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Bell Island Submarine Miner
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:
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:
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:
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|
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:
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.
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.
Deepest sympathy is extended to the relatives of the following employee, who passed away recently:
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