The first dance hall that was the "New Look", owned and built by Hilary Kinch of Alma, brother of Edna (Kinch) Dunn. He had a house, west of Archie/Bobby Barbour's home - there's an empty field there today. Wilbert thought Hilary built the hall in 1947 or 1948. The hall was a fairly simple building with a low pitched roof.
I'm not aware of any photos of the Halls - so I sketched out something to give the impression of they might have been like.
Hilary hired Russell Warren from St. Louis as his main fiddler - Russell won awards for his fine fiddling skills. Russell was the son of blacksmith Harold Warren.
Hillary operated the New Look for a year or two then sold the house and hall - Stanford MacNeill bought the house and used it as a granary and someone else bought the hall and moved it away. Hillary went on to work with Roy Kennedy in his saw mill. Hilary was in WWII - Wilbert recalls him telling stories about being in London.
Wilbert thought the Bright Spot was a building similar to Hilary's, cedar shingled with a low roof. Wilbert recalls being out to Rennie's Store at Alma Corner and a bunch of men around talking - Wilfred told them of his plans to build a dance hall too - Fred Rennie said, "if you build it I 'll be there the first night." And sure enough he was - Fred died not long after in 1949. Wilbert thought Russell Warren played the fiddle at the Bright Spot too.
After a couple of years Wilfred sold the hall to Frank Barbour (Adams lives there today on the Western Road) who moved it out to his place - the hall was cut it in two to move it.
I asked Wilbert if he knew of any other dance halls in Alma or Lauretta - he said no. Most events were held in the school and dance halls were something new after the War - there was also a hall further though on the Centerline Road in St. Lawrence.