Each week, the Beaver looks back on stories from the past. Here is what happened this week, by year…
– n The United States announced it would lift an embargo on Canadian beef and cattle March 1 and the news was met with relief by local farmers. The ban, which was instituted after a case of foot-and-mouth disease in Saskatchewan that February cost Canadian farmers an estimated $32 million. Canadian officials were able to trace animals shipped within the country and were able to declare domestic farms clear of the disease Aug. 19.
– Wilfred S. Wilson resigned his post as clerk of Lennox and Addington County after holding the job for 22 years. Wilson succeeded his father who had held the same position for 38 years. Wilson had been on a leave of absence for most of the year due to ill health. In his stead, treasurer W.W. Exley had been performing Wilson’s duties. Council appointed him to both roles permanently.
– Napanee town council passed a bylaw increasing police salaries in town, effective Jan. 1, 1953. Under the new schedule, constables would receive $2,000 for their first year, then $2,200 per year after that. The chief would receive $2,600 for his first year and $2,800 per year after that. At that time, the town employed a chief and three constables.
– Management firm Versa Services recommended itself to Lennox & Addington County council as an administrator for the Lenadco Home. It proposed it be engaged for one-year to complete feasibility study regarding the home’s future needs and be retained to operate the home. At the time, Versa did not manage any home for the aged in Canada. Two councillors on the home’s management committee disagreed with the recommendation, stating the committee could manage the home itself with a competent administrator. Kaladar, Anglesea and Effingham reeve Tom Thompson said 75-80 per cent of Versa’s recommendations came from staff members or were previously suggested by departed administrator Patricia Hiller.
– Canon John Hart, the pastor at St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church for 11 years died suddenly in his home at age 65. Parishioners held an all-night vigil as news spread. Bishop Alan Read said Hart likely had his crowning achievement at the church the previous week with a beautiful Mass that included baptism, confirmation, presentations to volunteers, and a window dedication.
– The Lennox and Addington County Board of Education gave its blessing for a North Addington Education Centre Grade 11 class to tour the Middle East. Trustees were concerned about student safety, particularly in Israel, but approved the trip.