The Acacia Villa School, circa 1900-1920. – Submitted
75 years ago…
With hardly a breathing spell after a gale that swept over the Valley on Sunday night, growers awakened early Tuesday to a wild rush of turbulent wind and driving rain that left in its wake a trail of destruction and loss that destroyed about one-third of the crop. The gale was the most severe since 1932.
In Wolfville magistrate’s court, six people were tried and convicted of having stolen fruit Sept. 5 from the orchard of Vernon Gould, North Grand Pré.
The sawmill belonging to Charles L. Brown at Billtown was destroyed by fire. The loss was estimated at around $10,000, with no insurance.
Dr. J.P. McGrath headed up the community committee to raise the money necessary to equip the Blanchard-Fraser Memorial Hospital that was under construction in Kentville.
50 years ago…
Arson was suspected in a fire that leveled a small caretaker’s home and, for a time, threatened to destroy Ward’s Mansion, a well-known Kentville-area landmark.
Close to 100 Guides and friends of Guiding gathered at Hardwood Lake to honour the memory of Ernest F. Munroe, who died in a boating accident over a year ago. The boathouse, built last year through the generosity of Dr. Lalia Chase, was one of the last project that Munroe worked on and was dedicated to him in appreciation of all the effort he gave to the camp.
An 18-year-old Steam Mill man entered a guilty plea to setting a shed in Lakeville on fire and was sentenced to two years in the Dorchester Penitentiary. Kentville Fire Chief Bev Wade testified that 33 fires had been set in the area and five buildings destroyed.
During the last two weeks of August, 36 people were convicted on charges of drunkenness in Kentville. During the entire month of August in the prior year, only 13 drinking convictions were recorded.
The Formex plant in Kentville is hiring male and female staff for its new production line.
25 years ago…
Mermaid Theatre operations moved from Wolfville to Windsor. The company was founded 15 years prior to that by Sara Lee Lewis, Tom Miller and Evelyn Garbary and it achieved an international reputation. The theatre was unable to reach an agreement with the town on the sale and renovation of a town-owned building. There were no alternative accommodations available.
Traffic proposals for New Minas were looked at by Kings County council. One of the main problem areas identified was access off and entrance onto Commercial Street.
The pace of the municipal planning strategy review in Wolfville may be slow, but “we are making progress none the less,” said development officer Gregg Morrison. The review was, at that point, about 18 months behind schedule.
The Blomidon Naturalists Society presented Rachel Erskine with a certificate of appreciation for her vital role in the organization for the prior dozen years. She helped with public relations and was a charter member.
The Acadia University fund raising campaign reached the $12 million mark. The goal was $20 million.
Hantsport was considering annexing the Hants Border area seeking a new water supply. A study was called for into the rate of growth and the town’s water supply at Davison Lake.