Hants History (Sept. 4, 2014 edition)

Carole Morris-Underhill editor@hantsjournal.ca
Published on September 1, 2014

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


25 years ago (Aug. 30, 1989 and Sept. 6, 1989 papers)

• The Hants County branch of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization launched a month-long advertising blitz to try to encourage more adult volunteers. The local posters and television commercials featured Patrick Upshaw with his big brother Vander Fougere.

It was noted that 29 Hants County kids had been matched with a big brother or big sister but 30 more were still waiting.

• A feature business story on Nova Scotia Textiles Ltd. appeared in the paper, explaining how the mill operated and how they were concerned for the future due to the free trade changes.

The mill employed about 200 people, with an average wage of about $8.

It was noted that besides Stanfields in Truro, the Windsor-based mill was the only other ‘vertically integrated’ knitting mill in Canada, meaning, the entire manufacturing operation took place under one roof.

• Of the 4,000 Nova Scotian farmers eligible to apply for a ‘bonafide farmers’ card, just 1,609 had done so. It was noted Hants County farmers had among the highest rates to sign up, with 135 of 170 doing so.

• Alfred Bond, a councillor for the Walton area, told the Journal that he had not received any complaints about the PCBs stored at the derelict Macgobar barite mine. However, in the story, it was reported that a provincial environmental analyst had said the storage site was among the worst in the province.

• Windsor native Doug Pope filmed his low-budget 30-minutes horror flick, The Turn, in town over a four-day period.

• Kellianne Lewis, of Windsor, was ready to head to Manitoba, then to Tunisia in northern Africa, for an exchange trip.

• Outrage was being expressed by local citizens after learning that The Sports Network (TSN) was no longer going to be carried by Windsor Cable.

It was reported that subscribers were threatening to cancel their packages, and one person allegedly said they were ready to “punch out everybody involved.”

• The Newport Bantam A fastball team left for Newfoundland to represent Nova Scotia at the Eastern Canadian fastball finals.

• The Windsor Legion won the provincial Intermediate B softball championships and the team was preparing to compete at the Eastern Canadian championships in New Brunswick Sept. 8-10.

The team, coached by Blair Burgess and managed by Marvin Lantz, consisted of Fred O’Hara, Alan Simms, Bruce MacDougall, Doug Sanford, Howie Burke, Greg Allen, Kevin Harvey, Sheldon States, Jeff Burgess, John Boyd, Matt Haliburton, Dave McDowell, Dave Jones, and Paul Burgess.


50 years ago (Aug. 26, 1964 and Sept. 2, 1964 papers)

• The Windsor Fire Department responded to a fire call at Panuke Motors. The blaze was located above the main office and caused minor damage. It was thought the cause was a faulty electrical system as the clock stopped working at 10:15 p.m.

• Members of the American Youth Hostellers, who were touring sites in Nova Scotia, stopped by Windsor to view the famed Avon tides. A photo of the visitors, who arrived in town riding bicycles, included Jan Volkhardt, Jackie Volkhardt, Mrs. John M. Volkhardt, Kathy Page, Jill Stanley, and Lisa Bang-Jensen.

• Windsor was honoured with a visit by medicine man J. Kitpou, a member of the Algonquin tribe and resident of Bear River. The Hants Journal's newsboy, Gordon Frizzel, had a rare opportunity to take a canoe ride with Kitpou along the Avon River. The Journal reported that they travelled through the “whirlpools at the bridge,” which marked “the first time in 40 years” that the trip had been made. Kitpou's father, John Pictou, had done it in 1923-24. It was also believed to be the first time a Caucasian boy had done so.

• Two former cadets of the 106 WRHS enlisted in the RCAF. They were Cadet Sgt. David Allen Lunn, of Three Mile Plains, and Cadet Cpl. Bernard John Wile, of Windsor.

• Breeder Avon Baker, of Falmouth, reported that his champion boxer, Avon Valley Trixie, had whelped 15 pups.

• Dr. Alec T. Stewart, a professor of physics at the University of North Carolina, was awarded a prestigious grant valued at $60,000 for his continued work in nuclear physics. Stewart, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Stewart, of Windsor, was a former student at the local high school.

• The Windsor Community Swimming Pool was set to close Sept. 4, with a special program organized by staff. Students were to provide demonstrations of “swimming stroke, artificial respiration, life saving, diving and drown proofing.” Prizes were to be awarded.

• Two local hockey players were selected to attend a 10-day course at the Boston Bruins' junior training hockey school in Niagara Falls. The successful King's College School boys were Brian Redden, 15, of Curry's Corner, and goalie Joe Robertson, 16, of Windsor.

• Flight Sgt. S.S. Rafuse, son of Mrs. M. Rafuse of Windsor, received a Suggestion Award Certificate and cheque for his suggestion of modifying aircraft seat belts to accommodate children.

• Simpsons-Sears was selling an eight-transistor A.M. portable radio for $19.88, a G.E. floor polisher for $29.88 and a two-piece Kroehler chesterfield suite for $188.