Prompt action by the Fire Department shortly after midnight Saturday prevented what might have turned into a serious blaze when a fire was discovered in the rear of the Oddfellows Hall on Main Street.
It is believed the fire started by the careless dropping of a cigarette butt from one of the windows during a dance held earlier in the evening. Damage was slight.
To Broadcast Springhill Explosion
Nov. 20, 1947 – The story of Danny Robertson, hero of the Springhill Explosion of 1891, will be told on a Maritime school broadcast on Monday, November 24th, over CBC.
Information for the dramatization of the story was prepared by Ian Price, Engineer for the Cumberland Railway and Coal Company and taken largely from the History of Springhill, by the late Bertha Isabel Scott, from Company records.
While it is not known just how far the broadcast in the matter of describing the explosion that claimed the life of 121 men in these coal pits, it should prove of interest to all Springhill listeners.
Lost Overnight on Hunting Trip
An all-night search in the woods was successful when Harold Raper, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Raper, was found after being lost for over sixteen hours.
About four o’clock Saturday afternoon Harold entered the woods around Archie Bobbie’s place, intending to spend a short time hunting before dark.
Darkness fell a little too suddenly for the boy who found he could not retrace his steps, and being with out his compass and flashlight, gathered boughs from which he fashioned a rough shelter to protect himself from the cold rain during his wait for dawn.
Meanwhile, with no sign of Harold by 8 p.m., the Raper household became anxious and his father made a search. By midnight the anxiety heightened and a number of friends joined Mr. Raper in the search, which was continued until 5 a.m. The party had the assistance of a dog and a light from the mine and covered approximately six miles in the area of the Bobbie property and Sand Hill. At this time the party returned to change and immediately resumed the search because it was feared that Harold might have suffered some injuries.
Breaking out of the woods around Southampton and about a mile and a half from his point of entrance at 8:30 a.m. Harold was encountered by members of the search party, Roy Cochrane, Jim Brennan and Dan Davis, who gave them their lunch.
Harold commented that the discomfort resulting from the exposure gave him quite a scare and that he probably did not heat the shouts of the search party because he had covered his ears with the ear lugs on his cap, raised his coat collar and shielded his head with his hands. He said the night noises of the so-called “quiet woods” would drive a fellow crazy.
Springhill Miner is Awarded $8,400
Montreal Nov. 6, 1947 – Edgar Omar Gabriel, a former miner of Springhill, N.S. has been awarded $8,400 damages from the Crown by Justice E.R. Angers of the Exchequer Court for injuries suffered last year when an army truck struck him on a sidewalk on the Uppertown Street intersection. Gabriel was asking $27,594.
Mr. Justice Anger ruled that the accident in which Mr. Gabriel was injured, after the army vehicle knocked down a lamp standard, was the fault of the truck driver.
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.