Hants History (July 31, 2014 edition)

Carole Morris-Underhill editor@hantsjournal.ca
Published on July 29, 2014

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


25 years ago (Aug. 2, 1989 paper)

• The Windsor Jaycees put about $3,000 into giving the Windsor Tourist Bureau a facelift. Among the improvements were revamped flower gardens, a fresh bed of gravel for the parking lot, new sod, a filled in culvert and the cleaning out of 60-feet of ditches.

• Windsor town council threw its support behind a new outdoor sports facility. The “massive field” was to be located adjacent to the new elementary school being built on Tremain Crescent, and would feature a 400-metre regulation running track, a multi-purpose sports field, a ball field for children and a baseball field to meet regulation requirements for senior ball players.

• Summerville Sunfest activities drew folks “out of their gardens” and into the streets to enjoy parades, dances, and a church barbecue.

The proceeds from the popular festival went to the Summerville Volunteer Fire Department and the Hants Shore Clinic.

• A call for proposals was issued by the Windsor town council to develop the downtown waterfront.

• Maitland’s Springhurst was officially designated as East Hants’ first heritage property.

• The West Hants Historical Society arranged for the reprinting of an early telling of Windsor’s history, which was written by professor Henry Yule Hind in 1889. It was originally published in the Hants Journal.

• Three local baseball players were selected to join the Canada Games team. Heading to Saskatoon in August 1989 to compete were Dwayne Miller, Tim Macumber, and Wade Cooke.

• Two paddlers with the Pisiquid Aquatic Club — Tim Lynch and Mark Furzeland — were selected to attend the National Sprint Racing Championships in Montreal.

• A number of Windsor Chito-Kai Karate Club members were selected to compete in Victoria at an international championship. The competitors included: instructor Dave Griffin, Ron Wile, Gary Burrell, Blair Sanford, Doug Pemberton, Steven Burgess, Nat Ducette, John Maxwell, Trevor Porter, Rob Hood, Aaron Wright, Dora Davis, Madelyn Bruhm, Jeff Williams and Greg Thompson.


50 years ago (July 29, 1964 paper)

• Bonnie Bakery was destroyed after fire ripped through the business shortly before lunchtime. DeMone's Restaurant, which adjoined the bakery, sustained smoke and water damage, as did the apartment below it.

It was reported the proprietor of the bakery suffered burns to his face and neck due to the blaze. The cause of the fire was unknown at the time the report appeared in the paper.

• Ralph S. Millett retired after 38 years of service with the Department of Forestry, finishing his career as the head of the lumber seasoning section in the department's forest products research laboratory in Ottawa.

• Toilet facilities were added to the Elmcroft playgrounds, which was deemed a “greatly needed improvement at the grounds.”

• Thirteen-year-old Susan Smith, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Garwin P. Smith of Windsor, won a 15-volume encyclopedia set after entering a newspaper contest.

• A total of 265 trailers converged on the Hants County Exhibition Grounds as part of the Wally Byam Caravan.

• The Hants County Exhibition was notified that it had been advanced to a class A standing, which was the highest classification available for agricultural fairs in Canada. The only other Nova Scotia exhibition to be considered class A at the time was the Nova Scotia Exhibition in Truro.

• Reverends H.D. Hergett and T.G. Mitchell were raised to the priesthood at a special ordination ceremony at St. Peter's Church in Upper Kennetcook.

• Hams were selling for 69 cents a pound at IGA, and Grade A roasting chickens were just 39 cents a pound.