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The Guardian



The Guardian - Bay Roberts
Proprietor - C. E. Russell
MF 5144

Issued every Saturday from the office of publication, Water Street, Bay Roberts. Subscriptions (post free) to any part of Nfld. or Canada, 50 cents per year. To United States, Great Britain, etc., $1.00 per year, postpaid. All subscriptions payable in advance.

Some pages in the original contain flaws and other defects which appear on the film.

No issues available for 1909. First issue available is Vol. 2, No. 4, January 28, 1910.

Issues available for 1910 January 28 and October 28.

Friday, January 28, 1910

The marriage of Capt. Charlie CROSS, of the S.S. Bonaventure, to Ethel, daughter of Mr. Wm. HORWOOD, took place in Wesley Church, St. John's, on Wednesday evening last.

Mr. Edward WILCOX, who has been on the S.S. Glencoe up till now, arrived home Saturday on a short visit to his family.

Mrs. Annie ELMS, who received a stroke of paralysis a short while ago, is improved a little.

Notes from Alston, Mass. - Dec. 27, 1909

The Bay Roberts residents of this city were sorry to hear of the death of Mr. Abe PARSONS' little boy, Willie.

The death of Mrs. FLIGHT, who resided at Chelsea, Mass., occurred at that place sometime ago. Mrs. Flight was formerly Miss Bertha RUSSELL, of Country Road. Deceased was afflicted with the dread disease consumption, and knowing there was no hope for her, she longed for the end to come. She was buried by the Ladies True Blue Lodge, of which she was a member. It was only a short time previous to her brother killed by falling from a building and another brother at the same time received severe injuries.

A number of men from Bay Roberts are at present working in the Cambridge subway.


Death - Martha, the beloved wife of Albert MORGAN, passed peacefully away at her home, Coley's Point, Friday, Jan. 14th, at the early age of 31 years. She leaves to mourn their sad loss, a husband and one little boy; also a mother and one sister.

The remains of William John FRENCH, son of Mr. John French, of Coley's Point, was brought home by Tuesday's express. The deceased was accidentally killed while following his occupation in the lumber woods in the state of Maine.

Obituary - Mr. Isaac DAWE - Death came on Sunday, Jan. 9, 1910 to Mr. Isaac Dawe, a very old and respected resident of Long Beach Pond, near Bareneed. He had reached the advanced age of 97 years and up to the time of his demise enjoyed perfect health. Deceased belonged to that old stock of hardy fishermen who contributed of their substance and strength in making this country what she is today. He prosecuted that avocation for many years on the Labrador and Western shore. He was a member of the Church of England. Deceased leaves three sons, three daughters and 96 grand children and great-grand children. The funeral took place on Tuesday, Jan. 11.

Cupids Jottings - Jan. 28, 1910

Mrs. William BEASANT of St. John's is in town on a visit to her daughter, Mrs. J.S. LeDrew.

An old and respected resident of this place in the person of Mrs. John DAWE passed peacefully away on Sunday morning, at the ripe old age of 80 years. She leaves three sons - William J., of Cupids; Nathaniel, of Clarke's Beach; and Samuel, Head Constable of St. John's; also two daughters residing in Montreal. The remains were interred in the Methodist Cemetery yesterday afternoon.

Friday, October 28, 1910

Died on Monday morning, Oct. 24th, May, daughter of Henry and Sarah RUSSELL, aged 16 yrs. 6 months. Funeral took place on Wednesday to the Methodist Cemetery.

Miss Irene JARDINE left on Tuesday for Trinity to spend the winter with her sister, Mrs. (Rev.) A.B.Stirling.


Friday, August 11, 1911

Died at Bay Roberts, on Monday, Aug. 7th after a lingering illness, Mary Winnifred Lavinia, eldest daughter of John and Eunice ELMS, aged 14 years and 9 months. Interment took place at the Church of England Cemetery on Tuesday, Aug. 8th. This is a severe blow to the parents, who lost a son, John, aged 19 years, only a few years ago.

Died at St. John's, Wednesday, Aug. 10th of pneumonia, Archibald DROVER, in the 69th year of his age, leaving a wife and 2 sisters - Mrs. Archibald Crane of St. John's, and Mrs. Stephen Gosse, of Spaniard's Bay - to mourn the loss of an affectionate husband and brother. Funeral on Friday, 11th inst. from his late residence 13 William Street.

Miss Mary MERCER, daughter of Capt. Reuben Mercer of Shearston, and Mr. Thos. HUMPHREYS of St. John's, were married last week.

News In A Line:

The people of Spaniard's Bay are congratulating Mr. And Mrs. James PEDDLE on the arrival of a baby boy.

Mr. Samuel WHITE and his son, James, who spent the past four weeks here returned to their home, Allston, Mass.

Mr. Wm. DAWE, son of Mr. Jno. Dawe, of Port de Grave is visiting his parents at that place. He is accompanied by his wife. Mr. Dawe has been residing in Boston for the past 10 years.


Issues available for 1912: January 19, 26; February 2, 16; March 8; May 24; July 22, 26; November 1.

Friday, January 19, 1912

Wedding Bells - The marriage took place on Thursday, Jan. 18th, at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. John LEAMON, Brigus Gullies, of their daughter, Mary N. to Josiah MARSHALL, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Marshall of this town. The ceremony was performed by Rev. C.A. Whitemarsh.

Death - Mr. Geo. KING, a resident of Country Road, passed away on Monday evening last. He had been sick with Bright's disease for a long time. He leaves a wife and 7 children to mourn their loss. His funeral took place Wednesday to the Coley's Pt. Methodist Cemetery.

Death - After a protracted illness, Jessie, the beloved wife of Isaac MERCER, passed away at her mother's residence, Shearstown, on Monday last. The deceased who had been residing in Boston for three years returned from that place in August. She leaves a husband and one child. The funeral took place on Wednesday.

News Briefs:

Messrs. James CARAVAN, Arthur CARAVAN, and Baxter SPARKS, left here for Vancouver, B.C. by Thursday night's train.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph BRADBURY wish to express their sincere thanks to those who assisted them in any way in their recent bereavement; and to the kind ladies who sent wreaths to adorn the coffin of their beloved son.

Rev. Joseph H. SPARKS and his wife arrived at Shearstown on Jan. 5th after an absence of 23 years, to visit his father and mother. He has been engaged in evangelistic work in California for five years, preaching the full gospel. They also visited Mrs. Spark's people at Grand Manan, N.B., Canada, for Xmas. Also met his brother, George, who is a Methodist minister. Left Grand Manan, 1st of January, calling at St. John, N.B. where his brother, Isaac, resides. Arriving at Bay Roberts they found it too bad for a team to be out, so they walked to Shearstown through the snow, and gave the old folks a surprise. - Com

Dr. and Mrs. RICHARDS (nee Miss May BROWN of Bonavista), who spent their honeymoon in town, left by Prospero for Greenspond on Tuesday. Dr. Richards is doing duty at Greenspond for Dr. Roberts who has gone to England to take a post graduate course. - Enterprise

Friday, January 26, 1912

Wedding Bells - On December 29th, at Christ Church, Bonavista, Dr. Jos. RICHARDS, graduate of Toronto University, and formerly of Bareneed, was united in the bonds of Holy Matrimony to May, eldest daughter of R. BROWN, Esq., H.M.C. of this town, the officiating clergyman being Rev. A.G. Bayley, M.A., R.D. She was attended by her sister, Miss Hilda Brown. The groom was supported by Mr. Walter Rendell, of St. John's. Immediately after the reception, the happy couple took the train for Trinity, to join the Prospero for Greenspond, their future home. (The groom's present to the bride was a pendant of amethyst and pearls.)

Death - Venerable Lady Dies at 93. - The Angel of Death visited Indian Islands, Fogo District, on Dec. 26th, St. Stephen's Day, and summoned forth to the realms of Everlasting Bless, Mrs. SHEPPARD who had reached the ripe age of 93 years, leaving six sons and one daughter to mourn their loss. Deceased was born in Spaniard's Bay in 1819, the year in which the late lamented Queen Victoria the Good first saw the light, her father being the late Mr. Henry SMITH, who was a well known sail maker of that town and helped to make and mend many a suit of sails for the great fleet of sailing vessels that sailed from Spaniard's Bay and Bay Roberts to the seal fishery in the good old prosperous days that Conception Bay saw when the seal fishery flourished. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren number 105. Messrs. Jon. Marshall, of this town, John Smith of Ingram, John Smith of John, Bishop's Cove, and Mrs. Costello and Mrs. Anthony, of Spaniard's Bay, are nephews of the deceased.

Death - At Shearston, Jan. 3rd, 1912, Clarinda, beloved wife of Mr. W.C. FRY, passed away. Her death came as a shock to her husband and many friends of Shearston, as she was a very robust and healthy woman all her lifetime. Mrs. Fry always had perfect health until Dec. 27th, 1911, when she was ordered to bed by the doctor with an attack of measles, a day or two after a baby boy being born to her. She seemed to be getting on alright until Wednesday, 3rd inst., when she showed signs of death, and the same night, after all means head been used to save her life, she passed to the Great Beyond. Mr. and Mrs. Fry were married 14 years ago, and have always lived happy. About 10 years ago Mrs. Fry was converted, and has always since done her best for the Master. She was a member of the C. of E., also a communicant, and took delight in attending church. The funeral took place on Friday, Jan. 5th, interment being at the C. of E. Cemetery. She leaves to mourn their loss an almost heart broken husband, 5 children (1 girl and 4 boys), also a widowed mother, this being her only child, and one adopted brother.

Born - On January 10th, the wife of Hedley CRITCH, of a daughter.

Born - At Shearston, on Friday, January 19th, to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert SPARKS, a son.

Friday, February 2, 1912

Death - On Friday, January 26th, at her home, LeMarchant Road, St. John's, Leah, aged 43 years, beloved wife of Thos. P. ANTLE, and daughter of Mary and the late Charles RUSSELL, of Bay Roberts. She had been sick for over a year. She leaves to mourn their loss a husband and seven children, mother, one brother and five sisters. The funeral took place last Sunday at the Salvation Army Cemetery, near Mundy's Pond.

Death - Mr. Allan BRADBURY, of Mercer's Cove, passed peacefully away on Thursday, Feb. 1st. The funeral takes place on Saturday.

Born - At Mercer's Cove, on January 10th, the wife of William MERCER, of a daughter.

News Briefs:

Mr. J.P. GRIFFIN, Customs House Officer at Grand Falls, was in town last week visiting his sister, Mrs. John R. Dawson.

Obituary - Mrs. Emma FRENCH, beloved wife of Solomon French, French's Cove, and daughter of the late Thos. and Prudence MERCER of Mercer's Cove, passed away rather suddenly on Wednesday, Jan. 24th, in her 64th year. She was sick only a few days, having been stricken with paralysis on Saturday, Jan. 20th, and never regained consciousness. She leaves a husband and two daughters, Prudence, teacher at Seldom Come By, and Emma, at home; two brothers, Hezekiah and Isaac Mercer, Mercer's Cove, and one sister, Mrs. Matthew Martin, Hr. Grace to mourn their loss. The funeral took place on Friday, Jan. 26th, interment being at the Methodist Cemetery.

Friday, February 16, 1912

Wedding - The marriage of Miss M.M. DAWSON, daughter of George and the late Bridget Dawson, to Mr. JAS. O'NEILL, merchant, Bay Roberts, son of the late T. and Anne O'Neill of New ?, County Down, Ireland, took place at the bride's residence on Tuesday afternoon. Rev. Dr. Whelan performing the ceremony, Miss Aggie Dawson, sister of the bride, acted a bridesmaid, while the groom was supported by Mr. John Kielly, of the Cable Staff.

Friday, March 8, 1912

Born, on February 25th, the wife of John MERCER, watchmaker, of a daughter.

Born on February 10th, at Gateshead, England, to the Rev. Geo. A. and Mrs. STEEL, of Flat Islands, Placentia Bay, a son.

Death - Miss (Selina) GORDON of Gordon Lodge who has been in a very feeble state of health for many years, suffering from heart disease, was taken very much worse a few days ago, and passed away yesterday. She was the youngest daughter of the late Capt. Samuel Gordon and sister of the late Mrs. Thomas Henderson, and of Mrs. Fraser of Bay Roberts, widow of the late Dr. Fraser. One brother, Archibald, died many years before her. - Standard, Mar. 1.

Friday, May 24, 1912

News In A Line:

Mr. Wm. FRENCH of Coley's Point, who became mentally afflicted last fall, died at the Hospital for the treatment of such diseases this week. His body was conveyed here by Wednesday's train for interment.

Messrs Geo. and Thos. HEDDERSON, formerly of Cupids and Battle Harbor, arrived from Toronto last week. They intend going to Battle Harbor shortly to engage in herring catching.

Mr. B.J. FRENCH, formerly of Bay Roberts East but now residing in Jamaica Plains, Mass. arrived here by Saturday night's express on a short visit to his mother. Mr. French first left Bay Roberts over 33 years ago and during that period has visited nearly every part of the United States and certain sections of Canada. It is 15 years ago since he last visited his native town.

A.W. BISHOP, charged with barratry and against whom a true bill was found by the Grand Jury on Friday last, was arraigned on Saturday and pleaded "Not Guilty". His trial will take place later.

The funeral of the late Mr. A.E. SEYMOUR, M.H.A. took place Sunday afternoon last from his brother's residence on Queen's Road, St. John's, and was one of the largest seen in the city for some time.

Girl Murdered in Boston - A special message from Meredith, N.H. to the Evening Telegram on Thursday says: "Lillian JEWER of Botwoodville, Newfoundland, has been murdered at Boston. The fiend who committed the crime is suspected of having committed many other murders."

The death occurred at Greenspond on Monday last, May 20th of Robert WHITEMARSH, father of Rev. C.A. Whitemarsh of Central Methodist Church. He had been ill for 12 months with heart trouble and during the last two months was obliged to keep his bed. He had reached that ripe age of 74 years. He was an Orangeman - the oldest member of the Association in Greenspond and one of the men who organized the lodge at that place and a member of the Methodist Church. He leaves to mourn their loss a wife, a daughter and four sons. The funeral took place on Wednesday conducted by Rev. Ezra Broughton.


To serve in the Newfoundland Constabulary Force, a few Young Men. Applicants must be under 27 years of age, not less than 5 ft. 9 ins. in height, unmarried or widower, be able to read and write legibly, and be well recommended as to character. None but strong, healthy men need apply, as a physical examination by a Medical man is necessary. All applications must be made to me at my office, St. John's, in applicant's own handwriting. John SULLIVAN - Inspector-General Constby. m 17, 1 m.

July 22, 1912

Bay Roberts East Notes:

Miss Lizzie BADCOCK arrived home recently from the United States on a visit to her parents Mr. & Mrs. George Badcock, French's Cove.

Mrs. Capt. George MERCER returned on Monday from Tilton, where she had been visiting her sister, Mrs. Gosse.

Messrs. Wm. PARSONS and W.R. CARAVAN have opened new stores here recently.

Miss Maud BARRETT, of French's Cove, also Miss Emmie May MERCER, of Mercer's Cove, schoolteachers, are home spending their holidays.

The death occurred on Friday, the 19th inst. of Mrs. Mary BADCOCK, widow of the late William Badcock, of Whitmunday Hill, at the ripe age of 84 years.

The Rev. R.H. and Mrs. MERCER left on Monday en route to their New Mission, Musgrave Harbor.

Mrs. W.H. FRENCH arrived here from New Westminster, B.C. on Wednesday, July 17th. She is visiting relatives and staying with her daughter, Mrs. Isaac Bowering. Mrs. French left here for B.C. in 1908.

DROWNING at Bishop's Falls - A drowning accident happened at Bishop's Falls on Monday last, at noon. Jonathan REID and John POWELL, while crossing the river in a canoe and when 50 ft. from the shore the canoe capsized and Reid was drowned. Powell had a narrow escape. Reid is a young man from New Hr., T.B.

Friday, July 26, 1912

Brief News:

Mrs. W.J. PIERCEY (nee Miss Mary Emma CURNEW) and two children arrived at Bareneed from New Westminster, B.C., on Wednesday, July 17. This is her first visit in 11 years. Mrs. Piercey is staying with her parents at the Dock.

Friday, November 1, 1912

Halifax Chronicle - A very pretty wedding took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H.E. Whitman, of this town, when her sister, Miss Blanche McLAINE, daughter of D.A. McLaine, superintendent of the Western Union Cable Company, Bay Roberts, Nfld., was united in marriage to Walter J. PRENDERGAST, of London, at present on the staff of the Commercial Cable Staff, Hazel Hill. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Benjamin Hills, of the Methodist Church. Miss Edith Newham was bridesmaid, with Miss Evelyn Whitman, niece of the bride, acting as flower girl. The groom was unattended. After the wedding breakfast, the happy couple took passage on the steamer Robert G. Cann for Mulgrave, en route for Boston and New York. They will be home in Canso later in November.



Transcribed by Maxine Edwards, September 2001.
Revised by Maxine Edwards 2004.

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)

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