Ephraim Rowsell (1855-1937)
Ephraim, a Methodist, was born on October 31,1855 to Joseph and Ann (Linfield) Rowsell at New Bay. He married Sarah Bridger (1859-1901) from the Brighton area. She was a seamstress and made Salvation Army uniforms for the residents. Ephraim, a trapper and salmon catcher, was the first Rowsell to permanently settle in South West Arm, and possibly the very first settler in the community in the 1860s. He purchased furs from other trappers and sold them, along with his own, to Dr. Smith in Botwood, known as the “Fur Doctor”. He later became a mail carrier, delivering mail on foot and by dog team. Ephraim and Sarah`s nine children were born in South West Arm: Joseph, Jim, George, Maude, Dora, Charlotte, Bertha, Ann and Elsie.