COLUMN: Hants History (Jan. 16, 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. 18, 1989 paper)

• Kevin Lloy was presented with the Windsor RCMP Safe Driver of the Year Award.

Lloy was reported as having a clear driver’s abstract for the six years he had been driving truck for Florist Transport Limited, of Falmouth.

• RCMP were on the look out for a man driving a mid-sized dark coloured car, possibly with a young child accompanying him. The man reportedly assaulted two women on the same day, one from Rawdon Gold Mines, the other from Lakelands.

• Cecil Martin was named Hantsport’s new police chief.

• Two Avondale farmers, Orland Berggren and Brian Benedict, were issued nuisance permits as a temporary measure to control the coyote problem in the area. Art Crowell, the control officer with the local Lands and Forests Department, told the Journal they did not often give permits out to farmers to shoot nuisance animals, but said the coyote problem was relatively new in the area.

• The West Hants Womens’ Network, an organization that was formed in 1988, hosted a seminar entitled Women and the Law, and featured local lawyer Valerie Romkey. She spoke on the importance of having a will.

• Former Windsor Maple Leafs star Ralph Crocher, 69, died in hospital in Halifax. It was reported he was a former Maritime Big Four Senior Hockey League star of the 1940s and 50s. During his time with Windsor, he led the Maple Leafs to the 1953-54 Valley League Championships.

• Layne Hayward, a resident of Truro, became Windsor’s newest postmaster.

• Pothier Motors Ltd. was selling a 1989 Colt for $8,495 and a 1989 Aries for $11,369.95. Both new vehicles came with air conditioning and no payments or interest until April.



50 years ago (Jan. 15, 1964 paper)

• The home of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Main, of Noel Shore, suffered extensive damage after it caught fire. It was reported that high winds coupled with very low temperatures and a lack of water hindered the firefighters' ability to combat the blaze. Neighbours from the surrounding area assisted in fighting the fire with water buckets and a few lines of hose.

Fire ranger Byron Hennigar's assistance was also considered invaluable as the Lower Selma resident brought extra firefighting equipment to the scene.

• Panuke Motor Company Ltd. announced it acquired the franchise for Hants County of Studebaker of Canada Ltd.

• Unemployment conditions in Annapolis, Kings and West Hants basically remained the same as the previous year. At the end of December 1963, there were 2,587 applicants compared to 2,516 the year prior.

It was reported there were more women unemployed, with the surplus mainly in unskilled occupations.

• Dominion Stores Ltd. took out a two-page ad showcasing all of their January deals. On sale was a two-roll pack of toilet paper for 19 cents, an eight-quart bag of Quaker Puffed Wheat for 39 cents, a 24-ounce jar of Guest strawberry jam for 59 cents and a three-pound box of powdered milk for $1.05.

• The Ste. Croix UCW elected its slate of members for the year. The past president was Mrs. Herman MacDonald. Among the officers elected were Mrs. Clarence Galley (president), Mrs. Robert Ross (vice-president), Mrs. Ralph Allen (secretary), and Miss Mildred Hunter (treasurer).

• Henry Vaughan was elected the vice-president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture Senate Club. The club, consisting of past presidents of the federation, would meet twice yearly to study matters they felt were of major importance.

• Calvin MacMillan, of Newport, was elected by acclamation president of the Nova Scotia Young New Democrats.

• The dedication service for the Church of the Nazarene was held Jan. 12. The pastor, Gerald E. Huff made mention of those in the community who helped make the new building possible, including C. Donald Dill (construction), Simpsons-Sears Ltd. (heating), Norris Plumbing and Heating (plumbing), Murray Sawler (electrical), and Redden and Lawrence (brickwork). He further thanked all the businesses that supplied building materials, Fred Myers for designing the building, and the men who helped work on the church.



Organizations: Hants Journal, Maple Leafs, RCMP Lands and Forests Department Pothier Motors Panuke Motor Company Canada Dominion Stores Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture Senate Club Nova Scotia Young New Democrats Church of the Nazarene Simpsons-Sears Windsor Maple Leafs

Geographic location: Hants County, Falmouth, Halifax Truro Lower Selma Annapolis Newport Windsor Nova Scotia

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