A look back through the Truro Daily News
25 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
AUG. 11, 1988
TRURO – Tuesday’s decision to cancel the Harvestfest pageant could be reversed at a committee meeting tonight.
The committee initially decided to scrap the event this year because of problems finding a suitable venue for the pageant, Harvestfest chairman Frank Cassidy said today. …
The chairman is confident the event will run and expects it will be held in the Alumni Theatre at the agricultural college.
Magic show features Numa, 250-lb cougar
TRURO – The wise man who once said all is illusion could have been speaking of Claude Haggerty and his magic show performing in Truro this week.
Mr. Haggerty, at 28, has been performing his magic tricks and illusions for 16 year, ever since he learned his first card trick from a family friend, he said in an interview.
Traveling with a company of four and “the star of the show Numa” a 250-lb cougar, the company performs approximately 600 shows a year the majority in shopping malls.
Princess not named yet
LONDON – A beaming Prince Andrew welcomed Diana, the Princess of Wales, and her tow sons with kisses and hugs when they arrived at Portland hospital on Wednesday for the first glimpse of the newest addition of the Royal Family.
Andrew’s wife Sarah, the Duchess of York, gave birth Monday night to their first child, the still un-named princess of York.
60 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
AUG. 20, 1953
$75,000 damage caused by lumber warehouse fire
TRURO- Damage estimated by company officials at $75,000 was caused by a fire which destroyed a large warehouse and its contents on the premises of Spencer Bros & Turner Ltd., Prince Street at noontime today.
The fire, which was noticed just before one O’clock, was a spectacular one as flames and smoke shot up high above the commercial district of town. Loads and loads of lumber and building materials inside the warehouse went up in flames.
Nelson Motors Ltd. largest garage in province.
TRURO - With the opening of Nelson Motors Ltd., new Used Car Showroom on the Esplanade, Truro can now boast the largest garage in the area, in Nova Scotia as well as the first separately operated used car reconditioning plant.
The new plant and showroom is housed in the large building on the Esplanade which was formerly occupied by Drake Bros. The building has been renovated, repaired and painted inside and out and presents a much improved appearance on the Esplanade.
Births during July was record number
TRURO – A record number of births, 74, occurred at Colchester County Hospital during July according to the monthly report of Miss Vera Mason, superintendent of nurses, read at last night’s meeting of the hospital commission. …
In July of last year there were 55 births.
100 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
AUG. 11, 1913
Normal college museum addition
TRURO – The Normal College Museum is much enriched by the addition of a beautiful collection of butterflies from India.
The collection was donated by Miss Elliot of Granville, Annapolis County who was a student here 11 years ago; who is now a missionary in India.
It is encouraging to have old students remember their Alma Mater.
Miss Elliott’s sister, Miss Evangeline, was a bright student of last year’s class; and it was through her that this present collection reached its final abode.
Fast running saw mill
AUG. 11, 1913
TRURO – Mr. Slater Higgins, with his fast-running portable mill, is making a fine cut of logs about a mile from Delaney’s Settlement on Onslow Mountain. The deal is being hauled to the settlement, and there piled until teams arrive to take this lumber to Onslow Siding for shipment.
Great luck salmon fishing
SALMON RIVER – S.D. McLellan, K.C., with friends whipped some of the pools in the Salmon River on the ninth for the royal salmon but was unsuccessful; not a fish rose.
He found a big fresh water clam, and, on opening it, for a fortune he came across a pearl of larger size, its value is yet unknown.
It can be seen in one of the News windows- just below our Brown Tail Moth exhibit.