The Hants Journal provides readers with a look back at what made news 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago (Oct. 12, 1988 paper)
• Lanny Harbord, of Port Wade, took first place at the Windsor Pumpkin Festival weigh off and by doing so, won both the Canadian and World Championship title (under the World Pumpkin Confederation) with his 627-pound entry.
Howard Dill’s 616-pound entry was good enough for second place in the world, and his son, Danny, secured third place with a pumpkin weighing in at 575 pounds.
• Walter B. Stephens was honoured for 50 years of service with the Windsor Fire Department — 40 of which he served as chief.
At the special party, where more than 400 people attended, Stephens was also feted for the 17 years, and counting, that he sat on town council.
Among the gifts and awards presented to Stephens that night were a trip for two to Scotland, a golden fire chief’s hat and the official renaming of the town office building to the Walter B. Stephens Building.
• An alternate location for the Windsor Elementary School was announced, much to the surprise of local parents, school board members and politicians.
The proposed site for the new school was Tremaine Crescent.
• The Martock/Windsor Forks Women’s Institute celebrated its 75th anniversary.
President Ruth Daniels presided at the head table at Kingsway Inn for the banquet celebration. Both Daniels and Jessie Sweet were presented with life membership and pins for having provided more than 40 years of continued service to the organization.
It was reported that the last living charter member was Mrs. Carrie (Haley) Brown, who was a resident of Dykeland Lodge.
• Twenty-five students attending Windsor Regional High School or Hants West Rural High School, plus their teachers, engaged in a learning weekend at Camp Mockingee as part of the Peer Drug Education Program.
The teens were to teach their peers about the perils of drug use when they returned to their respective schools.
One of the special guest speakers at the workshop was Ricky Anderson, a former Canadian Welterweight Boxing Champion.
• The Falmouth lightweight tug of war team defeated Martock to win the Peter Hashem Trophy. The team was made up of Junior Patterson, Tom Patterson, Darryl Rourke, Jeff Patterson, Les Boyd, Mike Carr, Larry Smith, Jeff Munro, Tom Aylward, David Rourke, Junior Macumber, Roger Reid, Randy Payzant, and Shawn Eldridge.
• Michael McCully won the 1988 Northern Masters Golf Tournament held at the Avon Valley Golf and Country Club.
• For the second straight year, Falmouth won the Windsor/West Hants Slow Pitch League Championship. Falmouth edged Hantsport 13-12 in the final to capture the title. Coached by Allan Patterson and assisted by Lorne Baxter, the team consisted of Brian Macumber, Mike Caldwell, Tom Aylward, Mark Benedict, Greg Hill, Junior Patterson, Mike Carr, Steven Zinck, Bruce Carey, Jeff Patterson, Sheldon Caldwell and Kevin Carr.
50 years ago (Oct. 9, 1963 paper)
• Premier R. L. Stanfield's Conservative government was returned to power by a count of 39 to four. It marked the first time a Conservative government had been elected in the province for a third time in succession.
Locally, Norman Spence won his first political effort in the Hants West riding and Albert Ettinger was returned to his seat for the Hants East riding.
• It was reported that local residents were in for a treat after the local movie theatre announced they would show Mutiny on the Bounty. The movie, filmed in the luxurious South Sea islands, featured three Hants County residents: John Kendall, of Windsor, Dick Newcombe, of Hantsport, and Wayne Dewar, of Hantsport.
• The Hantsport waterfront was reported to have had “an unusually busy appearance” on Oct. 2 when several boats arrived or sailed out.
The S.S. Beth of Philadelphia, after loading groundwood pulp consigned to the Scott Pater Company from the Minas Basin Pulp and Power Company, sailed for Wilmington, Delaware, while the S.S. Ester docked to load the same type of cargo.
The Gypsum Prince docked to load gypsum and sailed out on the same tide. This was followed by the docking and loading of the Queen. The tugs Otis Wack, owned by Fundy Gypsum Company, and Bijo, owned by MBPP, were also present at the waterfront and were joined by a steamer passing by on its way to Windsor with a load of fertilizer.
• A surprise party was held at the Rawdon Gold Mines Community Hall to honour Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Campbell, who resigned as telephone operators at Clarksville after 35 years of service.
More than 200 subscribers of the Clarksville exchange, plus other friends and family members, attended the party. A cake, made by Mrs. Ray MacPhee, was presented to the couple welcoming them to the community of Upper Rawdon, where they had recently relocated.
• Hantsport resident Mrs. E. A. Rowlings had one of her oil paintings, entitled Blomidon of Hantsport, included in a summer exhibit of Maritime art that was on display at the Beaverbook Gallery in Fredericton. She then learned that this painting was chosen as one of 31 from the 185 paintings on display to become part of the Maritime Art Association's travelling exhibition to tour the Maritimes in 1963-64.
• The Rev. H. Neil Williams, formerly of the diocese of Niagara, was appointed Priest-in-Charge of Falmouth, Three Mile Plains and Windsor Forks in the deanery of Avon. The appointment became effective Sept. 1.
• A two-page spread encouraging people to join the Jaycees appeared in the Journal. The Jaycees executive included Norm Kyle, president; Art Whitham, vice-president; Rupert Williams, secretary; Max Croucher, treasurer; and directors Charles Thorne and Ralph Beale.
• The Salvation Army Band paid their annual summer visit to the Masonic Home, providing guests one hour of religious music.