CPR would pur­chase Nova Sco­tia Coal

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - COMMUNITY - Pat Crowe Her­itage Cor­ner

April 10, 1947 – Springhill Record

Dur­ing the Board of Trans­ports en­quiry into the rail­ways ap­pli­ca­tion for higher rates, the fol­low­ing state­ment was made by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Canadian Pa­cific Rail­way, which will be of in­ter­est:

“Mr. Mil­lar said the C.P.R. buys about 2,800,000 tons of coal an­nu­ally from the United States. He told Col. Ral­ston it would buy more from the Mar­itimes if “we could get it.”

It seems only a few short years ago when Nova Sco­tia mines were look­ing for coal or­ders and if our mem­ory serves us cor­rectly the Canadian Pa­cific bought lit­tle Nova Sco­tia ex­cept for its lines in the Prov­ince.

The state­ment by Mr. Mil­lar, as­sis­tant gen­eral pur­chas­ing agent for the C.P.R., will be wel­come to­day for it will not be long till Nova Sco­tia mines will be again “sell­ing” coal.

Herb. Roney retires; served for 57 years

Seventy-Two-year-old Herbert Roney, one of Springhill’s grand old men, has been re­tired by the Cum­ber­land Rail­way and Coal Com­pany, ef­fec­tive April 1st. But he did not ac­tu­ally quit work un­til Satur­day, Apr. 5th, hav­ing served the Com­pany since Septem­ber 1890.

“Herb” as he is pop­u­larly known through­out the town, came to Springhill with his brother Bill, long since de­ceased, in Septem­ber 1890 when he was but 14 years of age. He spent his first day with the Com­pany on Num­ber Three stonebank when Ru­fus Shears was in charge of out­side op­er­a­tions, and later un­der John McKin­non, both of whom have long since passed away.

For over two years he con­tin­ued to work on the sur­face when he be­came at­tracted to the rail­road and for two or three years dropped cars un­der the screens at Num­ber Two. Dur­ing his years at the screens he was oc­ca­sion­ally em­ployed at break­ing on the line. Af­ter the Do­min­ion Steel and Coal Com­pany pur­chased the mines be­tween 1910-11 he found him­self work­ing full time on the rail­road and when he said good-bye to his fel­low work­ers Satur­day, April 5th he had com­pleted 54 years, seven months and five days ser­vice – a record that will be hard to equal. Dur­ing that time he worked un­der three Su­per­in­ten­dents. Messrs. Fred Losley, Neil McDougall, and Daniel McMillan.

On Parrs­boro Run

Speak­ing about those early days to your re­porter, Mr. Roney said he had worked on the coal train that ran from Springhill to Parrs­boro for about fif­teen years. Well he re­calls the Parrs­boro road, for he was tells us he was crawl­ing around what is now Southamp­ton Sta­tion when the rail­road was be­ing built about seventy-one years ago. He re­calls too that his first day’s brak­ing was done un­der the late Arthur Paul, who was then Shunter Foreman. In those days, con­tin­ued Herb, we had no au­to­matic cou­plings as we have to­day. They were all link and pin cou­plings, he added. And then he told us of the trip on which the au­to­matic cou­plings were tested and ac­cepted by the Com­pany.

Speak­ing of his ex­pe­ri­ence on the road he mused on the train that broke away on the wharf at Parrs­boro af­ter stand­ing for 48 hours and three or four cars run­ning off the end of the wharf into the sea loaded with coal. Mr. Dick Lel­hanty, who was in charge, filled the cars with bar­rels and floated them around the wharf, hooked a line to the en­gine and pulled them back to the rail­road.

Born at Southamp­ton

Herb Roney was born at Southamp­ton and at­tended school at West Brook un­til he was near 14 when he be­gan to work around the lum­ber mills and fi­nally drifted into Springhill. A cou­ple of years later his par­ents came to Springhill and for a num­ber of years his fa­ther worked around the mines and in the car­pen­ter shop.

Takes well-earned rest

So to­day Herb Roney is tak­ing a well de­served rest from his labors and a host of his friends will join with The Record in wish­ing him many years of good health and re­lax­ation.

This week’s five facts

about Springhill

76. Th­ese Springhillers are in­ducted into the Nova Sco­tia Sports Hall of Fame for Base­ball:

“Nugget” Rich­mond; Al­fred All­bon; Bill McKay; Dr. A. “Tony” Condy; Ge­orge Weather­bee; Herbert McLeod; Jack Stan Fraser; Jim “Hank” O’Rourke; Len Boss. Hockey: Bill McKay and Ge­orge Weather­bee, Nova Sco­tia Sr. Cham­pi­ons with the Springhill team in 1919. Har­ness Rac­ing: Bill O’Don­nell. Box­ing: Roddy “Big Pay” McDonald.

77. The Town’s Churches in 1899 were: Saint An­drews Pres­by­te­rian, The Lat­ter Day Saints Church, Saint John The Bap­tist Ro­man Catholic Church, Wes­ley Methodist Church, United Bap­tist Church and the Sal­va­tion Army.

78. The first Church in Springhill was framed, by Thomas Reid, of hand-hewn tim­bers and great 12’ by 14’ sills. It had two en­trances and three rows of pews with doors.

79. The Sal­va­tion Army came to Springhill on Jan. 20, 1886, led by Capt. Armstrong and Cap­tain Dale. The first meet­ing was held in Pi­o­neer Hall.

80. The Par­ish Hall was opened Christ­mas Eve 1891.

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