Hants his­tory

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

25 years ago (Oct. 6, 13, and 20, 1993 edi­tions)

• The first Birth­place of Hockey Fes­ti­val was held and while or­ga­niz­ers deemed it a suc­cess, they faced sev­eral chal­lenges, in­clud­ing sev­eral teams back­ing out of the old­timers tour­na­ment at the last minute. Sev­eral NHL leg­ends par­tic­i­pated in the event in Wind­sor, in­cluded Henri Richard, Yvon Cournoyer, Yvon Lam­bert, Ed­die Shack, Bob Nevin and Billy Har­ris.

• The Hants County SPCA may have been a fledg­ling so­ci­ety but its mem­bers were al­ready look­ing for land on which to build a shel­ter.

• Don­ald Black, of Winthrop, New York, broke the world record for gi­ant pump­kins at the weigh off in Wind­sor. The pump­kin weighed in at 884 pounds.

Sec­ond place went to Ben Hebb, of Bridge­wa­ter, with a pump­kin weigh­ing 781 pounds. Third place was se­cured by New­port’s Rod Har­vey, with a 641pound spec­i­men.

• Po­lice is­sued sketches of sus­pects af­ter a 43-year-old man was held up, at gun point, on the side of the road near Mount Uni­acke. The thieves took his wal­let and money.

• The Wind­sor ru­ral RCMP opened a satel­lite de­tach­ment in Wal­ton.

• Lib­eral leader Jean Chre­tien made a cam­paign stop in Fal­mouth at Avon Val­ley Green­houses with lo­cal can­di­date John Mur­phy. It was noted that he “wouldn’t budge from his non-com­mit­tal stance on the fu­ture of CFB Corn­wal­lis” but said the pro­posal to turn the base into an in­ter­na­tional peace keep­ing train­ing base was “a good propo­si­tion.”

• Ken Spear­ing com­pleted At­lantic Canada’s largest his­toric mu­ral in Wind­sor. A pub­lic cel­e­bra­tion was held on Oct. 13.

• John V. Dun­can­son, of Fal­mouth, was named a Planter Scholar by the Planter Stud­ies Com­mit­tee of Aca­dia Univer­sity. Dun­can­son’s re­search on the his­tory of lo­cal fam­i­lies was well-known and re­sulted in sev­eral other awards over the decades.

• South Raw­don’s Charlene HoweHogg was com­mended for her quick­think­ing when the fur­nace caught fire in­side her mo­bile home. She saved her three-month-old daugh­ter while dous­ing the fur­nace with a fire ex­tin­guisher. Both es­caped se­ri­ous in­jury.

• As part of fire pre­ven­tion week ac­tiv­i­ties, Wind­sor firefighters vis­ited Wind­sor Ele­men­tary School stu­dents to de­scribe the tools of the trade and give them a chance to visit with Sparky and tour the trucks.

• A 22-foot minke whale washed up on the banks along the Ken­net­cook River in Scotch Vil­lage. Sam­ples were taken to de­ter­mine the cause of death. There were no plans to re­move the car­cass, as it weighed sev­eral tonnes.

• Eight Wind­so­ri­ans who played ma­jor roles in hockey his­tory in town were in­ducted into the Wind­sor Hockey Her­itage So­ci­ety Hall of Fame and four be­came hon­ourary mem­bers of the so­ci­ety.

The in­ductees were: Gor­don “Doggie” Kuhn – the first player from Wind­sor to play in the NHL, Ernest ‘Ernie’ Mosher, Carl ‘Chook’ Smith, Harry Hatchard, Gor­don Hughes, Les­lie “Larry” Loomer, Kay Anslow, and H. Car­leton Smith.

50 years ago (Oct. 9, 16 and 23, 1968 edi­tions)

• The P.W. Payzant Lim­ited ware­house in Fal­mouth was de­stroyed by fire, with an es­ti­mated loss be­ing $150,000. An RCMP of­fi­cer no­ticed a prowler in­side the build­ing and then dis­cov­ered a fire and no­ti­fied the Wind­sor Fire Depart­ment. The po­lice at­tempted to ex­tin­guish the blaze but the fire ex­tin­guish­ers ran out.

• The pub­lic was told the Ross Farm (The Nova Sco­tia Liv­ing Farm Mu­seum of Agri­cul­ture) in New Ross was go­ing to be­come a re­al­ity. The mu­seum was an­tic­i­pated to open in 1969 or the spring of 1970.

• A by­law pre­vent­ing non-Cau­casian peo­ple from be­ing buried in the St. Croix ceme­tery was in the process of be­ing re­voked af­ter a cou­ple who were try­ing to bury their in­fant were turned away.

• Van­dals tore down painted trel­lises lo­cated on Mrs. MacDon­ald’s King Street prop­erty. The van­dals also caused much dam­age to the roses and vines that the gen­eral pub­lic of­ten stopped to ad­mire.

• Mars­den Camp­bell picked a quart of straw­ber­ries in Hants County on Oct. 16, 1968.

• The Slim for Him TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sen­si­bly) Club an­nounced it com­pleted its fourth suc­cess­ful month in op­er­a­tion. The group, with a to­tal of 26 mem­bers, man­aged to lose 69 pounds in Septem­ber. They were con­grat­u­lated on their good work.

• Don­ald McNeil, of Eller­shouse, landed a 36-pound bass at Sum­merville Beach us­ing a 20-pound test line. It took him 25 min­utes to land the fish.

• The Eller­shouse Alpines were crowned the Mar­itime In­ter­me­di­ate A Soft­ball League cham­pi­ons af­ter de­feat­ing Moncton in a best of three se­ries. Bil­lie Macum­ber pitched both wins.

• The Hantsport Navy League Cadets re­ceived a plaque for be­ing the most pro­fi­cient navy league cadet corps in the Main­land Di­vi­sion of Nova Sco­tia.

• The Prov­ince of Nova Sco­tia was ad­ver­tis­ing the im­por­tance of fire pre­ven­tion. It was noted that in 1967, there were 33 fire-re­lated deaths and $5,595,602 in prop­erty loss in the prov­ince.

• The grand open­ing of Merle Mail­man’s Esso Ser­vice Sta­tion in Avon­port took place Oct. 11-13, 1968. It was noted that there would be “bal­loons for the kid­dies” and lucky draw tick­ets for the adults.

• Effie Smith, of Burling­ton, won a 1969 Ram­bler in a con­test spon­sored by the Wind­sor Com­mu­nity Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion and the lo­cal mi­nor hockey as­so­ci­a­tion.

• The Im­pe­rial Theatre in Wind­sor was show­ing The Fam­ily Way, a movie about “a ten­der, funny, ter­ri­ble wed­ding night,” The Sea Chase star­ring John Wayne and Lana Turner, a triple bill fea­tur­ing The Devil’s Own, Moro Witch Doc­tor and Hand of Death, then Ter­ence Young’s wartime Triple Cross and, for “four big days”, the theatre was go­ing to show The Doc­tor Speaks Out, which was billed as “The Most Im­por­tant and In­for­ma­tive Film of This Decade.” The movie, in­tended for those 16 years of age and older, con­tained se­quences in­volv­ing hu­man birth and var­i­ous sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures.

In the mid­dle of the month, they were show­ing Misty, Ari­zona Bush­whack­ers, The Game is Over... (La Curee), and Tarzan and the Jun­gle Boy.

• In the Hants His­tory col­umn from 1943, it was noted that Al­bert Par­sons Jr., of Wal­ton, had Hants County’s top pork pro­ducer. ‘Salome’ pro­duced three lit­ters of 22, 21 and 22 piglets.

In other farm news, Hants County’s Ernest Main was named cham­pion plow­man. He won in a con­test at the farm of Percy Dens­more, in East Noel.

A pos­si­ble ap­ple-pick­ing record was made by James Lock­hart, who picked 40 bar­rels of ap­ples in nine hours at the Fal­mouth or­chard of Ge­orge Lawrence.

John S. Scott, of Dart­mouth, pur­chased The Reg­is­ter in Ber­wick.

In wartime news from 1943, Ed­ward “Ted” Kil­cup, of Wind­sor, was killed in ac­tion.

In the Hants His­tory col­umn from 1918, it was noted that due to a flu epidemic, all pub­lic gath­er­ings were for­bid­den. Snow fell on Oct. 18, blan­ket­ing the county in three inches.

In wartime news from 1918, Pri­vate Mor­ley Pi­neo, of Riverside, was re­leased af­ter 13 months in a Ger­man prison camp. Pri­vate Ver­non O. Cox, of Chev­erie, was awarded the Mil­i­tary Medal.

A num­ber of sol­diers were listed as wounded or killed in ac­tion. Those who were killed overseas or died of their wounds were: N. Miller, of Miller’s Creek; Sgt. Al­lan Scott, of Wind­sor; Harold W. Cochrane, of Sweet’s Cor­ner; Pte. John. Wells, Went­worth; Pte. Alde Ly­man (112th); John Rolph, Hantsport; Al­lan Marsters, Hantsport; W. Smith, Went­worth; and Ray­mond Smith, for­merly of Wind­sor.


Josh Har­vey and Jeff Schofield were ea­ger to meet Toronto Maple Leaf player Ed­die Shack when he came to Wind­sor in 1993.

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