The Heritage Corner, Springhill Record

January 24, 2007

Jan. 24, 2007 – Newspaper Clippings

Here are a few clipping from the Springhill Record and other newspapers over the years.

June 7, 1895 : John Murray Jr., is beginning the erection of a first class residence on Lowe Street in Springhill, adjoining the Cottage Hospital property. This section of the town is fast becoming one of the best residential parts of the town.

December 7, 1896 : The Springhill Tribune says that H.J. Logan, M.P. for Cumberland is making an effort to have a branch railway from Athol to run into that town. Competent engineers assert that the route is feasible and the grade not very great. Springhill has long been promised to be connected with the I.C.R. and if this route becomes a realized fact great things are in store for Springhill.

August 17, 1897 : For years past the I.C.R. enginemen and firemen have been advocating the erection of a round house at Springhill Junction, which it was claimed would be a great protection to the I.C.R. property as well as to employees. Mr. Logan, M.P. has brought the matter to the notice of Mr. Blair, and the building will be completed in time for the winter service. It is 70 x 20 feet and will accommodate three or four engines. The men running on special trains are loud in their praise of Mr. Logan. B. Mattinson of Springhill has the contract for the new building.

September 2, 1897 : A daring robbery took place at Springhill on Monday night. Burglars broke into the store of Clinton McKay and carried away a large number of boots and shoes valued at between thirty and forty dollars. Four pair of ladies boots, four pair of overshoes and about twenty pairs of men’s boots were stolen. All had been carefully selected, of best quality and sizes sevens and eights were taken from the boxes.

December 16, 1904 : On Saturday last there were six steam ships in the harbor at Parrsboro. The Springhill and the Flushing were waiting for a favorable opportunity to proceed with coal laden barges. The Hilda was loading coal for Portland , the Kilkeel and the tug Parrsboro were in port here and the S.S. Prince Albert was lying at the usual berth at the new pier.

February 24, 1908 : Amherst Daily News - Joseph Hall, a citizen of Springhill who paid a visit to Amherst on Saturday last will carry away with him a very poor impression of our town. In his journey he fell among thieves who left him bleeding by the wayside. The full story cannot be told as the police have not all the scattered threads in their hands.

February 9, 1911 : Colonel E.A. Potter of Springhill Has organized a splendid cadet corps in connection with the Springhill schools. The corps number about one hundred and fifty members and they are making good progress in their military and physical drills.

March 8, 1911 : Eleven strikers were before Justice Casey yesterday charged with incommoding peaceful passengers on the sidewalk at Springhill. J.L. Ralston appeared for the prosecution and C.R. Smith, K.C. for the defense. The prisoners were given 30 days in jail and $2.55 costs and in default of costs 15 days extra.

March 27, 1911 : W.E. Thompson, the new police commissioner arrived in Springhill on Saturday and is today entering upon the discharge of his duties. It is expected about twenty provincial police officers will arrive in Springhill on Wednesday or Friday of this week. They will be recruited in the city of Halifax and five additional police officers will be appointed from the citizens of Springhill. The Springhill officers will be Chief of Police, Smith, Angus Beaton and officers Merritt, Adams and Paul.

December 1, 1925 : Special to the Telegraph Journal, Saint John , N.B.

Amherst November 30 – The Nova Scotia Hardwood Production Limited lost their subsidiary plant, located in Southampton , by fire early Sunday morning. The buildings are twenty miles from Amherst . Although the Motor Chemical from the local fire department was called the conflagration was beyond control when it arrived. One large wooden building and two or three small buildings used for storing kiln dried stock were completely destroyed. A rotary mill and several small machines were lost.

The main portion of the machinery was moved to the plant in Amherst last spring. It has not been ascertained how the fire started. The loss will be about $18,000 and is about half covered by insurance.

Halifax Herald December 15, 1925 : Commission to inspect mines at Springhill.

Springhill Dec. 14 - Members of the Royal Commission, officials of Besco (I believe this should be Dosco), and U.M.W. officials arrived in town this evening. They will spend two days inspecting the mines, going into No. 2 tomorrow and No. 6 on Wednesday. Evidence will be taken to Halifax the last of the week.

October 25, 1926 : The annual meeting of the Springhill Choral Club was held in the town hall. The following officers were elected – president, Charles Merlin; vice president, Harry Moore; secretary treasurer. Carl Cooper; executive committee, W.C. Wilson, J.A. Ritchie, A.H. Brown and J.G. MacDonald.