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1891

July 1891

Pratt family begins one-year stay in outport community of Brigus

photograph of Brigus, Newfoundland


1892

converts to "the Way," at his father's urging, at the Blackhead Methodist Church

8 July 1892

Pratt family begins three-year stay in St. John's, arriving on the day of the "Great Fire," which destroys a large part of John Pratt's new circuit

photograph of St. John's looking west shortly after the 1892 fire

John Pratt takes over the prestigious Cochrane St. circuit

during this period makes frequent visits to his grandfather, Captain Knight, and gains extensive knowledge of life at sea in the 1860s and 1870s

September 1892

begins attending Methodist College where he studies English literature and Latin with J. Alexander Robinson, amateur poet and founding editor of St. John's Daily News

c. 1893

class photograph, The Methodist College

1895

July 1895

Pratt family begins three-year stay in outport community of Fortune

frequently accompanies father when he breaks the news to families of fishermen lost at sea

becomes excellent swimmer and diver

does very poorly in school, finishing near the bottom in province-wide examinations

writes first poems, which have not survived, satirical verse "lampoons" of his schoolmaster


c. 1897

Pratt family portrait

1897

late Summer/early Autumn 1897

begins three-year junior apprenticeship in dry goods firm of W.A. Sclater, St. John's

advertisement for Sclater's (1904)

EJP recalls working at W.A. Sclater (30 June 1960) [2:35; 1,678Kb]

EJP assesses his years at W.A. Sclater (30 June 1960) [0:17; 188Kb]


1898

28 March 1898

attends arrival in port of SS Greenland, a sealing vessel that lost forty-eight crew members in a blizzard (see "The Ice-Floes" and "Toll of the Bells")

July 1898

Pratt family begins two-year stay in outport community of Bay Roberts
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