Building and renovations
In spite of the scarcity and high price of lumber due to the prolonged effect of the war, many new buildings were under construction and repairs and renovations were being made to others.
Ex-serviceman Thomas Hann’s pool room was underway. Nathan Chassion had sold out his business to Fred Beauchamp and intended to start business elsewhere. Mr. Leitch of Corner Brook and his assistant spent a few days here surveying the roads and the town. Many improvements were being planned by the town council. The U. S. Coast. Guard ship Woodbine was in port with supplies for rebuilding the American Base at Mouse Island. Both the United Church and St. James School were having improvements made to their appearance.
The United Church people were making extensive repairs to their church building. A new roof was put on the west side, repairs had been made on the tower and the whole building had been painted outside. All the work was completed under the capable supervision of Joseph Feltham and the building presents a very wholesome appearance. Much credit was due to those volunteers responsible. The United Church School had also been given some consideration and a system of central heating had been installed as well as a sewerage system. These improvements were a great help to pupils and teachers in coping with both comfort and sanitary conditions around the school.
During the past month employees of the Department of Natural Resources were in town making some changes to the Bait Depot designed by W. Edgecombe, chief bait depot engineer. In spite of delays caused by a shortage of stock, they had completed the new meat room containing 50 private lockers, installed new electric motors, new compressors and a new sharp Freezer for the meat room. The freezing capacity has been enlarged from 10,000 to 15,000 pounds and the total storage capacity of the depot is 400,000 pounds. The Bait Depot will be powered and heated by electricity. In case of a power failure there is a diesel installed that can take care of the plant and keep even temperature in all storage rooms. The whole building both inside and outside had been painted and was seen to be in first class order. The Depot was well kept under the capable management of Garfield Walters assisted by Matthew Bungay.
During the commercial salmon fishing season, Nelson Miles and James Hardy, both fish buyers, arrived in Port aux Basques with large shipments of salmon for export. They had collected the salmon from fishing villages down along the south coast.
Returning from service overseas was James Pike and Edward Skeard. James Pike, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Pike served in the Royal Air Force. Edward Skeard, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Skeard, was returning to Scotland where he will reside with his Scottish bride.
On Memorial Day, July 1, 1946, an impressive service was held in Channel at the War Monument by the Court House. Many wreaths were laid in memory of the loved ones whose names are listed on the monument. Those who bravely gave their lives for King and Country in the First World War.
Ranger LeGrow was transferred to Port Hope Simpson, Labrador. Ranger Stevens had arrived from St. John’s to take up police duties in this town. Magistrate Arthur E. Cramm and family arrived in town recently. Magistrate Cramm came to replace Magistrate G. Penney who had been promoted to District Magistrate at Bonavista.