St. John’s Daily Star

October 18, 1915

All for Country

A correspondent writes from Trinity Bay telling of a widowed lady, Mrs. Martha Smith, of Southport, formerly Fox Harbor, whose six sons volunteered for the navy.

Four of them, Luke, Benjamin, Urias and John – their names deserve to be placed on record – were accepted, but James and George did not come up to the standard and so were rejected.

When the simple annal of our fisher folk come to be related it will be found that our people have measured up to the full standard of British Citizenship in their self-sacrificing eagerness to fight for the flag and all it represents.

All honor to widow smith and her six gallant sons.


December 13, 1915

 Daily Star 1915 12 13  Trinity Bay Woman Wins Valuable Prize        

Mrs. Mary Smith, of Hodge’s Cove, T.B., telegraphs that she is the holder of 3074 in Goobie’s Coupon competition and this is the winner of the handsome couch presented by Pope’s Furniture Factoryh for last week’s competition. This competition is creating more and more interest every week, and the results go to show the value of an advertisement place  in The St. John’s Daily Star, as, not only are the city folks reading the advertisement and taking an interest in the competition but outport friends as well are sending along their orders with instructions to be sure to let them have the coupons.

Next week’s prize, as well be seen from Mr. Goobie’s advertisement is a pair of extra special bench made boots presented by the Nfld. Boot & Shoe Co.


January 7, 1916

A Fire Alarm

At 10.35 this morning an alarm of fire from box 331 summoned the Central and Western firemen to Gear St. where a slight fire was in progress in a residence occupied by Joseph Drodge.

The fire was located in a cupboard and was caused by Mr. Drodge ‘s three year old son.

It was quickly extinguished by the application of a few buckets of water. The “all out” sounded at 10.45.



September 4, 1916

Mr. John Vey – There passed away at Southport, Long Beach, Random, Trinity Bay on Sunday Sept. 3rd a well-known and greatly respected planter, Mr. John Vey, who altho over the alloted span of three score and ten, was very active and able to attend to his business, until a few months ago. Not feeling well he came on to St. John’s for medical treatment and entered the General Hospital expecting to have to undergo an operation for internal trouble. The doctors found they could not do anything for him as his case was pronounced hopeless, and he returned home with his wife. Reaching home his strength began to fail rapidly when on Sunday at 11 a.m. he peacefully passed away to his everlasting rest. John Vey’s earthly life was an indication of a sterling christian character which he was always known to bear and his demise will be deeply regretted by his numerous friends and acquaintances all through the North and South of Trinity Bay. Mr. Vey has passed leaving to his devoted and bereaved widow a great consolation of comfort that he has been safely landed over from the earthly life to the Everlasting Life beyond where sorrow has vanquished; his labor were ended; his Jordan passed.


April 21, 1917

Daily Star 1917 April 21 is this a tragedy Is this a Tragedy?        

Punt found Drifting Without Occupants but with Clothes on Board.

Light-keeper Cram, of Perlican Island, went ashore to Old Perlican Wednesday and telegraphed Grates Cove that he had seen a punt drifting down outside of the Island and asked the people of the cove to look out for her.
The Grates Cove men went out and picked up the boat on which all sails were set. There were three seals on board all freshly killed but one of which had not been sculped.
There was also in the bottom of the boat a gaff and the coats of a man and two boys evidently left behind. The people of the place could not account for where the boat belonged or the fate of its occupants.
It is possible that they might have gone astray in ice which suddenly opened and the affair is a mystery which it is hard to solve.
There was also in the bottom of the [boat] oars, a kettle, bread box, partly filled, an axe and she was pcked up by Joshua Stansford. It is thought by some that the men were sealing in Trinity Bay and might have reached the shore.


April 24, 1917

Daily Star 1917 April 24 Picked up Picked up – at Grates Cove – 1 small boat, containing 3 seals, 2 oars, 3 men’s coats, 1 kettle, 1 bread box, partly filled, 1 axe. Men must be sealing in boat from some part of Trinity Bay and got jammed in the ice and left boat and all belongings to get to land. For further particulars owner must apply to Joshua Stanford, Grates Cove, Bay de Verde District.


May 21, 1918

Mary Ann Benson

We are sorry to have to record the death of Mary Ann Benson, the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Benson of this place.

The young lady, who was a general favorite, was only in her nineteenth year. She had contracted a severe cold, which eventually led to consumption.

She was laid to rest in our graveyard and the attendance on that occasion showed the esteem in which the young lady was held. The sympathy of all goes out to Mr. and Mrs. Benson in their great sorrow.

“I know thy sorrow – see thy daily grief,

I count thy suffering and do send relief.”

Claypits, Random, T.B.


June 13, 1918

Late List of Casualties
Received June 13, 1918
At Wandsworth.
3331 – Pte. Martin F. Power, Mount Cashel, City. Inflammation of ear.
Previously Reported Missing April 12; Now Report Prisoner of War at Soltan, May 15.
2740 – Pte. Andrew Shaw, Little Heart’s Ease, T.B. Wounded leg; progressing slowly.




June 15, 1918

Murphy – Leward [Seward]

A very pretty wedding took place at the R.C. Cathedral on June 5th [1918] when Mr. Michael Leward [Seward], formerly of Heart’s Ease, T.B. led to the altar Miss Martha Murphy of this city. The ceremony was performed by the Rt. Rev. Monsignor McDermott, while the bride was aided by her sister Mary and the groom by his cousin Mr. Mike Flynn.
The bride was very nicely dressed in a suit of cream serge with hat to match. After the ceremony the evening being an ideal one, the merry party enjoyed a country drive after which arriving at the home of the bride, were met by a host of friends of both the bride and groom where a supper very nicely arranged by the bride’s sister was partaken of.
One could judge by the appearance of all that both were held in the highest esteem by their friends. A very enjoyable night was spent after which the many friends of both bride and groom parted, all wishing Mr. and Mrs. Leward [Seward] many happy years of matrimonial bliss. 
A. Guest


April 19, 1920

VARDY—At Clarenville, on April 12th, Emily Vardy, aged 34 years and. 8 months, beloved wife of George Vardy leaving a husband and 6 children, father, mother, 4 brothers, 1 sister and a large circle of friends to mourn their sad loss. Gone but not forgotten.




October 18, 1920

 Daily Star 1920 10 18  Misses Casement and Smith, two nurses brought out from England by Lady Harris to do outport nursing work, left by yesterday’s express to take up their duties at Rose Blanche and Hodge’s Cove respectively.


Transcribed by Lisa Garrett and Wanda Garrett, Updated March 2022

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