August 9, 1951

Former Blacksmith, Carpenter, Soldier, Now Distinguished Musician, Visits N. S. Homeland

A. Leo Eisenhauer, native of New Cornwall, Lunenburg County, who sticks to the Lunenburg County spelling of the family name, while other scions of the breed, in spreading over the continent, have found it convenient to simplify the spelling, was visiting his brother, Arch. A. Eisnor, Pleasant Valley, on Wednesday, under pressure to extend his stay beyond the one day he had allowed in an itinerary that will take him back to his home in Ecorse, Michigan, at the end of a long tour, and after an absence of six weeks.

The visitor, accompanied by his wife, daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Fisher, Wilmington, Delaware), is a professor of music in the Michigan city of 26,000 population, which is a part of Greater Detroit. He has been in the United States since 1921, and has there won high distinction in the field of music, having been honored by the New England Conservatory of Music with a degree of Bachelor of Music, and having been for nine years Supervisor of 1800 teachers on the staff of First National Institute of Violin, at South Bend, Indiana, and widely engaged in other music teaching.

He now conducts his own School of Music at Ecorse, where he is prominent in all form of community activities.

Prof. Eisenhauer is remembered in Berwick as travelling superintendent of well drilling operations for Trask Artesian Well Company, and it was discovered in an interview with The Register, yesterday, that he had charge of the drilling of The Register’s never-failing well, in 1919. The company about that time was drilling wells all over western Nova Scotia.

He is remembered, also, as President of Berwick Amateur Athletic Association, having been elected to that office in 1919, on nomination by Berwick’s D. L. B. Chute.

At that time, Prof. Eisenhauer was a freshly discharged Major of 85th Highland Brigade of the Canadian Army, having served in World War I, after graduation from Royal Military Academy, Kingston, Ont.

Prof. Eisenhauer (distantly related to U. S. Gen. "Ike" Eisenhauer, he has discovered) received all his formal academic education at New Cornwall, going from Grade VI there to the shipbuilding yard of Smith & Rhuland, Lunenburg for a three-year spell as daytime blacksmith and nocturnal student, and later mastered the carpentry trade. His family traces its arrival from Germany in North America back to 1622, and in Nova Scotia, back to the arrival of John Eisenhauer in Lunenburg in 1758.

The Eisenhauer party arrived at New Cornwall, July 21, and from there, have motored ever most of western Nova Scotia. Boston, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, are the principal points remaining on their itinerary.

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