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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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.