The Evening Telegram, 1917

January 2, 1917

Wedding Bells

Wedding and Christmas bells almost struck their harmonious notes together when on last Friday after noon, at 3 o’clock, Mr. Harry M. Frost, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Frost, of Hillview, T.B., led to the altar at Lee Bight Methodist Church, Miss Edith Adey, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Simeon Adey, of that place. The bride looked charming, robed in white embroidered silk voile with bridal veil and wreath of orange blossoms. She was assisted (as chief bridesmaid) by Miss Florrie M. Frost, sister of the groom, who was gowned in white silk. Miss Ethel Snow and Miss Minnie Thistle assisted as brides maids, also, and were dressed in white embroidered and pale blue effects. The groom was supported by his brother Mr. W. B. Frost (as best man), assisted by Mr. Andrew Adey, brother of the bride and Mr. Egerton R. Hansford, nephew of the groom. The ceremony was performed by Rev. George Butt after which amid showers of rice and profuse congratulations, a general invitation was given to tea at the residence of the bride’s parents in Lee Bight, and then the bridal party accompanied by relative and friends, and amid volleys of musketry went to the house of the groom’s parents at Hillview and then the festive occasion began in earnest. Tables well stocked with some of the finest delicacies were in evidence until a late hour, and everybody from the very careful dyspeptic to the less careful and digestively perfect epcure could find an unlimited supply to suit their various tastes. Music, songs, ducts and recitations also led to the thorough enjoyment evening. The bride was the receipt of many useful and pretty treats. We all join in wishing Mr. and Mrs. Frost many years of wedding happiness and prosperity.

Clarenville, Dec 28, 1916


February 8, 1917

Official Report of Railway Tragedy

Gives Eight Second Class Passengers Dead

The final report of Monday’s train tragedy was given out by the Reid Newfoundland Company yesterday, and is as follows:-

Official Report. Reid Newfoundland Co. St. John’s. Feb. 7th, 1917. 11 p.m.

After making full enquiries it is known that the following passengers holding second class tickets were travelling in the second class car at the time of the derailment on Monday morning last, viz:-

From St. John’s – E. Button, J. Harries, Philip Hounsell, Levi Davis, James Young, J. Spracklin, James Noseworthy, Ben Basha, Thos. Stapleton, John Jacobsen (Norwegian)

From Brien’s – Dan Whelan

From Carbonear – A. Burden, H. Burden, T. Howell, D. Nicholl, J. Watts

From Arnold’s Cove – Mr. and Mrs. Moses Rodway, Eugene Woods

From Northern Bight – Ambrose Rodgers, Simon Rodgers

From Princeton – Robert Newell, Mrs. Frances Newell, Win Russell, James Russell

Total – 26 passengers

It has now been definitely ascertained that the following persons from the above list of passengers met their death when second class car on No 1 Express was burned near Glenwood on Monday morning: – Joseph Watts, Carbonear; Mr. and Mrs. Moses Rodway, Mussel Harbour Arm; Philip Hounsell, Pound Cove, near Wesleyville; Thomas Stapleton, St. John’s; John Jacobsen (Norwegian), St. John’s; Ambrose Rodgers, St. Jones Within; Simon Rodgers, St. Jones Within; making a total of eight passengers who have lost their lives.

Dr. Mitchell returned from Placentia junction to-day where he had made an examination of the remains and saw the bodies carefully wrapped and coffined.

Remains of Mr. and Mrs. M. Rodway were sent to their home, Mussel Hr Arm by way of Arnold’s Cove, by yesterday’s express. Remains of Joseph Watts sent to Carbonear by Shore train to-night. Remains of Thomas Stapleton being brought to St. John’s on to-night’s train. Remains of Philip Hounsell being sent to his home, Pound Cove via Gambo on to-day’s No. 1, the remains of Ambrose and Simon Rodgers are being sent to St. Jones Within via Northern Bight by to-morrow’s express and the remains of John Jacobsen will be buried at Whitbourne to-morrow.

The Victims

Mr. Thomas Stapleton of St. John’s was over 70 years of age and a mason by trade. He was on his way to Montreal to visit his daughters who are residing there. His remains reached the city by last night’s train and were taken to the home of his nephew, 29 Alexander Street, from where the funeral will take place.

Mr. and Mrs. Moses Rodway, of Mussel Hr. Arm, P.B., joined the train at Arnold’s Cove en route to Grand Falls. We learn from a gentleman in the city who attended their wedding that they were married in November of last year.

Philip Hounsell, of Pound Cove, was unmarried and was going to North Sydney.

Joseph Watts, Carbonear, married, in company with four others was en route to Nova Scotia to bring down a schooner recently purchased by a city firm.

Ambrose and James [Simon] Rodgers were brothers and belonged to St. Jones Within, T.B. and were going to Grand Falls to work in the lumber woods.

John Jacobsen was a Norwegian seaman and was going to North Sydney. He had been in the city for several months and boarded at the King George V Institute.


February 13, 1917

A Big Salmon Catch at Heart’s East, T.B.

A fisherman named Reid of Heart’s Ease, Trinity Bay, arrived in town yesterday with a big catch of twenty salmon. One big fellow tipped the scales at 41 pounds and measured 3 ft. 1 inches in length, while three others weighed 110 lbs. He disposed of the catch in twenty minutes after arrival and left town this afternoon with seventy-five dollars in cash. A number of people in Trinity Bay who laughed at the idea of setting nets at this season of the year are now firm believers in the old proverb, “It is better to try even if you don’t succeed.”



February 17, 1917

Further Accounts of Train Wreck

Further accounts of the train accident and death of eight persons last week, in St. John’s papers to hand, add little to the account as published by the Sun last week. The names of the dead now given: Thomas STAPLETON, Mason of St. John’s, aged 70. This is the man whom Mr. YOUNG thought was MOLONEY. John JACOBSEN, the young Norwegian sailor, and Ambrose and James ROGERS of St. Jones Within, T. Bay were four whose names we did not have. The Mail Clerks had a narrow escape. Just before the accident they put out one of their lamps and turned the other down. When their car rolled over this lamp went out, which was very fortunate for them, as they were drenched with oil from the lamps.

February 24, 1917

Electric Light for Railway

The Reid Newfoundland Company have decided to install a system of electric lighting on all their railway passenger cars. This decision will be generally approved and cordially welcomed by the travelling public. Experience – sadly enough an experience gained at the cost of eight human lives – has proved that the old method of kerosene lamps was dangerous in the extreme, though the many years freedom from accident might have been taken to indicate otherwise. The Company are to be commended for the promptness with which they have acted in this matter. Public anxiety will be allayed and there will be a feeling of satisfaction that after a few weeks at the most, a repetition of the terrible holocaust of a fortnight ago will be impossible – at least from the same cause. With steam heat and electric light, the danger of fire will be cut down to the ¼[this is where it ends!]


May 5, 1917

ET 1917 May 05 Sea MysteryA Solution to Sea Mystery

Minister of Marine Piccott is in receipt of this message from Southport, T.B.: –

“The boat referred to in the Evening Telegram some time ago, is Green’s, of St. Jones’ Without, who went seal-hunting and had to leave the boat, coats and seals behind. He hoisted the sail as a signal in hopes she would be picked up and restored to the owner.”This solves the mystery surrounding the boat, which was picked up off Grate’s Cove, Bay de Verde District, recently, having driven there in the ice from St. Jones’ Without. It also accounts, we are glad to say, for the three men’s coats, which were found in the boat and are now at the Marine and Fisheries Office.



July 31, 1917

Wanted – for Hillview and Long Beach on Random Circuit, a Female Teacher with 1st Grade, also musical qualifications. Duties as follows: one quarter at Long Beach and remainder of term at Hillview. Apply to Chairman Methodists Board of Education, Hillview, Random South, T. Bay.


December 18, 1917

Wedding Bells

Cochrane Street Parsonage was the scene of a very pretty wedding, Saturday, December 15th, 1917 when Nathan Churchill of St. John’s was united in holy bonds of matrimony to Miss Sarah J. Smith, daughter of Aaron J. Smith of Bay Bulls Arm, T.B. by Rev. Dr. Bond of Cochrane Street Methodist Church.

The bride looked charming in a suit of cream voile with veil and hat to match; she was accompanied by Eldred Churchill, brother of the groom, while Miss Susie King acted as best maid with Miss Lizzie Green of St. Jones Without; John Churchill, who arrived in town just a few hours previous to the occasion, acted as bride’s boy. Three of our brave naval boys were among the guests, one of them being the brave Leander Green, D. S. M. of St. Jones Without. After the ceremony the happy couple went to their future home 53 Duckworth St. The bride was the recipient of some handsome presents. We congratulate Mr. and Mrs. Churchill on entering newly wedded life and wish them happiness.

A Guest


December 20, 1917

Naval Reservist tells of Halifax Disaster

Mrs. Martha Peddle, of Hodge’s Cove, Trinity Bay, has received the following letter from her son, a Naval Reservist, who was on a ship in Halifax at the time of the explosion, and helped in the rescue work.

Halifax Dec. 7, 1917

Dear Mother,

Just a few lines to let you know that I am well and hope this will reach you all enjoying the same blessing for which we must thank God. Well, mother, I haven’t been in the navy long but I expect I have seen as big a disaster as ever anybody saw on the other side. Well mother, I can thank God that I an alive to-day which there are thousands that are not. About five minutes after nine Thursday morning there was a French ammunition ship ran into by a Belgian relief ship. The French ship had 4,000 tons of lightest explosives ever made come from America; you might be sure it was an explosion. Every window in Dartmouth was blown out. Buildings came down and there was two miles of Halifax burnt down. Just at the time of the explosion I was going on deck and I knew nothing before I pitched on the forecastle floor. Ivany jumped out of his berth and came on deck to see what happened and I said “For God’s sake, if you want to save your life don’t go on deck.” There was 12 of us Reserves here in Dartmouth and we were called up to Halifax as soon as possible and we hastened on but I can’t tell you what the sights were like. It is far beyond my description. I helped to get the wounded to the hospitals. There was an American hospital ship here at the time and she was filled and every school and hall and hospital in Halifax is filled. There was a sugar refinery here and there were two or three hundred men and women working in it at the time of the explosion and not one of them escaped. Well, mother, there was some heartbreaking cases here; in fact, mother, I didn’t think that I had nerve enough for anything but when I came to the test I could stick more than I saw; in fact I think a man can go through a lot more than he thinks he can. Well, mother, it shocked the whole land for over hundreds of miles, so you can imagine a little what the explosion was like; all the glassware and mugs were broken on our vessel; myself, Green and Chaulk got about 200 poor mortals dead and wounded out of a place that was burnt down; every second person in Dartmouth was wounded with glass, the glass was almost half our legs up in Dartmouth. The casualties now are 2,500 and they are bringing them from all parts of the town and hundreds they will never get. Well, mother, the poor little children, if you could only see them, their faces cut to pieces with glass. In Dartmouth, that’s about two miles from the explosion, in many cases there were families killed in their homes and every street in the end of Halifax were hundreds of men, women and children dying. Well, mother, we are to give God thanks that we are living in a better place like we are. It was as fine a morning as ever shone, not a cloud in the heavens when the accident happened. I was just getting ready to go ‘o Halifax for the mail when it happened. I can’t tell you any more but if I were home I could tell you something no doubt, so that’s all for this time. Say me to all the family.

From your loving son,

Harvey Peddle

P.S When the explosion happened first it was thought it was a German raid. While I was handling the men I didn’t mind it a bit, but when the poor women and children came it was hard you may depend, but I didn’t mind it a bit.

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