Canning Main Street, looking east, as it appeared on a post card.
75 years ago…
There was a formal complaint lodged with Kentville town council about certain stores illegally selling goods on Sunday. The social service council of Kings County appeared to say that continuing such practices is a reflection on the town itself.
Certified seed potatoes were being graded and shipped form Port Williams to Cuba. The packing operations took place at warehouses in Hillaton, Sheffield Mills, Centreville and Port Williams. Under Gordon Gates’ supervision, 500 barrels a day were packed and shipped. He said they dump between 600 to 700 barrels in order to get 500 number one barrels.
Wolfville school principal B.C. Silver reported to the school board that attendance on opening day had been 102 in the high school and 288 in the lower schools, a total of 390. This was a considerable increase.
The board offered Malcolm Wallace the position of manual training instructor at a salary of $250 for such time as he is able to give to the work.
Gaining entrance through a basement window and forcing his way through two locked doors, a bold thief entered Rand’s bookstore in Wolfville overnight and escaped with $225 in cash.
The Danish steamer Astrid was docked at Port Williams and sailed with 12,500 barrels of apples for London.
50 years ago…
Kentville schools opened with registration set at 1,080. Of this number, 616 were students in the elementary school, 302 in the junior high grade and 162 in Grades 10-12.
The 56th annual convention of the United Baptist Women’s Missionary Union of the Maritime Provinces attracted a record attendance of over 573. Nine missionary women were introduced to the convention. Among them was Jean Rushton of Canning, who was returning to India to teach with her husband.
At the annual meeting of the Scotian Gold Co-operative, a business turnover of $3.1 million was reported, exclusive of apple and potato pools. Through five years of steady growth, the co-operative achieved the position of having nearly $500,000 in working capital. Co-op employee Roscoe Balsor received a gold watch for his 33 years with the firm and its predecessor.
Banquet speaker Dr. Waldo Walsh urged Canadians to eat a lot more apples. He suggested a program to increase the per capita consumption from the present 22 pounds to at least 40 by 1965 ought to get started in the Valley.
25 years ago…
In an effort to provide a more creative atmosphere for young people in Canning, several area residents banded together to establish the Appletree Landing Children’s Centre. Carole MacInnis chaired the 18-member board. The centre was located at the former Merks property on Main Street.
A new cardiac investigation unit was opened at the Miller Hospital in Kentville.
WBDC president Bill Wade said his organization wants to see a hotel built on the site of the Wolfville Fruit Company property. It was proposed that the top floor of the structure would be condos.
Ron MacInnis was named the business improvement development co-ordinator for Canning. He was hoping to revitalize in the downtown of the village.
Over 600 fresh students to Acadia University got to know each other on President’s Field through the antics of Playfair.