The View From Fogo Island

Benson Hewitt
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New School for Little Seldom, 1955

The other day I was reading (on line) the March 1, 1955, edition of the now defunct Daily News from St. John’s.

The other day I was reading (on line) the March 1, 1955, edition of the now defunct Daily News from St. John’s. 

The bold headline on page one declared that Winston Churchill, then Prime Minister of England, ‘describes the horrors of atomic warfare’. Page seven had this headline (howbeit, a little smaller font) “News from Fogo Island.” This piece that I am writing is obviously on the latter, and it did tell of a few interesting things happening on Fogo Island at that time.

Since the Daily News was mainly read in St. John’s, one wonders how many read it on Fogo Island. I would suspect, though, that someone reading it in St. Johns, and having friends on Fogo Island, might have sent along a clipping. Of course, there very well could have been Fogo Islanders subscribing to the Daily News.

Meanwhile, the main item was on a happening in Little Seldom, and since I have never written anything on that particular community, I thought this would be my opportunity.

I have no idea how long there had been a school there, but in 1954 the United Church School Board for that area decided that it was time to build a new one there. The chairman of that board was Reverend A. Murley who was stationed in Fogo. Wallace Coish from Stag Harbour was employed to construct the school, and the school was officially opened on Feb. 16, 1955. It was thought appropriate to celebrate this important occasion with ‘a time’.


Organizations: Daily News, United Church School Board, United Church School Opened United Church Congregation Anglican Congregation Anglican Church United Church Primary Loyal Orange Society Ladies Orange Benevolent Ladies Association of Fogo Society of United Fishermen Welfare Officer Cottage Hospital University of British Columbia UC School Greenpeace

Geographic location: Fogo District, Little Seldom, Barr England Indian Islands Newfoundland British Columbia

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