The Heritage Corner, Springhill Record

Aug. 13, 2008

Aug. 13, 2008 – The Allbon Family Continued

Emma Margaret Allbon was born in Springhill the daughter of Charles J. Allbon Sr. and Isabelle (Price) Allbon. Emma became a school teacher and taught in Springhill, Amherst and Windsor , N.S. She was a member of the U.C.W. Unit 3, St. Andrews – Wesley United Church and also was a Sunday school teacher. She was a member of the All Saints Hospital Auxiliary.

Emma married Arthur Leslie Murray. Art was born in Eureka , Pictou Co., N.S. He was the son of William B. and Rhoda (McKenzie) Murray. Arthur Murray was a coal miner for many years and later employed for 14 years as a press operator for Hants Journal.

Emma and Arthur had one son William.

Arthur died Feb. 2, 1990 and Emma passed away April 16, 2008 . Mary Ann Allbon was born April 21, 1899 in Springhill where she became a nurse. She married Allen Cummingham Brown on Aug. 7, 1930 . Allen was the son of Charles L. Brown and Ella Mae (Peppard) Brown of South Brook, Cumberland County , N.S. Born in 1899 Allen became a machinist and he and Mary moved to Mass. , U.S.A. Mary died May 21, 1961 in Rosendale , Mass.

Jane Allbon was born Jan. 10, 1894 in Springhill. She married 1. Harry D. Gay of Salisbury , N.B. Jane and Harry moved to Saskatchewan and purchased the Perdue ( Sask ) Witness. They later sold an interest in the paper to her brother Charles J. Allbon Jr. Later on they also purchased the Asquith ( Sask ) Record.

Harry D. Gay died June 29, 1941

2. Jane married Willard B. Cook. Willard Cook died in Sept. 7, 1949 and he is buried in Italy .

3. Jane Allbon married Llewellyn Bromfield.

Jane died Mar. 1, 1982 in Mystic, Conn.

Isabelle Allbon died in infancy.

Alfred George “Ackie” Allbon was born Nov. 8, 1905 . In 1923 he became Deputy Town Clerk and Treasurer and followed his father as the Town Clerk and Treasurer, a position he held from 1945 until his retirement in 1972. He was a member of the Baptist Church , and Cumberland Lodge #5, Knights of Pythias, in 1935 he was elected President of the Municipal Officers Association, a organization which included the Clerks of Towns and Municipalities. In 1967 Alfred G. Allbon was awarded the 1867-1967 Centennial Medal in recognition of his faithful service, as Town Clerk and Treasurer, to residents of the Town of Springhill . He was a senior director of the Lillian Allbon Animal Shelter.

Ackie Allbon was well known not only in Springhill but all over Nova Scotia more for his ability to play ball then as a Town Clerk. He pitched his first game for the Springhill Fencebusters at the age of 16. It was the second game of the series against Yarmouth in the Nova Scotia playoffs. It was a fourteen inning game and Springhill didn’t have one error. The score was 1-1 at the end of the first inning and Springhill scored two runs in the fourteenth and they won by a score of 3-1. Ackie was a control pitcher who could mix his pitches and then finish with a fast ball. He was also an outstanding fielder and an expert batter. He was one of the original Fencebusters who was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame.

Alfred Allbon married Blanche Drusilla Nowlan. Blanche was born in 1905 the daughter of William C. Nowlan of Charlottetown , Prince Edward Island . She died May 29, 1972 .

Alfred later married Lillian Hunter Matthews, the daughter of James and Modena M. (Seifert) Matthews. Lillian graduated from Acadia University and taught in the Springhill schools for 35 years. She was also known for directing and accompanying “The Teenagers” a girl’s chorus group which appeared several times on the “Supper Club” a program on CKCW TV Moncton, N.B. Lillian died Nov. 25, 1985 .

Alfred “Ackie” Allbon died April 27, 2001 .

Shirley Allbon was the daughter of Charles J. and Agnes Allbon. Shirley attended Secretarial School and then worked for the Springhill Record. She started as a receptionist, secretary and bookkeeper but later got to know all phases of the business. In 1944 she married Edwin Hodgson (Ted) Coldwell. Ted was the son of Victor and Nancy (Hodgson) Coldwell of Barnsley, Yorkshire , England . Ted Coldwell served in the Royal Navy during World War Two. Ted became a co-owner of the Springhill- Parrsboro Record. E.H. (Ted) Coldwell died Aug. 4, 1995 .

Shirley and Ted had the following children: Ted and Dale.

Shirley left the Record for ten years and returned again in 1959. With the purchase of the paper by the Advocate Printing and Publishing Company Shirley became editor and publisher. Later she became social editor. Shirley retired after being in the business for 36 years ending a family business which had been in Springhill since 1928.

Ted Colwell Jr. and Noreen McIntyre of Nappan won the Silver Medal in Pairs Skating of the inaugural Canadian Winter Games of 1967 in Quebec City , Quebec .

Dale married John Mont, son of William and Elaine Mont, and they now make their home in the house which belonged to John’s parents.

Charles John Christopher (Jack) Allbon was born in Springhill. He married Audrey Matthews and they had the following children: Marilyn Allbon married Reginald Fraser and Janet Allbon married Robert Crozier.

Jack Allbon died Nov. 18, 1997 .