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Misc. entries transcribed from The Western Star newspaper


The information was transcribed by Peggy Bennett While I have endeavored to be as correct as humanly possible, there may be typographical errors

February 10, 1915.


Driving & Working Harness all repairs of all kinds. All handmade,no machine work. All orders well attended to. Address all communications to ANGUS MACISAAC Manufacturer of hand made harness.


March 3, 1915


As a notice that some interesting events since the New Year, happening here have been overlooked by your correspondents, I send you a squib or two.

Capt. Samuel Butt's sawmill was burned down on the 25th of February, and his loss is greatly felt. We expect to see it rebuilt in a few days, as the neighbors are willing to help; but the loss of the saws will be the greatest drawback.

Some time ago we attended the funeral of one of the oldest citizens, Sesim White, age 99 years, who died January 5.For sixty-six years he watched the growth of St.George's, as he was born at Margaree, Cape Breton, and his sketches of the history of the place were very interesting. He died enjoying the respect of the community and fortified by the rites of the church.

Another death, that of Peter Benoit Jr., son of Peter H. Benoit of Little Barrachoix,St.George's and a Newfoundland Royal Naval Revervist, the first of St.George's sons to die for the grand old British Flag in the present conflict, died at Chatham, England on the 20th of January 1915,of inflamation of the brain.

March 3,1915


Word comes to hand that Edmund Jesso of Sheaves Cove ,Cape St.George, accidentally shot himself while hunting game .He leaves a wife and 8 children.

March 10, 1915


The American schr. John R. Bradley will prosecute the sealfishery in the Gulf Of St.Lawrence this season. She will be commanded by Capt.Chas Martin,of Codroy, and will carry 23 men, mostly Newfoundlanders. The Bradley, which is owned by the Gorton-Pew Company, will be the first vessel of American register to engage in the Newfoundland sealfishery. She clears from Channel.

March 24, 1915



The Old Anglican Church at Sandy Point, St.George's was totally destroyed by fire on Friday. The bed and the font were lost, but most of the furniture was saved. The origin of the fire, we understand is unknown; and we hear the building carried no insurance. St.Stephen's was the oldest church structure on the West Coast. The Parish of Sandy Point has a new church building in course of erection, the foundation stone of which was laid in September 1913,by the Lord Bishop of Newfoundland. The new structure ,however is not nearly completed yet, and the loss sustained by the burning of the old building will be felt by the Parish, and the rector, Rev.R.A. Butler, placed to much inconvenience.

March 31, 1915


March 27-St.Stephen's Church, at Sandy Point ,which was destroyed by fire on 19th inst., was almost a century old, having been built in 1830.The building maintained many associations with the past ,and the inhabitants regretted very much to see it go up in flames. There was no insurance on the building ,the policy having been retired only a short while previous. It was only through untiring efforts of the people of the place that the new church building in close of erection close by ,was saved; in fact it is a marvel how the flames were checked from spreading through the community.

The Orange Hall at Sandy Point has been gratuitously placed at the disposal of the parish till such time as the new church building is ready for Divine service.

Fred Butt of this place had the misfortune to cut his hand and arm on Monday,22nd inst. It was a wonder he did not sever his arm from his body.

The ice in the harbor is disappearing rapidly. Dories are now crossing from Seal Rocks to the Point.

Butt has his sawmill in full swing, and is rushing things in order to meet the demand.

Farnell's mill at Stephenville Crossing is also being operated at the full capacity.

Recruits of the Army and Navy are joining every week.

May 19, 1915


I have been informed that some parties are about to inspect a mining property discovered by my father. I hereby caution any person from meddling in any way whatever with said property.


January 15, 1908

Mr.Chainey Hall, of Gloucester, returned home Monday. During the past three months Mr. Hall was Bay Of Islands accountant for the Gorton-Pew Fisheries Co. and during that period paid out for labor and other requisites about $40,000 and has left behind him a valuable record for fair and square dealings.

February 26, 1908


Sad indeed were the circumstances attending the death of Mrs.Sophia Gallant, at St.John's, last Tuesday afternoon. Deceased was the beloved wife of Mr. Arsene Gallant of Stephenville Crossing, and for several years had been suffering from a tumerous growth in the stomach.She went to St.John's on the 9th inst.,to undergo surgical treatment, and entered the hospital for that purpose. On Tuesday last anesthetics were administered at 11 am., and it was intended by the doctor to keep the patient under chloroform for about six hours ;but from what we can learn she expired at half -past two o'clock, when the operation was just about completed. The sad news was flashed over the wires to her relatives at Stephenville Crossing; who were shocked to hear of her sudden demise. The remains were coffined; and conveyed by Wednesday's train to Stephenville Crossing, and on Thursday they were interred in the RC Cemetery in Stephenville. Mrs.Gallant was highly respected by all who knew her, and her sad death is greatly regretted by the people of Bay St.George. She had attained the age of 51 years, and beside leaving a husband, is survived by three sons-Lawrence at Howards; Vincent at Stephenville Crossing; Andrew at Stephenville; and one daughter -Mrs.Wm Lynch,Peter Crossing; to all of whom the STAR tenders its sympathy.

June 3, 1908


After a lingering illness, Miss Lizzie Blanchard, daughter of late John Blanchard, of Searston, Grand River ,passed peacefully away on May 17th. Finding out about a year ago that Lizzie was ailing of tuberculosis in Lowell, Mass, her stepmother, Mrs.Maggie Blanchard of Searston spared no trouble nor expense on a trip to that city, and brought Lizzie home with her for a long vacation-a long vacation indeed. This is the second stepdaughter for whom Mrs Maggie Blanchard proved herself a true mother and a splendid nurse, until they both had gone to the great beyond. Lizzie Blanchard was a young woman of exemplary character, and had many friends.

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