The Guardian - Bay Roberts

The Guardian - Bay Roberts
Transcribed by Maxine Edwards, March 2002.
Revised by Maxine Edwards, February 2004.

C. E. Russell Proprietor     MF 5149

Issues Missing: Jan. 5, Jan. 12, Jan.19, Jan. 26

Friday, February 2, 1934

Wedding Bells – A very pretty wedding was solemnized in St. John the Evangelist Church at Coley’s Point on December 20th, when Miss Daisy SPENCER, youngest daughter of the late William Spencer and Mrs. Nathaniel Parsons, was united in marriage by the Rev. Mr. Davies, to Samuel CHRISTOPHER, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. H. Christopher, of Port de Grave. Mrs. F.H. May, sister of the bride was matron of honour. The flower girl was Grace May, little niece of the bride. Mr. Albert Christopher, cousin of the groom, acted at best man. The bride was given in marriage by her uncle, Mr. Robert Sparks, of St. John’s. Mr. & Mrs. Christopher returned to their future home at Port de Grave.

Friday, February 9, 1934

Died at Shearstown, Feb. 7th, after a lingering illness, Emma, beloved wife of John BADCOCK, aged 60 years. Leaving a husband, four sons, Solomon, of Spaniard’s Bay, Norman and Clarence at home, Allan of Everett, Mass, U.S.A., and one daughter Winnie (Mrs. E.T. Snook) of Everett, Mass. to mourn their sad loss. Funeral took place Feb. 9th to the C. of E. church and cemetery. (Two articles combined, Feb. 9 and March 2.)

A young man named Gordon GARLAND slipped off a rock near Lower Island Cove while gunning at 10 o’clock Wednesday morning and was drowned.

On January 25th, there passed peacefully away at the home of her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Israel Boone, Black Duck Pond, Marion EVANS, beloved wife of John Evans, and beloved daughter of Israel and Elizabeth Ann Boone, of Black Duck Pond, Bareneed, at the age of 31 years. Her death came as a great shock as she only complained of having a cold, but in spite of medical attendance and what willing hands could do she passed to her last long home after being sick only eight days. She leaves to mourn their sad loss a husband and daughter, Bertha, mother and father, three sisters, Violet and Lily at Cambridge, Mass. and Mrs. William Snow, Toronto. The funeral took place Jan. 26th to the United Church and cemetery at Bareneed.

Brigus, Jan. 23 – The small hours of New Year’s morning saw the passing of an aged citizen of Brigus, in the person of Jemina Wells NORMAN, relict of Lorenzo Norman. The deceased was born at Cupids 90 years ago, and was a daughter of the later Capt. George Wells of that place, and the longest survivor of a family of eleven. Besides being privileged with a ripe old age the deceased had a wonderful memory and often related to the writer happenings of 80 years ago. The funeral took place from her late residence on Jan. 3rd. The committal service was at the U.C. cemetery and was conducted by Rev. Ezra Broughton. Left to mourn are two daughters, Mrs. John Pinkston, Mrs. J.W. Mercer (Toronto) and four grandsons.

Friday, March 2, 1934

News by Telegraph, March 1, 1934 – Mrs. Sarah STEPHENSON was found frozen to death by the side of her camp door on Gambo Lake. Her husband went to Gambo on Tuesday to sell rabbits, but could not return to his camp Tuesday night. With Mrs. Stephenson at the time in the camp was a seven year old son.

Thos. HOOPER, of Rock Hr. near Marystown, who accidentally shot himself recently in the leg, is now in hospital. Hon. J.C. Puddester, Commissioner of Public Health, ordered the Argyle to make a special trip to bring him to Placentia and from there he came to town on a special train.

Mr. & Mrs. Francis Carroll and little son who have been here for some time on a visit to Mr. Carroll’s mother, Mrs. Michael Culleton, left here by Thursday’s train to join the S.S. Nova Scotia at St. John’s for Boston.

Friday, March 9, 1934

Died at Crane’s Brook on Feb. 28th, 1934, Herbert darling child of Stephen and the late Irene Walsh, aged 5 years. He leaves to mourn their sad loss a father, stepmother, two brothers. Funeral took place March 2nd to St. Matthew’s Church cemetery.

Died at Bermuda on Feb. 25th, Amelia Jane, relict of the late Ambrose LYNCH, and for 58 years a faithful employee of the Outerbridge family. The remains are being brought to St. John’s.

W. McK. CHAMBERS, Prop. Of the Beach Grove Hotel, and ex-Minister of Public Works, passed suddenly away at his home Leslie Street, St. John’s, Feb. 24th. He had been down town in the morning, and on his way home chatted with friends and did not complain of feeling unwell. He had just reached his home when he suddenly collapsed and within a short time he passed away. He did not enjoy good health in recent years, but nevertheless he remained active. Mr. Chambers was born at Hr. Buffett on Jan. 3rd, 1873. He received his education at Harbour Buffett and at Bay Roberts under Dr. Barnes. He was elected to the House of Assembly for the District of Burgeo and La Poile in the Monroe Government. Two years later, in 1926, on the resignation of Mr. C.E. Russell as Minister of Public Works, he became the head of that department. He is survived by a widow and eleven children.

Married at St. Mary’s Church, March 7th, by Rev. Canon Stirling, Nellie Pearl, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Fred HOUSE, of Twillingate, to Samuel RUPERT, son of Mr. & Mrs. Samuel BATTEN, of Coley’s Pt.

Married on March 2nd at St. Andreew’s Chapel St. Thomas’s Church, St. John’s by the Rev. W.E. Godfrey, Sergt. Thos. RICKETTS, V.C., to Miss Edna May EDWARDS, daughter of J. E. and Mrs. Edwards (Ladies Tailor), both of St. John’s.

Friday, March 16, 1934

Passed away at Bloomfield, B.B. in her 85th year, Elizabeth Ann, relict of the late Geo. ALLEN, bookseller. The deceased lady was a sister of the late Charles Cave. Mrs. Allen left Bay Roberts when quite young, and resided with her aunt at Greenspond. After marrying Mr. Allen, they moved to Musgravetown. At the time of her death she was living with her daughter, Mrs. Ronald Reader.Mr. Jas. Snow, barber, and Mrs. Jas. Norman, Church Hill, Beachy Cove, are relatives.

William CROTTY, charged with wounding his father with intent to murder has pleaded not guilty and was arraigned at the Supreme Court on Thursday. The trial has been set for March 19th, before a special jury. Bail in the sum of $2,000 was renewed.

On March 7th, Lady WHITEWAY, widow of the late Sir William Vallance Whiteway celebrated her 90th birthday. Lady Whiteway despite her advanced age, still takes an interest in current events. She resides with her son at Rennie’s Mill Rd., St. John’s. Of her six children, three survive, Max and Miss Vivian who reside at St. John’s and Mrs. Piers Davidson, who lives at Montreal.

Capt. Jas. Hugh CAMPBELL, former A.D.C. to Governor Harris, passed away at London, England, after an illness of four days with pneumonia. He was married in 1920 to Flora Shannon, daughter of Mrs. And the late Hon. J.A. Clift, K.C.

Issue missing: March 23

Friday, March 31, 1934

Cape Breton Man Sentenced to Hang, May 17 – In the Supreme Court at Sydney, N.S., after trial which lasted for five days, Walter WILKINSON, of Glace Bay, was found guilty of the murder of his brother’s wife on Nov. 23, 1933. During the trial 20 witnesses were called, chief of them being the twelve year old son of the murdered woman and Dr. Rosario Fontaine, noted criminologist and ballistic expert of Montreal. At the close of the Supreme Court on Wed. March 14th, Mr. Justice W.F. Carroll passed the sentence as follows: “You have been convicted on the charge of murder and there is but one sentence to pass upon you. You are to be taken hence to the common jail for the County of Cape Breton where you shall be kept in close confinement until the 17th day of May 1934, when you shall be taken before the hour of 5 a.m. and shall be hanged by the neck until dead, and may God have mercy on your soul.”

Passed peacefully away at his home at Coley’s Point on March 6th, Thomas G. FRENCH, beloved son of James and Elfreda French, at the age of 26 years. Previous to this he worked as a baker for 2 years at the Purity Factories, St. John’s. He leaves to mourn their sad loss father, mother, two brothers, Harold and Baxter. The funeral took place March 10thy to the Pentecostal Assembly Church and cemetery, Bay Roberts.

Mark WARRICK, Fogo, aged 59 years, fell through the ice in the harbour and was drowned. The body was recovered. The deceased was survived by his wife.

Frank MERCER (of Beth) has recently joined the Nfld. Constabulary at St. John’s.

Mr. William PARSONS, (of Samuel), Crane’s Brook, Bay Roberts East, is very ill at present.

Friday, April 6, 1934

Died April 4th, after a long illness, Ann Maria, beloved wife of Thomas BOWERING, aged 70 years.Funeral took place to the S.A. cemetery at Coley’s Point today (Friday).

Died at Coley’s Point today (Friday) at noon, Fanny, beloved wife of William Thomas FRENCH, aged 23 years. Leaving a husband, infant son, father, three brothers and three sisters to mourn their sad loss. Funeral takes place April 7. Interment in the C. of E. cemetery.

A man named Wm. TOBIN, of Witless Bay, had his arm amputated at the General Hospital Tuesday night. He met with a gunning accident while shooting birds, the gun exploded.

The death occurred March 28th of Mrs. John CHURCHILL, after a lingering illness. Deceased who had reached the advanced age of 82 years, was highly respected and made many friends during her 17 years in this town. Before passing away she called her friends and son and daughter, and told them that she was going Home, and sang sweetly “Safe in the Arms of Jesus.” The deceased was born at Spaniard’s Bay, Nfld., and lived for a number of years at Bay Roberts, where her husband predeceased her, also her two sons. She afterwards came to Florence, Cape Breton. She leaves to mourn her passing one son, Nathan, at Florence, and three daughters, Nellie (Mrs. Ronald Blackmore) at Clarenville, Winnie (Mrs. John Kennedy) at Spaniard’s Bay, and Annie (Mrs. John French) at Florence, Cape Breton, N.S., at whose home she passed away, also several grandchildren. Two brothers and two sisters also survive – Abram Barrett and Noah Barrett of Spaniard’s Bay, Mrs. Harry Stone of St. John’s, and a sister residing in the U.S.A. Interment was made at Sydney Mines on Good Friday afternoon. The service was conducted by Rev. S. J. Spriggs, Pastor of Trinity Anglican Church, Sydney Mines.

Mary MERCER, daughter of John Stanley Mercer, Coley’s Point, was taken to the General Hospital by train on Tuesday evening to be operated on for appendicitis.

Passed peacefully away at Ship Cove, Port de Grave, on Good Friday, Marjorie, loving and only daughter of Abram and Martha TUCKER, at the early age of 12 years. She leaves to mourn the loss of a loving child and sister, father, mother and one brother, John Charles. Funeral took place on Easter Sunday, April 1st, to the C. of E. cemetery.

Friday, April 13, 1934

Died at the residence of her son, Thos. J. Cain, Spaniard’s Bay, March 16th, Norah, widow of the late Joseph CAIN, aged 82 years. Leaving two sons, Thos. J. at home, and Edward at Boston, Mass., and two daughters, Catherine (Mrs. John Thompson) of Boston, Mass., and Mary (Mrs. John St. John), Riverhead, Hr. Grace, one sister, Mrs. M.H. Cleary, of St. John’s, and 25 grandchildren to mourn their loss. Funeral took place March 18th, to the R.C. cemetery.

Much sympathy is expressed for the family of the late Mr. Ernest JONES, of Upper Island Cove, whose death under tragic circumstances occurred there on March 31st. His body was found in a barn near his home with gunshot wounds in the abdomen self-inflicted during temporary mental trouble. The late Mr. Jones was a son of the late William Jones, of Hr. Grace, and in early life followed the sea, later settling down in Upper Island Cove, where he conducted a grocery business. Of a quiet and friendly disposition and kindliness of manner, he had many friends who regret his sad passing deeply. – The Standard

Died at French’s Cove, April 9th, George FRENCH, aged 81 years. Funeral took place April 11th to the Central U.C. and cemetery.

Friday, April 20, 1934

Mr. Jessie Sparkes received a message on Tuesday informing him of the sudden passing of his brother, William, at Vancouver, B.C. on April 16th. Deceased was the son of the late Joseph and Julia SPARKES of French’s Cove. He left Bay Roberts about 38 years ago and went to Boston, Mass., subsequently going to Vancouver, B.C. He was a resident of Vancouver for about 28 years. He married Jane Mercer, daughter of Mrs. Eliza Mercer and the late Stephen Mercer, of Bay Roberts. He leaves a wife, one son and one granddaughter, and three brothers, John of Vancouver, B.C., and Jesse and Baxter of Bay Roberts, and three sisters, Mrs. Wm. J. Sparkes, Mrs. Elizabeth A. Prince and Mrs. Chas. Taylor, all of Vancouver, B.C., to mourn their great loss. The late William Sparkes was engaged in the carpentering and contracting business. He visited Bay Roberts about five years ago and spent three weeks with relatives.

Died April 19th, Leah BADCOCK, widow of the late George Badcock, and daughter of the late Benjamin and Sarah Bowering, aged 68 years. Leaving one daughter, Clara, three sisters, Mrs. Ellen Simmons, Mrs. Sarah J. Reid, Mrs. John Templeman, and three brothers, Isaac, Henry J. and Benjamin, all residing in the U.S.A., to mourn their sad loss. Funeral takes place April 21st to the U.C. cemetery.

The death of ex-Head Constable J.B. COX occurred at Bell Island on April 10th, after a severe and protracted illness. He was 41 years in the Nfld. Constabulary. In April, 1867, he was sent to Harbor Grace, where the force at that time consisted of Sub-Inspector Holt, Hd. Const. Jackson and Winslow, Sergt. Freeman and 13 constables, besides Constables Shave and Murphy at Courage’s Beach.

Friday, May 4, 1934

Married, April 21st, at Gower St. Manse, St. John's, by the Rev. Dr. Wylie Clark, Lillian ALMA, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. J. ANTHONY, 62 Springdale St., to Herbert VICTOR, son of Hon. J.R. and Mrs. RANDALL, LeMarchant Rd., St. John's.

Died April 29th, at Bay Roberts, Fanny, aged 74 years, widow of the late H.J. WATTS. Funeral took place at Harbor Grace from the Railway Station on arrival of the train Tuesday.

Died at Vancouver, B.C., April 21st, after a long illness, Ellen, beloved wife of Capt. Albert J. DAWE, aged 71 years. Leaving a husband, four sons, one daughter, two brothers, William Parsons in Vancouver, and Capt. John Parsons here, and four sisters, Mrs. (Capt.) Wm. Mosdell, Mrs. Isaac French, Mrs. Harry Mercer of Bay Roberts, and Mrs. Robert Mercer in Boston, to mourn their great loss. Funeral took place April 23rd.

Saturday, May 12, 1934

Died at the Grace Hospital, St. John's, April 11th, after an illness of 4 ½ months, William B. NOSEWORTHY, aged 58 years. Leaving a wife, one daughter, Doris, and four sisters to mourn their loss. Funeral will take place May 13th from his late residence, "Groveside", Clarke's Beach.

Passed peacefully away at the Sanitarium residence, St. John's, May 3rd, Lizzie EHLERS, wife of Dr. Herbert RENDELL.

Died at Seal Cove, C.B., May 3rd, after a short illness, Edward SPARKES, printer, aged 52 years.Deceased was born at French's Cove, Bay Roberts, and was the son of the late Nathaniel Sparkes. He leaves a wife and several brothers to mourn their loss.

Saturday, May 19, 1934

Born at Corner Brook on April 1st to Mr. & Mrs. J. GOOBIE (nee Jean Fraser) a daughter.

Born at Bay Roberts on April 30th to Mr. & Mrs. Tom BRIEN, a daughter.

Died May 14th, after a short illness, Benjamin MERCER, aged 84 years. Leaving one brother and one sister to mourn their loss. Funeral took place May 16th to the United Church and cemetery.

Friends of Mrs. FRADSHAM, wife of Albert Fradsham, will regret to hear of her death which occurred at her home on Humber Road, May 6th, after an illness of several months. Mrs. Fradsham who was in her fifty-fifth year died as she lived, a truly Christian woman. She leaves to mourn besides her husband, one son Walter, and five daughters, Mrs. Ronald White, Mrs. George Ford, Misses Elvira, Olga and Lorna, all of Corner Brook; two brothers, Capt. Richard Badcock and Elijah Badcock, and one sister, Mrs. William Mercer, all of Bay Roberts. The funeral took place on Tuesday to the United Church.Burial was in the U.C. cemetery. – Humber Herald.

The marriage of Albertine Marie, daughter of Mr. P. GRAVEL of Toronto, to Mr. Bernard Goldie MERCER, son of Mr. H.N. Mercer of Bay Roberts, Nfld., took place at Montreal recently.The bride, who was given in marriage by Mr. W. Allin, wore a French gown of pink peau d'ange lace. Miss Margaret Gittus was the bride's only attendant. Mr. A.B. Barrett acted as best man. The reception was held at the home of Mr. & Mrs. W. Allin. Mr. & Mrs. Mercer later left for Boston. On their return they will reside in Montreal. – Daily Star, Toronto.

Saturday, May 26, 1934

Jeremiah HOWARD, 10 year old son of John T. Howard, Daniel's Cove, was drowned while trouting in a pond near his home.

Ramona WATKINS, 3 ½ year old daughter of Arthur Watkins, was accidentally drowned in the spillway at Deer Lake while playing with her sister and brother, aged 6 and 8 respectively.

Died May 18th, after a lingering illness, Mary, beloved wife of John MORGAN, aged 52 years. Leaving a husband, one son, Clarence, one adopted daughter, Emmie, four brothers, Solomon and William Kingsley, residing in B.C., Joseph and Samuel at home, one sister, Mrs. Samuel Titford, of Hr. Grace to mourn their loss. Funeral takes place May 20th to the United Church and cemetery at Coley's Point.

Saturday, June 2, 1934

Mrs. James BARRON, aged 73, of South East Arm, Placentia, was burned to death at noon on Wed. when the house caught fire and was burned to the ground.

Passed peacefully away at her residence Coley's Point, May 31st, after a long illness, Emma, beloved wife of Jonathon PARSONS, in her 70th year. Leaving a husband, one son, Gus, and seven grandchildren to mourn their loss. Funeral will take place June 2nd to the C. of E. Cemetery, Coley's Point.

Died May 30th, after a short illness, Emily MOSDELL, aged 72 years. Leaving two daughters, Mrs. Beniah Morgan, of the Broads, Mrs. John Mercer, of Bay Roberts, and two brothers, Nathaniel Beecham and Thos. George Beecham , and one sister, Mrs. John Bartlett, all of Bareneed, to mourn their loss. Funeral took place May 31 to the United Church Cemetery, Coley's Point.

Saturday, June 9, 1934

Inspector General Hutchings received a message Thursday from Constable Trickett at Old Perlican, stating that Alexander BUTTON, aged 24, eldest son of Mr. & Mrs. Clement Button, of Lead Cove, was killed by lightning while returning from his salmon traps.A message to the Postal Telegraphs was received to the effect that the boat carrying three men was overtaken by the lightning storm, and Button died instantly, the others escaped without injury. – Telegram

The death occurred June 4th of Mr. W.A. MacKAY, manager of the Crosbie Hotel, St. John’s. Two weeks ago on Saturday last, Mr. MacKay suffered a heart attack and had been confined to his room in the hotel ever since. He was making satisfactory progress toward recovery and on Friday last he was able to be up and about for a short time. On Monday he suffered a relapse, and although his condition was considered to be serious, it was thought that after a complete rest he would be restored to his former good health. The funeral took place from the Crosbie Hotel Tuesday morning. The service at the Hotel and at the graveside was taken by Rev. J.B. Paulin, D.D., Minister of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.

Saturday, June 16, 1934

The marriage of Gertrude SMITH, daughter of the late Mr. & Mrs. S.S. STENTAFORD of Heart’s content, to Lloyd HURST, son of the late Mr. & Mrs. D.F. Hurst, of Westville, N.S., was performed by Rev. Roland Baggs at Bay Roberts on June 9th, 1934.

A very pretty wedding was solemnized at the Curling United Church, June 5th, when Clarence A. NORMORE led to the alter Miss Elizabeth MERCER, of Bay Roberts. She was attended by Miss Muriel Normore, sister of the groom, and Harry Wells acted as best man. After the ceremony they motored to the home of the groom’s parents, Station Road, where a reception was held.

The marriage of Kathleen, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Henry J. HOWLETT, of St. John’s, to John P., son of Mr. P.J. CHEIVERS, of Atlantic City, N.J., and the late Mrs. Cheivers, took place in the Oratory of the Immaculate Conception Presentation Convent, Cathedral Square, June 9th.

Died suddenly May 30th, Rachel Louise MERCER, beloved wife of Nathan Mercer, aged 57. Left to mourn, a husband, two children, Ronald T., now attending the Diocesan Theological College at Montreal, M.E. Gwendolyn (Mrs. Robt. Goosney), at home. One brother, Mr. Jabez Tucker, at the Dock, Bareneed, one step-brother, Mr. Harold Newell at Lennoxville, Que., one sister, Mrs. John B. Smith, and one step-sister Mrs. Robt. J. Taylor, both of South River, Clarke’s Beach. The funeral took place June 1st. to the C. of E. Church and cemetery.

After a short illness, William H. ROBERTS, of Brigus, passed away at the General Hospital, on June 5th, in his 60th year. He as a well-known farmer at Brigus, and leaves to mourn his passing wife, four sons, Frank and Elvin in the U.S., Jack and Olsen at home, and six daughters, Florence in the U.S., and Blanche, May, Jean, Emma and Alice at home. Interment took place at Brigus on Thursday.

Shortly after 7 o’clock last Saturday evening little Dora INGERMAN, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Geo. Ingerman living on Topsail Road, near St. John’s, was hit by a motorcar driven by Dr. Louis Conroy and almost instantly killed. The little girl ran out from the home to meet her brother who was driving a horse-drawn box cart, when she suddenly slid off the back and ran across the road in from of the moving car.

Died suddenly at Country Road, June 9th, Joseph BARRETT, aged 74 years. Leaving a wife to mourn her great loss. Funeral took place June 11th to the U.C. cemetery, Coley’s Point.

Died June 12th, after a short illness, Donald, beloved son of Stephen and the late Jane BOWERING, aged 21 years. Leaving a father, step-mother, two brothers, Lewis and Allan, one step-brother, Stephen Bowering, and three step-sisters Jessie, Hope and Rita, to mourn their sad loss. Funeral took place June 14th to the Pentecostal Church and cemetery.