Sunday, 30 October 2011

Anyone recognize this Liverpool house?

Anyone recognize this Liverpool house?

Anyone recognize this Liverpool house?

Anyone recognize this Liverpool house?

Anyone recognize this Liverpool house?

Anyone recognize this Liverpool house?

Anyone recognize this Liverpool house?

Anyone recognize this Liverpool house?

Anyone recognize this Liverpool house?

Anyone recognize this Liverpool house? This one still exists.

This house was moved...know which house it is?

Anyone recognize this Liverpool house?

Anyone recognize this Liverpool house?

Anyone recognize this Liverpool house?

Anyone recognize this Liverpool house?

Anyone recognize this Liverpool house?

Unknown House...does it look familiar to anyone?

This photo of a house has never been identified. It's a common style of houses at the time. Does it look like any house you've seen in Queens County? I'm usually pretty good at identifying old pictures but this one has me stumped!

 This is the house Tammi is talking about on Western Head Lighthouse Road but I dont think that's it Tammi.

Friday, 28 October 2011

The Liverpool Dairy Treat, Sandy Cove Road, Liverpool, Nova Scotia

Liverpool Dairy Treat before demolition
It was at one time part of the Liverpool Dairy but most of us recall the building housing the Dairy Treat for many years. We'd all wait for spring to arrive and to see the OPENING SOON sign in the window then we knew a soft serve ice cream wasn't too far in our future. Here's how the Dairy Treat came to be. Murray Kirkpatrick first opened the restaurant as Magnolias. After a few years in business, Murray sold it to Dick and Carolyn Henneberry who owned and operated it until 1984. That was the year, Glen Whynot bought it and things took off. Glen expanded the restaurant menu and renovated the restaurant. Over the years he had several staff but his sister Virginia worked there for years as did Tammy Hatt. Not only could you get milkshakes, sundaes, banana splits and ice cream cones both regular ice cream and soft serve but a large menu - Fish and Chips, clams and chips, chicken, burgers and who could forget Glen's delicious desserts such as his famous banana split squares.My most common purchases were the chicken strips, fries and gravy and a chocolate soft serve cone. Nothing felt better than to get a soft serve cone on a hot summer day and with such a good location it didn't take long to drive over to get that. If it wasn't busy the staff would come to the dining area and sit to chat while you'd eat your meal, something you don't get at the fast food chains today. One of the popular sites around town was the Dairy Treat's sign out by the road where each week a new slogan would be put up for the passers by to read. Sometimes they had a bit of a naughty hint to them but it made them get noticed. Who could ever forget the sign that read...Beat the heat...go down on one of our ice cream cones...(or something close to that). Nevertheless the sign got lots of attention and people looked forward to reading it. As the years went on, places like
Dairy Treat Demolition - December 2008
McDonald's moved into town and small independently owned places like the Dairy Treat became the victim. Despite it all, Glen continued on with his business but next came the building of Queens Place and the Dairy Treat property was needed for the entrance of the new recreation  center. On December 11,2008 the Dairy Treat was demolished bringing an end to Glen's tasty food and ice cream treats.

Anyone recognize this Liverpool house?

This one is a lot tougher...anyone know this house? Tammi if you guess this one I will be impressed!

Heather Kelly guessed it...actually Ann Langille guessed it earlier today but I deleted her comment because I kinda thought it would give everyone a little problem to identify it. It was located on Main Street across from the Fire Hall, and next to Bruce Inglis's house. It burned and the remains of the house was demolished.

The Liverpool Academy, Church Street, Liverpool, Nova Scotia

The Liverpool Academy was built in the late 1890s to replace the previous academy which was destroyed by fire in 1898. The school educated generations of families in the 98 years that it stood at the top of the hill looking down Gorham Street. Many of us Liverpool kids remember starting school there and I certainly remember it. I went to school there starting in September 1970, Mrs Vida Manthorne was grade primary teacher. She had taught for many years and by the time she was my teacher she was nearing retirement. My classmates were Philip Leefe, Sean Burke, Joanne Strum, Blair Raddall, Ann Whynot, Mary Beth Lantz, just to name a few. She was such a good teacher, with lots of patience for us little kids.I remember Mrs. Manthorne got us to make an octopus by filling the legs of 8 nylons with newspaper. At the end of the school year she put all of our names in a hat and picked out the winner who would get to take our octopus home. I recall Philip Leefe won. (Funny the things you remember). I remember the little fountains for us kids to drink from and the wooden wainscotting and walls and creaky stairs too. The school was old looking, though as kids we didnt think of that. My grade one teacher was Elizabeth Wessell now Elizabeth Burns and mid way through the school year we moved and I attended Gorham School on Payzant Street for the remainder of that school year. Many years after my days at the Academy, I ran into my grade primary teacher Mrs. Manthorne at Tim Hortons in Liverpool. As we talked I told her she taught me way back when. She thought for a minute and remembered my name and guessed 1969 as the year she had taught me, she was off by 1 year. Of all the students she taught over her years and how much I had changed in 20 years she still remembered. I could never figure out how teachers could remember that stuff. I was impressed.

My grade primary teacher Mrs. Vida Manthorne
I got permission to go inside the Academy just before demolition in 1996. I took lots of interior and exterior photos and videoed too. Recently I watched the video and today I'm so pleased I thought to do that. The building has been gone for 15 years and the property used as part of the Rossignol Cultural Center next door in the old Jr. High School. Though the Academy was old and in need of lots of work, I've always felt that it was sad to demolish it. Seems it tends to happen to our older buildings far too often in Liverpool.

C. W. Hartlen's Funeral Parlour, Milton, Nova Scotia

C. W. Hartlen with his horse driven herse
For most of us, Chandlers Funeral Home in Liverpool is the only Funeral Home we've ever known to be in Queens County. However, during the days of my grandmother (who grew up in Milton in the 1920s), there was also a small funeral home in Milton. Claude W. Hartlen owned and operated a funeral parlour in the area where the Milton Canoe and Camera Club building is presently located. He began the business in the late 1890s and operated it for 30 years, retiring around 1928. Around that time he sold the business to Bruce Chandler who had it for 3 years before going into partnership with Liverpool Funeral Home owner Edgar Wright. They formed Wright and Chandler which today we know as just Chandlers Funeral Home. C.W. Hartlen's funeral home building was destroyed in the 1931 Milton fire, which also destroyed a few other buildings on Milton Corner where the Masonic Hall, Canoe and Camera Club and the Rogers Market building are now located. I remember my grandmother sharing a story about Hartlen's Funeral Home. In 1927, her uncle Dave Berriman from Tupper Street, died after a mill accident in Milton. Nan said she remembered her uncle was taken to Bridgewater hospital after the accident where he later died. Mr Hartlen went to Bridgewater to pick up the body and nan's uncle Dave's funeral was through C. W. Hartlen's Funeral Home.

Anyone recognize this house?

Does this house look familiar to anyone? I'll give you a's in Milton.

 Tammi Hayne guessed it again...she's good!
More like this to come Tammi...

Thursday, 27 October 2011

The First Gorham School, Church Street, Liverpool, Nova Scotia.

The first Gorham School was built in 1818 and it was built from money given by Liverpool Residents James and Jedidah Gorham. The Gorham's house was located where the Liverpool Town Hall is now located. The Gorhams were wealthy people and had no children so they used their money wisely and in most cases invested it in the education system in Liverpool. It was written that by the 1950s the first Gorham School had 2 classrooms and was heated with hot water heat. It was not in the best condition at that time and the future of the building did not look promising. In the later 1960's the school was demolished and a new building was constructed by the Liverpool Lions Club which was the new Girl Guide Hall. The Lions Club use the basement for their affairs, while the Girl Guides use the upstairs. The building was built by Mosher and Rawding, the size of the new building 30 x 50 at a cost of $25,000. It officially opened in February 1970.
Gorham School - corner of Church and Gorham Streets

 The Gorhams left their mark in Liverpool. The had the school named in their honor and later the Gorham School on Payzant Street named for them. They also have Gorham Street named after them and there was also Gorham College which I will write about in another story later. There was also Gorham Memorial Library on Gorham Street where Butch Cook and Sons have their business. Next to the Cooks building is a fenced in area where there are 2 gravestones which are the gravesites for James and Jedidah Gorham.
The Liverpool Girl Guide Hall in 1996.

More's Parade Store, 502 Main Street, Liverpool, Nova Scotia

More's Parade Store in 1958
Herbie More owned and operated a small grocery store on Main Street next to his house. The location is now the parking lot to the right of the present Liverpool Fire Hall. He opened the store in 1948 and operated it for years. When I was a young kid, I remember the building being occupied by "Riverside TV" which had musical instruments and electronics I believe. Riverside TV eventually moved from the building and relocated in Milton where Walkers Store was. The building is located next to what was Rogers Market. More's store building was demolished in the 1970s when the Fire Hall was built and parking areas needed. I don't remember More's Store at all, perhaps it was closed before I was old enough to remember things. Does anyone know who owned and operated Riverside TV? Just curious!!

More's Store/Riverside TV building on the right. The building close to the photographer was used for salt. A dozer would load it full of salt and it the salt trucks would drive under it. The salt would go on the back of the trucks to be used when road conditions were icy.

Taken from the Liverpool Advance - September 2, 1970 Issue

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Henderson's Hardware, Main Street, Liverpool, Nova Scotia

In November 1914, the J. Snow and Henderson store opened to the public. Just two months later, in February 1915, new ownership changed the name to Henderson and Inness, a name which remained until 1963. After 1963, it was known as Henderson's Hardware. Gordon Henderson operated the store for many years and Ed Schrader was employed there for many years. Hugh Mosher was manager of the store in it's final years and I remember Dot Lohnes working there when I was just a kid and had gone in to buy nails. In December 1978, Henderson's Hardware closed it's doors and the adjoining Scotia Bank began renovations to enlarge their existing bank into the Henderson's Hardware section. In the early 1990's Scotia Bank gave the bank a major face lift completely renovating the exterior. Looking at the outside of the bank today, you would never know the hardware store ever existed.

Stedmans Store, Main Street, Liverpool, N.S.

The first Stedmans Store on Main Street
The first Stedmans Store was located at 210-212 Main Street where John Henley and Jeff Langille have their offices today. It was first the Five and Dime I think and later Stedmans. It eventually moved next door to where Packet's Landing is now (where the Dollar Store is). At this location it was a large and at the time, very modern store. It was 2 levels and sold men's, women's, and children's clothing, footwear, jewelry, toys, school supplies and even had a lunch counter called the Copper Grill. Joyce Whynot, Eleanor Shupe, Kay MacNutt, Jessie Whynot and my aunt Barb West worked at the lunch counter for many years. I went for lunch there every single school day from the beginning of grade 9 until the end of grade 12. The girls that ran the lunch counter worked hard and still always carried a smile. Lots of great memories going there during my high school years and met lots of other regulars who went there for lunch. The girls from the Royal Bank were there everyday and we all created a lunchtime friendship. At one time the Liverpool Copper Grill was given an award for the busiest of any Stedmans Store in Canada.

Removing the Stedman Store sign in December 1989
Carol Uhlman, Lil Croft and her sister Alice Huskins I believe worked at Stedmans for years, also Charlotte Jollimore and Christine Schrader. Nick and Diana Wakeham were the last owners of the store when it closed for business in 1989. The building was eventually sold and made into several rental units and it has housed the Dollar Store forever it seems, also Ann Thomson Realty and the Physioclinic. Janice Manthorne had a hair salon there too and there was also a small cafe in the building at one time. Sylvia Collins had a shop there too. The closing of Stedmans in the later 1980s started a ball rolling where we saw places like the Peoples Store and other stores close their doors. If you worked there or if you remember others who did please leave a comment.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

The Old Parade School, Main Street, Liverpool, N.S.

The first Parade School was located at the corner of Main and Brunswick Streets. It was a one room classroom and had been used for many years as a school. By the 1950s it was abandoned as a school because it was too small to house the number of children that were attending school. Another Parade School was built across the street where the Liverpool Fire Hall is now located. (Photos of that school can be seen by checking out the Liverpool Fire Hall story on my blog.) The first Parade School was in operation as early as 1854 and the building remained there until the Town of Liverpool demolished it in 1991. I personally have no memory of the building being a school. In my younger days it was used to house some heavy equipment for the town and the last years it was used for storing salt that was used in the winter for slippery highways. The style of this school was common, the Western Head and Mersey Point Schools looked very similar. If anyone has memories of this building from the days when it was a school, your comments are welcomed. All of us would love to know who taught there and what years you may have attended this school.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Memory Lane Photo, Liverpool, Nova Scotia

Well known Liverpool photographer, Warren Wagner started Memory Lane in his house in the 1970s where he did portraits, passport photos and a little framing. It was just a sideline, a hobby that he loved. In 1986, he was interested in buying some new, expensive camera equipment so thought he'd open a little photography shop to earn some extra money to buy it. Little did he know it would be a 25 year venture. Along with his wife, Karen they opened the shop at 275 Main Street where the Moss Pot is presently located. The shop was small and had a few staff. As business increased, Memory Lane grew and eventually filled the entire building, even taking one room in the Advance building. In the later 1980s, Memory Lane was the first in the history of Liverpool to offer 1 hour film processing. I started working there in March 1990 and later that year in September, Warren opened a color darkroom, the only one of it's kind in NS except in Halifax. Computer sales and repair were added to the list of things you could get at Memory Lane. As talk of internet grew, once again Memory Lane was the first to ever bring the Internet to Queens County. It was dial up and it was slow but that's all that was available at that time. Memory Lane was becoming too large for the location on Main Street so it moved in December 2000 to the Waterfront Plaza. You could buy Bell Expressvu Satellite Systems, Electronics, Rogers Cell Phones, Custom Framing, Color and Black & White Photocopies and computer supplies all under one roof. The Ball & Skein was added in later years so you could even buy yarn there. The last staff members working there were owners Warren and Karen Wagner, myself, Sheri Roy, Mike Morton and Alex Rector-Wagner. Sadly, as the economy started to take its toll on businesses in Liverpool, Memory Lane became a victim of tough times and the end of March 2011 it closed after almost 25 years in downtown Liverpool.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Pizza Delight in Liverpool, Nova Scotia

Pizza Delight has been in Liverpool on 2 different occasions. Most recently, back in the 1990s it was located in the Waterfront Plaza where Memory Lane had been located. It was a large restaurant with lots of seating, very nice atmosphere but unfortunately not enough business to keep it going. When I was a kid in the 1970s, Pizza Delight was located at 275 Main Street, strangely enough also a location for Memory Lane. It was a small location and my aunt Sherri Roy was manager there. Not only did they sell Pizza but they also had a large grill to make hamburgers and omg they were good. I use to go there with my grandmother, just to sit out back to chat with my aunt. I remember lots of onions,etc all cut and ready to use when needed to make the pizzas. It was warm in there too with the large pizza oven going. Not really sure when it closed but I think it became Liverpool Pizzeria after. 275 Main Street has been the location for many stores and I will talk about that in detail in another blog posting. Maybe my aunt Sherri can fill us in on Pizza Delight, who worked there, who owned it, let's home she sends me a comment.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Thomas Raddall Research Center, Liverpool, Nova Scotia

Thomas Raddall Research Center - Photo taken from the Internet
As most of you can probably tell, I didn't miss much when I was growing up. I remember buildings, people and events that happened around Liverpool that most kids my age didn't even take notice of. I've always had a huge interest in the goings on around Liverpool-Milton area. Another interest I had since almost birth, was my family. People often ask me how I got into all of this history stuff and here's how it happened. My late grandmother, Doris was a great one to talk about her younger days and her family, most I never knew personally. When I was 19, the old lady who lived across the street from us, passed away and was buried in the United West Cemetery on Payzant Street in Liverpool and it was my first real experience with losing someone. Many days I'd jump on my bike, drive to White Point Road to visit my nan and I'd stop at the cemetery to visit my friend who had died. While roaming through the cemetery I noticed the gravestones for many of my own family that I remembered nan talking about. Little did I know that this would be the beginning of something that would always be a huge part of my life. It was around 1987 that I was convinced to go to the Queens County museum to do research on my family. My idea of going there was sitting at a table with books piled high to the ceiling and me having to root through them hoping to locate something on my family. What a surprise I got. Instead of books there was microfilm and lots of it. Even though my family were never mayors of town, business owners or elected officials of any kind, my poor old family of hard working, everyday people were mentioned on the microfilm. I was thrilled and I was hooked. The research area was in a small little room upstairs at Queens County Museum and over the years we out grew that little space. The Raddall family donated money to build a new research center, attached to the Queens County Museum. Today we have a top notch research center, better than almost any small town museum in Nova Scotia. Over the years I have used that research center hundreds of times. I have learned so much on the local families and I have given back lots of my own research for others to benefit from. This love of family history has led me to cemeteries in the US and Ontario. I have tracked down long lost family in Ontario, Western Canada, Massachusetts, California, and many other states and provinces. I have helped people find their biological families and long lost family photos. I've helped online researchers in the US, Canada, Australia, and Scotland. I even had the priviledge of doing research for and appearing on an episode of Ancestors in the Attic on the History Channel a few years ago.If you have connections to Queens County Families, be sure to visit the research center, trust me you won't be disappointed. Nowadays there are also many amazing online sites to help in your family history search... is a great one. Also Census records are available and the Queens County Gen Web site just to name a few. There are many other people out there searching too and maybe they are researching the same family you are looking for. The amount of time that I have personally put into this hobby was worth every minute and I know it would be for any of you who are interested.

Liverpool Fire Hall, Main Street, Liverpool, Nova Scotia

The Second Parade School - site of the Liverpool Fire Hall

The Liverpool Fire Hall was located on Main Street in Liverpool for many years where Main Street Kwik Way is presently located, but in the 1970's plans were made to build a new fire hall. Further up the street at the corner of Main St. and what was then Shipyard Lane, stood an old school in an area of Liverpool known as the Parade. The building had not been used as a school for years so the Town of Liverpool Public Works Department used the old red brick building. Large equipment, plows, and trucks were a common sight behind the old school. But around the mid 1970's the building was demolished to make way for a new Fire Hall. The new fire hall was much larger and very modern, compared to the previous building and besides having an area to keep the fire trucks and ambulance, it also had a Firemen's club house upstairs and a kitchen and an area to hold functions, dances, etc. downstairs. The building was originally 2 colors. I believe the area where the fire trucks were kept was green and the area of the building where the hall area is, was yellow but several years ago the entire building was painted blue. The kitchen was moved to the rear of the building to a larger area and some years ago a monument was added at the front of the building with the names of departed Firemen and Ladies Aux.
The Liverpool Fire Hall in October 2011
members on it. The Liverpool Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary has always been a volunteer organization and a group that has always been greatly appreciated and respected by the residents of Liverpool and Queens County. Many of the familiar faces of this organization, that I fondly remember when I was younger, have passed away. Who could ever forget people like Bazil and Margie Horton, Jackie and Edie Lloyd, Anna Whynot, Claude and Thelma Thorburne, Tony Whynot, Doug and Pat Wathen, Myrtle Boudreau, James Schrader, Lambert Roy and his mother Mae Whynot, Arnold Stafford, Butch Lilly, Bud Huey and so many more who were valued members of the Liverpool Fire Fighters Association and Ladies Auxiliary.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

MacLeod's Service Station, Milton, Nova Scotia

Donald MacLeod owned and operated MacLeod's Service Station on the East side of Milton near the entrance of Morton Street for 32 years, retiring in 1977. He built the garage in 1945 and at that time there were no gas pumps, he just did vehicle repairs. After Don retired, his son Phil took over the business as well as Don's oil delivery business. Larry Weagle worked there as a mechanic for many years and when Phil decided it was time to retire from the Service Station business, Larry and his wife Joan took it over. The business closed in 1993 and the building was demolished. Now the lot is vacant and has been for almost 20 years. Hard to believe it's been that long. I recall going there with my dad to get gas when I was just a kid. Brian Fralic worked there pumping gas as I recall. The place was a hang out for the local old fellas and some not so old. Phil MacLeod passed away a few years ago, and though I didn't know his dad, Donald, I did know Phil well. He was one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. Phil's son Wade followed in the footsteps of his dad and grandfather and has taken over MacLeod's Fuels and his oil truck is a common sight around the Liverpool area.

Milton Memorial Hall, Tupper Street, Milton, Nova Scotia

The hall after completion
Building the Milton Hall
I recall when I was younger, my dad's uncle had a few boxes of old papers, receipts, etc and one day I got to look through the boxes. In it were mostly papers dealing with Milton businesses but there was a letter that I never forgot. It read help was needed to build the new Milton Memorial Hall so bring your hammer and come help us build. I didn't save the letter and after the uncle passed away in 2001 I was hoping to find those boxes of stuff. Sadly they were gone, most likely burned in the kitchen stove. The Milton Hall opened around 1961 and has been used as a community hall for 50 years. Many Milton volunteers have kept the place going and when it looked really bad for the hall a few years ago, more people stepped up to the plate and picked up the pieces and to my knowledge things are going strong again. Monday night Bingo has been held there forever and I remember going there when I was a kid with my dad and later with my grandmother. Guyon Covey and his friend Olive Whynot always sat in the same spot and never missed a Monday Night Bingo. Also held in the building were auctions, dances, wedding receptions, meetings, suppers, mens and womens volleyball leagues and of course Milton Days in July is usually held in the hall yard. (The Milton Days Queen Pageant was held in the hall) When I was going to Milton School in the 1970s the school didn't have a gym so we walked over to the Hall to play basketball, floor hockey, and volleyball for gym class with our teacher Roger Jollimore. Back around the 1980s I think, the entrance was enlarged and a wheelchair ramp added. The large windows along each side of the building were removed and not replaced because of constant vandalism. This year new tables and chairs were purchased for the hall and the kitchen had some renovations done to it as well. The Milton Community Association built and operates the hall and as I recall, the sign in the entry says that they are always looking for more members to help keep things going. Last I knew Anne Conrad was president and doing a great job!
The last years I donated my money to their cause by going to bingo with my mom. Haven't been there since July and I miss the gang from Monday night Bingo but hope to see them all real soon!