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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.

Friday, January 1, 1915

Died at Everett, Mass., U.S.A., on December 29th, after a short illness, Herbert ANTLE, youngest son of the late Abraham and Martha Antle, of Brigus, Nfld., in his 43rd year, leaving two sons and two daughters at Everett, Mass., two brothers in St. John's and one in Halifax, also four sisters, one each in St. John's, Calgary, Hr. Grace and Everett, Mass., to mourn their sad loss. Funeral at Everett.

Wedding - A very pretty wedding took place in St. Mark's Church on Wednesday afternoon at 8 o'clock, the Rev. Frank Severn officiating. The contracting parties were Mr. Bertram MORGAN, of South River, and Miss Bessie NEWELL, of the Dock. The bride was given away by her brother, Mr. Abram Newell. She was attended by Miss Hettie Newell, cousin of the bride, and Mrs. Reuban Newell. The groom was supported by Mr. Reuban Newell, brother of the bride. Dec. 13, 1914 - Correspondent

Wedding - A very pretty wedding was solemnized at Burnt Head Church on Wednesday, Dec. 23rd, by the Rev. E.K.H. Caldwell, the contracting parties being Mr. Arthur N. SNOW of Bay Roberts, and Miss Fanny TAYLOR, of Cupids, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Taylor. The bride entered the church leaning on the arm of her father, while Annie Butler, cousin of the bride, acted as flower girl, the bridesmaids being Miss Annie M. Butler and Miss Etta Snow. The groom was supported by Mr. H.B. Thompson and Mr. Benjamin Taylor.

Friday, January 29, 1915

Our Lost Sailors - When H.M.S. Viknor was lost; the following members of the Newfoundland Royal Navy Reserve are believed to have been serving aboard her;
BARNES, Enos - Change Islands. Married. Franconia
BRACE, Albert - Son of Mrs. Mary Brace, Chance Cove, T.B. Single. Franconia
COATES, George- Son of Philip Coates, Fogo. Single. Franconia
DYKE, Gilbert - Son of Mrs. Louisa Dyke, Salvage Bay. Single. Carthaginian
GREENING, James - Son of Mrs. Jane Greening, Somerville, B.B. Single. Carthaginian
JACKSON, Thomas - Son of Mrs. Alice Jackson, Brigus. Single. Carthaginian
JERRETT, Levi - Son of William and Mary Jerrett, 97 Southside, St. John's. Single. Franconia
KELLY, Albert - Son of John and Emmaline Kelly, Cupids. Single. Franconia
LEWIS, Philip - Son of Mrs. Melina Reynolds, Caplin Cove, Bay de Verde. Single. Franconia
MARTIN, Sandy - Son of Mrs. Rebecca Martin, Battery Road, St. John's. Single. Franconia
MERCER, John B. - Son of Mrs. Lizzie Russell, Bay Roberts. Single. Franconia
MORGAN, Frederick - Son of Mr. Joseph Morgan, Seal Cove, Harbour Main. Single. Carthaginian. Has two brothers in Reserve, John and Heber, who sailed on the Carthaginian also.
MORGAN, William G. - Son of Mrs. Sarah Morgan, Port de Grave. Single. Franconia
PARSONS, John - Catalina. No such address appears in the different lists. There are four John Parsons in the Reserve. Two are on the Niobe, and the other two sailed on the Franconia. One is from Bay Roberts and the other from Bauline. Both are unmarried.
PEACH, Henry W. - Son of Mrs. Elizabeth Peach, Arnold's Cove, Placentia Bay. Married. Franconia
RALPH, Charles - Son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Ralph, Jr., Flat Island, Bonavista Bay. Single. Franconia
ROWE, Charles - Trinity. Nephew of Mr. Reuben Clarke, 26 Carter's Hill, St. John's. Single. Franconia.
ST. CROIX, William - Ward of Fred Walsh, Trepassey. Single. Franconia
SMART, Edward - Son of Mrs. Fanny Smart, Alexander Bay, B.B. Single. Franconia
SPARKES, Eli - Son of Mrs. Mary J. Sparkes, Shearstown, Bay Roberts. Single. Franconia
STRINGER, George - Son of Mr. William T. Stringer, Little Heart's Ease. Single. Franconia
WALSH, Douglas - Son of Mrs. Minnie Hutchings, Cow Head, St. Barbe. Single. Franconia
WARREN, Albert - Son of Mrs. Mary A. Warren, Gooseberry Island, B.B. Single. Carthaginian
YOUDEN, George - Georgetown, Brigus. Married. Franconia
YOUDEN, Thomas - Brigus. Married. Franconia

Friday, February 19, 1915

Died on Tuesday night, Feb. 9th, after a short illness, Isaac MERCER, son of the late Isaac and Mary Mercer, aged 73 years. He leaves a wife, four sons, Robert, William, Lorenzo and Cyril, one brother, William, and three sisters, Mrs. Thos. Kearley, Miss Jane Mercer and Miss Emma Mercer, to mourn their sad loss. Funeral took place to the C. of E. cemetery on Sunday.

Died on Saturday afternoon, February 13th, after a lingering illness, Jephtha SNOW, beloved husband of Mary Grace Snow, aged 75 years. He leaves a wife, one son, James Edward, one daughter, Mrs. L.K. Mercer, both residing in Allston, Mass., three sisters, Mrs. Wm. Mercer, Beachy Cove, Mrs. Lemuel Simmonds, and Mrs. John Butler, of St. John's, to mourn their loss. Funeral took place to the Methodist Cemetery on Monday.

Wedding - Mr. William SEEKIMS, one of the most popular young bachelors of the Western Union Cable Staff here, has joined the noble army of benedicts. He was married last week to Miss M.D. WALLACE, formerly for several years teacher of the Victoria St. School, Hr. Grace, and till lately on the staff of the School for the Blind at Halifax. The ceremony took place at the Manse, St. John's, Rev. J.S. Sutherland, M.A. officiating. Miss Maysie Parsons acted as bridesmaid, and Mr. Frank McRae was best man.

Friday, March 5, 1915

Died on Friday morning, Feb. 26th, after a long illness, Esau PARSONS, aged 69 years. Leaving a wife, two sons, James Charles and Selby Everett, three daughters, Mrs. Philip Sheehan, Mrs. Edward Reid and Mrs. John Bradbury to mourn their loss. Funeral took place Sunday to the C. of E. cemetery, Shearstown.

Disaster on Labrador - Dr. Hare, of the Grenfell Hospital at Harrington, Labrador, writing on Nov. 24th to Prof. H.A. SMITH, of the Methodist College at Halifax, reports that on Nov. 18th several men from Harrington rode to a cape near there to shoot birds and a seal or two, if possible. The day was fine when they started, but without warning a N.W. storm was swept down and before they could regain shelter it raged to a hurricane blowing 84 miles an hour. Some of the boats were got back safely but three men perished - Albert RANSON, leaving a wife and child; Enos COX, leaving a wife and four children; and James HERRIT, an orphan boy.

Friday, March 26, 1915

Spaniard's Bay Notes: On March 17th, Miss Mary GOSSE, daughter of Mr. Nathaniel Gosse, was united in marriage to Mr. Ebenezer GOSSE, son of Mr. Wm. Gosse, both of this place.

Married on Monday evening, at the S.A. Citadel, by Ensign Wells, S.A., Ettie BISHOP, daughter of Mrs. John MOORE and the late John Bishop, to Cyril MERCER, son of Lizzie and the late Isaac Mercer.

Died at Shearstown on Tuesday evening, March 23rd, after a long illness of consumption, Esther Ann Titford, beloved wife of Jonathon PARSONS, aged 47 years. Leaving a husband, two sons, three daughters, mother, father and three sisters to mourn their loss. Funeral took place Wed. afternoon to the C. of E. cemetery.

Friday, April 2, 1915

Died on Thursday morning, March 25th, Harold Clayton, darling child of John S. and Annie Blanche MERCER, aged 18 months.

Died at Coley's Point on Thursday, April 1st, after a long illness, Annie Blanche, beloved wife of John S. MERCER, aged 21 years. Leaving a husband, one child, father, mother, one brother and three sisters, to mourn their sad loss. Funeral will take place on Saturday.

Friday, April 9, 1915

Wedding - The marriage of Miss Margaret Mae TOWLE, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Towle and Arthur MERCER of Bay Roberts, Nfld., took place at the bride's home, 31 Tremont St, Wednesday evening. Miss Flora Harris of Medford, was bridesmaid, and John Baggs was best man.

Died at her home, Country Road, on Tuesday, April 6th, Ethel Maud, darling little child of Mary BRADBURY, aged 9 months.

Friday, April 23, 1915

Death - News was recently received on board H.M.S. Calypso, of the death, from spinal meningitis, of Reservist Eric TAYLOR of Port de Grave. The lad had been sent to Ruchill Fever Hospital, Glasgow, and succumbed on the 14th of March.

Obituary - Passed away suddenly at his residence in Beachy Cove on Tuesday, April 13th, Mancel MERCER, beloved husband of Eliza Mercer. Deceased was in his 65th year. He was stricken with paralyses, from which he never recovered. He leaves to mourn a wife and two sons, Isaac, of this town, and George, who is at present away for the summer months in Manchester, Mass., U.S.A., two daughters, Mrs. Isaac Morgan, and Mrs. Samuel Parsons, both of Coley's Point, and eight grandchildren, also four brothers - James, William, Christopher and Abram, all of this town, also two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Russell, of Coley's Point, and Mrs. Samuel Churley of New Perlican, T.B. His funeral took place on Thursday to the C. of E. Cemetery.

Died at Cupids, Monday, Florence, wife of Robert J. SMITH, daughter of Rev. T.W. ATKINSON. Funeral took place on Wednesday.

Died at Shearstown, on Wednesday, April 14th, after a long illness, Abram BADCOCK, aged 38 years, son of Charles and Annie Badcock. Leaving a wife, one child, father, mother, four brothers and one sister to mourn their sad loss. Funeral took place to the C. of E. Cemetery. On Friday, April 16th.

Friday, May 7, 1915

Died at Country Road on Monday, April 26th, Allan, darling child of Jessie and Thomas COPELY, aged 6 months.

There passed peacefully away at his home on April 30th, Stephen, beloved husband of Mary BADCOCK, aged 58 years. He leaves a wife and one son, William, now resident in Manchester, U.S.A. Funeral took place on Sunday, May 2, to the Methodist Cemetery.

Friday, May 14, 1915

His Excellency the Governor received word from the British Admiralty last week informing him that the body of John B. MERCER was the only one recovered among the 23 Nfld. Reservists lost on the H.M.S. Viknor. The body was found at Kiloram Bay, Island of Colonsay, Scotland on Jan. 16 and was buried on the 20th.

Friday, May 21, 1915

Obituary - After a lengthy illness, Stephen HUTCHINGS, of Spaniard's Bay, passed to his eternal reward on April 25th, aged 71 years. On April 28th his remains were conveyed to the Methodist Cemetery.

Spaniard's Bay Notes:

Miss Charlotte NOEL of Hr. Grace was here for a few days on a visit to her sister, Mrs. George A. Gosse.

On May 7th, after a long illness, there passed away Mrs. Edith BLANDFORD, wife of Llewelyn Blandford. Her funeral took place on Sunday.

A very pretty wedding took place here on May 14th, when Miss Mary COLLINS, only daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Geo. Collins, was united in marriage to Mr. Josiah NEIL, son of Mr. James Neil, both of this place. The bride was attended by Miss Emma Jane Smith, and given away by Mr. Jack Gosse.

On May 15th another wedding took place, when Mr. Robert PORTER, was united in marriage to Miss Emily CRANE, of Tilton.

News In A Line:

Among the graduates at McGill recently were Messrs. William Fraser DAWE, M.B., C.M., and Robert Alexander DAWE, B.Sc., both sons of Mr. Azariah Dawe of Bay Roberts; Mr. Jas. MORAN, of Blackhead, formerly a teacher and now graduated as B.A.; and Mr. Alexander BLACK, electrical engineer, who graduates as Bachelor of Science also, and is now on active service in France, a son of the late James Black, of St. John's.

Friday, June 4, 1915

Obituary - On Wednesday, May 26th, at French's Cove, Herbert, son of Mr. John BARRETT, passed peacefully away. He had been ill for the past four years. The sympathy of all go to the father and sister who are left to mourn, also to the three brothers who are gone to serve their country. Funeral took place Sunday, to the C. of E. Cemetery.

Died at her residence, Coley's Point, on Wed., May 26th, after a long illness, Mrs. Susanna W. FRENCH, aged 73 years, widow of the late Isaac French. She leaves two sons, Charles S. and Albert French, both residing at Coley's Pt., and eight grandchildren. Funeral took place Friday, May 28th, to the C. of E. Cemetery, Coley's Pt.

Friday, June 18, 1915

Mrs. Eliza HUTCHINGS, wife of Wm. Hutchings, Spaniard's Bay, passed away on Friday, June 4th.

Death - Abram BARRETT, of Spaniard's Bay, was killed in Sydney Mines this week. He is a married man and leaves a wife and several children. His body is being brought home for burial.

Death - Allston, Mass., May 23rd, 1915 - The late Miss Violet HUSSEY - she was the only daughter of Ellen and Robert Hussey of South River. She died in Lakeville Hospital, Mass., of tuberculosis, May 5th. She leaves a mother, father and four brothers, to mourn. One brother, Aquilla, resides in Allston, Mass., Thomas has gone to the front, and two brothers are at home. Her body was taken to South River for interment.

Friday, August 27, 1915

Mrs. William BRADBURY of the Dock, was laid to rest in the C. of E. Cemetery, Saturday.

Friday, September 3, 1915

Found Dead - The body of the man, which was found near the railway tracks at Clark's Beach last Friday night has been identified as that of James MUGFORD, a fisherman, of Sandy Cove, Port de Grave. He was returning from the Labrador in a sick condition. He landed from the steamer at Hr. Grace and bought his ticket for Clarke's Beach. He was brought beyond Clarke's Beach to Hueville station. Getting off there he started out to return. Feeling rather weak he visited a house and obtained a cup of tea. Leaving the house he started off to look for a cabman to drive him home, and while doing so he died from exhaustion. An investigation into the circumstances of the poor man's death is being conducted.

Friday, September 10, 1915

Died at his residence, Coley's Point, on Sat., Sept. 4th, after a long illness of paralysis, Isaac GRAY, aged 76 yrs. He leaves one daughter, Mrs. Joseph Batten, and one brother, Abram Gray, to mourn their loss. Funeral took place on Monday, Sept. 6th to the C. of E. Cemetery.

The wedding of Miss Winnifred COLBOURNE, of Bell Island, to Mr. H.B. THOMSON, druggist, of this town, takes place at Bell Island on Sept. 15th.

Friday, September 17, 1915

William R. DAWE, schoolteacher, son of Samuel and Sarah Grace Dawe, Coley's Point, has joined the Naval Reserve.

Friday, September 24, 1915

Mr. Jonathan MERCER, son of the late Jonathan and Patience Mercer, formerly of Mercer's Cove, but for the past 43 years residing in Curzon Village, Bonne Bay, arrived here Tuesday on a visit to friends. This is his first visit in 43 years. He and his brother George, prosecutes the fishery business on the West Coast.

Miss Flossie MERCER left by the S.S. Florizel last week for Halifax, where she will be married to Mr. J.R. IRVING, who for two and a half years held the position as Manager of the Bank of Nova Scotia in this town, but now transferred to the bank in Halifax. We learn that the marriage was to take place on the arrival of the boat at Halifax.

Mrs. J. BARRETT of Vancouver, who arrived here sometime ago is not altogether on a pleasure trip, but was advised by her doctor to leave Vancouver, as the climate there did not agree with her. Mrs. Barrett has gained considerable in weight during the short time she has been here. She is at present the guest of her sister, Mrs. Ben Morgan, Coley's Point.

Fisherman Drowned - The schr. Nita M. Conrad, Capt. HOLLETT, when about 60 miles north of the Groais Islands bound to Labrador, lost one of her crew. Heber KNIGHT, single, of Garnish, aged 24 years.

Friday, October 15, 1915

Died at Bareneed on Thursday morning, Sept. 30th, Olive Leila BARTLETT, aged 11 months, beloved and only child of Mr. and Mrs. Hedley Bartlett.

Died on Sept. 24th, after a short illness, Mary Emma, darling child of John J. and Ethel FRENCH, French's Cove, aged 2 years and 8 months.

Friday, October 29, 1915

Died on Monday, October 25th, after only 5 hours illness of convulsions, Samuel Augustus, darling child of A.E. and Mary MERCER, aged 7½ months.

Victor DAWE, who is fighting with a Canadian regiment somewhere in France, has been wounded in the eye, a message to this effect having reached his parents. He had been in the trenches only a week.

Friday, November 5, 1915

An Admiralty Telegram has been received by Commander MacDermott saying that the Trawler Othello ll had been blown up on the 31st. Oct., and that Frederick James BUTT, seaman, Newfoundland is missing and presumed dead. He was a son of Mr. George Butt (of Nathaniel) and Mrs. Mary Butt of Freshwater, Bay de Verde. He joined the Reserve on Jan. 25th, 1915, and sailed with the Scandinavian contingent.

Friday, November 19, 1915

Died on Friday, Nov. 12th, after a lingering illness, Patience, beloved wife of James CONNELL, aged 56 years. She leaves a husband, two sons, Richard and Edward, and three sisters to mourn their loss. Funeral took place on Monday to the R.C. Cemetery.

News In A Line:

Private Chesley MERCER, son of Mr. & Mrs. Isaac Mercer, of Spencer Street. St. John's, and formerly of Bay Roberts, previously reported wounded, died of lymphation glands on Nov. 14th in the 3rd London General Hospital. Another brother, Frederick Mercer, is at the Dardanelles.

Mrs. J.T. TAMPLIN nee Miss Delilah NORMAN, who was visiting her sister, Mrs. Robert J. Caravan, returned to her home, Butte, Montana, U.S.A

John O'ROURKE, of the Birch Hills, Bay Roberts, has volunteered to serve in the Nfld. Regiment. He is a son of Thomas and Mary O'Rourke, and a brother of Mrs. Mark Delaney.

Friday, November 26, 1915

Died on Sunday, No. 14th, after a lingering illness, Julia, beloved wife of Thomas BROWN, Jun., aged 44 years. Leaving a husband, three sons, three daughters, one brother and two sisters to mourn their loss. Funeral took place on Tuesday, No. 16th to the C. of E. Cemetery, Shearstown.

Friday, December 3, 1915

A young man named Bennet CARNOCLE, of the Lunenburg schooner, Mary D. Young, was drowned on Monday, in the harbor of St. John's. It is said he was under the influence of liquor at the time.

The man COOMBES, of Island Cove, who was killed recently at Bell Island, left a wife and a large family.

George ELMS, formerly of Bay Roberts, has been appointed Sergt. Drill Instructor of the 48th Highlanders at Toronto. He has had three Newfoundlanders pass through his squad recently, Heber MOSDELL, and two others named James and Robert.

Friday, December 31, 1915

Died on Tuesday, Dec. 21st after a long illness, Thomas MERCER, son of Fanny and the late William Mercer, aged 53 years. Leaving a wife, mother, two brothers, and one sister to mourn their loss. Funeral took place, Thursday, Dec. 23rd to the Methodist cemetery.



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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