Private Bernard Shaw

Reprinted from The Packet, April 14, 2016 by Lester Green Serving king and country through it all Private Bernard Shaw survives the Battle of Monchy-le-Preux Bernard Shaw was born to James and Mary (Walsh) Shaw in 1886 in the now-abandoned community of Batts Cove, near Little Heart’s Ease. He travelled to St. John’s and enlisted […]

Private Richard James Spurrell

Reprinted from The Packet, April 7, 2016 by Lester Green The Spurrell family loses a son Private Richard James Spurrell was born Sept. 15, 1894 at Butter Cove. He was the second oldest son of Moses and Mary Ann (Stanley) Spurrell. Richard spent his early life involved in the fishery, helping his family with a […]

Private George Baker

Reprinted from The Packet, March 24, 2016 by Lester Green Caleb’s first son to enlist. Born at Fox Harbour (Southport) on February 19, 1891, George was the son of Caleb and Theresa (Smith) Baker. On April 16, 1915 he enlisted at St. John’s and became the first of two sons of Caleb to go overseas […]

Private Alfred Butler, A Blue Puttee

Reprinted from The Packet, March 5, 2016 by Lester Green Alfred Francis Butler was born on the Northern Peninsula in the small town of Griquet on December 19, 1892 to Garland and Sarah (Reid) Butler. His closest sibling was his brother, Rev. William Arthur Butler, and he lived with him after his parents’ deaths.Rev. Butler […]

Where once they served

Reprinted from The Packet, February 26, 2016 by Lester Green Horatius Seward, Southwest Arm’s Blue Puttee Horatius Seward was the first person from the Southwest Arm area to answer the proclamation appealing to young men to enlist in the war.   Born in November 1888 , he spent his his early years at Gooseberry Cove. […]

Deer Harbour trail sees commemoration

Reprinted from The Packet, February 24, 2016       Snowmobile run held with memorial for Max Seward Earlier this month, while dodging some dodgy weather, the people of Southwest Arm went ahead with their memorial snowmobile run on the Deer Harbour trail. Originally scheduled for the end of January, the run had to be […]

A love that’s been going strong for nearly 75 years

Reprinted from The Packet, February 14, 2016 by Kevin Curley   When it comes to records for most years married, George and Nellie Seward would probably be contenders. In 1942 the Second World War was in full swing, William Lyon Mackenzie King was Canada’s Prime Minister and Beatle Paul McCartney was born.It was also the […]

Having fun still the name of the game

Reprinted from The Packet, January 21, 2016 by Lester Green   Gooseberry Cove Pond was a sight from our childhood on Saturday afternoon as the car rolled slowly downhill by the Anglican Church.       The sound of kids laughing, pucks hitting hockey sticks, and the swishing sounds of skates cutting the ice could […]

100th anniversary of Beaumont Hamel fast approaching

Reprinted from The Packet, December 20, 2015 by Lester Green This year with the festival season approaching , let us take time to reflect upon our history and consider the hardship suffered by the people of Random during the Great War of 1914-1918. There were around 125 soldiers who served from our region and many […]

Christmas arrives in Southwest Arm

Reprinted from The Packet, December 7, 2015 by Lester Green It was the fourth annual Christmas parade in the Southwest Arm and according to the organizers — the Sou’West Arm Recreation Committee — it was the biggest to date. This year’s event on Sunday, Dec. 6, was a lighted parade. In the past three years the parade […]