Hants his­tory

Valley Journal Advertiser - - OPINION -

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

25 years ago (Nov. 10 and 17, 1993 edi­tions)

• Down­town Wind­sor mer­chants were singing the blues when it came to Sun­day shop­ping be­com­ing a re­al­ity in 1993.

Lisa Lowthers, the Main­street Co­or­di­na­tor, told Wind­sor coun­cil­lors that the re­laxed Sun­day shop­ping reg­u­la­tions were go­ing to hurt the smaller busi­nesses. With the Wind­sor Sobeys’ lo­ca­tion set to open on Sun­days, she told coun­cil that down­town mer­chants were con­tact­ing her with their con­cerns. As such, a sur­vey was set to gauge the con­cern and if it was a ‘wide­spread feel­ing’ then the small busi­ness com­mu­nity was go­ing to take a stand against al­low­ing Sun­day shop­ping.

• Three clock faces were go­ing to be in­stalled on the out­side of the new el­e­va­tor tower on the Wal­ter B. Stephens build­ing in Wind­sor. The cost was $16,975 plus GST plus in­stal­la­tion by the Pub­lic Works staff.

• The po­lice were treat­ing the death of South Raw­don’s Fred Si­mon De­gen­hardt as sus­pi­cious and were in­ves­ti­gat­ing it as such. His body was found in the Her­bert River on Oct. 30, 1993.

• Wind­sor Mayor Earle Hood was none too pleased over the govern­ment’s en­act­ment of the Pub­lic Sec­tor Un­paid Leave Act, which or­dered mu­nic­i­pal units to pro­vide five un­paid leave days for most of its em­ploy­ees be­fore March 31, 1994. The un­paid leave would only ap­ply to em­ploy­ees mak­ing more than $22,000 per year.

• Wind­sor Re­gional High School stu­dents in Grade 7 spent time vis­it­ing Maple­wood Ceme­tery, cre­at­ing rub­bings of de­signs and epi­taphs on the head­stones. The old­est grave in the ceme­tery dates back to 1784, the fi­nal rest­ing place of Diane Oul­ton.

• The All Saints Church in Leminster, built in 1871, was named West Hants’ first her­itage prop­erty.

• Po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing a theft of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle from Poth­ier Mo­tors. The RCMP re­ported that the Honda Civic had been left overnight for ser­vic­ing and was found later de­stroyed by fire on the Mines Road.

• The Christ­mas An­gels cam­paign had its sights set on rais­ing $30,000. The news­pa­per noted they were help­ing 1,000 chil­dren.

• The J. W. Ma­son and Sons Ltd. busi­ness in Three Mile Plains was be­ing rec­og­nized for be­ing in­no­va­tors in the food pack­ing in­dus­try.

• The Royal Cana­dian Le­gion’s Branch 009, Wind­sor, pre­sented the Royal Cana­dian Sea Cadet Corps, from Wind­sor, with a mace to be used dur­ing all band func­tions.

• A let­ter to the ed­i­tor from Wind­sor res­i­dent Glenda Red­den ap­peared, stat­ing her con­cerns over the new adult video store in town. While the store was for adults only, she feared the im­pact the movies and dis­plays would have on younger chil­dren.

“I per­son­ally feel that this will im­press upon young boys and girls that it is al­right to de­grade women and to treat them like a piece of meat,” she wrote, later ask­ing what next would be per­mit­ted in town – top­less waitresses or strip­pers.

• King of Video was pro­mot­ing ‘Xmas Xcite­ment’ by sell­ing Aladdin or NHL ‘94 for the Sega Ge­n­e­sis for $79.99; Juras­sic Park for the Sega Ge­n­e­sis for $69.99; and Street Fighter 2 Turbo for $89.99 for the Su­per Nin­tendo. The Wind­sor-based busi­ness noted it had more than 500 games for sale or rent.

50 years ago (Nov. 13, 1968 edi­tion)

• On Nov. 12, 1968, Edgar Fielden, of Cen­tre Burling­ton, brought a rasp­berry cane into the Jour­nal of­fice, com­plete with berries and blos­soms on it.

• Wind­sor town coun­cil was of­fer­ing a dis­count to ratepay­ers who paid their taxes in ad­vance of May 31, 1969.

• A mod­ern shop­ping cen­tre lo­cated in the heart of Wind­sor’s busi­ness district was pitched to Wind­sor town coun­cil, who, in turn, ap­proved in prin­ci­pal a 10year tax agree­ment for the site.

The pro­posal, by busi­ness­men Richard Tay­lor and Wal­ter Ayl­ward, would see sev­eral ex­ist­ing build­ings de­mol­ished and “the erec­tion of a com­pletely mod­ern com­mer­cial area with park­ing fa­cil­i­ties.”

• Fundy Gyp­sum Com­pany Lim­ited hon­oured five lo­cal em­ploy­ees in recog­ni­tion of long ser­vice. They were: Wal­ter Miller and Ken­neth Martin, of the Went­worth De­part­ment; Ro­ley Phillips and Owen Phillips, of the Main­te­nance De­part­ment; and Howard Hunter, of the Miller’s Creek De­part­ment. Each re­ceived a watch.

• The Wind­sor Re­gional High School’s field hockey team won the Nova Sco­tia Head­mas­ter Girls’ Field Hockey Cham­pi­onship in 1968.

• Troy Don­ahue and Con­nie Stevens were in love again when they ap­peared in Su­san Slade at the Im­pe­rial The­atre in Wind­sor. Other movies show­ing in mid-Novem­ber 1968 in­cluded Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?, star­ring Doris Day, Robert Morse, Terry Thomas and Patrick O’Neil, and Thor­oughly Mod­ern Mil­lie, fea­tur­ing Julie An­drews.

• In the Hants His­tory col­umn from 1943, it was noted that one case of diph­the­ria was re­ported in Wind­sor.

In the Hants His­tory col­umn from 1918, read­ers learned that Pri­vate Ce­cil Blan­chard, of Wind­sor, was awarded a bar to his Mil­i­tary Medal and Capt. J. Burpee Black was dec­o­rated for brav­ery in the field.


In 1993, the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion’s Branch 009 pre­sented the Royal Cana­dian Sea Cadet Corps, based in Wind­sor, with a mace to be used dur­ing all band func­tions. Pic­tured here are, from left, Lt. Ed Bland, com­mand­ing of­fi­cer; Lyle Pico, Le­gion rep­re­sen­ta­tive; LC Den­nis Mc­Carthy, drum ma­jor; Lt. Carol Clay­ton, band of­fi­cer; and CI Ma­rina Clay­ton, band in­struc­tor.

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