The Evening Herald, 1909

January 5, 1909

Herring Catchers Have a Hard Time

Passengers arriving by yesterday’s express from Random, T.B., tell of a hard experience which two residents of the above place, named Eli and Mathias King, had recently. They proceeded to haul their herring net in a boat on the 24th ult in the afternoon, and had just started to take the herring out of the net when a sudden squall sprang up and they were obliged to drop all and make for land as quickly as possible. After several hours heavy rowing they reached port as the wind was steadily increasing and blowing against them. They landed at a point a couple of miles from their homes, and to avoid losing their boat, hauled it upon the beach clear of the water. Dividing what herring they had secured into two equal portions and placing them in their oilskins they began their march homewards. Their tramp through thick woods and deep snow proved very difficult, and early next morning they reached home in a tired and exhausted condition. When the storm sprang up much anxiety was felt as to their safety, and when night deepened the shadows and hours passed away and they still failed to put in an appearance fears for the worst were beginning to dawn in the minds of those most concerned over their safety, but on arriving safe all felt relieved.


January 9, 1909

Messrs. Elisha Gregory and Joseph Green, residents of Northern Bight, T.B., left by the accommodation last evening for home after spending a couple weeks in town transacting business.



January 12, 1909

Wedding Bells

On Tuesday, the 22nd December, at 3 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Hodges Cove, random South, Trinity Bay, the Rev. M.K. Gardner officiating. The contracting parties were Mr. Wm. H. Smith, youngest son of Mr. Stephen Smith of Hodges Cove, and Miss Mary Jane Olford, C. of E. school teacher, only daughter of the late Thomas Olford, of Salvage, B.B. The bride, who was given away by Wm. Peddle, sr., looked charming in cream embroidered nun’s veiling with hat and veil to match. She was attended by Miss Delilah E. Balsom, while Mr. Isaac John Smith, brother of the groom, acted as best man.

The bridesmaids looked very pretty being becomingly attired. After the ceremony the happy couple, amidst volleys of musketry, proceeded to the home of the bridgegroom, where they were met by a large number of friends. Congratulations being tendered, a sumptuous supper was served to a large number of friends.

Dancing commenced at 10 o’clock, and was kept up until eight o’clock next morning at the home of Mr. Smith, after which the many friends retired to their homes well pleased with their night’s merriment. Many presents were given to the bride from far and near. Your correspondent, with many others, wish the happy couple many years of wedded happiness and prosperity.


January 13, 1909

Mr. Stephen Barrfett [Barfett] of Long Beach, Random, T.B., is now engaged building a schooner reaching in the vicinity of 60 tons. The vessel has been placed on the stocks and twenty men employed at the building which, if circumstances prove favorable, will be finished by the spring.



April 15, 1909, page 4

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.





October 8, 1909, Page 6

Man Injured at Grand Falls
(Exclusive to Evening Herald)

GRAND FALLS. Last Evening. This morning a man named Baker of Northern Bight fell through a hoie in the roof of the screening room, a distance of thirty feet. He was picked up unconscious and the doctor was quickly summoned. Baker is seriously injured and is now in the hospital.




October 15, 1909

Broke Boom Entering Narrows

The schr. Beatrix, Capt. S. Grieve, arrived from Fox Harbour, S.W. Arm, Random, this morning and berthed at Baine Johnston’s. While entering the Narrows the main boom was broken. The Beatrix left home Wednesday evening and thought to harbour at Carbonear yesterday out of the storm but when five miles from the harbour the wind veered and she was obliged to come on. Capt. Green says that last night was the worst time he ever experienced at sea.




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