February 3rd 1897
At Kentville on Friday, Jan. 29th of paralysis of the heart, after a short illness, Harold A. DeWolfe, second son of Alfred A. DeWolfe, aged 22 years.
The Farmers Steamer.
The steamship "Nor" the first venture of the newly formed Fruit Shipping Co. loaded at Halifax last week and sailed for London on Friday. She carries 11,600 barrels of apples shipped by the farmers of this valley in their own-chartered steamer. Another steamer is expected to be ready for loading about Feb. 15th.
Mr. S.B. Chute who watched the loading of the Nor on behalf of the shippers tells us that the apples were most carefully handled, only one barrel of the nearly 12,000 loaded being unheaded during the process. On a steamer of another line which was loaded at the same time a man was on hand with a hatchet, his sole business being to "head up" barrels which opened in going on board. "On board the Nor" says Mr. Chute, "they were handled like eggs."
The freight rates charged by the Nor including railway charges are 72 cts per barrel as against 90 cts hither to charged by the subsidized lines. These lines have now made a large reduction in their rates, that reduction dating from the day following the closing of the agreement to charter the Nor.
Schooner Harold Borden to be repaired.
The Harold Borden Sch. Harold Borden, from Kingsport, NS, for Havana, before reported in Cutler Harbor ME. Full of water; will probably be hauled out on the railway at Machiasport for repairs to forefoot keel and stern. Her cargo of potatoes is frozen and will be a total loss.
Our recent snow storms have been rather severe but have made the best sleighing of the season.
Evangelist McKay has closed his services in Canard Presbyterian Church.
Miss Lulu Webster has the guest of Miss Lottie Bently recently.
Mr. Laurie Eaton, who has been residing with friends here for some time, has returned to his home in the U. S.
We are pleased to see Miss Reta Perry home again after an absence of several weeks.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Foster (Miss Marion Kelly) are visiting Mrs. John Ells.
Mr. Rufus Power arrived home on Wednesday last from a visit to friends in Mass.
We are glad to hear that Mr. Theodore Loomer, who has been quite ill, is able to be out again.
Miss Grace Power is making a prolonged visit to friends in Canning.
Mrs. Wyman Smith of Mass., is visiting her parents Mr and Mrs Thos E. Coleman.
We are glad to hear Mr. Bruce Power is doing a rushing business in Halifax.
Mrs. Bruce McConnell of Mass., has been visiting friends here during the past week.
We had no mail from Wednesday till Saturday on account of the bad roads.
Owing to the bad weather Prof. Hyland was unable to meet his class last week.
Steam Mill Village:
Mr. Jas. Sawyer lost a very valuable horse last week. This makes the third horse he has lost within a year.
Mr. James MacInias has a very fine pair of fat cattle for sale. It would pay the butchers to have a look at them.
Mrs. C. E. Beckwith, who has been quite ill, is recovering.
Mrs. John Horne, who has been spending the winter with her parents, has returned to her home in Fall River, Mass.
Mr. W. E. Woodman, who has been quite ill with a cold, is recovering.
From nearly everyone that I meet I hear the same complaint "Oh such stormy and cold weather we have had the last week." You remember that in my last epistle I told you that we would have plenty of snow and new it has come and they are grumbling. How easy it is for some people to find fault with the weather.
A little stranger appeared at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lauri Woodworth on Friday 29th January.
T. A. Margeson butchered ten hogs on Saturday last. Mr. Margeson thinks that pork raising pays.
Mrs. W. V. T. Young has been on the sick list, but we are glad to hear she is improving.
Miss Etta Sanford was the guest of Miss Winnie Broome on Thursday last.
Mr. George Dorman was in town a few days last week.
Croup, pneumonia, colds, la grippe, toothache, bronchial catarrh and numerous other diseases are in our village this winter.
Baxter's Harbor Mt.:
We are pleased to learn that Mr. W. E. Bennett, who has been quite ill, is recovering.
Mr. Millege Bennett and family are occupying their new house.
A number of our lodge members visited the lodge at Arlington Saturday evening Jan 23rd where a very enjoyable evening was spent.
Mr. F. Blenkhorn of Arlington met with an accident by cutting his foot quite badly on Tuesday of last week.
Mr. A. Lyons, who has been visiting friends at Scott's Bay, returned home on Tuesday last.
Mr. George Ells of Baxter's Harbor is working on the dyke now in building at Kingsport.
Mr. Augustus Tupper is still on the sick list. The doctors do not give much hope for his recovery.
Mrs. Henry Marchant has returned from a pleasant visit to Boston.
Charles W. Tupper has gone to the States having accepted a situation there for the winter.
Mr. Olivia Cogswell is visiting her brothers Leonard Newcombe of Lakeville and W. F. Newcombe of Brooklyn Corner.
The instruments and wire for the telegraph line on Brooklyn St., have arrived and will be placed in position as soon as the weather permits. The posts are up ready for the wire.
The attendance at the Sabbath school still continues good. A number of prizes have been awarded for memorizing Scripture. In the last competition R. S. Newcombe was awarded a prize of a very fine Bible for reciting the 26th chapter of Acts. The competitors were Roland Chute, A. G. Loomer and R. S. Newcombe. The judges were J. M. Marchant, Miss Jennie Skinner and John M. Rand. Mr. Marchant gave the report of the decision of the judges and spoke very highly of the manner in which all the competitors had recited but reported R. S. Newcombe as entitled to the prize as he had repeated the chapter without a single mistake.
Rev. Mr. Stevens of Kentville preached to a crowded house at Brooklyn Corner on Sabbath last. He intends holding special services here in the near future.
Misses Laura and Ethylberta Marchant have gone to Truro to finish their studies.
W. B. Marchant has been quite ill but is improving.
Harry Griffin is engaged hauling timber from Geo Loomer's lot for Enos Knowlton, Cambridge.
Zenas Chute has taken a contract to deliver 100 cords of stavewood at Billtown for H. Sweet. Some faith in the apple business is left yet as large quantities of stavewood for next year's use has been contracted for and timber is in good demand.
Mr. Harold Eaton, who for the past six years has been a sufferer from lung trouble, is at the Victoria General Hospital, Halifax.
We learn with regret that Mr. W. R. Ford has lost his cow but by the way the paper looks that he carries in his pocket it will not be long before he has another one.
It gives us much pleasure to learn that Mr. Edward Eaton, who has long been an invalid is now able to attend to his duties.
One day last week our station agent informed us that during the past night the station house had been entered by the way of a window and the money drawer searched but luckily there being no money there the thief went away empty handed.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lowden have returned from their visit to Scott's Bay.