Hants History (July 17, 2014 edition)

Carole Morris-Underhill editor@hantsjournal.ca
Published on July 15, 2014

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


25 years ago (July 19, 1989 paper)

• Hantsport council was once again examining the possibility of building a separate truck route for the town. The idea was first raised 14 years prior.

It was reported that a new road would cost between $300,000 and $700,000 to construct.

• Ralph Patterson, of Windsor, was honoured at a Second World War reunion.

Patterson, who served on the HMCS Nene — an anti-submarine frigate — rescued fellow shipmate Fred Rodway from drowning in 1944. His act of bravery was honoured at the reunion.

• West Hants council was considering rezoning an area of Falmouth to make way for a senior citizen’s residence. The proposed site for the building was in the vicinity of Town Road and Dyke Road.

• Used clothing store Matthew 25 found a new home and was to reopen in August in the building, which was once known as Sam’s (which was a restaurant), located behind a car wash in Falmouth.

• Dykeland Lodge defeated their opponents at Truro’s Hillcrest Manor to win the staff wheelchair race trophy and the penny toss.

• The Royal Canadian Legion in Windsor donated a geriatric wheelchair to the Windsor Elms.

• Graham Eldridge set a new Canadian record. Eldridge deadlifted 672 pounds, bettering the old record by 22 pounds and his personal best of 611 pounds.

• Fort Edward Mall was celebrating its 16th anniversary in town. The stores were all having specials, cake and free drinks were planned for visitors, and the first 116 women to arrive to the mall on July 17 were to receive a free rose.


50 years ago (July 15, 1964 paper)

• Windsor Home Hardware was cracking down on customers owning them money. The owner placed an advertisement in the paper indicating the store had posted the names of all former customers who were in arrears, as well as the amounts owning.

The ad stated the 'who's who' list was a first edition, which only showed the “most flagrant offenders” who had outstanding accounts dating back several years.

“There hasn't been exactly a stampede but I am certain the foot traffic on Water Street has increased. Curiosity is a wonderful thing and we feel certain some of you would receive satisfaction by looking over this list,” the ad stated.

• The front page photo of the Hants Journal featured Marilyn Weston, of Windsor, aboard the National Hellenic American Line's luxury flagship, the S.S. Queen Frederica. She was travelling to New York for vacation, and to attend the World's Fair.

• Greg Currie, the head coach of the Maritime Summer Hockey School in Kentville, singled out Jerry Turner and Grant Boyd, both of Windsor, as outstanding hockey prospects.

Parker MacDonald, a Detroit Red Wings star and assistant coach at the summer school, said more Maritime boys would make the big leagues if they had the coaching and ice-time.

• The Windsor Fire Department's Ladies Auxiliary elected a new slate of officers. They were: Mrs. Ken Sweet, president; Mrs. James Lee, vice-president; Mrs. Jack Crocker, secretary; and Mrs. Ralph Beals, treasurer.

• Nine new swimming and water safety programs through the Red Cross were being sponsored in Hants County by various community groups. It was reported the additions would bring the total to more than 100 Red Cross programs in the province.

• Of a total of 30 participants, five Hants County youths were selected to take part in a leadership training camp at Acadia University. The local youths were Frederick Foster, Ellershouse; David MacInnis, Hantsport; Donna Cantfell, Lantz Siding; Judy Mumford, Newport; and Valerie Smith, Windsor.

• Hants County residents were getting excited for Wally Byam's Caravan and the RCMP's famed Musical Ride to arrive in Windsor in July.