Au­thor asks Pla­cen­tia area res­i­dents to share their sto­ries

The Compass - - OPINION -

I am cur­rently writ­ing a book on the plight of a man in Ire­land in 1778, and his sub­se­quent jour­ney to New­found­land; in par­tic­u­lar, to Lit­tle Pla­cen­tia/Ar­gen­tia.

I am also de­tail­ing the plight of the man’s great-grand­son, 163 years later, at Ar­gen­tia when the US gov­ern­ment in­vaded and took over the town for the pur­pose of set­ting up a de­fense post against Hitler’s Ger­many. I am reach­ing out to any­one who has a story or mem­ory they’re will­ing to share in this re­gard.

In ad­di­tion to gath­er­ing feel­ings and ex­pe­ri­ences of that time by Ar­gen­tia res­i­dents, I am in­ter­ested in hear­ing from/speak­ing with peo­ple who worked on the mov­ing of the three grave­yards there to nearby Fresh­wa­ter. I imag­ine it was thought to be, some­what, eas­ier for “out­side” men to do that hor­ri­ble job, in­stead of lo­cals who’d be re­spon­si­ble for the re­mov­ing of the re­mains of their loved ones, all in var­i­ous stages of de­com­po­si­tion; i f any there were re­mains at all.

In my home­town area, Pla­cen­tia, many sto­ries have been handed down through gen­er­a­tions of Ar­gen­tia de­scen­dants, and I imag­ine there are still lots of folks out there, some­where, with valu- able in­for­ma­tion and/or photographs to share.

Thanks for your time and con­sid­er­a­tion. If you or some­one you know are in­ter­ested in telling a story, no mat­ter how im­por­tant you feel it is (they’re all im­por­tant), please con­tact me at your ear­li­est con­ve­nience.

— Dar­rell Duke writes from Clarenville. His mail­ing ad­dress is 243 Ma­rine Drive, A5A 1M9. He can be reached by email at dar­rell­duke@live.ca, or by tele­phone at 466-7452.

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