WINDSOR, N.S. — Here's a look at what was making the news 25 and 50 years ago in the Hants Journal.
25 years ago (July 14 and 21, 1993 editions)
• RCMP officers were advising residents to be on the look out for an unused flare that was dropped into the waters of the Minas Basin July 5 during the search for the sinking of the fishing dragger, the E.L.M. Residents were advised not to touch the flare as it was dangerous.
In a follow up story, a Lantz Road resident said her son found the flare and the RCMP told her to bring it to her home. It was after it was retrieved that they discovered it could have exploded while being transported in her vehicle.
• Renown pumpkin grower Howard Dill won an out-of-court settlement against the Thompson and Morgan seed company based in England. Dill had accused them of marketing Atlantic Giant pumpkins under another name.
• Canadian Vietnam veterans were still holding out hope for a soldier born in Windsor. Gary Shaw went missing in the Viet Cong in November 1967. The family was still searching for Shaw, trying to determine if he was killed or captured as a prisoner of war.
• A Bramber man was acquitted of all charges relating to a bank robbery at the Thriftee Credit Union in Kempt Shore, while two others remained charged in the case. The manager of the credit union said she was surprised by the verdict as she had picked the man out of a line-up.
• The Good Neighbours program in West Hants was in full swing. The purpose of the group was to help others, which could be as simple as helping someone cross the street.
• Peggy Matheson, a Windsor IGA employee, was the first recipient of the Bolands Limited Hometown Proud Employee Recognition Award.
• A tractor-trailer toppled over while taking the sharp turn near Sterling's Corner, outside of Brooklyn. It was the latest in a series of accidents at the location.
• The Down East Restaurant was celebrating its 16th birthday. Anyone having their birthday supper at the restaurant before July 31, 1993 was entitled to receive 16 per cent off the total bill. As part of the anniversary, they launched a lunch and supper buffet.
The popular Garlands Crossing Chinese food location was owned and operated by Peter Wong.
• Stewart Guptill, of Avonport, retired from Minas Basin Pulp and Power Company Ltd. after 48 years of service. He was employed as a mechanic.
• Laura Hughes won three divisions at the Valley Regional Junior Tennis Tournament: girls 14 and under, girls doubles 14 and under and girls doubles 16 and under.
50 years ago (July 10 and 17, 1968 editions)
• Shaw Daniels' barn was destroyed by fire. It was reported that the barn was “one of the best in Hants County” and was valued at $10,000.
• RCMP were investigating after thieves targeted Fritz's Wearhouse and the nearby Sergeant's Mess of B Company, W.N.S.R. The extent of the theft was unknown at the time.
• A new golf course in Cambridge was proving to be quite popular. Opened in 1967, it offered 2,464 yards to cover for a par 36.
• Funeral director and licensed embalmer Ira B. Lohnes announced his retirement and the sale of Lohnes Funeral Service Ltd. to Seth Withrow and Leslie Beazley. Lewis Hatfield, who worked there for 13 years, was going to continue under the new management.
• The Canadian Red Cross provided the Hants Journal with a step-by-step guide on how to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
• Mrs. William Gates, of Hantsport, won the three piece luggage set that was given away during the grand opening of the Eaton's Catalogue Sales Office in Windsor.
• Deals at IGA included Maple Leaf Grade A oven-ready broiler turkey for 45 cents a pound, six large and juicy plums for 60 cents, and a tender, imported leg of lamb for 65 cents a pound.
• Former Windsor man Stuart Gray, was ranked third in boxing in Canada in the middleweight division. During a fight in Boston against Dick McCarthy, he recorded a TKO in the second round.
• The Imperial Theatre in Windsor was showing a number of interesting flicks during the height of the summer. They had the comedy Who's Minding the Mint, the gothic mystery Eye of the Devil, and the clever comedy Fitzwilly.
• In the Hants History column dating back to 1943, Martock's Joe Davis was one of five men who survived the sinking of the tug Erg in the Bedford Basin. Nineteen men died when a merchant steamer rammed the tug.
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Connors, of Avondale, was destroyed by fire.
Windsor town council gave permission for policemen to wear shirts and ties during the summer months instead of jackets.
In news from 1918, the Falmouth home of Henry Sexton was struck by lightning. It was noted Mrs. Aubrey Kilcup received a shock as did a woman working the greenhouses.
Strawberries were in high demand and were scarce. They were selling at 18 cents per box.
In wartime news from 1918, gunner Bert Harding, from Hantsport, was killed in action as was Fred Smith, of Mount Denson, who was aboard the tanker Waneta when it sank.