First off, I would like to thank Mr. Jim McIntyre for allowing me to interview him and for the book loan. The book from which these fun facts come from is a comemorative history book of St. John’s Church and New Aberdeen. So without further ado, shall we begin?
- Did you know that Glace Bay was originally called Windham River after General Windham of the British army. It was given its present name by the French in 1742 of Baie de Glace, literally meaning Ice Bay. In 1920, Indigenous people of the area called it Wasekusegwon meaning Bright House or Home of Glory.
- Did you know that in 1928, a tidal wave washed over the banks and inland for about 40 or 50 feet. 27 cases of whiskey were strewn across the beach. Passers by succeeded in carting it all away before preventative officers arrived on site. The year is up to debate as some people say it was the 1929 earthquake off the coast that caused the tidal wave.
- Some sad news now, did you know that it was reported that a horse employed by No. 2 Collery commited suicide because it could no longer handle the stress. Reportedly, the depressed animal plunged into a water lodgement and drowned.
- Did you know that a movie house was set up at the A.O.H. Hall in New Aberdeen, and cost a dime to enter. It was operated by Duncan (Sprig) MacIntyre.
- Did you know that Eighth street in New Aberdeen was once called Fifteenth Row.
It is fun digging up fun facts about Glace Bay. I am digging up little pieces of history like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Piecing them all together is the fun part.