On Sunday April 4th, John Crummy will sail from St. John to Auckland, New Zealand, where he plans to make his future home. His large circle of friends here will wish him every success as he sets out on his venture into a new country.
While Mr. Crummey will be making the trip alone, he and Mrs. Crummey became interested in New Zealand some years ago. They were attracted by the climate of the country and the fact that it has a labor government has also had a bearing on their decision, for Mr. Crummey has been for some years interested in other forms of government than that provided by the old line parties.
John Crummey is the son of Mrs. John Crummey and the late John Crummey. He was born in Springhill some 38 years ago and completed High School. At the completion of school, he went to work for the Cumberland Railway and Coal Company. For a time he weighed coal at No. 6 mine worked in the railway department car shop and also did odd jobs outside the mine. He never worked underground.
Active in Union
John always took an active interest in town affairs, as well as the United Mine Workers of America. For several years he was Treasurer of the latter Union where he was held in high respect by the members. He was also a member of the local committee studying the hospital situation in town.
Took Up Politics
His high standing in the local Union led his friends to present him as a candidate in the 1945 Provincial and Federal elections as a candidate for the C.C.F. party in which he had been active since 1938. I both occasions he polled the largest vote ever polled in Springhill which was an indication of his personal popularity. In the county he was defeated. He is also the Past President of the C.C.F. Party in Nova Scotia and for various terms he served on the provincial council of that party. He also headed the Springhill organization. Mr. Crummey was an active worker in the Knights of Pythias and has held the office of Chancellor.
Family to Remain Here
When he takes his departure Sunday Mr. Crummey will leave behind his wife and two children, Gerald, 16 and Crystal. 10. If he is successful in securing work in Auckland, which he understands is available there under a labor government, the family will follow him as soon as possible. He will travel to New Zealand on the City of Bristol, which is calling at St. John and expects the trip will take him about thirty days. In his departure Springhill will lose one of its best citizens.
Canadian Legion to build this year
April 8, 1948 – Douglas Johnson, President of Branch 17, Canadian Legion, informed the Record this week that the Legion had now decided that their new building would consist of a large basement and one storey, built of tile and brick. The layout of the interior had been completed and the architect is now drafting plans and specifications so that the work will probably get underway in the very near future.
The basement of the building will be divided into two distinct parts, one of which will be used for a lounge room and the other for a refreshment room. Upstairs will be used for meetings. There will also be a room upstairs for the Ladies Auxiliary. It is expected the project will cost $25,000, half of which has already been raised. The building will be erected on the Legion lot north of the old sample rooms on Elgin Street.
Cameron Electric are busy these days remodeling their store on lower Main Street. The firm has now taken over the whole building and remodeling it for a show room. A new plate glass window will be installed soon and other repairs carried out.
The Ideal Dry Cleaners are stepping up their dry-cleaning service with the installation of a new four horse power steam to replace the one and a half h.p. boiler that has been in use in the plant for some time. The Ideal Cleaners are going out for more and more business.
Many other business houses are already planning for a fresh coat of paint to freshen up their store front. Many other stores could stand a remodeling job on their front and better side lighting would also attract more business.
Plans are going forward for better lighting on Main Street. A new type of fixture will be installed this year and the power of the lights doubled to 200 watts.
It is hope the Town will do something about the sidewalk situation this year. In many places it is actually dangerous. A coating of asphalt would make a good improvement and last for years.
Pat Crowe is a member of the Springhill Heritage Group. To learn more or read past article of the Heritage Corner, visit www.springhillheritage.ca.