Lighthouse Lifestyle Memories
It was nice to see the New Ferolle lighthouse where our family grew up (16 of us - eight boys, eight girls) in your July 2008 issue ("Escape Routes," page 96). My grandfather built that lighthouse. His name was Damase Beaudoin, and he was from Montmagny, Quebec. He took his family of 6 children to Newfoundland after receiving a contract to build the lighthouse from the Government of Canada in early 1900. Construction started in 1904 and the lighthouse went into operation around 1912. Damase was light keeper until 1925. He then turned the duty to my father, Aime Guy Beaudoin (who passed away in 1953). Then my brother Edmond took over the job. Another brother, Jerome, was hired as his assistant until late 1970. When Edmond was transferred to another station, Jerome became the last lighthouse keeper until it was automated. It is now a coastguard weather station. But all of us in the Beaudoin family love to visit the grounds because it brings back so many lovely memories. Aime Beaudoin
Thanks for writing to us about the history of New Ferolle lighthouse, Aime. We love hearing such interesting personal memories of places in Newfoundland.
What is This?
Dear Ron; Enclosed please find a picture of a mysterious object that I am curious about. I have not been able to find anyone who knows what it is. Maybe one of your readers can identify it. Freeman Piccott
Here is your photo, Freeman. If any readers can help identify this object, please write to Freeman Piccott, General Delivery, Heatherton, NL, A0N 1M0.
Dear Downhome; Newfoundland - "My home, no matter where I roam." I left 62 years ago, but whenever I return I feel I am on a high. It is forever in my blood. The older we get the more we travel memory lane, and recall our childhood fondly. It was the best of times! Here is a photograph of my hometown of Footes Cove, Pardy's Island, Burin. I enjoy getting Downhome magazine each month; I think I still have every issue. Congratulations on your 20th anniversary. Grace (Foote) Shaver
Ottawa, ON (formerly of Burin and Grand Bank)
Thanks for your letter, Grace. Do you really have a copy of every issue of Downhome? If so, that would make an impressive collection; we'd love to see a photo of you with all your Downhome magazines!