Flipe Moore - Chapter One

Kingwell By Kingwell, 10th Dec 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3v0dqr_z/
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Felipe – it was an unusual name in the tiny island community of Southern Arm off Newfoundland’s Northern Peninsula where names like Richard, John, Charles, Benjamin and George had been common boys’ names for as long as anyone in the community could remember. Oh sometimes there would be a Nathaniel, an Adam and even on one occasion, a Solomon – but never a Felipe!

A tragedy and a dramatic rescue.

Exciting would not be the adjective that would first come to mind when describing life in the Newfoundland outport of the 1930’s and Southern Arm with 23 families and a population of less than 100 was certainly no exception. In the fall of 1936 however, there was an event that would be talked about for generations to come. A Spanish ship had drifted off course and in a wind storm or gale as the locals called it, that was equally spectacular, had run aground on the rocks near the entrance to Southern Arm. Despite the heavy seas and rain, the men of the community risked life and limb in an attempt to save the crew from a watery grave. Of the 17 crew members, they managed to recue only 5, but even that was considered a miracle under such conditions. One of the sailors, Felipe Delgado was taken to the home of Benjamin Moore and his now in her seventh month, pregnant wife; Delilah, where he remained as a guest of the family until arrangements were made for his return to the land of his nativity. Felipe managed to pick up a little English during his nearly two months at the Moore’s family home (although it’s doubtful he would have been understood in Toronto) and a close bond developed between them. Delilah and Benjamin promised that if they had another son, (they already had five and no girls), they would name the baby Felipe in his honor, and so it was that on October 22, 1937, Felipe Moore made his debut into the earthly plane yet far away from the homeland of his namesake.

Baptism and Godparents

The people of Southern Arm were followers of the Church of England faith and the minister, a young man at the time, hesitated at giving the baby a name that was not only foreign but also considered a Roman Catholic name. Seeing the determination of the family however, and knowing that the Methodists were gaining a foothold in some nearby communities, he eventually relented. With a name like Felipe, it seemed everyone in the community wanted to be Godparents to the child, but ultimately Benjamin and Delilah choose their oldest son Ben junior, the baby’s cousin, Sarah Jane and since the Church of England required two Godfathers for a boy, they chose John Crann, an uncle on Delilah’s side of the family. To be fair, Felipe’s baptism couldn’t take credit for the large crowd at the service that morning, since everyone in the community attended church even when the teacher was reading. As usual the service lasted about an hour after which the youngest member of the faith was taken home, and in the days that followed the excitement over his unusual name was soon forgotten.

Early Childhood

Felipe was breastfed as were all babies in the community and slept in a cot that had been made by his father when their first child was born. The sex of the baby could never be guessed by the way it was dressed since both boys and girls wore nightdress like garments until well after they could walk and sometimes until ages four or five. The Moore’s were not among the parents who wanted to dress their children like babies until almost school age hence Felipe had graduated to short pants before the age of two years. An old maid aunt, his father’s sister, who had never been known to have a boyfriend, lived with them and years later Felipe was often told of the time she had been babysitting him and had sown the fly of his pants thinking he must have torn a hole there. He could vaguely remember her as she has died of tuberculosis when he was four. He enjoyed spending time alone with his mother while his father and older brothers were either working or at school. He played on the floor as she went about her work of making bread, washing clothes with the old tub and scrub board, followed her upstairs when she made the beds and always felt her love. He would have been content for things to remain that way forever and it would always remain among his most cherished memories.
To be continued - See Chapter Two.

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I am 75 years old and retired.I like writing short stories, poetry as well other articles of interest.

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author avatar Kingwell
10th Dec 2013 (#)

Thank You Steve.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
10th Dec 2013 (#)

how fascinating a read is this Kingwell...thank you

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author avatar Kingwell
10th Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Carolina, this is just the first of what I hope will be many chapters.

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
11th Dec 2013 (#)

Good evening, Kingwell; let me encourage you to write more.....I'll wait. :) ~Marilyn

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author avatar Kingwell
11th Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Marilyn. I hope to continue this story.

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author avatar writestuff
11th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks for this post it is a real hooker. Keep it up!!

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author avatar Kingwell
11th Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you writestuff, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Chapter Two coming soon.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
11th Dec 2013 (#)

Nice post and interesting one!

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author avatar Kingwell
11th Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you and Chapter Two will be coming soon.

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author avatar Mariah
12th Dec 2013 (#)

Looking forward to reading the following chapters of this one Kingwell, I'm intrigued my friend.
Thank you

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author avatar Kingwell
12th Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Mariah, Another chapter will be out today.

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author avatar Carol
14th Dec 2013 (#)

A great read.

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author avatar Kingwell
15th Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Carol. I hope you continue to read and enjoy the chapters that follow.

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author avatar Miranda Joyce King
15th Dec 2013 (#)

I am hooked on the story already, so on to the next chapter...

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author avatar Kingwell
15th Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Miranda and I hope you continue to read and enjoy the chapters that follow.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Dec 2013 (#)

I know it is not autobiographical. I look forward to reading the sequels, thanks Kingwell - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
15th Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Siva. No it is not autobiographical. Felipe is a character from life. I plan that comprise the experiences of many.

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author avatar Ptrikha
15th Dec 2013 (#)

Interesting story.

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author avatar Mick Moogie
24th Dec 2013 (#)

'Very nice King .. My grandmother was from St John's, Newfoundland in 1800's and her relatives still own the farm there, at this time of Felipe'

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author avatar Kingwell
25th Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Mick, Thank you for reading this and for the comment. Have you or any of your family visited Newfoundland in recent years?

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author avatar Mick Moogie
28th Dec 2013 (#)

'mose .. i have never been to newfoundland myself but would like to go there someday, maybe when i visit my childhood days in new england .. we had a family reunion years ago in plymouth. mass and they all came from canada .. they are the ryans of st johns with many relatives in new england and new york now .. the sons came to do iron work in ny and settled there .. many years ago james ryan from ireland was a gardener on the powers estate in england .. as my grandma nellie ryan tells the fairytale .. the wealthy lord powers had a daughter jane who fell in love with james .. jane was chosen to wed royalty by birth, therefore they ran away to holland and then to st johns whereby they built the family farm and had many children of which are the ryans, sullivans, hollands, bonatts, woods, donovans, yorks ..

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author avatar Kingwell
28th Dec 2013 (#)

Hi Mick, How very fascinating! Many Newfoundlanders went New England in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I live about 150 miles west of St. John's but grew up in the community of Kingwell on Long Island in Placentia Bay. Although the series about Felipe is not an autobiography, I was born just two years after this fictitious character and many of the conditions are the way that I remember them. Life in St. John's of course would have been much different, The names you mention are all common ones in and around St. John's.

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author avatar Ptrikha
3rd Jan 2014 (#)

Great skill at storywriting!

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author avatar Kingwell
3rd Jan 2014 (#)

Hi Ptrikha, Thank you for being such a loyal follower.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
27th Jan 2014 (#)

I will now be reading all chapters you have posted...one after the other...thanks Kingwell

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author avatar Kingwell
27th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Delicia, I truly appreciate your reading my work. I will continue following you as well.

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author avatar Nadine May
31st Jan 2014 (#)

interesting read King.. it is an great way of learning about newfoundland. I will gradually read the other chapters.

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author avatar Kingwell
31st Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Nadine.

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