Water Wheels / Sawmills of Hillview

Evening Herald, October 16, 1900

Several new saw mills are about be erected about Come-by-Chance Brook, Simon Gooby and Newman Frost being already building one each near the line of railway and will turn out coopers’ lumber. Edward Seward has also one well under way and the output of all three will be shipped to the city by train. Lynx are very numerous in the woods and several have been caught in rabbit snares.



The Evening Herald, September 2, 1904

More Forest Fire

All down about the S.W. Arm of Random forest fires have been raging the past three weeks and about ten days ago the three mills owned by Messrs. Nehemiah Frost, Simon Gooby and William Churchill respectively, were destroyed with the logs – some thousands that had been cut by their employees. These mills were fairly large and turned out mostly coopers lumber and their owners are almost beggared by their destruction. Other mill owners saved the buildings but lost great quantities of logs and sawn material and only after hard fighting were the houses about saved.

The latest place to be threatened with forest fires is Catalina. Since Sunday last back of that place the woods burned fiercely and Wednesday the fire crossed the road leading from there to Bonavista, and the half-way house, owned by Deniah Walsh, had a narrow escape. The family removed all their effects and after several hours fighting the flames the danger passed.


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