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Sept. 8, 1949: Blaine Hayden wins unanimous decision

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

Heritage Corner with Pat Crowe

A good crowd estimated at 600 saw Blaine Hayden, the fast Springhill lightweight, take a unanimous decision over Duke Hodd, the New Brunswick lightweight champ, in the main event of the opening boxing card at the community rink last night.

The whole card was good and fans were delighted with the standard of boxing exhibited by all the contestants. If promoters Jardine and Tattrie continue to secure fighters of similar caliber for future cards they can be sure that their efforts to revive the sport in Springhill will meet with success.

Hayden Take Unanimous Decision

Springhill lightweight, at 139, Blaine Hayden, took a unanimous decision over Duke Hodd, 140, in the main 8 round event. Both boys were fast, but the weaving, bobbing Hayden showed himself to clever for the Saint John boy, making him miss badly on many occasions.

Hayden supplied most of the initiative, trying hard to make good connections, but Hodd appeared to weather the flurry of punches pretty well. If Hayden had had punching ability to match his ringcraft, he would have made the decision inside the time. He had lots of encouragement from the crowd to do so but Hodd was in tip-top shape and finished strong.

Bob Brown Takes Close Win

In the six-round, semifinal, Bob Brown, 149, of Joggins, got the nod over Harold “Kid” Schultz of Dartmouth, 133, in an extremely close decision. The “Kid”, a scientific type, spotted the husky, slugging Brown a lot of weight, and in holding him to such a close score, put up a great show. Brown was very strong, but Schultz kept on the move and had the Joggin’s boy hitting a lot of air. Throughout the fight, Brown was unable to connect with anything serious, apart from the occasional right, which, however, did not slow his evasive opponent. This was a really good bout.

Red Graham Stops Tredwell

When Red Graham, 1321/2, of Halifax, and Henry Treadwell, 135, of Amherst, tangled, the referee stopped it in the third, owing to the bad eye cut sustained by Treadwell in the second. Tredwell did not like the referee stepping in and wanted to continue.

This was a case of southpaw fighter versus boxer, with Graham going after the Amherst boy all the time.

Sept. 15, 1949 - 50 Acres of Woods Burnt Out

The second bad forest fire of the year in Cumberland was last week extinguished in the area between Athol and Miller Corner, on the back road to Springhill. It was checked on Friday night by Chief Ranger Norman Truman, who announced Saturday that there was not even a lingering trace of smoke from the fire that had swept more than 50 acres of woodland. The rain on Thursday night and continuing on Friday put an effective damper on any chance of a further outbreak.

The fired started some days previously and was classed by the Chief Ranger, in second only in consequence this summer to the bad outbreak that occurred in the vicinity of Apple River in the late spring months. Sub Ranger Jack Winters was on the ground with a crew of men but later summoned Chief Ranger Truman and gained additional aid as well. Some thirty-five men were brought to the scene with pumpers and other necessary equipment. Some of the land in which the fire made headway had been cut over the summer months, and fallen tops and cut branches made it somewhat difficult to check the flames.

The timber loss was not as serious in a monetary way, as most of the land invaded by the fire was known as culled land having been cut over in recent seasons.

John Paul Sets New Record

John Paul of Springhill Jct. set a new six- mile track record of 35 minutes at the Charlottetown athletic meet, Labor Day. He clipped two minutes of the previous record and his nearest challenger in the race of five entries tailed him by almost one lap. For his outstanding performance in this individual track and field meet, which is said to be second in importance to the Maritime Championship, John was presented with a statuette.

John’s training ritual of five mile spins every morning is now over for the season. In fact, he is thinking about retiring. “I’ve been at the game for seventeen years,” he said “Going distances of up to 26 miles. I’m 38 now and my old legs are beginning to mind the going. I might not retire though.”

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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