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“Billy” Ernst, continued

Bridgewater Bulletin, August 5, 1930.

This constituency has good cause to take pride in his achievements. Not only have they resulted in substantial benefits to the people he represented, but they have done honour to the wisdom of the people of Queens-Lunenburg in electing him. Here are a few Press comments which may be of interest:

” The Citizen” Ottawa (Liberal) December 16, 1926- ” Commoners and Senators were freely discussing yesterday the advent of a new orator to Parliament in the person of the young lawyer, Ernst, of Lunenburg, whose maiden speech Tuesday evening captured the attention of the House as has no initial effort for years. The speech of this youthful Nova Scotian is regarded as the prelude to a brilliant Parliamentary career.”

“The Gazette,” Montreal, (Conservative) December 15, 1926- “An eloquent speech came tonight from W.G. Ernst, new Conservative member for Lunenburg and victor over William Duff, former Deputy Speaker of the House. Mr. Ernst, in his maiden speech, held the House in rapt attention as he dwelt with the Maritime Commission Report, and urged the governement to carry into effect “to the letter” the recommendations of that report which he termed one of the most momentous documents ever submitted to Parliament.

“The Mail & Empire”, Toronto, (Conservative) April 17, 1930- “Young men all over Canada should be given an opportunity of hearing Mr. Ernst.”

“The Citizen,” Ottawa (Liberal) May 16, 1929- “It is to be hoped that the capable young member for Queens-Lunenburg will not be engulfed in the rising tide of Liberalism and that he will be returned to Parliament.”

The Halifax Chronicle “Men & Things” stated of Mr. Ernst that any constituency might well be proud to have him as its representative.

During the debate on the motion for payment of reparation claims, moved by Mr. Ernst on May 19, 1928, the Hon. Lucien Cannon, solicitor General, said of him,” I admired the Hon. gentleman’s speech. His reputation had preceded him to this House, and on saturday afternoon he lived up to the very highest expectations that the friendliest member in this house could have for him. “If the question has been clarified to such an extent that there is very little difference between the two parties, I may say that we owe it to the presentation of the member for Queens-Lunenburg.”

Hon. Ferdinand Rinfret, Secretary of State, in the same debate, said,” I cannot find fault with my hon. friend for his presentation of the facts. He has done so in moderate language, and has shown much study in the preparation of his case and remarkable skill in its presentation. Many other quotations to like effect could be given but these will suffice to show the standing of “Billy Ernst” both in Parliament and with the Canadian people.

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

Upper LaHave News

Bridgewater Bulletin, July 16, 1929.

The annual official visit of the Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese took place on Sunday last, beginning with services in St.Alban’s Church, when there was a baptism, followed by a Confirmation service, at which two young ladies, Olive and Grace Thompson were confirmed. This was followed by the administration of Holy Communion.

In the afternoon at 3 in St. Matthew’s Church, the Rev. W.J. Bridgman was inducted into the Rectorship of the parish, after which a Confirmation service was held, where ten candidates were confirmed, namely, George A. Snyder,Norman R. Robar, May G. Smith, Florence L. Smith, and Gladys A. Weagle, all of Dayspring, also Amy B. Mulock, Lillian V. Conrad, Margaret E. Rafuse, of Upper LaHave; Emma A. Randall of Rhodes Corner, and Helen A. Linscott of Wollaston, Mass., U.S.A. In the evening the Bishop preached in St. Bartholomew’s Church, the prayers, lessons,etc., taken by the rector.

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Hebb Celebrate Anniversary

Bridgewater Bulletin, July 16, 1929.

Lunenburg, July 12— At a special meeting of the Women’s Institute on Thursday afternoon a pleasant event took place, when the members presented their president, Mrs. A.J. Hebb, who has held that position for eleven years, with an amethyst ring, the occasion being her fortieth wedding anniversary. The table, on which reposed a handsome wedding cake, was decorated in amethyst colours and flowers. Mrs. G.A. Bachman read the address and Mrs. L.G. Holder presented the gift.

A program, which was in charge of Mrs. G.A. Bachman, was rendered by Mrs. G.O. Baker, Mrs. P.G. Oxner, Miss Gertrude Anderson, Mrs. J.S. Holland and daughter, Peggy, Mrs. H.H. Courtney. A poem composed by Mrs. J.B. Heale was read.

On July 3, 1889,forty years ago, Rev. George Haslam united in marriage Grace Young, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Young to Arthur J. Hebb, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ephraim Hebb, both of Lunenburg. The wedding took place at St. John’s Anglican Church. Mr. and Mrs. Hebb had as their attendants, the late Mrs. Wallace Rafuse (Susan Hebb), as maid of honour; the late Mrs. John Stewart (Louise Selig) and Mrs. Harry Fraser of Halifax (Carrie Schwartz) as bridesmaids. The late Willis E. Hebb was groomsman and the late Wallace Rafuse and Charlie Whitney, now of Toronto, were ushers. Five sons were born of this union, Charles of Lunenburg; Joe of Philadelphia; Ellard of New Westminster; Dalton of Swift Current; and Bruno, who was killed overseas. Four of these boys were overseas and Mrs. Hebb was an active worker in the Red Cross Society during the war.

Mr. Hebb was the maker of the sails of the famous schooner Bluenose. Mrs. Hebb is actively engaged in all the societies of the town, and has a wonderful talent for promoting and directing plays and public entertainments. She is the president of the Women’s Institute and was the first chairman and first secretary of the same, at the time it was formed here November 3, 1914. She is president of the Ladies Aid Society of St. John’s Anglican Church, past president and the present secretary of the Rebekahs, secretary of the I.O.D.E., and secretary of the V.O.N. Five years ago, at the age of sixty, she skated at the arena in Halifax and performed some wonderful fancy skating at the time.

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

St. Phillip’s School Results

Bridgewater Bulletin, July 9, 1929.

Grade I – Rex Oickle, 82; Lester Jodrey, 75; Arthur Aulenback, 72; Beatrice Thompkin, 70; Audrey Beck, 67; Stephen Aulenback, 67

Grade II – Roger Croft, 86.2; Lee Feener, 78.2; Josephine Ramey, 64.5; Kathleen Frank, 60.3; Goldia Thompkin, 64.3; Harry Beck, 61.3

Grade III – Ferne Weagle, 87

Grade IV – Fred Aulenback, 92.2; Jean Oickle, 91.8; Evelyn Oickle, 75.4; Margaret Aulenback, 74.4; Grant Jodrey, 72.7; Max Jodrey, 68.8; Bessie Jodrey, 61.7; Irving Beck, 60.3; Arthur Frank, 56.6; Harold Thompkin, 55

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

Riverview School Results

Bridgewater Bulletin, July 9, 1929.

Grade I – Lloyd Hubley, 95.5; Merna Rhodenizer, 94; Delores Rhodenizer, 92.5; Ivan Conrad, 92.5; Douglas Hubley, 89.5; Seldon Rafuse, 81; Rex Oickle, 80.5; Arnold Hubley, 73; Jack Adams, 69

Grade II – Vivian Foley, 94.2; Mildred Corkum, 79.5; Marjorie Foley, 75.5; Fred Maughan, 61.8

Grade III – Mildred Barnes, 80.6; Harold Bruhm, 73.7; Marion Adams, 70.8; Ralph Manthorne, 67.7; Ainslie Wentzell, 58

Grade IV – Violet Foley, 95.9; Bertha McDonald, 86.4; Rex Wagner, 82.8; John Foley, 80.2; Harold Conrad, 74.6; Lawrence Oickle, 51.5

Grade V – Vernon Oickle, 80.9; Pearl Whynot, 80.6; Earle Foley, 80.1; Cameron Foley, 80; Effie Weagle, 77.5; Hector Rhodenizer, 72.9; Donald Hubley, 63.9

Grade VI – Jessie McDonald, 87.7; Lois Oickle, 82.9; Doris Hubley, 75.7; Phyllis Manthorne, 73.5

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

Big Whale at Mosher’s Head

Bridgewater Bulletin, August 14, 1923.

Lunenburg, August 9- Almost dusk last night a whale came ashore at Mosher’s Head, Feltzen South. It got into shoal water, and was unable to get afloat again. It is not certain whether it had been injured before grounding or not, but when noticed, it was half dead. Enos Myra and Titus Conrad attached a line to it, and claim it was their own, when the tide rises they intend to tow it into shoaler water, and remove the fat, and turn it into oil. The whale is fifty-six feet long, as it lies on its back on the shore, is quite imposing looking. It is a good find and worth considerable money.

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

Medal For Light Keeper

Bridgewater Bulletin, July 31, 1923.

Lunenburg, July 29- Uriah Young, the light house keeper of thirty-six years at Chester Ironbound Island, of Chester Bay ,was yesterday presented with a medal, awarded by the Imperial Government for faithful and meritorious service. The presentation was made at Lunenburg by the Marine Department ,through which medium the Imperial Government had transmitted the honour for Mr. Young. The occasion for the presentation was just previous to the starting of the motor drive for the sailors and the ceremony was held on the parade. The sailors of the two warships formed up to one side of the platform as a sort of informal guard of honour.

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

Lunenburg Town News

Bridgewater Bulletin, April 17, 1923.

There has been much confusion in the names of three places a few miles on the outside of this town. There is First South, Middle South, and Felten South. Middle South, which was originally called South is now applying to the Local Parliament to have the name changed to Bayport. This name was decided upon at a public meeting of the citizens of that place, and J.J. Kinley, M.P.P. has introduced a bill to carry out the wishes of the people.

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse


Bridgewater Bulletin, March 30, 1920.

A deed worthy of recognition by the Humane Society was enacted here Saturday, while several persons were enjoying themselves ice boating on the harbour. Guy Joudrey, of Mader’s Cove, being unaware of the weakness of the ice on the inner edge, was seen by Murray Ernst approaching, what he, Ernst, knew to be a dangerous locality, a few hundred feet off Ernst’s shipyard. He gave chase to Joudrey, shouting and gesticulating, but Joudrey, being of the opinion that a race was on, kept to his course. The shoutings of the shipyard men tended to excite him, and a few seconds later his boat went through, precipitating him into the icy waters.

Ernst arrived a few seconds later, tacked his boat, lowered the sail, and unreafing his halyards, threw the line to Joudrey, whose struggles to get out, caused the ice to continually break under him. The shipyard men endeavored to reach him with planks, but failing, owing to their heavy weight, secured a dory and pushing it ahead of them succeded in effecting a rescue, but none too soon, for with a firm grip of the line, he had lapsed into unconsciousness. He was taken into Ernst’ s store, restoratives used and ultimately brought around. His legs and face were cut by coming in contact with the sharp edges of the ice. Had it not been for Ernst’s presence of mind and quick action, Joudrey would have drowned before aid would have reached him from shore. He was in an extremely dangerous position himself but being light in weight and clear headed he successfully saved a valued life. He is a son of Willis A. Ernst, of Ernst’s Ltd. Both boys are twenty years of age.

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse

The Storm

Bridgewater Bulletin, Mar. 16, 1920

Rain and Wind Has Caused Destructive Floods All Over the Country

A violent rain and wind storm on Saturday has swollen the various rivers and other streams to such an extent that a vast amount of desctruction has resulted.

Torrents of water came down from the water-sheds of the LaHave tearing away and destroying everything in the path and raising the tide in the river to an unprecedented height and breaking the ice into huge cakes which thundered and smashed in their course until they piled up off the works of the Acadia Gas Engine Co., and now threaten the foundations of wharves and piling there.

IIn their mad course the sluiceways and booms of the Davison Lumber and Manufacturing Co., were torn away and raced down the river. Parts of the upper mill and the tramway bridge there were wrecked and carried away causing thousands of dollars damage. It will take twenty tons of boom chains to replace those lost and it will be months before the damage to dams and mills can be repaired to put them in working condition. A large number of logs including almost all the winter’s cut of Wynn Crouse have been swept down the river with little hope of any being recovered. All sorts of debris, including two dead hogs and parts of small buildings floated down with the flood.

A large number of logs including almost all the winter’s cut of Wynn Crouse have been swept down the river with little hope of any being recovered. All sorts of debris, including two dead hogs and parts of small buildings floated down with the flood.

The railway also has its troubles. Serious washouts near Riversdale and Nictaux prevented the operation of trains to Middleton while the Caledonia branch line held up by floods at Pleasant River and other places. The main line from Halifax to Yarmouth is intact. The railway men hope to have all trains running by Wednesday night.

The Annapolis Valley is flooded so that all trains are cancelled and much of the country is under water. Barns have been demolished, cattle drowned and people forced from their houses.

In many other parts of the province the water rose to great heights and caused great damage.

Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse