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 Bay Roberts Guardian


        C. E. Russell Proprietor                                                                            MF 5147



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


Friday, January 4, 1929

Rev. WM SWANN, an aged U.C. Clergyman passed away at Cupid’s Dec. 28th.  He came to this country from England in 1871.


A veteran C. of E. clergyman, Rev. GEORGE CHAMBERLAIN, passed away at Catalina early New Year’s Day.  He was the senior priest in the C. of E. in Newfoundland.


NORMAN TOOPE, aged 24, was drowned at Ireland’s Eye, T.B., Wednesday, as a result of an explosion on board a motor boat.


Died, January 2nd, EDWARD SNOW (of Jno.), beloved husband of Zelia Snow, aged 59 years.  Left to mourn are a widow, four sons, John and Chesley at home, Edward, at Catalina, and Hugh, in Everett, Mass., and one daughter, Mrs. Wm. Mercer (of Wm.), of French’s Cove.  Seven grandchildren and one brother, Joseph, residing here.


Died at Hr. Grace, December 30th, JOHN LeDREW, aged 71 years.  Leaving a wife, formerly Miss Roberts, and five daughters, Miss Annie, who was on active service during the war as nurse with the Canadian Medical Corps, now residing at Regina, Lottie, Mrs. (Capt.) George Bursey of Toronto, Miss Stella, at home, Miss Pearl, of Regina, and Alma, Mrs. Clarke of Regina, three sons, Wm. of Youngstown, Ohio, Ralph, of Regina, both of whom are war vets, and John, at present at Regina.  Funeral will be held on Monday.


Friday, January 11, 1929

Passed peacefully away at French’s Cove, November 29th, JOHN, beloved son of Thomas and Naomi MENCHIONS, aged 11 years.


Mrs. WM. DUFF, aged 84 years, mother of John and the late Robert Duff, Carbonear, passed away at her daughters residence, Halifax, on Sunday last.  Interment was Friday in the family plot at Hr. Grace.


Miss EDITH LUSH, daughter of the well-known train conductor, Mr. Chas. Lush, passed away at Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Jan. 9th, following a delicate operation.  Mr. & Mrs. Lush were on their way to visit their daughter when they received the sad news at Sydney.


Died, Jan. 8th, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. James Badcock, MARY ANN BRADBURY, aged 80 years.  Leaving to mourn their sad loss two daughters, Mrs. James Badcock and Mrs. Chas. S. French, and one son, Robert Bradbury.  Funeral took place Thrusday to the S.A. cemetery, Coley’s Pt.


Passed peacefully away at Country Rd., Jan. 10th, MARY JANE PARSONS, widow of the late Joseph Parsons, aged 83 years.  Leaving to mourn three daughters, Mrs. John Dwyer, Grand Falls, Mrs. Jos. Parsons, Bangor, Maine, and Mrs. William H. Spencer, Country Rd., one son, Isaac Sparkes at Heart’s Content, two brothers, Isaac and James Parsons, Crane’s Brook, 14 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.  Funeral Jan. 12th to the C. of E. cemetery, Coley’s Pt.


Friday, January 18, 1929

Passed peacefully away at Shearstown, Dec. 24th, after a short illness, HENRY MERCER, beloved husband of Emma Mercer, aged 76 years.  Left to mourn are a widow, five sons, Jabez, Henry, John and Edmund, residing in the U.S.A., and Victor at home, and one daughter, Elizabeth, also residing in the U.S.A.  Also tow brothers and one sister.  Funeral took place to the C. of E. cemetery, Dec. 27th.


ANGUS MacDONALD, Mining Supt. & General Manager, Bell Island mines, died Sunday at the General Hospital.  The body will be sent to his hometown, Glace Bay.


Died at Country Road, Jan. 14th, SARAH JANE, beloved wife of Abram BRADBURY, aged 69 years.  Left to mourn are a husband and one son, Hayward, and two brothers.  Funeral on Wed. to the S.A. cemetery.


Died at Mercer’s Cove on Jan. 17th, WILLIAM MERCER, aged 76 years.  Funeral Saturday to the U.C. cemetery.


Died at Halifax on Jan. 6th, ABBIE, aged 87, widow of the late George E. CHARLTON, of Heart’s Content.


Passed peacefully away, Sunday, GEORGE T. OLIVER (printer), aged 82 years, leaving 3 daughters and three sons.


Friday, January 25, 1929


Mr. JAMES D. JARVIS, formerly a businessman of Hr. Grace, died at Aultsville, Ont. on Jan. 4th.  He conducted a general store in Aultsville in 1874, he was married to Fannie Mary Parsons, daughter of the late Mark Parsons, of Hr. Grace, who survives him.


Supreme Court – MARY E. DAWE Admix. Vs. the Newfoundland Railway. Mr. L.E. Emerson, K.C. and Mr. R. Gushue for plaintiff, Mr. J. Barron and Mr. Lewis for defendant.  The special jury was sworn as follows: - Robert W. Tircey, Ira S. Kennedy, Frank Ewing, Harold W. Fleet, Edward Neary, Leonard Garland, Wm. Jocelyn, Frederick Andrews, William B. Wardlow. 

- Mr. Gushue opened the case for the plaintiff. 

- Mr. L.E. Emerson, K.C. moves that the court and jury visit the locus.

- Mr. Barron for defendant consents.

- The jury with Hon. Mr. Justice Kent and Rt. Hon. Sir William Lloyd and the Counsel for both sides left shortly before eleven o’clock by special train to view the locus.  They returned to town and resumed the session at 3 p.m.

- This action arises out of the death of ROBERT DAWE who was killed near Holyrood last July whilst proceeding to his home by auto.  Damages amounting to $100,000 is claimed by Mrs. Dawe as administratrix of his estate.


Obituary – At 9 o’clock Monday evening, Mrs. MARGARET TAYLOR passed within the veil.  Stricken with a severe attack of appendicitis, she entered Grace Hospital on Sunday week past and underwent an operation.  Her case was seen to be grave, but as the days passed there was hope that she would pull through.  Yesterday morning her condition appeared satisfactory, but in the afternoon a change came and at the above hour her soul took its flight.  Mrs. Taylor was the second daughter of the late Capt. Josiah and Mrs. Anna PENNEY, of Carbonear, and widow of Ernest W. Taylor, late General Freight Agent with the Nfld. Railway, whose death three years ago this month was widely regretted.  Left to mourn are a daughter and son, Anna, at Dalhousie Unitversity, and Hal, at home, sisters, Mrs. E.H. Colpitts, of Orange, N.J., who left for here Sat., Mrs. James Pike, of Edmonton, Alberta; and Mrs. Stan Duder, and Miss Grace Penney, of the Memorial College staff, residing in the city, and two brothers, Fred E. Penney, of the Railway Engineering Staff, and John H. of Carbonear.  Another brother, Josiah, made the supreme sacrifice in the war.


Died Jan. 22nd, WILFRED ESAU KELLY, beloved son of George and the late Patience Kelly, aged 21 years.  Leaving father, step-mother, two brothers, Albert in Toronto, and Bertram in Bristol, Conn., and one sister, Mrs. Jack White, Grand Falls.  Funeral took place Jan. 24th to the U.C. cemetery.


Passed peacefully away at Brigus, Jan. 20th, in his 75th year, Capt. W.A. BARTLETT, son of the late Capt. Isaac Bartlett of Bay Roberts.  Funeral took place at Brigus, Jan. 22nd.


Friday, February 1, 1929

The wife of BABE RUTH, famous baseball star, was burned to death in a fire, which destroyed the hotel at which she was staying.  Mrs. Ruth is said to have been a Newfoundland lady, nee Miss WOODFORD, of Hr. Main.


Died at Hr. Grace, Jan. 29th, EDWARD PARSONS, ex-M.H.A., aged 76 years.  Left to mourn are a widow, six sons and four daughters.


Died at St. John’s, Jan. 27th, AZARIAH MERCER, of Mercer’s Cove, aged 77 years.  Left to mourn are a widow, one son and four daughters.  Funeral took place Wednesday to the U.C. cemetery.


Married at Carbonear, January 24th, EVA MAUD, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jas. B. PEACH (and sister of Mr. F.T. Peach of this town), to WILLIAM DUFF, son of Mrs. and the late Robert Duff.


Friday, February 8, 1929

While engaged logging near Shoal Harbor, T.B., a young man named LLEWELLYN BUGDEN, was accidentally killed by a tree falling on him.  The deceased is a resident of Pelley, Smith’s Sound.


Married at the U.C. Parsonage here on Feb. 4th, Miss JENNIE MERCER, of Country Road, to Mr. JOHN NORTH, of this town.


Issues missing - February 15, 22

                        - March 8, 15, 22, 29


Friday, April 12, 1929

Passed away at Long Beach Pond, April 7th, IDA MAY, darling little child of Mr. & Mrs. John ROACH, aged six months.  Left to mourn are father, mother, three aunts, two residing at Halifax, and one at home, and one uncle at Otterbury.


Died at St. John’s, April 11th, VICTOR, darling child of John and Nellie KELLY, aged 3 months.  Interment at Coley’s Point.


Died at St. John’s, April 8th, GLADYS, aged 24 years, youngest daughter of Mrs. & the late Nathan SPARKES.


DANIEL KEANE, one of the crew of the S.S. Nova Scotia, who fell from aloft and fractured his skull Wednesday, and died just before the ship entered St. John’s, was buried at Mt. Carmel cemetery on Thursday.


Friday, April 19, 1929

Died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. William Bursey, Coley’s Point, on Thursday, STEPHEN BROWN, aged 84 years.  Leaving two daughters, Mrs. Wm. J. French and Mrs. Wm. Bursey, and one son, William.  Funeral took place Friday to the C. of E. cemetery, Bay Roberts.


Died at Country Rd., April 17th, ISAAC MERCER, aged 67 years.  Leaving a wife, one son, Augustus, of Grand Falls, and three daughters, Mrs. Jonathan Yetman, N.Y., Mrs. Norman Jones, St. John’s, and Mrs. John North, Bay Roberts, six grandchildren , one sister, Mrs. Jas. Parsons of Bay Roberts, two brothers, Henry and Stephen, Country Road.  Funeral April 20th to the C. of E. cemetery Coley’s Point.


Passed away at Somerville, Mass., on April 9th, 1929, after a short illness, FREDERICK GEORGE HISCOCK, son of the late Henry and Elizabeth Hiscock, leaving a wife, two daughters and adopted daughter and four sisters, Susie, Edith, Mrs. Frank Bugden, and Mrs. Robert Morgan, and one brother, Mr. Wm. Hisccok, all of St. John’s.


Married at St. John the Evangelist Church, Coley’s Point, April 17th, SARAH FRENCH to ABSALOM NORMAN, both of this town.


Died at Spaniard’s Bay, April 19th, HAZEL, beloved wife of Geo. W. COLLINS (Willie), the highly esteemed post-master of Spaniard’s Bay and son of George and Fanny Collins; and youngest daughter of Mark and Eliza GOSSE, sr., lumber merchant.  Funeral April 21st.


Friday, April 26, 1929

Died suddenly on Monday, ELIZABETH A. MARTIN, beloved wife of Henry Martin, aged 65 years.  Left to mourn are husband, and one son Gilbert.  Funeral took place Wednesday to the U.C. cemetery.


Died at Spaniard’s Bay, April 24th, HARRY M. GOSSE, aged 29 years.  Leaving to mourn their sad loss are a wife and one child, father, mother, one brother, and five sisters.  Funeral today, April 26th.



Friday, May 3, 1929

Passed away at Country Road, Bay Roberts, after a short illness, April 27th, ISAAC, beloved husband of Mary Jane BRADBURY, aged 75 years.  Left to mourn are a widow, two sons, Benjamin at home, William, residing in Toronto, and one daughter, Mrs. Herbert Russell, of Toronto. Funeral took place April 29th to the S.A. cemetery, Bay Roberts.


A little 8 year old boy named CHARLES HUNTER BROWN, living on Le Marchant Rd., St. John’s, while on his way home from school a few days ago, jumped on a slovan to get a ride.  The boy fell off the slovan and one of the rear wheels passed over his shoulder and head crushing his head to a pulp.  He died shortly afterwards.


Mr. WM. TRASK, principal of the U.C. Superior School here, received a message on Sunday morning informing him that his wife, residing at Elliston, T.B., was seriously ill.  Mr. Trask was rushed to Avondale to catch the express, but we learn before he reached home, Mrs. Trask had passed away.


Friday, May 10, 1929

Died May 2nd, after a short illness, JAMES KENNEDY, leaving to mourn a wife, two sons, daughter, brother and sister.


Mr. WILLIAM SPARKES, brother of Messrs. Jesse and Baxter Sparkes, French’s Cove, arrived here recently from B.C. on a visit to his aged mother and brothers.  Mr. Sparkes has been away from Bay Roberts for about 35 years, and we understand this is his 1st visit in all that time.

Friday, May 17, 1929

Died at Crane’s Brook, May 15th, after a lingering illness, JOHN RUSSELL, aged 67 years.  He leaves to mourn their sad loss a widow, two daughters, Emmie and Eva, one brother, George and two sisters, one at home, one in U.S.A. Funeral today to the C. of E. cemetery. 


Messrs. ROBERT, GEORGE, & JOHN MERCER, sons of Robert Mercer, formerly of Country Road, but for the past 20 years residing at Grand Falls, where father and sons are conducting a general store, arrived here for a brief visit.


Friday, May 24, 1929

 Died at the residence of his son-in-law, Donald Mercer, May 18th, after a lingering illness, JONATHAN BRADBURY, of Coley’s Point, aged 79 years.  Leaving a wife and one daughter, Mrs. Donald Mercer.  Funeral took place Monday to the U.C. cemetery, Coley’s Pt.


In the death of Lt.-Col. MICHAEL S. SULLIVAN, M.H.A., which occurred May 22nd, the country loses one of its foremost citizens.  The late Mr. Sullivan was born at Presque, Placentia Bay, in 1876.  He was married in 1903 to Miss Kathleen Thompson, daughter of the late Charles Thompson, of St. John’s, and leaves to mourn besides a widow, one son, one daughter, mother, brother and sister.


Friday, May 31, 1929

BAXTER THISTLE, of Hr. Grace, aged 21 years, working on the drive at North Lake, in the employ of W.I. Bishop, was accidentally killed Saturday, by a piece of pulpwood caused by an explosion of dynamite.  The body is going home on this evening’s train in care of his father, Henry Thistle.


Mr. JIM SPRACKLIN, who has been away for 29 years, is visiting his brother, Mr. Tom Spracklin, of the Gullies.


Died May 26th, at the residence of her son, Mr. George R. Williams, St. John’s, ANNIE McCOUBREY WILLIAMS, aged 80 years.


June 7 issue missing.


Friday, June 14, 1929

Mrs. SOLOMON EVELEIGH arrived here from Newstead, N.D.B., on a brief visit to her parents, Mr. & Mrs. G. Cave.


Friday, June 21, 1929

JOHN JAMES EFFORD, died June 8th, at his residence, 658 East Tenth, Vancouver, B.C. in his 56th year. Mr. Efford had been a resident of Vancouver and its vicinity for 32 years.  With his brother, Robert, he was a member of the pioneer grocery and provision firm of Efford Brothers, which has recently, upon Mr. Efford’s retirement, become engaged in the wholesale fruit trade, under the name of Robert Efford & Co. Ltd. From Port de Grave in Nfld. where he was born, Mr. Effort came west at the age of 24. For two years he remained in Vancouver and then moved to Sapperton.  There he was joined in 1902 by Miss ANNIE TUCKER, also of Port de Grave, whom he married.  In 1907 Mr.Efford returned to Vancouver and in partnership with his brother, formed the firm Efford Brothers.  He is survived by his wife, one son and four daughters. His brother, Robert, also survives.  Dr. William Efford, another brother, died in Chicago five years ago. – Vancouver Daily Province.


Passed away at Burin, June 16th, after an illness of two months, PEARL B., beloved wife of Robert I. HOLLETT, and daughter of Rachel and the late Joshua Bradbury, of Bay Roberts East, at the early age of 29 years.  Left to mourn are a husband, two children, Fraser and Gerald, mother, also two sisters, Emmie and Ruby, and one brother, Stanley, all residing in Boston, Mass.  The funeral took place June 20th to the Central United Church and cemetery, Bay Roberts.


Mrs. WM. WILLS and little daughter, Kathleen, arrived last week from Detroit, Mich., on a visit to her parents, Mr. & Mrs. John Dawe, Coley’s Pt.


Mrs. BRADFORD PARSONS, of Cambridge, Mass., arrived by the “Newfoundland” on Friday last on a visit to her mother, Mrs. Esau Kelly, Coley’s Pt.


Friday, July 5, 1929

Died suddenly at Mercer’s Cove, July 5th, SUSANNA, widow of the late Jesse MERCER, aged 72 years.  Left to mourn are five sons, Thomas, of this town, Wilfred, Richard, John and Eugene in Canada and U.S.A., and one daughter, Mrs. Arthur Cave, in U.S.A.  Funeral on Sat. to the C. of E. cemetery.


Died at Southside, St. John’s, on June 29th, MARY, widow of the late Edward RUSSELL, leaving to mourn one son, Stephen in U.S.A, and one daughter, Winnie, at home.


Friday, July 12, 1929

Glace Bay, N.S., July 8 – PEARL CAMPBELL, telephone operator, was killed by a hit and run motorist who escaped unknown.


Died at Rosseau, Ont., Canada, July 5th, Rev. JETHRO NORMAN, aged 49, formerly of this town.


Died at Coley’s Point, July 9th, ISAAC, beloved husband of Emily MORGAN, aged 81 years.  Funeral took place July 11th , to the U.C. cemetery, Coley’s Pt.


Died at Shearstown, July 10th, after a lingering illness, REUBEN MERCER, aged 77 years.  Funeral took place July 12th to the U.C. cemetery, Shearstown.




Friday, July 19, 1929

Charlottetown, P.E.I., July 4 – VICTOR COMPTON, 14 yr. old son of Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Compton, met death tonight when the horse he was unhitching from a wagon kicked him over the heart, killing him instantly.


Brigus Briefs: Our sympathy goes out to Mr. & Mrs. James KING, whose daughter, CLARA, aged 15, passed away July 5th, after an illness of three months.


Friday, July 26, 1929

RALPH TUFF, 16 yr. old son of Mr. & Mrs. Charles R. Tuff, of St. John’s, was drowned while swimming in Long Pond on Sunday last.  The unfortunate boy, in company with a number of others, was swimming near a raft moored some distance from the shore when it is presumed he took a sudden cramp.  The caretaker, who was nearby, and several others made an attempt at rescue but could not locate the lad after he sank.  About an hour afterward the body was recovered.


An accident resulting in the death of PATRICK J. SHEA, of St. John’s, occurred on Tuesday when a pony attached to a governess cart, in which Mr. Shea and his grandson were driving, became frightened and dashed across the railway crossing at Waterford Bridge, the cart being hit and demolished by the Steam Coach returning citywards from Bowring Park and Mr. Shea was thrown to the ground several feet away, his injuries proving fatal.  The boy escaped with only a few injuries.  No blame is attached to the driver of the coach.


On Monday last, RANDALL GARLAND, aged 27, of Lower Island Cove, B.D.V., was drowned when the boat in which he was being towed to the fishing ground was struck and demolished by a “hit-and-run” motorboat containing two unknown men. The unfortunate man was in a small rowboat in tow of a motorboat in which was his father and brother.  They had been in Flambro Head Cove at early morning securing bait before proceeding to the fishing grounds and on going out of the cove the occupants of the motor boat saw another boat coming directly towards them.  They shouted to warn the other boat which managed to clear the Garlands’ motor boat but the small boat which was about 30 feet behind was cut to the water’s edge, and before father and brother could effect a rescue Randall Garland had sunk from sight.  It is thought he was struck and rendered unconscious before being thrown in the water.


Friday, August 2, 1929

Miss MARCIE BISHOP arrived here from Corner Brook to spend a vacation with her parents Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Bishop.


Friday, August 9, 1929

On June 10th, 1929, there passed from this realm to the Great Beyond, REUBEN MERCER, one of the oldest men of Shearstown.  He leaves to mourn three daughters, Mrs. Herbert Sparkes, Shearstown, Mrs. Thomas Humphries, St. John’s, Mrs. Bert Hierlihy, Brigus Rd., eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. John Earle, and one brother, Isaac Mercer, both of Shearstown.  Interment to the U.C. cemetery.


Brigus Briefs: - Mr. & Mrs. KARL SCHRAMM, of Hartford, Conn., are visiting Mrs. W. Hiscock, Gullies.  The many friends of Mrs. Schramm (nee Florence Hiscock) are glad to see her after her long absence from her home town.


Friday, August 16, 1929

Married at St. Patrick’s Church, St. John’s, Aug. 121th, GENEVIEVE, daughter of Mrs. & the late John T. DELANEY, of this town, to RICHARD J. FINN, of the W.U.T. Staff here, son of Mr. & Mrs. Edward Finn, Spaniard’s Bay.


Died, Aug. 10th, CHARLES CAVE, husband of Elizabeth Cave, aged 78 years.  Left to mourn are a widow, two sons, George C., at Chelsea, Mass., and Charles at Halifax, three daughters, Mrs. Solomon Eveleigh, Newstead, N.D.B., Mrs. Wm. Rolls, Florence, N.S., Mrs. Robt. Geddes, Sydney, N.S., one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth A. Allen, Bloomfield, B.B.  Funeral Aug. 12th to the S.A. cemetery.


Died, Aug. 13th, at Hr. Grace, MARGARET, wife of John  CASEY, Esq., Stipendiary Magistrate.


DAVID STOTT, the first and for many years Supt. of Postal Telegraphs system of this country, passed away suddenly at his home in St. John’s on August 10th.


Friday, August 23, 1929

It was with deep regret that the news was received here on Sunday last of the death of HECTOR DAWE, eldest son of Mr. Isaac Dawe, of Coley’s Point, which occurred in Boston, Mass., on Sat. night.  The late Mr. Dawe was about 29 years of age and was married about three years ago to Miss Gracie Snow of this town, who with their two small children was residing with him in Boston.  He has been working as a carpenter in the U.S.  The remains accompanied by his wife and children is expected to arrive here by Sat.’s train.


Friday, September 6, 1929

JAMES F. BANCROFT passed away at the General Hospital, St. John’s, on Tuesday last.  Deceased was 74 years of age, and had resided at Topsail for the past 20 years.  The late Mr. Bancroft taught in the C. of E. school in Bay Roberts 40 years ago.  The late Mr. Bancroft was a native of Chester, England.  He leaves to mourn a wife, son, two daughters and ten grandchildren.


FREDERICK HALFORD JOYCE, aged 24 ½  yrs., who was hit by a motor car driven by Mr. C.A. Hubley on Harvey Rd., St. John’s, Monday night last, passed away at the General Hospital Tuesday without regaining consciousness.  Deceased was a son of Patrick and Blance Joyce, and resided at 34 King’s Road.


A very pretty wedding was solemnized at the R.C. Church, Bay Roberts on Sept. 3rd, when JAMES L. BURKE, son of Mr. & Mrs. R. Burke, Brigus, and a popular employee of the Western Union Cable Co., Bay Roberts, led to the altar Miss ROSE E. FITZPATRICK, Bay Roberts.  She was attended by Miss Madeline Fitzpatrick, sister of the bride.  The groom was supported by Mr. T.A. Brien.


WILLIAM ABBOTT, of 54 George St., St. John’s, was instantly killed Wednesday night when he was thrown off the rear car of the special train that brought the L.S.P.U. excursion from Ferryland to the city.  The train left Ferryland at 10:15 p.m., and shortly after leaving the deceased, who was on the platform of the rear car, was thrown off when the train suddenly rounded a curve.  The accident was immediately reported and the train stopped.  It had to back up nearly a mile.  The body was found and placed in the baggage car and brought to the railway station. The deceased leaves to mourn a wife and three children.  – News


Passed away Sept.2nd, after an illness of only seven hours, of cerebral hemorrhage, FRANCES MARY (Fannie), beloved wife of C.E. RUSSELL, J.P., and Prop. of The Guardian,  aged 51 years.  Deceased was a daughter of the late George and Susie ANDREWS, and was born at Harbor Grace on Aug. 25th, 1878.  Her mother died when she was quite young, and she was then taken to St. John’s by her aunt, the late Mrs. (Capt.) Richard Pike, where she lived until her marriage in Toronto, Ont. in 1901.  her residence in Bay Roberts dates from 1909.  She leaves to mourn a husband, seven children, Gladys (Mrs. Wm. E. Cave) residing at 2512 Stevenson St., Flint, Mich., and Charlie, George, Winnie, Arthur, David and Wilson at home, on e grandchild, David Cave, and one brother, Robert J. Andrews, of East Lynn, Mass., U.S.A.  The funeral took place Sept. 4th to the U.C. cemetery.


Died Aug. 31st, JAMES DELANEY, son of the late Capt. James Delaney, leaving to mourn a wife, nee Alice Dawson, and one son, Raymond at Sydney, N.S.  The funeral took place Sept. 2nd to the R.C. cemetery.


Died at Country Road, Sept. 5th, JULIA, aged 66, beloved wife of William BELBIN.  Left to mourn are a husband, two sons, William in Cambridge, Mass., and Rev. Robert A., Syracuse, N.Y., three daughters, Mrs. Edmund Mercer, of this town, Mrs. Edgar Bowering, Coley’s Pt., and Mrs. A. Chipman, Cambridge, Mass. The deceased was born at Mercer’s Cove and was the daughter of the late Zebedee and Ellen Mercer.  She was the last survivor of the family, her only sister having predeceased her about twenty six years ago.  Funeral September 7th.


Died suddenly at Spaniard’s Bay, Sept. 5th, JOSIAH GOSSE (Royal Arch), aged 73 years.  Leaving a wife and one daughter, Mrs. Joseph Bishop, in U.S.A. and three grandchildren to mourn.  Funeral tomorrow.


Friday, September 13, 1929

The marriage of Miss MARY PARSONS of Carbonear to Mr. HARRY WARREN, of the Western Union Staff here, took place at Carbonear, August 18th.


Died at Spaniard’s Bay, Sept. 7th, ELIZA ANN, beloved wife of Mark GOSSE, Sr., aged 76 years.  Leaving a husband, two sons, Eugene and Mark, and four daughters, Mrs. Wm. Sheppard, Mrs. Fannie Currie, Mrs. Leonard Chipman and Mrs. Adolphus Mulley to mourn their loss.  Funeral took place Sept. 9th  to the U.C. cemetery.


Died at Spaniard’s Bay, September 13th, Capt. RICHARD NEIL, aged 79 years.  Left to mourn are four sons, Bert, in Vancouver, B.C., Isaac, at Spaniard’s Bay, Richard with Hudson’s Bay Co., and Edward, Col. Customs, S.S. “Kyle”.  Funeral on September 15th.


During a severe thunderstorm on Wednesday, a man named SAMUEL KING, of Perry’s Cove, B.D.V., was instantly killed when struck by lightning while he was taking shelter from the rain in the store of Norman Penney, at Salmon Cove.  At the latter place several houses were struck and a number of people received minor injuries.


Friday, September 20, 1929

The sad news was received here Tuesday last of the passing of Mr. ESAU BADCOCK of French’s Cove, which occurred at Ship Harbor, Labrador, Sept. 16th.  No particulars are yet to hand.  The body is being brought home for burial.  The late Mr. Badcock was 56 years old.  He is survived by a widow (nee Miss Elizabeth Greenland), one son, Chesley (now returning from U.S.), and one daughter, Edith.  Funeral took place Sept. 24th to the Central U.C.


A man named JAMES BUTLER, of St. John’s, was instantly killed Wednesday night when his head, projecting through the window of a motor truck in which he was a passenger, came in contact with a telephone pole and the spinal column was broken at the neck.  The driver of the truck, PHILIP LeMESSURIER, was taken to the police station, in custody of Det. Sergt. Lee and was detained at the police station, and appeared before the Magistrates Court Thursday where he was charged with feloniously killing James Butler, and also on a charge of intoxication.  He did not plead but was remanded, and bail was given in the sum of $20,000.  It appears that the unfortunate man Butler with LeMessurier, (manager of the Brookfield Ice Cream Co.) and a man named Parsons were coming out the Bay Bulls road in a Brookfield truck.  A motor car was seen coming out of the Old Petty Harbor Rd. and in trying to avoid a collision the truck ran into a ditch and ran along a short distance, when Butler must have either put his head out the window to see where they were going, or attempted to jump out, with the above result.  Mr. Butler was about 26 years of age, was married and had one child.


Friday, September 29, 1929

The quiet marriage of Miss FLORENCE ELMS, Toronto, to Mr. GILBERT LACEY, Cranbrook, B.C., was solemnized at Grace Church-on-the-Hill, Toronto, on May 28th.  Mr. & Mrs. Lacey will reside in Cranbrook, B.C. where the groom has lived for the past 25 years.  Both Mr. & Mrs. Lacey were originally from Newfoundland. – Toronto Star, Sept. 13.


Died at Carbonear, September 23rd, MARY, wife of Patrick LEE (conductor of Nfld. Railway) and daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Chas. McCarthy, aged 47 years.  Leaving to mourn a husband, one son, John, and one daughter, Marcella, father and mother.


Friday, October 11, 1929

Stepping backwards into an open hole, ROBERT KENNEDY, 26, of 188 Broadway, Chelsea, formerly of Port de Grave, Newfoundland, an ironworker in the employ of the Gow Const. Co., plunged 78 feet to his death on the site of work for the new 21 story Tower building at Federal, Franklin and Devonshire Streets last night.  Kennedy’s cousin, Harry Martin, figured in a heroic but vain effort to save his life.  Kennedy just returned from Newfoundland where had attended the funeral of his father, Samuel, was at work yesterday for the first time in three weeks.  He was killed just five minutes before quitting time. – Boston Post.


Mr. JOHN J. PENNEY, the well-known life insurance agent and formerly conductor on the railway, was drowned at the head of Bowring Bros. wharf, at St. John’s on Tuesday, October 8th, aged 46 years.  Leaves to mourn wife, four children, two sons, two daughters, two sisters and one brother.


Died September 29th, at Hodge’s Cove, Random, JACOB HIGGINS, aged 88 years and 8 months. He was born at Bishop’s Cove, January 27th, 1841, and has been residing at Hodge’s Cove for 56 years.  Left to mourn are three sons, one daughter, seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.


Died at Clarke’s Beach, October 7th, JOHN DAWE, aged 64 years.  Left to mourn are wife, five sons and two daughters.  Funeral took place October 9th to the Bethsada Church and cemetery.


Friday, October 18, 1929

In a fire, which destroyed the home of Alfred Parsons, at St. John’s recently, two children were burned to death.  The children were alone in the house at the time, the father having gone to work, and the mother was visiting her sick mother-in-law.


Died October 13th, JOHN FITZPATRICK, aged 85 years.  Leaving to mourn four sons, Thomas, Patrick, James and Augustus, all of this town, two daughters, Mrs. Alice Delaney, of N.Y., and Mrs. Gerald Murphy, residing at St. John’s.  Funeral October 15th to the R.C. Church.


Died Oct. 17th, ISAAC TRENCHARD, husband of Sarah Trenchard, aged 57 years.  Left to mourn are a wife, one son, Edward in Toronto, Ont., and one sister, Mrs. John Vokey, Spaniard’s Bay.  Funeral Saturday.


Died at St. John’s, Oct. 14th, WILLIAM SNOW, son of the late John and Ann Snow of Coley’s Point, aged 78 years.  Leaving to mourn two brothers, Edward of this town, and Nathaniel of St. John’s, one sister, Mrs. Wm. Barnes, St. John’s.  Funeral took place Oct. 16th to the U.C. cemetery, Coley’s Pt.


Friday, October 25, 1929

Obituary – Passed peacefully away at his residence, Coley’s Point, Oct. 20th, Capt. JOHN DAWE, beloved husband of Caroline Dawe, aged 82 years.  Deceased was born at Port de Grave, a son of the late Elijah Dawe.  He with his brothers, Hon. Eli and the late Wm. Dawe organized the Avalon Coal Co., until it was taken over by hisnephew, Mr. Lewis Dawe, a few years ago.  Left to mourn his passing are a wife, five sons, James (Captain of the schr. Fort Garry), Frank at home, and Harry, Arthur and John in the U.S.; three daughters, Mrs. Alan Bradbury, Corner Brook, Mrs. Wm. French, Coley’s Pt., and Mrs. William Wills, Detroit, Mich.; one brother, Hon. Eli Dawe, M.L.C.; and three sisters, Mrs. Robert Parsons, Mrs. Edward Bartlett and Mrs. Robert Piercy, residing in B.C.  The funeral took place to St. John the Evangelist (Coley’s Pt.) Church and cemetery, Oct. 25th.


Friday, November 1, 1929

There passed away at his residence, Circular Rd., St. John’s, on Sunday, Mr. JOSEPH O’REILLY, late Assessor in charge of the Assessor’s Dept., at the aged of 77 yrs.  Mr. O’Reilly was twice married, first to Miss Calpin, of this town, and then to Bridget, widow of the late Patrick Cahill.  Five children survive: Charles O’Reilly, in U.S.A, , Mrs. Margaret Daly, St. John’s, by his first marriage, and Dr. J.B. O’Reilly, Mrs. Wm. Organ and Miss Hildred O’Reilly, by his second marriage.  Funeral took place Monday.


Died at Shearstown, Oct. 27th, SARAH, widow of the late James HOLMES, aged 82 years.  Leaving to mourn are two daughters, Mrs. Abram Deering and Mrs. Wm. Earle, both of Shearstown.  Funeral took place Monday to the C. of E. cemetery.  Deceased had tended her sick daughter, Mary, widow of the late John Brown, and who died some two weeks ago.  The late Mrs. Brown leaves two children, Eldred and Sarah.


Married on Oct. 17th, Miss ALMA BURSEY, of Humbermouth, became the bride of Mr. HARVEY DAWE, of Port de Grave.  The wedding reception was held at the home of the bride’s mother, Mrs. Gale Bursey.


Died on Oct. 28th, MYRA, beloved wife of George YETMAN, and daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John Mercer of Seth, aged 25 years.  Left to mourn their sad loss are a husband, three children, father, mother, three brothers, and two sisters.  Funeral took place Wednesday to the S.A. cemetery.


Died at Coley’s Point, Oct. 28th, LOUISA, widow of the late George BRADBURY, aged 75 years.  Left to mourn are two sons, Charles H., at Chelsea, Mass., and Isaac, at Niagara Falls, Ont., and one daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Mercer, and 8 grandchildren.  Funeral took place Oct. 30th, to St. John the Evangelist Church and cemetery, Coley’s Point.


Died at Long Beach Pond, Oct. 29th, NELLIE RHODA, beloved wife of William DAWE, aged 28 years and 9 months, and youngest daughter of Joseph and Eliza Jane Mercer, Beachy Cove, Bay Roberts.   Leaving a husband, infant daughter, Nellie Rhoda, father and mother, four brothers, Thomas and William at Cambridge, Mass., Azariah, 483 17th St., Brooklyn, N.Y., and Walter J., operator with Western Union Cable Co., Brooklyn, N.Y., and one sister, Mrs. Geo. Mercer, Mercer’s Cove, to mourn their loss.  Funeral took place Thursday to St. Matthew’s Church and cemetery.


Mrs. (Rev.) W.J. ROWE and infant son, born at Grace Maternity Hospital, St. John’s, October 11th, returned from Topsail accompanied by her mother, Mrs. (Rev.) Pittman.


Friday, November 15, 1929

JOSEPH LOCKE, 55 , of Tizzard’s Harbour, died suddenly of heart failure, at Bishop’s Falls logging camp on Sunday.


Passed peacefully away at French’s Cove on Oct. 10th, MARY ANN, widow of the late Robert DALE.  Left to mourn are two sons, Robert and William, and six daughters, Mrs. Chris Bishop and Mrs. Stephen Roach, Coley’s Point, and Mrs. H. Barrett, Mrs. Joseph Moore and Mrs. Edward Kelligrew, U.S.A., and Mrs. Arthur Flight, Lower Small Point, B.D.V.


Passed peacefully away at the Dock, November 11th, MARGARET JANE NEWELL, relict of the late Nathaniel Newell, aged 80 years.  Leaving to mourn two sons, Jabez Tucker and Harold Newell, three daughters, Mrs. John B. Smith, South River, Mrs. Nathan Mercer, Bay Roberts and Mrs. Robt. J. Taylor of South River.  Funeral took place on November 13th, to the C. of E. Church and cemetery, Bareneed.  Her youngest son, Cpt. Clement Leslie Newell was killed in action in Flanders in 1918.


The funeral of the late Mrs. THOMAS ROBERTS, who died Nov. 11th, aged 69 years, took place in the U.C. Thursday.  Much sympathy is felt for her husband and son, also her two sisters, Mrs. W. Smith, of St. John’s, and Mrs. Steneford, of Hartford, Conn.


St. Matthew’s Church was the scene of a pretty wedding on Nov. 2nd, when ALICE LILIAN, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur GEORGE, of Bay Roberts, was united in marriage to Mr. CHESTER E. SMITH, of the Western Union Cable Staff, Bay Roberts, and formerly of Boston, Mass.  The bride was attended by her sister, Miss Audrey George.  The best man was Mr. T.A. Brien.


The two young men of Port de Grave, ROBERT and OSWALD BUTLER, who are being treated at the Grenfell Hospital, St. Anthony, for deformity of the limbs caused by infantile paralysis, are improving all the time and it is expected they will be returning home next spring.  Their mother, Mrs. Samuel Dawe, is now visiting friends at Coley’s Point.


A message received at St. John’s, Thursday evening from the Postal Telegraph operator at Port aux Basques, reported that the bodies of ISAAC CARTER, Commercial Cable telegraph operator, and EDGAR LeVALLIENT had been recovered from the sea near Point Enragee.  The two men left Port aux Basques 4 o’clock Friday morning to go duck shooting, but as they had not returned up to 6 p.m., fears were entertained for their safety, and on investigation another tragedy was unfolded.


Friday, November 22, 1929

Died November 12th, HENRIETTA, wife of Thomas ROBERTS, Brigus, and daughter of the late Captain Joseph and Elizabeth Barrett, aged 69 years. (Nov. 15th also has a write up on Mrs. Roberts, a different death date is recorded)


PETER NOEL was knocked down on Water Street, St. John’s on Thursday by a motor car driven by Gordon Elton.  He died later at the General Hospital.


Passed peacefully away November 21st, HERBERT, son of Chas. E. and Emma MERCER, aged 18 years and 9 months.  Left to mourn are father, mother, three brothers, Hayward, Arthur and Stephen, all at home, and one sister, Mrs. Malcolm Kelly, Coley’s Pt.  Funeral tomorrow to the C. of E. Church and cemetery.


Friday, November 29, 1929

A very pretty wedding was solemnized at the R.C. Cathedral, St. John’s, on the 26th inst., when MARY, only daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Edward RYAN, Spaniard’s Bay, was united in the holy bonds of matrimony to RICHARD, son of Mrs. Eliza FINN, also of Spaniard’s Bay, and agent with the Nfld. Railway.  The bride was attended by her cousin, Miss Gertrude Ryan, while Mr. James Finn, brother of the groom performed the duties of best man.  A reception was held for the immediate relatives and friends at the home of the bride’s aunt, Mrs. M.J. Cleary, 117 Patrick Street.


New York, Nov. 23 – CHARLES C. PATERSON, 26, a broker and Mrs. MARY J. PATERSON, 28, both of Queen’s Road, St. John’s, Nfld. will be married in N.Y. today. Mr. Paterson, the son of Lamont and Florence Paterson, was born in St. John’s.  The bride, who is the daughter of Robert and Bella Shea Mare, was born in St. John’s. Her former husband died in 1928. – News


HENRY HUTCHING, of Spaniard’s Bay, who pleaded guilty to obtaining money and goods under false pretences from Baine, Johnstone & Co., a few days ago, was sentenced by Judge Morris to 12 months imprisonment.  JAMES SHARPE, who was charged with having assisted Hutchings to obtain the goods and money under a certain false pretence, was released on bail, in the sum of $3,000.00.


Friday, December 6, 1929

Passed away at his residence, Clarke’s Beach, on Dec. 1st, FRANK NOSEWORTHY, aged 80 years.  Though born at Cupids, he had resided in Clarke’s Beach for the greater part of his life, where he had established a successful business.  He is survived by a widow, one son, William, of Clarke’s Beach, five daughters, Mrs. Rev. Bandy, in Ontario, Canada, Mrs. F. Hue and Mrs. E. Templeman, of St. John’s, Mrs. R.J. Smith, Cupids, and Mrs. Rev. Jackson, Bell Island; one brother, Jonathan in B.C., and one sister, Mrs. Wm. Smith, Toronto.  The funeral took place at Clarke’s Beach, Dec. 3rd.


Capt. GEORGE VALLIS and SAMUEL PARSONS and JOHN WALSH, all married and residents of St. John’s, were drowned on Sunday when No. 1 pilot boat in which they took Pilot Lewis to the S.S. Saguacha, which was towing the disable steamer Hertha to St. John’s, was swamped shortly after putting Capt. Lewis aboard the former ship.  A search was made near the spot where the boat was last seen, but no sign of either the boat or missing men was found.


Friday, December 13, 1929

A message was received by Mr. Arch Wilcox on Sunday last informinghim of the death at Watertown, Mass., Dec. 7th, of Mrs. SARAH ANN WILCOX, widow of the late Thomas Wilcox, formerly of this town.  The late Mrs. Wilcox, who was 77 years of age, leaves to mourn three daughters, Mrs. Edward Grant, Halifax, N.S., Mrs. Earnest Snow, of Waterford, Mass., and Miss Myrtle Wilcox, Cambridge, Mass.; two brothers, Rev. Canon Dawe, Hamilton, Ont., Capt. A.W. Dawe, Vancouver, B.C., and one sister, Mrs.Samuel Dawe, New Westminster, B.C.  Interment will take place tomorrow, here, from the residence of Mr. Arch Wilcox.


December 20 issue missing.


Friday, December 27, 1929

Passed peacefully away Dec. 18th, at Upper Island Cove, ELIZABETH LUNDRIGAN, aged 83 years, wife of the late John Lundrigan.  Left to mourn their sad loss are two sons of Upper Island Cove, and one daughter, Mrs. Walter Baggs, St. John’s, and 21 grandchildren.


The sudden death of HARRY WILLIAM BRADLEY, occurred Tuesday in his 44th year, after a short illness.  Mr. Bradley was born in Nfld., later moving to Bangor.  He is survived by his widow, three sons, Armand, serving with the U.S. Navy in China, Kenneth and Harry Jr., both of Bangor, a sister, Mrs. Lewis Judkins of Greenville, a brother, of Millinocket – Bangor (Me.) “Daily Commercial”, Dec. 18, 1929.

* The late Mr. Bradley was well known in this town having been born here.  He has been residing in Bangor for about 27 years.  He was a son of the late Thomas and Emma Bradley of Bay Roberts West.  Mr. Reuben A. Russell is a cousin of the deceased.



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