Kings historical society newsletter spring 2016

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The Court Reporter Spring 2016 Kings County Museum

Kings Historical Society Board of Directors 2015-2016

Spring is in full bloom at the museum! See page 7 for our “before and after” photos.

President - Kelly Bourassa Vice-President - Maynard Stevens Secretary - Jean Gibson Collins Treasurer—Dave Ritcey Past President— Doug Crowell Curator - Bria Stokesbury Office Manager - Kate MacInnes Adams

The Kings County Museum is OPEN June, July and August Monday– Saturday 9AM-4PM September-December 16th Monday—Friday 9AM-4PM CLOSED Dec 16th 2015 -March 2017

New Exhibit “Sightings; Exploring the Scope of the Canadian Sniper”

Kirk Staratt (intrepid reporter) interviews Ron Stonier and Garry Randall (Representatives of the West Nova Scotia Regiment History Committee) about the new Canadian Sniper display (below).

Curated by the West Nova Scotia Regiment History Committee and hosted by the County Museum , this exhibit explores the historic role played by Canadian Snipers in World War II through artifacts and personal stories. A communion set used by Padre L.F. Wilmot who served with the West Novas from 1944-1945 was given to the West Nova Regiment in 1986 along with these words by the retired Padre, “(My) 15th month service to the regiment was the greatest privilege of my 55 years in the ministry.” In an adjoining case sits a Canadian Lee-Enfield Rifle, a No. 4 Mk 1 (T) Sniper Rifle with scope similar to the type used by Oren Foster one of the most decorated snipers to serve in World War II. Our exhibit was visited by Kirk Staratt , a reporter who interviewed members of the West Nova Scotia Regiment. Make sure to stop by and view an important part of Canadian history. The exhibit is currently showing until November. 1

Summer 2016 The Kings County Museum welcomed two of their summer students Meredith Murray (left) and Nick Illsley (right) in late May. Meredith and Nick will be joined in July by fellow summer students Jerika Coleman and Rebekah Hutten.

Ongoing Exhibit : A “Brief” History of Underwear

Volunteer and builder extraordinaire Harold Redden turned an ugly old showcase into a show piece for displaying women’s lingerie.

Our exhibit showcases the history of foundation wear from 1850 until 1950 has been very popular. Don’t worry if you have not have a chance to see it yet, as it runs until the end of August. This exhibit affords the visitor a chance to catch a glimpse of a private side of past generations in a unique and personal way.


Kings Historical Society member, Gordon Hansford receives Regimental Watch The picture shows Korean veterans standing and WWII veterans. Featured in the back row are: Back: John Schofield, Manager of Canadian Tire, New Minas; Bob Schofield, Arnold Burbidge, Mike Ricketts, LCol Harris. Seated in the front are: Hubert Sullivan and Gordon Hansford.

Late last year, Robin, of “Time Is Ticking�, arranged for Canadian Tire Corporation to donate 20 Regimental watches for distribution to selected WNSR veterans of World War Two and the Korean War. On 13 April at the Borden Hall Combined Mess in Camp Aldershot during the regular monthly meeting of the Valley Memory Club, the first recipients were presented with their watches by the Commanding Officer, LCol Todd Harris, and Canadian Tire Manager, John Schofield. There was an excellent turnout of fellow West Novas to witness this presentation to recognize the service in peace and war of these fine Canadian soldiers to whom we owe so much. The presentation was followed with a light lunch and an opportunity to speak with the recipients and other fellow West Novas. Source: REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER WNSRRA Newsletter Vol. 3, No. 1

Annual Kings Historical Society Potluck Picnic June 28 2016 5:00 PM

Horse drawn Wagon rides 6:30pm

1158 Steadman Rd, Centreville, Bring a chair, utensils and food to share! We will be joined by members from The Burial Ground Care Society. 3

Marsh Madness: Celebrating Miner’s Marsh

New Exhibit opening in September

Panel compiled by summer student Sarah Smith. 4

Since the publication of our last newsletter we have lost several individuals who were friends and members of the Kings Historical Society and the Kings County Museum. On behalf of the membership of the Kings Historical Society condolences are extended to the families of; Eleanor Tree, Jean Palmeter, and Jean Hennigar. These three women had much in common. They all were members of the Kings Historical Society and each had her own unique connection to our Community and Family History Department. Eleanor Tree was an active member of the genealogy department devoting countless volunteer hours to large database projects recording Kings County Vital Statistics (among other projects). Jean Palmeter shared an interest in genealogy and was also a well-known local historian and story-teller. Jean Hennigar, a charter member of the Kings Historical Society, was also a keen genealogist and local author working on such important community histories as “Grist from the Mills.”

The Dynamic Duo We say our good-byes to Bev and Erna Sawler It is with a particularly heavy hearts that we announce the loss of both Bev and Erna Sawler. Erna passed away a few months ago in March and Bev followed her on May 30th just days before the publication of this newsletter. Over the past twenty years Bev had been a major part of the regular life and operation of both the Kings Historical Society and the Community and Family History Department. He held many administrative positions including Treasurer (for both bodies), Chair of the Community and Family History Committee, and a member of long standing of the Board of Trustees of the Society. After the loss of Ron Illsley Bev’s computer acumen made him our go-to person for all things computer for many many years. His knowledge about the financial operations of the organization both past and present were unparalleled. Bev believed greatly in the work of this organization and treated it often more as a vocation than a volunteer and during the course of the past twenty years became a dear friend to all of us. Then there was Erna, wife and longtime side-kick of Bev. Erna, with her sharp wit, was an extended member of the Museum family who was always ready to jump in and help when asked. From taking tickets at fund-raising events to transporting “treasures” for yard sales Erna was a real worker who helped get things done. Their loss will long be felt within the walls of this museum and the hearts of all that worked with them. 5

New Rack Card 2016 Our new rack card design. Thank you to Susan Cargill for her artwork.

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Museum Updates

A new year a new set-up. Office Manager Kate MacInnes Adams greets volunteer Nathan Spinney (left) and board member Carmen Legge (right) in the newly turned out main office.

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With the new year comes exciting changes for the museum! Our flower garden that we planted last fall is in full bloom. Thank you to JoAnne Bezanson for availing to Blomidon Nurseries for the bulbs! A new fence was also created, painted and installed to protect our new floral friends. Thank you to Harold Redden for the building project and Carmen Legge and Harold for the “install”.



“The Mighty Marigolds” Kate Adams and JoAnne Bezanson prepare the garden for winter. How did all their work payoff? Why not drop by the museum to be greeted by some cheerful floral friends. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped us with this project!


Our New Planned Giving Brochure


Museum Events 2015/16

Throughout the season the museum has held a vast variety of events and celebrations with Kings Historical Society members as well as the public. We thought we would open up the vault and take a look at the memories we shared with our members throughout the past few months.

Nova Scotia Folklorist Clary Croft shared insights into his research into Witchcraft in the Maritimes during our October fundraiser (above).

KHS Member Richard Skinner (right) was all smiles at the March monthly meeting. For the “Show and Tell” topic he stumped the audience with this blue globe which at one time sat atop a lightening rod.

King’s Historical Society’s newest volunteer, Tanya Bosworth (right) was welcomed in late May. She is eagerly planning upcoming fundraisers.

The KHS Monthly Meetings provide a perfect opportunity to hear topics of local interest. Last fall we had no trouble hearing Town Crier Lloyd Smith (above) regaling the audience with a history of Town Criers.

Harold Redden and Carmen Legge (above) install a new fence to protect the museum gardens.

Harold and Clara Redden This past April, Society Members Harold and Clara Redden celebrated 60 years together. Congratulations from all your friends at the museum!


craftsmen. $15.00 plus 10. S&H, only 1 copy left.

Books for Sale

Gaspereau: A River Runs Through It, by L. Ross Potter - This book with its authentic stories, its many pictures, and genealogical data, gives an excellent view into the past, and preserves so much for posterity. Its easy styles and entertaining, informative content will appeal to the interests of a wide range of readers. $40. plus $12. S&H.

Planter Nova Scotia: 1760-1810. The year 2010 marked the 250th anniversary of the arrival of the New England Planters in Nova Scotia. Follow the history of these people who played an important role in Nova Scotian, and Canadian history. There are four different books in the series, all by Julian Gwyn. Each one is on a different township, Horton, Cornwallis, Newport, and Falmouth. $7.00 plus $3.00 shipping ($8.00 for 4 books).

Ordering Information

If all four volumes purchased at same time $25.00 plus $8.00 S&H.

Books and CDs may be ordered by e-mail or by phone, (902) 678-6237. If you wish to mail your order, our address is: The Kings County Museum, 37 Cornwallis Street, Kentville NS, Canada, B4N 2E2. Payment will be received by cash, cheque, money order, Master Card and Visa. If you are making payment by credit card please enclose the credit card number and the expiry date. Please add the appropriate shipping and handling fees.

Along the Tracks - The importance of railroads came and went in less than a century but still interest millions of people. This book chronicles through pictures and postcards the history of the Dominion Atlantic, Halifax, and South Western Railways. By: Tony Kalkman. $20.00 plus $4.00 S&H. Hannibal Hoops - Hannibal Hoops follows the story of a young slave boy born on a plantation in South Carolina. During the American Revolution he ends up in Nova Scotia where he chases his dream of returning to his people’s homeland, Sierra Leone. By: Gordon M. Haliburton. $20.00 plus $7.00 S&H.

Burnt Lands, Lockshoes, Shivarees – Historical Sketches on Kings County, by Ed Coleman. This book is a collections of historic sketches that Ed wrote for local newspapers over the past 20 years. The book, 193 pages covers a variety of topics and includes a number of local postcards. Cost is $21.99 plus S&H $8.00.

The Nova Scotia Eatons - A genealogical record of the local Eaton family that dates back all the way to the year 1640. By: Charles Ernest Eaton. $5.00 plus $14.00 S&H.

Building for Justice - In this beautifully illustrated volume, James W. MacNutt, Q.C. has succeeded in compelling us to look at courthouses in a different way. Building for Justice is a celebration of a monumental architecture that, along with the buildings of church and state, forms one of the cornerstones of our society. The cost is $32.00 and includes shipping.

Small Communities, Big Dreams - The Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival celebrates a unique way of life that relies on the tenets of hard work, good fun, faith, and rural values. This book celebrates 75 years of Apple Blossom history, a local festival that has a special place in the hearts of many. $21.00 plus $4.00 S&H. Nova Scotia’s Golden Age of Sail - This map of Nova Scotia shows where important ports were, lighthouse locations, where pirate’s treasures were buried, and even sea monsters and a ghost ship sighting happened! $1.00 plus $2.00 shipping.

Verses From The Valley by Gordon Hansford. Gor don has a keen sense of humour and a talent for seeing beauty and interest in everything from a ugly earwig to his military experience. These interests are reflected in this book of Gordon’s poetry and sketches. Cost is $12.99 plus S&H $6.00.

Second Chance - Life in Nova Scotia during the American Revolution by Glenn Ells. $20.00 plus $5.00 S&H.

Oxen – Their care, training, and use by Carmen Legge. Oxen ar e a part of Carmen’s daily life and he shares his knowledge on raising steers, training them as ox and using them on farms and in the woods. He also guides through all the details of making shoes, oxen, ox bells and other useful knowledge for teamsters. Cost is $25.00 plus S&H $8.00.

Starting Over - Acadians and New England Planters in Nova Scotia in the 1760s by Glenn Ells. $20 plus $5.00 shipping. Kings County Schools. A br ief histor y of schools and school sections in Kings County, Nova Scotia compiled by Nelson Labor and Linda Hart. $25.00 plus $8.00 S&H. . Planter Chronicles - The Planter Chronicles contain 76 pages of articles and photographs telling some of the stories of the New England Planters. These stories are reproduced from previous KHS publications; "Historic Kings County", "The Kings County Vignettes", Volumes 1 – 10 and some new articles as well. $10 plus $4.00 S&H.

Grist From The Mills – a History of Sheffield Mills by Sheffield Mills Women’s Institute. This book was originally pr inted in1967 and printed again in 2012. This interesting history of the village of Sheffield Mills, Kings County has been a popular book. Cost $25.00 plus S&H $8.00. From the Brow to the Bay - This book chronicles the family and community history of Woodlawn, Burlington and Viewmount on the North Mountain, Kings County, Nova Scotia. Settled in the early 1800’s, these Fundy shore communities have seen vast changes in the landscape and way of life. $40.00 plus $18.00 S&H. (only 1 copy left)

Kings Co., NS, Quiz Book - How much do you know about Kings County, NS? Challenge yourself and others with the quizzes in this book. $5.00 plus $4.00 shipping. Historic Kings County - A special presentation of the Kings Historical Society, this book looks at the history of Kings County through pictures and stories. Its 66 pages are filled with the history of 35 Kings County communities. Some one hundred photographs from the files of the Kings County Museum's photo archives make this an outstanding presentation of our heritage. $3.00 plus $2.00 S&H.

A Craftsman Remembers, by Gordan Hansford - One man recounts his personal view of serving in the Second World War as a “craftsman” – a soldier who worked behind the front lines at various tasks to keep everything running smoothly. These soldiers acted as engineers, electricians, and mechanics, among other jobs, and Hansford’s account captures what it was like for him and other

Camp Aldershot – Brent Fox, well-known authority on military history, covers the history of the camp from 1904 through to the 1980s. Text and


(con’t from page 10) Gypsum Royal Fleet by St. Clair Patter son A histor y of the transpor ting of gypsum from the quarries of Hants County and other parts of Nova Scotia to the manufacturing facilities in the United States $25 Churches of Kings County. Compiled by Linda Har t and Nelson Labor of the Community and Family History department. A brief history accompanies pictures of kings County churches $25 CDs Lineage linked database of "The History of Kings County" (Eaton). - This CD merges all the families mentioned in Eaton's book and shows the connecting links between individuals and families. $25:00 plus $2:00 S&H. Kings County Church Records. - over 10,000 records of births, marriages and burials taken from microfilm and put on 1 CD. These records are from many of the early churches in Kings County. .$25:00 plus $2:00 S&H.

Our KHS documentary

Kings County Vital Statistics. Produced by the Kings Historical Society, the CD contains the following statistics with instructions included. (1) Kings County Census 1871 - 1881, 1891 - 1901. (2) Kings County Cemeteries Records. (3) Kings County Marriages 1864 - 1909. (4) Annapolis Valley Births & deaths 1864 - 1877. (5) Kings County Deeds 1764 - 1951 (6) Kings County Probate Records 1785 - 1950. $99.00 plus $2.00 S&H .

Be transported back in time through re-enactments of wrecked sailors slogging through the Minas Mud, and a riveting courtroom sequence filmed at Ross Farm. Join the documentary’s narrator, Kelly Bourassa as he searches the banks of the Canard River for evidence of the 1760 wreck of the brigantine The Montague. Available in our Museum Gift Shop, by mail, or on line $20.00

Births, Deaths 1864-1877, Annapolis Valley. $25.00 plus $2.00 S&H. Cemeteries of Kings County, NS. - All 100 Kings County cemeteries with complete inscriptions - a zipped CD for PC or Mac. $25.00 plus $2.00 S&H. Census of Kings Co. -Census data for 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901 (on one CD). $25. plus $2. S&H. Marriages in Kings County, NS - 1864-1909 5,964 recor ds giving br ide, groom, age and parents. $25.00 plus $2.00 S&H

West Novas– Thomas H. Raddall This well-written 326 page hard covered book required detailed collaboration with West Nova war veterans to arrive at a true picture of what happened inside the Regiment during WW11. Almost every chapter provides examples of the battlefield bravery of individual soldiers and officers by name. Included are 42 pages of wartime photos and maps. First published 1947. $30.00 plus shipping.

Probate Records for Kings Co. - 1784-1949 - Over 25,000 records. $25.00 plus $2.00 S&H. Index to Kings County deeds 1764 - 1951 - $25.00 plus $2.00 S&H. Acadian Church Records 1680-1757 and Acadian Census 1671-1758 $25.00 plus $2.00 S&H. Township Books of Kings County - Contains data for Aylesford Township, Cornwallis Township, and Horton Township. Over 7500 names, indexed, 157 pages. The information on the CD is in two formats: access database and a text file that can be converted to a word program, spreadsheet or data base program. The cost is $25.00 plus $2:00 S&H (Also available as a book - see above) Acadian Church Records 1680-1757 and Acadian Census 1671-1758 - plus many Acadian maps. $25.00 plus $2.00 S&H. Vital Stat CD. Contains all the above information $99 Township Books of Kings County - Contains data for Aylesford Township, Cornwallis Township, and Horton Township. Over 7500 names, indexed, 157 pages. The information on the CD is in two formats: access database and a text file that can be converted to a word program, spreadsheet or data base program. The cost is $25.00 plus $2:00 S&H (Also available as a book). Evangeline: a Tale of Acadie - The “Expulsion of the Acadians” or “le Grand Dérangement” is one of the saddest chapters in the history of the colonial struggle between Britain and France. This is the story of Evangeline and Gabriel, two young Acadians who were cruelly separated on the very day in which they were to be wed. Evoking both the geography and the spirit of “La


Aunt Toni’s Diary– Excerpts from the diary of Toni Musial (1947-1951) who was diagnosed with tuberculosis at age 13. Written and compiled by her niece Marilyn Jones, the book also gives a brief history of the Nova Scotia Sanatorium in Kentville, Nova Scotia. $15 Clara’s Rib– The tr ue stor y of a young gir l gr owing up in a Ontario tuberculosis hospital in the 40’s and ‘50’s. Readers of all ages will be drawn into the evolving seasons of Clara’s life of courage, faith, pranks, laughter, first love, despair and hope. $25.00 plus shipping. Berwick– A wonder ful collection of pictur es, clippings, and information on the history and families of Berwick Nova Scotia. Compiled by Ron Illsley $25 plus shipping. The Harbourville Connection-Thisbook covers Harbourville, and heads along the shore in both directions to Morden and Black Rock, then down into the Valley to Somerset. There are lots of pictures, tales of pirates on Isle Haute, the infamous Robinson

Kings Historical Society Donations October – May 2016

Importance of Sponsorship Program

We sincerely thank the following people for their kind donations in support of the Kings Historical Society and the Kings County Museum.

Please consider donating to our 2016 campaign.

Donations * Anne Ward * Carolyn Nicholson * Ruth Butler * Julian Gwyn * Lana Ashby *

In Memory * Bria and Liz Stokesbury —in memory of Erna Sawler * Bill and Bernice Naylor—in memory of Erna Sawler and Jan Takach*

Gift in Kind * Jennie and Allen Sheito * Helen and Gordon Hansford * LJKR Balsom Fir Christmas Tree * Larry Keddy *

Planned Giving *Helen and Gordon Hansford * Special Corporate Donation - * The Ritcey Team * by way of the Ed Coleman Fishing Book

Thank you to all who contributed to our Sponsorship Program Bronze Sponsorship * John Franey * Paddy’s Pub * Lucy Traves * Liz Stokesbury Silver Sponsorship * Bill and Bernice Naylor * Barb Smith * R.D. Chisholm * Alice Newcombe * Judy and Bob Parks *Eric Cox,*Weldon Atkinson *Judith Parks * Barb Smith * Eric Cox * Gold Sponsorship * * Dorothy Robbins * Doris Illsley * Bev and Erna Sawler * Barbara and Philip Thorpe * Cyril and Penny White * Bernice and Bil Naylor * Whites * Paul and Judith Bushnell * Platinum Sponsorship * Fred Houghton * Tartan Foundation * *Carroll Kinsman* Helen and Gordon Hansford * Annette MacKenzie *

Please consider becoming a sponsor in our 2016-2017 season Kings Historical Society

In 2004 we launched our Sponsorship Program. Sponsorship donations contribute to our heating, utilities, cleaning and maintenance supplies, exhibits and preservation of collections. We wish to thank all the Kings Historical Society members and friends who continue to help by donating to our Sponsorship Program, and encourage others to participate. For more information see our web page at and click on “Sponsor”.

MEMBERSHIP $20.00 per person $25.00 per couple $25.00 per organization $15.00 per Student with ID Membership is based on the Calendar year Make cheque payable to Kings Historical Society 37 Cornwallis Street Kentville, Nova Scotia

MEMORIAL DONATIONS * Bria and Liz Stokesbury —in memory of Erna Sawler * Bill and Bernice Naylor—in memory of Erna Sawler and JanTakach* In Memoriam donations may be made to the Kings Historical Society in memory of your loved one. This is a continuing way to honour friends or relatives, and provides much needed assistance to the Kings County Museum. * Charitable Tax Receipts are available for all

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