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25 years ago


Flames from blowtorch ignite chair plant fire

BASS RIVER – Sparks from a torch used to thaw a boiler pipe have been blamed for Sunday night’s spectacular fire that destroyed Dominion Chair’s manufacturing plant, leaving about 50 people unemployed.

General Manager Jim Grue said Monday an employee was thawing a frozen pipe in the boiler room when sawdust on the floor ignited.

The maintenance man’s efforts to put the fire out using an extinguisher were in vain and the fire department was called to the quickly spreading blaze.

Residents of the shoreline community, most of who have had friends or relatives work for the plant during its 129-year history, were shocked by the fire and are wondering what the future holds for renowned Bass River furniture.


Carter wants PCE mess cleared up by summer

TRURO – The Environment Department should be given a nudge to help the town solve its PCE contamination problem, says Truro Mayor Doug Carter.

“If they don’t come up here for a meeting we should get after them,” he said at a council meeting Monday. “Before you know it it will be summer and we probably won’t get off scot-free with water supplies this summer.”

Last year, PCE-contaminated soil was found in the Waddell Street area and traces of the chemical in the Lorne and Mill street wells and the fire hall well on Young Street.

Since then, town officials have met periodically with the province to find ways of disposing of the soil.


Taylor wins Bible Hill seat

BIBLE HILL – Bruce Kennedy and Wayne McCormick were re-elected to Bible Hill’s commission Tuesday by what was estimated to be the largest voter turnout in the village’s 36-year history.

Newcomer Bob Taylor also claimed victory over other first-time candidates Joanne Johnson and Randy Gorman for a one-year term. McCormick and Kennedy retained their seats for three years.

Three separate votes were taken to fill the seats, with Kennedy receiving 70 of the 147 ballots cast in the first. McCormick, former commission chair, said he was overwhelmed by the turnout of about 150 people, compared with last year’s annual meeting attendance of 25 residents.


60 years ago


Neighbours rally to save Maxwell home from flames

LOWER MT. THOM – The Maxwell home was the scene of excitement on Jan. 8 and again Jan. 27.

On the former date there was not only excitement but also hurry and tension and fear. The front roof of the old farmhouse was afire inside.

The steel roofing saved the fire from spreading outside, but made it spread within. The hose had been put away with water in it and this had frozen. The hose had to be placed in a tub of hot water. Would it ever thaw?

The South Mountain Road was blocked with snow so no cars could come in answer to the phone calls. For a few minutes the situation looked pretty grim.


Malagash, Wallace wharf work planned

TRURO – Public works at Wallace and Malagash were included in Finance Minister Abbott’s estimates of expenditure as tabled in the House of Commons in Ottawa last Friday, for the 1954-55 fiscal years.

The sum of $30,000 will be set aside to complete repairs and improvements to the wharf at Wallace during the year, while $59,000 will be spend on improvements at Malagash.


100 years ago


A word or two from a successful Colchester man abroad

TRURO – The Hon. Alexander Polson, president of the Polson Loggend Company, Hoquiam, Wash., has made a success in life since he left his North River, Colchester County home some 38 years ago.

He has accumulated wealth; he has been elected to the Washington State Legislature and he has been at the head of many reforms, especially in the fight against tuberculosis all over his adopted state.


My dear editor: Mr. W.D. Dimock

Enclosed find $5 to pay my subscription to the Truro News. When this again runs out kindly let me know.

I have been so long away from Truro, N.S., leaving there in 1876, that I do not remember very many of the people. I still have some old friends there, however, but all of our family that was living in the area is now in Washington. My brother, who stayed with the old folks while they lived on Upper North River, is getting nicely settled here on a large dairy farm.

Your paper is still interesting to me, as it keeps track of many of the Nova Scotians in their adopted homes and in their travels.

Organizations: Truro News, Environment Department, Wallace House of Commons Polson Loggend Company

Geographic location: BASS RIVER, Waddell Street, Young Street Colchester County North River South Mountain Road Ottawa Hoquiam, Wash.

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