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 (Aug. 25 and Sept. 2, 1993 editions)
• A Union Corner couple was charged with arson with intent to defraud after an investigation into a fire at their home in November 1992.
• RCMP were urging motorists to be careful when travelling along Wentworth Road near the Fundy Gypsum Company’s intersection. Police were reporting a number of “narrow misses” involving vehicles and company trucks.
• Pat Nowlan, whose family served the Annapolis Valley-Hants riding for 45 years, announced he would be re-offering at election time but would be doing so as an independent. The Progressive Conservatives then chose local lawyer Jim White to run for them in the federal riding.
• Pharmaglobe Manufacturing, located in the Windsor West Hants Industrial Park, was in financial trouble. The Journal reported the company had a patent on a generic drug but required financing in order to put the drug into production.
• It took 288 hours but Windsor resident Laurie Saulnier completed an eight foot tall replica of the Eiffel Tower using toothpicks.
• Fred MacLean was named the new Hants West District School Board superintendent.
• The Emergency Control Centre at the Walter B. Stephens building in Windsor was upgraded for $52,201.46. The renovation aimed to better equip the town’s Emergency Measures Organization.
• Construction was underway on a new elevator at the Walter B. Stephens building on King Street.
• Marie Sexton-Purnell-Musser, of Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania, was made an honorary member of the Windsor Hockey Heritage Society. The Journal reported that she was the sister of Blaine Sexton, a local player who was credited with taking the sport back to England.
• A Summerville home, owned by Michael Cussen and Mary Costello received an honourable mention in the home renovation category of the 1992 Nova Scotia Home Awards.
• The first Birthplace of Hockey Festival was scheduled for Oct. 9-11 in Windsor. The likes of Maurice ‘The Rocket’ Richard, Henri ‘The Pocket Rocket’ Richard, Gilles Gilbert and Marcel Dionne were slated to take part.
• Ada Hubley recorded a perfect hand while playing four-handed crib. She was dealt three fives and a Jack of Clubs. The five of Clubs was cut, giving her a perfect hand of 20.
• The Windsor Alpines ended their 1993 West Hants Intermediate Slow Pitch Softball League season on top. They had a record of 21-5 in the 10 team league.
50 years ago (Aug. 21 and 28, 1968 editions)
• Former Windsor resident Anna (Jean) Haley, the wife of Cpl. Murray Haley, became the first married woman with a family to be accepted by the Victoria School of Nursing. She graduated from the school in Winnipeg in 1968.
• Marilyn Riley, the director of nursing at the Payzant Memorial Hospital in Windsor, was the first Nova Scotian to receive a $3,000 Canadian Nurses’ Foundation scholarship. She was planning to pursue a masters degree in nursing.
• Ten-year-old tennis players Lisa Vaughan and Colin Taylor won the 10-and-under mixed doubles tennis tournament in Windsor.
• Residents could watch The Graduate at the Imperial Theatre in Windsor for $1.25. Also showing at the end of August were The Three Stooges Go Around The World in a Daze, The Ride to Hangman’s Tree, Three Guns for Texas, and Burt Lancaster in The Scalphunters. Kicking off September, the movie theatre was showing The Last Challenge, The Mummy’s Shroud, which was a midnight viewing, and a double bill of Nature Girls: Lana Queen of the Amazons and Savage Girls.
• In the Hants History column from 1943, Windsor’s chief of police resigned to take up farming.
In wartime news from 1943, Pte. Laurie E. Gorman, of Gormanville, was killed in action as a member of the WNSH, as was Kings College School graduate Lieut. J.B. Starr, of the Carleton-York Regiment.
In news from August 1918, about 3,000 people gathered to watch a four-masted ship, known as the Margaret Dick, launch from Hantsport.
Heavy frost caused extensive crop damage in Clarksville, Kennetcook, Stanley, Mosherville, Rawdon and Gore, and it took a half an hour for firefighters to extinguish a blaze on the Avon Bridge.
In wartime news from 1918, Dr. Beland was home after spending three years in a German prison camp; four soldiers were reported as killed in action (Charles Lester Sloan of Windsor, Capt. Clair Churchill, of Hantsport, G. Manley of South Maitland and J.B. McPhee of Upper Nine Mile River) and one solider subsequently died from his wounds – C.G. McNeil, of Lower Selma.