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The Guardian



The Guardian - Bay Roberts
1913 - May 29, 1914
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.

Friday, April 18, 1913

Obituary - Mrs. Annie SEIVIER, passed away on Sunday, April 13th. The deceased was the daughter of the late George and Olivia WILLIAMS of Bay Roberts. She leaves to mourn their sad loss, one daughter, Mrs. R.F.Wills, four grandchildren, four brothers, John, late of Bowrings; Frederick, of Harbour Grace; George, of Gear & Co.; Robert of Western Canada, and two sisters, Mrs. Capt. Honeyill, of this city, and Mrs. Wilson, of the states. The funeral will take place Tuesday from her late residence, 79 Gower Street. - Herald.

Obituary - An aged lady passed to her eternal rest at Carbonear, Saturday morning. Mrs. Julia JOYCE was the widow of the late Robert Joyce, and had attained the great age of 85 years. The deceased lady leaves three sons, Captain Gilbert Joyce, of the Clutha; Mr. Edward Joyce, of Carbonear; Mr. Robert Joyce, of the National Stores and one daughter Mrs. Augustus Hopkins, of Carbonear. An older sister, Mrs. I Forward survives, as well as a younger sister Mrs. Stella Bemister, of Carbonear, and a brother, Mr. John Bemister of Freshwater, the joint ages of the four reaching to about 325. - Daily News.

Brief News:

A woman named Mrs. Theresa MURPHY, 23 Tessier Place, St. John's, was found drowned in O'Dea's Bog. The case is said to be one of suicide.

Friday, April 25, 1913

Obituary - Passed peacefully away at the residence of his parents, on Sunday, April 13th, John, beloved son of John J. and Caroline FRENCH, of Bareneed. He leaves to mourn a father, mother, two sisters and one brother, all residing in Bareneed. The funeral took place on Tuesday, April 15th, to the C. of E. Cemetery, at the Dock, Rev. Mr. Severn officiating.

Died - An aged and respected resident of Country Road in the person of Mrs. Maria MERCER, widow of the late Charles Mercer, of Mercer's Cove, passed away on Tuesday, April 22, at the ripe old age of 87 years. She leaves to mourn their loss, one son, Wm. Chas. Mercer, Mercer's Cove; and one daughter, Mrs. John Badcock. Funeral took place on Thursday to the Methodist Cemetery, Coley's Point.
- The day following his mother's death, Wednesday, April 23rd, her son, Nathan MERCER, aged 57 years, who was sick just a week, passed away. He was engaged recently digging a well, and must have contracted a cold by standing in the water. He leaves a wife, two sons, one daughter, a brother and sister to mourn their sad loss.

Born at Shearstown, on April 19th, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert SAUNDERS, a son.

Died at French's Cove, on April 19th, after a long illness, George Snow, beloved son of Nathaniel and Sarah BADCOCK, aged 3 years and 6 months. Funeral took place on Monday, April 21st.

Sailor Drowned - Prince Rupert - April 10. Arthur CARAVAN, a Prince George sailor, fell overboard and was drowned about an hour before the steamer arrived here yesterday morning. A small boat attempted a rescue, but was too late. Caravan was a young man and came from Newfoundland. (The above has reference to the drowning of a young man belonging to Bay Roberts East. He left here for B.C., January 16th, 1912. He was a son of the late Noah and Susannah Caravan. He leaves six brothers and one sister, Charles and James, of Vancouver; Stephen at Sydney, Thomas, Albert and Wm. Alfred in Bay Roberts, and Edith of Vancouver.)

News Brief:

Mrs. J. JOHNSON, of Brantford, Ont., is visiting her mother, Mrs. Jane MERCER, Shearstown. Mrs. Johnson has been absent from home for 16 years. She will remain a month.

Friday, June 13, 1913

News Brief:

After being mourned for dead for 42 years, friends of William MERCER, of Thos., of Long Beach Pond, received a letter from him recently through the Post Master at Brigus, informing them of his whereabouts. He resides with his family in California and is now captain of a big ship making voyages to China and other Eastern countries.

Friday, June 27, 1913

Victim Dead - Samuel HUTCHINGS, who was stabbed last week by Patrick CLARKE on Smith's wharf in St. John's, passed away on Sunday. The knife entered his bowels and blood entered his stomach and his liver was gashed. Clarke is in jail and will be charged with murder. Clarke had been drinking lately. Mr. Hutchings belonged formerly to Spaniard's Bay. The people of Spaniard's Bay are much stirred up over the stabbing, which ended fatally on Sunday last.

Died on Saturday night, June 21st, after a lingering illness, Lucy, beloved wife of John O'KEEFE, and daughter of Catherine and the late Thos. FITZPATRICK aged 38 years. She leaves a husband, three children, mother 4 brothers and 2 sisters. Funeral took place to the R.C. Cemetery on Monday morning.

Friday, September 19, 1913

Capt Thos. SPRACKLIN passed away at his residence at Brigus on Friday, Sept. 13th. He had been a sufferer from cancer of the stomach.

Obituary - We record today, the death of Jonathon MERCER, of Shearstown, aged 32 years, son of Jane and the late Jonathon Mercer. Deceased, who had been ill for nearly two years, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 13th, and the funeral took place to the C. of E. Cemetery, Shearstown, on Monday, Sept. 15th. About 11 years ago he had his foot hurt while working at Sydney, and afterward had to have it amputated. He was unmarried. Mr. Mercer leaves a mother, one brother and five sisters to mourn their loss.

Obituary - Mr. Patrick HORNEY, an old and respected resident of Bay Roberts passed away very suddenly on Monday last. Leaving home early in the morning, he drove to Harbor Grace with a horse and cart to pack and bring to Bay Roberts some furniture belonging to a sister-in-law, Miss Dormody, who intended going to Boston shortly. He was in the act of bringing out a valise when he fell to the ground. He was lifted up and taken into the house and shortly afterwards he expired. Dr. Strapp and Rev. Fr. Walker were immediately summoned. The doctor after examining the man pronounced death due to heart failure. A message was immediately sent to Rev. Dr. Whelan who broke the news to the family. He leaves to mourn their loss a wife and three daughters. The funeral took place in Bay Roberts to the R.C. Cemetery.

Boy Drowned - On Friday, Sept. 12th, Ben, the 14-year-old son of Samuel MORGAN, was drowned at Blow-Me-Down, near Port de Grave. Nobody knows how he happened to be drowned. His father on returning from the fishing ground that day, noticed a cap floating in the water near his fishing stage, and on looking down saw the body of his son lying on the bottom. Funeral took place on Saturday.


Friday, January 16, 1914

News In A Line:

Mr. Frank BATEMAN of the Cable Staff, and Miss Clara FITZGERALD, are to be married at the R.C. Cathedral, Harbor Grace, next Sunday.

Died - Mr. Henry Greenland, Coley's Pt., received a letter from Cartwright, Labrador, some time ago, informing him that Samuel MESHER, while going up Paradise River for wood, was drowned. Friends of deceased found the boat but not the body. He was married and leaves a wife, formerly Miss LEWIS, Lower Island cove, to mourn her loss. Mr. Mesher was a Naval Reserve man.

Died - While James HOLMES, of Shearstown, was returning from the Third Pond Barrens with a load of wood on Tuesday last, he was stricken with heart failure and died on the road. His son-in-law, John Brown, was with him at the time. His funeral took place on Thursday.

Matrimonial History - Old time Marriages of the Leading Citizens of St. John's - by James Murphy

Frederick RENNIE, Esq., was married in 1842 to Catherine Thorburn, daughter of Mr. McNABB, of Glasgow, Scotland.

John SKEOCH, Esq., of the firm of R. Peace & Co., married Mary Ann, daughter of Charles RANKIN, Esq., merchant.

The late Bishop KELLY of the Church of England, St. John's married Louise, daughter of the Hon. Mr. Justice BLISS, of Halifax, N.S.

Alfred George SMITH, Esq., eldest son of J.W. Smith, Esq., one time Manager of the Union Bank, married Isabella Brewster, second daughter of the Hon. Jas. J. ROGERSON, M.H.A.

The late John BOWRING, Esq., was married to Mary, daughter of Fredrick RENNIE, Esq.,

Hon. John KENT, one time Premier of Newfoundland, was married in 1834 to Johanna, sister of His Lordship Right Rev. Dr. FLEMING, who saw to the construction of the Roman Catholic Cathedral, St. John's.

The Hon. James TOBIN, who was a prominent merchant and who occupied a seat in the Upper House of Assembly, married Miss Emily BULLER, an Irish lady, daughter of Dr Buller, of Cork.

Rev. T.H. BRIDGE, a prominent Church of England clergyman, married a daughter of the Hon. John DUNSCOMB. The latter gentleman was a very prosperous merchant.

Hon. Charles Fox BENNETT, one time Premier of Newfoundland and who led the Anti-Confederates to victory in 1869, was married in 1829 to Isabella, daughter of W. SHEPERD, Esq., of Clifton, England.

The Hon. Kenneth McLEA, a Scotchman and a prominent merchant, married a daughter of John BRINE, Esq., merchant. Mr. McLea died in 1862.

Fredrick BOWDEN, Esq., Proprietor of the Public Ledger and other newspapers, was married to Miss SPENCER, of Brigus. One of the daughters of Mr. Bowden is the wife of Mark Chaplin, Esq., the genial "King of Tailors." Another daughter is the wife of H.Y. Mott, Esq.

The late Hon. Edward MORRIS, one time President of the Legislative Council and Governor of the Savings' Bank, was married to Catherine, daughter of Richard HOWLEY, Esq., sister of His Grace Archbishop Howley.

The late John MUNN, Esq., married Naomi, daughter of William MUNDEN, Esq., a prominent merchant of Brigus.

News Briefs:

Mr. Fred MERCER, who had been residing in Jamaica Plains, Mass., for the past six years, arrived home on a visit last Saturday.

Died - On Wednesday, January 7th, Alder Maud, infant child of George C. and Lizzie CAVE, aged 2½ months.

Died - At North Arm, Holyrood, January 7th, Catherine WOODFORD, aged 87 years, leaving three sons (two at New York and one living on Bell Island) and several grandchildren to mourn their sad loss.

Friday, February 20, 1914

William JANES, blacksmith, formerly of Brigus, was killed at Cobalt recently. Mr. Janes was standing under a derrick when it fell and hitting him on the head killed him instantly. Mrs. Janes, his wife, was at California at the time of the accident.

A man named Patrick HANLON, of St. Mary's, was killed at Bell Island on Friday last. He was at work on the surface in the Scotia mines operating an electric plow when some earth loosened quickly and fell on him fracturing his shoulder, breaking both legs above the knees and the left leg below the knees, while he received other internal injuries.

Died - Mrs. Lucy H. SKELTON, wife of the Hon. Dr. Skelton, passed away on Friday. She was the daughter of the later Richard W. WILLS, of St. John's, and at the time of her marriage to Dr. Skelton was in charge of the school at Greenspond.

Died - Mr. J. McDONALD, the architect who planned the dwelling houses and staff house for the Western Union Telegraph Co., passed away at St. John's on Tuesday. He had been ailing for several months, and for the last six weeks was confined to his home. He leaves a widow to mourn her sad loss.

Died - At Shearstown on Sunday, Feb. 8th, of consumption, Henry, beloved son of Peter and Eliza DWYER, aged 23 years. Leaving a father, mother, two brothers and three sisters to mourn their sad loss. Funeral took place on Thursday, Feb. 12th to the C. of E. Cemetery.

Friday, February 27, 1914

Obituary - Mr. Henry DWYER, who passed away at Shearstown recently, was a very promising young man. About four years ago he went to Millinocket, U.S.A., where he secured a good position in one of the paper mills. It was while working there he became ill. Deceased married Miss WHITE, daughter of John and Rosie White, of Bay Roberts. He left a wife and one child.

Married - On the 26th inst., at 28 Dick's Square, by Rev. Dr. Cowperthwaite, Miss Fredrica Allen ENGLISH, daughter of Mr. Wm. English, Jeweler, to Mr. James H. LEAMON, of Richmond Hill, Brigus.

Married - At Harbor Grace, on Feb. 4th, 1914, by the Rev. A.K. Magnerr, Richard NEIL and Bertha NOSEWORTHY, both of Spaniard's Bay.

Died - Mr. Will MARSHALL, of Marshall Bros., St. John's, died suddenly in Manchester, Eng., this week.

Charles NICHOLL, of Postal Department, was sentenced Tuesday to two years imprisonment for thefts from that department, and Mrs. EZEKIEL, former postmistress at Hr. Main, for same offence, got same sentence.

Friday, May 8, 1914

Wedding Bells - On Wednesday of last week a wedding took place at Spaniard's Bay, when Miss Ellie RYAN, only daughter of Mr. Jno. Ryan was united in marriage to Mr. Nicholas SHANAHAN, of Riverhead, Hr. Grace. Father Walker of Hr. Grace officiating. Miss Nellie Cleary, R.C. teacher at Tilton did the honors of bride's girl, while the groom was ably supported by Mr. Neil McCarthy, of the R.C. Academy, Hr. Grace. They later retired to their future home in Riverhead, Hr. Grace.

Obituary - Capt. Stephen PARSONS, at the advanced age of 94 years. His death occurred on Sunday, May 3rd, after an illness lasting only a few weeks. The deceased is survived by three sons - William, Stephen and Isaac, and four daughters, Mrs. Chas. Calpin, Mrs. John Dawe, Mrs. (Capt.) Henry Dawe, and Mrs. Geo. Mallam of Heart's Content, 26 great grandchildren and 42 grandchildren. The funeral took place to the C. of E. Cemetery, Coley's Pt., Tuesday, May 5th, when the remains were laid to rest by the side of his wife, who had predeceased him by 12 years.

Obituary - The silent watches of the night were broken at midnight on Thursday, April 30th, in her home, when the sobbing parents of Bessie MERCER, aged 19 years and 7 months, beloved daughter of Wm. Charles and Elizabeth Mercer, saw their loved one pass peacefully away to her eternal reward. Her demise came suddenly and unexpectedly to her relatives and friends. Although she had been ailing for a year, she bore up bravely under her affliction and performed her duties as postmistress until within five days before the call came to her. She was confined to her bed but one day, and died of rapid consumption, proceeding from an attack of bronchial trouble, which resulted from a heavy cold she contracted about a year ago. Bessie was a member of Central Church Choir and Sunshine Band, and also an active worker in the Sunday School. She had been employed at the Guardian Office for about two years. In November 1912, she was appointed postmistress at Mercer's Cove. On Monday she was laid to rest in the Methodist Cemetery. There is left to mourn their sad loss a father, mother, three brothers and an infant sister.

News Briefs:

Our Boys Succeeding - We are always pleased to record the success of Newfoundlanders at College, and today we are glad to announce that Stanley H. MARTIN, of St. John's and W.F.B. BROWN, son of Robert Brown, Esq., Bonavista, have successfully passed the third year medical exam at Queen's College. Both young men gained honours in all subjects. Mr. Brown is appointed assistant at Haverlock private hospital for vacation months.

Mr. Harvey ANDREWS, of Port de Grave, has done very creditable work at Montreal Theological College this year, his lowest percentage being 82.

Mr. J. NORMAN, of Twillingate, a one-time energetic Methodist schoolteacher of Nfld., is now supplying for a doctor on College Street, Toronto, while he is taking specialist courses in Europe.

Friday, May 15, 1914

Brief News:

Mr. Wm. RICHARDS, of Bareneed Cove, passed suddenly away on Thursday night. He had been ill only a few days.

Born at Bay Roberts on May 15th, to Dr. and Mrs. J. RICHARDS, a son.

Died at Country Road on Wednesday, May 6th, Willie Robert, darling child of Thomas and Jane COPLEY, aged 13 months.

The marriage of Mr. Harold G. MADDOCK, of Carbonear, second son of Joseph G. Maddock, Esq., and Miss May Lilian SOPER, took place at the Methodist Church on Wednesday, 22nd ult. - Standard.

The marriage of Miss BELLAMY, daughter of W. Bellamy, Esq. Superintendent of the Anglo-American Telegraph Co., Heart's Content, and of Mrs. Bellamy, to Mr. PILKINGTON, of the Western Union Telegraph Co. staff at Bay Roberts, took place at Heart's Content on Wednesday week last, April 29th.

Obituary - After an illness lasting only a few days, Emmie SPARKS, aged 20 years, beloved daughter of Edward and Annie Sparks, of French's Cove, passed peacefully away on May 2nd, in the Eye and Ear Hospital, at Boston, Mass. The cause of her death was the formation of an abcess behind her ear. Deceased went to Boston about two years ago, and at the time of her death, lived with Dr. McAllister in Everett. The body accompanied by Mr. Sparks arrived here Sunday morning, May 10. The funeral took place May 12, interment in the Methodist Cemetery.

Friday, May 22, 1914

Obituary - There passed peacefully away on Saturday morning, May 16th, after an illness of only six days, Sarah MERCER, widow of the late Benjamin Mercer, at the advanced age of 96 years and 7 months. She was therefore the oldest person living in Bay Roberts. Deceased belonged to a very long-lived family. Her grandfather lived to see the fourth generation, her mother the same, and herself likewise. Mrs. Mercer was the daughter of the late Isaac and Patience TRENCHARD. Mrs. Mercer is survived by four sons, Benjamin, John, Henry and William, and two daughters, Mrs. James Mercer and Mrs. Nath Mercer. Her remains were laid to rest in the Methodist Cemetery on Monday.

Died, Saturday, May 16th, after an illness, which lasted for three years, at the residence of her son, Thomas, Elizabeth, beloved wife of John LITTLEJOHN, aged 75 years. Deceased was the daughter of the late John and Annie SQUIRES. She leaves to mourn a husband, two sons, Thomas and Samuel, and four daughters, Mrs. Wm. Snow, Mrs. James Bradbury, Mrs. James Mercer and Mrs. Robert Bishop and 21 grandchildren. The funeral took place on May 19th, interment in the C. of E. Cemetery, Coley's Pt.

Married at the Methodist Parsonage, on Thursday night, May 14th, by the Rev. Wm. Grimes, Miss Eva RUSSELL, of Bay Roberts West, to Mr. James MERCER, of Shearstown.

Friday, May 29, 1914

Death - On Monday, May 25th, there passed peacefully away, Robert HAYES, a fisherman for 60 years, aged 88 years. Deceased was born in 1826, and was the son of the late Benjamin Hayes, of Sussex, England. He leaves a wife, one son, John, one daughter, Julia, residing in Boston, and 11 grandchildren. The funeral took place to the Methodist Cemetery, Coley's Point on May 27th.

Death - The community of Butlerstown was startled on Tuesday of last week by the sudden death of Patrick BUTLER. Deceased was ill but a short time having contracted erysipelas about a week before, causing his death at age 55 years. He spent the majority of years at the fishery. He leaves to mourn a widow, two sons, Edward and Michael, and one daughter, Annie, three brothers, Joseph, John and Michael, and three sisters, Mrs. Franey and Mrs. Parsons of Butlerstown, Mrs. Henry Dawe, Coley's Pt. His funeral took place on Friday. The body was conveyed to the R.C. Church and then to the cemetery.

Friday, June 26, 1914

News In A Line:

The engagement of Miss Flossie PARSONS, and Mr. J. HAMBLING is announced.

Died at Spaniard's Bay on Sunday, June 21, of heart disease, James CHIPMAN, aged 67 years. Leaving a wife, three sons and three daughters. Funeral took place Tuesday to the C. of E. Cemetery.

Passed peacefully away on Wednesday, June 24th, after a lingering illness, Frances Mary, youngest daughter of James and Alice DELANEY, aged 23 years and 9 months. Deceased studied at St. Bride's College, Littledale and was Principal of the R.C. Academy, Bay Roberts, up until the time of her illness. She leaves to mourn a father, mother, three brothers and two sisters. Funeral took place Friday.

Died at her residence, Coley's Point, Wednesday, June 24th, Ethel Morgan, beloved wife of Abram SQUIRES, aged - years. Leaving a husband, two children, father, one brother and two sisters. Funeral Friday afternoon to the C. of E. Cemetery.

Died at Shearstown on June 15th, after a short illness, Rebecca MERCER, beloved wife of the late James Mercer. Deceased leaves to mourn three sons, Robert, William and Henry, and four daughters, Mrs. James Saunders, Mrs. James Saunders of John, Mrs. William Sooley and Mrs. William Walsh. Interment took place to the C. of E. cemetery, Shearstown.

Friday, July 3, 1914

Bareneed Notes:

Mr. Josiah LACEY, son of William Lacey, at the Dock, met with a fatal accident at Boston recently. His body will be brought home. He is survived by a wife, father and mother, four brothers and two sisters.

Canso, June 29 - P.J. PHALEN died suddenly yesterday. He was a member of the Western Union-Cable Staff and just returning to work after a month's vacation. He was a native of Newfoundland and leaves a wife and five children.

Died on Monday, June 29th, after a long illness, Naomi, widow of the late John SNOW, aged 78 years. She is survived by two sons, Edward and Joseph, who are on the Labrador. Funeral took place to the C. of E. cemetery, Wednesday.

Died at the General Hospital, St. John's on Friday, June 26th, Ethel, beloved daughter of Stephen and Bertha RUSSELL, aged 18 (?) years. The remains were brought home by Saturday's train and interment took place Sunday at the C. of E. Cemetery.

News In A Line:

Mrs. Andrew SULLIVAN and three children arrived here on a visit to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Esau MERCER.

Mrs. Isaac RUSSELL and her sister, Miss Annie LYONS, arrived home from Chelsea, Mass., on a visit to their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Esau LYONS, Bareneed.

Friday, July 17, 1914

Mr. Nathan BARRETT, who contested Bay de Verde District last fall in the interests of the F.P.U., is dead.

Miss Jane RUSSELL, who has been residing for a number of years at Cambridge, Mass., arrived here on Thursday on a visit to her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. & Mrs. Henry RUSSELL, both of whom are sick.

Friday, July 24, 1914

Death has again visited our town and taken from us, Emmie BATTEN, beloved wife of John F. Batten. She was called to rest on July 10th, the death summons coming very quickly. Deceased was 35 years of age. She is survived by a husband and five children. The funeral took place on Sunday, the 12th instant, her body taken to St. Mark's Church and interred in the C. of E. Cemetery.

On Monday evening, 20th inst., Mrs. Isaac BOONE sent her little 5 year old daughter, Margaret, on a message to a neighbour's house. After delivering her message the little one made her way to the public wharf, opposite the neighbour's dwelling and fell into the water. She was in a drowning position when Hubert Allen ASH, a visitor to Bareneed, went down on the wharf alone to enjoy the game of catching little fish. There was no one to be seen around anywhere at the time as everyone was to tea. As he drew near the head of the wharf he heard something flapping in the water, and thinking it was caplin, as they were very plentiful around that day, he went and looked over where he heard the sound coming from and discovered that it was a little girl. He could not reach the child with his hand, as she was too far off, but he took an oar from the wharf and tried to save the child but she was not able to catch it, so he pushed her in with the oar until he could reach her. Then holding a plank of the wharf in one hand he reached down the other and safely brought the little girl to land. The child sank to the bottom twice while he was trying to recover her but no one came to his assistance. The little girl has been very sick since. Her life was spared by the presence of mind of Hubert Ash who is but a child himself, only 9 years old. - July 23 - Correspondent.

Brief News:

The engagement is announced of Miss Ethel NOSEWORTHY, Clarke's Beach, and Mr. Edgar TEMPLEMAN, son of Hon. P. Templeman, of this city. - Mail

The engagement has been announced of Miss Pearl S. BOWDEN, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Bowden of Wesleyville, to Mr. Robert MORISON, son of the Hon. Donald and Mrs. Morison. The wedding is to take place next June.

Died at Crane's Brook on Tuesday, July 21st, after a two month's illness, Samuel PARSONS, son of Isaac and the late Ellen Parsons, aged 17 years. Funeral took place on Wednesday, interment at the C. of E. cemetery.

Friday, August 7, 1914

News In A Line:

Mrs. Elizabeth RUSSELL, widow of the late Wm. Russell, was taken to the Lunatic Asylum by Const. Wells on Friday last for treatment.

Mr. and Mrs. Jacob BRADBURY who have been residing in Allston, Mass., for the past 10 years, arrived here on a visit. This is Mr. Bradbury's first visit since he left. He is employed in the box-making factory of Thompson & Norris.

Mr. Thomas DAWSON, one of the master watches of the sealing steamer Newfoundland at the seal fishery last spring, arrived home on Friday last. Tom was picked up and carried to the Bellaventure in the nick of time, and on arrival at St. John's he was taken to the hospital. His hands and feet were badly frostbitten. He has had every toe amputated and his hands are gradually getting better. Mr. Dawson is otherwise feeling well.

Died - Mrs. William PEDDLE, nee Margaret BALDWIN, formerly of North River, Nfld., passed away at her present home, Lake Forest, Ill. July 26, 1914. She is mourned by her beloved husband, formerly of Spaniard's Bay, and 8 children.

Died - Passed peacefully away, at Englee, July 18th, Edward EARLE, at the age of 85 years. He was born at Juggler's Cove, Bay Roberts. He leaves a wife and four children to mourn their loss.

Friday, August 14, 1914

DAWE - KELLY Wedding (Cambridge Paper) - The wedding bells pealed forth Saturday to announce the marriage of Robert Dawe and Miss Elsie Kelly, both of this city. They were married by the Rev. Wilson Ezra Vandermark, pastor of the Harvard Street Methodist Church, at the parish house, 49 Irving Street. Mrs. Emmie J. Hardy acted as bridesmaid and her husband, Thomas Hardy, played the part of best man. Both the bride and groom were born and educated in Bareneed, NF.

Friday, August 21, 1914

Married on the 20th inst., at St. Thomas's Church, St. John's, by the Rev. G.H. Godden, Miss Carrie HOPKINS, of Bay Roberts, to Mr. Albert G. JOHNSON, of this city.

Died on Wednesday after a short illness, Patience SNOW, widow of the late William Snow, and daughter of the late Stephen and Mary P. RUSSELL, aged 86 years. Leaving one son and two daughters, John Snow, Mrs. Samuel Mercer and Mrs. Timothy Pike, all of Bay Roberts. Also, 11 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Funeral took place Thursday to the Methodist Cemetery.

A Bad Accident - Mr. John BOWERING, of Coley's Point, came within an inch of losing his life, when, on Friday last, in his mill at Ocean Pond while engaged making clapboard, a piece of the board, which was slow in being pulled through the machine, was hurled with terrific force against the man's face, cutting a gash right through the flesh extending in a zig-zag way from the temple to the mouth. He was knocked down by the force of the blow and rendered unconscious, while blood flowed in streams from the gaping wound. So bad was it that Mr. Bowering's teeth could be seen through the torn opening in the face. His son, Hayward, immediately got the horse and carriage ready and drove with all possible haste to Dr. Procunier at Clarke's Beach. By that time Mr. Bowering had lost a great quantity of blood and was very weak. The doctor put a number of stitches in the cut and subsequently the sufferer was driven home. His face is terribly swollen, and his food has to be administered to him only in liquid form. He is being attended by Dr. McLeod and is now regaining his strength.

Death - A message was received by Mr. John Shears MERCER Monday morning last, conveying the sad news that his brother, Eugene Mercer, had met with a fatal drowning accident. It is thought he was halibut fishing when he met his death.

Friday, August 28, 1914

Wedding Bells - On Wednesday, August 19th, at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, Coley's Point, the marriage of George BISHOP, St. John's, to Mildred Lillian, daughter of Robert and Rebecca DAWE, of Coley's Pt., was solemnized. The bridesmaids were Miss Mary Russell and Mrs. R. Parsons, sister of the bride. The flower girls were Misses Hilda Norman and Tottie Parsons. The groom was attended by Mr. S. Russell. Mr. James Norman gave the bride away.

Friday, September 25, 1914

Died on Friday, Sept. 18th, Elizabeth, widow of the late William RUSSELL, aged 76 years. Funeral took place to the Methodist Cemetery on Monday.

Obituary - There passed peacefully away on Thursday, Sept. 17th, at her residence, Coley's Point, Priscilla FRADSHAM, widow of the late Joseph Fradsham, leaving to mourn their loss two sons, Horatio and Henry James, residing at Coley's Point, and two daughters, Mrs. John Moore of Bay Roberts, and Mrs. John Batten, Salmon Cove, Cupids, also 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The funeral took place Saturday to the S.A. Cemetery.

Wedding - Mr. E.J. GOODLAND, linetype operator on the Mail and Advocate, was married recently to Miss Laura ADAMS. The ceremony took place at the C. of E. Cathedral, Rev.Canon White officiating.

Country Road Volunteers:

Harold RUSSELL, son of Isaac Russell, Country Road, residing in Canada, has volunteered for the front. Herbert and Walter RUSSELL, sons of John Russell, Country Road, have volunteered for service in the Navy, and are now on the Calypso awaiting orders; James MERCER, son of Robert Mercer, Country Road volunteered at Glace Bay, but failed to pass the medical examination owing to a slight accident to one of his fingers, and Jack PARSONS is already on the Niobe. This makes five volunteers from the small settlement of Country Road.

Friday, October 2, 1914

News In A Line:

Mrs. Chesley HANN (nee Miss Martha RUSSELL) and two children arrived here from Grand Falls on a visit to Miss Clara Kearley.

Mrs. Joseph CHARD and two children arrived home from Ilsack, Labrador, Sept. 5th. She returned again by the Sagona on Tuesday last, accompanied by her three children, Samuel, Isaac and Gladys.

A man named Eleazer CRITCH, of Hant's Hr., was paralyzed while fishing in his boat at Lance au Loup recently. He was taken to St. Anthony Hospital, where he died 12 hours after being admitted. His remains were brought to Hant's Hr. by the Neptune last week.

Died - (Sept. 30th)- Mr. Thos. LYONS, of Bareneed, passed away on Wednesday last at his residence in Long Beach. He was 97 years old and leaves a wife, one son, three daughters, 8 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, one brother and one sister to mourn their loss. Funeral takes place today (Friday), C. of E. Cemetery, Bareneed.

Died - Three fishermen - Jeremiah COLBOURNE and George and Frank WELLS - were drowned at Goose Cove on Sept. 19th by the swamping of their boat.

Died - Another man, Samuel WEST of Hant's Hr., in handling a gun in motor boat, the gun burst and the load struck him in the throat, killing him instantly.

Died at Indian Harbor Hospital, Labrador, on Sept. 5th, after a short illness, Thomas MERCER, beloved husband of Annie Mercer, Mercer's Cove, aged 52 years. He leaves to mourn their sad loss, a wife, three sons and two daughters. The funeral took place Sunday to the Methodist Cemetery.

Friday, October 9, 1914

Bareneed Notes:

Mrs. Henry BATTEN is very ill with typhoid fever. Her recovery is doubtful, she being sick since July.

Mrs. Cyril HUSSEY (Dock) passed away yesterday after a lingering illness. She leaves to mourn a husband and one child.

Man Killed on Construction Train - A young man named Thomas WALL of Hr. Main, who had been working on the Fortune Bay branch railway, met with an accident Saturday morning, which resulted in his death some hours afterwards. He was working on the ballast train and got crushed between two flat cars, his back being broken, and one of his legs crushed almost to pulp, besides several other minor injuries.

Wedding Bells - At Spaniard's Bay, on Sept. 15th, by the Rev. J.S. Adams, Marion ROWSELL, daughter of the late Henry and Mary Rowsell, Coley's Point, to Nathan RUSSELL, son of George and Elizabeth Russell, Crane's Brook, Bay Roberts. The bride was given away by Mr. John Curnew. The bridesmaids were Miss Lily Stagg and Miss Myra Mercer. The groom was supported by Mr. Allan Parsons.

News In A Line:

Head Constable WINSLOW, a veteran of the Crimean War, passed away at St. John's last week at the age of 84 years.

Born at Twillingate, on Sept. 30th, to Rev. A.B. and Mrs. STIRLING, a daughter.

Born at Queensborough, New Westminster, B.C. on Sept. 19th, 1914, to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey A. MERCER, a son.

Died on Thursday morning, Oct. 8th, after a long illness, Henry RUSSELL, beloved husband of Sarah Russell and son of the late Stephen and Elizabeth Russell, aged 63 years. He leaves a wife, one sister and two brothers to mourn their loss. Funeral took place to the Methodist Cemetery on Friday, Oct. 9th.

Died on Sept. 24th, at the residence of his son-in-law, J.H. Williams, St. John's, Stephen ANTLE, of Brigus, aged 72 years. Interment at Brigus.

Friday, October 16, 1914

News In A Line:

Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Chas. MERCER of Owen Sound, Ontario, who were visiting friends in Bay Roberts and other places in NF., returned to their home in Canada by last Friday's express. They have been residing in Owen Sound for the past 24 years.

Born at the Parsonage on Thursday, Oct. 15th, to Rev. W. and Mrs. GRIMES, a daughter.

Miss Nellie SMITH of Random, has been here for a few days visiting her sister, Lieutenant Smith, S.A. who is teaching here.

Friday, October 23, 1914

Woman Shot - Word was received here on Thursday morning that Mrs. Maria BROWN, who was living with a family at Grand Falls, was accidentally shot. The bullet was fired from a 22 gauge rifle and passed through the hand and entered the body. She was taken to the hospital and on Thursday it was reported no complications had set in and her speedy recovery was pretty certain.

Obituary - There passed peacefully away at Bay Roberts on Tuesday, Oct. 20th of typhoid fever, Capt. Nathaniel MERCER, aged 64 years. Leaving a wife, Patience, an adopted son, Rev. G. L. Mercer, three brothers, Capt. Edward Mercer, Messrs. John and Samuel Mercer, and two sisters, Mrs. Robert Belbin and Mrs. Samuel Parsons. Interment took place at the Methodist Cemetery.

Friday, October 30, 1914

Died at her residence, Coley's Point, on Saturday, Oct. 10th, after a long illness, Patience, beloved wife of John SAMWAYS, aged 44 years. She leaves to mourn their loss a husband, four children, Fannie, John, Livvie, and Dorothy, also four sisters and one brother, namely, Mrs. John Tippett, Mrs. Charles Samways and Mrs. James French, Coley's Point, Mrs. Wm. B. Dawe, Port de Grave, and Mr. John Morgan, Port de Grave.

Bareneed Notes:

Mrs. Henry BATTEN, passed peacefully away on Saturday, October 10th. The cause of her death was typhoid fever. Interment took place on Sunday, Oct. 11th in the Church of England.

Born to Mr. & Mrs. Hedley BARTLETT on Wednesday, the 14th inst., a daughter. Oct. 22, 1914 - Correspondent.

News In A Line:

An interesting marriage ceremony was performed at Botwood Methodist parsonage by Rev. J.T. Newman on Oct. 1, Miss Minnie Blanche WINSOR, of Tilt Cove, was united in marriage to Mr. Cyril DAWE, of Bay Roberts.

Friday, November 6, 1914

Born at Port de Grave, November 1st to Mr. and Mrs. Leander MUGFORD, a son.

Mr. William H. EARLE, with his wife and two children arrived at Shearstown on Thursday, Oct. 29th. Mr. Earle has been working for the past 10 years in the open hearth steel department of the Nova Scotia Co. at North Sydney. The works are now closed down, and Mr. Earle will spend the winter at Shearstown. He is a son of Sarah and the late Charles Earle.

Our Naval Reservists:

The following Naval Reservists belonging to Bay Roberts and vicinity have gone to St. John's to join the Calypso:
Ralph MERCER, Mercer's Cove, son of William and the late Rachel Mercer.
Esau MERCER, Beachy Cove, son of Esau and Fanny Mercer.
Ralph BARRETT, French's Cove, son of Rebecca and the late George Barrett.
John MERCER, Bay Roberts West, son of Elizabeth and the late Thomas George Mercer.
William John BROWN, Bay Roberts West, son of Wm, and Elizabeth Brown.
Samuel BROWN, Bay Roberts West, son of Harry and Emma Brown.
Herbert and Walter RUSSELL, Country Road, sons of John and Annie Russell.
Lorenzo ROBERTS, Country Road, son of Abram and Grace Roberts.

Wedding - A very pretty wedding took place at the home of Mr. John Snook, 144 Irving St., Everett, on Wednesday, October 14th, when Mr. Joseph SNOOK of Carbonear, and Miss Blanche SNOW, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Elijah Snow of Bay Roberts, were united in the holy bonds of Matrimony by the Rev. Mr. HOPKINS, of the Evangelical Church of Everett. The bridesmaid was Miss Jane Forward of Carbonear. The best man was Mr. Fred Thistle of Carbonear. The bride was given away by the brother of the groom, Mr. John Snook.

Friday, November 13, 1914

Naval Reservists additional list:
Albert PARSONS, Crane's Brook, son of Moses and Elizabeth Parsons.
James SNOW, Bay Roberts, son of Mrs. Thos. Mercer and the late James Snow.
Joseph BRADBURY, Coley's Point, son of James and Elizabeth Bradbury.
Arthur RUSSELL, Coley's Point, son of Edward and Sarah Jane Russell.
Henry SAUNDERS, Shearstown, son of James and Mary Jane Saunders.
James H. MERCER, Shearstown, son of Henry and Emma Mercer.
Eli SPARKS, Shearstown, son of Isaac of Wm. and Mary Jane Sparks.
John PARSONS, Shearstown, son of John and Mary Ann Parsons.
Allan PARSONS, Crane's Brook, son of Edward and Emma Parsons.
Joseph BARRETT, French's Cove, son of John and the late ____Barrett.
Ralph PARSONS, Crane's Brook, son of James and Amelia Parsons.
Jack PARSONS, Country Road, son of William and Selina Parsons.

News In A Flash

Mrs. Sarah MERCER, widow of the late Mansfield Mercer, Mercer's Cove, died suddenly Thursday morning.

Mr. Jacob BARRETT, our local ferryman, came very near losing his life on Monday night last. As he was tying up the ferry he stumbled and fell overboard, and was in the water 15 minutes before Mr. Al GREENLAND arrived and rescued him. The water was deep where Jacob fell in.

Friday, November 20, 1914

Bareneed Notes:

List of Naval Reserves gone to the front are:
Robert GARDINER, son of Wm. and Mary Ann Gardiner.
Samuel PETTEN, son of Jacob and the late Grace Petten.
Isaac RICHARDS, son of the late Wm. and Mary Richards.
Albert BARTLETT, son of John and Elizabeth Ann Bartlett.
Chesley BATTEN, son of Thomas George and the late Thryphena Batten.

Port de Grace is well represented in the Royal Navy Reserve, having sent on the "Franconia", Albert PORTER, Herbert DAWE, William G. MORGAN, Robert MORGAN, Arthur MORGAN, William Chas. DAWE, William Henry DAWE, Samuel G. DAWE, George Henry TUCKER, John Charles TUCKER, Albert ANDREWS, Eric TAYLOR, Kenneth TUCKER, Jacob BUSSEY, William BUSSEY, Nathan MUGFORD, Jacob DAWE of Esau.

Our Naval Reservists - Roll of Honor
Henry DEERING, Shearstown, son of Henry & Susannah Deering.
Albert SNOW, Coley's Point, son of Rachel & the late Wm. Snow.
David BUTLER, Butlerville, son of John and the late Mary Butler.

Friday, November 27 1914

Obituary - There passed peacefully away at Shearstown on Saturday, Nov. 21st, Mrs. Mary SPARKS, aged 86 years; leaving two sons, Ebenezer Sparks and Isaac Sparks, and two daughters, Mrs. Ellen Sparks and Mrs. John Holmes, four sisters, Mrs. Jonas Earle, Mrs. Charles Curnew, Mrs. Nathaniel French, Mrs. John Parsons, one brother, Mr. Josiah Russell, and 20 grandchildren, also 11 great-grandchildren. Interment took place at the Methodist Cemetery, Nov. 23rd.

Wedding - A very pretty wedding took place at the Methodist parsonage, Brigus, the contracting parties being Miss Annie ROBERTS, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Thomas F. Roberts of Brigus, and Mr. Charles SNOW, son of Mrs. Zelah and the late William Snow, of Bay Roberts. The bridesmaids being Miss Julia Percy, May Snow and Florence Mitchell. Mr. Alex Roberts, brother of the bride acted as best man. The bride was given away by her father.

Friday, December 4, 1914

Miss Harriet MERCER and Mr. John SAUNDERS, both of Shearstown, were married Tuesday, Dec. 1st at St. John the Evangelist Church, Coley's Pt., by the Rev. H.L. Pike.

Wedding Bells - Mr. Russell KEARLEY, secretary of the Halibut Fishermen's Union, and Miss Martha Mary MONK, were married at St. James Church, Vancouver, B.C. by the Rev. H. Edwardes, Monday, Nov. 9th. Bride and bridegroom are daughter and son respectively of NF fisherman. Mr. A. Caravan acted as best man and Miss Annie Snider as bridesmaid.

Died at Coley's Point, on Saturday, Nov. 15th, the darling child of William and Emma TIPPETT, aged 2 months.

Friday, December 18, 1914

Obituary - On Sat. afternoon, Dec. 12th, while on his way home from Back Cove, Mr. John SHEPPARD, of Spaniard's Bay, suddenly expired on the main road near the residence of his son, Abram. He was seen to fall by Mr. Geo. PORTER, who hastened to his side and assisted him to his home; but before reaching there the spark of life had fled. For the past few years he had been troubled with heart disease. The deceased was 76 years of age. He leaves a wife, three sons, Abram and Wm. of Spaniard's Bay, and Esau of Toronto, and three daughters, Mrs. Richard Sheppard, Mrs. Herbert Greely and Miss Ethel Shepperd to mourn their loss. The funeral was on Monday. - Hr. Grace Standard.

Naval Volunteers from Port de Grave and Bareneed:

Maxwell ANDREWS, son of Mr. R.H. Andrews, of Port de Grave has shown the right kind of stuff by volunteering for the Navy.

Max BARTLETT, son of Mr. Sam Bartlett, of Port de Grave, also volunteered and had all but got past the Examiners when he unfortunately opened his mouth and disclosed a set of dentist's teeth. Max did his duty though he had to remain behind.

John E. RICHARDS, of Bareneed, has successfully passed the medical test at St. John's and is now enrolled, as a member of the First Nfld. Regiment Reserves at St. John's this patriotic young man is the only child of Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Richards of Bareneed.

Patrick COADY, Chief Steward of the S.S. Sagona, was found burned to death in his bunk on board his ship at St. John's Monday morning last, after a fire was extinguished which badly damaged the steamer's cabins.

Bay Robert's boys volunteer - Ralph MERCER and Francis (Frank) DAWE, of Bay Roberts, volunteered this week at St. John's for the second contingent.

Isaac BRADBURY of George and Stephen RUSSELL of Edward, both of Coley's Point, went to St. John's to volunteer for the Naval Reserve.

Naval Reserve Honor Roll
Robert BRADBURY, Shearstown, son of Chas. & Emma Bradbury.

Died on Tuesday, Dec. 15th, after a short illness, Frances, widow of the late Edward BADCOCK, aged 53 years. Leaving two sons and one daughter to mourn their loss. Funeral took place to the R.C. Cemetery on Thursday.



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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