Hants History (Feb. 6, 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 (Feb. 8, 1989 paper)

• The former Petro Canada building on Gerrish Street was getting a makeover. Owner Tom Blakely announced three new businesses that were moving into the location — a franchise hairdressing shop, a one-hour film developing business, and the Trans Canada Credit offices.

The building was also being renamed Gerrish Court.

• The modeling career of 16-year-old Windsor resident Tasha Barker was reported to be taking off. The Grade 11 Windsor Regional High School student appeared in Teen Magazine as a semi-finalist for the publication’s Great Model Search, and was a finalist for Flare Magazine’ Look of the Year contest.

• The Royal Canadian Legion Windsor branch No. 9 presented a new vehicle to the Hants VON.

• The Christmas Daddies organizing committee briefly examined moving the 1989 show to the Imperial Theatre but opted to continue using the Hants County War Memorial Community Centre. The reason why the venue change was considered was because several bands expressed concerns over the poor monitor facilities available while performing on the live show.

• Flooding problems continued to plaque some Three Mile Plains residents. As an example, a culvert in front of Dan Brown’s property, and the pipe that ran underneath the driveway, was reported to have been “impregnable barriers of ice.” A photo showing Brown standing ankle deep in backed up water on his front lawn appeared on the front page of the Journal.

• Hantsport Winter Carnival’s king and queen for 1989 were Liam Hickey and Jennifer Carver.

• Three Riverview Skating Club members took home medals following a Valley competition. Alisha Mounce took home a gold medal, Anita Spencer earned both a gold and bronze medal, and Heather Vaughan took home a bronze.



50 years ago (Feb. 5, 1964 paper)

• The life of Mrs. Mary M. MacKenzie was feted in the newspaper as the Gore resident turned 103. She recalled travelling by horse and buggy, and in motorized vehicles and later in airplanes. It was reported she enjoyed travelling by air, and, at 96, flew to Maryland to visit one of her daughters, Mrs. Ross Cameron.

Other highlights she mentioned included the time she met Joseph Howe as well as her teaching years, when a teacher's salary would be $160 a year. She used her first phone 75 years prior while working as a bookkeeper in Halifax's Clayton's store.

• Two North Noel Road men were reported to be recovering in hospital after the car they were travelling in went off the road. The men, Elmer Harvey and Roscoe White, were knocked unconscious by the accident. They were spotted on the ground, near the wrecked car, by passing motorists David Kitchen and Elmer Webber and taken to a doctor.

• Merton E. Rose, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Rose, of Kempt Shore, was promoted to flight lieutenant.

James A. Reid, of Milford Station, was also promoted to the rank of flight lieutenant.

• A team photo of the Windsor Maple Leafs appeared in the paper. The team, managed by Earl Hood, consisted of George Roy, Serge Aubrey (goaltender), Chook Smith, Cliff MacKay, George Gilbault, Jean Levesque, Bob Brooks, Frank Barteaux, Yves Cosette, Simon Nolet, Jacques Allard, James Beckman, Rod Goudreault, Marc Dufour and Ben LeBlanc. The team's present was Bill Fenton.

• Bonny Bakery, in Windsor, was advertising that they only use “wholesome ingredients — no bleaching or softening agents added” when making their products. On Saturday, they noted their pastry counter would feature cream puffs with fresh whip cream, snow balls, cinnamon donuts and sugar plum loaf.

• Kings College School took on the Halifax Grammar School in their third annual hockey competition. KCS won 8-0. Goal scorers were R. Rondeau and B. Redden, with two each, and D. Bews, D. Mercer, D. Boys and T. Bird with single tallies.


Organizations: Kings College School, Hants Journal, Petro Canada Trans Canada Credit Gerrish Court The Christmas Daddies organizing committee Imperial Theatre Milford Station Windsor Maple Leafs Halifax Grammar School Windsor Regional High School

Geographic location: Windsor, Gerrish Street, Maryland Windsor Regional High School Hants County West Hants

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