Blast from the past: A look back at Kings County's history

Wendy Elliott
Published on August 10, 2014

Children were on parade at the Methodist Camp meeting held in Berwick in this old picture. 

25 years ago…


Queen Annapolisa Jennifer Muttart, who recently entered the Miss Nova Scotia pageant, termed the event sexist. Muttart said she had the impression that the girls were just another exhibit at the Truro exhibition grounds.

The Burlington Community Club held a house tour to raise funds. The MacMullen, Descenza, MacKay, Mahar and Armstrong homes were opened for viewing.

Mary Coffill Deveau wrote a story about cycling. She spoke with John Blok, who had riden from Vancouver to this area and Montreal resident Steve Sacks, who had brought his bike along on vacation.

The Kentville Volunteer Fire Department established its own museum containing materials dating from the birth of 100-year-old fire brigade.

The Wolfville Nursing Home marked its 50th anniversary with a garden party.


50 years ago…


The first portable dial telephone office in Nova Scotia became operational in New Ross, bringing dial service to the 190 telephone customers in that community.

Acadia University hired nine new professors. Among them were John Alden, Ed Eagles and James Stokesbury. The N.S. Lands and Forests department granted Dr. Donald Dodds a one-year leave to teach at the Wolfville campus.

Kentville merchant Lloyd Robinson joined a select few who could boast of a 29 hand in cribbage. He was dealt the hand by his brother, Leslie, who was at home visiting.

‘Write Me a Murder’ was performed at Acadia University’s Convocation Hall. It closed the Acadia Summer Playhouse schedule.

Sobeys in Kentville was selling cantaloupe two for 39 cents. Farmers ice cream was 19 cents a pint on special.


75 years ago…


Serious drought conditions, with very little rain since early July, were becoming alarming throughout the western part of Nova Scotia. Pastures in the region had dried out. The raspberry crop was severely affected.

Charles Eaves, assistant in storage investigations at the Experimental Station, warned that Gravensteins and Wealthy apples should not be harvested until Sept. 4. Spot picking was recommended, but care must be taken as fruit was liable to fall off due to drought.

Kentville’s water supply was deemed free from bacterial content and could be consumed without boiling.

Hiram Thomas of Berwick was selected as Conservative standard bearer for the Digby-Annapolis-Kings constituency.

Frances Marion Patterson, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. F.W. Patterson of Wolfville, was married to M. St. J. MacPhail of the mathematics department of Acadia University.