Re: daylight savings time in 1950-1970

Hello Dave

I was not aware of all this activity that happened down there I will
defenitley need to do some more research on this items to add to my
story. Thank you very much for this info. This story I am working on is
in addition to my regular my family history.

_____________________________________
Bev Harrison
Bumbly73@...


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From: davidwinter@...
To: nscumber <nscumber@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Tue, Jan 26, 2010 10:20 am
Subject: Re: [nscumber] daylight savings time in 1950-1970



Hi Bev:

Have you done any research around the Great Depression and early 30¹s
when

your grandfather would have been a teenager?

A large section of Port Greville buildings on the main road, both sides
of

the Shipyard Hill were destroyed by a huge fire. The Dr. Hill house that

once sit on our foundation (on Cochrane Road) was moved across the
field to

become what became known as Lloyd Ayer¹s home. The Wylie Cochrane home
that

was built nearby with no basement was then moved to the vacant Dr. Hill

foundation and my father purchased it about 1941. Were there any homes
in

Ward¹s Brook destroyed in a similar manner?

Then, there¹s the ³Proabition² in the area with several ³prominent² Port

Greville families involved in illegal alcohol (imitating a police
officer to

confiscate a load of alcohol in Halifax County, then bring it back to
the

area for sale. Then there¹s the stolen cars from the North Eastern
United

States whereby even the local minister got coned into buying one. The

R.C.M.P. confiscated it of course and he was out the $. Then there¹s
the big

robbery whereby Cecil Fletcher (one of the larger stores at the time in
the

area) was hit over the head, tied up and robbed of a large amount of
money.

I¹m sure this kind of activity spilled over into Ward¹s Brook and Fox
River

as well.

Sorry, I don¹t have these stories in detail but if one reads the old

Parrsboro Records from 1930 to 1934 in the Archives, they¹re all in
there.

As an amateur genealogist, I usually don¹t park this kind of data in a

person¹s file notes.

I remember my father telling me once that his father (a sawmill
stationery

engineer) was ³hired² to fire the boiler of a tug boat at Port Greville

Harbor one evening in the early 30¹s and in darkness, towed a scow
loaded

with cars out into the Minas Basin whereby these cars were all pushed

overboard. Reason, they were all ³hot² cars and the R.C.M.P. were
getting

too close. No evidence ­ no convictions.

I personally remember as a youngster even late into the early 50¹s of
seeing

several local 2 to 3 ton trucks with a few unfastened floorboards in the

middle of the wooden body whereby there was a hidden cavity below
between

the truck¹s frame; alcohol, poached deer & moose etc. The owners just
backed

them into their garages / barns to load / unload with no one the wiser.
Back

then I never thought anymore about it as I would today.

After my father finished high school, his first winter was working back
in

the woods in Gesner Kerr¹s lumber mill whereby one stayed in camp all

winter. On a few weekends if things were slack, he and my grandfather
would

walk 6 to 8 hours out of the woods to their home in Fox River, sleep,
get a

bath, have Sunday dinner with my grandmother, then walk the 6 to 8 hours

back into the woods for Monday morning¹s shift. The second winter he
and my

grandfather worked in the woods down around Shulee way for Dr. Cochrane.

They walked home for the weekend to Fox River on the road with a sled;

walking up the hills pulling the sled and coasting down the hills to the

next hill. There were few cars traveling during the winter on the icy
roads.

After a few winters of that, he switched to carpentry. One has to
remember

this was during the Depression when jobs were hard to come by and times
were

tough.

Just some more ideas for your story.

Dave

On 1/26/10 8:42 AM, "bumbly73@..." <bumbly73@...> wrote:

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> Hello again everyone

> I have been doing some more research for my story and came across an

> article in regards to whether or not to change to daylight savings
time

> or not.

> According to the article from 1950-1970, towns and communities made

> their own decisions on whether or not to switch to daylight savings or

> not. I am thinking this could of been confusing for anyone travelling

> from one town to another especially if the towns were right next to

> each other. Does anyone remember anything about these days to all
towns

> make the switch or not. More specific did the towns of Fox River,Port

> Gerville and Wards Brook in Cumberland co make the switch or not.

>

> _____________________________________

> Bev Harrison

> Bumbly73@... <mailto:Bumbly73%40aol.com>

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