Hants History (March 27, 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 (March 29, 1989 paper)

• The annual Slush Cup was held as part of the unofficial closing of the Ski Martock season.

• The Hants Journal reported that most buses were finally equipped with radios, allowing bus drivers to be able to answer emergencies or call out for help.

Russell Burgess, the supervisor of Conveyance, a garage that had 36 buses – 29 of which were in operation daily, explained the benefits to the paper.

• The West Hants Housing Authority was conducting a needs survey to determine where they should construct new apartments for senior citizens.

• A feature appeared on Anne Paul's wooden flower displays. The woman, from Shubenacadie, had her artwork shipped from countries around the world. It was reported she learned the craft while keeping books for Madeleine Knockwood in the 1960s. It was thought Knockwood was the first person to create the wooden flowers in the region, if not the country.

• Victory Credit Union feted branch manager Gary Blackburn for 25 years of service.

• The Ladies Auxiliary of the Walton Shore Fire Department held their annual meeting. Selected to serve as officers for a two-year term were: Brenda Snow (president), Celia Macumber (vice president), Jean Lake (treasurer), and Agnes Gould (secretary).

• The West Hants Warriors Midget A team was in Quincy, Massachusetts for an exhibition series with other midget hockey teams.

• The West Hants Warriors won the 1988-89 provincial Juvenile C hockey championship title after their 7-3 victory over Cole Harbour.

The team, managed by Dave Pemberton Sr. and coached by David Pemberton Jr. and Terry Ryan, consisted of: Dwight Claxton, Todd Pulsifer, John Greeno, Donald Card, Fred Lunn, Allan McNeil, Jeff Davis, Bradley Burgess, Jamie MacDonald, Vince Upshaw, Scott Geldart, Jeff Pemberton, Peter Johnson, Jamie Leary, Rick Connors and Shawn Walsh.

• Four new members were welcomed into the Windsor Volunteer Fire Department Veterans Association. Receiving certificates and red blazers were Ralph Parsons, Walter Stephens, Harry Burrell, and Mike Campbell.

• Members of the Windsor branch of the Royal Canadian Legion celebrated their 60th anniversary with a cake cutting ceremony on March 16.


50 years ago (March 25, 1964 paper)

• The Windsor Rotary Club announced it selected 16-year-old Diane Cox, from Lower Selma, for its annual Adventure in Citizenship award. The honour meant that the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Cox would spend one week in Ottawa to see “democracy in action.”

• The community was mourning the death of former Windsorian, and the founder of the University of Toronto School of Nursing, Dr. Edith Kathleen Russell.

She spent more than 30 years in the nursing profession, and won the highest international and national awards possible. In 1940, she received Canada's Mary Agnes Snively Memorial Medal, and in 1949, she was presented the Florence Nightingale Medal by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Russell grew up in Windsor and received her education at the Edgehill private school. She obtained her BA from King's College, Windsor, and graduated in 1918 from the Toronto General Hospital School of Nursing.

• The 2nd Windsor Scout Troop announced plans to host a paper drive April 4 as a way to raise funds for the organization.

• At IGA, all popular brands of regular or smoked hams, five to six pounds each, were on sale just in time for Easter for 39 cents a pound. Also advertised in the paper were sales on such items as strawberries (15-oz tub for 39 cents), farm fresh turkeys (45 cents a pound), and canned corn (five 20-oz tins for $1).

• A 22-cubic foot freezer was on sale for $244.95 at Stedmans in Windsor. Other Easter specials included ladies' rain or shine coats for $8.88, a portable radio for $34.95, and a 30-inch electric range for $194.95.



Organizations: King's College, Hants Journal, The West Hants Housing Authority Victory Credit Union Walton Shore Fire Department Windsor Volunteer Fire Department Veterans Association Royal Canadian Legion The Windsor Rotary Club University of Toronto School of Nursing International Committee of the Red Cross Toronto General Hospital School of Nursing IGA

Geographic location: Windsor, Shubenacadie, Quincy, Massachusetts Hants Ottawa Canada East Hants West Hants Hants County Nova Scotia

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