All about Earle

No­table New­found­land clan fo­cus of new book

The Compass - - COLUMN - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON

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.

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SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO BY ANITA O’KEEFE

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