Fond memories of Cable Avenue
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