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Upper Northfield Celebration

Bridgewater Bulletin, 1945

Tuesday being Victory Day was well celebrated in this community. In the morning Rev. W. Minke preached an inspiring sermon in Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church to a large congregation. In the afternoon both Lutheran and United bells rang for half an hour and then a big parade included light young men on horseback, bicycles, twelve cars, two trucks, one span of horses, one single horse with truck wagon, all beautifully trimmed, loaded with happy people. In the evening a crowd gathered in the United Church and sang praise unto God for two hours. In the good news that has come ,we sympathize with the relatives of two of our young men, Tpr. Keith MacKay and Pte. Clarence MacKay, who have laid down their lives for their friends.

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

Brings Home Tablet in Memory

Halifax Chronicle Herald by Andrew Merkel, Canadian Press Staff Writer, 1944

Lieutenant-Colonel Gerald Bullock has returned to Canada with his most prized possession, the memory of a fine companionship with his only son through four years of war.

When Colonel Bullock took the West Nova Scotia Regiment overseas in December, 1939, it numbered among its ranks Private Reginald Bullock, just turned 18, with one year in arts at King’s College. He has brought back a brass tablet to the memory of Captain Reginald Bullock, who died of wounds received in the Ortono fighting January 3 of this year. Later it is to be unveiled in Holy Trinity Church, Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, of which Colonel Bullock was rector when war broke out.

Colonel Bullock, looking as fit as a fiddle, is noncommittal about his own fortunes overseas, how he had to give up command of his regiment because of his 55 years , how he reverted to the rank of Captain in order to get to a fighting front as head of No. 1 Unit of War Graves Commission, how following the death of his son he was ordered home again because of his age. But he is outspoken in his tribute to the son, who earned his commission the hard way and in the difficult fighting up the Adriatic side of the Italian peninsula, came to be known among the fabulous 8th. Army as “The Wonder Man.”

The lad was leading a mortar platoon December 31, when his communication wire failed. Instead of ordering a signalman out to do the repair job, he went himself. A shell burst close at hand and he was badly wounded. Three days later, his father at his bedside in a field hospital, he died, with a wink and the words,”Okay, Dad, okay.”

Now, the father is back in Canada for retirement. On his arriving in the Dominion, he found himself restored to his old rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. He will retire with this rank.

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

Lunenburg Firm Gives Ambulance

Halifax Herald, 1940

The gift to the Red Cross of an ambulance for overseas work by the well known firm of W.C. Smith and Company, Limited, Lunenburg, brings to six the number of ambulances donated to the provincial branch of the Red Cross organization.

This announcement was made this week and Lunenburg has now joined Amherst, New Ross, Halifax, and Portland, Oregon, on the list of those who have donated an ambulance.

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

Celebrates 91st Birthday Anniversary

Bridgewater Bulletin, August 2, 1939.

Lunenburg, July 31 – George Myra, a member of Rising Sun Lodge, No. 59, I.O.O.F., for 47 years, celebrated his 91st. birthday anniversary on Monday last, and was agreeably surprised by a visit from a number of brother Odd Fellows who called to extend felicitations. Although completely surprised the aged nonagenarian rose tothe occasion and soon was quite at ease regaling his visitors with reminiscences of his early sea-going experiences. Apart from almost total blindness, Mr. Myra is in excellent health with a very retentive memory for happenings of by-gone days. With the Noble Grand of the lodge, C.E. Young, at the piano, a hearty sing-song was enjoyed,after which refreshments were served included in which was the proverbial birthday cake. The social time was brought to a close by the singing of the Ode of the Order and prayer by the chaplain, Dennis Eisenhauer.

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

Passes His 94th Year

Bridgewater Bulletin, June 20, 1934.

Nathaniel Hebb, a highly respected citizen of Blockhouse, recently received the felicitations of his many friends, the occasion being the celebration of his 94th birthday. In his early life he was engaged in the teaching profession. He was appointed a justice of the peace 61 years ago and in 1917 his legal abilities were further recognized by his being appointed stipendiary magistrate. During these years he filled this office with conspicuous success, his splendid gifts of heart and mind winning for him many friends. He had served his county as a member of the minicipal council; and has also acted in the capacity of presiding officer at election contests. Still actively engaged in the various duties pertaining to his office, he continues to take an active interest in the events of the day.

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

Citizens First

Bridgewater Bulletin, January 24, 1933.

The following letter which appeared in a recent issue of the Boston Post, was sent us with the pencilled comment: “According to some, you would think there was no other nationality than Canadians in Boston.”

To the Editor of the Post: Sir- As a citizen of the U.S.A., I hasten to thank Immigration Commissioner Mrs. Anna C.M. Tillinghast and the other immigration authorities for the good work they are starting to do, in barring from New England, seasonal labor from Canada and Newfoundland.

It is certainly about time that this was done, especially when there are 90,000 of our own citizens walking the streets of Boston looking for work not to mention the hundreds of thousands who are working on part time. Our own men and women must come first when work is to be had, and employers of all kinds of labor must be made to see that it is their bounden duty to give the American citizen priority where employment is concerned. It certainly is a pitiable state of affairs to see the city of Boston and the various charitable organizations feeding our own hungry people while Nova Scotians and Newfoundlanders are drawing good American dollars, and holding the jobs that belong to citizens. I’d hate to think of the treatment that would be accorded an American citizen who tried to seek employment in Nova Scotia.

John J. Burke

(Yes! Yes! How about the Finns, the Swiss, the Irish, the Chinks, and scores of other outsiders. Nova Scotians are only a small portion as compared with other nationalities.)

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

Work at Wentzel’s Lake

The Argus, December 13, 1932.

Six thousand cords of pulp wood have been shipped to the Mersey Paper Company, Liverpool, by a gang of thirty men working at Wentzel’s Lake. Wallace Conrad brought the drive in from Nine Mile Lake. Stanley Mossman superintended the gang of men and J.F. Penney was in charge of the night crew. The wood was forwarded at the rate of fifteen cars a day. The sudden frosty weather early in the month shut in about a thousand of the six thousand cords but the wind, rain, and mild weather fortunately opened up the lake and loading was resumed,

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

Movies at New Germany

The Argus, December 13, 1932.

One hundred school children attended the moving picture show at the Oddfellows Hall on Wednesday. The evening’s entertainment was given to the young people as a special treat by Mr. Howard Patterson, who twice a week operates movies here.

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

Mineral Discovery

Bridgewater Bulletin, December 2, 1930.

A report says that James L. Hall, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Hall of Bridgewater, now employed as engineer with Northern Aerial Mineral Exploration Company, with headquarters at Sioux Lookout, is credited with discovery of a copper deposit in the northern Hudson Bay district, reported by the company. The ore grades 47 percent, pure copper, it is stated.

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

“Billy” Ernst Part 1 By Justin Ernst

Bridgewater Bulletin, August 5, 1930.

Nearly thirty-three years ago, October 18, 1897, to be exact, William Gordon Ernst was born in the beautiful little town of Mahone Bay. His parents were Edward A. and Georgina Ernst of that place. On both his mother’s and his father’s side his ancestors were amongst the earliest pioneers who settled in Lunenburg County. Edward A. Ernst, or “Ed” as he is generally called, has been in the lumber business from the days of his earliest boyhood. Although no longer a young man, his step retains the delight of youth, and he takes great delight in the fact that he is and has been chief of the Mahone Bay Fire Department since the day of its foundation.

“Billy” Ernst went to school at Mahone Bay and graduated from high school in 1918 with the distinction of leading the province in his grade. From there he went to Kings College, windsor, intending to study for the ministry of the Church of England. Fate ordained otherwise, but during the three years he was there he won every prize or scholarship open to competition. In March, 1916, came the call of Empire and like so many of our young men he joined the army, not as an officer, but as an ordinary rear rank private. As such he went overseas, where he was singled out for commissioned rank, and sent to that famour Nova Scotia Battalion, the 85th. Twice wounded, he won two decorations for bravery, the Military Cross, and bar. Many an old comrade recalls with pleasure his sunny smile and cheerful voice. When it was all over the rear rank private, barely twenty-one years of age, had become Captain in command of “B” Company, the South Shore Company.

On his return to Canada in 1919 he decided to study law and went to Dalhousie University at Halifax. There for one year only, he again led his class, and in addition found time for active participation in sports, especiall rugby football, at which he was outstanding. During that year he won the Rhodes Scholarship for the province, and the following year was at the famous old English University, Oxford, where he studied law for two more years, graduating with honours. Once more he turned his footsteps toward his native heath, and formed a partnership with the late James A. McLean, K.C., at Bridgewater. On the death of Mr. McLean he carried on alone for a time, and then formed the present partnership of Ernst & Pearson. Although a young man, in eight years of practice Mr. Ernst has become one of the outstanding lawyers of the province.

From the time he came to Bridgewater “Billy” Ernst has been interested in politics. As Secretary of the Conservative Association for Lunenburg County, he put life into a dormant organization and took an active part in the provincial elections of 1925. In the same year he entered the lists as federal candidate for Queens-Lunenburg against the redoutable William Duff. He was defeated by a little over three hundred votes, but his smile didn’t fade. The next year, 1926, he had his return battle, turned the tables to the tune of nearly eight hundred majority, and has represented Queens-Lunenburg at Ottawa since that time. His record there has been just as brilliant as his earlier career. One of the outstanding speakers of the House of Commons, he is not only fluent and convincing, but possesses that rare gift of making the most difficult subject appear simple and plain to his hearers. His services have been in demand all over Canada, and two years ago he made a trip across the entire country under the auspices of the National Association of Canadian Clubs, speaking on the problems of the Maritime Provinces. From the time of his maiden speech at Ottawa, he has held the attention of the House of Commons, and when it is known he is speaking the galleries rapidly fill. Outstanding amongst his efforts in the House were his speeches on Reparations, Pension Problems, Unemployment, and his maiden speech on Maritime Rights.

(to be continued)

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse