Chronicles from the Past

There is much in the shipping situation to restore confidence to the people of Ladysmith.

  • Sep. 28, 2015 9:00 a.m.

September 1915

There is much in the shipping situation to restore confidence to the people of Ladysmith. At no time since the strike started three years ago today, have there been so many ships loading coal as this week. In fact it seems as if the record of four years ago had been eclipsed. Apparently this is not spasmodic demand for coal, for according to all accounts the demand will continue to increase. One reason for this is the superior quality of Extension coal, which, all other things being equal, gets the preference of the consumers.

September 1955

More than 4,000 people visited Ivey Green Park during the Labour Day weekend, Sam Guthrie, camp attendant reported this week.

While no official count of visitors is kept, Mr. Guthrie said that he made a check on both Sunday and Labour Day and counted more than 2,000 on each day.

A major development program was carried out at the park last winter and the park has become increasingly popular as the tourist season has progressed,  Mr. Guthrie reported.

He said there have been 14 to 15 cars each night seeking accommodation in the 11 camp sites and camping parties have doubled up on a site.

Mr. Guthrie was unable to say whether more camp sites will be constructed this winter, but he did say that the original program for the park calls for hard surfacing of the roads, installation of a water system and the construction of sheltered cooking facilities in the picnic area.

September 1985

Joe Watson always wanted to be a fireman, and once he did, he stayed with it for 35 years. Ladysmith Volunteer Fire Department honored Watson, Sept. 10 for his service, but they’re not about to put him out to pasture yet.

The 69 year-old department veteran will be leaving the front lines to become its communication dispatcher.

Watson joined LVFD on Sept. 15, 1950. At that time the department had one firetruck, a 1942 International pumper, and a 1937 Ford one-ton hose truck.

Although not the old man of the department, Watson has serviced under five chiefs: Jameson, Jimmy Lumsden, Harry Blair, Burt Gilson and Bill Grouhel.

Nadine ReaLadysmith Historical Society


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