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Oct. 7, 1948: Capital Theatre front being modernized

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

Heritage Corner with Pat Crowe

Remodelling of the Capital Theatre goes steadily on and Mayor Mason says he hopes to get re-opened about the 25th of October.

In an inspection of the work Wednesday the Record was impressed by the drastic changes taking place which will give Springhill a theatre in which they will take a lot of pride.

There will be a liberal use of the glass blocks on the front of the building.  For instance, the large window you will see well up the face of the building will be of Decora glass.  The pylon will be faced with Angus Fluted glass and this same glass will appear under the soda fountain window and the advertising window.  Behind the glass will be varied colored neon lights.  The face of the building will be of Berkshire colored perma-stone.

Oct. 14, 1948 – Two Injured in Auto Accident

An auto accident which might have had serious consequences occurred on upper Victoria St. on Tuesday evening between 8:30 and 9 p.m., when a truck driven by Mon Legrow struck a telephone pole, Albert Gibson was a passenger in the truck at the time of the accident.

The truck was proceeding down the hill towards Main St. when it struck a telephone pole on the left-hand side of the road, breaking it off about four feet from the ground, the truck piling up on the broken stump.  Gibson was thrown into the windshield suffering severe cuts about the hands and face and was immediately taken to All Saints Hospital.  Legrow was detained by the police and on Wednesday was admitted to All Saints Hospital for chest x-rays.

The truck, a new Chevrolet, was badly smashed up in front and the steering wheel was bent over so it was impossible to shift the gears.

Meets Springhillers on Coast to Coast Journey

(By Rev. H.T. Gornall)

A journey across Canada from the Atlantic to the Pacific would at anytime leave one with a sense of vastness, of great cities, vast open spaces and majestic mountains.  During the months of August and September we saw Canada at its best.  We spent some time in Ontario, including Toronto, Regina and Vancouver and everywhere we found folk from Nova Scotia, Cumberland County and Springhill who were eager for news of the folk back home.

In Vancouver, we spent a happy hour with Dr. Elbert Paul, who is Pastor of the First Baptist Church there.  Dr. Paul conducted us through the splendid buildings connected with his Church, where many modern improvements are being made.  He was glad to have news of his many friends in his native town of Springhill, Miss Mildred Paul was there also and was happy to see visitors from home.

In Regina we saw Mr. Everett Leslie, K.C., a native of River Hebert, and has made good in the west.  He was interested in Springhill, where he has many friends and was glad of a link with them.

In Toronto it was our pleasure to meet Mr. and Mrs. Mattinson, who had many inquiries to make about friends in Springhill.  Mrs. Mattinson was Miss Mary Soley, sister of Harold Soley.  In Montreal we spent a pleasant hour with Mr. Harold Bragg and Rev. Gardner Ward, who wanted to be remembered to their friends in Springhill and Rodney.

In Victoria we were the guest of Rev. and Mrs. Charles Flemington, who is the father of Dr. Ross Flemington of Mt. Allison, was at one time minister at Point De Bute.  We also spent a pleasant evening in the company of the Very Reverend Aubrey Tuttle and Mrs. Tuttle.  Dr. Tuttle is a native of Pugwash and was a moderator of the United Church of Canada for some years.  He is now living in Victoria and had many inquiries to make about friends in this vicinity. 

We were amazed at the growth of Vancouver, now the third largest city in the Dominion.  Expansion is evident in every direction and thousands of new homes have been built or in course of erection.  Vancouver is destined to play a large part in the commercial and industrial life of our country, since it is the natural outlet for the western prairies and the mountain mining and lumber industries.  

The Rockies, of course, are a never ending delight to those who love grandeur.  We saw them at their best.  The railways through Banff and Jasper are both a masterpiece of engineering and a perpetual tribute to the ingenuity of men who overcame almost insuperable difficulties and by some magic intuition found their way through the intricate maze of vallies from the Prairies to the Coast. 

When one has seen Canada, he is seized with the importance of her vast extent and amazing resources and feels the pull of destiny that will someday plant us in the forefront of the nations of the World.

Pat Crowe is a member of the Springhill Heritage Group. To learn more or read past article of the Heritage Corner, visit

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