourth traffic death for the month.
The total number of violent deaths in the province for the year is 158.
The Daily News
December 28, 1962
Hr. Grace - (Staff) -
Elizabeth Jones - The sympathy of a large circle of friends at Harbour Grace is extended to Mrs. Mark Gosse and family of Spaniard's Bay whose mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Jones, passed peacefully away at that town on Wednesday, Dec. 19, aged 92 years.
The late Mrs. Jones who had close associations with Harbour Grace in her early years was one of the fast declining members of a fine generation and her excellent qualities made her an outstanding member of the family where she had lived for many years and of the community.
Her advanced age did not in any way dim the faculties of this gentle lady and she retained a keen interest in the things that are important in the living of her good life.
Her funeral, which was attended by several friends from Harbour Grace, took place on Friday from her late residence, the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mark Gosse, at Spaniard's Bay, to Upper Island Cove where the funeral service was held in the Anglican Church. Interment was in the cemetery there.
The Daily News
December 29, 1962
Spaniard's Bay -
Elizabeth Jones - This town's oldest resident, Mrs. Elizabeth Jones, passed peacefully away at the residence of her daughter here on the afternoon of Wednesday, Dec. 19. She had reached her 92nd birthday just one month ago.
In her younger days Mrs. Jones had been a businesswoman at Upper Island Cove, where she and her husband operated a general store. Older pupils still recall what a splendid person she was and of her many and varied activities performed for the good of the church and community. When her husband died about thirty years ago, she came to Spaniard's Bay to live with here son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Gosse.
Here, too, Mrs. Jones became a favourite with young and old alike. She was abundantly blessed with patience, tenderness, dignity and charm, and these virtues coupled with good education and plenty of common sense made her a pleasant person to visit and to chat with. She read much - she never wore glasses - and she enjoyed radio and television; that she absorbed much of what she read and heard was evident by her conversation, and keeping intelligently abreast of the times kept her young at heart. She was appreciative of everything that anyone did for here, and topmost in her consideration were those with whom she lived and who were devoted to her.
Her funeral was held Friday afternoon to the church of St. Peter at Upper Island Cove where the burial service was read by the Rev. E. Willis, assisted by the Rev. E. House. Interment was in the family plot. Funeral arrangements were directed by Messrs. John Young and Son.
To her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Gosse, her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. William V. Jones at Upper Island Cove, her three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, we offer sincere sympathy.
"May her soul, through the mercy of God, rest in peace."