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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

Mail Courier Drowned – A shocking fatality occurred here on Monday, Feb. 17, at about 4 a.m., namely, our mail courier, Mr. James Dodge, lost his life by drowning. Deceased was a resident of Northern Bight, and had been employed during the last three years in carrying the mails around the S. W. Arm of Random. On Sunday night he went in to the station for the regular mail, and on his way out attempted to cross on the ice at “Dark Hole”; as by doing this he would save himself a tramp around the inlet. When about half way across, the ice, which had been considerably weakened by two days’ raining, gave way beneath him, he was precipitated into the water. His cries for help, which reached the residents of “Dark Hole,” were quickly responded to, but he succumbed before he could be reached. When recovered, his body was found with one arm round the sleigh that he had with hi. No doubt this is the reason he did not sink. Dr. Leslie was on the scene soon after the body was brought to land and did all that medical aid could do, but without avail, as life must have been extinct before the body was recovered. Deceased was of an amiable disposition, and was esteemed by everyone with whom he came in contact. He was also member of the Fishermen’s Society. He was thirty years of age, and leaves wife, mother and family of four children. The body was interred on Tuesday, Feb. 18th, in the C. of E. Cemetery at Northern Bight. To his sorrowing family we extend our deepest sympathy. S.W. Arm, Random. Feb. 18th. ’08. (Evening Herald, February 21, 1908)

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FROST, Hannibal – One of the most respected and beloved residents of Northern Bight, Hannibal Frost, brother of Nehemiah Frost, passed to his eternal reward last week. For years past he suffered from consumption, but just as all anticipated his recovery the fell disease took greater hold, and his death came as a surprise to all. He was a general favourite with children and adults, who will never forget his many kindnesses, and can now only sympathise with his bereaved family. (Evening Herald 1904-06-14, Page 3)

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

Events and Echoes – Mr. C. Marshall had a wire last evening acquainting him of the death of Mr. Nehemiah Frost, of Northern Bight, T.B.. after a year’s Illness. Last year Mr. Frost, fell overboard from his vessel and never recovered from the shock. Deceased was 76 years of age and was well known in this city. (Evening Herald, 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,
Reader
Northern Bight, Random, April 22, 1909.

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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)

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 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)
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PRICE, Elijah – Men from Trinity Bay report that on Tuesday last two brothers – Ben and Elijah Price – set out in their boat from Long Cove, S.W. Arm Random, to go to Heart’s Ease and when about half way across the boat upset and one of the men, Elijah, was drowned, the other clinging to the boat until rescue came. The drowned man was single and the body was not recovered. (Evening Herald, November 16, 1906)

 

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Seward, Mary Lavinia – At Heart’s Ease, on Sunday, April 20th, Mary Lavinia, the loving child of Mr. and Mrs. John Seward. (Evening Telegram, 12 May 1908)
 

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