Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Operation “Westward-Ho” 1960

December 1960

Last July we flew Jet back to Southampton, Long Island, where we spent the summer at Helen’s home on Main Street, sorting and packing household treasures for shipment to California.

This operation also involved finding a buyer for “Saltaire,” which had been the summer home for Ralph and his former wife, Jessie, for many years. The new occupants are Mr. and Mrs. Philip Sabatelli and their two children from Whitestone, New York—and we wish them continued health and happiness! Many of you have visited us here in years past so you can understand how hard it was to part from such pleasant memories.

Before going East we had the good fortune of finding a place in Riverside at 4652 Granada that we could really call home and now that we have lived in it since the first part of October we find it most charming.

There always has to be a “fly in the ointment,” and our trip West was no exception. While driving on “66” against the setting sun in Ft. Morgan, Colorado, Ralph overshot an intersection which threw us in the hospital for two days. Fortunately, however, no one was seriously hurt. Only Helen suffered lacerations and bruises, which by now are pretty well cleared up.

“Westward-Ho” is now a closed chapter in our lives and we cordially invite you to visit us whenever you are in our vicinity.

A Happy Christmas and a New Year full of God’s blessings to you all is our sincere wish for you.

Ralph & Helen Quass

"he hopes eventually to write a biography of Dr. Halsey"

c. 1962

September 1933 | Cincinnati Enquire

3,500 Attend Suffrage Day

NY Tribune | May 3, 1914

"modern suffragists must be decked in the latest"

New York Tribune | May 3, 1914

"the spiritual side of eugenics"

 "Flippancy is the curse of the rising generation. the most sacred things for the home are held up to ridicule. Marriage is treated as a joke."
New York Tribune | 13 Nov. 1913

"And economic independence must be followed by spiritual independence, before woman will be perfectly free."

New York Tribune | 2 April 1914

"I hope that when women vote we can change conditions in industry . . ."

New York Tribune | 27 December 1914

"Better Babies, Better Mothers, Better City!"

New York Tribune | 20 June 1914

"Sea Cliff club is one of the shining examples of the suffrage club ..."

New York Tribune | 20 June 1914

Women's Political Union Splits from NY State Woman Suffrage Association

NY Tribune | Nov. 13, 1913

Friday, December 12, 2014

"I do not believe East Enders ever get really moved from L.I."

Hendersonville, N.C.
Oct. 11, ‘50

Dear Cousin Jesse,

It is sweet and dear of you, in the midst of your busy life to take time to keep me a bit in touch with your interesting life and family. You cannot know how much it means to me, in my very quiet life, and of course my children are interested also. You wrote something of your plans for the summer and I thought to write you in Aug. when you were pretty sure to be on L.I. but the week skipped by. I sit in an easy chair in the bay window and watch the birds and squirrels and bunnies, and just now the brilliant foliage. (I wish you could see our sugar maple, it lights up the whole hill) and I write long letters to my friends in my mind, and then doze off. Very rarely anything gets on paper. Perhaps my eighty ninth birthday last month has some connection.

A handsome young Irishman named Gratton came to Southold when I was a girl, married one of our nicest Irish girls, and raised twelve children who all made good citizens so far as I remember. Mary happened to eat supper at their house one evening while she and Mother lived alone so long—and it was an interesting experience. I did not know them personally.

Our neighbor considered the barn a menace to his property, so we reluctantly had it torn down. I feel wicked to own a vacant house, but the farm is well rented, and we are still hoping to remodel into a two apartment house, furnish one for our summers and rent the other. The disastrous year soon after my husband’s death went hard with us, but we are still hoping. Frank and Caroline are both only children, each with an aging Mother to watch over, and they have their hands full I guess. Mrs. Taylor is younger than I, but with more ailments, so can not go to a home of her own, to her great disappointment. I am thoughtful to be comfortable and contented. Though not much account. Sleeping to much is better than waking too much. “The hours o’er which we have least cause to weep, Are those we spend in childhood and in sleep.”

How pleasant all around that you could all be together more or less in the summer! I do not believe East Enders ever get really moved from L.I.

It is encouraging to have your school crowded. This world certainly needs preachers.

Usually I listen to a long, weather report every morning—and am interested to learn what variety of weather Chicago is getting. The radio is a very good companion, so easily turned on and off.

Sat. night

This scrawl awaited the arrival of the map you mentioned, and for which I am really grateful. It is afar cry from the big black Atlas of L.I. that was published when I was a child. How proud I was then to find a black dot labeled “E. Hunting” on the Southold page! Southampton is opposite, and I looked today for H. Halsey and was surprised to find how many other Halseys there were. No wonder you found a “remote cousin” to go riding with. (O.O. split infinitive) Time I said good night. And thanks again. I am grateful for the days when you used to come to that mission school in Tennessee. Good night. Love to cousin Helen as well as your kind self.

Helen [Hunting Bly]


This table belonged to my grandmother, Eliza Halsey, born in 1803. It was given to my grandfather, Captain Harry Halsey, born also at Watermill in 1803. My grandmother’s maiden name was also Halsey. They were married January 21, 1828. Grandfather and his two brothers, Jesse and Edward (grandfather of Frank Burnett) and his sister Elizabeth (grandmother of Marian O’Connor) were taken to New York by their widowed mother where the two boys learned the mason’s trade. Eventually they built many of the houses in Greenwich Village, in one of which on Grove Street (house still standing) my father, Charles Henry, was born October 10, 1830.

Grandfather built many of the stores on what is now Canal Street, then a development in the northern suburbs. One of these stores, built for “an old Dutchman,” so pleased the owner that he took Grandfather into his new furniture shop and told him to pick out a piece of furniture for his wife. This table was his selection. Then the “Dutchman” told him to pick another piece, and that little stand with the two drawers that “Babbie” left to Abbie (Van Allen) was selected. Then the “Dutchman” said “that is not enough, take something big,” and he pointed to the big mahogany bureau that now belongs to Ibbie (Elizabeth White Adams) and said, “how would you like that?” Then the three pieces were delivered to the house on Grove street while the “Dutchman” took Grandfather into a tobacconist’s shop and told him to pick out some cigars. Grandfather took two of his favorite brand and said “Thank you.” The “Dutchman” said, “Hold your hat,” and he dumped the contents of the box into the hat.

My father, Charles Henry, told me this story years ago.

--Jesse Halsey

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Camp at Whalebone

Property owned by Jesse Halsey, Abigail Fithian Halsey, Lizbeth Halsey White at Whalebone Landing in 1903

Dec 1837 Jesse Halsey and wife Mary [Budd] give 2 acres at Whalebone to CH Halsey (b. 1830) 
The acreage is bordered by: N, Stephen Harris; E&S, David H. Rose (2 acres) [wife Mary Halsey is CHH’s sister]; W, Ed. W. Halsey [Jesse and Henry’s brother]. Charles's father, Henry Halsey, purchased 4 acres from his brother Edward W. Halsey's son (Ed. J Halsey) and this portion of approximately 6 acres was split between Lizbeth Halsey White and Abigail Fithian White.

In 1882, Elizabeth [Aunt Libby Halsey] Fowler gave her 6 acres to CHH (her three sons went to sea and never returned, Charles was her favorite nephew), and in 1903, CHH left the remaining 5 of those acres to Jesse Halsey. Nearby property is owned by the descendents of many of Henry Halsey's siblings, among others: E&S Wilmun Halsey (CHH's brother) heirs (Aunt Gus); Wm. S. Halsey; David Rose (wife, Mary was CHH's sister); W.S. Foster; J. Herrick; John J. Morgan; Theo. A. Halsey (related via Eliza Halsey, wife of Henry Halsey and daughter of Barzillai Halsey); Gladys Beckwith, and Elaine Beecham (Harris heirs).

Christmas 1953

Helen & Jesse Halsey Christmas Card | 1953

Season's Greetings | 1944

1944 Christmas Card | Westhampton

Westhampton, N.Y.
Christmas Day

Dear Dad—

Merry Christmas! Wish we could all be there to wish you all that greeting. Maybe some Christmas we can all be together in the old homestead. What fun that would be. Somehow Christmas just doesn’t seem like Christmas without you and Mother, Honey, Abbie, and dear old Freck and Bill. I look back on those days in Cincinnati, what a job you and Mother must have had selecting the things for your children, trying to satisfy each and everyone of us. Then too we had a lot of Fairy God Fathers and Mothers whose Christmas gifts were usually those of untold splendor. I am using today a toolbox and a beautiful set of augur bits, given to Freck and me by Mrs. Smythe or Miss Becky many years ago. Even Freck’s old lathe that “Santa” brought him works in my shop. Somewhere in Southampton a train engine locomotor waits for future use given by Mrs. Reed. There are other things I don’t remember, but which I still have around.

Today we received a present that has been the trump of the day and the grandest gift imaginable from the swellest person I know. War Bonds for all four of us from My Dad—I can’t begin to thank you . . . I don’t know how, but any way we appreciatie them more than words can express.

Today I am lazy and nearly exhausted—for nearly a month my machines have been busy sawing, drilling, etc., making toys. Then week before last I stayed in on my work full time usually from 9 AM to after midnight. In that time I made a barn, a train, a farm wagon model with team, a doll house, and drilled several cradles, in addition to the one that went to Sophie. Each and every item was sold representing about 50 dollars worth of toys. On top of that I made a gun for Chaddie and a rocking horse for Billy. I finished the latter at 11 last night. It is a cute little horse and cuter still when its young master swings into the saddle and rides away. He can really make it go.

Abbie certainly showered Chaddie with presents, we had a box from her and in it was a machine gun, a helmet, and a periscope. He is tickled pink with the helmet as well as the other equipment.

It looks as though we might have a white Christmas. It snowed last Monday and it snowed quite a bit, although there is still quite a bit on the ground it is going fast.  Today has been above freezing and it’s a heavy fog all day and occasional rain.


Fran just plopped his majesty in my lap and I thought he better learn to write early—

Friday morning I played Santa at the school party. Charlie is not at all sure it was Santa in fact he had a darn good notion it was me. When he came home I was working in my shop when I came upstairs he looked me over very closely. I had make up on, but washed it all off. My lips however showed signs of having been actual.  He mentioned the fact that I had paint on my face and he was quite positive that I was Santa. We changed the subject so may be he has forgotten.

There has been ice in the bay for a week or so, at last maybe with this thaw we are having I will break up enough to be able to go out and make a couple of dollars. If N.Y. has a meat shortage, which is threatened by the dealers or something, maybe clams should sell at a good price.

I wish you all could have been here today to help eat our 32# turkey. Next year I will have to raise some so that you can have one for Thanksgiving day and Christmas. Maybe a goose for New Years.

Our box went express last Thursday I hope it arrived in time to greet you today. Yours will be here I guess sometime this week as you said it was sent express on Thursday.

Before I forget.

Charlie’s Birthday Aug. 5, 1936
Billy’s Birthday Nov. 3, 1943
Jean Grace Raynor May 16, 1944

Thanks again the 4 of us for your wonderful gifts.

A Merry Christmas—belated but in time to wish you a very Happy New Year.

Love from us all.

Your son,

Seasons Greetings

Helen and Jesse Halsey Christmas Card | 1950

The Christmas Driver

Abigail Fithian Halsey "Thanksgiving 1890"

49 No. Main 1833-1940

Abigail Fithian Halsey | Christmas 1940

Ode on the Death of President Roosevelt

1932 | Letter to Jesse Halsey regarding rights to Teddy Roosevelt poem

"Angels, From the Realms of Glory"

The Messenger | 18 December 1938
Order of Worship | Seventh Presbyterian Church

"Where the hearth is warm and friends are near . . ."

Abigail Fithian Halsey | 1923 | Southampton

Jesse Halsey notes on the back of the card that: “Dr. John Withrow Pres Cin Board of Education christened her 'Happy Halsey' when she taught in Cin Univ School.”

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Dinner for Head of National Society of D.A.R. at Amsterdam

  Mrs. Donald McLean, of New Yrok, president-general of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, reached Amsterdam at 3 p.m. today on teh way to the State conference of the daughters, which will convene tomorrow at Syracuse. A reception was given Mrs. McLean at the home of Mrs. Wiliam J. Kline, No. 158 Market St., from 4 until 6 o'clock. Mrs. William G. Waldorf poured the tea and Mrs. Fred Davey presided at the fruit punch bowl. Mrs. Edward P. White, et al, assisted in the serving. At 6:10 p.m. the guests boarded a special electric car, which conveyed them to the Antlers Country Club, where a dinner was served by Miss Sharpleigh, in honor of Mrs. McLean. Mrs. Henry T. McEwen, the Regent who presided, called upon Edward P. White, James Howard Panson, and the Rev. Henry T. McEwen, who gave informal talks, which were responded to by Mrs. McLean.        
27 Sept. 1905 | New York Tribune  

"Home Songs"

January 1944 | Abigail Fithian Halsey to Jesse Halsey

Sunday Afternoon

Dear Jesse,

Well, this week our good friend Dr. Nugent left us, the funeral was yesterday. He has been bed ridden and I guess stricken on one side since Nov.—Only last week I went in and he said, “Come up.” He and Helen and I had such a good time. I had had a call from Ada Bishop and regaled him with her account of Henry losing his false teeth at night. He lay prone on his bed, but chuckled away and enjoyed it. Helen has been so fine all thru and called me and asked me to write an article for the Press—says it is one of her greatest comforts, it’s so like old times.

I told her I tried to write something he’d like to read and that she and Liz would approve of.

I’ve been shut in the house all week with bronchitis—that ends in a wracking cough, but it’s letting up and I shall get out tomorrow. Jerry had chicken pox and now Jean is down with it, well broken out. Ibby is the valiant one of us all, but is expecting her call any time, is very well. Jerry was home Thurs. after working all night and so tired he slept most of the day. But a great comfort to Ib. to have him come.

The Rulands celebrated their January birthdays by going to Tobey’s (Camp) for supper last night and took Jerry with them. The Herricks are happy today with John and Dorie and Connie all at home. Adelaide spent a day with us and is grand and Ethel takes lovely care of her going and coming. They came in after Dr. Nugent’s funeral Friday.

Dan Halsey and all of them were sick but are better now, also Mr. Van Brunt. Days are very late in the morning, but the sun stays up a little longer.

Let me know your plans, when and where you will be coming out next month—would you be home sometime to get some oysters if I could get any to send? Henry hasn’t been along for two weeks, but the ice must be out now for it is mild for a change.

I have loved Dunnybrook and wish Adelaide Wentworth [of Cincinnati] were here to read of her Kittery. Of course, you knew Dr. Kennon Dunham’s son [Harry] was lost in aviation [while serving in New Guinea]. Sarah Withrow’s letters are full of it, says Mrs. D. stands it wonderfully, Dr. Dunham not so well. A lovely letter finally from Mrs. [W. E.] Stilwell [in Cincinnati] who is broken hearted over the University School going out.

So ends my weekly chronicle with my love for you and all, am anxious to know Abbie’s plans. I hope you all are well and I look forward to being with you all, but feel I am in the right place, and Ibby is certainly fine. Ed is in Wash. And last week had Eddie and Helen and Anita Howell down to N.Y. for a lovely weekend all together Eddie was in and looks well, goes into the Navy tomorrow. Take care of yourself and take time to rest.


Yale Pageant | 1916

24 Aug 1916 | Toledo Blade

Francis Hartman Markoe

11 Sept. 1935 | Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Miss Halsey Resigns Post

1 July 1922

"Miss Abigail F. Halsey, secretary of the Community Building since its opening in this city, will not continue in that capacity after July 1, it was learned today, as she plans to spend the coming year in New York City in study of the work in which she is particularly interested." 

14 April 1949 | Jennie Lawton Scarsdale to JH re AFH

April 14, 1949
Scarsdale, N.Y.

Dr. Halsey:

Brother of my very dear friend Abigail Halsey. My dear Sir: just last Christmas I first heard of your sister’s death through the kindness of her Attorney-at-Law, W.B. Platt, who upon request sent me your address. For the past few years neither of us had written letters and I deeply regret this as only in this way did I keep in touch with her .

Several years ago 1919-’21, I was closely associated with her. I was in Social Hygiene mode with the Government and my duties in connection with the Camp Upton covered Suffolk Co. travel orders over Long Island, office in Patchogue. My headquarters in Southampton were the Post House and I knew and loved dearly the White family. All a vivid happy memory. Abigail Halsey was the first President of the Social Workers Club and I Vice Pres. My home is in Athol Massachusetts but during the past winters I have lived with my brother—Arthur L. Lawton, 80 Anderson Ave., Scarsdale, N.Y., and am at that address at the present time. Both your sisters Mrs. White and Abigail motored to Athol and we had a lovely time together in my home next to Cong’l Church in the Upper Village. This note can only express to you the deep loss I felt at losing such a mutual friend, that her beautiful expressions in verse and in many letters revealed the greatness of a noble woman and that the great blessing that came with my life by knowing her.

This is a very poor expression and I can only ask that you will see beyond the writing and through it with an understanding of how much tribute I would like to give my dear, dear, Abigail.

That she is now with the Savior we loved and served and receiving the greatest blessings any of us can hope for, is a joy to me.

She spoke to me often about you and of her deep affection.

Most sincerely,
(Miss Jennie) E. Lawton
(80 Anderson Ave., Scarsdale, N.Y.)

"movement toward encouraging amateur dramatics"

10 Sept 1920 | Olean Evening Herald

Abigail Fithian Halsey | 1873-1946

Southampton Press

Friday, Sept. 27, 1946

Miss Abigail F. Halsey Dies Following A Short Illness

Miss Abigail Fithian Halsey, teacher and historian, widely-known for her production of historical pageants, and author of Southampton’s Tercentenary Pageant, passed away Tuesday afternoon after a short illness.

Born October 2nd, 1873, the daughter of Charles Henry Halsey and Melvina Terry Halsey, she was a direct descendant of one of Southampton’s earliest families; her brother is the Rev. Jesse Halsey, D.D., professor of Pastoral Theology at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, for 28 years pastor of the Seventh Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati. She leaves, besides her brother, three nieces and three nephews: Mrs. Gerald Adams, Mrs. Joseph Haroutunian, Mrs. James Van Allen, Harry Halsey White, Commander Edward P. White, Charles H. Halsey.

Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock at her home, North Main Street.


A Distinguished Southamptoner

With the death of “Miss Abbie” as she was affectionately known by everyone, Southampton, where she has been a source of wise counsel in historical fields for over two decades, loses a splendid woman and a true “lady of the old school.” Her poise, kindliness and dignity marked her so. Though more of the old school she had kept abreast with the modern and this, with her sense of humor, endeared her to young and old alike among her host of friends.

She and her sister, the late Mrs. Edward P. White, who wrote under the pen name Lizbeth Halsey White, early recognized the richness of Southampton’s history and preserved its traditions for future generations in their writings.

Miss Halsey was especially well-known for her dramatic accomplishments as author and director of historical pageants. For her ability to in this field she was sought, not only by her home village, but by distant communities wishing to depict their historical background in pageantry. These included extension work through Cornell University where many up-State County Fairs featured pageants of local history done by their own people, rather than commercial entertainment. At the request of Governor Al Smith, Miss Halsey wrote and produced the Pageant at Kingston to mark the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the ratification of the Constitution.

Women's Community House | Ithaca, N.Y. | 1921
Educated at Newburgh (NY) girls school, New Paltz Normal and Columbia, Miss Halsey taught not only at Southampton, but in Westfield, N.J., at The Boy’s School, Haverford, Pa., the Northrup School in Minneapolis, and helped found the University School in Cincinnati. She founded the Community House at Ithaca, N.Y., which next week celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary (wheres he was to have been the guest of honor).

Abigail Fithian Halsey publishes Bulletin on Pageants with NY State College of Agriculture in Ithaca

Plan to Bring All Programs to Prevent Juvenile Delinquency Into One Bureau

 "Miss Jennie Lawton, interdepartmental field agent for the Social Hygiene Bureau, expresses herself strongly in favor of the movement. The need for such a centralized authority in juvenile cases is greatly needed she says, and the extent of juvenile delinquency in the rural districts is more considerable than people dream of."

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle| 8 Dec. 1920

Social Hygiene Board

Suffolk County News | Sayville, N.Y. | 12 Dec 1919
from 100 Years: The Rockefeller Foundation

"From 1911 to 1934, the Bureau of Social Hygiene (BSH) funded research and sought to influence public policy on a number of issues related to sex, crime and delinquency. Although the BSH received contributions from a number of organizations, including the Rockefeller Foundation (RF), the Bureau was largely dependent upon the patronage of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who created the organization to address many of his own personal concerns and interests.

"The idea for the BSH originated in 1910, following JDR Jr.’s participation in a grand jury investigation of white slavery in New York City. Motivated by frustration with temporary public commissions that could only recommend governmental action, JDR Jr. established a permanent and private body to deal directly with a variety of social ills, including prostitution, corruption, drug use and juvenile delinquency."

1939 General Assembly

26 May 1939 | Denton Record Chronicle
"Dr. Higginbottom today appointed the Rev. Dr. Jesse Halsey of Cincinnati, vice moderator."

Montauk Community Church Dedicated

7 Sept 1929 | Brooklyn Life
The Montauk Community Church building was dedicated last Sunday afternoon. A large congregation was present at the dedication service. The Rev. Jesse Halsey, D.D., of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Southampton was the chief speaker.

Dr. Halsey is a one-time Southampton boy, the Halsey home having been built something more than a hundred years ago and having been used by the successive generations. Dr. Halsey is now a pastor of the Seventh Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati. While a student at Princeton College he became interested in Sir Wilfred Grenfell's work in Labrador and went with him into the north during his college years. After studying at Princeton Seminary and later at Union Theological Seminary, he went again with Dr. Grenfell into Labrador, this time taking with him Mrs. Halsey, and staying there for three years. From this work he went to Cincinnati, and has been there ever since. His message at the dedication was that of one who knows and is deeply interested in Montauk, and came also from the experience of a man who has traveled widely and has become well known both as a missionary and as a pastor.

“The saint in overalls”

25 May 1912 | Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Rev. Jesse Halsey of St. Anthony’s, Labrador, one of Dr. W. T. Grenfell’s right-hand men, is just now on a visit to New York in the interests of the Grenfell mission. After a ten days run with the dogs he reached the coast and sailed for Boston in a small sailing craft, arriving there three weeks ago. He departs again in a few days for Labrador. Mr. Halsey, after two years in Princeton, graduated from Union Theological Seminary in 1910. He distinguished himself in his theological course and had excellent opportunities for work in the States, many influential Presbyterian pulpits being open to him. He elected, however, to go to Labrador. Here he has done “a man’s work,” not only doing the usual duties of pastor and preacher, but donning his overalls and working whenever occasion required as carpenter, plumber, and odd-jobber. “The saint in overalls” is the name bywhich he is known by his Labrador colleagues. Mr. Halsey is married and has one child. He will preach on Sunday for the Rev. Gwilym O. Griffith of the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, who was a fellow student of his at Princeton. On Sunday evening he will give an illustrated address on the work of the Grenfell mission.

Nassau Presbytery | June 1913

3 June 1913 | Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Reverend Jesse Halsey was dismissed to the Presbytery of Cincinnati.

The Rev. Jesse Halsey of Southampton Gets Important Pulpit

21 May 1913 | Brooklyn Daily Eagle

1912 | Nassau Presbytery

10 April 1912 | Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Woman Suffrage Day Parade

Martha Wentworth Suffren | May 1914

L.I. Society, Daughters of Revolution, Heard Mrs. Suffren

17 Nov 1910
Her Arguments Caused Many of Those Present at Flatbush Meeting to Become Suffragists

"Suffrage arguments were presented to the Long Island Society, Daughters of the Revolution, by Mrs. Martha Wentworth Suffren, yesterday afternoon, at the home of Mrs. Russell Benedict, 104 Buckingham road.

"'Daughters of the Revolution,' she said, 'ought to have some desire for their own freedom," and all were cordially invited to add their names then and there to the Suffrage lists. Many of those present accepted Mrs. Suffren's invitation and became enthusiastic supporters of the Suffrage cause.'"

Mrs. Suffern Says Liquor Dealers Are Raising Funds to Fight Women

23 May 1914

Christian Reunion: Modern denomination is the light of the Christian ideal

16 April 1910 | Brooklyn Daily Eagle

"Southampton public school has distinction of having two Labrador children on its roll."

 The children were brought here by Mrs. Jesse Halsey, wife of a minister at Dr. Grenfell's station at St. Anthony's, Newfoundland. The Rev. Mr. Halsey is a native of Southampton and has been located in Labrador for a number of years and tkaes a great interest in the education of the children at the Far North Mission. He will soon join his wife here, having been granted a leave of absence. 
4 Nov. 1912 | Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The two children, who are being education in the Southampton school through the generosity of Mr. Halsey, are Alfred, aged 11 years, and Alice, aged 15, children of Edward Evans, a reindeer herder employed by Dr. Grenfell. As they were under 16 years of age and not accompanied by their parents, they wre temporarily held by the immigration inspectors in Boston, where they arrived October 15 on the auxilary schooner George B. Cluett. The vessel was twenty-four days on the passing from St. Anthony's, and during the most of the time was best with furious gales and heavy seas.

Helen I. Halsey on board The Geo. B. Cluett
Archibald Ash of Red Bay, N.F. and John Newell of St. Anthony's were also passengers who made the trip to Boston. This is Mr. Ash's second visit to the United State. He has attended Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, and will re-enter that school to take a course in electrical engineering. His previous study was in mechanical engineering. On his return to Labrador he was given the work of making plans for a public building and he prepared the same in a faultless manner. Mr. Newell will study carpentry. When they have completed their studies, they will return North to engage in teaching. 

"Baccalaureate sermon will be preached by Rev. Jesse Halsey"

8 June 1915 | Brooklyn Daily Eagle