Re: Springhill Mine Disaster

Hi Sandra,

You can visit us at http://town.springhill.ns.ca/

Yes, it was an explosion. As you will see from the website Springhill was a mining town and we had several disasters. I didn't go into to see what was actually entered on the site but there is sure to be enough info for your purposes.

Carol in Springhill

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> Date: Sun, 29 Aug 1999 17:09:05 +-200
> From: Sandra Naehrig <snaehrig@...>
> Subject: Springhill disaster
>
> Brian,
>
> Can you tell us a little more about this disaster? Was it an explosion that so many family members died in it?
>
> I found one distant relative in it for certain and I didn't have the date of his death. Thanks for this valuable contribution.
>
> Sandra Naehrig
> Switzerland
> snaehrig@...
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> Message: 4
> Date: Sun, 29 Aug 1999 16:55:24 -0400
> From: Christopher & Shawna Gray <c_s.gray@...>
> Subject: RE: Springhill disaster
>
> The only Springhill disaster that I know about is the mine explosion in the 1950's. I believe my grandmother has a book on it. Would you like the name of the book or would you like other information?
>
> -Shawna
> *
> Families of Oxford, Nova Scotia
> http://www3.sympatico.ca/c_s.gray
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sandra Naehrig [SMTP:snaehrig@...]
> Sent: Sunday, August 29, 1999 3:09 PM
> To: nscumber@onelist.com
> Subject: [nscumber] Springhill disaster
>
> From: Sandra Naehrig <snaehrig@...>
>
> Brian,
>
> Can you tell us a little more about this disaster? Was it an explosion that so many family members died in it?
>
> I found one distant relative in it for certain and I didn't have the date of his death. Thanks for this valuable contribution.
>
> Sandra Naehrig
> Switzerland
> snaehrig@...
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> Message: 5
> Date: Mon, 30 Aug 1999 09:02:59 +1200
> From: "Jim" <festus@...>
> Subject: 1838 census
>
> Hello all
>
> I've just seen Doris's posting Re 1838 census
>
> Can someone answer these questions ??
>
> What, Where & When with regards to the census ??
>
> Explanations please
>
> If you don't want to answer to the list, then I'm at
>
> festus at wave dot co dot nz (all lower case)
> Anti spam says to replace the obvious
>
> Researching
>
> HAN(D)(W)RIGHT, HANELWRYGHT, ROBINSON,
> and others in Nothern Cumberland Co, &
> "Over the Border"
>
> Jim Hanright
> in
> springtime Mt. Maunganui
> New Zealand.
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> From: Barry Chisholm <theboss@...>
> To: <nscumber@onelist.com>
> Sent: Sunday, 29 August 1999 23:51
> Subject: Re: [nscumber] 1838 census
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> > From: theboss@... (Barry Chisholm)
> >
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> >
> > Hi I am wondering if you could look for any Benjamin's or Cail's?
> Many
> > thanks.
> > Doris Chisholm
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> Message: 6
> Date: Sun, 29 Aug 99 20:15:43 PDT
> From: "emuise" <emuise@...>
> Subject: Re: Margaret Jane VanBuskirk
>
> Hi Dee,
>
> I've added a couple of notes and some dates - we definitely have the same family.
>
> My grandparents are Wilfred Lawlor Brown and Anna Mabel Cooke, Margaret Jane VanBuskirk and Hiram Wilson Brown's son and daughter-in-law. I have a picture each of Margaret and Wilfred, but unfortunately, no scanner. Also, my service provider limits the size of file I can receive as a protection against software fraud.
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> I live in Aylmer, Quebec. If you are in Nova Scotia, I plan a visit in October, driving there and back. It would simplify exchanging information.
>
> Thank you for the information. I really had nothing farther back than my great-grandmother's name on that side of the family.
>
> Ellen Muise
> emuise@...
>
> A Nova Scotian by birth, a Bluenoser forever.
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> : From: DeeVanBee@...
> :
> : Hi Ellen,
> : Thanks for your offer re: Brown family but they are only connected to me
> : through Margaret who is very distantly related as you will see as we
> : continue, so at this time I shall not require info, however, I will keep it
> : in mind.
> :
> : I'd like to start with what I have re: Margaret ( Maggie) and Hiram and then
> : we can confirm if we are in sync.
> :
> : You I am sure will have more up to the present time to assist me and I will
> : gladly give you material from back further.
> :
> : Here goes:
> : Aaron Van Buskirk b: 1823 d: Nov 1905 bur: Wentworth United Cemetery
> : married
> : Nancy Delay b: 1833 d: 16 May 1918 bur: Wentworth United Cemetery
> :
> : *Aaron was listed as a millwright for his occupation
> :
> : Their issue
> : 1. Fidelia b ca 1857
> :
> : 2. William Y. b: 09 Nov 1859 d: 1945
> : married: Catherine Anne Grant 1857-1947 from Hopewell, Pictou Co
> : both buried: Riverside Cemetery Middleboro, NS
> : Their issue
> : 1. John Robert ca 1885
> : 2.William ca 1888
> : 3. Ira Garfield ca 1890 - 1919 ( have his obit
> : can give more info next letter)
> : 4. John David 1892 -1970
> : 5. Maggie Viola 1893 - 25 Mar 1970
> : 6. Florence ca 1897 - < 1991 Dee - Did she marry a Patriquin?
> : 7. Freda ca 1900
> : *William and Catherine John and his wife ira and his wife all buried
> : Middleboro Riverside Cemetery
> :
> : 3.Margaret ( Maggie) Jane b: 1866 Streets Ridge , NS d: 04 Nov 1913
> : married: 19 Nov 1884 ages 18 and 30
> : Hiram Wilson Brown b: 1854 Hartford d: 1933
> : Their issue
> : 1. Ebenezer Wilson 07 Dec 1885 - 1903
> : 2. Victor Berry 21 Jan 1887 - 1968 bachelor
> : 3. Laura Augusta 28 Sept 1888- 1972 m. Arthur Strong ( - 1977)
> : 4. Nellie Cleora 07 Jun 1890 - 1930 m. ? Grimes
> : 5. Delia Jane 1892 - 16 Nov 1891 d. 1987 m. Lorne Hiram Read
> : 6. Wilford Lawlor 03 Feb 1893 - 06 May 1950 m. Anna Mabel Cooke (1896 - 1995)
> : 7. Charles William 06 Dec 1895 - 13 May 1985
> : 8. Hiram Alfred 12 Oct 1904- 1987)
> :
> : 4. Susan L. b: 1871 in Street Ridge, NS d: 02 Dec 1875
> : at age 4 yrs with "Diphtheria"
> : 5. John
> :
> :
> : Would you please compare this to yours and tell me any differences or
> : anything I have missed.
> :
> : Then I will give you the part I know about a couple more recent. After that
> : I would appreciate lots of help on the modern day stuff I missing and I will
> : begin going back with Aaron's siblings for you.
> :
> : Do you have any pictures? If so do you have a scanner with your computer?
> :
> : Til later
> : Donna
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> Message: 7
> Date: Sun, 29 Aug 1999 22:17:13 -0300
> From: Brian Paul <bpaul@...>
> Subject: Re: Springhill disaster
>
> At 05:09 PM 8/29/1999 +0000, you wrote:
> >From: Sandra Naehrig <snaehrig@...>
> >
> >Can you tell us a little more about this disaster? Was it an explosion
> >that so many family members died in it?
>
> Here's a snippet from the background information for "The Pit Pony" filmed
> in Nova Scotia, more specifically about the children working:
>
> "Explosions, like the one Wee Willie suffered through, pock mark the
> history of coal mining in Nova Scotia. Historical records of them are
> one confirmation of the presence of young boys in the mines. On
> February 21, 1891, a terrible explosion occurred at Springhill. Of the
> 121 killed, 29 were boys, almost one quarter of the fatalities. Two of
> the victims were 19, 5 were 18, 5 were 17, 4 were 16, 4 were 15, 4
> were 14, and 4 were 13." http://www.pitpony.com/
>
> The disaster you're familiar with in the 50's is not the first and the notes
> about the families represent the families that were left behind by the
> victims... We seem to have a tradition here in Nova Scotia of opening
> mines again about 2 generations after one is closed because of dangers.
> It would seem like that is long enough to forget and have the pressure
> put on for jobs in an area... Westray, in Pictou County, is a recent
> example...
>
> -= brian =-
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> Message: 8
> Date: Mon, 30 Aug 1999 06:35:14 -0300
> From: Brian Paul <bpaul@...>
> Subject: LANGILLE, Annie Stella obit
>
> LANGILLE, Annie Stella - 89, East Cumberland Lodge,
> Pugwash, formerly of Wallace, Cumberland Co., passed
> away August 28, 1999, in East Cumberland Lodge.
> Born in North Wallace, she was a daughter of the late
> George and Rachael Jane (Canning) Clark. She was a
> lifelong resident of the Wallace area and was a member
> of both the St. Matthew's Presbyterian Church and
> Women's League, Wallace. Surviving are her daughter,
> Wendy Latta and husband Larry, Middle Sackville; sons,
> Albert Broughton and Robert Broughton, both of Toronto;
> Dennis Maxwell, Newmarket, Ont.; Gordon Lewis and
> Benjamin Corkum, both of Truro.; brother, Wilfred Clark,
> Truro; grandchildren, Nick and Sarah Latta; Debbie
> Hardwick and David Broughton; Brian and Lori-Anne
> Broughton; Stacy and Sherri Lewis; Jason Corkum;
> great-grandchildren, Tony and Hope Lewis; several
> nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her
> husband, Hillson; sisters, Freda and Susan Slauenwhite;
> Viola Maxwell; brothers, Glendon and Morton Thompson.
> There was no visitation by request. Funeral service will be
> 2 p.m. today in St. Matthew's Presbyterian Church,
> Wallace, Rev. H. Martyn VanEssen officiating.
> Burial will be in St. Andrew's Anglican Church Cemetery,
> Wallace. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to
> East Cumberland Lodge, St. Matthew's Presbyterian
> Church or a charity of choice. Arrangements have been
> entrusted to Mundle's Funeral Home, Pugwash.
>
> The Halifax Herald Limited - Monday, August 30, 1999
> http://www.herald.ns.ca/
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