Jack Burke, who visited the Stone Barn Museum in the summer of 1993 and whose memories of his early days in Brigus are told with a vibrancy that compels attention, said he vividly remembered Mrs. Rowe, her one-eyed goat, her rooster and her horse, Peg. With an unmistakable Irish accent and dressed as always in long black skirts and a shawl, Mrs. Rowe conversed with her animals as if they were close relatives, in terms like, "Now Peg, stand still and don't make me have to tell ya a second time." Before Peg there was "Doldush".
A devoutly religious woman, Mrs. Rowe had set herself the task
of going to the cemetery on the night of All Souls Day to sprinkle holy
water on the graves of the departed. On one such occasion a man named Murphy
who lived further along the Cemetery Road decided on a prank. Concealing
himself behind one of the massive pillars at the gate, he awaited Mrs.
Rowe's visit. She arrived alright - and just as she opened the gate
she was loudly greeted by a most ghostly-sounding voice, saying "Come in
Mrs. Rowe!!!" The holy water went splashing to the ground, and Mrs.
Rowe, with her skirts and shawl billowing out behind her, went flying
down the Irishtown Road. "And", said Jack, "that was Mrs. Rowe's
last visit to the cemetery, but one!"
p.393 - Voter's list, Division of Brigus, District of
Conception Bay, Sept.1, 1835
296 Rowe, Joseph Cupids
297 Rowe, Stephen Cupids