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Letter from Rev. & Mrs. Warren C. Roark to The Ansonian

Rev. Roark left Ansonia for a new pastorate in Barbados. He sent this letter to the Ansonia newspaper, 'The Ansonian' to be published for all Ansonian's. This old article was very difficult to transpose as the original was so hard to read and the newspaper type setter didn't help when he put two lines of type out of place. There is no date but maybe someone will know of Rev. Roark and let us know when he left Ansonia. 

WORD FROM BARBADOS

Editors of The Ansonian, 
Ansonia, Ohio 

Dear Sirs: 

     Best wishes from Barbados. As we have a little time this afternoon we shall write you a few lines of information concerning Barbados and her people, also something about our work here. 

     Barbados, usually known as Little England is situated in the Caribbean Sea in Lat. 13--4 N. and Long. 50--27 W. and is the most Easterly of the West India Islands. Its total area is 166 square miles and is about twenty one miles long and fourteen miles wide, it is elevated, but not mountainous. The land rises in terrace to a ridge in the center of the island, culminating in Mt. Uhllary, the highest point which is 1105 feet high. The Southern part of the island is more mountainous than the other part and when we drive to the top of one of those hills we can see almost all the island. From this place the ocean may be seen on every side. The island is mostly of coral formations and is almost encircled by coral reefs. There are many trees and often shrubbery here and as a whole Barbados is a very beautiful island. 

     The climate is very healthful especially upon the Atlantic or windward side. 

     The temperature as a rule varies from 75 to 85 F. and is very pleasant compared to other Tropic Islands, however it seems that the sun has a extra warmth, especially does it seem so to us who have recently come from the States. 

     The abidding charm of Barbados is the sea, which encircles it with a belt of the deepest blue. Sea bathing with the water at 77 is very delightful. We have been in bathing several times already and I like to go in on the windward side and have the big waves push me in to shore. 

     Altho there are a few white people living here the most of the natives are colored. The white people are mostly English and they are the business men and plantation owners. Some of the people here mostly whites, are very wealthy, but the majority of the colored people are very poor. Some of the poorer class work for what amounts to 72 cents a day and must pay about as much for clothes and eats as we do in America, so you can guess at about how some have to live. There is not much work here and many are without work for months at a time. 

     I shall now speak of the things that lie closest to my heart. Our sea voyage from New York here was a very pleasant one as we had a calm sea most of the time. 

     Upon our arrival it seemed that we had come to a new world, things were so much different. People here pass each other on the left instead of the right and we see many donkeys and carts going up and down the street. The people also walk along the streets all day carrying things upon their heads to sell. One day I saw a woman carrying a five gallon can of water upon her head without the use of her hands. 

     We are now beginning to feel at home here and are enjoying our work very much. It is a very busy place for us as we have the oversight of eleven congregations besides having the pastoral charge of one. There is a good *(interest in each of the congregations) *(and the native pastors are dependable) and zealous, the congregation here in Bridgetown where we are pastor has a membership of nearly four hundred and we find ourselves busy looking after the needs of all. 

     We send hearty greetings to the citizens of Ansonia and the church of which we were pastor. We enjoyed ourselves while labouring in Ansonia and wish to thank each to make our work a success while there. 

Sincerely, 

Rev. and Mrs. Warren C. Roark

* The parts of the sentence in brackets are areas that were switched by the newspaper typesetter in the original article. _ Dale Motschman

 

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