Dr. Grenfell as I knew him
His aim has been to make people self respecting and to give young people a chance to succeed in life.
During the years that Sir Wilfred worked on the Labrador, he was the means of restoring much of the lost respect that the former liveyers had given to their offspring. He has been the means of saving thousands of lives from terrible deaths, and has kept together countless homes, not only by saving the life of the breadwinner and the mothers, but by giving them a chance to earn some money and make them keep their self respect.
He has, in a way, been to the Newfoundland and the Labrador people a sort of Coast Guard; as the Coast Guard in this country [United States] saves life and property, so Grenfell has done a similar work to humanity and the property there. Above all, he has made the people of Labrador self supporting.The blind he has made to see and the lame to walk, whereas the blind, before his advent there, lost all hope as soon as their sight was gone.
Through the generosity of friends in the United States, the blind had been permitted to come to the schools here and learn how to be useful, not only to themselves, but to their brothers and sisters in Labrador.
His aim has been to make people self respecting and to give young people a chance to succeed in life. Many of the boys have a slant for masonry, road building, bridge building or any of the dif- ferent trades. They have been allowed to come to the Polytechnic Schools and receive a good training, so that the hospitals, stores, houses, gardens, farmlands, floating dry-docks, boat-and ship-building — those same people have been able to go up there, do a grand piece of work and get a great uplift.
In the cause of humanity to uplift and restore, I do not suppose there has been so devoted a man as was Dr. Grenfell. He followed very much in the footsteps of Christ.
Burton K. Janes lives in Bay Roberts and can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
ALL ABOARD — Dr. Grenfell and his dog aboard the
GETTING BOBBED — Cap’n “Bob” Bartlett getting bobbed by Robert Peary, Jr., son of the dicsoverer of the North Pole.