This week in Hants History (Dec. 19, 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. 21, 1988 paper)

• Windsor RCMP were investigating a mid-day armed robbery at Tolaney's in Mount Uniacke.

Approximately $400-$500 was stolen from the store. The suspect, described as a white man about 5'3” with long brown hair and a thin moustache, was carrying what was believed to be a small calibre handgun. Police were looking for the public's help in identifying the Dec. 14 robber.

• Thirteen-year-old Lee Ann Hart, of the Riverview Figure Skating Club, placed in the Top 4 novice ladies category at the provincial championships, qualifying her for Team Nova Scotia. The skaters would compete at the Atlantic Divisional Championships in Quebec Jan. 13-15, 1989.

It was reported that Hart spends 12-15 hours a week practising and skates with the Riverview Precision Team.

• The Windsor Elementary School held their annual Christmas concert at the Hants County War Memorial Community Centre in Windsor to accommodate the number of parents who wanted to attend the show.

• Brooklyn District Elementary School's Christmas concert was reported to be standing room only.

• The Windsor Community Choir, under the direction of Jim Aulenback, were reportedly “singing up a storm” throughout the Christmas season.

• A feel-good Christmas feature appeared in the Hants Journal on Jimmy Sherwood, a well-known local man. Kim Christie noted: “His utterly pleasant, smiling countenance pops up day after day, wherever there's someone in need of a friend. Jim spreads the Christmas spirit year round.”

• The Hants Journal ran several poems about Christmas by schoolchildren throughout the county as well as several letters to Santa Claus. One of the letters, from a Three Mile Plains Grade 1 student named Melinda read: “Dear Santa, I love you and Rudolph. I want Cricket.”


50 years ago (Dec. 18, 1963 paper)

• The Payzant Memorial Hospital noted the calendar year had been busy, with 26,219 patient days reported for children and adults, 5,030 patients treated in the x-ray department, 2,258 patients treated by the laboratory, and 835 operations.

It was noted that a larger hospital was 'urgently required' to meet the needs of the community.

• Lucknow Branch No. 109 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Hantsport elected its slate of officers for 1964. The president was Alex Stevens; first vice-president, the Rev. H. H. Blanchard; 2nd vice-president, Charles Whitmore; secretary, Eugene Dukeshire; treasurer, John Faulkner; and Sgt. at Arms, Wilson Pelrine. The president of the Ladies Auxiliary was Mrs. Erik Smidt.

• Walter J. Aylward was elected president of the Hants West Liberal Association. He replaced Herbert Coombes who retired after three terms.

• At the annual meeting of the United Church Women of the Newport Pastoral Charge, a life membership pin and certificate was presented to Mrs. Cecil Dakin. It marked the fourth life membership presented in the Newport organization.

• On the front page, a short story about 88-year-old Miss Norah Quillan falling and fracturing her hip as she was getting ready for mass appeared. Eleven years prior, she fell and broke her right hip and recovered completely. Her friends were wishing her the same recovery.

• Windsor Motors Limited was sold to MacCarthy Motors Ltd., owned by Melvin MacCarthy. He noted he would retain Carl “Chook” Smith, a local popular athletic star, as the general manager.

• Juniper Grove United Church's white gift service was popular amongst the congregation, and featured a pageant depicting the Christmas story. The pageant was under the direction of Miss Shirley Spencer.

• Lieut. Don Tripp was elected president of the West Hants District Council of Boy Scouts, while Don McNeille, of Ellershouse, was elected district commissioner of the council. Roland McNeil was elected the provincial field commissioner.

• IGA was selling 16-ounce jars of Heinz pickles for 35 cents, one-pound bags of Sunny Morn coffee for 59 cents and two dozen oranges for 89 cents.


Organizations: Hants Journal, Riverview Figure Skating Club, Team Nova Scotia Riverview Precision Team The Windsor Elementary School Brooklyn District Elementary School The Windsor Community Choir The Payzant Memorial Hospital Lucknow Branch Royal Canadian Legion Hants West Liberal Association United Church Women Windsor Motors MacCarthy Motors Juniper Grove United Church West Hants District Council of Boy Scouts

Geographic location: Mount Uniacke, Quebec, Hantsport Windsor Hants County West Hants East Hants

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