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The Guardian
1937 (Part 2)
June 19 - December 23



Bay Roberts Guardian 1937
MF 5150


Saturday, June 19, 1937

Corner Brook, June 5 – GRACE HOLLETT, three year old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Frank Hollett, Buckles’ Valley, died in Corner Brook General Hospital Thursday afternoon as a result of a burning accident which occurred at her home about three hours previous. The accident occurred at about ten o’clock. The child’s mother had gone to the well for a bucket of water, leaving her little girl sitting in her cot. During the mother’s absence it is presumed that the child was playing with matches and set fire to the bedclothes in the cot. When the mother returned she found the child enveloped in flames. Dr. Fitzgerald who was visiting a patient in the house next door, was on the scene promptly, and he took the child to the hospital where she passed away about three hours later without regaining consciousness. – Humber Herald

Died at Coley’s Point South today, after a short illness, CECIL THOMAS, second eldest son of John and Rhoda BOWERING, aged 15 years and 6 months. Left to mourn their sad loss are father, mother, one sister, Nellie, three brothers, Doug at Grand Falls and Harris and Edward at home. Funeral takes place June 21st to the U.C. and cemetery, Coley’s Point.

Obit – CHARLES GUSHUE – Left to mourn besides his widow, Mrs. Lillian Gushue, of St. John’s, are five daughters, Mrs. Harold Hill of St. John’s; Miss Blanche Gushue at Vancouver; Mrs. Fred Roberts of Brigus; Effie Gushue at Montreal; Miss Ruth Gushue, nurse at the Sanatoruim Hospital, St. John’s; and two brothers, Messrs. Robert and Moses Gushue, also a sister, Mrs. Ed. J. Roberts, of Brigus.

Saturday, June 26, 1937

Fatal Accident at Mill – Shortly after seven p.m. on Saturday last a fatal accident occurred at the Mill, when ALEXANDER BEST of Bishop’s Falls, employed by the A.N.D. Co. Led., as a construction worker was struck and crushed by a swinging derrick bucket. The unfortunate man was engaged in picking rock on one side of a rock cut, when the bucket, swinging from the opposite side of the cut, killed him almost instantly. The deceased was married and the father of two children. He was hired the previous day. – Grand Falls Advertiser, June 19.

Obit – After a long illness, Mrs. SAMUEL PITTMAN, aged 55 years, died at her home on Webster Street, Whitney Pier, N.S., Sunday, June 6th. She had been ailing for several years, although it was only in recent months that her condition became serious and ended in death. She had lived at the Pier for many years, where she was widely known and esteemed. Hundreds attended the funeral on June 8th, from her late home to Eastmount Cemetery, where interment was made. Service at the home and at the Victoria United Church was conducted by Rev. A.C. Legrow, pastor, who also officiated at the graveside. The church was filled to capacity with friends, neighbors, acquaintances and relatives of the deceased, whose passing occasioned widespread regret in Sydney and throughout Cape Breton generally. She was 55 years old, a native of Bareneed, Nfld., and came to Sydney in 1902, and before her marriage was employed with the late Mrs. Maria Muggah, prominent Whitney Pier resident. Beside her husband she is survived by three sons, George, Herman and John; one daughter, Eva, all at home. Also her aged mother, Mrs. Sarah Stevens, at Bareneed, Nfld., a brother, William, also there, and a sister, Mrs. Bugden, of Cape Breton, besides a host of relatives in Glace Bay, Sydney Mines and Vancouver. Pallbearers were: Thomas Stone, A. Bert, John Luther, Sam Stevens, Andrew Tavenor and Malcolm Pitcher.

Obit – Wednesday, June 23rd, FANNY, widow of the late Samuel MERCER (of Samuel), Mercer’s Cove, passed out of the shadow into the clearer light, into the undiscovered country, from whose bourne no traveler returns. "Aunt Fanny" was one of those who had borne the burden and the heat of the day, having almost reached her four score years. She enjoyed fairly good health up to about two years ago. Since then her health has been failing, and for the past two months she has been confined to her bed. There are left to mourn their sad loss four sons, viz: Capt. Isaac of New Westminster, B.C., Gus at Vancouver, B.C., Snowden at St. John’s, and Gilbert at home, and five daughters, Mrs. S.A. Croucher, Boston, Mass., Mrs. Albert Parsons, Detroit, Mich., Mrs. Bert Moores, Blackhead, B.D.V., Mrs. A.E. Mercer and Mrs. Albert Badcock, Bay Roberts; also twenty-two grandchildren and two great grandchildren, one brother, William J. French, Toronto, and two sisters, Mrs. S. Crane, St. John’s, and Mrs. John Cox, Toronto. Funeral took place from her late residence, Mercer’s Cove, June 25th to the U.C. and cemetery, Rev.S.R. Cooper officiating, assisted by Rev. Isaac French. Funeral arrangements were in charge of Undertake Jas. G. Baggs.

Miss BETTY JOY, of Bay Roberts, is here on a visit to her sister, Mrs. Clifford Hierlihy, West Corner Brook. – Humber Herald.

Passed peacefully away at Coley’s Pt., June 23rd, ESAU FRENCH, aged 74 years and 8 months. Left to mourn are wife, two sons, William, at Brockton, Mass., Garfield, at home, three daughters, Mrs. Wm. Davis, Dorchester, Mass., Mrs. Walter Little, Cambridge, Mass., and Mrs. George Timpany, Doxbury, Mass. Funeral took place on Friday to the C. of E. church and cemetery, Coley’s Pt. Rev. W.E. Brown officiating.

Passed peacefully away at Freshwater, Carbonear, June 25th, CECILY, beloved wife of Reuben PIKE. Leaving to mourn their sad loss husband, two sons and four daughters. Interment at Freshwater, Carbonear, June 27th.

Saturday, July 3, 1937

Mrs. D.L. NICHOLS and three children, and Miss MINNIE NORMAN, arrived here from Cambridge, Mass., via St. John’s by the S.S. Nova Scotia, on a visit to their father, Mrs. Isaac Norman.

The Guardian extends hearty congratulations to ex-Sergt. ROBERT J. WELLS, of this town, who celebrated his 80th birthday, June 23rd.

Saturday, July 10, 1937

Wedding – The marriage of IRENE BARRETT, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D.S. COLLINS, of 345 Argyle Ave., Verdun, Montreal, to Mr. FRED G. FIRMIN, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Firmin, took place June26th, in Evangel Tabernacle, Drummond Street, Montreal, the Rev. C.E. Baker officiating. The bride is the daughter of David S. and Mrs. Collins, formerly of Spaniard’s Bay, but now residing in Montreal.

Died at Coley’s Point, July 8th, HORATIO FRADSHAM, aged 80 years. Leaving to mourn their sad loss are two sons, Albert and Isaac, both at Corner Brook, and one daughter, Mrs. Azariah Russell, at Coley’s Pt. Funeral takes place July 11th to the C. of E. church and cemetery, Mr. James Norman officiating.

Passed peacefully away at St. John’s, July 4th, KATHERINE MURPHY, beloved wife of John A. SAGE. Leaving to mourn husband, one son, and one daughter, and one sister, Mrs. Chas. Gamberg. Funeral took place on Tuesday from her late residence, 99 Circular Rd., St. John’s.

Passed peacefully away at St. John’s, July 4th, MAUD, eldest daughter of the late Arthur and Mary HISCOCK.

Passed peacefully away at Carbonear, July 6th, LOUIS WILLIAMS, aged 73 years. Leaving to mourn wife, two sons and four daughters.

Passed peacefully away at Carbonear, July 1st, EMILY, wife of the late George F. POWELL. Leaving to mourn two sons, one daughter, three sisters, 14 grandchildren.

Saturday, July 17, 1937

Died at Shearstown, July 13th, EVA, beloved wife of Loyal MERCER, of Corner Brook, aged 35 years. Leaving to mourn father, mother, two sons and one daughter; also one brother and two sisters. Funeral took pace, July 15th, to the United Church at Shearstown, Rev. S.R. Cooper officiating.

Passed away at Broadview, Clarke’s Beach, July 13th, ex Head Const. LEVI SHEPPARD, aged 68 years. Funeral took place July 15th to Salmon Cove Church.

Death claimed a third victim at Clarenville, Wednesday, as a result of drinking "Columbian" spirits, which is used at the plant of the Colas Company in the manufacture of "Colas", a road emulsion, CHARLES LYONS and PATRICK McHUGH having passed away on Tuesday morning from the same cause. A fourth victim, EDWARD LONG, arrived by the express Wednesday night from Clarenville and is now at the Grace Hospital with a possible chance of saving his life. "Columbian" spirit is a trade name for the highest grade of methylated spirits, which is highly refined and odourless. Edward Long is a native of Port Blandford. Tuesday morning the Dept. of Justice received a message from Const. Anthony at Clareenville, stating that two men had died under mysterious circumstances and Sergeant Walshj of the Criminal Investigation Dept. went to Clarenville by Tuesday’s express to make an investigation, arriving at Clarenville at 11 p.m. On arrival at Clarenville he found that a third man named MICHAEL WILLIAMS, an employee of the Railway, was lying critically ill in a Railway shack at Clarenville. He was attended by Dr. Cross who heldout no hope for recovery. He passed away at 2:45 a.m. Thursday. The first victim, C.W. Lyons, was 38 years old, a native of Toronto, married with one child, and living in a bungalow erected by the colas Co. at Clarenville. He was chief engineer of the plant. Patrick McHugh, the second victim, was 38 years old, with his home at Glenwood. He was married with a wife and one child living at present at Bishop’s Falls. He was nightwatchman on the plant. Michael Williams was 42 years old, married with a wife and ten children living at Whitbourne. Mrs. Williams was notified of the serious condition of her husband, and she went to Clarenville by the express Tuesday, and was with her husband at the moment of his death. Monday morning Edward Long had about a tbsp. of "Columbian" spirit with the three deceased, and much less about teatime. This spirit shows no bad results for about 24 hours and then commences to work. Mr. Long on arrival in the city, was partially blind and partially paralyzed. The consumer of this spirit, if taken in sufficient quantity, goes blind and probably within 48 hours dies. Mr. Long was conveyed to the Grace Hospital in the ambulance. Sergeant Walsh took charge of the three bodies and brought them to the morgue Wednesday night after arrival of the express, where a post mortem examination was held by Dr. M.F. Cashin. The body of C.W. Lyons was taken in charge by Undertaker Carnell and will be embalmed and the body went out by Thursday’s express to Clarenville, where interment took place. The body of Patrick McHugh was also taken by Undertaker Carnell and interment will take place in St. John’s. The body of Michael Williams will be interred at Whitbourne. Sergeant Walsh brought from Clarenville all spirits in the possession of the cola Plant and also that amongst the belongings of the deceased, and this spirit will be analyzed. – Daily News

Wedding – Chard-Cornick – At the Church of England Cathedral, St. John’s, on June 22nd, by Rev. J. Brinton, FLORENCE, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. F. J. Cornick, of St. John’s, to Rev. WILLIAM CHARD, son of the late Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Chard, formerly of Coley’s Point.

Fatal Accident at Bell Island – WILLIAM SHEPPARD, married, with seven children, lost his life Thursday afternoon at Bell Island, being killed instantly by a fall of rock from the roof of the submarine slope. He was a resident of Scotia Ridge. Dr. Lynch was notified but found that death had resulted immediately.

Saturday, July 24, 1937


DOROTHY MERCER, daughter of Fred Mercer of Dorchester, Mass., arrived here on Wed. last on a visit to her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Morgan, Coley’s Point.

Mrs. EDWARD O’KEEFE and three children arrived here from Brooklyn, N.Y. recently on a visit to her mother, Mrs. John R. DAWSON.

Mrs. J.C. GOOBIE (nee Jean FRASER) and two children, returned to Corner Brook on Sunday last, after spending the past two months here, visiting her father, Mr. D.G. Fraser.

Mrs. WM. LAWRENCE, jr., and two children, of Hamilton, Ont., arrived here by Wednesday’s express on a months vacation, the guests of Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Lawrence, sr. This is Mrs. Lawrence’s first visit home for 23 years. She was accompanied by her sister, Mrs. Wm. French, and child, of Hamilton.

Miss FLORENCE BELBIN, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. W.A. Belbin, formerly of Bay Roberts, arrived here on Sat. last from Everett, Mass., to spend the summer months with grandfather, Mr. Robert MERCER. Miss Belbin has just finished a successful scholastic career and graduated with honors just previous to leaving U.S.A.

ABRAM BATTEN, of Bareneed, one of the crew of Capt. Steve Parsons’ schooner, the Norma L. Conrad, who was rushed to the General Hospital early this week for an operation for appendicitis, passed away Friday morning. Mr. Batten was a man about 60 years old.

Married on June 16th, 1937, at the Balsam Hotel, St. John’s, by Rev. H. Tomkinson, MURIEL YOUNG to WILSON PARSONS of Bay Roberts.

Married at St. Mary’s Church, St. John’s, on July 15th, by Rev. Canon A.B.S. Stirling, HAZEL MURIEL, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. E.G. ARNOTT, South Side, St. John’s, to ROBERT CHESLEY, son of Mr. & Mrs. R. DAWE, Craigmillar Ave., St. John’s.

Died at Shearstown, July 18th, ALFRED ROLAND MERCER, son of Nathaniel and Charlotte Mercer, aged 7 years and 8 months. Leaving to mourn father, mother, one brother and three sisters. Funeral took place July 20th to the United Church and cemetery. Rev. S. R. Cooper officiating.

Died at Brigus on Thursday. Capt. MOSES BARTLETT, aged 80 years. Leaving wife, two sons, two daughters and one sister to mourn their sad loss.

Saturday, July 31, 1937

Wedding – On July 29th, All Hallows’ Church, North River, was the scene of a very pretty wedding of much local interest, when at the Nuptial Mass, celebrated by the pastor, Rev. M.F. Dinn, B.A. Miss BRIDE MAHONEY became the bride of Mr. JOHN MORRISSEY. The bride was charmingly attired in blue taffeta silk and bridal veil. She was assisted by Miss Mary Mahoney, dressed in lemon crepe. Both carried bouquets of carnations and maiden-hair fern. T.M. Morrissey, brother of the groom, acted as best man. Following the marriage ceremony the bridal party returned to the groom’s home, where breakfast was served, and at which Rev. Father Dinn was guest of honor. Immediately after breakfast the newly-married couple motored to St. John’s, where they will spend their honeymoon.

Died suddenly July 25th, EMMA JULIA, beloved wife of Eli MERCER, aged 61 years. Leaving a husband, two sons, George and Irving, and one daughter, Lillian, to mourn their sad loss. Funeral took place July 26th to the United Church and cemetery, Rev. S.R. Cooper officiating.

Died at the General Hospital, St. John’s, this morning, EMMIE, beloved daughter of Augustus and Ethel BISHOP, Coley’s Point, aged 15 years. The remains will arrive by tonight’s train.

Saturday, August 7, 1937

88 Years Young – Mr. WILLIAM LAWRENCE of this town, celebrated his 88th birthday on August 5th. Mr. Lawrence was born in Carbonear and has lived in Bay Roberts for over 50 years.


Mrs. JOSEPH CHARD, of Ailik, Labrador, is spending a vacation here on a visit to her mother, Mrs. Isaac SPARKES. She returns home in October.

Mrs. EDNA EARLE, of New Westminster, B.C., arrived here last week on a visit to her brother, Mr. Arch WILCOX. This is Mrs. Earle’s first visit home for forty-three years.

Mrs. SOLOMON EVELEIGH, of Newstead, N.D.B., after spending a week in St. John’s, arrived here on Tuesday last on a short visit to her brother, Mr. Geo. C. CAVE, Smith Street.

Mr. & Mrs. JOHN NORTH, of Glace Bay, Cape Breton, N.S., arrived here by the express on Monday and are on a visit to Mrs. North’s sister, Mrs. Elijah Cave. Mr. North was formerly of Bay Roberts, the son of the late Benjamin North, and left here thirty-six years ago for N.S., where he has been employed in the coal mines at Glace Bay. Mrs. North is a daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Nathaniel MUGFORD, of Port de Grave.

Captain and Mrs. EDWARD RUSSELL, S.A., and three children, of Rutland, Vermont, U.S.A., arrived here on Wed. on a three weeks’ visit to Capt. Russell’s parents, Mr. & Mrs. William Russell, Bay Roberts West. This is Capt. Russell’s first visit in fifteen years.

Mr. & Mrs. JAS. G. BAGGS celebrates their 24th wedding anniversary on August 8th.

Died at Port de Grave, Aug. 2nd, JAMES MUGFORD, son of Charles and Elizabeth Mugford, aged 24 years. Left to mourn their sad loss are father and mother. Funeral took place Aug. 4th to the C. of E. church and cemetery, Rev. Honeygolde officiating.

Died, Aug. 4th, at Port de Grave, RONALD TUCKER, son of Winnifred and the late John Henry Tucker, aged 23 years. Leaving to mourn mother, four brothers and three sisters. Funeral took place Aug. 6th to the C. of E. church and cemetery, Rev. Honeygolde officiating.

Saturday, August 14, 1937


Mrs. W.J. WILLS and daughter, Kathleen, arrived here recently from Detroit, Michigan, on a visit to her mother, Mrs. (Capt.) John DAWE of Coley’s Point.

Mr. & Mrs. SAMUEL DAWE of Grand Falls, arrived here by Wednesday’s express on a few weeks vacation. They are the guests of Mr. Dawe’s mother, Mrs. George KELLY, Coley’s Point.

Mr. & Mrs. THOMAS RICHARDS and daughter, Pearl, arrived here recently from Medford, Mass., on a visit to relatives and friends. Mr. Richards is a son of Mr. & Mrs. George Richards of Bareneed. This is his first visit in eleven years. Mrs. Richards is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. William BRADBURY, of Crane’s Brook.

Died after a lingering illness at Shearstown, August 7th, ABNER SNOW, aged 77 years. Left to mourn are two sons and three daughters. Funeral took place August 8th, to the United Church and cemetery, Rev. Arch Norman officiating.

Saturday, August 21, 1937

Falls Over Cliff and is Killed – Word was received Friday afternoon of last week of the accidental death of one of the English school boys at Trout River. The unfortunate youth, EDWARD RALPH GURNEY, was killed on Thursday when he fell over a cliff near Trout River. He was one of a party of seventy odd public school boys who had arrived the previous week to spend two months on an exploration tour. The remains were brought up by the Cutter on Sunday for interment at St. Mary’s cemetery, Curling. The funeral took place Monday.

A Sad Drowning Accident – (Twillingate Sun) – On Saturday afternoon, July 31st, at about 2 o’clock, FREDERICK LACEY, aged 24 years and married, left his home alone to go after grass in Dildo Run. He did not return by twelve o’clock on Saturday night and it was feared that something serious had happened. Search parties went to locate him, but all night searching did not reveal any trace of the missing man. On Sunday morning his boat with some grass and filled with water was discovered about one mile from the northern entrance of Dildo from where they thought the boat had driven, and to their horror, Fred Watkins, Leslie Elliot and Leander Watkins saw the body on the bottom in about seven feet of water in a place known as "Horse Island Tickle". The deceased was the U.C. School Teacher, South Side, Summerford, where he has been teaching for three years, and was taking up his duties again in September. He was a native of Bareneed. Interment took place at the U.C. cemetery, Summerford. The officiating clergyman was Rev. LeDrew from Herring Neck.

On Thursday, August 5th, the angel of death visited and cast a gloom over Crane’s Brook, when JOHN J. BRADBURY, aged 65 years, was called home. Leaving to mourn wife, two sons, Solomon at Manchester, Mass. and Jack at home; three daughters, Mrs. George Dawe, Manchester, Mass., Mrs. Isaac Mercer of this town and Mrs. John Driscoll, of St. John’s, also one brother, Richard Bradbury and two sisters, Mrs. Beatrice Hussey, Everett, Mass.; Mrs. W. J. Badcock, Allston, Mass. and eight grandchildren. Funeral took place today to the C. of E. church and cemetery, Rev. G. Grouchy officiating.

JOHN SEYMOUR, aged sixty-five, a widower living at Botwood, was killed last week by a train owned by the A.N.D. Co. operating on the Botwood branch. The same day Mrs. Carol Elliott of Botwood was struck and seriously injured by Fire Patrol speeder while she was walking along the railway track.

Wedding - A very pretty wedding was solemnized at Bell Island, Wednesday, when Miss EILEE I. MEWS, A.T.C.L., daughter of Mr. J. L. Mews, of Bell Island, became the bride of Mr. CARL A. HOWSE, B.A., son of Rev. & Mrs. Charles Howse of Carbonear. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Sidney Bennett in the United Church.

Wedding - At St. Patrick’s Church, Carbonear on August 18th, a lovely wedding took place, the contracting parties being Miss NELLIE McCARTHY, daughter of Mrs. Elizabeth McCarthy of Carbonear and Mr. CYRIL O’NEILL, son of M.J. O’Neill, Esq., J.P., of Bay de Verde. The ceremony with Nuptial Mass was performed by the Rev. Dr. O’Neill, brother of the groom, assisted by Rev. Father Dinn, P.P. of North River.

Passed peacefully away at Clarke’s Beach Brads, August 10th, WILLIAM THOMAS MOORE, aged 86 years. Left to mourn are wife, one son, Wm. Jas., Clarke’s Beach, one daughter, Mrs. Isaac Russell, Bay Roberts; three brothers and three sisters; also 13 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren. Funeral took place, August 12, to the C. of E. church and cemetery, Rev. G. Gruchy officiated.

Saturday, August 28, 1937

Married at the United Church, Bay Roberts, August 17th, by the Rev. H. Tomkinson, RUBY, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Hiram YOUNG, to GEORGE, son of Mr. & Mrs. Hezekiah HYNES, both of St. John’s.

Married at Foxtrap, August 14th, by Rev. Heber Gosse, LILLIAN, daughter of Mrs. Annie and the late Captain DAY, of St. John’s, to FREDERICK M. WELLS, assistant magistrate at LaScie.

MICHAEL MURPHY, of Bell Island, aged 47 years, was found Wednesday morning, drowned in a pit which was filled with water.


Mrs. A.J. Duncan of LaHave, N.S., is in town on a visit to her daughter, Mrs. Dr. Drover.

Mrs. (Capt.) JOHN DAWE, of Coley’s Point, left here by Thursday’s express for Grand Falls, on a visit to her daughter, Mrs. Allen BRADBURY.

Issues Missing or Not Published: Sept. 4; Sept. 11

Saturday, September 13, 1937

THOMAS SEALEY, of Hant’s Harbour, T.B., formerly of Bareneed, passed away August 12th, at the age of 79 years. He left to mourn their loss a wife, one brother, Rev. W.R. Sealey, at Victoria, B.C., five sisters, one in Alberta and two in Watertown, U.S.A., Mrs. John Mercer, Country Road, and Mrs. Geo. Kelly, Coley’s Point, and a large circle of friends.


Mrs. ALBERT HOOPER and three children, who were visiting her parents, Mr. & Mrs. George TITFORD of Shearstown, left by Sunday’s express for Boston. This is Mrs. Hooper’s first visit in 14 years.

Passed peacefully away on September 9th at Coley’s Point, BESSIE WELSH, aged 65 years, beloved wife of James NORMAN. Left to mourn are one son, Ray of New York; one daughter, Mrs. L.T. Stick, Coley’s Point and five grandchildren. Funeral took place September 11th.

Saturday, September 25, 1937

Miner is killed at Florence, C.B., N.S. – STANLEY FRY, aged 34. Sydney Mines. – Struck by a fall of stone while about his duties at Florence colliery recently, Stanley Fry was almost instantly killed. Employed in the colliery as a shooter and loader, the unfortunate man was carrying out his usual work when the fall occurred, crushing him to death. The deceased was a son of William Fry and resided on Pitt St. with his wife and family. His death by accident marked the first in the collier for several months and cast a gloom over the entire community. Following the accident the miners immediately quit work for the remainder of the day. Note – Stanley Fry is the son of Wm. & the late Mrs. Fry formerly of Shearstown.

Born at the Grace Hospital, St. John’s, September 23rd, to Mr. & Mrs. Edward A. MERCER, a son.

CECIL TILLER, aged 44, formerly of Newtown, Bonavista Bay, lost his life early Tuesday morning on the railway right of way, about six miles west of Badger, when he was hit by a boxcar of a freight train which left Millertown Junction for Bishop’s Falls at 4:29 a.m. Tuesday.

The body of SIDNEY WEYMOUTH, late mate of the banker "Coral Spray" was recovered on Wednesday at Watering Cove, St. Shotts, where the vessel went ashore on Wednesday of last week. The captain, Fred Parsons, and two other were saved and the mate was drowned. The "Coral Spray" loaded coal at North Sydney and bound north, ran ashore.

Mrs. LAURA E. BARTON, Vice President of Louis Barton, Inc., Paper Converters, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, U.S.A., is visiting at the home of her brother, John Robert BISHOP, Coley’s Point. This is Mrs. Barton’s first visit to Newfoundland in twenty years. Mrs. Barton is returning to her home today by the S.S. Fort Amherst.

Saturday, October 2, 1937

Married – On Monday, September 20th, at the Curling Manse, Miss ELIZABETH W. ROWSELL, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Walter Rowsell of Corner Brook was united in matrimony to ROBERT TRAPNELL, son of Mr. & Mrs. K.S. Trapnell, also of Corner Brook.

Fatal Accident on Bell Island – WM. POWER, aged 46 years, married with wife and eight children, lost his life Thursday night in No. 2 mine of the Dominion Steel and Coal Company at Bell Island, when a premature blast went off. As far as could be learned he was instantly killed. The deceased was employed for a number of years by the Company as a blaster. The deceased was born in Conception Hr. and his wife was Miss MARY SULLIVAN of Harbour Main. He leaves to mourn eight children. His aged mother over 70 years old lives with him. Mrs. Richard Hearn of Philadelphia and Mrs. Stephen Myers of Bell Island are sisters and Frank of Buchans and Lawrence and Leo of Philadelphia are brothers.

Died at Coley’s Point, September 23rd, Mrs. MARY EMMA SNOW. Leaving to mourn one son, James and three daughters, Mrs. Nathan Brown, Bay Roberts, Mrs. Wm. R. Hussey, Port de Grave and Mrs. Batten, Bareneed. Funeral took place Sept. 25th to the C. of E. church and cemetery.

Died suddenly at Bay Roberts, Sept. 28th, ELLEN, beloved wife of the late Patrick DAWSON, aged 79 years. Left to mourn are four sons, William and Augustus, at home, and Sylvester and Charles at Sydney, N.S., three daughters, Mrs. Stephen Fitzpatrick, Mrs. Thomas Fitzpatrick and Julia at home. Funeral took place Thursday to the R.C. church and cemetery. Rev. M.F. Dinn officiating.


Saturday, October 9, 1937

Wedding – On October 5th, at St. Matthew’s Church, Bay Roberts, MARGARET LUCY, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. George S. BUTT,of Bay Roberts, became the bride of JAMES RONALD, son of Mr. & Mrs. James R. CHALKER, of St. John’s, the ceremony being performed by Rev. George Gruchy. The bride’s attendants were Miss Alice Butt and Mis Mary Butt. Both are sisters of the bride. Mr. Percy Crosbie was best man, while the ushers were Messrs. Ted Perlin and Eric Campbell. The couple took the express to Grand Falls for their honeymoon. After their return Mr. & Mrs. Chalker will reside on Forest Rd., St. John’s.

Wedding – A quiet wedding took place at Carbonear, October 4th, at the residence of Rev. Dr. & Mrs. Howse, when MARY PHYLLIS, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. W.K. MERCER of St. John’s, was united in marriage with CLAUDE KILBORN, son of Rev. Dr. & Mrs. HOWSE, of Carbonear. The ceremony was performed by the groom’s father, Rev. Charles Howse, D.D. Miss Florence Mercer, sister of the bride was bridesmaid and Mr. Gerald Drover was best man.

Saturday, October 23, 1937

Two men killed at Grand Falls – At 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday a safety plug blew out of the acid tank in the sulphite department of the Anglo Development Company’s Mill at Grand Falls and resulted in the accidental death by gas of HARRY BERTRAM RUSSELL, aged 37, of Coley’s Point, and JAMES BARKER, aged 35, married with five children, of Grand Falls, as well as injuring several others. The body of the late Bertram Russell arrived here by Wednesday’s train. His funeral took place on Thursday from the residence of Mr. George Tippett, Coley’s Point, to the C. of E. Church and cemetery. Bert Russell was a Guardian newsboy several years ago. Later he went to Toronto where he was employed until about three or four years ago when he returned home. Early this year he went to Grand Falls where he was employed as an iron worker. Not feeling well, he returned from Grand Falls a little over two weeks ago for a rest and left here again on Thursday of last week. Bert was working in the sulfite dept. when the fatal accident occurred. Further particulars of the accident are not yet available.

Wedding – The wedding of Miss EMMIE SNOW, daughter of Mrs. Mary Snow and the late John Snow, of Bay Roberts, to HOWARD HARRIS, of Bonavista, took place, October 19th, at St. John’s. The ceremony was performed by Rev. F.H. Armitage at Wesley United Church Manse. The groom was supported by Mr. Baxter Snow, brother of the bride, while the bride was attended by Miss Pearl Elms. The honeymoon is being spent at St. John’s, and the happy couple will leave for Bonavista, their future home, by this Sunday’s express.

Has Skull Fractured By Auto - Sydney, N.S., Oct. 10 – WILLIAM ROLLS, 49, was killed here Saturday night when he was struck by a car driven by Thomas Williamson, New Waterford. The open hearth worker was leaving his work at the Sydney mines when he was struck almost in the shadow of his home. A coroner’s jury adjourned tonight to hear evidence of the driver. Roll’s son, Judson, was walking ahead of him when he heard a crash. He turned and saw a man lying face down on the street. He did not realize it was his father until he identified the lunch can near the body. Roll s died five minutes after he was admitted to hospital. Dr. A. Gaum, who treated Rolls, told ht\\the jury death was due to a fractured skull together with bodily injuries and shock. The operator of the car was prostrated after the accident and had to be treated at hospital for shock. Rolls was a native of Bonavista, Nfld., and had been employed in the steel mills for 21 years. Besides his wife he is survived by three daughters and two sons. A brother, Allister, lives in Bonavista. Note: William Rolls is survived by his wife, formerly Lottie CAVE, daughter of the late Charles and Elizabeth Cave, of this town. Also three sisters, Mrs. Thomas Mercer, North Sydney, Mrs. Curtis, of St. John’s, Nfld., another sister residing in Bonavista, two sons and three daughters.

Youth Loses Life in Fall over Cliff – On Saturday afternoon, ERIC BONNER, age 17, lost his life when he fell over a precipice on the north side of Quidi Vidi Gut at a point known as Bowler’s Hole. The victim, with a companion, Frederick Noseworthy, went for a hike over the White Hills on Saturday afternoon and were climbing along the ledges of the cliff facing the sea when some rock gave way under the lad Bonner’s feet and he fell thirty or forty feet to another ledge and then to the bottom of the gulch, a distance of 200 feet or more. Mr. Bonner, the lad’s father, who is employed at Jas. Baird Ltd., was informed of the accident and the police in a motor boat and from the land engaged in a search for the body.

Passed peacefully away October 16th, at London, Ont., MARGARET RUTHERFORD, widow of the late Wm. WARD. Left to mourn are one son Frank, and three daughters, Mary and Mrs. Geo. Foote at London, Ont., also Mrs. Alex Stevenson of St. John’s. Interment will take place at Harbour Grace, Oct. 24th.

Not Published – October 30 issue.

Saturday, November 6, 1937

Obit – STEPHEN RUSSELL, who passed away following an operation, August 26th, was a resident of this town for 46 years. He was the son of the late Stephen and Mary Russell of Coley’s Point, Bay Roberts, Nfld., and born Sept. 15th, 1865, the second oldest of eight children. His early life was devoted to fishing and other pursuits around Newfoundland, later working in the Iron Works in Nova Scotia. In 1891 he married Emily PORTER of Harbour Grace, Nfld., and about a year later came to the United States and settled at Boothbay Harbour where two children were born. He continued to follow the sea on vessels of Captains John Seavey, George McKown and other well-known sea faring men of that time. Afterwards he worked several years at Squirrel Island and for the past eight years was employed by Frank W. Spencer as caretaker of the latter’s estate at West Boothbay Harbour. He is survived by his widow, one brother, Edward Russell, three sisters, Mrs. John Lemonie and Mrs. Samuel Batten, Coley’s Point, and Mrs. Damuel Mercer, Smith Street, Bay Roberts, his children, Mrs. F.H. Wylie of Arlington Heights, Mass., Mrs. John Riley of Wiscasset, and four grandchildren. The funeral was held from his late residence, August 29th, with Rev. F.L. Littlefield officiating. Interment was in the Ocean View Cemetery.

Obit – There occurred at Riverhead, Brigus, on Oct.. 22nd, after a short illness, the death of Captain JOHN CLARKE in his 73rd year. The deceased as his father before him chose the sea as his vocation, by his own initiative perseverance; he reached the height of his ambition and became a captain of outstanding ability. He leaves to mourn his wife Lydia, three sons and one daughter, namely Captain Ralph of Dartmouth, N.S.; Captain Victor of Montreal; Doctor Roy of London, England; Mrs. Florence Burstall of Pentz, N.S.; also his brother James and sister Margaret, residing in Boston, and his sister, Mrs. John Roberts of St. John’s. The funeral took place at Brigus, Oct. 24th. Captain John Clarke was well known, having been in command of the S.S. Kyle on the Labrador service for many years.

Died – With feelings of deep regret we are called upon this week to record the passing of the founder, publisher and editor of The Guardian, CHARLES EDWARD RUSSELL, J.P., whose death occurred at Bay Roberts, Oct. 30th, at the age of 60 years. A lengthy illness which had developed into cancer has thus terminated the life of one of this town’s best know citizens. Born at Bay Roberts on May 14th, 1877, C.E. Russell was the only son of Charles and Mary A. (Drover) Russell. He was twice married. First, at Toronto in 1901, to Frances M. (Andrews) Pike, of St. John’s (died 1929). Children: Gladys (Mrs. W.E. Cave), Flint, Michigan; Charles R., Corner Brook; George (deceased); Winifred, Pickering, Ont.; Arthur, David and Wilson, at home. Secondly: Otilia A. Leitland, of Latvia. Children: Edgar, James and Lydia. Two sisters, Mrs. G.D. Corkum, Manchester, N.H., and Mrs. Georgina Pike, St. John’s, and one grandchild, David Cave, also survive. Funeral was held Nov. 1st, to Central United Church and cemetery.

Issue Missing – Nov. 13

Saturday, November 20, 1937

Obit – There passed to his eternal reward, on Nov. 16th, one of St. John’s oldest and highly respected citizens in the person of STEPHEN BRADBURY. Born at Bay Roberts on Feb. 20th, 1858, the deceased came to St. John’s in 1885 to enter the employ of Messrs. P. Rogerson & Son. For many years he was the firm’s agent and representative at Holton and other fishing settlements on the Labrador. Later he entered the Civil Service and was appointed Sub-Collector of Customs at Rigolette and afterwards at St. John’s up to the time of his retirement about seven years ago. For a umber of years the deceased was manager of the Protestant Industrial Assoc. whose success was largely due to his unfailing efforts and careful supervision. He is survived by his wife, three daughters Mrs. A.H. Foote, Toronto, Mrs. A.B.S. Stirling and Mrs. Harvey Small of St. John’s, and three sons, Samuel of St. John’s, Alan of Grand Falls, and Cecil of Deer Lake, besides 16 grandchildren and three great grandchildren, (a brother, Samuel Bradbury, resides at Country Rd.). – Evening Telegram.

Died at Corner Brook on Nov. 16th, EDWARD FINN, aged 77 years, formerly of Spaniard’s Bay and ex-Road Master of the Nfld. Railway. Left to mourn are three sons, John at Deer Lake; Richard and Edward, at Corner Brook, and one daughter, Mrs. T. Coombs, of Corner Brook. Interment took place Nov. 18th to the R.C. church and cemetery, Rev. Fr. Meaney officiating.

Saturday, November 27, 1937

Born to Mr. & Mrs. HAROLD GOSSE (nee Doris MARSHALL) of Spaniard’s Bay, Nov. 26th, a daughter.

Saturday, December 4, 1937

Died at Bay Roberts, Nov. 28th, JOSEPH SNOW, of John, aged 70 years. Left to mourn their loss are wife, one son, Lewis, at home; four daughters, Winnie (Mrs. Herbert A. Reid), Hilda (Mrs. Stanley G. Reid), and Flora at Chelsea, Mass., and Sevie (Mrs. Clarence Forward), at Providence, R.I. Funeral took place Nov. 30th to the United Church and cemetery, Rev. S.R. Cooper officiating.

Motor Car Fatality: Shortly after midnight on Sunday last while a motor car, in which there were six passengers, was returning from Deer Lake to Corner Brook over the new highroad just opened, a fatal accident occurred when the car went over an embankment near Little Harbor, near the foot of Deer Lake. The accident was supposed to have been caused by a blowout of one of the tires. The car crashed over the embankment on the left side of the road completely wrecking the machine and leaving all occupants in a state of unconsciousness. All the occupants were taken to Corner Brook Hospital where it was found that they were suffering from concussion. Dermott Collins, Madeline Joy and Janet Ryles had face and scalp lacerations and other injuries. On Monday all but Miss Joy and Dermott Collins showed signs of recovery. Two were able to return to their homes. Dermott Collins, nineteen years old, son of Mr. & Mrs. W. Collins, and Madeline Joy, aged nineteen years, daughter of Mr. Matthew Joy, died on Tuesday. The six passengers were ALBERT KELLY, driver; with MADELINE JOY and DERMOTT COLLINS in the front seat; and in the rear seat were HUNTER WINSOR, JANET RYLES and MAURICE KELLEY.

Two Children Perish in Flames As Home Burns – EDWARD GREGORY SINNOTT aged 27 months and HELEN MARIE SINNOTT, aged 1 year, the only children of Mr. & Mrs. Edward Sinnott of Blackhead Rd., St. John’s, were burned to death Monday afternoon at 4:40 o’clock, when a one story bungalow was destroyed by fire. Mrs. Sinnott had to leave her home to get some water at a well some four or five minutes walk from her house. The little boy, Edward, wanted to go with her, but she gave him something to play with and went on. When she got to the well she found it was so low that she could not reach the water. It took some little time to get to the well because she had to walk around the quarry and down the road a little distance. Finding the water low in the well, Mrs. Sinnott went into the home of Mrs. Thomas Hurley and asked for a rope to let down the bucket. Whilst in the house a man named William Curtis came in and said "the Sinnott house is on fire." When Mrs. Sinnott and the three men arrived the house was a mass of flames, and was impossible for anybody to enter. When the fire was extinguished a search was made of the ruins. The little boy was found under a bed and the little girl under a couch, both with life extinct.

Wedding – A very pretty wedding took place on Nov. 25th, at the Pentecostal Tabernacle, Casey Street, with Pastor H. Snelgrove officiating, when ELSIE, daughter of Elizabeth and the late Walter SOPER of Hant’s Hr., was united in marriage to CLARENCE, son of Mr. John BADCOCK of Shearstown. The bride was given in marriage by her uncle Mr. James Garland. She was attended by her sister Myrtle and Miss Marin Stanford. The groom was supported by Walter Butler and Mr. George Roberts. After the ceremony, the bridal party motored to the home of Mrs. F.W. Rennie, Winter Avenue, where a very enjoyable evening was spent. The following day the bride and groom left for Shearstown where they will make their future home.

Saturday, December 11, 1937

Engineer and Fireman Killed – Train Wreck – A disastrous train wreck occurred shortly after one o’clock Monday morning near St. John’s when engine No. 1000 and two loaded freight cars plunged over a treasle at Flynn’s Dump, Mount Pearl. Engineer ARNOLD WEBBER and Fireman MOSES COURAGE were killed. The train which consisted of 12 loaded boxcars and a caboose was bound from Bishop’s Falls to St. John’s, in charge of Conductor James Crawley, Brakesmen Sellars and Morgan, and a passenger, George Foley. These four were riding in the caboose at the time and escaped without injury. When the train reached Clarenville the locomotives were changed and the last stop before the mishap occurred was at Brigus Junction. After the engine had taken its fatal plunge over the 25 foot embankment, it rested on its side almost submerged in gravel, with the tender on top lines at right angles to the direction in which it was going. The body of Moses Courage was found upright position near the door of the cab. The body of Arnold Webber was found with his hand on the throttle. Engineer Arnold Webber had been employed by the railway about 40 years. He was born at Harbour Grace 60 years ago. He is survived by a widow. Moses Courage was 49 years of age. He leaves to mourn a wife and eight children. The bodies of engineer Webber and fireman Courage were taken to Hr. Grace by train on Wednesday. Interment took place at Hr. Grace.

A message to the Chief of Police at St. John’s from St. George’s last week, reported that search parties have failed to find LLEWELLYN SMITH missing at Middle Arm since Nov. 18th. The missing man, who is 20 years of age, belongs to Sound Island, P.B. He was employed with the Island Timber Co. and was never seen after he left camp on Thursday morning to go in the woods.

Drowning Accident – THOMAS STUCKLESS, caretaker of the pulpwood boom at Steady Brook, was accidentally drowned in Humber River yesterday while on the way up to his station in a motorboat. The accident occurred near Duncan’s Rock. As far as can be learned at this writing, his boat had grounded and in an effort to throw out a grapnel, he fell overboard and was drowned. – Humber Herald, Dec. 4.

Drowning – The ten year old son of Mr. & Mrs. Bennett SNOW, of Howley, was drowned at that place on Sunday, Nov. 28th. The lad fell through the ice on the pond. The body was recovered later.

Died at Coley’s Point, Dec. 10th, NAOMI SPENCER, widow of the late John Spencer, aged 79 years. Left to mourn their loss are two sons, Bert of Coley’s Point, and Herbert of Vancouver, B.C., and one daughter Mrs. Ebenezer Bowering, Coley’s Point. Also one brother, Archibald Reid, of South River, Clarke’s Beach and one sister, Mrs. Robert Bartlett, of St. John’s. Funeral takes place Dec. 12th to the S.A. cemetery, Coley’s Point.

Saturday, December 18, 1937

JOHN STOCK, aged 50 years, died suddenly at his home on Knight St., St. John’s on Sunday last.

Wedding – A quiet wedding was solemnized Dec. 2nd, at St. Hilda’s Anglican Church, Montreal, when Miss SYBIL GERTRUDE RUSTED, daughter of Rev. E.E. Rusted and Mrs. Rusted of Carbonear, Nfld. was married to Mr. MALCOLM DUNCAN MacDONALD of Toronto, Ont., son of the late Mr. & Mrs. MacDonald of North Sydney, N.S. The Rev. Nathan Noseworthy performed the ceremony. She was attended by her sister Miss Joan Rusted. The bride was given away by Mr. Joseph D. Young and the best man was Mr. C.H. Cameron, of Toronto. Among the guests present was Miss Annie H. Hayward, M.B.E. of Nfld. Note – Mr. M.D. MacDonald was a former Manager of the Bank of Nova Scotia at Bay Roberts.

Passed peacefully away, Dec. 14th, at her home, Coley’s Point, RACHEL, aged 63 years, beloved wife of W.H. GREENLAND. Left to mourn are husband, four daughters, Madge, Edith and Amy, at home, and Rita, in England, also one brother, W.S. Bishop and five sisters; Mrs. John Bishop, Mrs. Elizabeth Smith, Mrs. Agnes LeDrew, Cupids, Mrs. Eliza Bartlett, of Brigus, Mrs. H.W. Noseworthy, Toronto, Canada. Funeral took place Dec. 16th to the C. of E. church and cemetery, Rev. H. Torraville officiating.

Next Saturday being Christmas Day, our issue for that week will be made on Thursday, Dec. 23rd.

Saturday, December 23, 1937

There passed peacefully away at Port McNicholl, Ont., Canada, December 4th, JESSIE BARRETT, beloved wife of Mark SMITH, formerly of Bishop’s Cove, Nfld., known to all as Aunt Jessie. Coming to Canada 40 years ago, and after spending 10 years in Montreal, they moved to Owen Sound, Ont., and later on to Port McNicoll. Mr. Smith retiring from the Canadian Pacific Railway three years ago. The service was conducted by the Rev. M.E. Flatt, United Church Minister of Port McNicoll, also the Salvation Army Officer, Adjt. Barfoot of Midland. Interment took place at Midland, Dec. 6th, the Port McNicoll Canadian Pacific Railway staff being well represented, including four well known Great Lake captains acting as pall bearers.

Married - At Holy Redeemer Church, Spaniard’s Bay, Dec. 21st, by Rev. E. Hunt, DOROTHY B., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. A. JONES of Brigus, was united in marriage to DAVID B., son of the late Mr. & Mrs. C.E. Russell of Bay Roberts.

Engagement Announced – Mr. & Mrs. Roy W. MYERS of Bay Roberts, Nfld. announce the engagement of their daughter MARGARET HELENA to Mr. HERBERT LESLIE SMITH, son of Mr. & Mrs. Alfred J. Smith of Staplehurst, Kent, England.



Transcribed by Maxine Edwards and Stephanie Crant (December 2002)

Page Revised by Craig Peterman (January 2003)

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