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Returned Soldiers at West Northfield

Bridgewater Bulletin, September 16, 1919.

The members of the West Northfield Women’s Institute held a reception at the home of John Turner, on Saturday evening last, in honour of the returned soldiers: Ptes. Laury Wentzel, William Zinck, Rupert Zwicker, Herbert Feener, Gordon Dauphinee, and Lorne Rhodenizer. Each soldier is to be presented with a signet ring.

A small program was provided which was as follows:

Duet: Taps by Mrs. Arnold Turner and Miss Helen Turner

Recitation:”The Wife-Hunting Deacon” by Miss Lottie Jodrey

Song: “The Little Dog Under the Wagon” by Mrs. A. Turner and Miss H.Z. Turner

Recitation: “Is It Anybody’s Business?” by Miss L.E. Jodrey

Cake, ice cream, and candy were then passed, and after a short lawn game, all to their homes. All report an enjoyable evening.

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

Welcome Home

Bridgewater Bulletin, June 3, 1919

On Thursday evening a number of young and old people gathered at the home of Otto Mailman to welcome back Pte. Lawrence Mailman of the “fighting 25th.”

There was a patriotic chorus after which Pte. Mailman was presented with a handsome gold signet ring and a box of cigars, as a slight token of appreciation of his services with the colours.

Though taken by surprise, Pte. Mailman responded to the address of welcome with a fervor that left no doubt as to his aprreciation of the splendid welcome given him. His hearty,”I”m mighty glad to be with you tonight,” made those present feel something of what it means to the boys to get home again.

A lunch of cake and ice cream was served by the guests, and the remainder of the evening was spent in songs, comic readings, and games. The National Anthem brought the pleasant evening to a close. Pte. Mailman returns to civilian life followed by the good wishes of a host of friends.

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

Crew is Rescued

Bridgewater Bulletin, April 29, 1919.

On Monday morning April 21 st, as Mr.Fred Wolff of Ironbound was looking after the light, he spied a dory with a signal of distress hoisted. Losing no time, Mr.Wolff put off his boat and quickly brought the exhausted sailors to his home where all kindness was shown them. These poor fellows had been in an open boat for 65 hours without food or water. After every attention had been given them to revive their health and, Mr .Wolff brought them to Bridgewater in his motor boat, giving them lunch, after which they took the train for Halifax and are staying at the Sailors Home, having been sent there by the U.S. consul. They expect to be sent home to Gloucester as soon as possible.

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

Halifax Riots

Bridgewater Bulletin, February 25, 1919.

A mob in Halifax wrecked ten stores in that city on Wednesday night. The mob was composed of returned soldiers and civilians. A number of the ringleaders were arrested.

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

A Soldier’s Letter

Bridgewater Bulletin, December 3, 1918.

The following letter was received from Moyle C. Randall by his mother, Mrs. Amos J. Randall of Upper LaHave.

Canadian Machine Gun Depot, Seaford, November 5th, 1918.

My Dear Mother: Just a few lines to let you know that I am smart and getting along fine. I received your letter and box last evening, and was sorry to hear that you were all sick. I got the box and everything was as nice as could be. It came welcome to me. I can’t thank you too much for it. I got the letter and picture that Willie sent me from N.F.L.D. It’s a great thing to see someone from home if it is only a picture of them. It was a long time coming. We had a pass for six days and we just got back the night before last. We went to London first and from London to Scotland. I have seen more in those six days than I have seen since I am over here. I often heard people say that London was a fine city but never expected to see it myself, but I like Scotland the best for mine. Everything is free. The Y.M.C.A. is a great thing for a soldier over here. There was a happy crowd of us boys as long as we were on leave, but when we got back the news was there for us to go to France to do the rest of our training, we will be going soon. Well, the 13th. of this month will be 5 mos. since I joined the army, and it doesn’t seem long to me at all. I think the war will soon be over the way everything looks. Well, Mother, write and tell me all the news you know, for a letter comes welcome over here. Thanking you again for the box, I remain, Your truly son, Moyle

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

Private William Sawler

Bridgewater Bulletin, June 25, 1918.

Excitement was abundant at Western Shore on the home coming of Private William Sawler from the front. Private Sawler was the first man from the parish of St. Martin to go across, and today wears the red stripe of 1914 with the three blue stripes for the following years. Not content with these, the left arm bears the good conduct mark of the two short gold stripes which tell their own tale. Having done his duty nobly and well, his sacrifice was made complete at Paschendale in October, 1917. From injuries received by shell he was forced to lose both legs by amputation. English hospitals were his home until the beginning of the month, when he sailed for Canada reaching Halifax on Monday. In spite of his journeying home by car and arriving rather before expected, a goodly crowd assembled to greet our first returned hero. Flags were flying on all sides and a halt was called at South Gold River Schoolhouse, where the rector, Rev. C.H. Talmay, voiced the feelings of the people in a few words, partly of sympathy but chiefly of gratitude. The car then proceeded on amid the cheers of those who all know and respect Willie Sawler. Private Sawler will go to Toronto shortly for further hospital treatment and some educational course that he may begin a new and more peaceful sphere in life.

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

Disastrous Fires

Bridgewater Bulletin, June 11, 1918.

The disastrous fires that have raged along the shore from Dublin Shore to Crescent Beach were extinguished by the recent rains. Much damage was done to property and the inhabitants of the zone threatened by the fire were wrought up to a great tension while the fires were burning. The buildings and other property destroyed were, at West Dublin:

House, barn and outbuilding together with furniture, belonging to Silas Corkum. No insurance.

House and woodshed belonging to Samuel Harshman, partially insured.

New barn and contents including wagon, sleigh, and carpenter tools owned by Stephen Bushen.

Barn belonging to Mrs. Jacob Remby. Barn belonging to Chas. Langille.

Old house and barn owned by Samuel Publicover.

Barn and contents belong ing to Charles Croft. The Wade barn at Crescent Beach.

Romkey’s fish stores. Sperry’s fish stores at Sperry’s Cove.

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

Thanks for Help

Bridgewater Bulletin, June 11, 1918.

The Misses Romkey of Crescent Beach wish to extend their heartiest thanks to each and every person who responded so promptly and worked so herocially in saving their home from being burned by the raging forest fire which swept down upon them on June 7th, 1918.

The residents of West Dublin and Dublin Shore wish to express their gratitude for the help of the Bridgewater firemen and others who assisted in extinguishing the recent fires in those localities. If it had not been for this assistance the damage to property would have been much more severe.

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

Help for Halifax

Bridgewater Bulletin, February 12, 1918.

There’s nothing like a true friend in times of distress, and surely the people of the United States and especially of Boston and Massachusetts have proven themselves to be real friends to the Halifax sufferers. Among the cargo of steamer Governor Cobb on her last trip were over a thousand packages of food, clothing, and other supplies for the stricken city, which went forward by express Saturday morning. Nova Scotians will ever remember these gifts.

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

Noble Help for Halifax

Bridgewater Bulletin, December 18, 1917.

The prompt and efficient help rendered Halifax at this time of need by many of the cities of the United States is quite remarkable.

Between the 8th. and 10th. of December five relief trains from different cities of the United States have been rushed to Halifax.

There were two trains from Boston, containing doctors, nurses, and supplies.

From Providence, R.I., a full hospital unit train was sent.

One train of eight cars, packed with supplies of all kinds from New York was provided by 25 millionaires of that city, who accompanied the train to the stricken city.

Washington sent a big train load of supplies.

The members of the Christian Science Church, Boston, also sent a train load of supplies.

The Massachusetts State Guard has rushed a base hospital in charge of Major Geddings, through from Boston. It has a medical staff and equipments consisting of 10 physicians, 2 quartermasters, and 10 nurses with supervisor.

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse