Carbonear trivia — Part 2

The Compass - - NEWS - BY BUR­TON K. JANES Bur­ton K. Janes lives in Bay Roberts and can be reached by email at bur­tonj@nfld.net

In 1923, the Bay Roberts na­tive, Har­ris Mun­den Mos­dell (1883-1944), pub­lished a book. It was called When Was That? A Chrono­log­i­cal Dic­tio­nary of Im­por­tant Events in New­found­land Down to and In­clud­ing the Year 1922.

For trivia buffs, this vol­ume is a ver­i­ta­ble trea­sure trove of un­re­lated in­for­ma­tion about a wide va­ri­ety of top­ics. For ex­am­ple, one reads about peo­ple, events, ves­sels, com­pa­nies, air­planes, busi­nesses, churches, news­pa­pers, dis­as­ters, com­mu­ni­ties and schools.

Last week, we looked at some of Mos­dell’s im­por­tant events in the his­tory of Carbonear. This week, we look at the re­main­der of his list.

Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 23,1860, marked the death of 74-year-old Robert Pack. Born in Dorset, Eng­land, in 1786, he was a res­i­dent of New­found­land for six decades. He was one of the first English mer­chants to make his per­ma­nent home in Con­cep­tion Bay. He also served as MHA for Con­cep­tion Bay (1832-37).

Fire de­stroyed the town on Tues­day, Novem­ber 6, 1860.

Old Christ­mas Day 1862 marked the beginning of ri­ots by mum­mers. Mag­is­trate I. McNeill was shot. By way of re­sponse, Har­bour Grace and St. John’s sent the mil­i­tary to Carbonear.

On Tues­day, March 18,1862, fire again scarred the town, de­stroy­ing the houses and stores on the south side of Wa­ter Street. The struc­tures af­fected be­longed to Dr. Bur­ney, M. Mackey & Co., Cap­tain Bar­rett, James But­ler, Ed­ward Kennedy, James Keough, Pa­trick Sweeney, Anne Bryan, John Rorke and James For­ward. On the north side, the fol­low­ing were af­fected: Cole­man’s premises, the prop­erty of McCarthy, Thomas, John Barry, Widow Kease, John Moxley, Thomas Fitzger­ald and Robert Pike.

On Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 6, 1863, 72-year-old Dr. John O’Shanesy died.

On Fri­day, De­cem­ber 18, 1863, three young men-Caine, Keefe and Reynolds drowned while cross­ing Carbonear Pond on the ice.

On Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 29, 1864, 74-year-old W.W. Bemis­ter, a na­tive of Corfe Mullen, Devon­shire, Eng­land, died. Like Robert Pack be­fore him, Bemis­ter spent 60 years in New­found­land.

On Fri­day, Septem­ber 16, 1864, 51-year-old A. O’Dono­van, for 21 years prin­ci­pal of the Gram­mar School, died. He was a na­tive of Cork, Ire­land.

Forty-six-year-old Dr. J. Coul­tas died on Tues­day, Septem­ber 8, 1868.

On Mon­day, Novem­ber 18, 1872, eight houses in the town were burnt.

On Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 5, 1872, 83-year-old John Mackey, clerk of the peace, died.

On Thurs­day, May 22, 1879, The Carbonear Her­ald, and Out­port Tele­phone be­gan pub­li­ca­tion. Started by John A. Rochefort, it ap­peared ev­ery Thurs­day. On March 17, 1882, the pa­per’s ti­tle changed to The Carbonear Her­ald, and Rail­road Jour­nal.

A Lit­er­ary In­sti­tute was formed in the town on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 10, 1880.

On Tues­day, Novem­ber 16, 1886, St. James Church of Eng­land was con­se­crated by Bishop Llewellyn Jones (1840-1918).

On Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 14, 1888, the cor­ner­stone was laid for St. Pa­trick’s Church. It was opened on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 25, 1892.

On Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 16,1892, The Weekly News was started by M. J. Hawker.

On Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 15, 1905, the cor­ner­stone of New Methodist Gram­mar School was laid by William MacGre­gor (1846-1919), Gov­er­nor of New­found­land (1904-09).

On Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 25,1908, the Church of Eng­land St. James School was opened.

On Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 27, 1909, the Ma­sonic Lodge was in­sti­tuted by H.E. Cowan.

On Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 19, 1911, the 79-yearold W.C. Hawker, orig­i­nally of Devon­shire, Eng­land, died.

On Sun­day, June 22,1919, the bri­g­an­tine Cal­li­dora was de­stroyed by fire.

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