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Dec. 23, 1947: Heavy snow throughout ties up traffic, Springhill clears streets

['<p>Heritage Corner with Pat Crowe</p>']
['<p>Heritage Corner with Pat Crowe</p>']

Heritage Corner with Pat Crowe

Like many other towns in the Province Springhill was well snowed in for Christmas.

Those who wanted a “White Christmas” must have gloried in the several feet of snow that covered the Town and tied up traffic Christmas Eve.

The storm which was general along the Atlantic Seaboard, began early Wednesday morning with a heavy snowfall. By afternoon the storm was raging and by nightfall most streets in the town were impassable. The Town’s D 12 Grader which was expected to take care of such an emergency, failed to leave the garage until after the noon hour and was making some impression on the main through fares until the Driver backed into a ditch on Crossin Street as he attempted to turn the machine in the blizzard with no one to guide him. The machine was unable to extricate itself in the deep ditch and only with the big tractor of Joe King of River Philip, was it put back on the road Christmas Day.

When the storm broke Wednesday Supt. Ken Terris was enjoying his belated holidays, and Mayor Mason, Chairman of Streets, had left early in the morning for Moncton. The Mayor returned late in the afternoon to find things tied up and Fred Carde in charge of the Department. Supt. Terris was recalled to duty and gradually order began to grow out of chaos as the members of the Department worked day and night midst a storm of criticism for their failure to keep the roads open.

To assist with the work A.B. Smith’s bulldozer was engaged and between the two machines street after street was opened and by Saturday conditions were approaching normal even though the storm abated little in its fury until Monday evening. On Tuesday the Department was battling with drifting snow but motor traffic was moving freely throughout the town on most streets. Only in the small lanes were the citizens still suffering the inconvenience of blocked roads and here the big plow was unable to operate.

Stinging under the avalanche of criticism regarding the Department of Streets and the abuse of individual citizens aver the phone, Mayor Mason last Saturday called a special meeting of the Town Council for Monday evening and ordered that town employees be present to investigate the whole situation. Monday, as the storm continued to rage and it was found impossible street workers off their job, even for an investigation, the Mayor postponed the meeting but is determined to give the whole town setup a thorough checkup with in the next few days. One page three of this issue Mayor Mason outlines for the Citizens the whole situation.

 

Rhodes Letcher’s Garage Gutted by Fire

Jan. 1, 1948 – Fire of unknown origin, breaking out at 4:30 a.m. Thursday morning, January 1st, did considerable damage to Rhodes Letcher’s Garage, near Miller Corner.

Originating in the Office, where it was thought it might have been started by a short circuit, the fire destroyed the office and records and spread into the workshop where Mr. Letcher’s service truck, a 1942 Chev. Coupe and a two-and-a-half-ton truck belonging to Charlie Thompson of South Brook suffered damage.

The local Fire Department was on the spot in good time after the alarm was sounded, but lack of fire hydrants in that area hampered their work. The loss was partially covered by insurance.

 

Fred Moore Opens New Service Station

Jan. 8, 1948 – Last week Fred Moore officially opened his new Irving Oil Service Station at the corner of Main and McFarlane Streets.

The new building measures 65 ft. across the front facing on Main and runs back for 50 feet. It is an attractive structure of one storey, finished in white stucco with red trim, and occupies an ideal location. It is fireproof throughout, has three large glass front doors, and one large door facing on McFarlane.

The station is equipped with a good sized stock room, a private office and a show room, while in the main section, which will hold about ten cars, there is a grease pit and hydraulic lift.

 

The Staff

At the moment Mr. Moore employs three men: Les Sterling, Mechanic, Joe Allen, a helper, while Doug Casey looks after the gas sales.

Mr. Fred Moore, who will operate the new station, was for a number of years with Irvin Boss of Maccan, for whom he sold cars in the Lisgar St. Station. Since 1942 he has been operating his own garage and selling Plymouth, Chrysler cars and Fargo trucks. At the moment he has on his floor one of the new-type Fargo trucks which contain many new improvements and more driving comforts, as well as a large body which gives added protection to the fenders. The engine, too, is more accessible and the whole presents a much improved machine which will be in good demand when production increases.

 

Opens with Dance

New Years’ night Mr. Moore threw open for a public dance and hundreds of young people joined in the fun until the early hours of the morning.

 

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