Located after many years of waiting
Grimsby Independent, 13 Oct 1920, p. 1

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Newspaper located at the Grimsby Museum.
Date of Publication:
13 Oct 1920
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Teeter, Owen
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.20011 Longitude: -79.56631
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Owen Teeter heard of in military hospital in British Columbia suffering from shell shock received in France - After an absence of over 15 years, during which time little or nothing was known of his whereabouts, Owen Teeter, second son of Mr. Nelson Teeter, Robinson Street, has been found and within another two weeks will be back on his native hearth. About 20 years ago, when but a lad of 16, "Gabby", as Owen was popularly called by the boys, left Grimsby for the "Last Great West". He was gone for nearly five years and during that time seldom if ever wrote to his parents, but one day turned up and stayed home for some months. In the spring of 1905 he left for the west again. For a period of about 10 years an occasional letter was received from him, then all track of him was lost entirely, no word of any kind being received by his father or sisters since 1913. As the father advanced in years, Mr. Teeter being now over the four score mark, he hoped against hope that he would see his son again before he passed to the other shore,and at last his hopes will be realized. Some 6 or 7 months ago, a letter was received by the boy's sister, Mrs. Edw. Atkins from a nurse in a Military Hospital in British Columbia, asking if she had a brother by the name of Owen Teeter and giving a description of him. As near as can be learned at present, the nurse was interested in her patient because he never received any mail and never wrote any letters. She questioned him and learned that he had a father and sister residing in Grimsby and took it upon herself to write to the sister. Mrs. Adkins answered the letter and sought further information but apparently her letter went astray or never was delivered to the nurse for she never received a reply to her letter. After awaiting several weeks for a reply, Mr. Teeter elicited the aid of Lieut. J.A.M. Livingston and the services of the Independent to try and locate the boy. Lieut. Livingston communicated with the military authorities at Ottawa and also with the Provincial Secretary of the G.W.V.A. of British Columbia. No reply was ever received from the British Columbia letter. Pressure was then brought to bear on Ottawa and after many weeks of waiting and letter writing, word was finally received that Teeter had been located. On Wednesday afternoon of last week, Mr. Teeter received a telegram from Dr. Price, officer commanding the Military Hospital at New Westminster, B.C., to the effect that Owen Teeter was in hospital at Esquimalt, B.C., suffering from a bad attack of shell shock received in France, and that if he wished him moved to the London Ont.hospital where he would be nearer home that the transfer would be made immediately. It is expected that Owen will arrive in London within the next two weeks. It is not known at present when he enlisted or what unit he went overseas with, how long he was in France or how badly wounded, nor how long he has been back in Canada. Mr. Teeter is overjoyed at finding his boy and his many friends in Grimsby join with him in his happiness, and hope that the recovery of Owen will be rapid and a permanent one. Clarence Teeter of Toronto is a brother and Mrs. Nicholls of Bedford, W.Va. is a sister. "Gabby" will be well remembered by the residents of Grimsby as a whole-souled, happy-go-lucky lad who never seemed to have a care in the world. He was always smiling and had a fund of ready and original wit that made him popular wherever he went.

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Located after many years of waiting