Olive Leona May Stone (1921-1982)

Olive Leona May Stone was born to George Stone and Susannah Bailey of Lower Lance Cove, Trinity Bay, NL, Canada, on May 21st, 1921.

 

In 1921, Lower Lance Cove was a typical fishing village on the coast of Newfoundland. The village is located on the north side of Random Island and at the time, only accessible by boat. There were no public services or utilities, or in other words, no electricity, no central heating, no plumbing and minimal connection with the outside world. Although there is no census data available for 1921, the census of 1894 has 13 families living at Skimmer’s Cove, while in the 1935 census, Lower Lance Cove had a population of 180 in 30 households. It is reasonable to assume that about 20 families resided at Lower Lance Cove in 1921.

My first visit to Lower Lance Cove, that I can remember, came in the summer of 1949. My memories suggest that little had changed since 1921. When the sun went down, it got dark and you went to bed. Bedrooms were on the second floor and each bedroom contained a chamber pot. In 1949, there was a connection with the outside world, which came in the form of an AM radio. The radio was powered by a dry cell battery, which was only connected when radio station CJON (St. John’s) was broadcasting the evening news. The broadcast included the whereabouts of the coastal boats, which visited the coastal communities during the open water season. The small roadways were full of children and no cars. There was no crime and no police. Random Island did not get connected to the Island of Newfoundland until 1952, when a causeway was built at “the bar”, a shoal at the Northwest corner of the island.

 

 

 

 

Olive was the third child of George and Susannah. The first child was Clement, who was born in 1907, and was 14 years old when Olive was born. By the time Olive became aware of Clement, he was already out fishing.

The second child was Harvey, who was born in 1909. Harvey was 12 years old when Olive was born. Sadly, Harvey passed in the winter of 1922, when Olive was just 1 year old. Then, in the summer of 1923, Susannah gave birth to a daughter named Bertha, who passed at just 6 months in the winter of 1924.

A brother, Gilbert was born in the summer of 1924, when Olive was 3 years old. In the summer of 1929,  Eldred was born, but sadly Eldred passed at 1 month old.

Olive would consequently grow up with Gilbert, while her older brother Clement was very likely away a lot, especially during the fishing season.

 

 

 

Olive is about 9 years old, with 2 cousins who lived next door.

 

In 1943, at the age of 22, Olive joined the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

 

Toronto 1943, Olive is 2nd from the right, in the back row

Olive attended a picnic at Hanlon’s Point in the Toronto islands in the summer of 1943

 

In 1944, Olive Leona May Stone of Lower Lance Cove, Random Island, Trinity Bay, NL, married Hayward Young of Stephenville Crossing, NL. Both were serving in the armed forces during World War II and stationed in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Olive Leona May Stone died of ALS on June 11, 1982. She was 61 years old.

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