Obituaries – 1900s

AVERY, Elias – of Grates Cove, was struck by the boom of the schooner Royal Oak, while going through Bacalieu Tickle on the way from St. John’s, Friday last, and knocked overboard. He was sitting on the after “companion” at the time, when the mainsail “jibed” and knocked him over. The crew made every effort to save him, but he sank before they could reach him. He was 26 years of age, and unmarried. The Royal Oak is a 25-ton schooner, belonging to Skipper Nicholas Vey, of Random. Her crew consisted of only three men. (Evening Telegram, May 20, 1903)


AVERY, Walter, aged 9, was drowned while trouting at North West Brook, Northern Bight, on Jun 4th. In running over the rocks he slipped and fell into the river, and before his comrades could render assistance he had gone to the bottom. The body was afterwards discovered. (1904 Free Press, June 1904)


COOPER, David – Died at Northern Bight, on the 24th inst. [July 1902], after a long illness, David Cooper, aged 36 years, leaving 2 children, 3 sisters and a large circle of friends to mourn their sad loss (Evening Telegram July 29, 1902)


DODGE, James – Mail Courier Drowned – The hardships and dangers of our mail couriers which have to be faced by these hardy men in their arduous duties, are illustrated again by the sad accident which is announced in the following message, for which we thank Acting Inspector General Sullivan:- Britannia Cove, February 7, 1908, To John Sullivan, J.P., Acting Inspector General: James Dodge, mail courier, was drowned this morning at Northern Bight while carrying the mail. The body was recovered. Constable Way. (Evening Telegram, February 18, 1908)


FROST, Nehemiah – Died, yesterday morning, at Northern Bight, Nehemiah Frost, aged 76 years. (Evening Telegram, April 15, 1909)

Death of Mr. Frost – A wire was received in town last evening making known the death of Mr. Nehemiah Frost, a well-known business man of Northern Bight, T.B. He fell in the water a year ago from his boat and contracted a chill from the effects of which he never recovered. He was in his 76th year and was one of the most prominent planters of that part of Trinity Bay. He had many friends in this city who will be sorry to learn that he has gone. The Telegram extends sympathy (Evening Telegram, April 15, 1909)

FROST, Nehemiah – Dear Sir:- We are sorry to record the death of Mr. Nehemiah Frost, of this place. Deceased was 76 years of age, and for the past forty years carried on an extensive business. He supplied largely and did business with many around Trinity Bay. The statement that Mr. Frost fell overboard from his boat a year ago (made by your paper) is false. In December, 1907, Mr. Frost suffered from a severe attack of lagrippe and since that time has suffered from an acute internal disease, and on Wednesday, the 14th, passed peacefully away. Deceased leaves behind a widow, a son, and five daughters to mourn their sad loss. Of the five latter are:- Mrs. W.T. Benson, Northern Bight; Mrs. E. Green, Brooklyn, NY; Mrs. J. Avery, Grate’s Cove; Mrs. (Rev.) C.A. Whitemarsh, Bay Roberts; Mrs. (Rev.) E. Lewis, Parsippany, New Jersey. Thanking you for permitting me this space.

I am, yours truly,
Northern Bight, Random, April 22, 1909.


PEDDLE, Delilah Mable. At Hodge’s Cove, on 23rd April [1905], after a painful illness, Delilah Mable Peddle, darling and beloved child of William and Rosamond Peddle, aged one year and four months. (Evening Telegram, April 28, 1905)


 ET 1908 08 11  PEDDLE, Leonard. At Hodge’s Cove, July 31st [1908], after a long and painful illness, of consumption, Leonard Peddle, leaving a wife, one child, father, mother, one brother and three sisters to mourn their sad loss. (Evening Telegram, August 11, 1908)


Transcribed by Wanda Garrett, April 2015

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