Hants History: April 17, 2017 edition


Published on April 20, 2017

Karen Hood, centre, was crowned Princess Hantsport 1992. Laurel Tracey, left, and Vania Schofield, right, were selected as the runners-up.

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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 (April 15, 1992 edition; April 8, 1992 edition is missing)

• Nineteen-year-old Mt. Denson woman Karen Hood was crowned Princess Hantsport 1992. The runners up were Laurel Tracey, of Hants Border, and Vania Schofield, of Lockhartville.

Hood was in her second year at the Nova Scotia Teachers College and was the coach of the college's swim team.

• Eight women were vying for the 1992 Princess Windsor crown. They were: Jennifer Leigh Skuffham, Christina Alice Lawrence, Andrea McAllister, Erin Lynne Niedermayer, Kristen Rogers, Natasha Bernice Crowell, Michele Denise Davis, and Angela Nicole Blenkhorne.

• A special reunion was being planned for former Princess Windsor pageant winners. Between 1933 and 1992, it was noted that there had been 53 princesses, of which 21 had confirmed their attendance for the Apple Blossom Festival's diamond jubilee.

Windsor's first princess in 1933 was Hilda Strong.

• A 46-year-old Rawdon-area woman was sentenced to probation for defrauding the Rawdon pastoral charge of $10,000, plus other fraud-related offences.

50 years ago (April 12 and 19, 1967 editions)

• Fire, which started in the walls, destroyed the family home of Mr. and Mrs. Mansfield Baker of South Maitland. Most of the furniture was saved.

• The Windsor Golf Club held its annual meeting and announced it was hoping to purchase 150 acres of land from the Fundy Gypsum Company in order to provide an 18-hole golf course. The existing nine-hole course within town limits was not suitable for expansion.

• Elizabeth Parker Crossley, of Windsor, received a centennial certificate April 10. It was noted she was “seven days younger than the Dominion of Canada.”

• New cardiac monitoring and stimulating equipment arrived at the Payzant Memorial Hospital, helping Windsor's medical care take a “big step forward.”

• Fred Duncanson, of Upper Falmouth, received the Parchment Certificate for his bravery in rescuing Michael Barker from drowning in the Avon River in 1964.

• An obituary for George H. Stedman, of Toronto, appeared on the front page of the paper. He was the founder of the chain variety store Stedmans.

• The No. 106 Windsor Regional Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets celebrated its 25th anniversary in Windsor.

• New officers were in charge at the Salvation Army Citadel in Windsor: Capt. Faye Duke, the officer in charge, and Capt. Janice Brown, the assistant in command. Duke came from New Brunswick while Brown came from Bermuda.

• Firefighters from Hantsport, Wolfville, Kentville, Waterville, Berwick, Kingston, Middleton, Lawrencetown, Bridgewater and Windsor were getting ready to compete in the third Windsor Fire Department Bowling Tournament. The prize was the Pierre Thiebault Trophy — something the WFD had won twice.

• McKenzie's Creamery Limited announced a new milk product available at the store or at the door — two per cent homogenized partially skimmed milk. The cost was 24 cents per quart.

• In the Hants History column focusing on 1942, it was noted that bowling alleys were being installed on the third floor of the Windsor Supplies Building.

In 1917, it was noted that R. H. Canavan was hired to erect a house for Herbert W. Shand at the corner of Gerrish Street and Victoria Street.

In wartime news, former Hantsport lad William Chandler died aboard the tanker SS Healdton after the ship was torpedoed in the North Sea. Walton resident Lieut. Alfred S. (Buzz) Churchill was killed in action, and several other Hants County men were listed as injured.