COLUMN: Hants History (Jan. 2, 2014 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 (Jan. 4, 1989 paper)

• Zwicker Lake Polar Bear Club members participated in their annual New Year’s Day dip in the lake. Between 800 to 900 people gathered to watch about 150 swimmers attempt the coldest swim in the club’s 11-year history.

• Jim Hunter, of Windsor, and Morley Smelzer, from Garlands Crossing, were two of 48 skilled men recruited to go to Jamaica with the Canadian Baptist Federation to help rebuild churches damaged by Hurricane Gilbert.

• West Hants council voted to hire Margaret Bakelaar full time as the municipality’s director of planning.

• Tim Macumber, a talented 18-year-old Hants County fastball player from Newport Corner, was given the chance to try out for the Canadian youth team. He was one of two Maritime players invited to attend the nine-day camp in St. Catherines, Ontario in May. A total of 30 players were invited to try out for the national team.

• King Lion Ernie Hollett made a special presentation of $3,200 to the CNIB. The Windsor Lions Club donated to the organization aimed at helping the blind and visually-impaired annually.

• Lawtons was celebrating the arrival of 1989 with an 89 cent sale, which included such items as four rolls of Cashmere bathroom tissue, Macleans 100 ml toothpaste, 10 Lawtons brand garbage bags and a five-pack of BIC disposable shavers.

 

 

50 years ago (Jan. 1, 1964 paper)

• The results of the Christmas lighting contest, sponsored by the Windsor Retail Merchants Association, were announced. First place honours went to Joey Dill, of Curry's Corner. Second place went to Dez Johancsik, of Tremaine Crescent, and third went to Fred MacDonald, of King Street. The judges were Mr. and Mrs. H.G. Seegmiller and Mrs. Fred Dodge.

• Mr. William Reuel LePage, of Charlottetown, governor of district 782 of Rotary International, was due to arrive in Windsor in early January to visit the Windsor Rotary Club.

• The community was mourning the passing of Kenneth Gordon Eisner, a prominent Annapolis Valley industrialist. The manager of gypsum products for Domtar Construction Materials Ltd. of Canada, died at the Payzant Memorial Hospital Dec. 23 at the age of 56.

• Dominion Stores were encouraging readers to switch to Dominion to save more in 1964. Among the deals they advertised in the newspaper were a five-pound bag of apples for 49 cents, large snow white cauliflower for 45 cents, pork hocks for 29 cents a pound and a 25-pound page of Canada No. 1 local potatoes for 69 cents.

 

Organizations: Hants Journal, Zwicker Lake Polar Bear Club, Canadian Baptist Federation Windsor Lions Club BIC Windsor Retail Merchants Association Rotary International Windsor Rotary Club Domtar Construction Materials Ltd. of Canada Payzant Memorial Hospital

Geographic location: Windsor, Jamaica, Hants County Newport Corner Ontario King Street Charlottetown Annapolis Valley Canada West Hants

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