Fond mem­o­ries of Cable Av­enue


Dear edi­tor,

I am de­lighted to hear that the Town of Bay Roberts is try­ing to des­ig­nate Cable Av­enue an his­toric street ( March 29th ar­ti­cle head­lined “ Pre­serv­ing Cable Av­enue”).

I, along with my six borthers and sis­ters, grew on Cable Av­enue. I was born in 1938 and have mem­o­ries of the av­enue be­ing sur­rounded by “ barbed wire” and sand­bags as it was a strate­gic point dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

The cable of­fice re­ceived info from the war zone. It was trans­mit­ted by un­der­wa­ter cable to Bay Roberts and was for­warded on to Ot­tawa and Wash­ing­ton. The day the war was over (VE Day) the of­fice was the first one to re­ceive that mes­sage from over­seas.

I have great mem­o­ries of go­ing to the of­fice with my dad when he worked at night and was able to type out my name on a cer­tain ma­chine and then it came out on ticker tape and that was put into an­other ma­chine and came out on nar­row pink tape which was pasted on pape. That was the way all mes­sages were re­ceived.

Dur­ing those years the Royal New­found­land Reg­i­ment al­ways watched over the cir­cum­fer­ence of the of­fice grounds, which in­cluded a ceme­tery and I re­mem­ber my mother say­ing that the sol­diers al­ways hated to do duty in the ceme­tery.

One night one of the sol­diers was on duty there and heard a rustling in the small bushes. He was scared to death and shot in the direc­tion of the noise, only to find out it was a dog. Luck­ily the dog was not hurt.

My dear mom al­ways knit socks for the sol­diers who were sta­tioned in Bay Roberts and also made many a sand­wich for them along with a pot of good hot soup.

Since West­ern Union left Bay Roberts, I have found that the av­enue has been greatly ne­glected. It had won­der­ful chest­nuts trees and flow­ers beds ev­ery­where. They had a large gate and two smaller ones for the side­walks and they were al­ways closed.

We as chil­dren loved to run to open the big gate for the peo­ple who were driv­ing cars through them as they al­ways gave us a nickel or even a dime, which was quite a lot for we kids. I love what they have done with the Cable Build­ing and only hope that they can do some­thing with the con­di­tion of the av­enue it­self. Peggy Gil­bert (Wil­liams) White’s Lake, Nova Scotia

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