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Memories of Home This summer, my wife and I, a townie, were able to visit St. John's and area for several days at the end of August, and beginning of September. We visited the Downhome Shoppe and Gallery two times during our visit, and selected several items we wished to have sent to us later as presents for our children and grandchildren back in Saskatchewan. It was only when our daughter in law noticed that the logo on ... click to read moreThis summer, my wife and I, a townie, were able to visit St. John's and area for several days at the end of August, and beginning of September. We visited the Downhome Shoppe and Gallery two times during our visit, and selected several items we wished to have sent to us later as presents for our children and grandchildren back in Saskatchewan. It was only when our daughter in law noticed that the logo on the Downhome Row Houses Fleece Blanket she had received that we realized it looked awfully familiar!. The house on the left in the many items imprinted with the Row Houses is my wife's childhood home!. She lived on Kimberly Row in the house pictured on so many NL products! (It's the turquoise/blue one)
We also had our picture taken by Heather and Kelly during one of our visits.
Unfortunately, the file size of our photo is too small for submission...
Pastor Ron and Mrs. Margot (nee Strang) Cairns, Grenfell, SK ... Hide full submission
My complicated family tree research has been going on for years, but more intently for the past two years. My father (Reuben) and his eleven siblings were placed in St. John's orphanages or family homes when their father, my grandfather, Henry ... click to read moreHello,
My complicated family tree research has been going on for years, but more intently for the past two years. My father (Reuben) and his eleven siblings were placed in St. John's orphanages or family homes when their father, my grandfather, Henry Young, died in his hometown of Lourdes, Port au Port peninsula, at the age of 36 in May 1918, leaving my grandmother, Olivia Craniford (also spelled Cranford or Cranneford) widowed with 12 children below the ages of 14 years.
Olivia, who was formerly from St. John's, remarried and eventually settled in Antwerp, Belgium with Peter Sorensen, (originally from Amsterdam) where she had 6 more children who were raised there.
For many years Olivia's two families (in Newfoundland and Belgium) did not know of each other, except we were heard occasional rumblings of some alternating life change for Olivia or one of her siblings. However, the summer of 2013 was very special for five of Olivia's female descendants (from Antwerp, Belgium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Riverview, New Brunswick) who gathered for 10 days in St. John's to get connected to each other and to the family roots of the Craniford /Young/ Sorensen families. It was an interesting, exciting, emotional, and busy ten day!! We spent a great deal of time at The Rooms, and visiting churches and cemeteries in the St. John's area. We recorded factual information and made sense of many stories and rumours that we had heard over the years regarding the how and why of it all. We now have a fairly accurate written record of Olivia's life, her 18 children, and their families (who now live in different parts of the US, Canada, and Belgium).
However, we are hoping there is a Downhome reader who can help us complete a link to the Craniford/Young part of Olivia's story. As the family reunion was coming to an end this past summer in St. John's, we were feeling very sad that we could not find any record of one of Olivia's children, Alexander Young. But amazingly, with the help of the Rooms records and a worker at the Forest Road Anglican Cemetery in St.John's, we located Alexander's gravesite. We would have visited the gravesite sometime between August 1-10, 2013. We feel there must be descendants of Alexander in the St. John's area because there was a special note left on his headstone with fresh flowers. He was born January 17, 1914 Lourdes, NL. We know he died in 1949 and that he served in the Royal Artillery WW2, based on the information printed on his headstone.
I am attaching a picture of Alexander Young's headstone taken this August when we discovered it. It is our hope that someone who is related to Alexander or may have known him or his family, will get in touch with us just to help us complete an important gap in Olivia's story and our family tree. Thank you in advance. I can be reach at email@example.com.
A genealogy & Downhome buff,
Judy (Young) Cairns (granddaughter of Olivia Craniford -Young- Craniford)
Recently Trudy and I(Chris)took our holidays from Labrador City and went to Green Bay Wisconsin to watch the Green Bay Packers play the Cleveland Browns. Everyone at work said that we had to take the Downhomer so we did. The picture was taken in the second quarter of the game by perfectly wonderful strangers who,once they heard the story of how we could possibly have this printed in the magazine,were more then happy to help out.It was our first game and wont be our last. The Downhome will be there with us at all the games we go to from here on in. As a reader of Downhome magazine I<
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While on a visit to NL in the summer of 2012 my wife and I were driving around Conception Bay looking for fresh cod fillets. They are not too readily available in NS where ... click to read moreSalt of the Earth
While on a visit to NL in the summer of 2012 my wife and I were driving around Conception Bay looking for fresh cod fillets. They are not too readily available in NS where haddock is most common. We saw a sign on the road advertising them outside the Independent Fish Harvesters processing plant near Brigus, so we stopped to check it out. There behind the building was a most interesting sight. The place was alive with activity, men and women busily involved removing fresh fish from totes for processing (photo). What struck us most was the wonderful cherry dispositions and smiles that greeted us, and their willingness to help. Where else would you find such a happy group of workers? They are the "salt of the earth". Now I understand what those "come from aways" mean when they talk enthusiastically about NL hospitality. Needless to say we did purchase some fresh fillets and had them the next day for dinner. Yum yum, some good. I was so impressed I fired off an email to Mr Hiscock the plant manager.
In your Letters to the Editor column in the October 2013 issue I was looking for the owner of the Parade Store on Freshwater Road in a 1907 photo. I had correspondence with the grandson of that owner, who was a Mr. William Carnell, and he filled me in on some of the history of the store under his grandfather's ownership. Thanks for the help.
Your article in the November 2013 edition highlighting former St. John's city councillor Sheilagh O'Leary's tickle swim from Portugal Cove to Bell Island in aid of the Canadian Mental Health Association was most inspiring. As an old codger of 78 years who in my youth used to gaze across that 3 mile stretch of water from Portugal Cove, and who for swimming is an exercise in staying alive in the water, I am most impressed. A great feat and a most worthy cause. Good on you Sheilagh!
Attached is a photo of Chafe's Landing in Petty Harbour, my most favourite fish restaurant in NL. My wife and I visited there in the summer of 2010 and had one of the best meals of fish and chips ... click to read moreHi Ron:
Attached is a photo of Chafe's Landing in Petty Harbour, my most favourite fish restaurant in NL. My wife and I visited there in the summer of 2010 and had one of the best meals of fish and chips ever. This premises, before it's recent renovation into a restaurant, was the old homestead of my ancestors Edgar and Fanny Chafe, relatives on my mother's side. The house was constructed in 1878 by his father Edward Chafe. Edward was born in Petty Harbour but his family originally came from Devonshire. He was a fisherman by trade but also a very reputable carpenter. He built three houses in Petty Harbour and this was his second. Edgar, his son, was the last owner. It was so nice to see that the present owners had preserved the exterior appearance and much of the room layout inside was unchanged. My sister Ann and I used to spend several weeks visiting from St. John's in the summers back in the 1950s. I have very fond memories of those visits, so much so that I wrote a poem about them recently entitled "Petty Harbour." For those interested it appears in the Poetic License section of your website.