Blast from the past in Kings County

Published on February 16, 2014
Halls Harbour, circa 1900, was a great spot to stop.

25 years ago…


The National Transportation Agency was not yet prepared to give its decision upon the fate of the Dominion Atlantic Railway (DAR) section west of Coldbrook. CP Rail, which owned the DAR, had applied the previous June for permission to abandon the section because of losses being incurred in its operation.

New Minas residents were canvassed on the notion of building on to create a new civic centre. Village clerk Linda Lockhart said the design would include a library in the basement, a multipurpose space and more offices. Previously, village ratepayers rejected a proposal for a civic centre costing $3.5 million. The commission purchased adjacent lands costing a total of $225,000 for any future civic centre expansion the previous June.

Surveys by Kings Transit showed that expansion of service to such areas as Coldbrook or Port Williams would not be feasible and could potentially disrupt hourly service.

The Town of Wolfville set up a committee to look at expanding the current library, which was just 20x35 feet in size. It was located near town hall.


50 years ago…


Dr. David Crowe, research station horticulturalist, said that smaller trees and better techniques for growing would keep the Annapolis Valley crop at a yield of three million bushels, although many trees had been destroyed. He said culinary apples should remain the backbone. In 1911, there were 7.5 million trees in Nova Scotia; fifty years ago, there were 600,000 apples trees.

The band of the West Nova Scotia Regiment was not only famous for its musical output, but also for the number of family combinations that participated. The Kyte family of Kentville had five members - Marylin, Frank, Sharon, Bill and Ben Kyte all performed in uniform.

A four-man rink from Kentville was seen on CBC TV’s Cross Canada Curling show. The rink, which represented Nova Scotia the previous winter in the Macdonald Brier bonspiel, included Don Campbell, Ian Baird, Moe Kenny and Dr. Dunc Smith.

The Kentville Red and White Store had oranges in three dozen bags on sale for 95 cents.


75 years ago…


Acadia University student William Feindell of Bridgewater was chosen as next year’s Rhodes Scholar from Nova Scotia. He planned to do medical research.

Word from England came that Miss Florence Small had been selected to represent the United Kingdom at Nova Scotia’s next Apple Blossom Festival.

The distinguished English actor George Skillan of London was chosen to act as adjudicator of the drama festival in Kentville.

Dr. John Eaton of Wolfville told the EKM Auxiliary about his work in Newfoundland at the Grenfell Missions in Newfoundland and Labrador the previous summer.

Making their first appearance in Wolfville, the celebrated Stradivarius Quartet of New York presented a program in University Hall that was greatly enjoyed by music lovers.