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The Bay Roberts Guardian

C. E. Russell Proprietor

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Friday, January 7, 1927

The body of Capt. BLACKWOOD and four other members of the Ella M. Rudolph have disaster have been recovered, there remains the bodies of two others which the men of Catalina hope to recover shortly.


Mr. and Mrs. LEWIS DAWE spent New Year’s Day in St. John’s as guests of Mrs. Dawe’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. Taylor.


Friday, January 14, 1927

Passed peacefully away at the home of her son, Mr. C.E.Russell, J.P., M.H.A., on Jan.7th, MARY A. RUSSELL, widow of the late Charles Russell, at the advanced age of 92 years and 5 months.  Deceased was born at Upper Island Cove, the youngest daughter of Joseph Drover and Susannah Barrett.  She was one of a family of eight children, five sons and three daughters, all of whom were long lived.  December 31, 1926 was the 69th anniversary of her wedding.  In 1884, the family moved from Bay Roberts to St. John’s, and five years later, 1889, her husband died.  Ten years later,she went with her son to Toronto, Ont., and for nine years lived in that city. She returned to Newfoundland in 1908 and has resided in Bay Roberts ever since.  Mrs. Russell met with an accident, by falling and injuring her leg, at St. John’s about 32 years ago, which incapacitated her to some extent.  In July,1925, she was stricken with a slight stroke of paralysis, from which she never fully recovered.  Her daughter, Mrs. J. L. Walker, of Pickering, Ont., who cameto visit her about 6 weeks ago, was present when the end came.  Mrs. Russell leaves to mourn their loss one son, Mr. C.E. Russell, J.P., M.H.A., and five daughters, Mrs. Stephen Roach, Mrs. Wm. Pike and Mrs. Wm. Dawe of Bay Roberts, Mrs. George D. Corkum, of Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S.A. and Mrs. John L.Walker of Pickering, Ont., Canada, 23 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. Funeral took place Jan. 9th  to the United Church.


Friday, January 21, 1927

Two young men, PETER, aged 17 years, and RAYMOND HUNT, aged21 years, residents of Battle Harbour, were drowned whilst crossing the ice atBurnt Point, Simmons Bay, Jan. 10th, they were the sons of HenryHunt.  Both bodies were recovered in seven fathoms of water the following morning and were buried.


Friday, January 28, 1927

Passed away at his home, Beachy Cove, ABRAM KEARLEY, at the ripe old age of 82 years.  Left to mourn their loss are one son, Arthur and two daughters, Mrs. John Norman and Mrs. A.J. French, also one brother, Thomas, all residing at Beachy Cove, and one sister, Mrs. Jesse Mercer, of Mercer’s Cove. Funeral took place Jan. 16th to the C. of E. cemetery.


The body of THOMAS COATES of Gander Bay, a trapper, was found dead in the woods near that place on January 21st . No particulars have been received.


Married at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, January 25th, Rev. G.S. TEMPLETON, Rector of St. Paul’s, Harbour Grace, to GLADYS, only daughter of Mrs. Sophie Oke, O.B.E., and the late W. A. Oke,Esq.,  Judge of the District Court, Harbour Grace.


Passed peacefully away, January 26th , AUSTIN OKE SHEPPARD, aged 83 years. Late Keeper at Fort Amherst Lighthouse.


Friday, February 4, 1927

Died this morning, after a brief illness, HENRY WRIGHT SNOW, beloved husband of Rachel Snow, aged 58 years and 11 months. Left to mourn are a sorrowing widow, three sons, Lockyer and Harry in Atlantic City, N.J., U.S.A., and Joseph in this town, two daughters, Mrs. Edmund Skiffington and Mrs. J.S. Parsons, both at Somerville, Mass., one brother, Mr. Willis Snow, three sisters, Mrs. Samuel Roach, Coley’s Point, Mrs. George Badcock, French’s Cove, Mrs. Edward French, Shearstown, also nine grandchildren.  Funeral will take place Feb. 6th to the S.A. cemetery.


Died this morning, HANNAH, beloved wife of Timothy PIKE, aged 64 years. She was the daughter of William and Patience Snow, both of whom predeceased her some years ago.  Left to mourn are a husband, one daughter, Mrs. Myra Vokey, one brother, Mr. John Snow and one grandson, James Vokey. Funeral takes place Feb. 6th to the United Church Cemetery.


Friday, February 11, 1927

Bareneed notes:  We regret to record the passing on Saturday of JOHN STEVENS, of William.  He leaves to mourn a sorrowing wife and two daughters, for whom much sympathy is felt.


Married at North River,C.B., February 10th,     Miss ALICE DELANEY to Mr. JOHN FLEMING, both of this town.


Newfoundland Weekly, Boston – We were glad to welcome at the office of the Weekly during the past week, Miss NELLIE CORBETT, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Corbett, of Clarke’s Beach.  Miss Corbett left Newfoundland sixteen years ago and now holds the position of cashier at the Union Street Oyster House, one of the oldest and best known restaurants in Boston being over one hundred years old. Two brothers, Thomas and James have been prospecting in Alaska for over twenty years and have done well there.


February 18 issue missing.


Friday, February 25, 1927

Bareneed notes:  We regret to record the passing on Feb. 11th of  Mrs. THOMAS G. BATTEN, aged 47 years.  Left to mourn her sad loss are a husband, two step-sons, and one step-daughter.  Funeral took place Feb. 13th to the C. of E. cemetery.


We congratulate Mr. and Mrs. PAUL on the birth of a daughter, and Mr. and Mrs. C. BATTEN  on the birth of a son.


Died, Feb. 17th, RITA, darling child of Stephen and Clara KEARLEY, aged 7 weeks.


Died, Feb. 19th, MARGARET, widow of the late Thomas BROWN, aged 72 years.  Left to mourn is one son Thomas.  Funeral took place Monday to the S.A. cemetery.


The remains of the late PATRICK J. DELANEY, who passed away Saturday last at the General Hospital, St. John’s, arrived here by the night’s train.  Funeral took place Feb. 21st to the R. C. cemetery.


Friday, March 4, 1927

Died at St. John’s, March 2nd, SARAH B., aged 69 years, widow of the late Mark PUDDESTER. Left to mourn are three sons, John C., Chesley and Cecil, and one daughter, Miss Annie, at home, one adopted son, Maxwell.


Passed peacefully away at his residence, 49 Freshwater Road, St. John’s, in his 81st year, W. J. RICHARDS, former colporteur for the British and Foreign Bible Society and the Book and Tract Society.


Entered into rest at Open Hall, B.B. on Feb. 10th, GEORGE S., son of the late John C. SHEARS, aged 80 years.


Entered into rest at Open Hall, B.B., Feb. 27th, FREDERICK J., son of the late John C. SHEARS, aged 83 years.


Passed peacefully away Feb.23rd, Mrs. JOHN J. FRENCH, at the age of 69 years. Left to mourn her sad loss are two daughters.  Funeral took place Feb. 25th  from the residence of Mr. Samuel Boone to the C. of C. cemetery, Bareneed.


PATRICK JOSEPH DELANEY, died Feb. 19th in his 70th year.  He was the son of the late Joseph Delaney, who with his brothers, Thomas and Mark  carried on an extensive fishing business at Holton, Labrador.  He leaves to mourn a widow, one daughter, Sister Mary Eulala, of St. Mary’s Home, Sydney, N.S., and three sisters Mrs. Walter Brennan, of this town, Mrs. James Peddle, of Spaniard’s Bay, and Mrs. A.J. Moore of Bay de Verde.  Funeral took place Feb. 21st.


Friday, March 11, 1927

On Wednesday, March 9th, while attending the funeral of his daughter, the late Muriel Mercer, Mr. ISAAC MERCER was taken suddenly ill inside the gate of the C. of E. grounds.  He was immediately brought back to his home, where medical aid was summoned, in spite of all that could be done, he died about three hours afterward.  Deceased was 59 years of age and had been apparently been in good health..


Mrs. NATHAN FRENCH and two children, Taylor and Harold, left St. John’s on Thursday by the S.S. Newfoundland, enroute to Irvine, Scotland, where she will spend several months visiting her mother, Mrs. J. Kearns.


Died at Brigus, C.B., March 7th, after a short illness, ELIZA WELSH, aged 79 years.  Left to mourn are one daughter Mrs. James Norman, of Coley’s Point, and two grandchildren, Mrs. L.T. Stick, St. John’s, and Mr. Raymond Norman of Far Rockaway, N.Y.  Funeral took place from her late residence, Wednesday, to the U. C. Cemetery.


Died March 7th, WINIFRED MURIEL, beloved daughter of Naomi and Isaac MERCER, aged 22 years.  Funeral took place March 9th to the C. of E. cemetery.


Friday, March 18, 1927

Passed peacefully away at St. John’s, March 8th, LUCY, beloved wife of J.H. TAYLOR, and daughter of the late George James and Elizabeth Rowe. Funeral took place Thursday from her late residence 168 Gower Street.


Once again this Dominion is called to mourn the passing of one of her foremost statesmen in the person of Rt. Hon. Sir ROBERT BOND, at the age of 70 years.  For some weeks he has lain seriously ill at his home, The Grange, Whitbourne, and there on March 16th, the end peacefully came.  His brother, Rev. George Bond, of Halifax, was with him during his last days.  Sir Robert Bond began his career as a law student, but before completing his course, he contested the district of Trinity Bay and was elected. This marked the beginning of his great career.  The funeral will take place from his late residence at Whitbourne, March 21st.  A special train is being sent from St. John’s to arrive at Whitbourne in time for the obsequies.


Vancouver Daily Province, March 1 – Capt. R.E. GOSSE, senior member of the Gosse Packing Co. Ltd., and one of the best known men in the cannery business in British Columbia, passed away at his home 1105 Tenth Ave. West, early this morning. Capt. Gosse was born in Spaniard’s Bay, Nfld. in 1852, and entered the northern Nfld. and Lab. fisheries at an early age.  He  engaged in fishing until 1885, at the same time working in the March and April sealings for 15 seasons.  For twelve years he was master of his own vessel, which was lost in the Labrador disaster of 1885.  He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Fred R. Breer, of Cleveland, Mrs. J.F. Strang, of Vancouver, and Mrs. Charles Maltby, of Toronto, and by two sons, Robert C. and Richard J., in whose hands the management of the Gosse Packing Company lies.  Funeral services will be held Thursday, from the Wesley United Church and interment will be in the family plot Mountain View Cemetery. – Vancouver Daily Province


Friday, March 25, 1927

We extend our hardy congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. ISAAC H. HOOPER, of 84 Kenduskeag Ave., Bangor, Maine, U.S.A., on the birth of a daughter on March 9th,1927.


Brigus Briefs:  The sudden death of Mr. PATRICK JAMES, on March 11th, came as a shock to the community.  Mr. James was but 69 years of age, and up to the day of  his death had always enjoyed good health.  Interment took place in the R.C. cemetery.  Left to mourn are a widow and two sons, Clem, at the ice fields, and Gus in the United States.


Brigus Briefs: We take this opportunity of congratulating Miss MOLLIE BRIEN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Brien, on her successful graduation at the New York Hospital


The community was plunged into grief on Wednesday when it became known that WILFRED GREENLAND, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Greenland of Coley’s Point, had passed away suddenly in the early hours of the morning.  Within five minutes after it was discovered that he was ill, the vital spark had fled.  Funeral takes place today (Friday) from his late residence to the C. of E. cemetery.


Friday, April 1, 1927

Died at Everett, Mass. on Feb. 25th, ELIZABETH, beloved  wife of Archibald SHEPPARD, formerly of Harbour Grace, aged 50 years.  Mr. Robert J. French of Harbour Grace is a brother.


Passed away at his residence, in this town, March 27th, SAMUEL, beloved husband of Lavinia WHITE, aged 65 years.  Deceased was a son of the late Elizabeth and James White, formerly of Dorsetshire, England.   For the past 35 years, the late Mr. White has resided in Boston, Mass.  Left to mourn their sad loss are a widow, one son, James, now  living in Allston, Mass., one brother, John, residing in this town, five grandchildren.  Funeral took place March 29th to the C. of E. church.


Died at Sydney, N.S., on March 27th, ELIZABETH, widow of the late Isaac MERCER, aged 70 years.  Left to mourn are four sons, Cyril of Sydney, N.S., and Robert of this town, William and Lorenzo in Boston, one sister, Mrs. Susanna Snow, of North River.  Funeral takes place from the residence of Mr. Robert Mercer on Sat.


Died at Mercer’s Cove, March 28th, DIANA, widow of the late Isaac RUSSELL, aged 77 years.  Funeral took place March 30th to the C. of E. cemetery.


Married at St. Thomas’s Church, St. John’s, March 26th, JESSIE ELIZABETH, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew CARNELL, to CHESLEY ARTHUR, son of  Hon. Sir John and Lady CROSBIE.


Miss ANN KANE, aged 85, of St. John’s, was found dead near the steps leading up to her home on Nunnery Hill, on Friday night last. It seems that she had attempted to leave the house while the members of her family were attending evening devotions, and was overcome and fell in the place where she was later found.


A boy named GROUCHY, missing from his home for a day, was found drowned at the battery, in the Narrows of St. John’s, on Tuesday last.


Friday, April 8, 1927

Passed peacefully away at Grace Hospital, April 1st, ANNIE, aged 53 years, widow of the late William CHARD.  Left to mourn are one son and one brother.


Died March 30th, at Port de Grave, wife of Stephen PIERCY, aged 22 years, daughter of Bertha and the late William GIFFORD.  Left to mourn are husband, mother, five brothers and two sisters.


Friday, April 15, 1927

Bareneed Notes:  We record with sadness the passing of EVELYN, beloved child of Mr. and Mrs. Josiah BRADBURY, at the age of 4 months. Funeral took place Monday.


Friday, April 22, 1927

Death came suddenly on Tuesday last to JAMES J. McGRATH, only a few weeks ago appointed Deputy Minister of Justice.  Deceased had been unwell but a few days and his passing came as a shock to his friends.  He was in his 66th year and was unmarried. He leaves a mother, one sister, Mrs. Martin Furlong, and one brother, Thomas F. McGrath, the well-known painter, to mourn their loss.


Friday, April 29, 1927

Passed peacefully away at Harbour Grace, April 21st, at her late residence, Harvey Road, MARY STEWART, widow of the late Neil Stewart, aged 76 years. 


Died April 19th, after a long illness, GLADYS, beloved wife of John BISHOP, of Trinity Bay, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Holmes, Shearstown, aged 25 years.  Left to mourn are the husband, mother, father, one sister, Rosie, also two brothers, Kempton and Thomas.  Funeral took place at the C. of E. cemetery, Shearstown, April 21st.


A quiet but very pretty wedding was solemnized at Harvard Street Methodist Church, Cambridge, Mass., April 18th, when Miss MILDRED WHITEWAY, formerly of Harbour Grace, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Whiteway, was united in the holy bonds of matrimony to Mr. LAWRENCE BUSSY, of Cambridge


Died at St. John’s, April 25th, DUGALD MUNN. He was born in Hr. Grace, the eldest son of the late Robert S. Munn, of Harbour Grace, aged 64 years. His mother was the daughter of Capt. Azariah Munden, of Brigus. There remains to mourn their sad loss, his widow, son, grandchild and five brothers, three in Nfld. viz. W.A. and Archibald in St. John’s, and Robert S. in Hr. Grace, Graham in B.C., and Ronald in England, also five sisters, four in Montreal and one in Florida.  Interment took place at Hr. Grace to the Presbyterian cemetery.


Died at St. John’s, April 28th, MARY, widow of the late Hon. James S. PITTS.


Died after a brief illness, at Coley’s Point, April 29th, ANNIE FLORENCE, beloved daughter of Abram and the late Ethel SQUIRES, aged 17 years.  Left to mourn are father, one brother, John, and a large circle of friends.


On Easter Saturday, April 16th, at the Madison Ave. Episcopal Church, New York City, a pretty but quiet wedding took place, the contracting parties being Miss ANNIE M. LODGE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. Lodge of St. John’s, and CHESLEY M., son of  the late Capt. Isaac Mercer and Mrs. N. Andrews, of St. John’s. Mrs. Florence Irvine , sister of the groom was bridesmaid, and Mr. M.A. Lodge, brother of the bride was best man. The happy couple will take up their residence in Brooklyn, N.Y.


Friday, May 6, 1927

Died at Shearstown, April 30th, ABRAM DEERING, beloved husband of Elizabeth Deering. Left to mourn are a widow, four sons, Walter, Harvey, Stephen and Harrison, and one daughter, Lillian, all residing at Shearstown.


Passed peacefully away at Champney’s, T.B. , Wednesday, a most estimable old lady in the person of MARGARET DEWLING (nee Margaret Batson), at the age of 89 years.  She leaves to mourn three sons, one daughter, forty-four grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren, most of whom are in the U.S. and Canada. Constable J. Dewling of Brigus is a son.


Died May 6th, after a short illness, FANNIE, widow of the late Thomas NORMAN, aged 77 years. Left to mourn her loss are five daughters and one son, William, of this town. Funeral takes place May 7th.


Brigus Briefs:  We wish to congratulate Mr. and Mrs. HARRY HISCOCK, of Hartford, Conn., on the birth of a son, April 16th.


Mr. ISRAEL MARSHALL, of this town, left by this mornings train, enroute to British Columbia, where he will visit his brothers, Messrs. Richard, James and Leonard Marshall.


Friday, May 13, 1927

A quiet but very pretty wedding was solemnized at the R.C. Church, May 9th, when Miss SADIE WALKER was united in holy bonds of matrimony to Mr. NICHOLAS FOWLER, of this place. The bride was attended by Mrs. Mary Keough and Alice Fowler.


Passed peacefully away at Heart’s Delight, May 7th, Capt. E.T. HOBBS, aged 38.


Died at Liverpool, England, May 8th, P.K. MacLEOD, interment at St. John’s.


Married at Westmoorland Ave.United Church, Toronto, Canada, April 23rd, Miss EDITH  DUNCLIFFE, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Duncliffe of Waubaushene, Ont. , to Rev. W. MAXWELL PARSONS, son of Mrs. May G. and the late E.H. Parsons, formerly of Newfoundland.


Friday, May 20, 1927

Recently, death visited Country Road, removing from it MATTHEW PARSONS, at an advanced age.  To the sorrowing relatives we tender sympathy.


Died at Spaniard’s Bay, May 16th, PEARL W., daughter of Josiah and Lydia GOSSE, aged 26 years.  Left to mourn are father, mother and one sister.


Died May 19th, LEVI, beloved husband of Elizabeth MERCER, aged 64 years.  Left to mourn their loss are a widow, one son, John H. in the U.S.A., and one daughter, Mrs. Richard Crane, of this town.


Friday, June 3, 1927

Sydney, N.S. May 26th, AMES PYNN, steel plant worker was killed today in an accident on revolving crane at Blast Furnace dump.  He was a native of Chelsea, Trinity Bay, Nfld.


RONALD KING, aged 12 years, of Pushthrough, lost his life by drowning on Wed.,  according to a message received by the Deputy Minister of  Customs, from the Collector at Pushthrough.  The fatality was caused by the lad falling over a wharf.  No other particulars were received.


EDWARD DWYER, of Bell Island, aged 18 years, a son of Philip Dwyer, an employee of the company, was accidentally struck by car number 4, about 11 a.m. and died at 12 noon, on June 1st.  So says a message received by the Inspector-General C.H. Hutchings, K.C., from Acting-Sergeant Shepperd of Bell Island.


A lighted match thrown into an empty gasoline tank was responsible for the death of MELCIN BOYD, aged 13 years, and the serious injury of ALFRED BOYD, aged 16 years, at Tizzard’s Harbour, near Twillingate on Monday afternoon. 


Passed peacefully away at Upper Island Cove, May 9th, Mrs. ELIZABETH ANN DROVER, relict of the late Joseph Drover, at the age of 76 years.  She was laid to rest on the 11th of May.  She leaves to mourn four sons and two daughters, thirty-five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Also one brother residing at Spaniard’s Bay and one sister at Upper Island Cove and one at St. John’s.


Married at Shearstown, June 2nd, PEARL, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert SPARKES, to Rev. HARVEY RUSSELL, son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Russell, of this town.


Died at Coley’s Point, May 31st,CHARLOTTE, widow of the late, Thomas BOWERING, aged 81 years.  Left to mourn are four sons, Richard, Isaac, Thomas and John, also one sister, Mrs. John Bowering, Sr.  Funeral took place June 3rd.


Friday, June 10, 1927

Married at North River, June 8th, Miss JANE DELANEY, daughter of Mrs. Alice and the late James Delaney, to Mr. WILLIAM DAWSON, son of Mrs. and the late Patrick Dawson, both of this town.


The death occurred at an early hour this morning of Commandant HARDING, for 39 years an active officer in the Salvation Army.  Mrs. Harding had been a patient at Grace Maternity Hospital for several weeks and had been in failing health for the last  six months.  A native of Newfoundland, Commandant Harding entered the Salvation Army 39 years ago, and for the last 12 years had been located in Canada.  She was for 8 years in charge of men’s social work for the Salvation Army in Halifax, and prior to that time was stationed in Quebec.  Commandant Harding is survived by her husband, also a prominent Salvation Army Officer, four sons and two daughters.  The funeral will be held Friday. – Halifax Herald, May 25th.


June 17 issue missing.


Friday, June 24, 1927

Died at Coley’s Point, June 16th, REBECCA, beloved wife of Joseph MORGAN, aged 71 years. Left to mourn are a husband and one daughter, Mrs. Isaac Dawe.  Funeral took place June 18th to the C. of E. cemetery.


Friday, July 1, 1927

Died at Country Road, June 26th, Capt. GERTIE MERCER, S.A., beloved daughter of John and Naomi Mercer, aged 23 years.  Left to mourn are father, mother, two brothers and three sisters.  Funeral took place June 28th to the S.A. cemetery.


Died at Crane’s Brook, June 29th, ISAAC PARSONS, aged  73 years.  Left to mourn are three sons and two daughters.  Funeral took place today to the C. of E. cemetery.


Died June 28th, ANASTASIA, widow of the late Isaac MERCER, aged 68 years.  Left to mourn are two sons and three daughters.  Funeral took place June 30th to the U.C. cemetery.


Friday, July 8, 1927

Married at the Kirk, Harbour Grace, on June 14th, ESTELLA, daughter of Head Constable and Mrs. DWYER, to NEIL C., son of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. DAVIDSON.


Married at Flint, Michigan, U.S.A., July 1st, GLADYS MARY, eldest daughter of Mr. C.E. RUSSELL, M.H.A., and Mrs. Russell, to WILLIAM EDWARD, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen CAVE, both of this town.


Married, July 5th, at the Church of St. George, Brigus, DAISY PEARL, daughter of H.G. and Mrs. CHAFE, to GERALD K. LAING, St. John’s.


Friday, July 15, 1927

Passed peacefully away at Coley’s Point, Mrs. WILLIAM SNOW (Mrs. Solomon Brown), aged 67 years.  Leaving to mourn a husband, two sons and one daughter. Funeral  took place on Thursday from the residence of her son, G. Wilson Brown, 6 Hudson Place, St. John’s.


Friday, July 22, 1927

Died at Spaniard’s Bay, July 21st, of pneumonia, GEORGINA, beloved wife of B.B. SQUIRES.  Funeral tomorrow.


July 29 issue missing.


Friday, August 5, 1927

Died at Coley’s Point, July 30th, after a lingering illness, ALLEN B., son of Capt. John and Frances (Fanny) KELLY, aged 28 years. He leaves to mourn father, mother, one brother, Arthur, and two sisters, Mrs. William E. Carivan and Mrs. John Sparkes. Funeral took place Aug. 1st to the C. of E. cemetery. (some of this info was taken from an In Memorian)


Friday, August 12, 1927

Brigus Briefs:  Mrs. S. BROWN and Mrs. LEWIS BARTLETT, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. THOMSON, are here spending the summer at Lakeview.


Acting sergeant and Mrs. DEWLING announce the marriage of their daughter, ANNIE( Queen), to Mr. WILLIAM WILCOX , on Monday.


Friday, September 2, 1927

The marriage of Miss STELLA YETMAN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Yetman, Harbour Grace, to Constable GRAHAM TRICKETT, of Belleoram, was solemnized at the Cathedra, St. John’s on Auguat 31st.


Our sympathy goes out to Mrs. Dewling , whose father, Capt. DAY, of St. John’s, passed away August 31st, in St. John’s.


Passed suddenly away at Harbour Grace, August 26th, WILLIAM C. WHITEWAY, aged 73 years.  Left to mourn his sudden demise are a widow and one brother, Mr. Edwin Whiteway, St. John’s.  Funeral took place August 28th to the United Church Cemetery, Harbour Grace.


Friday, September 9, 1927

Passed peacefully away at her residence, Long Beach Pond, August 28th, Mrs. ELIZABETH THOMPSON, widow of the late William James Thompson, aged 89 years. She leaves to mourn their sad loss two daughters, Mrs. William Kelly, with whom she resided, and Mrs. Amaziah Kelly, of Coley’s Point, also 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.


Brigus Briefs:  The tragic suddenness of the death of Father       WALKER, came as a shock to the town in general.  The deceased, who had been to St. John’s celebrating mass at St. Clare’s Hospital when the great call came.  Our sympathy goes out to his father, Mr. T. Walker and three sisters, Mother Philomena at the convent, St. Georges , Sister Gerrard at Placentia and Mrs. J.J. Cantwell, of this place.


Friday, September 16, 1927

Mr. JOHN FRENCH, of Edward, arrived here from British Columbia, on a visit to friends. Mr. French went to British Columbia over 30 years ago.


FLORENCE BELBIN, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William A. Belbin, of Medford, Mass., who was visiting relatives here, returned home Sept. 10th by the S.S. Newfoundland. Her grandmother, Mrs. Robert Mercer, accompanied her to St. John’s.


Friday, September 23, 1927

Died, Sept. 19th, GLADYS EVELYN, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert  MERCER, aged 7 months.


Brigus Briefs: On Wednesday, the stork visited Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAM POMEROY, leaving a son.


Friday, October 7, 1927

Passed peacefully away at Shearstown, Sept. 23rd, ROBERT MERCER, aged 35 years, son of William and the late Mary Ann Mercer.  Deceased was ill for about five weeks. He leaves to mourn their sad loss a sorrowing and heartbroken wife and father, five children, and three brothers, James, of Shearstown, Capt. William Mercer, S.A., of Canada, and Isaac, of Sydney, N.S.  Funeral took place Sept. 24th to the U.C. cemetery.


Married at St. John’s on Sept. 19th, THOMAS BOWN GOODRIDGE to MARY KENNEDY.


Died suddenly at Sudbury, Water St. West, St. John’s, on Sept. 18th, WILLIAM FREDERICK HORWOOD, President of the Horwood Lumber Co., aged 72 years.


Central United Church here was the scene of a very pretty wedding on Oct. 5th, when  Miss ELIZABETH VIOLET SNOW, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Snow, Coley’s Point, was united in holy bonds of matrimony to Mr. HAYWARD ARCHIBALD SNOW, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Snow, of this town.  The bridesmaids were Miss Stella Snow, sister of the bride, and Miss Nellie Snow, sister of the groom.


Friday, October 14, 1927

Miss REBECCA GREENLAND, who has spent several months visiting her sister, Mrs. C.F. Turner, Lincolnshire, England, returned home recently.


Mr. M.A. GIRVAN, Manager of the Bank of Nova Scotia, Carbonear, has been transferred to Windsor, N.S., and with Mrs. Girvan and her mother, Mrs. J.R. Goodison, and her young son and daughter, left Carbonear last week.  He is being replaced by Mr. MacDonald, formerly manager at Bay Roberts, while Mr. W.C. Hawker, son of  Mr. & Mrs. M.J. Hawker, of Carbonear, formerly of Channel, has removed to Bay Roberts. – H.G. Standard.


Friday, October 21, 1927

Victim Disappeared 15 years ago. - On January 13, 1913, ABRAHAM SHELLEY, aged 40, left a logging camp in Rocky  Pond, South Pond barrens, Gander Bay, to cross to Glenwood, a distance of 12 miles.  He was overtaken by a snowstorm and lost.  On Wednesday last, a guide, JAMES JOHN, discovered the skeleton lying between two trees, about 3 miles from Glenwood.  The remains were overgrown with moss.  Constable Forsey, of  Lewisporte, who was dispatched to make an investigation, found a purse containing a note, some silver money and also his pipe in the remnants of the victim’s coat. After the disappearance of Shelley, the ex-constable Samuel Dawe, was sent to make search, he traced the man’s footsteps in the snow, to within three miles of where he was found.


Mr. and Mrs. GEORGE PENNEY and their daughter, Mrs. (Senator) Goff, who have been in Newfoundland from the United States for sometime passed, were here this week and visited relatives.


Friday, October 28, 1927

Died suddenly, while in church, October 23, WILLIAM SCOTT, J.P., in his 69th year.


Friday, November 4, 1927

Married at Brooklyn, N.Y., on October 8th, GERTIE PENNEY, daughter of Magistrate and Mrs. Penney of Carbonear, to THOMAS A LENCH, son of Rev. Charles and Mrs. Lench of Brigus.


Capt. ROBERT CHURCHILL drowned while endeavouring to board his schooner in St. John’s, October 29th.  He is survived by a widow, four sons, Max, William, Isaac and Alton, and one daughter, Fannie. Capt. Churchill was in his 65th year. The funeral took place Monday at St. Matthew’s Church, interment in C. of E. cemetery.


Friday, November 11, 1927

Mystery surrounds the disappearance of STEPHEN HOGAN, who left his home at King’s Cove on November 2nd, to round up some cattle.  Search parties out for three or four days have failed to find any trace of the missing man.  He is about 67 years of age, of robust constitution, and sober habits. About 35 years ago a man named JOE HOLLIHAN, who had gone to gather wood in the locality, disappeared mysteriously, no trace of him was ever found, except that one of the search parties picked up the rope that Hollihan carried to tie up his wood. – The Telegram.


Died suddenly at Shearstown on Nov. 9th, ELIZA, beloved wife of REUBEN MERCER, aged 67 years, leaving a husband and three daughters, Mrs.Herbert Sparkes, Shearstown, Mrs.Thomas Humphries, St. John’s, Mrs. Bert Hierlihy, Bay Robert’s, eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild, two sisters, Mrs. William Lamb, Coley’s Point, Mrs. William Brown, Bay Roberts and one brother, Mr. George Badcock, Shearstown, to mourn their sad loss. Funeral today. (some of this info was taken  from another writeup)


Friday, November 18, 1927

Mr. R. A. BADCOCK, traveling evangelist, from the Pentecostal Assembly of the United States, is holding a series of meetings at Clarke’s Beach for the past two weeks.  Mr. Badcock is a native of Bay Roberts, son of the late Robert Badcock.


Mr. JIM DOVE, St. John’s, spent the weekend at “Hawthorne”, with his grandparents, Capt. and Mrs. Bartlett.


Died at Mercer’s Cove, Nov. 6th, after a short illness, EMMIE MERCER, beloved daughter of  William and Elizabeth Mercer, aged 16 years. Deceased had been to the Labrador with her parents for the greater part of the summer and was well until Sept., when the disease which caused her death, was seen to affect her. Left to mourn are father, mother and one brother, William to mourn their sad loss. Funeral took place to the United Church cemetery, Nov. 9th.


Died at French’s Cove, Nov. 13th, MARY GRACE, beloved wife of George BADCOCK, aged 65 years.  Funeral took place Nov. 15th to the C. of E. cemetery.


Died at Coley’s Point, Nov. 15th, after an illness of two months, ELIZABETH (Bessie), beloved wife of James BRADBURY, and daughter of Ann-Maria and the late Nathaniel FRENCH, aged 25 years.  Left to mourn are a husband, infant daughter, Jean, mother, three brothers, Arthur, Gordon and Augustus, and one sister, Sarah. Funeral Nov. 17th to the C. of E. cemetery, Coley’s Point. (info from another write up later on, added to the first one)


Mrs. JOHN J. MOORES, arrived from Blackhead on Tuesday evening, and is staying with her mother, Mrs. Mary Marshall, for a few weeks.


Mr. ANDREW CONWAY, of Ayr, Scotland, arrived here Saturday last, on a visit to his daughter, Mrs. Herbert WELSH, Bay Roberts East.


Friday, November 25, 1927

Died, Nov. 20th, at Shearstown, ROBERT MERCER, beloved husband of Rosa Mercer, aged 43 years.  Left to mourn are a widow, three children, father, mother, five brothers and one sister. Funeral took place Nov. 22nd. To the C. of E. cemetery.


Married at the C. of E. Church, Topsail, Nov. 23rd, MAY JACKMAN to HARRY BURGESS.


The shooting of RICHARD NURSE, by CHARLES A. WILLIAMS, an adopted son, was reported to the Justice Dept. on Tuesday last, by Magistrate Courage, of Belleoram.  The affray took place at Poole’s Cove, where both men lived. Nurse was shot through the left breast and died instantly.  Certain domestic troubles are said to be the cause of the tragedy.  Williams is an ex-naval reservist, he has been arrested and charged with murder.


Friday, December 2, 1927

Died, Nov. 27th, DIANA, widow of the late Isaac MERCER, aged 83 years. Left to mourn their sad loss are one son, Isaac Mercer, of Coley’s Point, and one daughter, Mrs. Eileen Woods, of British Columbia.  Funeral took place Tuesday.


Died, Nov. 23rd, CECIL D. BOURNE, aged 26 years, son of Capt. A. and Mrs. Bourne, leaving father, mother and one brother.


Died at St. John’s, Nov. 25th, after a short illness, JOSEPH BOONE, H.M. Customs, aged 59 years.  Leaving a wife, two sons and one daughter.


The passing of WILLIAM NOEL, Dept. Minister of Agriculture & Mines, occurred at the General Hospital, Tuesday.  About a fortnight ago he was at work in his office, but was taken seriously ill, and an operation was found to be necessary.  Deceased was the son of the late Canon Noel, and was born in 1868 at the Rectory in Upper Island Cove. He leaves a widow and four sons to mourn the loss of a loving husband and kind father.


Passed away at the General Hospital, St. John’s, Nov. 27th, JOSIAH RUSSELL, of Country Road, aged 68. The funeral took place Wednesday, to the U.C. cemetery, Coley’s Point.


Passed peacefully away after a short illness, ROBERT C. AITKEN, aged 71 years.


Friday, December 9, 1927

Seaman Drowned – A message to the Dept. Minister of Customs from the Collector at Pushthrough, reports that ABRAM NORRIS, of Great Jarvis, was washed overboard and drowned from the schr. Carranza, on Thursday evening,whilst on the passage from Sydney.  The Carranza is now at St. Pierre.


The Deputy Minister of Customs has received a message from L. Harvey, Collector, informing him that the body of an aviator was washed ashore at Clam Bank Cove, Port au Port Peninsula, Dec. 4th, 1927.  The message read as follows:  To Dept. Minister of Customs: The body of an aviator was picked up yesterday morning on the short, at Clam Bank Cove, and is at present under the care of Rev. Father Pineault.  The Justice Dept. have been communicated with, it is presumably that of Count J. de LESSEPS.  (Sgd.)L. Harvey, Collector.  It will be recalled that Count de Lesseps and his mechanic were lost between Oct. 18th to 20th, during a flight over the St. Lawrence from Gaspe, and that no traces of their bodies were found.  The wing of the machine was later picked up at Bandy Bay in the St. Lawrence.  A later message received by the Minister of Justice, from Mr. A. House, Mgr. of the D.I. & S. Plant at Aquathuna, reads as follows: Body of aviator picked up at Clam Bank Cove yesterday, in good preservation, only the exposed parts of the face and hands disfigured. Understand that papers found on him, identify him as Count de Lesseps. Quite a few papers and medals etc. on his person.  Dr. McDonald  preceding there at once. – The Telegram


Passed peacefully away Sunday, Capt. JOHN CHURCHILL, leaving to mourn a loving wife and two daughters.


Friday, December 16, 1927

On December 9th, passed to the Great Beyond, MARY M. FITZPATRICK, second daughter of Patrick and Catherine Fitzpatrick, of this town.  Deceased was in her 18th year.  Her funeral took place Sunday afternoon and her body was laid to rest in the family plot in the R.C. Cemetery.


Friday, December 23, 1927

Died, this Friday morning, ANASTASIA MURPHY, daughter of the late John and Ellen Murphy, aged 87 years. Leaving to mourn one sister Margaret.  Funeral takes place tomorrow to the railway station.  Interment will be made at Catalina.


Friday, December 30, 1927

Passed peacefully away at Mercer’s Cove, December 15th, MARY WINIFRED, beloved wife of William MERCER, aged 40 years. She leaves to mourn their sad loss a husband, two daughters, one son, and a mother and three brothers.  Funeral took place  Dec. 17th to  the U.C. cemetery.


Died on December 27th, MARY CATHERINE, widow of the late John M. DAWSON, aged 55 years.  Left to mourn are two sons, and one daughter at home, and one adopted son in the United States.  Funeral took place December 29th to the R.C. cemetery.


Page Transcribed by Maxine Edwards (January, 2002)
Page Revised by Don Tate (January 2002)

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