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Bell Island Submarine Miner
June 1956

General Plant News


Caleb Reynolds

Caleb Reynolds graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree at the convocation ceremony of the Memorial University, held in St. John's, Nfld., recently. He is the son of Mr. And Mrs. Thomas Reynolds, Salmon Cove, Conception Bay. Mr. Reynolds is employed here with Dominion Wabana Ore, Limited.

Caleb received his early education at the Salmon Cove Public School. He gained scholastic achievement in all grades. In 1950 he won the Jubilee Scholarship on gaining highest marks in Grade X. The same year he was given a free trip to the paper town of Grand Falls for excelling in an essay contest on "Forest Protection."

The following year he was awarded the Electoral Scholarship and Governor General's medal upon attaining highest marks in Grade XI.

He entered Memorial University in 1952 to continue his studies. At University, as in High School, Caleb continued to attain great scholastic achievement. That year he won the P.F. Halley Scholarship and in 1954 the I.F. Perlin Scholarship.

On April 7th of this year he was presented with a silver pin for Memorial Merit of Excellence in extra-curricular activity.

His future plans are to study law at Dalhousie. He is spending the summer months employed with the Canadian National Railway.

We wish you success, Caleb, in your future studies.


Donald M. Skanes, who graduated with a B.E. degree in Electrical Engineering at the Nova Scotia Technical College Convocation, which was held in Halifax, on Wednesday, May 9th, of this year.

He is the son of Mr. And Mrs. Charles Skanes, Bell Island. Mr. Skanes is employed as coal clerk with Dominion Wabana Ore, Limited.

Don received his High School education at the Anglican, Church of England, Academy, Bell Island. He studied Pre-Engineering at Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland. At present he is residing in Toronto, where he has obtained a position.

Don was an active member of our athletic teams during his school years here, especially on the baseball diamond.

We join with his many friends on Bell Island in wishing him success in future endeavours.

Sympathy is extended to the relatives of Mrs. Elizabeth Cochrane, who passed away at Arlington, New Jersey, on June 3rd. She was the former Elizabeth Hiscock of Lance Cove, Bell Island.

Gerald Normore, who was confined to his home with a foot injury, is back on the job.

Leo Ryan entered the Grace Hospital for treatment in May.

Sympathy to Mr. And Mrs. John King, Jr., on the death of their three-year-old daughter Leona.

Pensioner Harry Parsons, seventy-four years of age, entered the grace Hospital, St. John's, recently as the result of an accident which resulted in an eye injury. It was necessary to remove the eye.

Sympathy to Mr. And Mrs. Charlie Woodford on the death of their infant son, on June 22nd.

George, five-year-old son of Mr. And Mrs. Patrick Ezekiel, was operated on in St. Clare's hospital, in May.

Sympathy to the relatives of Mrs. Michael Mahoney, who passed away at her home in Conception Harbour on June 2nd. She was the former Susie Lahey of Bell Island.

Sympathy to the relatives of Alfred Farrell, who passed away in the General hospital recently, in his forty-fifth year.

Sympathy to the relatives of Mrs. Elizabeth McDonald, who passed away at West Mines, on June 19th in her 84th year.


Peter Neary, eighteen year old Bell Island student, taking a pre-medical course at Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland, was recently awarded the P.F. Halley Scholarship for attaining highest marks as a first year pre-medical student. He is the son of Mr. And Mrs. Peter Neary, East Avenue, Bell Island. Mr. Neary is employed with the Traffic Department, Dominion Wabana Ore, Limited.

Peter excelled throughout his scholastic career. He received his early education at St. Kevin's Boys' School, Bell Island. In 1954 he won the Electoral Scholarship upon attaining highest marks in Grade XI and qualified for the Governor General's medal by acquiring the highest marks in Roman Catholic schools in Newfoundland.

The following year, while a student at St. Bonaventure's College, St. John's, he had the distinction of being awarded the General Motors Scholarship of two thousand dollars. It was the first occasion on which this scholastic achievement was attained in Newfoundland.

Peter has also excelled in music. During the years 1954 and 1955 he took part in the Kiwanis Music Festival in St. John's and was a prize winner on both occasions. He is a student employee with Dominion Wabana Ore, Limited, during the summer holidays.

We take this opportunity to wish Peter continued success in his future studies.

Felicitations to the following pensioners on the occasion of their birthdays, during the month of June;
Dennis Murphy, eighty years old on the 31st;
Joseph Parsons seventy-eight on the 10th;
P?? Fowler, seventy-four on the 2??
James Ryan, seventy-three on the 14th;
James Roberts, seventy ?? on the 11th;
John Gunn, seventy on the 5th;
Allan Hussey, seventy on the 5th;
Peter Fitzgerald, s?? nine on the 2nd;
Ben Pe??, sixty-nine on the 16th; and
James Ryan, sixty-six on the 24th.

Greetings to the following employees on the occasion of their wedding anniversaries during the month of May:
Mr. And Mrs. ??old Butler, their thirty-fifth on the 2nd;
Mr. And Mrs. Herb ?? their twenty-eighth on the 11th;
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Temple on their twenty-third on the 1st;
Mr. and Mrs. Willis Clarke on their twenty-eight on the 28th;
Mr. And Mrs. Willis Jarvis, their nineteenth on the 9th;
Mr. And Mrs. H?? Tucker, their eighteenth on the 4th;
Mr. And Mrs. Corbett ??, their third on the 16th; and
Mr. And Mrs. Leo Gorman, their se?? on the 29th.


Deepest sympathy is extended to the bereaved relatives of the following employees, who died recently:
James Bennett, who passed away suddenly on June 19th, in his thirty-ninth year.
John Galway, who passed away at this home, West Mines, on June 20th, in his seventy-sixth year.

General Superintendent Appointed


Mr. H. P. Dickey

Mr. H. P. Dickey, Vice-President and General Manager of the Dominion Wabana Ore Limited, announced recently the appointment of Mr. Victor John Southey to the position of General Superintendent. In this capacity, Mr. Southey will have general supervision of all phases of the operation.

Born in Kent, England, Mr. Southey came to Canada at the age of 12. He received his elementary and high school education at Winnipeg and Vancouver. In 1933, he graduated from the University of British Columbia as Mining Engineer.

During his university years he spent summers working underground at Granby Consolidated Mining, Smelting and Power Company and also worked on geological exploration for the Department of National Resources, Regina, Saskatchewan. Following graduation, he again joined the staff of Granby Consolidated where he was engaged in underground and engineering work which led to employment as surveyor. Upon the closing of this mine, he spent 1 year at the Premier Gold Mining Company near Stewart, B.C., as an underground miner. Mr. Southey then moved to Ontario and was employed at the Hollinger Consolidated Gold Mines and while there spent 2 years in the engineering department and two years underground both as miner and spare shift foreman.

For family reasons, he moved back West in 1941 and obtained a position as night foreman at a gold mining property on Vancouver Island. With the imminent closing of this mine, he took charge as superintendent of the development of a gold mining prospect in the local Area of British Columbia. He was then engaged as construction engineer with the Defense Industries Limited at their Shell Filling plant at Ajax, Ontario. When this assignment was completed he was appointed Manager of a chrome mining project of the Wartime Metals Corporation at Black Lake, Quebec. On the closing of this mine around 1944, Mr. Southey accepted a position as Engineer with the Asbestos Corporation, Limited, at Thetford Mines, Quebec. Positions held with this Company included Under-Ground Superintendent of the King Mine and Manager of the Vimy Ridge Mine. In 1954 he left to take charge of the development of a base metal mine for the American Metal Company in New Brunswick. The following year and up to his present appointment he was employed as Project Superintendent in charge of the construction and installation of boiler mining and milling plants of the Bicroft Uranium Mining Company at Bancroft, Ontario.

Mr. Southey brings to Wabana a wealth of experience in all phases of mining, construction, exploration and development undertakings. Besides being a curling enthusiast, he is keenly interested in fishing and tennis. Mr. And Mrs. Southey and young daughter Carol will be taking up residence on Bell Island in the near future.


"Reprinted courtesy of The Submarine Miner"
A publication for the employees of the Dominion Wabana Ore Limited.
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strictly prohibited and subject to legal action.


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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (August 7, 2003)

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