Springhill did have a Curling Club back in 1912. A copy of the program they had for their Second Annual Dinner came to us through Wallace Hannah, who found it recently among the papers of his father, the late Charlie Hannah.
No list of members shows on the program, but the Officers at that time included:
President - R.H. Sutherland
Vice Pres. - G.O. Forbes
Secretary - G.R. Oulton
Treasurer - A.F. Little
Chaplain - Rev. C. MacRae
The Dinner Committee consisted of Messrs. J. Murray, A.F. Little, H.J. Hunter and S.G. Russell.
The Toast List included the Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia. “The Grand Old Roarin’ Game” was proposed by A.A. McKinnon and responded to by Dr. Murray. The Town of Springhill was proposed by R.H. Cooper and responded to by Mayor A.E. Potter. The Springhill Curling Club was proposed by Rev. Colin MacRae and responded to by G.R. Oulton. The Absent Members was proposed by H. Clay and responded to by D. Stewart.
There were readings by D.W. Fraser and W. H. Murray; songs by H. L. Cunningham and R, H. Lambert. The Male Quartet was made up of H.L. Cunningham, W.H. Murray, H.J. Hunter and A.H. McLeod. The Fraser Quartet also sang but the names of the members are not listed.
Sister Organizations, such as the Springhill Tennis Club was represented by L. Swift; The Springhill Quoits Club by R.B. Murray; The Algonquin Snow Shoe Club by J.L. Paul and the Springhill Fire Department by A.L. Somers.
Editors Note: Most of those referred to above were men who took an active part in the affairs of the town in those days.
Curling never took too strong a hold on Springhill, although there was a couple of sheets of ice at the old rink around the time of the First World War. Wallace Hannah tells us the his father’s stones have been preserved over the years and it may be that in a few years’ time Springhill may get back into the roarin’ game. It’s a grand game for old and young and attracts a large following in every town, village and city in the West.
Those connected with the game in the early days will be interested in this review of the banquet of 1912.
Jan. 13, 1949 – Mining Towns Have Changed
The fact that Springhill so emphatically has turned down the sale of beer or wine by the glass or open bottle shook the Windsor Star, Windsor, Ont. To comment as follows:
“The old supposition that a mining town is the scene of wassailing days and brawling Saturday nights takes a jolt from a plebiscite held the other day in Springhill, N.S. With sale of beer or wine by the glass as the issue, the drys won by more than four to one.
Perhaps Springhill is slipping – less robust than days of yore, less inclined to go out for all its pleasures. Or maybe its because the town still works of its enthusiasm on sports, mainly hockey and baseball. It always has been a live sports town, as an incident several decades back will illustrate.
At that period a team of Boston sandlotters, the Auburns, used to make summer sorties in to Nova Scotia taking on all comers and finding some of toughest competition in the mining town. We eventually met up with one of the Auburns in his native habitat and he got to reminiscing about his barnstorming days.
“Springhill”, he said, “There’s the town. I’ll never forget it. We played there one year and beat the home team in a close game. And you know what happened? The fans chased us two miles out of town.”
“Chases you metaphorically or actually?”
“Actually chased us”, he explained “Threw coal at us all the way.”
Editors Note – Coal must have bee more plentiful in those days than it is now. Obviously the Auburn lad was stringing the Star writer because it made a good story. It must have been quite a surprise to more than the Windsor Star when the citizens turned down the tavern.
Springhill Dairy Changes Hours
An advertisement by the Springhill Dairy in this issue indicates a slight change in hours. For instance the plant will close at 12 noon on Sundays, Wednesdays, and holidays. The recent rise in the price of milk has little or no effect on the local sales, Mr. Jones stated to the Record. Milk supplies, too, are back to normal and the supply is plentiful.
Pat Crowe is a member of the Springhill Heritage Group. To learn more or read past articles of the Heritage Corner, visit www.springhillheritage.ca.