Obituaries – 1920s

BENSON, Jane – Death of Centenarian – Dear Sir – I wish to record the death of Jane Benson, which tool place at the home of her daughter Mrs. W. H. Seward on August 28th [1922] was the widow of David Benson of Hillview, T. B., and had lived the great age of one hundred and two years (102). In spite of her … age she retained most of her … to the last and was able to … in her room just a day or two previous to her passing. In her … she presided over a large household at Hillview, and her was always afforded a warm to all who came that way. For the past … years she resided with her daughter, who with loving care ministered to her wants to the last. Her body was laid to rest in the C. of E. cemetery at Hearts Ease, the service being conducted by the Rev. R. Fowlow.  All classes united to pay their … tribute to one who had enjoyed their love and respect for so many years. She left to mourn one daughter and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. That her soul may rest in peace is the prayer of A -FRIEND. Gooseberry Cove, Random, T. B., Sept. Ist, 1922. (The Evening Telegram, September 12, 1922)

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CHURCHILL, Alice Mira – On Monday, Aug. 11th [1924], death visited the home of Mr. Albert Churchill of Hodge’s Cove, Random South, taking away his only child, Alice Mira, at the early age of 20 years, 7 months. The deceased was only eleven months old when her mother died, and as soon as she became old enough, took up the duties of housekeeping for her father, which duties she faithfully performed until a short time before her death. Even during her illness which lasted but a year, she struggled to care for her father, who she loved very much. The many wreaths that covered her casket, and the many young people who lingered weeping by her grave side showed how much Alice Mira Churchill was loved by the people of her home village. Our sympathy goes out to the lonely father, who without wife or child continues his journey alone. His beloved daughter found a friend in Jesus, who bore her safety thither, and she expressed a wish that her father too would seek and find this Friend, so that in his lonely hours he may find comfort, and meet his beloved ones in the end. (The Evening Telegram, August 22, 1924)

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 ET 1923 04 21  CHURCHILL, Susanna E (nee Ash) – Mr. Edward Ash, received a message on Monday [April 16, 1923] from Hodge’s Cove, T. B., conveying the sad intelligence that his daughter, Mrs. Caleb Churchill (nee Miss Susie Ash), had passed away there in the forenoon. Deceased had been in delicate health the past winter, but hopes were entertained for her recovery. Mrs. Churchill had many friends here who will learn with regret that she had been called away from earthly scenes at the early age of thirty-seven [37] years. We sympathize with Mr. Ash on the occasion of the passing of his only child, and with her husband and friends. She will be laid to rest at Hodge’s Cove, T. B., ’till that glad Easter morn “When , father, sister, child and mother meet once more.” (The Evening Telegram, April 21, 1923)

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Hiscock, George  (Reprinted from The Evening Telegram, March 19, 1923)

 Evening Telegram 19 Mar 1923 Sealer Died Suddenly.CAUSE DUE TO HEART FAILURE.Capt. Wm. Bartlett of the S.S. Viking apprised Messrs. Bowring Bros. by wireless on Friday night that one of the crew, named George Hiscock, of Hodge’s Cove, T. B., had died suddenly of heart failure on board the ship. As soon as the sad intelligence had been received the relatives of the deceased were at once acquainted. A later message stated that the body will be kept in ice and will be-brought back by the steamer for burial. Deceased was in his 40th year, and is survived by a wife and family.

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NORRIS, William – The fourteen-year-old son of Mr. W. H. NORRIS was drowned on St. Stephens’ Day while skating on a pond near Little Heart’s Ease. The accident was witnessed by his mother, who immediately rushed to the rescue. She was barely prevented from drowning by the efforts of an aged man. The mother collapsed on the spot.  (Transcribed by Maxine Edwards from Bay Roberts Guardian, January 11, 1924)

Note: The fourteen year old boy was William Norris and he was the son of William Henry Norris and Mary Jemima Penney. He was playing on the newly formed ice on a local pond known as “The Gully.” This gully no longer exist because it was drained with the construction of road in Little Harbour. The Gully was between present-day  Salvation Army Church and Dallas Marsh on the left-hand side of the road as one drives down the arm. According to Edith Norris, wife of Ernest Norris, William fell through the ice and his skate became entangled in some roots of the trees below the surface of the water. He could not free himself. Attempts at recovering the body were initial unsuccessful, until Isaac Benson brought a dory from Little Harbour to the Gully. The men were successful in retrieving the body. (by Lester Green)

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POND, Nathan – Death of Former Resident of Badger’s Quay in New York

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Under the lowering sky of a winter’s eve, interspersed here and there with bright spots, all that was mortal of Nathan Pond was laid at rest to-day in Mount Olive Cemetery amid American elips and oaks on the slope of a hill overlooking the placid waters of Long Island Sound, in the Borough of Queen’s, City of New York.
Born in Badger’s Quay, Bonavista Bay, Nfld., the son of John and Sarah Pond. By temperament and disposition the deceased possessed some of the sturdiness not Infrequently displayed by the Vikings of the northern flow. At the outbreak of the world war he enlisted In the “Nfld. Royal Navel Reserve, where for four long years he served his Country and Empire in assisting to patrol the five oceans.
On returning to civilian life he married Mrs. Eldred Gosae, daughter of George and Elisa Butt of Queen’s Cove, Random Sound, Trinity Bay, whose first husband paid the supreme sacrifice when the R. M. Laurentic was torpedoed and sunk off the Irish Coast in January 1916.
Not contented with the mode of re habitation in Newfoundland, the deceased started out for pastures new and came to New York in the month of August, 1921, where he entered the trade as an iron worker. Thanks to his unbounded energy and perseverance he grasped the skirts of opportunlty to bring about the crowning achievement in his chosen line of endeavor, namely, foreman rigger.
Having been promoted only a few days before, and sensing to some extent his new and added rcsponsibilities, he ascended to the second floor of a two million dollar building to lay out work for them in his charge and in the act of descending, on Dec 15, 1926, he lost his balance and fell backwards. Darting his right leg through the rungs of the ladder he sled head down a distance of twenty feet, breaking his thigh bone and spinal cord. He was rushed to the nearest hospital where he lay unconscious for seventy-two hours. After regaining consciousness he was placed in a cast of plaster of Paris and received the best surgical and medicial treatment known to science, but all to no avail for on Jan. 14th, as easily as the eastern sky slips into its silver kimino of the morning, he foil into that long sleep from which there Is no earthly awakening.
The services at the home and at the tomb were conducted by the Rev. Dr. Edwards of Queen’s Baptist Church where the deceased used to attend. Following the service at the home the mourners and friends were taken in several motor cars which made up the procession. Through the winding path of Mount Olive Cemetery the coriege moved over a carpet of fallen leaves to the tomb. Being a member of Tasker Masonic Lodge at St, John’s. Nfld, a delegation of Queen’s Masonic Lodge deposited sprigs of acacia on the lowered casket, tokens of fraternal farewell. During this part of the ceremony the setting sun drove through the hase and splashed the whole gathering with its shafts of golden light, as though it also would lay its life-giving hand in commendation on the humble and faithfull husband at rest.
Besides his father and mother and five brothers and three sisters now residing at Badge’s Quay, the deceased leaves to mourn a wife and four sons, whose ages are 9 months, 2, 3 1/2, and 6 years respectively. Thus ends the career of a man who would have made a name worthy of the best traditions of the land that gave him his birth.
Alan G. Benson
931-80th St. Brooklyn, NY City
Jan. 16, 1926

(Reprinted from the Evening Telegram February 3, 1926)

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Death of Hannah Seward_Evening Telegram_July 15, 1922  SEWARD, Hannah –  There passed away at Southport, on July 1st, [1922], after a short illness, an old and respected resident in the person of Hannah Seward, aged 85 years, beloved wife of Richard Seward, who is left to mourn; also one son Edward at home, two daughters, Mrs. William Flynn, of Heart’s Ease, T. B., and Mrs. James Yetman, of Port au Port; 16 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. May her soul rest in peace. (Evening Telegram, July 15, 1922)

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SEWARD, Moses – A message was received by the Minister of Marine and Fisheries Thursday from Mr. William Flynn of Gooseberry Cove, T. Bay, telling of a sad drowning accident which occurred at that place when Moses Seward and his grandson lost their lives. No particulars of the tragedy have been received. (Reprinted from the Western Star, April 24, 1926)

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Transcribed by Wanda Garrett, April 2015. Updated  January 2016; October 2016

These transcriptions may contain human errors. As always, confirm these as you would any other source material.