Hants History (Jan. 29, 2014 edition)

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


25 years ago (Feb. 1, 1989 paper)

• The building known as ‘Jenkins’ house, located next door to the Walter B. Stephens Building on King Street, was slated to be demolished to pave room for a new parking lot.

• Windsor RCMP reported they would be stepping up enforcement of the town’s winter parking ban and doling out fines to anyone who didn’t comply.

• Windsor town council sold 24 grave plots in Maplewood Cemetery for the use of the Spiritual Assembly of the Bahai’s of Halifax.

Upon their request, an additional 24 grave plots were reserved for one year in order to give the assembly time to decide if they’d like to purchase them.

• Fifty-year veteran of the fire service, Chief Walter Stephens, presented the 1988 Windsor Fire Department’s annual report to council for the last time. It was his 40th consecutive year providing the report.

He was reported in the Journal as saying: “As I complete my 40th and final annual report, I do so with a variety of feelings — happy to have had 40 years as chief without the death of a firefighter in action… happy with many of the firestops we achieved and sad over many we lost… happy with the accommodations and the build up of equipment we have now.”

Stephens went on to describe the calls for 1988. He said the Windsor Fire Department answered 180 alarms, totaling 633.59 man-hours in town, 1,181.09 hours out of town, and 528.53 hours relating to emergency alarms.

• A 28-year-old Lakeside man was arrested in connection with two incidents of alleged sexual assault that occurred on Jan. 11, 1989.

• On Oct. 17, 1988, students at Windsor Forks Elementary School released balloons into the air with their names and addresses attached to them to celebrate the school’s 25th anniversary. It was reported that several students had received replies, some from Prince Edward Island, others from various areas in Nova Scotia.

• The family of Miranda Marr thanked the community for their support over the past year, and provided readers with an update on how the little girl was doing. In January 1988, the Journal first reported that Miranda required a five-hour operation to save her damaged kidneys. The community rallied to support the family as they prepared to travel to the Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, where they would need to stay until Miranda could get the life-saving treatment.

It was noted that the girl was healthy and doing well.

• NHL players took an interest in a local boy being treated at the IWK for an inoperable brain tumor. It was reported that Edmonton Oilers star Grant Fuhr was touched by meeting eight-year-old Matthew Davison, of Woodville, at the IWK and upon returning to his team, offered to sponsor a pre-novice team in West Hants. Then, Montreal Canadiens star Mike McPhee, a Cape Breton native, matched Fuhr’s generosity by sponsoring a West Hants novice A team.

The young boy, who enjoyed playing hockey prior to his illness, and his father, Wendell, were also treated to a trip to Montreal to watch the Canadiens and Oilers play.

• The West Hants Mike McPhee Warriors won the Bedford Blues Christmas Tournament in the novice A division. The team, coached by Frank (Junior) Moore and Bobby Dill, consisted of Craig Lake, Shaun Benedict, Jarett Johnson, Branwell Beck, Tyler Fletcher, Cory Lake, Jason Spence, Garrett Lake, Nicholas Greenough, Daren Tracey, Robbie Lindsay, Kevin Moore, and Josh Dill.

• The team of Barry Alexander (mate), Don Beatty (skip), Mike MacKenzie (lead), and Paul Delany (second) were selected to compete in the LeBatts Tankard provincial playdowns in Kentville.

• Freeman Benedict became a member of the Sobeys Quarter Century Club, having completed 25 years of service with the company.


50 years ago (Jan. 29, 1964 paper)

• A meeting was held in Windsor to probe the possibility of constructing a highway-railway causeway across the Avon River. The intent of the meeting, which featured representatives from all of the groups that would be involved, was to determine the feasibility of constructing the causeway across the 'down river' section of the Avon rather than the 'up river' crossing that had been proposed in the Department of

Highways survey.

During the meeting, it was learned that a causeway had been proposed as far back as 1874 to replace a bridge that had been destroyed by fire.

• A 16-year-old Mount Denson youth was injured but recovering in Wolfville Hospital after the car he was driving went over an embankment. The car was described as a complete wreck.

• W. V. Alyward, a prominent farmer of Currys Corner, told the Journal he was certain neglected apple trees could be revived.

In 1936, Alyward took over the operation of the farm when there were just 15 apple trees in poor condition. Within four years, he had planted 30 acres of apple trees and retained one of the original trees. It was reported that the original Bishop Pippin apple tree produced 18 barrels of apples in 1963, which Alyward said proved neglected orchards in the Annapolis Valley could be reclaimed and brought back into profitable production.

• Arnold Smith's rink won the honour of representing the Windsor Curling Club at the provincial championships in Bridgewater Feb. 4-7. His team consisted of Ned Lyons, Mike Blanchard and Roland Meuse.

The last time a Windsor rink had won the provincial championships was in 1932.

• The rink skipped by Nan Hughes was, according to the paper, in New Glasgow competing for the Ladies' Provincial Championship title.

• The Windsor Maple Leafs unveiled their new uniforms during a home game. The sweaters, which were soft green with red and white piping at the shoulders, were modeled after those worn by the Quebec Aces of the American Hockey League. The new uniforms were made possible by a group of hockey fans, led by Carl Bruhm and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Bruhm. Others who shared in the cost were Swinamer and Eldridge Ltd., Foster Bateman, V.V. Cleyle, George Armstrong, Carey Ross, Alvin Cochrane, J. Reg. Smith Ltd., Don McDonald, Raymond Lake, Roy Lantz, Wright's Hairdressing and the Hants Journal.

• The Royal Canadian Legion's Lucknow branch in Hantsport held its yearly installation of officers. The newly-elected president was A. F. Stevens. Other officers included: Rev. H.H. Blanchard and C. Whitmore (vice-presidents), E. Dukeshire (secretary), J. Faulkner (treasurer), W. Pelrine (Sgt.-at-Arms), and executive members H. Selby, C. Peach, Donald P. Davison, R. Fraser and J. Folker.

Officers of the Ladies Auxiliary were also installed. They were: Mrs. Erik Smidt (president), Mrs. George Scott and Mrs. H. Selby (vice-presidents), Mrs. Jean Scott (secretary), Mrs. Donald Davison (treasurer), Mrs. Austin Simpson (Sgt.-at-Arms), and executive members Mrs. J. Folker, Mrs. E. Dukeshire, Mrs. W. Marsters, Mrs. C. Peach and Mrs. D. Holmes.



Organizations: Hants Journal, Windsor Fire Department, Spiritual Assembly of the Bahai IWK Edmonton Oilers Montreal Canadiens Windsor Forks Elementary School Sick Kids Hospital NHL Sobeys Quarter Century Club Wolfville Hospital Windsor Curling Club The Windsor Maple Leafs American Hockey League Royal Canadian Legion

Geographic location: King Street, Maplewood Cemetery, West Hants Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia Toronto Woodville Cape Breton Montreal Garrett Lake Kentville Avon River Mount Denson Annapolis Valley Bridgewater New Glasgow Raymond Lake Lucknow Hantsport Windsor Hants County

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