Edited from the
Saint Croix Courier
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 1987
ST. STEPHEN – Murray Dalfen says he will not agree to do a market study for his proposed shopping mall complex as requested by Municipal Affairs and Environment Minister Bob Jackson and he says even though the letter he received from the minister doesn’t reject his project, “I consider it a ‘no’ letter,” Dalfen said.
The president of Dalfen Enterprises wants to build a shopping mall-food store and hotel complex on a 30-acre site on Highway 1 just on the edge of town. The president of the Montreal-based family clothing store chain presented his proposal to St. Stephen town council and then to Jackson in mid-June.
The company was prepared to begin construction of the first phase, a Dalfen’s store and a number of boutiques, almost immediately, but because it exceeds 16,000 square feet and is in an unincorporated part of the province, it requires the approval of the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, the provincial cabinet.
Smith chosen to reign at festival
ST. STEPHEN – “Laura predicted this. She said it would be the three of us,” said Niki Lee Smith, in those first exciting minutes after she was crowned Miss International 1987.
The insightful Laura was Smith’s friend and running mate in the Miss International pageant, 17-year-old Laura Lee of Calais, who was named first princess.
The United States side of the St. Croix Valley cleaned up in the pageant this year with another Calais contestant, Jennifer Holland, 17, winning second princess in the field of 12 contestants.
Grand Manan – Rossy Brown, president of the Grand Manan Wildlife Association, has announced that the 40-odd turkey polts were released on July 1, after they had been kept and raised for two months. They were brought here from Ontario by the association. So far there are few reports on how they are faring. One has been reported as having been killed by a wild cat.
Haute cuisine aux mayors
The first mayors challenge chocolate cake decorating contest proved a lively affair. Taking part were Bev Lawrence, Mayor of St. Andrews; Drew Case, Mayor of Calais; St. Stephen Mayor Billy MacCready; McAdam Mayor Ralph Annis, and grand prize winner, St. George Mayor Vance Craig. Craig won with his simple chocolate cake smothered in whipped cream and sprinkles with chocolate shavings.
60 YEARS AGO – 1957
Outlook for rebuilding at blaze site “rather grim”
Unofficial indications that one of St. Stephen’s most important business blocks will not be rebuilt, at least by local capital, came at midweek following last Friday night’s disastrous fire which destroyed the St. Stephen Development Co. Ltd. building on Water Street.
Dr. E.O. Thomas, president of the locally-owned company, said on Tuesday evening in an interview that although a stockholders’ meeting had not yet been held, he felt “quite sure” his company would not rebuild. The outlook for reconstruction at the site was “rather grim.”
A building familiar to the structure destroyed by the 12-hour fire, watched by 3,000 shocked citizens on both sides of the border during the night, would cost approximately $125,000 to build to today’s standards, Dr. Thomas explained. The feeling was that local business tenants could not pay an approximately doubled rent, which would make a capital investment of this magnitude profitable. The old building was put up in 1931 for about $30,000.
Knocked out of business by the blow were the local branches of Dominion Stores Ltd., and Agnew Surpass Shoe Stores Ltd., and two locally-owned businesses, Fashion Frocks Ltd., and the Tally-Ho soda fountain and china shop.
Two – Dominion Stores and Fashion Frocks – announced their intentions of staying in business as soon as suitable rent locations were found. Both Ray Johnson, Dominion manager, and Archie Andrews of Fashion Frocks, indicated plans were being made by their concerns to this end, although no definite announcements were ready.
In the “indefinite” category are Agnew-Surpass, managed by Bill MacLean, and the Tally-Ho, owned by C.H. Clark.
90 YEARS AGO – 1927
Henry and his Ford
Henry Ford, who kept his 64th birthday last week by working on his new car, told reporters the biggest job of his life was ahead of him. In 19 years he produced and marketed 15,000,000 cars of the famous Model T, now discontinued. His new job is the production and sale of an equal number of the new model in less than that time. He sees new worlds his for conquering. “There are,” he told reporters, “still parts of the world where there are many families without automobiles, and there are some parts of the world where whole families have never seen an automobile.”
J.C. Penny store coming to Calais
Workmen under contractor Carl Olsson are now busily engaged tearing down the old Phelan building next to the Olsson clothing store in Calais in preparation for the building of a large two-storey brick and concrete structure which will extend over to the Methodist church.
It is understood that Mr. Olsson himself will occupy part of the building which will extend back 135 feet and that the balance of both storeys have been leased for a long term to the J.C. Penny stores who will take possession early in the new year.
120 YEARS AGO – 1897
When coming from St. Andrews to Robbinston, on the trip from Campobello with a large picnic party, the steamer Rose Standish encountered the squall which did such damage around Oak Bay and other parts of the county on Friday afternoon. The river was quickly lashed into white caps while rain and hail fell in torrents. Some heavy chairs on the hurricane deck were carried overboard like feathers. The passengers rushed into the saloons and waited in silent fear until the storm had passed.
The Algonquin is full and the town overflowing with visitors. On Friday night every bed in Kennedy’s hotel was occupied and cots had to be called into equisition.