Presented by the
Newfoundland's Grand Banks Site
to assist you in researching your Family History

Click on the graphic below to return to the NGB Home Page
Newfoundland's Grand Banks

To contribute to this site, see above menu item "About".

These transcriptions may contain human errors.
As always, confirm these, as you would any other source material.



 Bay Roberts Guardian


        C. E. Russell Proprietor                                                                            MF 5146

Transcribed by Maxine Edwards, December 2001.

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

Friday, January 6, 1928

New Bedford, Mass. Jan. 3, 1928 - The body of PATRICK RILEY, engineer of the fishing schooner “Mary R. Mullins”, who together with the woman operator of an automobile, lost his life when the machine plunged through the rail of a bridge on New Year’s Eve, was found yesterday near the shore at Fairhaven, and will be sent home to his parents at Carbonear, Nfld.

Died at St. John’s, January 1st,1928, after a long illness, GEORGE ROBERT (Bert), youngest son of W.A. and Elfreida McKay, aged 18 years and 3 months, formerly of Hr. Grace.

Hon. Justice Warren, who returned on Dec. 29th from a visit to Rochester, Minn., whither he went a few weeks ago to get medical treatment, passed away Dec. 31st.  Judge Warren was the son of the late William H. Warren and grandson of Rev. Dr. Harvey, formerly of Port de Grave.  At the early age of 23 years, he was returned as representative for Trinity Bay, 1909 he was elected for Port de Grave, and became Speaker of the House, from 1919 to 1923, he was Attorney General in the Squire’s Govt., and for a little over a year he was Prime Minister, resigning in May, 1924.  Funeral took place Monday to the C. of E. cemetery.

It is with deep regret we chronicle the passing of a life long friend of the writer, FREDERICK G. CHISLETT, aged 47 years. He leaves to mourn their great loss a sorrowing wife and nine children.

Friday, January 13, 1928

JACOB BUTT, aged 80 years, a native of Newfoundland, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Hall, Halifax, recently.

Married at North Sydney, December 30th, EMILY MADDOCK, daughter of Jas. Maddock, ex-M.H.A. for Carbonear, to A.W. SHANO, Supt. of the Newfoundland Postal Service.

GEORGE MORGAN, a five year old boy of Whitbourne, died at the General Hospital, as a result of burns received at his home.

Mrs. ELIZABETH LeMESSUREIR, wife of Mr. H.W. LeMessureir, C.M.G., Deputy Minister of Customs, St. John’s, died at her residence Sunday morning last.

JOSEPH GARLAND, aged 63, was found drowned in the harbor of St. John’s Saturday morning last. He lived with his sister and brother-in-law, Thomas Snelgrove. He left the house to go to the “stage” to get some kindling wood, and it is thought he tripped in something and fell to the water.

Friday, January 20, 1928

Struck on the head by a boom of a pile driver while he was supervising construction work at the foot of Jefferson Street, JOSEPH L. MARTIN, 58 years old, President of the Potomac Construction Co., 229 Ninth St. N.E., was almost instantly killed yesterday.  He was pronounced dead upon arrival at Emergency Hospital.  A native of St. John’s, Nfld., Mr. Martin came to Washington about 25 years ago.  Besides his wife, Mrs. Esther Martin, he is survived by a son, William O. Martin, a daughter, Miss Esther Lillian Martin, and three sisters, Misses Mary, Anna and Margaret Martin. –Washington Star, Dec.18.

Died, January 11th, ISAAC SPARKES, beloved husband of Fannie Sparkes, aged 84 years and 11 months. Left to mourn are a widow, five daughters and two sons. Funeral took place Jan. 16th to the C. of E. cemetery.

THOMAS O’NEIL, 70 years old, former well known resident of Whitney Pier, was instantly killed Wednesday, when struck down by an electric train tram car in Roxbury, Mass.  The late Mr. O’Neil was a native of Newfoundland, but had resided in Sydney for about 25 years.  About a year ago he moved to Roxbury, Mass.  Twp sons, Bernard (Kid) O’Neil, and James W. O’Neil, and one daughter, Mrs. Chas. Kiddy, survive. – Sydney Post

Friday, January 27, 1928

Tomorrow, Jan. 28th, Mr. WILLIAM DAWE, head of the firm Wm. Dawe & Sons Ltd., will celebrate his 83rd birthday.

Brigus Briefs: The sudden death of STEPHEN PERCY, 23 years, occurred at his home Saturday under tragic circumstances. The deceased who had been in the country all day Friday, returned to his home in the evening, apparently in good health.  His body was found next morning lying across the floor, with life extinct.  Sympathy goes to his three brothers who are left to mourn his loss.

Mr. GUS WINTER, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Winter, who had been in United States the past four years, is now spending a couple of months in his old home town.

Died, January 26th, ESAU P. MERCER, beloved husband of Fannie Mercer, aged 86 years. Left to mourn are a widow, four sons and four daughters.  Funeral takes place Saturday to the United Church cemetery. (Obit: March 9th)

Died at St. John’s, Jan. 19th, JANE, daughter of the late Stephen and Elizabeth RUSSELL, of this town, aged 73 years.  Left to mourn are two brothers, Edward of St. John’s, and Albert of Cambridge, Mass. The remains were brought here by Saturday noon’s  train for interment which took place in the U.C. cemetery.

Friday, February 3, 1928

Died, Feb. 1st, ELIZABETH A. BISHOP, widow of the late James Bishop, aged 73 years.  Left to mourn are three sons and three daughters.  Funeral today to the C. of E. cemetery.

Friday, February 10, 1928

Mr. J.A. PADDON, for many years manager of the Bank of Montreal, St. John’s, passed away Wednesday, aged 73 years.

Friday, February 17, 1928

Passed peacefully away at his home, Feb. 16th, WILLIAM DAWE, beloved husband of Eliza (Russell) Dawe, aged 83 years. Left to mourn are a widow, seven sons, two daughters, also two brothers and three sisters. Funeral to take place tomorrow to Coley’s Point C. of E. cemetery.

Friday, February 24, 1928

Died, at Coley’s Point, February 23rd, SUSANNA, widow of the late James SPENCER, at the advanced age of 79 years.  Left to mourn are three sons, William H. in Prince Rupert, B.C., Samuel at Juneau, Alaska, and James at Coley’s Point, with whom she resided. Also, one sister, Mrs. William Ralph, Glace Bay, N.S. Funeral takes place Feb. 25th to the C. of E. cemetery.

Friday, March 2, 1928

Miss JANETTE PEYTON, of Twillingate, who was nursing at the General Hospital, passed away at Newstead recently, while being taken to her home.

Died at Catalina, Feb. 23rd, JENNIE, beloved wife of Dugald WHITE.

Died, Feb. 23rd, FANNIE, wife of Hector McNEIL.

Died, March 1st, at the residence of her son, 17 Power Street, St. John’s, ANN, widow of the late Nathaniel SPARKES, formerly of French’s Cove, Bay Roberts, aged 86 years.

Died, Feb. 25th, after a short illness, PATRICK FITZPATRICK, aged 77 years.  Leaving one daughter, Annie, three sons, Bernard, Patrick and Michael to mourn their loss. Funeral to the R. C. cemetery, Feb. 28th.

On February 27th, at the home of Mr. & Mrs. C. Cave, a very pleasant hour was spent, it being the anniversary of Mr. Cave’s 77th  birthday.

Friday, March 9, 1928

A man named DENIS MAY, who was being taken from Fortune Bay to St. John’s by S.S. Propero to enter the Mental Hospital, jumped overboard and was drowned while the steamer was crossing St. Mary’s Bay.  The body was not recovered.

Obituary - On January 22nd, a great seaman and esteemed resident of Beachy Cove, Bay Roberts, passed away in the person of Capt. ESAU MERCER, the son of the late Charles Mercer, ship owner.  He was married twice, first to Miss Lavinia French, who bore three children, two sons and one daughter, his second wife was Miss Fannie Snow, of Clarke’s Beach, who survives. Ten children were the offspring of the marriage.  At the age of 87 years and 6 months, Capt. Esau, in the words of Tennyson, crossed the bar and entered port, universally regretted by his old friends. (Jan. 27th announcement has a different death date)

While on the way from Seal Cove, White Bay, to Wild Cove, Mrs. WESLEY PARDY, and DAVID WELLS, were caught in the blizzard that raged over the country on Monday last.  The woman perished from exposure, and the man managed to get ashore, after being  eight hours adrift on the ice.

Died at Spaniard’s Bay, March 1st, BRIDGET, wife of Jas. PEDDLE (formerly Miss Bridget Delaney of this town), leaving a husband, four daughters and one son.

Friday, March 16, 1928

After a lingering illness, passed peacefully away at her home at Coley’s Point, March 12th, MARY JANE, beloved wife of Horatio FRADSHAM, aged 70 years.  She leaves to mourn their sad loss a husband, two sons, Albert and Isaac, both residing at Corner Brook, one daughter, Mrs. Azariah Russell, Coley’s Point, one sister, Mrs. Nathan Norman, Cupids, one brother, Isaac Churchill in Vancouver, B.C. and 15 grandchildren.

Wedding – At the home of Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Ralph, 25 Watts Street, Chelsea, a very pretty wedding took place, Feb. 29th, the contracting parties were Mr. GEORGE A . HAMPTON, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ebenezer Hampton of Port de Grave, Nfld., and Miss EVELYN CAVE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Cave of Bay Roberts. Miss Alma Martin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Martin, played the wedding march.  The groom was supported by Mr. Hubert A. Ash, while Miss Florence Hampton, sister of the groom acted as bridesmaid.

Died, at Hr. Grace, Monday night, CATHERINE M. (Kitty Jordan), beloved wife of  M. T. JONES, leaving a husband and nine children to mourn their sad loss.

Brigus Briefs: Mr. and Mrs. ERIC BURTON and child left for Hazel Hill, Nova Scotia, last week, to make their future home there.

Friday, March 23, 1928

Died at Hr. Grace, March 10th, GEORGE WHELAN, aged 67 years.

Died at Hr. Grace, March 11th, JOHN L. OKE, aged 73 years.

Died, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W.A. Oke, Hr. Grace, March 13th, Mrs. ANNIE E. PARSONS, aged 87 years.

Passed peacefully away at her home, Shearstown, March 9th, after a lingering illness, CARRIE, beloved wife of John BRADBURY, aged 21 years.  She leaves to mourn their sad loss, a husband, one darling child, Edith, father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Parsons of Coley’s Point, also one brother, Charles Parsons.

Snatched from the jaws of death was the experience of a little boy between seven and eight years of age, son of Absalom MOSHER, of Humbermouth.  The child had gone to the well, and while dipping up water, he slipped head foremost into it.  The rail coach passing, fireman Seabright saw the feet of the youngster sticking up out of the well, having been attracted by the movement of the feet in a fruitless effort of the lad to extricate himself.  He told the driver, and immediately the coach was stopped, and the crew rushed to the scene and rescued the little fellow. – Western Star.

Capt. L STEVENSON, commanding the S.S. Caribou, on the Cabot Straits between Port aux Basques and North Sydney, passed away March 18th, at his residence North Sydney, after an illness of five weeks duration.

Friday, March 30, 1928

Passed peacefully away, March 16th, at Cambridge, Mass. U.S.A., HELEN, beloved wife of John SWYERS, at the age of 46.  Deceased was born at Bonavista, Nfld., but went to the U.S. about 22 years ago, and there married, and has since resided.  She leaves to mourn a devoted husband, and two sons, Walter and Gordon, one daughter, Olive Gertrude, and a father, living in Bonavista. (Her mother predeceased her eight months ago.) Also, four sisters, Mrs. Estell, Medford, Mass., Mrs. Dr. Kazanjian, Boston, and Mrs. Kenneth M. Mercer, Bay Roberts, Mrs. M.H. Little, Bonavista, and one brother in Connecticut, U.S.A.

The sudden passing away of Mrs. PEARL HIGGINS, at Country Road, March 25th, was a very heavy blow to her husband and parents.  Mrs. Higgins, aged 23 years, leaves to mourn a husband, mother and father, one sister, Mrs. Thomas Batten, Bareneed, two brothers, William and Allan, at home.

Died suddenly, March 18th, at Clarke’s Beach, Pastor FRED MORGAN, Bethesda Pentecostal Assembly.  Left to mourn are a widow, nee Flora Bowering, of Coley’s Point, and mother, Mrs. J. Morgan.  Funeral took place March 20th to the Pentecostal Cemetery.

We regret to hear of the death of Mr. S. H. SMITH, father of Mr. S.A. Smith, of the Western Union Cable Staff here, which occurred at Weedon, Aylesburg, England, March 22nd, at the age of 78 years.

Died at Bay Roberts West, March 25th, FANNIE SPARKES,  widow of the late William Sparkes, aged 72 years. Left to mourn are two sons, Aubrey, of this town, and Richard in the United States, and one daughter, Mrs. James Mercer, of Grand Falls.  Funeral took place Tuesday to the S.A. cemetery.

CLARA WATERMAN, a servant at the home of Mr. J.W. Hiscock, of St. John’s, was burned fatally on Monday morning, in attempting to light the kitchen stove with kerosene oil.  She was taken to the General Hospital and died there on Thursday night.

April 6 issue missing.

Friday, April 13, 1928

Passed peacefully away at her home, Coley’s Point, April 9th,  after a lingering illness, MARY RUSSELL, widow of the late Francis Russell, aged 81 years.  Left to mourn their loss are two daughters, Mrs. Thomas French and Mrs. Thomas Purdy, both residing at Corner Brook, and 7 grandchildren.  Funeral took place Wednesday afternoon to the C. of E. cemetery.

RUPERT GRIMES, well known to many in Bay Roberts, who served as Staff Sergeant  with the Nfld. Regiment, passed away at the General Hospital, Thursday, after a months’ illness, at the early age of 35 years.  Last year deceased was married to Miss MARY CRON, of Hr. Grace, who survives him.  He leaves to mourn a father, ex-Supt. of Constabulary Grimes, wife, two brothers, George F., M.H.A., and Stanley in Montreal, and three sisters, Gladys, Mrs. Stevens and Mrs. Andrews.

The death of Mr. M.H. VINICOMBE, ex-M.H.A., and a member of the Board of Liquor Control, took place with tragic suddenness, just about as he was to go to his home, Tuesday.  Mr. Vinicombe has not been feeling well for some time, but yet was able to attend to his duties. “Nix”, as he was familiarly called, was well liked and respected. His remains being interred at Belvedare Cemetery.

Died at Spaniard’s Bay, April 12th, J. R. SHEPPARD, funeral Saturday. (The next article of J.R. Sheppard has a different death date.)

Friday, April 20, 1928

Death of J. R. SHEPPARD, Spaniard’s Bay, April 18th, he was a J.P. and general dealer. He was 72 years old, born at Harbor Grace. About 47 years ago he came to Spaniard’s Bay.  He leaves to mourn their sad loss a wife, three sons and two daughters.

Died at French’s Cove, April 14th, ROBERT, darling child of Robert and Jane DALE, aged 6 years.  Funeral took place April 17th to the U.C. cemetery.

Died at French’s Cove, April 18th, JOSEPH, son of John C. and Clara FRENCH, aged 15 years. Funeral took place to the U.C. cemetery, today.

Died at Coley’s Point, April 23rd, WALLACE, darling child of Albert and Edith RUSSELL, aged 2 years and 2 months. Funeral took place April 25th to the U.C. cemetery.

A quiet, but very pretty wedding was solemnized at St. Mary’s Church, St. John’s, April 25th, when MILDRED WINIFRED, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William PINSENT, of New Harbour, T.B.,  was joined in holy bonds of matrimony to WALTER JOSEPH, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph MERCER, of this town.

May 4 issue missing.

Friday, May 11, 1928

Passed peacefully away at her home, Shearstown, April 26th, FANNE, beloved wife of James TITFORD, aged 49 years.  Left to mourn the sad loss of a loving wife and mother are a husband, three sons, James, William and Leslie, all at home, and five daughters, Mrs. John Fradsham, Coley’s Point, Mrs. Ralph Wilcox, Bay Roberts, Fannie, Doris and Emma at home, one brother, Mr. John Fillier, Long Beach Pond, and five grandchildren.  Funeral took place April 29th to the C. of E. cemetery.

Friday, May 18, 1928

Died at Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, May 14th, ROBERT, only son of Hon. Eli DAWE, M.L.C. and Mrs. Dawe.  Left to mourn are a widow, three children, father, mother and two sisters.

Friday, May 25, 1928

Died, May 23rd, ELIZABETH, beloved wife of John CAVE, aged 28 years. Left to mourn their sad loss are a husband and infant son, father, Mr. John Dawe of Cupids and  two step-brothers.  Funeral took place today to the S.A. cemetery.

Friday, June 1, 1928

Died at Coley’s Point, May 30th, ABRAM GRAY, aged 78 years.  Left to mourn are one son, Mr. John Gray, with whom he resided, and three daughters, Mrs. Edward Snow of Bay Roberts, Mrs. James Mercer of Country Road, and Mrs. Eugene Vaters of St. Johns, nine grandchildren, one great grandchild.  Funeral took place today to the C. of E. cemetery, Coley’s Point.

Passed peacefully away at Shearstown, May 20th, after a long illness, EDWARD FRENCH, beloved husband of Leah French, aged 51 years and 7 months.  Deceased was one of our prominent carpenters. Left to mourn are a widow, five sons, Thomas and Joseph in White Plains, N.Y., U.S.A., Max, Edward and Donald at home, two daughters, Iva Myrtle and Lizzie Barbara, at home, one sister, Mrs. John Holmes (of Henry), at Shearstown and one grandchild.  Funeral took place May 22nd to the United Church cemetery.

Married at St. Mary’s Church, South Side, St. John’s, May 26th, MAY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry CAVE, of this town, to JAMES SPENCER, of Coley’s Point.

Friday, June 8, 1928

Died, at Mercer’s Cove, June 7th, ETHEL, daughter of William and Sarah Ann MERCER, aged 18 years.

Born at Flint, Michigan, June 1st, to Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAM E. CAVE (nee Miss Gladys M. Russell), a son.

Friday, June 15, 1928

After an illness lasting about eight months, seven of which he was receiving treatment at the General Hospital, at St. John’s, JOHN MERCER, son of Mr. John Mercer (of James), Mercer’s Cove, passed peacefully away June 9th.  Deceased was 26 years of age. He leaves a father, one brother and two sisters, to mourn their sad loss.

Died, at St. John’s, June 11th, WILLIS ANTLE, aged 72 years.  Surviving him are a widow, one son, two daughters, two brothers and three sisters.

Died at Hr. Grace, June 8th, GEORGE W. ANDREWS, beloved husband of Louise Andrews, aged 51 years.  Leaving a widow, three sons and three daughters to mourn their sad loss. The late Mr. Andrews was manager of Thompsons Drugstore and also of the Anglo American Telegraph office.

Mr. MARK CHAPLIN, tailor, passed away suddenly at his home in St. John’s Thursday morning, aged 72 years.

Friday, June 22, 1928

Once again the angel of death has cast a gloom over Shearstown, and has removed from our midst one of our popular young men, in the person of GEORGE KEMPTON HOLMES, beloved son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Holmes, who passed peacefully away June 15th at the age of 24 years. Left to mourn their sad loss are a sorrowing father and mother, one brother, Thomas, also one sister, Rosie, and grandmother, Mrs. Naomi Turtle.  Funeral took place June 17th to the C. of E. cemetery.

Died at Coley’s Point, June 21st, EUNICE GREENLAND, widow of the late Isaac Greenland, aged 82 years. Left to mourn are two sons, Lemuel and Joseph, now in Boston, Mass. and one daughter, Mrs. Jesse Sparkes, French’s Cove.  Funeral takes place Saturday to the C. of E. cemetery.

Two men, BERNARD LEE and JOHN MOORE, of the fishing schooner, Winnifred Lee,  belonging to Grand Bank, were drowned on the Banks on the 14th instant, whilst hauling trawls.  Both men are married.

Friday, June 29, 1928

JAMES FOX, aged 16 years, of William Street, St. John’s, died at the General Hospital Sunday night last, as a result of injuries received a few hours before, when he was hit by a motorcar driven by Mr. R.A. PARSONS, B.L.  While we sincerely regret with Mr. Parson’s numerous friends, the accident, we are pleased to state, that no blame was attached to Mr. Parsons, the driver of the car, as the unfortunate lad ran from one side of the road to the other to be with his companion, who crossed the street just ahead of him.

On Tuesday, the marriage of Mr. E.L. OKE and Miss JESSIE SHEPPARD, daughter of Inspector and Mrs. Sheppard, was solemnized at St. Paul’s Church, Hr. Grace. 

Mrs. FREDERICK WISEMAN (nee Susie Barnes) and three children, Harriet, Gordon and Allan, accompanied by her mother, Mrs. Chas. Stevens, of Coley’s Point, arrived home from New York via St. John’s.  Mrs. Wiseman has been in poor health for some years, and it is hoped the change of climate will improve her health.

Friday, July 6, 1928

A sad drowning accident was reported from Lark Hr. yesterday, when the wife of the light keeper at South Head, Curling, lost her life after a dory in which she and her husband were in, upset.

PAUL KELLY, 16 year old son of Richard Kelly, of Holyrood, was fatally injured Sunday afternoon last, at Holyrood.  It appears that Kelly, in company with a companion, was trying to climb a steep hill, when grasped a dead branch, it broke, and the unfortunate boy fell a distance of 170 feet, to a rock pile.  A doctor and priest were immediately summoned, but despite their efforts, he passed away.

Mrs. FRED MERCER and little daughter, Dorothy, of Dorchester, Mass., arrived here by express, July 2nd.  Mrs. Mercer is visiting her parents Mr. & Mrs. Isaac Morgan, Coley’s Point.

On Saturday last, while fishing on Gull Pond, one of the storage waters of Seal Cove River, WILLIAM G. SMITH  and JOHN PATTERSON, of St. John’s, lost their lives.  Evidence of the tragedy was found on Sunday by Messrs. W. Churchill and A. Tuff, of St. John’s, who were on their way up the river. The late William Smith leaves a wife and nine children, he was a director of the firm of George M. Barr. The late John Patterson leaves a wife and one child. He was a veteran of the late war and since in the employ of Hawes & Co.

Died at the General Hospital, St. John’s, July 5th, JAMES SINCLAIR TAIT, M.D., aged 80 years.

ROBERT DAWE, of this town, was seriously injured and died about one and a half hours afterward, when an eastbound freight train collided with his motor car near Holyrood on Tuesday night last.  Mr. Dawe motored to St. John’s Tuesday morning last, taking with him Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Baggs and children, to take the S.S. Newfoundland enroute to Boston, Mass. On his return to Bay Roberts in the evening he was accompanied by Capt. Abe Parsons, who was sitting in the front seat with him when the accident occurred.  They left St. John’s at 6:00 p.m., and proceeded on the trip about 10 minutes before they reached the level crossing at Joy’s Point, Holyrood, they met the regular Carbonear train. It is supposed Mr. Dawe presumed that having passed this train, there was no more danger from trains. He came to the crossing at Joy’s Point where there is a curve and slight grade, and found a freight train coming from the west.  He was near the track at the crossing, it was impossible to stop the car in such a short space.  He therefore did the only thing possible, increased the speed in a desperate effort to cross the tracks ahead of the train, but he did not succeed.  Capt. Parsons was hurled to a distance of 10 to 15 feet, and sustained minor injuries to his face and hands, while Robert Dawe was found in the car dead.  Deceased was the only son of the late Capt. Charles Dawe, and leaves to mourn their sad loss a wife (nee Miss Butt), three sons, Charles in Boston, Adrian in New York, and David at home, two daughters, Mrs. Watts in Hr. Grace, and Emma in New York, and one sister, Mrs.Walter Wills, now on her way to England.

Friday, July 13, 1928

Died at French’s Cove, July 12th, JANE, beloved wife of John BADCOCK, at the age of 76 years.  Left to mourn are a husband, one son, Thomas, now at Straits of Belle Isle, and three daughters, Mrs. Reuben Snow, Coley’s Point, Mrs. H.J. Ball, Lowell, Mass. and Mrs. James Ryans, Jamaica Plains, Mass. Also fourteen grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Funeral takes place tomorrow, July 14th, to the U.C. cemetery. (Two articles combined for this information)

The funeral of the late ROBERT DAWE took place Tuesday afternoon to the C. of E. cemetery.

Mrs. WILLIAM BELBIN and little daughter, Florence, arrived here Saturday last on a visit to her mother, Mrs. Robert Mercer.

Friday, July 20, 1928

Died at Beachy Cove, Bay Roberts, July 7th, JOHN MERCER, son of the late Jacob and Rebecca Mercer, aged 59 years. Left to mourn their sad loss are a widow, four sons and one daughter.

Died at Coley’s Point, July 16th, SUSIE, beloved wife of Frederick WISEMAN, and daughter of Mrs. Chas. S. Stevens, aged 26 years.  Left to mourn are a husband, three small children, Harriet, Gordon and Allan, also a mother, step-father, and two brothers, James and Harry Barnes, of Brooklyn, N.Y. Funeral took place July 18th to the U.C. cemetery, Coley’s Point. (Information combined from two different articles on Susie Wiseman)

Died July 14th, Mrs. EMMA WILCOX, aged 85 years. Left to mourn are three brothers, Messrs. William, Stephen and Samuel Bradbury, and two sisters, Mrs. Eli Dawe, Coley’s Point, and Mrs. William Mercer, Mercer’s Cove. Funeral took place July 16th to the U.C. cemetery.

Friday, July 27, 1928

Mrs. MARY HOLBURN, with her son and three daughters, returned to Sydney, N.S. recently, after a three weeks visit to her father and step-mother, Mr. & Mrs. Chas. S. Stevens, Coley’s Point.

Friday, August 3, 1928

Died at Coley’s Point, July 31st, BENJAMIN MORGAN, aged 78 years.  Funeral took place Thursday.

Friday, August 10, 1928

Died, August 7th, SUSIE IVY, beloved child of James H. and Winnie SNOW.

Died, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jas. Badcock, August 7th, ROBERT C. BRADBURY, aged 80 years,  beloved husband of  Mary Ann.  Deceased was born at Drummer’s Rock, French’s Cove, July 12th, 1848.  He leaves to mourn a wife, two daughters, Mrs. Chas. French, Mrs. Jas. Badcock, two sons, Robert in Toronto, William at New Glasgow, two sisters, Mrs. Ellen Bishop, at Watertown, Mass., and Mrs. Mary Kelligrew at Cambridge, Mass., two brothers, Abram and Isaac at home, fourteen grandchildren. Funeral took place Thursday to the S.A. cemetery, Coley’s Point.

Died at Coley’s Point, August 3rd, ROBERT BADCOCK. Funeral August 6th  to the C. of E. cemetery.

An elderly woman, Mrs. ELIZA SAMWAYS, was found dead at the home Country Road today.  It appears that neighbors missing her around since Tuesday last, and fearing that something had happened to her, reported to Head Constable Dwyer, who immediately proceeded to her home. After searching awhile, Mr. Dwyer found her in an extension of the house, suspended from the rafters by a cord fastened around her neck. It is thought the unfortunate woman committed the rash act through mental affliction.

WILLIAM JONES, 32 years of age, of Hr. Grace, was killed at Florence colliery, C.B. on Saturday morning, while unloading rails from a flat car. Two rails fell from the car, one across his neck, killing him instantly.

Friday, August 17, 1928

Mrs. ARTHUR WHITE, is here from Heart’s Content visiting her mother, Mrs. Henry Dawe.

A seven year old lad named HAROLD PIERRE HANSEN, met his death by drowning, at Millertown, on Saturday, by falling overboard from a boat.

A quiet but very pretty wedding was solemnized at St. Peter’s Church, Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A, July 21st, when VIOLET MAY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Cave, Sr. of this town, was united in the holy bonds of matrimony to Mr. ISAAC LANDER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lander of Bonavista. The bride was attended by her sister, Miss Muriel Cave, Mr. Norman Lander, brother of the groom provided the duties of best man.

Married at Halifax, N.S., August 10th, GERTRUDE RAYMOND, of Boston, Mass., to BERTRAM A.C. SIMMONDS, son of Mrs. Simmons and the late Capt. Hugh W. Simmonds, formerly of Hr. Grace, now of St. John’s.

Friday, August 31, 1928

Mr. WILLIAM R. DAWE and two children, Leslie and Willie are visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Dawe of Coley’s Point.  Mr. Dawe will return to his duties as line foreman of the Nfld. Light and Power Co., on Sunday next.

There passed peacefully away at Beachy Cove, August 16th, EMMA, beloved wife of the late Abram MERCER, at the age of 62 years. Deceased leaves to mourn one son Charles, residing in Cambridge, Mass., two daughters, Mrs. John Mercer, of  Coley’s Point, Mrs. John French, of this town and one step-daughter, Mrs. Robert Andrews of Port de Grave, 19 grandchildren, one brother, Thomas Mercer, of Holton, Labrador, five sisters, Mrs. Joseph Mercer, Mrs. Lot Snow, Mrs. William Mercer, all of this town, Mrs. Samuel Fifield, of Bonavista, and Mrs. John Gray, Coley’s Point.

Mrs. AMBROSE STRONG and daughter, Dorothy, of Scranton, Penn., have been visiting relatives in Boston this summer, and was the guest of Mrs. Andrew Sullivan, her cousin, at their summer camp at Bellingham, Mass.  Mrs. Strong was formerly Miss Fanny Mercer, of Bay Roberts.

Died at Coley’s Point, August 29th, of meningitis, MAY KINSELLA, beloved daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kinsella.

Died at Beachy Cove, Bay Roberts, August 29th, ERIC MAXWELL, darling child of Jesse and Winnie BRADBURY, aged 1 year.  Funeral took place to the U.C. cemetery today.

Died suddenly, August 27th, ROBERT GEORGE RENDELL, in his 68th year.

Passed peacefully away at St. John’s, Tuesday, MARY, beloved wife of James JONES, of Port Union.

Friday, September 7, 1928

Mr. WILLIAM TRASK arrived here recently from Elliston to take charge of the Superior School.

Mr. ALEXANDER J. McRAE HARVEY, principal director of the well-known firm of A.Harvey & Co., St. John’s, passed away suddenly Sept 1st, aged 79 years. He was born in Philadelphia, U.S.A., and came to St. John’s in the early 70’s.


Miss DORIS MERCER is visiting Bay Roberts, the guest of her aunt, Mrs. George Bursell.

Mr. JOHN WILLIAMS, for 50 years in the employ of Bowering Brothers, has just celebrated his 100th birthday.

Friday, September 14, 1928

Died at Deer Lake, Sept. 4th, after a long illness, MARY ANN, beloved wife of Felix PENNEY, and daughter of the late Patience and Samuel Tippett, aged 31 years.  Leaving a husband, three children, mother, three brothers, William, Detroit, Michigan, Eleazar, at home, and Nathaniel at Toronto, and one sister, Mrs. Esau Snow, Clarke’s Beach, to mourn their sad loss. Funeral took place to the U.C. cemetery, Coley’s Point, Sept. 8th.

Magistrate McDONALD, retired, of St. George’s, passed away at that place recently at a very advanced age.

Mr. HECTOR McNEIL, former comptroller with the Reid Nfld. Co., passed away on Thursday morning last.

Mrs. ALLAN BRADBURY and her two children arrived recently from Corner Brook on a visit to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Dawe, Coley’s Point.

Friday, September 21, 1928

A wedding of much interest to their many friends took place at Cambridge, Mass., Sept.3rd, when MARY CLARE, youngest daughter of Elizabeth and the late John BRENNAN, of this town, was joined in marriage to Mr. JOHN FINN, formerly of Brigus, C.B.  Miss Margaret Finn, sister of the groom, was bridesmaid, the groom was assisted by Mr. Augustus A. Brennan, brother of the bride. A reception was held at the home of the bride’s sister, Miss Babe Brennan. On returning from a motor trip, Mr. and Mrs. Finn will reside at 30 Birkeshire Street, Cambridge, Mass.

Died at Bay Roberts, Sept. 18th, MARGARET, widow of the late Capt. James RYAN, aged 79 years. Funeral took place Sept. 20th.

Friday, September 28, 1928

Miss CEDELLA GUY, formerly of Burin, Nfld., won the annual Halifax Herald & Mail five mile walking race last Saturday, from a field of 5 competitors.  This is Miss Guy’s third consecutive victory.

Mr. T. MAX CARIVAN, left here Tuesday for Leeds, Mass., U.S.A. , where he will visit his sister, Mrs. Ralph Parsons.

Miss STELLA TAYLOR arrived recently from New Jersey, U.S.A., and is here visiting her sister, Mrs. Lewis Dawe.

Mrs. J. BRADBURY, of Allston, Mass., who has been here on a visit to her sister, Mrs. Capt. Abe Parsons, returned to her home this week.

Died at Shearstown this morning, after a lingering illness, MABEL, beloved wife of Albert J. TITFORD, aged 41 years. Left to mourn are a husband, father, Mr. William Vokey, one brother and two sisters. Funeral will take place Sept. 30th.

Died at Beachy Cove, Sept. 8th, ANNIE OLIVE, darling child of Hayward and Annie MERCER, aged 9 months.

Friday, October 5, 1928

Passed away at Beachy Cove, September 21st, PATIENCE LOUISA HARDING, at the age of 89 years and 4 months.  Deceased leaves five daughters, Mrs. Emma Kearley, Topsail, Mrs. Samuel Harding of St. John’s, Mrs. John Williams, St. John’s, Mrs. William Mercer, Bell Island, and Mrs. Albert Sparkes of this town, and three sons, Samuel at Corner Brook, Charlie and Abram at home, 53 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren.  Funeral took place to the C. of E. cemetery Sept. 23rd.

Married at the United Church, Curling, Sept. 29th, GEORGE C. JERRETT, of Brigus, to ALISON EMMA MEWS, of St. John’s.

Friday, October 12, 1928

During the past week or so, four prominent men of or identified with Newfoundland have passed away.  They were Capt. VICTOR GORDON, C.M.G., High Commissioner for Nfld. in England, at London; Dr. A.A. CHISHOLM, of Manuels, at Whitbourne; Mr. E. LEO CARTER, Solicitor, at St. John’s; and the news was received today of the death of Mr. ROBERT DUFF, of Carbonear, at Montreal.  The bodies of the late Capt. Gordon and Mr. Duff, will be brought to their native land for interment.

Friday, October 19, 1928

On the evening of Oct. 1st, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Jamaica Plains, Mass., EDITH MAY SANGSTER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Sangster, of Hanover, Mass., became the bride of FREDERICK J. SULLIVAN, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Sullivan of Roslindale, Mass.

Born on Oct. 8th, to Mr. and Mrs. ROBERT J. MERCER,  a daughter.

Died at the residence of his brother-in-law, Edward Snow, Oct. 19th, JOHN FRADSHAM, aged 62 years.  Funeral to take place Oct. 22nd.

Passed peacefully away at South Side, St. John’s, Wednesday, after a long and painful illness, EDWARD RUSSELL, formerly of Bay Roberts, aged 70 years.  Leaving to mourn a wife, one son in New Brunswick and one daughter, at home.

Passed quietly away, Tuesday evening, GILES TAYLOR, aged 75 years.

Friday, October 26, 1928

Passed peacefully away, Oct. 22nd, JIMMIE, darling child of James S. and Naomi SNOW, aged 7 ½ months.

Died, October 26th, ESTHER, widow of the late Edward FRENCH, aged 74 years. Left to mourn are two sons, Abram and John of this town, and two daughters, Mrs. Duncan Collins, Spaniard’s Bay, and Mrs. Abram Barrett, French’s Cove.

Died at Coley’s Point, Oct. 21st, MARY, beloved wife of Allen PARSONS, at the age of 36 years.  Left to mourn are a husband, five children and mother. Funeral took place Tuesday to the C. of E. cemetery.

Died, October 24th, ANDREW ALFRED, eldest son of Andrew H. and the late Edith WOOD, aged 12 years.  Funeral took place today to the C. of E. cemetery, Coley’s Point.

It is with much regret we record the passing of Mr. ROBERT MERCER, veteran pressman of the Evening Telegram, which occurred at St. John’s, October 24th, after a brief illness. The late Robert Mercer was born in this town in 1856.  He leaves to mourn three brothers, Esau in Toronto, Job at Grand Falls and Elijah at Springdale, Notre Dame Bay. Interred to the C. of E. cemetery, Coley’s Point, today.

Passed peacefully away, Saturday, at Bareneed, Port de Grave, CLARENCE, aged 25 years, son of John and the late Mary GREENLAND.

Passed peacefully away, Sunday last, at the Southcott Hospital, St. John’s, CATHERINE, widow of the late Hon. Philip TEMPLEMAN.

Friday, November 9, 1928

Passed peacefully away at 11 Andrew’s Street, Cambridge, Mass., on October 19th, WILLIAM L. RUSSELL, formerly of Country Road, Bay Roberts, Nfld., and for the past 13 years been residing in Everett and Manchester, Mass. He reached the age of 71 in July. Left to mourn are a loving wife, four sons, Ruel in Prince Rupert, B.C., James in Brandon, Vt., Ralph in Ramsgate, England, William in the U.S.Navy, and one daughter, Patience , 8 Kiswick  Street, Boston.  Also three brothers, Joseph in Bay Roberts, John in Vancouver, B.C., Azaniash in Millinocket, Maine, and one sister, Mrs. Ellen Smith, Bangor, Maine.  Burial took place the 20th  instant in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge.

The body of a boy named MILTON MARTIN, aged 12 ½ , missing from his house in St. John’s since August 14th, was discovered floating on the surface of the harbor, on Friday last.

Friday, November 23, 1928

Died, November 22nd, PATIENCE, widow of the late Jonathan SNOW, aged 77 years.  Left to mourn are two sons, Edward and John C., both of this town, and one daughter, Mrs. William Mercer, Mercer’s Cove.  Funeral November 24th to the C. of E. cemetery.

Died at the residence of her son, Jacob Bishop, November 19th, ELIZABETH BISHOP, widow of the late Jacob Bishop, aged 80 years, leaving two sons, Jacob and George Henry Bishop to mourn their loss.

Died at Mercer’s Cove, November 16th, ELIZABETH, wife of Jonathan BRADBURY, aged 47 years. Left to mourn are a husband, three children, and three sisters. Funeral took place Monday last to the C. of E. cemetery.

Mrs. EMMA SNOW, widow, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sarah Slaney, Halifax, on Monday.  Deceased was 75 years old.

Friday, December 7, 1928

Mrs. (Sergt.) BEN BISHOP, of Curling, arrived here this week on a visit to Mr. and Mrs. John Bishop.

Died, Dec. 4th, at her father’s residence, Spaniard’s Bay, GERTRUDE, beloved daughter of Lorenzo and Mary Noseworthy. Funeral took place Thursday to the C. of E. cemetery.

The following message was received yesterday by the Justice Dept., with reference to the drowning accident which occurred at Port Union on Monday afternoon, “Special train arrived here last night about ten o’clock, bringing bodies of TOBIAS TEMPLEMAN and his son, HUBERT  TEMPLEMAN, and HERBERT KEEL, and his adopted son, HERBERT TEMPLEMAN, all four were drowned yesterday at Camp 7 while crossing pond.  First indications of any accident were slides seen on pond by men coming from woods in another direction.  Inquiry being held today.”

Mr. WILLIAM E. PARSONS, formerly of Bay Roberts, but now of Hr. Breton, where he is Magistrated, visited Bay Roberts last week, when he was the guest of his brother, Mr. Reuben Parsons.  Mr. Parsons left Bay Roberts about 34 years ago to engage in school teaching on the southwest coast.

Friday, December 14, 1928

Died at French’s Cov, today, WINNIE, daughter of Henry William and Fannie BADCOCK,  aged 19 years.  Funeral takes place Sunday.

Passed away at St. John’s, Dec. 9th, LEAH LAVINIA ROGERSON, wife of William P. Rogerson, Dept. Minister of Marine & Fisheries.  Leaving to mourn besides her husband, four daughters and two brothers.  Funeral took place Tuesday.

Passed peacefully away at Coley’s Point, Dec. 8th, Mrs. HENRY GREENLAND, aged 75 years.  Left to mourn are her husband, three sons, Stephen, Samuel and Albert, 24 grand children, 2 great grandchildren, two brothers and one sister.  Funeral took place Dec. 11th to St. John the Evangelist Church, Coley’s Point.

The body of HENRY LYON, who conducted a watch making and jewelry business in St. John’s, was found floating in the harbor of St. John’s Wednesday morning.  In the 70’s, he kept a large book and jewelry store in Hr. Grace.

Mr. JOHN RORKE, Sr., last surviving son of the Hon. John Rorke, of Carbonear, and head of the well-known firm of J. Rorke & Sons, died at his home in Carbonear on Thursday, at the age of 86 years. The late Mr. Rorke was unmarried.  Funeral takes place Saturday.

Mr. R. B. WELLS, who spent a few days here visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.J. Wells, returned to Kentville, N.S., via St. John’s, today. Mr. Wells has resided in Kentville for ten years, first going there with the Bank of Nova Scotia, and since becoming the owner of a taxi service.

Friday, December 28, 1928

Passed peacefully away, Monday, at Hr. Grace, LOUISA, beloved wife of Selby PARSONS, aged 70 years.  Leaving  besides her husband, one daughter, Mrs. G.T. Gordon (Carrie), of Hr. Grace, four sons, George B. and W. J. residing at Hr. Grace, Allan T. at Corner Brook, and Max E., of the Bank of Montreal, St. George’s.  One son, Hedley, predeceased her some years ago.  She is also survived by 10 grandchildren.  Funeral took place Wednesday.

Died at Shearstown, Dec. 24th, HENRY MERCER, beloved husband of Emma Mercer, aged 74 years. Left to mourn are a widow, six sons and one daughter.  Funeral took place Thursday, to the C. of E. cemetery.

The bodies of EDWARD NOSEWORTHY and HANNAH NOSEWORTHY, were found near the old railway track off Freshwater Road, St. John’s, on Christmas Eve. Death is presumed to have occurred from exposure and lack of nourishment.  An inquiry is being held.

Miss FLORENCE RUSSELL arrived home from Boston, Mass., recently and will spend the winter months with her mother, Mrs. Ed Russell.


Page Ttranscribed by Maxine Edwards (January 2002)
Page Revised by Don Tate (January 2002)

Newfoundland's Grand Banks is a non-profit endeavor.
No part of this project may be reproduced in any form
for any purpose other than personal use.

JavaScript DHTML Menu Powered by Milonic

© Newfoundland's Grand Banks (1999-2019)

Hosted by
Chebucto Community Net

Your Community, Online!

You can search the entire NGB site
by using the [Google] search below.

Search through the whole site
[Recent] [Contacts] [Home]