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Arnold's Mission on Story Net

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William Arnold emigrated to Canada from Ireland in the early 1800s and was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1826 by Bishop Stewart at Quebec City.

 

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Arnold's Mission

Recording Date:- 15-03-2013

Storyteller:- Jean Goodier

Province:- Quebec

Language:- English

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William Arnold emigrated to Canada from Ireland in the early 1800s and was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1826 by Bishop Stewart at Quebec City.


"He could bandage a wound, set a broken bone, even draw a tooth with his forceps. So aside from preaching sermons, performing baptisms and marriages and funerals, he was much in demand.”

William Arnold emigrated to Canada from Ireland in the early 1800s and was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1826 by Bishop Stewart at Quebec City. At 22 he was sent to the Gaspé to serve as missionary, a calling that consisted not only in ministering to the faithful but also a fair bit of doctoring.

Arnold and his first wife, Maria O’Hara, had four daughters. In 1839 during a stint as army chaplain at St. John’s (now St. Jean-sur-Richelieu) Maria died and Arnold returned to Gaspé, where he remarried. Here his youngest daughter and future biographer, Edith B. Mills, came into the world.

Remembrances of Gaspé was published in 1932 when roads allowing motorized transportation between coastal settlements and the larger centres upriver were just beginning to open. As a child, Mills had sometimes accompanied her father on his missionary travels by horse or boat and she witnessed the customs that were part and parcel of Gaspesian well into the 20th century. They are vividly described in this memoir, which she completed at age 90.

In this passage, Mills remembers the life and times of her missionary father; her childhood home, Spring Grove, her neighbours, her half-sisters and the much anticipated arrival of Bernier’s schooner from Quebec.

Narrated by Jean Goodier.
Produced for StoryNet by Karen Molson.