The Bucket of Blood
by Linda C Butler
Dulcie Taylor, in the 1990s, told me there had been an early dance hall at Herb Lake called “The Bucket of Blood”. It was in operation in the 1920s, in the days of the Rex and Bingo Mines. It had been given that name because of the fights that took place there. There was a long dock near the hall as many of the patrons came by boat. We can speculate on what this dance hall was like in those early days.
Dulcie described it as a large building of log construction with a lumber floor. It was opposite Haglund’s house, about 400 feet from the Roberts’ place, going towards Pete Kobar’s.
The building was still standing when Dulcie lived at Herb Lake but it was no longer used for dancing. Dulcie said that fishermen kept their nets and gear in the old hall and Pete and Bill Kobar, Sam Reminick and a few others, spread their fish nets on the dock to repair them. In those days the fish nets were made of cotton cord as synthetic fish line had not been invented, and the men spent hours making repairs. The Bucket of Blood, the establishment that had once catered to the needs of the early miners, now was the place where men sat around smoking and knotting their fishing nets.