All about Earle
Notable Newfoundland clan focus of new book
The Placentia Area Historical Society recently honoured a former mayor of Placentia and a Basque historian from Spain at its annual tea party.
Former mayor Bill Hogan and Sabino Laucirica of Plentzia, Spain, received heritage awards Aug. 8. The tea party was held on the grounds of the O’Reilly House Museum in Placentia.
Hogan, who was also the mayor of Dunville and a provincial cabinet minister, was recognized for his commitment to supporting the town’s rich history. He helped initiate the Placentia Heritage Advisory Committee, the Municipal Designation Awards, helped found the Placentia Institute of Newfoundland Studies with Memorial University, and supported archaeological digs, among other activities.
Laucirica, who was not present for the award presentation, has shared information about Basque history and set up a display with artifacts and the town’s flag at a museum in Spain. He has helped promote the connection between Placentia and Plentzia, which the Newfoundland town was named after. Rhonda Power accepted the award on his behalf.
This year’s tea party also featured entertainment, refreshments and period costumes.
Historical society president Tom O’Keefe opened the event with a greeting, and town crier Angus Gilbert read a proclamation from Mayor Wayne Power Jr. Museum tours were provided for free that day.
The Earle name is among the oldest in Newfoundland and Labrador’s history. A new book explores some of the more notable folks who can claim to be a part of the Earle clan.
Gordon Lore may be an American, but his family’s roots are strongly connected to the fishing industry, and this helped spur him to take on the project, which involved five years of research. DRC Publishing in St. John’s recently released “The Earles of Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Lore’s stepdaughter-in-law Carol Ann Triche is the greatgranddaughter of Minah Earle from Change Islands and the daughter of Edna KimmerlyWetterau. Carol’s mom died in 1988. Triche and other members of her family travelled to Change Islands to spread her ashes in Notre Dame Bay. 1965 after the ship struck an iceberg. Lore also spoke with some relatives about the late captain and was in touch with Libby Earle DePiero. She discusses in the book her push to get the Kyle restored. The vessel has remained stationery in Harbour Grace for the last 48 years.
Other chapters in the book delve into the accomplishments of several Earles. There’s Regi- nald Heber Earle, a survivor of the 1892 fire in St. John’s who invented a series of marine distress signals. The story of Second World War prisoner Harry Oake Earle is also told.
Carbonear native Davis Earle, a Rhodes Scholar, has worked on experimental nuclear physics and helped with plans to create the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory. Fellow Carbonear native Neil Earle, a writer and pastor who lives in California, is also profiled in the book, amongst other Earles.
Newfoundland writer Hector Earle later came on board to write about his family’s involvement in the development of the Northern Peninsula.
Lore, who is 80 and uses a wheelchair, was not able to come to Newfoundland and Labrador himself while working on the book.
“I’ve only been there once, and that was back in 1973. No more than a stopover in Gander going to Spain. I’ve learned an awful lot about the province, particularly about the Earle family.”
However, he is considering knee-replacement surgery, and if it’s a success, he hopes to visit the province in a year or so.