Anna L. Coghill (1836-1907)
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By Angela Beaudrow, Jonathan Piitz and Tammy Auranen, Black Gold Project Team

Each time a congregation stands for someone to sing the hymn, Work, for the Night is Coming, they are unknowingly making a connection with a woman from Oil Spring’s past. The author, Anna L. Coghill, was the daughter of the village’s baptist minister. She wrote the words of the hymn while watching men work in the oil fields. Very little is known about Coghill’s time in Oil Springs. The Oil Museum of Canada has on display a copy of the Presbyterian Book of Praise of 1905, opened to this hymn.

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