Carbonear trivia — Part 2
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.