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May 15, 1947: Local quartet places second in Halifax

Heritage Corner with Pat Crowe

Published on June 14, 2017

Heritage Corner with Pat Crowe

Springhill placed second in the Barbers Shop Quartet staged in the aid of the Walter Callow Wheel Chair Carrier in the Forum at Halifax on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of last week. Yarmouth was adjudged the winner. Other quartets taking part were Dominion, Antigonish, Lunenburg and Middleton. Prizes awarded were: First $100; Second $50; Third $25. The prizes came as a surprise to the contestants.

Judges for the contest were: Trevor Jones, James Willis and Harvey Marshall.
Opening on Thursday evening Middleton and Springhill were the contestants with the locals winning. Friday evening Yarmouth won over Antigonish and Lunenburg and on Saturday evening Yarmouth placed first, Springhill second and Dominion third.
The local quartet was composed of Reginald Osmond, Donald Osmond, Harold King and Monson Lowther. They were sponsored by the Springhill Kinsmen’s Club. The quartet selected for their program a medley of songs, “On the Banks of the Wabash” and “Mandy Lee” as well as “The Old Songs” and “Sweet Genevieve”.
The two trips to the city were made in President Ian Price’s car driven by Sumner Cooper. Among those in the audience Saturday night were: Clara Ritchie, Mr. Orland Blenkhorn and other friends. Approximately 1500 persons heard the program Thursday and on Saturday the attendance swelled to about 3000.

Sing at Camp Hill
The local Quartet, as is usual with Springhill Musicians, did not forget the shut-ins. Saturday afternoon they arrived in the city early, paid a visit to Walter Callow and sang two numbers. After tea, they gave a half-hour program in the sun porch for the Camp Hill Veterans which were greatly appreciated. Among their audience was Arthur L. Canning, who is again taking treatment at Camp Hill.

Gordon Canning breaks leg
May 22, 1947 - Gordon Canning of Windham has been having more than his share of bad luck during the last few months. Last Fall, while loading a truck with hardwood logs, one of the logs slipped and crushed his right ankle and leg up to the knee. He was a patient in All Saints Hospital for months and was responding to treatment when he was taken to Halifax for examination and treatment under the Compensation Board. Daily he was treated at the Victoria General – and then on Wednesday last week as he was on the way to the hospital for his daily treatment he fell getting off the street car and broke the injured leg above the knee. His many friends will regret to learn of his latest accident.

Falls from load of hay – breaks back
Mr. David Webb, Mountain Road, is in All Saints Hospital suffering from a broken back sustained when he fell from a load of hay Tuesday about the noon hour. Mr. Webb and his son Merlin were returning from Athol with a lot of hay and as they approached the corner at Letcher’s Store a sharp gust of wind blew the body of the wagon and both men fell to the ground. Mr. Webb sustained a broken back, while his son received a bad shaking up.

First woman driver
May 29, 1947 – Betty Brown, 16 years of age, is the first woman to drive in a race on the local track. In the first heat Saturday, Betty placed second, driving a race that brought her the plaudits of the big crowd. She was driving Joan Frisco owned by Rhodes Letcher.

The bowling alley
The new bowling alley opened officially Saturday morning by Wilbur Farnell will play a big part in the entertainment life of the community and Wilbur is to be commended for taking such a forward step. It is hoped it will be a financial success.
All day Saturday the balls were rolling and far into the night. Young and old took advantage of the opportunity to exercise themselves. The tone of the place was excellent. There was no rowdyism or bad language and young women mingled freely with the men for the use of the alleys. If this tone can be maintained – and a firm hand to maintain it – the bowling alley will fill a long-felt need in the community.

This week’s five facts about Springhill
91. The All Saints Cottage Hospital was officially opened on November 1,1893.
92. The Cottage Hospital Ladies Auxiliary was organized in 1893. The All Saints Hospital Auxiliary was organized on December 8, 1936 with Miss Frances Newman as President.
93. In 1904 the Societies meeting regularly were: Knights of Pythias; I.O.D.E.; Masons; St. Aidans Lodge; S.E. & B.E. Lord Nelson L.O.L.; Lord Wellington L.O.L.; C.M.B.A.
94. William Cliffe was the founder of he R.A.O.B. Order
95. The Wildlife Association of Springhill held its first Troutarama at Poison Lake on May 20, 1968