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A news item in the Weekly Review paper of Aug. 15, 1895, says, "Tuesday's storm raged in the vicinity of High Bluff. The wind blew down the old Methodist church, Mr. Donnelly's granary, the roof off Mr. Moggey's stable and Mr. Thompson's house. The Inkster house was also damaged."
A Presbyterian church and a manse were built in 1871. Land was also allotted for a cemetery. The site was known as "near the Gemmel Farm."
The advent of the railroad in 1881 saw settlers flocking to the area. The place where the first pioneers homesteaded became Old High Bluff and northerly, a village sprang up which was named High Bluff Village.
A Presbyterian manse was built in the village in 1882, and the church, which is still playing an important part in the religious life of the community, was built in 1890.
High Bluff Village was a pretty important little place in those days.
The first steam-powered elevator was built by Mr. John Dil worth in the early 1880s (two horse-powered ones having been built and used previously). It was rebuilt after being consumed by fire in 1897 and Andrew Forsythe, who founded the Forsythe Grain Co., built a grain dryer to be used in conjunction with the new one, The head office for the Company at the time was High Bluff.
Before the railway went through mail was picked up by a carrier who met the stage coaches conveying it to Old High Bluff. Later, a room in Mr. Coxsmith's home became a post office. Another room in his home became the first telephone office. At that time there was a bank (the Bank of Nova Scotia), three stores, three black smith shops, a livery stable, two implement shops, a boarding house, a billiard hall and barber shop, a grist mill, and the services of a doctor.
Sports and entertainment added zest to the life of the community.
Skating, curling, lacrosse and baseball were the main sports, and concerts, house parties and garden parties the main entertainments.
Two professional ball players who got their basic practice in High Bluff were Melville Jackson and Clarke Metcalf. The High Bluff baseball team won the provincial title in 1924.
High Bluff played an important part in patriotic efforts in both of the World Wars, The many men and boys who made the Supreme