My grandfather, Arthur House, was working for the Dominion Steel and coal Company (DOSCO) mining ore on Bell Island when he was assigned the task of location sources of limestone in Newfoundland. In the fall of 1910, he located an abundance of top rate stone at Jack O’Clubs Cove in Port au Port Bay on Newfoundland‘s west coast. DOSCO opened a quarry there in 1911. With Arthur in charge, Jack O’Clubs Cove was transformed into a top rate mining community which was renamed Aguathuna, a Beothuck word meaning ‘white rock’. I think I was very privileged to have been raised in Aguathuna. The stories in ‘My Aquathuna One Mile Square’ are written as a tribute to my grandfather before they are lost forever.
In 1970, Aguathuna amalgamated with two other small communities on the Port au Port Peninsula to become the town of Port au Port West-Aguathuna - Felix Cove.