HANTS COUNTY, N.S. — Here's a look at what was making the news 25 and 50 years ago in the Hants Journal.
25 years ago (Oct. 7 and Oct. 14, 1992 editions)
• Fire destroyed the Pik & Wear used clothing store on Albert Street. The owner, Cecil Brown, told the Journal he hoped to reopen for business within a month.
As many as 70 firefighters battled the blaze on Sept. 30. The fire, which was under investigation, caused thousands of dollars worth of damage, and even destroyed the Town of Windsor's Christmas decorations, which were stored in the warehouse portion. An unknown amount of furniture from Hawboldts was also lost.
Due to the size and nature of the fire, electricity was knocked out for about two hours from Three Mile Plains to Windsor. During that time, the RCMP noted that several break and enters and thefts were reported.
• The old Windsor Academy was torn down almost a century after it had been constructed.
• Owen Woodman, of Falmouth, won the top prize at the Windsor Pumpkin Festival's weigh off. His pumpkin weighed 597.5 pounds (271 kilograms). A total of 20 pumpkins, 14 squash and one watermelon were entered into the 1992 contest.
• About 200 people attended a roast for Windsor's town crier as he prepared to move to British Columbia.
• A new book about Howard Dill and the giant pumpkin phenomena, called The Pumpkin King, was published by Al Kingbury.
• Hantsport was getting ready to hold a byelection to replace two councillors – Steve Talbot, who was moving to Truro, and Brenda Morse, who left due to personal reasons.
• The results of a Fundy Gypsum study titled the Avon Sounding Project was due out at the end of the year. Terry Davis, with Fundy Gypsum, told the Journal that the mud build-up in the Avon River was presenting problems at the dock in Hantsport.
It was reported that the mud build-up began soon after the construction of the causeway and that a wetland, which began forming also as a result of the causeway, could aid eco-tourism.
• Avonian Motors Limited was celebrating 70 years in business.
• Hantsport's Arnold Levy retired from Minas Basin Pulp and Power Company after 46 years of service. Randy Higgin, also of Hantsport, retired from CKF Inc. following 24 years of service to the company.
• The newly-formed Nova Scotia Junior B Hockey League had just four teams competing in the 1992-93 season. The league consisted of Windsor, Springhill, Port Hawkesbury, and Sydney.
• Falmouth's Graham Eldridge received a silver medal when he competed with the Canadian team at the combined World Men's and Women's Junior and Masters Powerlifting Championships in Australia.
50 years ago (Oct. 11 and Oct. 18, 1967 editions)
• Construction on a new Hants Regional Vocational School on Wentworth Road was “advancing rapidly.”
• The driver of a Corvair became airborne after striking a culvert while travelling along King Street. The car ended up on the roof of a Cadillac limousine, owned by Robert D. Lindsay, which was parked in front of the funeral home.
• The community of Brooklyn was mourning the death of a four-year-old boy after he was struck by a vehicle while he was crossing the road.
• Windsor's tennis courts officially opened. The courts were a Har-Tru type, and were reported to be the only ones like it in the Maritimes.
• The Journal reported that a large bull moose “ambled around Hantsport,” strolling along Prince and William streets, before heading out of town towards new highway construction.
• The 100th anniversary of the Tennecape United Church was observed Sept. 24, 1967.
• RCMP officers were seeking the driver of a car that struck and injured 70-year-old Lewis Patterson.
• Everett Nauss brought a raspberry plant, still bearing fruit, to the Hants Journal to show that he “has the longest bearing plants in the area.”
Mrs. Murray Crossley, of Mantua, also brought in signs of an extended summer. She had both lupins and Sweet Williams in bloom and had a strawberry plant with blossoms and fruit.
• The Hantsport Shamrocks won the Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League title against the Sydney Steel Kings. The win advanced them to the Maritime final, where they were to take on a New Brunswick team.
• The Imperial Theatre had several country and western themed movies coming to town, including Africa Texas Style, starring Hugh O'Brian, John Mills and Nigel Green; The Texican, starring Audie Murphy and Broderick Crawford; and Chuka, starring Rod Taylor, Ernest Borgnine, and John Mills.
• In the Hants History column dating back to 1942, it was noted that all 49 beds at the Payzant Memorial Hospital in Windsor were filled. It was also reported that a black bear weighing 500 pounds was killed by Michael Glode, near Bishopville.
In 1917, Sgt. John E. Taylor, of the 25th Battalion was awarded the Military Medal. He was twice wounded in battle.