This Week in Hants History (May 29 edition)

Carole Morris-Underhill
Published on May 27, 2014

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


25 years ago (May 24 and May 31, 1989 papers)

• Two Upper Burlington men were being dubbed heroes after leaping into the Kennetcook River to help a beached whale find its way back to the deeper waters of the Minas Basin.

It was reported that David Davenport and Michael Porter “pushed, tugged, nudged, coaxed and swam beside the whale in a four-hour ordeal that ended when darkness set in around 9 p.m.,” around the same time as the high tide.

• A week after the heroic whale rescue in Kennetcook, a photo depicting an unlucky fin whale was published. The whale was discovered buried in the soft Avon River mud near the Fundy Gypsum plant on Wentworth Road. It marked the fourth beached whale found in the region since the beginning of 1989.

• The Department of Industry, Trade and Technology designated $80,000 for the Waterside Windsor Project.

• The ownership of the federal government’s three local surplus wharfs offered to West Hants were turned down by council.  It was noted the structures posed a liability and would be costly to repair.

• The Windsor Regional High School’s Junior Stage Band took second place at the National Music Festival in Toronto.

Trumpet player Kathie Dickie also received an Outstanding Player Award.

• The Windsor Fire Department’s 23rd annual bowling tournament was held. The eventual tournament winner was the WFD’s team consisting of team captain Cyril Woodman and members Brian Burrell, Roland Hanson, Brian Lavers, Fred Rodgers, and Brad Skelhorn. They finished with a 20-2 record.

The New Minas and Lawrencetown fire department teams were tied for second place. Both had an 18-4 record.

• Windsor Forks District School celebrated its 25th anniversary.

• After 31 years in business, the owners of Ray Smith Jewellers (Ray and Katie Smith) were ready to retire and spend time travelling and fishing.

• Hantsport’s Harold Gloade was promoting the publication of his second book, entitled As I Remember.



50 years ago (May 20 and May 27, 1964 papers)

• Eight “hooligans” were to go before provincial magistrate John L. Crowe as a result of a brawl that happened at a dance in Lantz.

The Hants Journal noted that reports indicated “one man was severely beaten, a number of others received minor injuries, one man was slashed on the leg and an RCMP constable was struck by a flying rock.”

Fourteen charges had been laid against the eight arrested, and the RCMP indicated more changes could be laid.

• Several local boys were selected to participate in a hockey school in Kentville during the summer months.

Jerome Turner, Paul Vaughan, Bill Boyd, Daryl Slaunwhite, and Grant Boyd (all of Windsor), and Walter MacLean (of Newport), were to receive tips from such experts as Parker MacDonald, the left winger of the Detroit Red Wings, and Danny Lewicki, a former standout in the NHL and AHL.

• Wayne Thomas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elston Thomas of Mantua, graduated with a Bachelor’s of Education. It was reported he was joining the teaching staff of the Hants West Rural High School in the fall.

• Mr. R. M. McMillan, the manager of Stedman Stores in Windsor, announced that the business received the Golden Cup award from the Coffee Brewing Institute Inc. in recognition of “brewing coffee in accordance with the highest brewing standards.”

• Eric Curry, a former resident of Falmouth and former vice-principal of Windsor Academy and Windsor Regional High School, was appointed the principal for the new school being built in the Westphal area of Halifax.

• Eric. W. Smith, of Hantsport, received a gold watch and chain from William Dorman, of Hants Border. The watch was owned by the late Capt. David Smith Jr., the grandfather of both men. The watch was more than 100 years old.

• Mrs. James Cox and Mrs. Ralph Ellis were presented with life membership pins and certificates at the regular meeting of the UCW in Sweet's Corner.

• Wayne Reynolds bowled a 395 triple, one pin short to tie the all league record set in 1962, and five pins short of the 400 triple cash award.

• Flight Sergeant S. E. Rafuse, son of Mrs. Minnie Rafuse, of Windsor, was pictured in the paper receiving the 1st clasp to the Canadian Forces' Decoration. The award is presented upon completion of 22 years of service in the RCAF.

• John F. Hughes was feted upon his retirement of being the postmaster for Windsor.

• Susan H. Dill, of Windsor, celebrated her 100th birthday at her home on Highland Avenue surrounded by friends and family.