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Mar 15, 1950: Town bus crashes into Wilson’s window

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

Heritage Corner with Pat Crowe

There was quite a stir on Main Street Thursday afternoon last when the Springhill Bus left its stand at the corner of Elgin and Main, crossed the street and crashed into one of John Wilson’s plate glass windows which had been installed only a few months ago. There was no one in the bus at the time, Norman Canning, the driver, having left it to report. Mr. Canning reported he had left the bus in low gear and turned off the key.

Fortunately no one was injured in the accident which caused damage to the window estimated at $450.00. While no charges have been laid in the accident Mr. Canning has bee discharged by the Bus Company.

Miss Ivy Layton Speaks on Library

Miss Ivy Layton, a member of the Library Committee, has been active during the week, speaking at a meeting of the Women’s Institute of Southampton on Thursday evening and to the Springhill-Collingwood District Farmer’s Association in the Rodney Hall Wednesday evening. Present at the latter meeting was Mr. R.F. McCunn, President of the Cumberland Farmer’s Association, and Mr. D.H. McPhee, Agricultural Representative. The Rodney meeting was particularly enthusiastic about the proposed Regional Library and the Women’s Institute also passed a resolution in support of the project. Miss Anna Hamilton accompanied Miss Layton to the Rodney meeting and assisted in answering questions.

Smith Lumber Mill Being Moved to Springhill Junction

Amherst, Mar 14 – Farmers within 20 or 25 miles of Springhill Junction will benefit as a result of the transfer of A.B. Smith’s mill from Parrsboro to Springhill Junction.

Mr. Smith opened his main office in Amherst three weeks ago and has been taking orders from part-time lumbermen in Brookdale, Maccan, Leicester, East Amherst and other districts near the mill.

The farmers, who formerly had difficulty finding mills to handle their logs because of the hauling distances, can now place their logs with the Springhill Junction Mill. With some farmers able to cut some 25,000 to 50,000 feet of logs in a winter, the transferred mill will provide another means of adding to the farmers annual income.

For the last ten years the mill has been located in Parrsboro and has been handling about two million feet of logs a year.

Farmers are already taking advantage of the chance to cut logs on the woodlots and forward them to the mill, Mr. Smith said and others are making inquiries. Prices are as high as other operators’ and vary according to the quality of the logs.

Carter’s Garage Being Rebuilt

The Irving Oil Company has started work on a new garage for Claude W. Carter to replace the one destroyed by fire on the Junction Road. Several rows of tile have already been put into place as well as the big front door casing. It is expected that the new structure will be completed in a matter of a few weeks.

“Twenty Years Ago”

The tragic death of Edward Fagan, 65 and Harry Morse. 27, occurred at the 2,000 ft. level of No. 6 Mine on Tuesday morning, March 11th. At the time of the accident the two men were drawing packs.

The new contract was placed before the members of the Springhill Local, calling for an increase of some $40,000 over the rates in force over the past two years. The increase affected only the lower paid men – those getting less than $4.00 per day. In the new agreement the profit-sharing plan was eliminated. The new contract carried a clause whereby the places of men habitually absenting themselves from work could be filled at the discretion of the management.

Mine rates in those days called for $2.00 for tally boys; $3.40 for surface laborers, etc.; trappers $2.45; mine mechanics, loaders, timber carriers $3.45; Haulage enginemen, trip riders, haulage repairmen $3.78; pumpmen $4.00; miners out of place $4.05; timbermen slope $4.80; hand mining 60c a ton; pillars 80c.

For the first time The Record grew into eight pages, having grown from a four-page paper as business increased.

Four Protestant Churches joined at St. David’s Church as the World Day of Prayer was observed by the W.M.S. groups.

R.K. Smith, M.P., pressed the Federal Government for money for county projects at Joggins, Pugwash and Parrsboro.

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.

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