The Daily News – 1950s

May 5, 1955

Fish Federation Reaches Objective

The Newfoundland Federation of Fishermen has already reached the objective of 250 locals, set up when the federation-was formed. Now there is news that the 251st local, may shortly be formed. Officials here say that fishermen of Southport and Gooseberry Cove are confidently expecting to be able to announce they have formed the new local very shortly.

Hon. James. Sinclair, Federal Minister of Fisheries, is expected to arrive here by TCA Sunday. He is to address the convention of the federation scheduled to open here next-week.

June 15, 1955

Ordination Service for the Newfoundland Conference of the United Church of Canada

This evening the Ordination Service for the Newfoundland Conference of the United Church of Canada, which is in session at Cochrane Street Church will be held at 8 p.m. The picture shows seven men who have been accepted for ordination at this service. Seated, left to right, J. Berkley Reynolds, B.A., B.D. of Small Point, Conception Bay; Leslie Critch, B.A., B.D. of Hickman’s Harbour; Clarence Stanford, B.A. B.D. of Hillview, Trinity Bay; standing, left to right: David Lovewell of Shotesham, England; Eleazer K. Norman, B.A., of Paquet; Harold Martin of Port Anson, Notre Dame Bay; and Calvin Evans, B.A., B.D., of Botwood.

August 9, 1955

Wedding announcement of Simeon Spurrell and Daisy Coffin

Mr. and Mrs. Simeon Spurrell who were married recently at St Columbia United Church, Toronto. Mrs. Spurrell is the former Daisy Coffin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Coffin, Come by Chance. Mr. Spurrell is the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Spurrell, Butter Cove.



August 20, 1955

People in the News

Mr. and Mrs. David Pike motored to Little Hearts Ease on Monday to visit Mrs. Pike’s mother, Mrs. Belinda Drodge, who has been seriously ill. Mrs. Drodge spent some time at Come By Chance Hospital, but is at home now, and slowly improving.



March 15, 1956

Two Groups Join Growing Society of NFLD. Co-ops

The two co-operative societies at Hodges Cove, T.B., Hodges Cove Consumers and Onward Credit, decided to join the Newfoundland Co – operative Credit Society, Ltd. during meetings which were held on March 5th. and 6th. W. J. Maher, Co-operative fieldman, was present for both meetings.

He outlined the functions of the Newfoundland Co-operative Credit Society, Ltd., pointing out the advantages of membership, as well as reminding the members of the responsibilities that their societies assume to do their part to make the organization the “Co-operative Bank of Newfoundland.”

Mr. Maher also spoke on the need of Scholarship and Essay Contests, Social Functions, Publicity, Grievance Committee, Role of Women in the Co-operative Movement, Cabot Co-operative Insurance Society, Ltd.

Both societies are looking forward to a visit from Miss Everson, lady cooperative fieldworker, in the near future. As some women were present at one of the meetings, it expected that Miss Everson will find many of the fair sex willing and eager to learn more of what the Co-operative Movement can mean to them and their families.

It is expected that Onward Co-operative Credit Society Ltd. will be giving serious consideration to becoming a member of Cabot Co-operative Insurance Society, Ltd. so as to provide Share Insurance and Loan Protection to its members. Such services are provided by Cabot.

An incident occurred at the consumers meeting on Monday, which to use the words of the fieldman showed the Co-operative Movement in the role of “brotherly love.”

One of the members who is unwell has a little boy who needs hospitalization. The Sunshine Camp kindly offered assistance when the little boy will be able to come to St. John’s.

The case was aired and the letter from the Sunshine Camp read at the meeting. The boy’s father was unable to be present, probably he was expecting that the transportation for bringing his son to St John’s from Hodges Cove and return would be deducted from his share capital.

The meeting to a man had other ideas. The cost of bringing the boy to St. John’s and home again is to be paid by the society out of its operations, and the share capital of the boy’s father will he left intact. Truly co-operation in action.


August 7, 1956

Mrs. Ernest Parsons and three children, Ruby, Rosalind, and Donna, are back home after spending two weeks at Hatchet Cove, as the guests of Mrs. Parsons’ parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Bishop.




August 17, 1956

Report on Communicable Diseases

Ten new cases of T.B. were reported in Newfoundland last week, according to the weekly report on communicable diseases from the Provincial Department of Health.

Two cases were reported in Hodge’s Cove, T.B., and single cases were reported, in St. John’s, Little Hearts Ease, St. Jones Within, North West Brook, Salmon Cove, Sunnyside, Lewin’s Cove, Burin and Grand Bank.

Four cases of measles, three in St. John’s and one in Bauline, were reported by the Department.
Cases of whooping cough, mumps and chicken pox were included on the list.


June 26, 1958

Personal Chit Chat

Silver Wedding
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Garland, 50 Quidi Vidi Road, are today celebrating their silver wedding anniversary. They will be “at home” this evening at their residence from 7:30 to 10 p.m. They were married on June 26th, 1933 at Hatchet cove by Rev. Mr. Carnell.



September 15, 1959


Recently visiting Mrs. George French, Church Hill, were her sister and brother-in-law Mr. and Mrs. Abner King of Everett, Mass., U.S.A. During their stay they also visited Mr. King’s sister at Hatchet Cove, T.B. and his former home at St. Jones Within, T.B. and many friends at Terra Nova, Badger and Winterton. This was Mr. King’s first visit home in thirty years, and he was happy to see the progress being made. Mrs King visited here about four years ago.




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