Bay Roberts Guardian

Friday, January 11, 1924

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)

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)



Transcribed by Wanda Garrett and Lester Green, September 2014

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