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Bell Island Submarine Miner
General Plant News
The Governor of St. Pierre, Monsieur SICAUD, accompanied by his Aide de Camp and Monsieur MORREU, the French Consul at St. Johns, visited Bell Island recently.
Upon arrival here the party was met by Mr. Bob DEVLIN who escorted them on a tour of the underground operations at No. 6 Slope, following which the French Governor and other members of the party were guests for lunch at the Companyís Staff House.
In the afternoon the party was taken on a tour of the Surface operations and all were very much impressed by what they saw, both underground and on the surface. At 4 p.m. the party returned to St. Johnís.
We recently received a letter from the Service Club Director at Pepperrell Air Force Base, thanking us for copies of our Plant Magazine, which contained photographs of some of the Base personnel during tour of the underground operations here last summer. The people at the base were very much impressed with the appearance and layout of the "Submarine Miner."
During September we heard from former Bell Islander, Allan SQUIRES, who now resides at Melrose, Mass. Allan received some copies of the "Submarine Miner." recently and is very much impressed by our magazine and enjoyed reading about the great changeover to modern mining methods that has taken place since he was employed here. He was also pleased to see photographs of Lt.-Col. H.G. LAMBERT, D.S.O., Croix de Guerre in our August issue. Allan is an ex-member of the 166th Field Regiment, RA., and served under the command of Lt. Col. LAMBERT for 5 years.
Congratulations to Peter NEARY Jr., who won a high scholarship award recently. Peter was a student employee with the Company during the past summer. He is now taking a pre-medical course at Memorial University, St. Johnís.
Gerald HUTCHINGS who is serving in the Canadian Army was home on leave in August.
Richard ATKINS who is serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force, was also home on leave during September.
Vincent McGRATH, who served with the Canadian Forces in Korea was home on leave during August.
Donna, the 3 yr old daughter of Brose BROWN, was hospitalized as the result of being knocked down by a motor vehicle, near her home on Bennett St. on August 23rd.
Members of the St. Kevinís Army Cadet Corps who were taking courses at Camp Pettawawa, returned home in August. The pass-out parade for attending Cadets was led by Patrick HAMILTON of the St. Kevinís Corps.
The new ferry "Elmer Jones" began trial runs between Bell Island and Portugal Cove in Oct.
One hundred and fifty Bell Island children were taken on an outing to Bowring Park, St. Johnís, in September by the Boysí and Girlsí Committee of the Kiwanis Club here.
The following employees were visited by the stork during recent months and were presented with:
Norman NOSEWORTHY, Watchmanís Department, is home from hospital and feeling fine
Isaac PUMPHREY, Watchmanís Department, is still receiving treatment in hospital at St. Johnís
Jake CHURCHILL who suffered a knee injury is back on the job.
Alex EVELEIGH, formerly employed at Scotia Pier, has left Bell Island to reside in Scotland.
Ronnie, 10 yr old son of Ronald FITZGERALD, entered hospital in September. He received a deep gash in his leg when he fell from the roof of a shed onto a fence paling.
Ernest HIGGINS, No. 3 slope, is home from hospital and feeling much improved.
The womenís Work Committee of the Bell Island Branch of Red Cross resumed activity in September.
The Bell Island Kiwanis Club sponsored a performance by Rubinoff on September 14th.
Former Bell Islanders Robert and Granville NORMAN accompanied by their families visited their parents, Fire Chief and Mrs. Robert NORMAN in September.
Leo POWER who underwent an operation in St. Clareís hospital is home and feeling fine.
Former Bell Islander Tom FITZPATRICK, who now resides in St. Johnís, visited the Island in September. Before leaving here Tom was employed with the Electrical Department.
We extend sympathy to the relatives of the following who passed away recently:
Congratulations to John DWYER, Traffic Department, and his bride. The wedding took place in August. Also to Lorne PROUDFOOT, Surface Timekeeping Department and Jean LeDREW, R.N., Medical Department, who were married on Sept 15th.
Birthday greetings to the following Pensioners on the occasion of their birthdays in September:
Sincere sympathy is extended to the bereaved families of the following employees, who died recently
Mr. J. T. Lawton, B.A., celebrated his 95th birthday on October 20th. He is Bell Island's oldest citizen. Mr. Lawton was born at King's Cove, Bonavista Bay, on October 20th, 1860. In 1890 he graduated from the Royal University of Ireland. He taught school in Northern Ireland from that time until 1899, after which he returned to Newfoundland and was attached to the teaching staff at Harbour Grace for the next eight years. From there he moved to St. John's to take up a position as Editor of the St. John's Evening Herald. In 1910 he came to Bell Island and eventually he joined the staff of the Tenements and Watchmen's Department. On the death of the Department Superintendent, he was appointed as its Head, a position he held until the date of his retirement, May 1st, 1945. The "Submarine Miner." joins with Mr. Lawton's wide circle of friends in wishing him many more years of health and happiness.
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