Who was who in Spa­niard’s Bay – 1957

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Who was who in Spa­niard’s Bay in 1957? There are sev­eral ways to an­swer this ques­tion, one be­ing to con­sult the Avalon Tele­phone Com­pany directory for that year. Of course, not ev­ery­one owned a phone, but the town’s de­mog­ra­phy can be partly de­ter­mined by this sim­ple method. “Phone books,” as di­rec­to­ries are gen­er­ally called, list, among other cat­e­gories, busi­nesses, clergy, churches, res­i­dents, doc­tors and schools.

The Avalon Tele­phone Com­pany was formed in 1919 by John J. Mur­phy, his son Robert J. Mur­phy, and J.D. Cameron. Shortly af­ter, the com­pany pur­chased Western Union’s tele­phone sys­tem in St. John’s. In 1921, the com­pany’s first long dis­tance line was in­stalled be­tween the cap­i­tal city and Car­bon­ear. On Nov. 27, the first long dis­tance calls were placed from St. John’s to Bri­gus and Har­bour Grace.

By the end of 1952, Avalon Tele­phone had 2,890 tele­phones in ser­vice on the Avalon Penin­sula, out­side St. John’s. In 1957, the same year as the fo­cus of the present col­umn, the

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com­pany be­came a mem­ber of the Trans-Canada Tele­phone Sys­tem. A year later, the com­pany in­stalled its first mi­crowave sys­tem, link­ing St. John’s with Bell Is­land and Bay Roberts.

In th e fol­low­ing l ist­ing for Spa­niard’s Bay in 1957, phone num­bers are given in brack­ets.

Busi­nesses in­clude Avalon Stores (1258). The town had two Pay Sta­tions, Bar­rett (26F2) and Shep­pard (1573). Brazil Broth­ers dealt in gro­ceries, con­fec­tionery, ice cream, meats, etc. (1420). Both Cana­dian National Rail­way (1242) and Cana­dian National Tele­graphs (1216) were res­i­dent in Spa­niard’s Bay. Ware­house and re­tail store, H.J. Gre­gory (1416), car­ried a com­plete line of dry goods, and agents reg­u­larly vis­ited all

By the end of 1952, Avalon Tele­phone had 2,890 tele­phones in ser­vice on the Avalon Penin­sula, out­side St. John’s. In 1957, the same year as the fo­cus of the present col­umn, the com­pany be­came a mem­ber of the Tran­sCanada Tele­phone Sys­tem. A year later, the com­pany in­stalled its first mi­crowave sys­tem, link­ing St. John’s with

Bell Is­land and Bay Roberts.

of eastern New­found­land. The well­known fam­ily name, Gosse, op­er­ated Mark Gosse & Sons (1157, 1226) and Gosse’s Garage (1425). L. & H. Nose­wor­thy op­er­ated a garage (6F6, res­i­dence 1396). An­other busi­ness was H.W. Shep­pard & Sons (1237).

Canon Loder resided at the Church of Eng­land Rec­tory (1320).

Fam­ily names in­clude the fol­low­ing:

• BAR­RETT, Cyril (1231), Fred (26F22), Le­an­der (26F3), Maisie (1501);

• BISHOP, Drover (6F23), Henry (6F4); • CAIN, Thomas (1443); • CLARKE, Ge­orge (6F11); • COLLINS, Ed­ward (1442); • COOMBS, Thomas (6F13); • DAWE, David (1359); • DROVER, Her­bert (6F14), Lewis (6F12); • GARD­NER, Arthur (1473); • GOSSE, A.R. (155), Calvin (1160), Ce­cil W. (1279), Ebenezer (1390), Elmer (1506), Mrs. Eu­gene (1163), Eu­gene (1271), Fan­nie (1472), Harold (1424), Is­rael (6F8), James (1209), Lin­coln (1579), Mark (1164), Martin (1358), Solomon (1486); • HATCHER, Clifton (1420); • HUTCH­INGS, Al­lan ( 1578), Dewey (1450); • MERCER, Nath (1531); • MUR­RIN, Lawrence (1234), W.J. (1451); • NEAL, Bert (1391), Josiah (1572); • OAKE, Harry (1427); • PED­DLE, Joseph (1530); • PIKE, Gor­don (1421), Henry (1487); • REID, Har­ri­son (1277); • SHEP­PARD, Mrs. Harry (1426), Isaac (res­i­dence 1548, store 1549), Mrs. Levi ( 1507), Louis ( 1228), Richard (1500), Vic­tor (1381), Win­ston (1380);

• SMITH, Al­bert (1395), Moses (1185), Wil­liam (1294); • SUL­LI­VAN, Wil­liam (1554); • VOKEY, Harvey (1394); • WHALEN, Wil­liam (26F14); • YET­MAN, Cap­tain Selby (1417); • YOUNG, Gor­don Young (26F7). — 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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