Twenty-nine persons representing the Town Council, The School Board, permanent town officials and the press sat down to a delicious dinner at the Carleton Hotel Friday evening as guest of Mayor A.J. Mason. It was a pleasant party and as the Mayor later explained, was done as a public relations job to bring closer together the elected representatives of the town and those employed by the town.
Following the dinner Mayor Mason said he felt that such gatherings would do much to bring closer together those interested in the promotion and welfare of the community. It was the first time such a gathering had been held in the history of the town and he hoped the idea might be carried on by other groups. The Mayor expressed his appreciation for those who had served under him during his tenure of office. He spoke of the patience required in the Town Office in dealing with those who at times lost their temper and he urged all employees to be as polite as possible even under trying circumstances. In the end he felt that it paid dividends and brought more satisfaction than the abusive language sometimes heard.
Other speakers during the evening included Deputy Mayor Wm. Noiles, Councillors Gilroy, Ross, Bell and Harroun, Town Clerk A.G, Allbon, Supt. Ken Terris, Fire Chief Lusby Rooney, Claude W. Carter, chairman of the school board, E.S. Boran supervising Principal of the local schools, Miss Nettie Lowther and Miss Edith Rushton, of the town office and C.J. Allbon.
The elected officers of the town expressed their appreciation to the employees for co-operation extended during the past year and each speaker had a word to say about his own department.
It was a pleasant gathering and broke up about 9 o’clock with the Mayor and Councillors adjourning to the town hall for the last regular meeting of the year.
The Springhill Community Rink
Lack of water caused the shutdown of the artificial plant at the Community Rink Tuesday evening and brings to the attention of the citizens the need of conserving water. The shortage of water came following several cold days when the artificial ice plant was used very sparingly and indicated that besides the ice plant there must have been a very heavy drain on the water supply. This could have been caused by letting the taps to run where there was a danger from freezing.
The shutdown Tuesday must make us realize that we cannot afford to waste water if the rink is to operate on full time. In this conservation program even the children can play a big part. They can see that taps are turned off and water conserved.
Like every other town and city today services that were more than adequate years ago are today unable to take care of current demands. Even in New York City they have a conservation program in operation. We could criticize our own position all we liked, but we must realize that our town is growing steadily and that our services are taxed to the limit. No one can be blamed for this condition, but it is a problem that must be given a great deal of study in the very near future. Of course, we can do without artificial ice rinks; without cooling systems for our dairies; without water to wash cars or windows or to water our gardens – but we do not want to do without these things and we must plan for the time when services must be expanded or we must do without them.
In the meantime, however, citizens should realize that any wastage of water may have a direct effect on the operation of our Community Rink.
John Mansell Observes 96th Birthday Today
John Mansell of Joggins celebrates his 96th birthday today, Thursday, January 5th. He will be joined by his brother Ben Mansell of Springhill who himself is nearing his 92nd. Birthday. Both men are widowers.
As a boy of 14 John Mansell joined the British Navy as a signal boy. In 1871 he was in the Indian Ocean aboard a British man-of-war whose job it was to put down the slave trade so prevalent in those days. Boarding a slave ship he was wounded in the leg and taken to hospital in Bombay. In 1872 he was sent to a hospital in England and later the same year was discharged from the navy on pension. He is still receiving this pension and is probably the oldest person in Canada receiving a British pension. After his discharge Mr. Mansell joined the Merchant Marines and in 1879 he was awarded his Captaincy.
Came to Springhill
About 47 years ago John Mansell came to Springhill with his wife and three daughters. For years he worked in the mines, but during the big strike, 1909-1911, he went to Joggins where he made his home. Since the death of Mrs. Mansell in a car accident some 25 years ago, he has lived with his daughter, Mrs. Ernest Heaps.
Besides his brother, Ben, John Mansell has another sister, Mrs. Jennie Redmond, 78, living in Vancouver. She had three sons, two of whom are ministers while the third is engaged in the shoe business. In England, he has another brother Richard, 84 years old, and a sister Mrs. Agnes Wyatt, 76 years old.
An occasional visitor in Springhill where he lived for some years, John Mansell has many friends who will join today in extending to him their best wishes.
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.