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Eaton, Rosemary

  • Person
  • 1919 to 2004

Rosemary Eaton was born in England and received some of her early education in Geneva. Her father owned a tea plantation in Sri Lanka, where she spent some of her summers. During World War II, while living in Britian, she joined the Home Guard. She worked in bookshops and other retail positions. Eaton studied photography and did some photography in Britain, northern Canada, Quebec and Nova Scotia. and has had photos published in magazines. She later moved to Toronto and then to Cole Harbour, N.S. in 1966 where she took an avid interest in the area. Eaton has written various newpaper articles relating to Cole Harbour issues and began documenting the area in photographs and journals. She married Michael Eaton and did not have any children.

Blackwood, Robert, Rev.

  • Person
  • 1789-1857

Robert Blackwood was born 29 September 1789 in Coldrain, Fossoway & Tullibole Parish, Kinross-shire, Scotland, the son of William Blackwood (1750-1812) and Janet Keltie (1761-?). He studied theology and graduated from Divinity Hall at the University of Edinburgh. In 1816 Blackwood married Ann Macara of Perth, Scotland, with whom he had nine children. That same year he and his wife left Scotland with the intention of settling in the state of Ohio. On his way to the United States, he stopped in Halifax, where he was persuaded to remain since there was a demand for Presbyterian ministers. In October 1816 he became pastor for the congregation of Nine Mile River, Gay's River and Shubenacadie, residing at Shubenacadie. In 1840 he left Shubenacadie to preach at Tatamagouche. Prior to his arrival in Nova Scotia, Blackwood had acquired some medical training and was known to occasionally treat members of his congregation. In 1852 Blackwood resigned his charge at Tatamagouche but continued to minister in New Annan, Nova Scotia at Willow Church. He died on 12 December 1857.

Dennis, Clara, 1881-1958

  • Person
  • 1881-1958

Clarissa Archibald Dennis was born 24 November 1881 in Truro, N.S. After attending Mount Allison College, Dalhousie University, and Halifax Business College, she worked for her father, Senator William Dennis, at the Halifax Herald office. As a reporter and author, she published numerous newspaper and magazine articles on topics including Nova Scotia history, prominent citizens, and Mi'kmaq folklore and customs. Her books include Down in Nova Scotia (1934), More about Nova Scotia (1937), and Cape Breton Over (1942). Clara Dennis died in Halifax on 16 February 1958.

David E. Lewis

  • Person
  • 1919-1975

David Earle Lewis (1919-1975), short story author and teacher, was born November 15, 1919 in Melvern Square, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia to Earl Gordon Lewis (1893-1964) and Isabel Jean (Laing) Lewis (b.1891). David E. Lewis earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1940 from Acadia University in Wolfville, NS. He worked in the Treasury Branch of the Department of National Defence (Navy) in St. John’s, Newfoundland (1943-1946) before returning to Acadia University to earn his Bachelor of Education in 1950. He received a teaching license for high school in 1951 and was hired by the newly constructed Bridgetown Regional High School in 1954. By 1957 he was living in Montreal, Quebec running his own bookstore, “David Lewis Books”. He returned to Bridgetown, NS and resumed teaching high school Latin and English in 1963, until retirement in 1972. He wrote regular columns for the Bridgetown Monitor newspaper, under titles “Here and There” (1967-1974) and “Bridgetown Scene,” had some short stories published in Maclean’s Magazine (1972), and published a book of humorous short stories titled “A Lover Needs a Guitar” (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1973). David E. Lewis died at home in Bridgetown on October 13, 1975 at age 56.

Surette, Charles Melvin

  • 2020.12-f28
  • Person
  • 1950-2020-

Son of William Existe Surette and Esther Jane Mary d’Entremont, Charles « Melvin » Surette was born in Salem, Massachusetts on October 29,1931. His interests included genealogy, woodworking, cooking and tracing family histories especially those of Acadian families. He translated the book “Acadians in Quebec” by Pierre-Maurice Hébert from French to English. He wrote several articles on genealogy and history in the American-Canadian Genealogist.

Hank Snow

  • Person
  • 1914-1999

Clarence Eugene “Hank” Snow (1914-1999), international country music singer and songwriter, was born in Brooklyn, Queens County, NS, on May 9, 1914 to George Snow and Maude (Hatt) Snow. His music career started in 1933 on CHNS Radio Station in Halifax NS under the name Hank the Yodeling Ranger. He signed a recording contract with RCA Victor’s Bluebird label in 1936 and made his first recording at their studio in Montreal QC. He toured across Canada in the 1930s and 1940s, then got his ‘big break’ when he appeared on the Grand Ole Opry stage in Nashville TN, USA in 1950 with his hit song “I’m Movin On”. Between 1936 and 1985, Hank Snow made 840 commercial recordings including folksongs of his boyhood, hobo and train songs, cowboy songs, pop standards, gospel, instrumental guitar, tributes to his main influence Jimmie Rodgers, recitations of Robert Service Poems, and his Billboard hits like “I’ve Been Everywhere”(1962) and “Hello Love” (1974). He sold over 70 million albums in his career, entertained US Army troops during the Korean War (1950-1953) and the Vietnam War (1955-1975), and operated a music school for guitar in Nashville TN. He was elected to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1978, their Country Music Hall of Fame in 1979 and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989. Hank Snow stopped recording in 1985, retired from performing in the early 1990s and gave his last Grand Ole Opry performance in September 1996. He died at his home in Madison TN on December 20, 1999 at the age of 85.

Gordon Silver

  • Person
  • 1945-2018

Gordon Eugene “Gordie” Silver (1945-2018), country music fan and collector, was born May 1, 1945 in Springfield, Nova Scotia, to Wesley and Florence (Wile) Silver. Gordie trained as a cartographer and was employed with the Provincial Government, Bowater Mersey and the County of Annapolis Assessment Division. He retired in 1996. He married Terry Whitman in circa 1970 and had 2 daughters. Gordie Silver loved music, especially international country music star Hank Snow (1914-1999). Gordie started his massive record collection of Hank Snow albums in 1955 at the age of 10 and served as president of the Hank Snow International Fan Club in the 1980s. He died November 4, 2018 at his home in Round Hill, NS.

Eric R. Dennis

  • Person
  • 1917-2011

Eric Reginald Dennis was the founding Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Communications and Information Centre in 1972 and remained in that position until his retirement from the Nova Scotia public service in 1982 when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 65. In retirement he was a public relations and publicity consultant and authored The Dennis Saga a genealogical work. Born in Stewiacke, Nova Scotia, he grew up in Agassiz, British Columbia. His great uncle, Senator William H Dennis, was the publisher of the Halifax Herald and invited him to work for the newspaper, which he did for more than 35 years serving primarily as a correspondent in Washington, London (England) and Ottawa between times in Halifax. From 1958 to 1961 he was Editor of the Chronicle Herald. He was married to Maxine Maybee and then to Margaret Stonehouse who outlived him. He died on 11 January 2011 at Oakville, Ontario where he had lived for a number of years.

Watt, Colin R., d. 1991

  • Person
  • d. 1991

Colin R. Watt was a resident of Truro, Nova Scotia and was a Branch Manager at Sun Alliance Insurance. He served during World War II. Watt died on April 13, 1991.

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