A look back through the Truro Daily News
25 years ago this week
Oct. 12, 1988
CHP nominates first candidate
TRURO – The victory by acclamation of Norman Pearce to run in the Nov. 21 federal election was hailed as a historical event Tuesday as the Christian Heritage Party nominated its first candidate in Cumberland-Colchester.
About 30 CHP supporters attended the nomination meeting, the first of its kind in the federal riding since the inception of the new political party last year.
Mr. Pearce, an engineer at Polymer International, was the only person nominated for the position after another potential candidate withdrew his name last week.
Girl hit, police seek driver
TRURO – Truro police are looking for eyewitnesses to an accident today where a six-year-old girl was hit by a car.
Sgt. Wayne Mont said the girl was only brushed by the car and was not injured during the accident. However, the driver of the car, who did not stop at the scene, is being sought for questioning.
Sgt. Mont said it is not known if the driver was aware the girl was hit. Several eyewitnesses to the accident at the corner of MacDonald and King streets at 8:50 a.m. are being questioned.
Police charge Ben Johnson with assault
CP – Sprinter Ben Johnson was charged with assault and possession of a dangerous weapon Tuesday, five days after a motorist said a man in a sports car pointed a gun at him as he drove by.
Johnson, who was stripped of his Olympic gold medal after testing positive for banned steroids in Seoul last month, is to appear in provincial court Oct. 25 on the charges, said police Sgt. Pat Tallon.
60 years ago this week
Oct. 13, 1953
Housing development will eventually have 43 homes; first unit has five rooms
TRURO – Truro Builders and Suppliers Limited announced today the opening of the first unit in the housing development at Wynn Park in the McClures Mills district of Truro.
The Truro town council, at their meeting Oct. 2, approved in principle the development at Wynn Park under the existing building code of the town and consented to take over the new street which will be run by the builders when graded to conform to the town specifications.
$23,000 is raised at Peoples Church
TRURO – The Peoples Church in Truro concluded their annual World Vision Missionary conference on Sunday by raising over $23,000 for missions. This is an increase of $1,500 over last year.
The Peoples Church, with Rev. Perry F. Rockwood as pastor, now supports 20 missionaries on the world fields and will now send out two or three new missionaries to other lands.
The church also carries on a worldwide broadcast from Truro, reaching millions of people all over the world with the Gospel from week to week.
Life or death for collieries
TURO – The Maritime coal industry went on trial Monday in the Colchester County courthouse. United Mine Workers (CCL) met in a courtroom for a union convention that may mean life or death for the collieries.
Two blocks away in the railroad yards the chime horn of a diesel locomotive sounded defiance. Diesels plus oil furnaces, electric stoves and rising coal prices have helped bring the industry to its present pass.
President Freeman Jenkins and his brother officers said the situation is critical but not hopeless.
100 years ago this week
Oct. 13, 1913
Mr. Chambers writes important letter to town council
To the mayor and council, Town of Truro.
Dear sirs: We observe that you are erecting poles in this town and are informed that you propose running high-voltage, alternating current wires upon these poles.
We have before us newspaper clippings of where 45 persons have been killed instantly, while using telephones, touching sockets in bathrooms, etc., caused by their service wires becoming crossed by a high voltage wire.
We say that if our wires or a telephone wire were to become crossed with your wires the citizens of Truro would be as liable to instant death as any of the above mentioned 45 persons, which contingency is entirely unnecessary and should be recognized by all.
New minister for Miramichi Presbytery
TRURO- At the meeting of presbytery in Newcastle on Tuesday, a call in favour of Rev. A.M. MacLeod of Truro, N.S. from the congregation of Escuminac, P.Q. was sustained and ordered to be forwarded to the Presbytery of Truro.
The stipend promised is $800 and a manse. Mr. MacLeod is likely to accept the call and will be induced into his new charge about the middle of October.
Mr. McLeod is now laboring with the Presbyterians of Sheet Harbor and vicinity.
TRURO - In February last, the town council ordered us to take 172 lights off the Truro streets and to reduce the Prince Street lights from 60 c.p. to 25 c.p., which we did.
We now disobey this order and restore the former illumination to Prince Street.
We can extend this or any other degree of illumination all over Truro in 48 hours should the council wish the town “properly lighted” and offer to do so, leaving the price to be made by the Public Utility Commission.