Her­itage Day in New Per­li­can

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The fifth Her­itage Day in New Per­li­can took place on Satur­day, July 14. The event was well at­tended, with ap­prox­i­mately 100 peo­ple at­tend­ing, some for the first time such as David Kelly who spent his sum­mers here as a boy and rekin­dled a con­nec­tion through the Her­itage New Per­li­can Face­book page.

David and his wife Jean came out for the event from Mount Pearl to see our photo dis­plays and try to add to his ge­ne­ol­ogy in­for­ma­tion. Our guest speaker this year was James War­ren, now re­sid­ing in Gan­der. He’s a re­tired school teacher who grew up in New Per­li­can and re­turned quite of­ten to visit fam­ily.

James, who is now 83 years-of-age, en­light­ened us with sto­ries of his grow­ing up in New Per­li­can and had some in­ter­est­ing things to say about how to tell the weather by “watch­ing the goats!”

He was pleased to chat about old times with a school mate of his — Eva Vi­vian (Martin).

This year we had a few new photo dis­plays, one in par­tic­u­lar on the White fam­ily of Bloody Point, along with an ex­ten­sive fam­ily ge­ne­ol­ogy put to­gether by the twin daugh­ters of Florence Amelia White ( 1919-2009), Frances McMillen and Carol McCourt of Peter­bor­ough, Ont.

Frances posted a photo in the March Down­homer of a 1925 St. Au­gus­tine’s School class hop­ing to con­nect with some­one to iden­tify the kids in the photo. Eileen Matthews of Her­itage New Per­li­can con­nected with her by email and an ex­change be­gan which in­cluded the 1925 photo and many oth­ers which were in­cluded in a new dis­play and some in the pho- to have now been iden­ti­fied.

Fam­ily mem­bers are search­ing for a photo of their grand­par­ents, Richard and Min­nie ( Bur­rage/ Bur­ridge) White, as some of their mother Florence’s pho­tos were lost in a fire. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion on this, please contact Her­itage New Per­li­can, ei­ther through that Face­book page or by email to her­ita­ge­new­per­li­can@hot­mail.ca.

This year’s Mu­nic­i­pal Her­itage des­ig­nated ar­eas were The Lib­eral Rock on the south side which was a gath­er­ing place start­ing back in the 50s for the fish­er­men and oth­ers to gather and “spin a yarn” and dis­cuss the lat­est “Ger­ald S. Doyle news.”

A poem writ­ten by Mil­dred Glynn (His­cock), for­mer town mayor, was read by Mil­dred and touched the hearts of all lis­ten­ing.

Also des­ig­nated this year was Harry’s Brook, which runs through the mid­dle of the community near the salt wa­ter and was the source of drink­ing wa­ter for many many years. It was also a place to catch a trout, wash your hooked rugs and just dig your toes in as a child, sto­ries of this brook have been pro­vided by Bertha Con­way (Seward-Legge) and Phil War­ren, both of whom have as­sisted Her­itage New Per­li­can with their rec­ol­lec­tions.

A vin­tage Comets hockey jersey once worn dur­ing out­door hockey play in New Per­li­can in the early 1960s was also on dis­play. The jersey was do­nated to Her­itage New Per­li­can Al­bert Hef­ford, Jr., whose fa­ther was in­stru­men­tal in build­ing an out­door rink. Al­bert Hef­ford, Sr. was the post­mas­ter in New Per­li­can for many years.

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