February 22, 2018

LOOKING BACK – Hillsburgh soldier wounded

From the Advocate – 100 years ago (1918)
Hillsburg soldier wounded
In the list of wounded in Wednesday’s papers we note the name of W. Hornett, No. 451015, of Hillsburg. In other war news, the Advocate reports that 15 British vessels were recently sunk by German U-Boats. The following is a list of articles, packed and sent to Red Cross Supplies, Toronto, from the Erin Ladies’ Patriotic Association during the past week: 14 trench caps $7.00, 7 trench shirts $17.50, 22 handkerchiefs $2.20, 2 and a half doz. comfort bags $7.50, 35 pairs socks $52.50, 17 pyjama suits $27.00, 22 wash cloths $2.20. Total $115.90.
From the Advocate – 35 years ago (1983)
11-year-old saves sister
Lisa Bint, 7, of Mill Street in Hillsburgh is a very lucky girl to have a cool-headed brother named Leigh. Lisa decided to go skating on Sunday on the creek behind the Medical Centre in Hillsburgh, and fell through the ice. Luckily, her brother Leigh, 11, and his friend Ryan Kent, 7, also of Hillsburgh were playing nearby and pulled the shivering child to safety before the cold could take its toll. Sunday was cold, but not cold enough to produce the ice necessary to skate. Before venturing out onto ponds or rivers, make sure it’s safe.
Water rates to rise in village
Erin Village council has announced that there will be an increase averaging five per cent on local water bills. Users who are metered will now be charged 33 cents per 100 gallons for the first 6,000 gallons. For those not metered the minimum payment will be $5.25 per month. For those with taps only, the cost will go to $4.50, with a 10 per cent discount for paying on time
From the Advocate – 25 years ago (1993)
Erin may get larger calling area
The isolation that many Erin-Hillsburgh Bell Telephone subscribers have felt for years may end this fall. Bell has a proposal to allow local subscribers to call as far as Burlington, Bowmanville and Bradford without long distance charges. That means Brampton, Milton, Acton, Georgetown and Caledon East would be local calls. Guelph and Orangeville, however, would remain long-distance calls. The proposed monthly cost of basic telephone service for a Hillsburgh area home would go up from $6.40 to $21.95. Jack Dyce, President of the Shamrock Seniors Club, plans to start a petition to have Orangeville included.
Nodwell a Lieut.-Colonel
A column called “Recycling the Advocate” looked back at the Advocate issue of February 18, 1943. Capt. R.J. Nodwell, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.D. Nodwell of Hillsburgh, had been promoted to the rank of Lieut.Colonel, commanding the 27th Canadian Field Ambulance. Nodwell enlisted at the outbreak of the war, served overseas for some time and returned to Canada the previous summer. The Advocate joined with R.J.’s many friends in extending congratulations on his promotion.
From the Advocate – 20 years ago (1998)
Doctorate at 22
Brenda Allen, formerly of Ballinafad, who graduated from Erin District High School in 1989 at the ripe old age of 13, is now “Dr. Allen”. Brenda has been attending Oxford University and recently completed her D.Phil. thesis in numerical analysis and computer modeling. She also joined the Oxford cycling club and became the women’s time trial champion, winning gold at all four distances – 10, 25, 50 and 100 miles. This achievement, plus several gold and silver performances in other student events, earned her a “Half-blue” award, never before awarded to a woman cyclist at the university. Shortly before her 22nd birthday, just after passing her final exams, she started working for the British government in the Ministry of Defence.