COLUMN: Hants History (Dec. 12, 2013 edition)

Carole Morris-Underhill
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The Hants Journal provides readers with a look back at what made news 25 and 50 years ago.

Here's a look at what was making the news 25 and 50 years ago in the Hants Journal.


25 years ago (Dec. 14, 1988 paper)

• Contractor Fred Fox was named chief of the Windsor Fire Department — the second person to carry such a title in 40 years.

Earlier in December, long-serving chief Walter B. Stephens announced his resignation.

Fox was elected by acclamation, having worked his way up the ranks over 17 years. The official change over was to occur at midnight Dec. 31.

• With original Audrey Goucher oil paintings already a fixture in many homes and private collections, demand for the artist's offerings remained steady, with people requesting the images be transferred onto sweatshirts so they could send them to loved ones. Goucher said people from as far away as Great Britain, Japan, Australia, Jamaica and the Arctic were sporting the cozy shirts.

With each gift sent, Goucher included a Nova Scotia pin.

• Highlighting the downtown Windsor shopping party Friday night was a display of low-level fireworks sponsored by the BIDC.

• The Coastal Insurance window painting featuring Charlie Brown and Snoopy was awarded the BIDC's Most Photogenic Window Display award.

• The Windsor Royals hockey team was sitting in second place in the five-team Mainland Junior B Hockey League heading into their game against the East Hants Penguins. They had already defeated the Penguins twice in regular season play.

• Kimberley Walker, of Windsor, was one of two 1989 winners of the James Clifford Memorial Bursary awarded by Mount Allison University's Department of Commerce.

• Among the students placed on the Principal's Honours List at the Nova Scotia Teachers College were Windsor residents Cynthia Rafuse, Jonathan Hunt, Andrew Wallis and Greg Miller, Hantsport resident Katrina Andres and Milford Station resident Angie Nowe.

• The official opening of 15 new senior citizen units on Kendall Lane was held. The ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening featured Robert Brooks, the chair of the West Hants Housing Authority, Patrick Nowlan, MP for Annapolis Valley-Hants, Ron Russell, Hants West MLA and solicitor general for Nova Scotia, and Gary Cochrane, warden of West Hants.

• Maritime Nurses Ltd., of Falmouth, won a Beautification Award for landscape work completed at the Nova Scotia Hotel in Halifax.

Company owner and landscape consultant Stan Kochanoff, said the 15-month project was the largest commercial venture his firm had done in its 14 year history.

• William F. Mulhall retired from CKF Inc. in Hantsport after 41 years of service. During his time with the company, he was involved with 10 building expansions and numerous additions and upgrades to equipment.



50 years ago (Dec. 11, 1963 paper)

• Walter Stephens was re-elected chief of the Windsor Fire Department at the annual meeting. It marked the 16th consecutive year he was chief of the department.

Other officers elected were: Earl Davis (first deputy chief), Roland Hanson (second deputy chief), Elmer MacPherson (secretary), Jack Kerr (treasurer), Ted Smith (first captain), Roy Tracey (second captain), Gilbert Church (first lieutenant) and Cyril Woodman (second lieutenant). The chaplains were Father A. Laba and Rev. Donald Miller.

• The Windsor Fire Department’s 85-foot aerial ladder truck was back in service after it was repaired. The unit was badly smashed when it toppled over a few months prior.

Headed by Fire Chief Walter Stephens, a group of local firefighters made a non-stop one-day trip to Woodstock, Ontario to retrieve the repaired ladder.

• The community was mourning Mrs. Elsie Scott, a Grade 3 teacher at Kennetcook District Elementary School who died after the vehicle she was driving in skidded on an icy road and hit a culvert.

• Although construction on the new Church of the Nazarene building on Wentworth Street was not complete, it was reported it was finished to the point where they could use the chapel facilities. The congregation planned to use the church for the first time Dec. 15. A dedication service was planned for Jan. 12, 1964.

• The Windsor Lions Club made a trip to the Halifax International Airport to dispatch Gerry, a Nova Scotia bred and prize-winning German Shepherd dog to be trained as a leader at the Leader Dogs For the Blind school in Rochester, Michigan. The 14-month old pup was already a winner at the Halifax Booster Show of the senior puppies class and in competition between the male and female classes, came second to his sister.

• It was reported that the paper was a day late as there was a staff shortage at the office. Readers were told the paper would likely be late again the following week as the Hants Journal was in the process of hiring the services of a linotype operator.

• Hantsport's Miss Diane Oldershaw and Miss Millicent Yeaton were successful in obtaining their registered nurse designations. Oldershaw was a graduate of the Children's Hospital in Halifax while Yeaton was a graduate of Payzant Memorial Hospital in Windsor.

• Nova Scotia issued a 32-page brochure containing 27 full-page colour photos of the province's scenic, historic, cultural and recreational attractions in a bid to attract more tourists.

• Wilson's Drug Store on Gerrish Street posted an ad in the paper providing readers gift ideas for men and women. On the list for men were Timex watches, Polaroid cameras, gift sets of Old Spice and shaving kits in leather. For the women, the new Lady Remington razor, heating pads in bright wool and quilted satin patterns, instamatic cameras by Kodak, exclusive perfumes and playing cards in beautiful designs were promoted.

• Sobeys was selling McKenzies one-pound block of butter for 52 cents (with a $3 store purchase), a one-pound tin of instant chocolate for 49 cents and 10-ounce tins of tomato soup for 10 cents.


Organizations: Nova Scotia Teachers College, The Windsor Fire Department, Hants Journal BIDC Coastal Insurance The Windsor Royals Mainland Junior B Hockey League Mount Allison University Department of Commerce West Hants Housing Authority Maritime Nurses Nova Scotia Hotel CKF Inc. Kennetcook District Elementary School Church of the Nazarene The Windsor Lions Club Halifax International Airport Timex Polaroid Old Spice Kodak Sobeys Windsor Fire Department East Hants Penguins Payzant Memorial Hospital

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Windsor, Hantsport Great Britain Japan Australia Jamaica Arctic Hants Annapolis Valley Falmouth Woodstock Ontario Wentworth Street Rochester, Michigan Gerrish Street Milford Station Hants County West Hants East Hants

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