The Evening Telegram, 1932

March 29, 1932

Report of Relief Commissioner for Trinity Centre

Much worked performed in return for assistance
Editor Evening Telegram.
Dear Sir:- I beg to submit herewith for publication report received from Captain George Whiteley, Relief Commissioner, Trinity Centre, covering work performed by dole recipients in return for rations.
Yours truly,
R.J. Magor,
Relief Controller
Division of Public Welfare
March 28th, 1932


R.J. Magor, Esq.,
Relief Controller
Dear Sir,- In accordance with your instructions I submit the following report of work done in Trinity Centre to February 29th:

Hodge’s Cove. John Churchill, foreman. Cut and loaded to cars of firewood, 2,800 sticks. Work on roads before snow came. Repairs made to bridge.

Hatchet Cove, Loreburn and St. Jones Within. These three places joined in cutting two carloads of wood, traveling to Seaward’s Siding, a distance of seventeen miles, to load wood on train, 2,800 sticks.

Little Heart’s Ease. Foremen Stephen Price and John Drodge. Two car loaded with wood at Seaward’s. 2,800 sticks.

Gooseberry Cove and Butter Cove. Sandy Spurrel, foreman. Work on roads.

Long Beach. No work in this place.

Island Cove. These men joined the men of Hodge’s Cove in loading wood.

Queen’s Cove. John Norris, foreman. One car of wood. 1,200 sticks.

Caplin Cove. Ebenezer Whelan, foreman. One car of wood. 1, 200 sticks.

Southport. Wm. Jas. Balsom, foreman. Work on roads before snow came. No wood cut.

Hillview, North West Brook and Dark Hole. Isaac Soper and A. Churchill, foremen. The men of these places but and loaded two cars with 2, 800 sticks of firewood. Load of wood cut for Eli Frost. Snow shovelled. Work on roads in early November before the snow came.

General Remarks

Getting relief work done being a new department in this country, and considering that each man has to spend the greater part of his time in securing wood for his own needs and that the great number of them have to travel long distances to put the wood within reach of the railway, using their ponies – many of which are underfed – to get it there, and also considering that a man leaving for the woods is compelled to take part of his relief supply to exist while working in the woods, I think that on the whole everything is satisfactory, and in spite of much unjust criticism I found the men very willing and anxious to do anything possible under the present abnormal conditions.

Yours truly,
G. Whiteley
Relief Commissioner.


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