The Amherst News - 2020-03-25


May 18, 1950: Recommend parking meters for Springhill


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

AS SEEN IN THE SPRINGHILL NEWS IN 1950: The Police Committee, Councillors Angus A. McKay, Bell and Ross, with Chief Ivan Buchanan and Town Clerk Allbon, met Wednesday evening and discussed the installation of Parking Meters on Main Street and various streets in town. Representatives of two firms were present and demonstrated both manual and automatic meters. No decision was reached but the committee will place the matter before Town Council at its next meeting recommending the meters be installed. The streets to be metered include Main Street from the Medical Centre to Graven’s Garage, Church, Elm and Victoria Streets over to Drummond, Elgin Street over to the school and Queen. This would require 154 meters. Hospital Auxiliary Buys Incubator Announcement has been made by Mrs. A.J. Mason, President of the Hospital Auxiliary of All Saints Hospital, that the organization has reached its objective of $248.50 for the purpose of an incubator for the hospital and the order has been placed. The money was raised during the last two months through a pantry sale, card party and tag day. The incubator will be an invaluable addition to the hospital. “Grampa Jones” Here Friday Under the auspices of the Community Rink “Grampa Jones” famous recording star and his cast of 16 artists will appear in the Community Rink Friday evening, May 19th, at 8 p.m. Among the records which made “Grampa Jones” famous are “Mountain Dew”, “Old Rattler,” and “My Darling’s not my Darling Anymore.” This will be an opportunity to see the famous singer in person. In addition to Grampa Jones, Ramona, champion folk music fiddler, will feature the program. The cast recently appeared in Truro where over 1,000 persons packed the hall and gave them a rousing reception. “Twenty Years Ago” The baseball season was scheduled to open at Moncton on May 24th where the Busters were billed to play a doubleheader. Work was going ahead on the local diamond in preparation for the practice. *** Messrs. George Oulton, Supervisor, and Roach McKay, District Superintendent of Mines, presided over the examinations conducted by the Department of Mines. Twenty men wrote the exams as follows: Underground Manager – Kenneth Matheson and Charles Letcher Overmen – Charles Merlin, Seward Kennedy, Samuel Wallace, Cecil Cox, David McKinnon, Harry Davis and Daniel McKay Mine Examiners – James Pettigrew, Daniel E. Campbell, Robert Jewkes, Thomas Barrow, and William Lowden 1st. Class Engineer – Wm. T. Mann 2nd Class Engineers – James Martin and James Mann 3rd Class Engineers – Roland Tabor, Frank Crawford Jr. and Geo. W. Hodges *** Conditions at the Sydney Mines were reported to be the worst in years, according to J.C. Stewart, U.M.W District Board Member. The mines were operating one to three days per week. *** There was a saving of four per cent when ratepayers paid their taxes before the end of the discount period twenty years ago. (Today in 1950 it is three) *** Among the graduate nurses writing exams in the Town were Miss Ferne Metcalf of All Saints Hospital. Mrs. N.S. Sanford was the examiner. Location of the new Liquor Store and appointment of a Manager were two questions in which the public was much interested twenty years ago *** A.D. Doyle of the Charlottetown Abbies spoke strongly at a meeting of the M.P.A.A.U. of C. in demanding that the A.A.U. of C. re-instate Charlie Paul who had been playing professional ball in Cape Breton but had been out of ball for a couple of years. *** It was reported that there were 406,989 radios licensed in Canada *** M.J. Kaufman was elected President of the Men’s Liberal Club of Amherst, and Mrs. J.A. Hanway was elected president of the women’s organization. *** Mechanics local of the U.M.W., Glace Bay, decided to pay to the International some $2,100 in per capita arrears when they were informed that the constitution would be enforced.


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