The Cee Bee Times

The Compass - - SPORTS - Bur­ton K. Janes bur­tonj@nfld.net

I won­der how many read­ers of this col­umn re­mem­ber the “Cee Bee Times.” I was a mere suck­ling when it pre­miered in 1960. This monthly news mag­a­zine was pro­duced on a mimeo­graph ma­chine from the of­fice of Ron Pumphrey En­ter­prises at 209 Em­pire Av­enue in St. John’s. It dis­con­tin­ued pub­li­ca­tion in 1963.

In a nos­tal­gic mo­ment, I dipped into the Fe­bru­ary 1961 is­sue to see what was on the mind of peo­ple in this re­gion at that time.

A fa­ther and son from Car­bon­ear were taken be­fore court in Har­bour Grace and charged with and con­victed of com­mit­ting breaches of the al­co­holic liquors act. On the same day, an­other Car­bon­ear man was charged with and con­victed of sim­i­lar of­fences. Be­fore that, yet an­other Car­bon­ear man was charged and con­victed. In raids on the three houses, the Moun­ties found dozens of bot­tles of gin, rum, beer, wine and whiskey, all of which were claimed.

Doc­tors felt there was at least one germ­car­rier of tu­ber­cu­lo­sis in Har­bour Grace. A sur­vey was sched­uled to de­ter­mine his/her iden­tity. “There could be two or more oth­ers,” the edi­tor noted. “They may not even know they have T.B. and are spread­ing it.” An “un­usu­ally high” num­ber of res­i­dents – 17 – had been sent to the sana­to­rium in 1960. “A big full-pop­u­la­tion X-ray and patch test sur­vey was un­der­taken.”

Read­ers were asked: if you had your life to live over, what would you do? A woman in Car­bon­ear joked, “I wouldn’t want to live my life over again, thank you! All the good-look­ing young men that I know here would be gone.”

A Car­bon­ear busi­ness­man re­sponded: “I am only 27. I still — I hope — have a long way ahead of me, a long life left. It would be fool­ish of me to go back, if I could, and start life all over again. As far as I am con­cerned, at my age, the best is yet to come. I can still plan and plot my life.”

Cap­tain Peter Troke, seal­ing mas­ter of the “Kyle,” replied: “Well, if I had my life to live over I wouldn’t be a sea cap­tain, al­though the sea has treated me well and I’ve been happy on it. I’d be a pilot. I’d take to the air. I love fly­ing.” Mean­while, he added, “There’s a lot of fu­ture for a young man.”

An en­thu­si­as­tic group of cheer­lead­ers sub­mit­ted a trib­ute to the Cee­Bees: C is for Cee­Bees, the best hockey team; H is for Hockey, they are on the beam; A is for Alex, the favourite we lost; M is for Money, who cares what the cost? P is for Pop­u­lar, they are with the crowd; I is for Ice, when they’re on we’re proud. O is for Open we are with the cheers, N is for Never will we leave the old dears; S is for Sea­son that we long to see, Our Con­cep­tion Bay team is the best one to me!

An adde­dum stated: “We — the CeeBee Cheer­lead­ers, go along with Ge­orge Faulkner’s state­ments...‘The Cee­Bees, to our minds, are as good as ever they were, and I’m sure the fans in Con­cep­tion Bay think so, too.’”

In Shearstown, a cou­ple were “the proud own­ers of no less than 50 lit­tle pigs — piglets’ as some peo­ple pre­fer to call them. First when they were born, the Dwyers put the lit­tle pigs un­der heat­ing bulbs to keep them warm and to en­sure their sur­vival. The pig­gies av­er­aged 25 to 40 pounds weight, and were of the qual­ity va­ri­ety, that is, they were — to put it plainly — ‘more meat than fat,’ or, more specif­i­cally, ‘ba­con pigs.’”

Two Bay Roberts busi­nesses were set to ex­pand. One, Ed­ward Mercer and his wife, who ran the for­mer A.E. Mercer Store on Wa­ter Street, planned to tear down the en­tire front and re­build a mod­ern-styled one. “Mean­while, they have mod­ern­ized the in­te­rior by in­stalling a gro­cery ‘is­land’ and by mak­ing it eas­ier for peo­ple to walk around, han­dle the goods, and shop.” Sec­ond, Dun­can L. Snow “has gone out on his own in sheet me­tal work, fur­nace and stove in­stal­la­tions, etc., and he plans to de­velop the busi­ness and spread it through­out the area.”

In­ter­est­ing times in Con­cep­tion Bay!

— Bur­ton K. Janes lives in Bay Roberts. His col­umn ap­pears in The Com­pass ev­ery week. He can be reached at bur­tonj@nfld.net

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