Looking Back Week of July 4

80 Years Ago
July 12, 1939

Napanee resident Mrs. Joseph Brown received a musical piece titled Memories of Napanee.

The song’s lyrics were written by her niece, Mrs. Grace Kelly Ruttan of Warren, Michigan.

-Two Bath area men were fined $10 for taking bass out of season from the Bay of Quinte.

-The Napanee Board of Education hired Charles Froud of London, On. to teach math at the Collegiate.

Froud, who was just out of the Ontario College of Education, held a mathematics specialist certificate and excelled in manual training. His starting salary was $1,600 a year.  

30 Years Ago
July 5, 1989

Members of Napanee’s Business Improvement Area expressed concerns over Bill 149, which they said would rob them of their independence.

If passed, the changes to the Trespass to Property Act would make it impossible to kick unwanted intruders out of an establishment until after the matter was resolved in court, claimed members of the BIA.

-Bath sheep farmer Earl Haggerman was enlisting the help of donkeys to help ward off hungry wolves from attacking his flock.

The unusual scheme was part of a pilot project sponsored by the Ministry of Natural Resources.

According to farmers in Nova Scotia, a single donkey raised within a flock of sheep will act as a guardian to ward off intruders. A female donkey was preferred due to her more instinctive protective behaviour.

-Citing prevalent wife-beating in Lennox and Addington County, a local service group was pushing for the establishment of a shelter for victims of family violence.

The L&A County Family Violence Prevention Committee was lobbying the provincial government for money needed to establish an interval house.

-A windstorm that damaged the roof of Conway United Church’s 106-year-old building caused that week’s mass service to be held outdoors.

The parishioners vowed to rebuild the damage and were looking into ways to fundraise.   

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