Excerpts from “The Advance”

(Originally published in the 1969/70 Hantsport High School Yearbook) INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT      In an effort to add “something different” to our Year Book, the Editors have decided to include a local history supplement. We have arrived at this decision for a number of reasons. First, in April of this year our town marked its seventy-fifth anniversary and we felt it had earned some sort of recognition. Secondly, we thought the results might be interesting: to the young who had never heard, a new story of the old town, and to the less young, the reliving of a memory. Finally, we knew it would be fun to do. The first section of our supplement consists of excerpts from the “Hantsport Advance”. The Advance was a weekly paper published in Hantsport from some time in the 1890's until around 1914. It is believed to have been founded by O. C. Dorman and later published by J. W. Lawrence, followed by Stanley Marchant....
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Brief History of the Town of Hantsport by W. Chesley Graham

BRIEF HISTORY OF TOWN OF HANTSPORT      The first record we have of Edward Barker, the first settler of Hantsport, was a letter from his step-brother, William Hall, Nottingham, England, dated April 5, 1773; written to Edward Barker in the 59th Regiment. Commanded by General Owans in Captain Wilson's Company, now situated at Halifax. Edward Barker went from Halifax to Rhode Island with the army, and there got his discharge. He married Miss Rebecca Chadwick and settled in Falmouth. Miss Sarah Chadwick, her sister, married Able Mitchener, who settled at Mitchener's Point, Mount Denson.      Coln. Henry Denson had received a grant of land from the Government, after the expulsion of the Acadians, extending from the County Line between Hants and Kings to the White Rocks on the Avon River, and west about three miles until it strikes the said County Line, easterly along the said County Line to the Avon River and to the place of beginning.      Coln....
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McAlpine’s Nova Scotia Directory, 1890-97 (extracts)

McAlpine's Nova Scotia Directory, 1890-97. Containing an Alphabetical Directory of Each County, and a Separate Directory of the Cities and Provincial Towns. Also a Directory of the Magdalen Islands and St. Pierre de Miquelon. A Business Directory of All Advertisers and Subscribers, with an Appendix of Useful Information and Indexes. -- Halifax : D. McAlpine & Son, [1890?]. 1502 p. -- Printed by Nova Scotia Printing Co. Hants County Andrews John, mate, Hantsport Balcolm W. C., jewelry, Hantsport Barker Geo. M., sea captain, Hantsport Barker G. J. sea captain, Hantsport Barker James L., rigger, Hantsport Barker K. H., sea captain, Hantsport Barker Mrs. Louisa, Hantsport Beazley Jesse, sailmaker, Hantsport Benjamin Amos, ship carpenter, Hantsport BENT D. A., grocer, Hantsport Bezanson Joseph, joiner, Hantsport Bezanson Otis, boat builder, Mnt. Denson Borden Mrs. John, undertaker, Hantsport Borden Joseph E., carpenter, Hantsport Borden Mrs. Mary, Hantsport Borden William, carpenter, Hantsport Brown E. R., station agent, Hantsport Burgess Sylvancus, machinist, Hantsport Carrol John, carpenter, Hantsport CARTER BROS., gen dealers, Hantsport Carter Frederick, engine driver, Hantsport Chandler William, mariner, Mount Denson Chipman F. W., of E. Churchill & Sons,...
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New Entrance Gates to Riverside Cemetery, Hantsport – 1908/9

This article appeared in “The Hants Journal” on 9 September 1909. We are glad to be able to present to our readers in this issue a cut of the handsome gates which now adorn the entrance of the Riverside Cemetery at Hantsport - the gift of John W. Churchill. Esq., of that town. When in Hantsport a few days ago the editor of the “Journal” saw this very handsome piece of work, which is a credit to all connected with it. The whole width is 334 feet; and the height , including the finals, 19 feet. The two main posts or columns which support the whole structure are of southern red pine, 16 inches square. They were made from the mainmast of the brigantine Genoa, owned by E. Churchill and Sons. After the vessel was dismantled the masts lay in the salt water for years, which helped to preserve them. After being cut to the size required they were well coated at...
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Death of Dr. Rand

This newspaper clipping was probably published in the Windsor newspaper, October 1899.   While our people were not unprepared for the announcement of the death of this eminent scholar and energetic Micmac Missionary, on Friday last, yet there were many expressions of regret that he did not sooner enjoy the marks of appreciation of which he had recently been the recipient. It was no secret that the learned Dr., in his later years, while working diligently in behalf of the Indians, was not himself as comfortably situated pecuniarily as he should have been when all the circumstances were considered, but he was patient as well as trustful, and better than all earthy honors or emoluments, is now enjoying the rest beyond. His has been an eventful life, and also a marked example of what can be accomplished, under manifold difficulties, in the matter of self-education. The following brief history has been gleaned from various sources; Was born at Cornwallis 1810. He was...
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The Dick Beazley Memorial Six-Mile Race

Richard "Dick" Beazley was born, grew up, married, had three sons, and worked in Hantsport. One of the best distance runners in the Maritime Provinces through the 1930s, he became a hometown favorite and gained widespread popularity with Nova Scotia's sports writers and fans of "the running game." On February 26, 1945, at age 33, Dick died in Germany, the only Hantsport resident to be killed-in-action during World War II. On July 1, 1947, veterans who were members of Hantsport's Lucknow Branch No.109 of the Royal Canadian Legion inaugurated the Dick Beazley Memorial Six-Mile Race, which became an important part of Hantsport's first and subsequent Canada Day celebrations. The second-longest annually-run race in Nova Scotia, its winners include some of the best runners in the Maritime Provinces. Dick Beazley was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 2002. Taped Interviews with Maurice “Moss” Smith Hantsport, NS – Summer 1975 OFY Project – Historical Insights BEAZLEY RACE & MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: When we formed the Legion way back...
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Hantsport: From the Bustling Shipbuilding Town of the 1800’s to the Town of Industry that it is Today

Horton Journal of Canadian History - Volume II - 2001 Hantsport: From the Bustling Shipbuilding Town of the 1800’s to the Town of Industry that it is Today By Morgan Dunbar The town of Hantsport celebrated the 100th anniversary of its incorporation in 1995. From that there has been an increased interest of the history of the town. Hantsport started in 1790 when a British soldier wanted to expand what he had out of Falmouth. The land that he acquired was in what Hantsport is today. (Robertson, 9) From there, the town became "fifth among the world’s shipbuilding centers." (Chittick, 10) Today, "the Town of Hantsport encompasses approximately one square mile of the area of Hants County." (Mister Webpage) Ezra Churchill started the shipbuilding industry during the time of the Napoleonic Wars when colonial timber and colonial vessels were in demand. Ezra Churchill was a farmer in Hantsport at this time, but he had the sea in his blood and he began building ships. He built...
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Hantsport Hotel

After James Wall sold his hotel that was located on the lower end of William Street to  George Churchill in 1890, he then purchased land on the corner of William & Station Street where he built a smaller one he named the Hantsport Hotel.   James Wall died on September 21st, 1899. His son, Mortimer, became the manager of the Hotel. Mort, as he was known by the traveling public, was born in Hantsport in 1874. He married in 1893, Jennie Bell Yeaton, a daughter of George H.  Yeaton.       For fifty years he served the public as the genial proprietor of Wall’s Hotel. He participated in the various organizations in Town. He also had civic interests; in 1905 he was elected to the Town Council, and placed on the school board. He also served as Fire Chief from 1923-1925.     In the Civic Elections of 1925 Mort Wall was elected as Mayor for the Town of Hantsport, a position he held for four years. His greatest accomplishment came while he was Mayor of...
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The Memories of an Old Soldier

THE MEMORIES OF AN OLD SOLDIER PASSCHENDALE 1917 One bright sunny morning on February 16, 1916 a Group of men, some from Kings University, Halifax, and myself were drilled on the streets of Hantsport, N.S. for about three months. On May 31st. of the same year we were transported to the Army Camp at Alder- shot, Kentville, N.S. for advanced training. At Aldershot we were joined by the 193rd. Battalion, the 185th. and 219th. Battalions to form the Nova Scotia Highland Brigade. After further Training we left the Camp at Aldershot and proceeded to Halifax, N.S. about October 12, 1916. At Halifax we embarked on the S.S. Olympic. This grand old ship made many successful crossings across the Atlantic. We were tied up at Pier 21 all night on Board Ship, and in the morning we proceeded to the Bedford Basin where we anchored and waited for the rest of the Con- voy. This inland Basin shaped of water was a Haven for all types of Ships through two World Wars. It was in this...
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Hantsport Memorial Scholarship Foundation

50th ANNIVERSARY REPORT - November 2014 Did you ever wonder what happens to the collection taken at the Remembrance Day service on November 11th? Well here is the answer- it is given to the Hantsport Memorial Scholarship Foundation. On April 30th, 1962, there were sixteen persons assembled with the Mayor, D.M Freeman acting as the Chairman of a meeting. The following list of Officers was elected at this meeting - Chairman - J. L. Harvie, Secretary - K. M. Hyson and Treasurer - A.L. Harlow. This was the beginning of the Foundation. There were fifteen names who were able to be identified and they are as follows : J.L. Harvie, D. Cuvilier, John Morse, Rev. Gordon Pyke, Merrill Hyson, A.L. Harlow, Evangeline Phillips, Carl Peach, John Folker, Jr., Donald Davison, J.A. Allard, Eugene Dukeshire, Mayor D. M. Freeman, Harold Burden and Rev. Blanchard. J.L. Harvie (John) is an active member of the Foundation still today at the age of 91. At that...
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