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Bell Island Submarine Miner
October 1956

   
General Plant News

The weather during September was not all that could be desired. However, in spite of it the various activities that make up our industrial and community life went on in a normal manner. The Kiwanis swimming pool, under the direction of Swimming Instructor George DYCE closed for the season with an interesting program of swimming and diving that interested spectators came to see, although it continued to pour from the heavens throughout the afternoon. The new Bell Island Arena building was completed and a regulation artificial ice surface is now available in this hockey town.

The new extension to the Wabana Boys' Club has been completed and the official opening will take place in November.

The Little League, Pony League and Junior League baseball series were brought to a successful conclusion.

The new baseball idea was promoted by the Wabana Boys' Club and supported by Kiwanis, Lions, the Canadian Legion and Local Union 4121, (U.S.A.), CIO., A.F.L. If the younger generation continues to show the interest that was in evidence throughout this season, baseball is due for a lift in this town in the future.

We heard from Captain P. De HEER, Maser of the veteran Dutch ore-carrier, S.S. "Stadvlaardingen." Both the ship and her master have been connected with the Wabana iron ore trade since the early 1920's. The letter written at sea, while en route from this port to Holland, tells us that the ship had been ordered to proceed to another port for cargo and may not be returning to Wabana until next Spring.

Since Captain de HEER wrote us from sea, in September, the ship's orders were again changed and "Stadvlaardingen" returned here for another ore-cargo, which will be the last trip to Wabana this season.

It will be the last time that Captain de HEER will visit here as master of S.S. "Stadvlaardingen", which he has commanded since 1925. He is to take command of a new 15,000 ton motor ship, which his company had built recently.

Captain de HEER wishes to thank the officials of the Dominion Wabana Ore Limited, especially in the Shipping Department, for their co-operation during his visits this year.

A presentation was made to the veteran Captain while in port here. The story will appear in the next issue of our Plant Mmagazine.

Congratulations to Wallace NEIL, Accounting Department, and Patrick DOOLING, No. 3 Slope, who were married in September. We wish them and their brides many years of health and happiness in married life.

Paddy HAMMOND, Switchboard operator at the Power Plant, Dominion Pier, spent his annual vacation in Toronto. While there, he attended the wedding of his son.

The stork visited the homes of the following employees during September:
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph FITZGERALD, a son on the 2nd
Mr. and Mrs. Dolph KENNEDY, a daughter on the 9th
Mr. and Mrs. Walter HAWCO, a son on the 14th
Mr. and Mrs. Con MURRIN, a daughter on the 30th Mr. and Mrs. Dan DWYER, a son on the 29th

Walter BUTLER, who received injuries in a motor accident several months ago, has recovered sufficiently to return to work. Walter is employed with the Traffic Department.

Leo GALLWAY, No. 6 Slope, is back on the job after receiving treatment for an injured ear.

Pensioner Don BRAZIL received treatment in the St. John's hospital in September. He has returned home and is reported to be feeling better.

Charlie MORGAN was in hospital at St. John's for treatment in September.

Gabe MANNING entered hospital in St. John's for treatment in September.

J.M. LeDREW is home from the General Hospital following an operation and is feeling better.

Raymond, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray GOSSE, Sr., visited his parents while on leave in September. He is serving in the Canadian Army.

Deepest sympathy is extended to the relatives of Mrs. Nicholas SHEA, who passed away recently.

Sympathy to Mr. and Mrs. Eloeil SQUIRES, on the death of their four-year-old son Walter.

Congratulations to the following employees, on the occasion of their wedding anniversaries during recent weeks:
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony SIMON, 26 years married
Mr. and Mrs. Norman PARSONS, married 16 years
Mr. and Mrs. Richard PARSLEY, married 16 years
Mr. and Mrs. Bert STARES, 10 years married
Mr. and Mrs. Jack FARRAR, 7 years married
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald CONWAY, 3 years married
Mr. and Mrs. Dolph KENNEDY, 13 years married
Mr. and Mrs. Llewellyn MORGAN, 4 years married
Mr. and Mrs. Charles RATFORD, 3 years married
Mr. and Mrs. Gordon PETCOFF, 3 years married
Mr. and Mrs. Michael GUSHUE, 15 years married
Mr. and Mrs. Mac SWEENEY, 10 years married

Norman TARRANT, Foreman at Dominion Pier, suffered three broken ribs in a plant accident. He has returned home from St. Clare's hospital in St. John's where he received treatment and is feeling better.

Joe BYRNE, well known hockey coach, arrived from Grand Falls, to take over coaching at the new hockey arena here. Joe will also be manager of the Bell Island hockey team.

Special anniversary greetings are extended to Pensioner A.W. and Mrs. REES, on the occasion of their 51st wedding anniversary. Previous to retiring on pension, Mr. REES was employed with the Company as Mechanical Superintendent in the Piers Department.

Felicitations to the following Pensioners of the Dominion Wabana Ore, Limited, on the occasion of their birthdays in October:
J.T. LAWTON, 96 on the 20th
William KENT, 84 on the 11th
Michael EZEKIEL, 81 on the 18th
Charles FOOTE, 79 on the 12th
William KAVANAGH, 78 on the 4th
John HUGHES, 74 on the 4th
William LINDSAY, 73 on the 26th
William JOHNSON, 73 on the 7th
Thomas FORD, 73 on the 6th
Patrick J. MYERS, 74 on the 21st
Reuben BUTLER, 74 on the 15th
Dan BRAZIL, 72 on the 7th
Mike HIBBS, 72 on the 27th
William THISTLE, 70 on the 30th
George LAHEY, 70 on the 3rd
William MURPHY, 70 on the 27th
Leonard BUTT, 69 on the 12th
Charles PEDDLE, 68 on the 31st
Ralph REES, 67 on the 6th
Israel PENNEY, 67 on the 10th


Perfect Attendance Records - for the first six months of 1956, the following employees of Dominion Wabana Ore Limited had perfect attendance records. Days lost due to accident or sickness were considered as unavoidable and were not counted as days absent.

   
Thomas CROKE Thomas MURRIN
Walter NORCOTT Nicholas BYRNE
John PEDDLE Vincent MURPHY
Jonathan PARSONS Richard LITTLEJOHN
Henry KING Douglas REID
William DELANEY Cliff SQUIRES
James RIDEOUT Fred KENT
Herbert CHAPLIN Harvey NOSEWORTHY
Harvey CLARKE Ernest LUFFMAN
Reuben ROWE Henry McCARTHY
Chris MURPHY James KAVANAGH
Joseph PARSONS William SKANES
William SKANES Ambrose LEWIS
Fred VOKEY William MURPHY
Roy EVELEIGH James PENNEY
Louis HANN John W. DROVER
Sebatian WALSH Levi MEADUS
Patrick WHITE Daniel FOWLER
Ed CLARKE Thomas MERCER
Wallace BUTLER Walter GOSSE
John CRANE William GOSSE
Harry FRENCH William BUTLER
Robert VOKEY Roy HARVEY
Henry NOSEWORTHY William FUREY
Cluney SNOW Brian MERCER
Max GARLAND Clarence GEORGE
Ian FARRAR Joe RIDEOUT
James PARSONS Dennis NEVILLE
Ed COSTELLO Stephen MORGAN
Ezekiel SLADE Joshua RAYNES
Michael HAMMOND Ernest KING
Roy BADCOCK James COLE
Fred WATSON William KING
James CALLAHAN Herb HAMMOND
John BARTLETT Wallace VOKEY
Robert SWAIN George ROBERTS
Robert JARVIS George PARSONS
Michael CARROLL Clarence REES
Robert MARTIN Jellicoe CLARKE
Edward O'BRIEN William CRAIG
Bramwell SNOW  
   

Labour Day Observed

The Annual Labour Day program, sponsored by Local Union 4121, U.S.A., C.I.O., was held in the sports field here on Monday, Sept 3rd.

Hundreds of Bell Island people spend the afternoon in the sports field, visiting the various sideshows and enjoying the splendid sports program, which was ably handled by the Union Sports Committee and members of the Lions Club.

Two thrilling baseball games were played during the afternoon. The first game was between a Little League team from Placentia, visiting here for a return match with the local Little League All-Stars, who had previously visited Placentia. The game proved a thriller all the way. The boys from Placentia scored 4 runs, against 2 for the locals, evening matters with the Bell Island team, which defeated them in their hometown in August.

The second game was between the Tigers, champions in the Pony League series at St. John's and an All-Star team from the Bell Island Pony League. In the first inning the home team got one runner across the plate, for the only score in the game. It was one of the best ball games seen here for some time.

The main attraction of the day was the tug-o'-war contest between No. 4 and No. 6 Slopes and the Mechanics - No. 3 Slope did not enter a team this year.

Good natured rivalry between the teams was strong and there was a tremendous amount of interest among the spectators in the outcome of the event, because a win for the No. 4 Miners would be their sixth Labour Day victory in succession.

However, the husky No. 4 team soon showed that they would retain the tug-o'-war championship again this year.

Seventy-nine-year-old, retired captain of No. 4 Slope, Tom CONWAY was on hand to encourage the No. 4 team and when the No. 4 boys won out in the finals, he was perhaps the happiest person on Bell Island.

The names of the members of the other competing tug-o'-war teams are as follows:

No. 6 Slope Team:
  • Jim BUTLER
  • Frank PENDERGAST
  • Tom SWAIN
  • Ted BUTLER
  • William TUCKER
  • Vincent DALTON
  • Roy STONE
  • Bernard DOYLE
  • Roy MEADUS
Mechanics team:
  • Norman REES
  • Gordon SHEPPARD
  • Lawrence FITZGERALD
  • Gordon REES
  • Hubert BENNETT
  • Dave WHALEN
  • Hubert POWER
  • John BYRNE
  • Arthur JENKINS
  • Harvey NEWELL
  • Ben POWER
  • Pat EZEKIEL

WABANA APPOINTMENTS

On October 12th, the following appointments were announced by Mr. V. P. SOUTHEY, General Superintendent of the Dominion Wabana Ore, Limited, to become effective immediately.

In addition to continuing in his former position as Safety Director, Mr. T. J. GODIN will also have the duties of Supervisor of Mining Development and Research, and Mr. F.B. SQUIRE is appointed to the position of Safety and Ventilation Supervisor.

The "Submarine Miner" takes this opportunity to congratulate them both and extend best wishes for continued success.


96th BIRTHDAY

 

Mr. J. T. Lawton, B.A., celebrated his 96th 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.


OBITUARIES

Deepest sympathy is extended to the relatives of the following employee, who passed away recently:
William Young, West Mines, Bell Island, who passed away in hospital at St. John's, during October in his fifty-fourth year, following an illness of several months.

 

"Reprinted courtesy of The Submarine Miner"
A publication for the employees of the Dominion Wabana Ore Limited.
Any monetary or commercial gain from using this material is
strictly prohibited and subject to legal action.

 

Page Contributed by: Coleen Murrin-Norcott-Pieczewski

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (August 16, 2003)

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