Hants History (May 8, 2014 edition)

Carole Morris-Underhill editor@hantsjournal.ca
Published on May 5, 2014

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


25 years ago (May 10, 1989 paper)

• Longtime West Hants Warden Stanton Sanford was celebrated for his years of service to the community.

Sanford, who spent 44 years in municipal government, attended a banquet in his honour. During the ceremony, it was announced the municipal council chambers located at the new building on Morrison Drive would be dedicated in his honour.

• It was reported that navigating the waterway along the Avon River was becoming and more difficult as silt was beginning to build up along the river’s bed.

• West Hants MLA Ron Russell said he was holding out hope that Clark Pharmaceuticals would be able to deal with their current financial difficulties and resume plans to expand their company, bringing much-anticipated jobs to the Windsor-West Hants Industrial Park.

• Construction tenders were issued for a roadway plus water and sewer lines so that College Road could be expanded.

West Hants MLA Ron Russell noted that the development would open up 14 residential building lots for single family housing units, which would help to alleviate the Town of Windsor’s housing crunch.

• The Windsor Rotary Club donated $2,500 to the Senior Citizen’s Bus Society. They were fundraising to purchase a new vehicle.

• A photo depicting the demolition of the Summerville United Church appeared in the paper. It was noted that the church served the “picturesque Hants County community” for generations.

• Dorian Hall Academy of Music announced its expansion. After a successful three years in operation, the academy was moving into Dufferin Place, a larger centre to accommodate the community’s growing interest in the arts.

• Seventeen women graduated from Windsor’s Women in Business class. The goal of the program was to encourage more women to be entrepreneurs. The graduates were: Murielle Travis, Dot Rodgers, Marlene Dwyer, Julie Reynolds, Susie Smith, Roberta Adams, Jan MacDonald, Norma McLellan, Carolyn Folker, Mary Lou McIsaac, Donna Lyon, Helen Fleet, Anna Nickerson, Lynda Fogarty, Deborah Kyte, Carolyn Lake and Darlene Brimicombe.

• Among the winners of the 1989 Women’s Institute of Nova Scotia’s safety poster contest were the following Hants County youths: Nelson Ross, Garett Sampson, Janet Rourke, Vicki Jeffery, Lisa White, Christopher Lockhart, Barry Hebb, and Andrew Scott Walker.


50 years ago (May 6, 1964 paper)

• Marie Peach, a 19-year-old bank teller from Hantsport, was selected to represent the town at the Apple Blossom Festival.

• An unoccupied house in Windsor was destroyed by fire. It was reported that the fire at the home, located on Upper Water St. (Bearne's Hill), caused considerable damage to the adjoining house.

• A new product was being produced by a Mount Uniacke that was being heralded as being “very useful to the homemaker.” The Tidy Dryer, an aluminum clothes rack with foldaway arms, was being manufactured by H.K. Morrison & Sons Ltd.

• The presentation of the 100th Turtle Club membership to Arthur E. Faulkner, of Hantsport, was the highlight of the Nova Scotia Accident Prevention Association's luncheon.

It was noted 36 men in 1963, and five since the beginning of 1964, were welcomed into the exclusive club that honoured those who escaped serious injury by wearing protective hats.

Millionaire awards were also presented to Fundy Gypsum Company Ltd., and the Dominion Steel and Coal Corporation Ltd. for working more than one million man-hours without an injury or accident.

• The community was mourning the death of prominent Windsor garage operator J. Reg Smith. He was a veteran of the First World War.

• It was reported that Dwight Riley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roland Riley of Newport Station, was serving the R.C.E. in Egypt.

• Hantsport's industrial expert R. A. Jodrey was named a director of Burns and Company Ltd., a major Canadian meat-packing and marketing firm.

• Of the 160 engineering students to receive their degrees from the Nova Scotia Technical College, five were from Hants County. The local students who received civil engineering degrees were Claude Reginald Giffin (Windsor), Verne Leslie Powell (West Gore, and Charles Edward Sweet (Windsor). Norman Wallace, of Elmsdale, received his degree in mining engineering and James Herbert McClare, of Mount Uniacke, received his degree for chemical engineering.

• Among the sale items included in Sobeys' advertisement was blade roast for 49 cents a pound, a one-litre tub of honey for 29 cents, and a six-ounce jar of instant coffee for 98 cents.