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Helen Breau
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I would like to apologize to the families of the late Jim and Elsie Ryan and Jim and Cora Brown. Last week I wrote Jim Ryan married to Cora (Reilly).

SPRINGHILL I would like to apologize to the families of the late Jim and Elsie Ryan and Jim and Cora Brown. Last week I wrote Jim Ryan married to Cora (Reilly). The late Jim Brown was married to Cora; her sister Elsie (Reilly) was married to Jim Ryan. I knew both of these ladies as many others would. The Ryans moved out of Springhill to Clairmount and the Browns resided on Chapel Street.

I would like to mention the Browns son Jim Jr., who was employed with the Dominion Coal Company as a safety inspector. When in good health and during his long illness before he died he wrote and published two books, one of the 1936 Moose River Cave-in, the other Miracle Town, which can be bought now.

Jims wife Arlene is well known for her years of dedication to the Miners Memorial Day events. She was unable to have more copies published of Miracle Town, and presented it to the heritage group, that had more copies done for sale.

I am not sure if the Moose River book is for sale. I would like to have it if so. I have a copy of the story which names the Springhill men who were part of the rescue team, and Billy Bell the hero who used a diamond drill to save the lives, all but one, entombed in the mine.

February birthdays are: Girvan Dunlop on the 19th; Eva Steele on the 20th; Doug Carter of Springhill on the 21st. Jack Hayes on the 22nd and Emma Fowler (94) of Springhill on the 23rd.

My condolences to Marion Osmond and family in Springhill on the loss of her sister Geraldine Hodges, and also to the families of Lawson Gabriel, George Scott, Lil Maddison, all of Springhill and to the wife and family of Gerald Chummy Ross of Amherst and formerly of Springhill.

Some things like wine, plum pudding and love just keep getting better with time, and the New Beginnings evening worship service is no exception. Not quite half-way through the second season and numbers are growing, spirits are high and the music is becoming more and more exciting.

If you remember Presbyterians as being rather stiff and unbending, look again. Following the scriptures, prayers and sermon, Rev. Davies introduced John Melanson who used his very special talents to bring Gods message to us through his music.

Johns booming voice was more than enough to fill the sanctuary with encouragement. He soon had everyone on their feet clapping to the music and singing for joy.

The excitement carried over to the church hall where following the service cheerful conversation over hot tea and cookies made for a perfect ending to an already perfect night.

The next New Beginning service will be held in Springhill on Sunday, Feb. 18, when Salvation under the direction of Belinda Adshade will be providing the special music.

Salvation consists of 12 beautifully blended voices from the Baptist Church in Springhill, and specializes in todays contemporary spiritual music.

The service will begin at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Plan to come and bring a friend. A freewill offering will be accepted.

A History NoteThe town churches in the year 1899 were St. Andrews Presbyterian, The Latter Day Saints, St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic The Wesley Methodist, The United Baptist and The Salvation Army.

It is interesting to learn Dr. Cove from River Philip was the first resident doctor in Springhill. He opened a drug store and at the time was Springhills only doctor.

Organizations: Browns, Dominion Coal Company, New Beginnings Baptist Church The Salvation Army

Geographic location: Springhill, Moose River, Chapel Street

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