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Ronald Mizon

All the photos sent by Ronald Mizon to accompany the 66 stories set up under Ronald Mizon in our "stories" section.

Stories from the Barn Photos

The Animals - lessons well learned. To all the children at the IWK - we hope you continue to enjoy our stories and we hope we can continue to bring a smile to all your faces for a long time.

2017 Uniacke Firefighters' Fair

Friday, June 23 to Saturday, June 24, 2017

Frances Wagner Memorial Gathering

Memorial Gathering for Frances Wagner Uniacke Estate, Mt Uniacke NS July 14, 2017 About 20 friends and family gathered in the Carriage House at the Uniacke Estate in Mount Uniacke, Nova Scotia, to remember Frances Wagner. Several brought photographs to contribute to a display table, which also included some of Frances's important scientific papers and books and the compass she purchased for her first field trip to James Bay in 1950 and used for the rest of her career. Jan Morrell acted as Master of Ceremonies. She told briefly the story of how she and her partner, Anne Bishop, came to know Frances at the Windsor Elms, where she lived for the last three and a half years of her life. Jan and Anne's dominant impression of Frances was of an intense, independent and competent woman who, while she was generous in sharing her knowledge, was also a very private person, not easy to get to know. Friends from one area of her life would express surprise when they learned of her accomplishments in another circle entirely. Her life was one of overlapping spheres of involvement. This memorial gathering was organized not only to bring closure to her life, but to give everyone a glimpse of Frances's different worlds through the eyes of someone who knew her in that area. Dogs The longest passion in Frances's life was dogs. She owned dogs for sixty years and bred them for forty. Two of Frances's friends in the dog world wrote tributes to be read aloud, although they could not attend the memorial themselves. The first was Leslie Giles Hennigar, who knew Fran for forty-seven years. She wrote about Fran's twenty years of breeding and showing Shetland Sheepdogs and the stained glass "Thicketwood Kennel" sign, displayed at the entrance to her property, designed and made by Fran herself. She also designed and knitted a coat, sweaters and vest from yarn spun from the dogs' undercoat. Leslie also paid tribute to the work Fran put into organizing clinics to screen dogs' eyes, including several service dogs and two handreared wolves from the Schubenacadie Wildlife Park. Linda Hill picked up where Leslie left off, describing the leadership Fran provided for the small group of breeders struggling to save the Norweigian Lundehund, a critically endangered breed. She told a story that brought a laugh from the assembled company, about coming across the Canadian border with two Norweigian Lundehunds from a breeder in New Hampshire. Thinking of the dogs as family rather than chattels, Fran and Linda claimed they had "nothing to declare." The border guard did not believe them. He wanted to know how much the dogs were worth. "They were a gift," the two women explained. 1 "They still have a value," said the guard. Fran and Linda called the breeder, but she was out. While they waited, Frances decided to tell the guard all about the breed, it's unusual characteristics, its history in the US and Canada, the story of how it was nearly wiped out and the genetic challenge of bringing it back from too few surviving individuals. "I'm not saying the border guard's eyes were glazing over," Linda concludes, "But shortly thereafter we were on our way, having agreed that, by coincidence, each dog was worth exactly the amount of our duty-free allowance." Horses Frances was also passionate about horses, Morgan horses in particular. She was a member of the Canadian Morgan Horse Association for forty-five years and a founding member of the Nova Scotia Historical Riding Society, researching and sewing period costumes and giving sidesaddle riding demonstrations at museums around the province, including at least three on the grounds of Uniacke House. Leslie Wade spoke on behalf of the Nova Scotia Morgan Horse Association. She read an excerpt from a tribute to Fran written by her friend JoAnn Steeves and published in the Canadian Morgan Horse Association's magazine, remembering Fran as "a quiet, unassuming but very knowledgeable Morgan horse enthusiast with exceptional organizational talents and a strong interest in the historical aspects and influence of the Morgan in Nova Scotia. She was a gentlewoman in every sense of the word." Fran was a longtime friend of Leslie's parents and often visited their farm where the family bred Morgans. They were surprised when they read Fran's obituary in the Globe and Mail, because they had known very little about her professional life. Marian Crosby, also a member of the Nova Scotia Morgan Horse Association, added her memory of how she got started riding sidesaddle. Fran had shown her beloved gelding Jay under sidesaddle in the Historical Costume Class at the annual Morgan show in Windsor. When Marian expressed interest, Fran immediately encouraged her to mount and see what it felt like. She later helped her learn sidesaddle riding and buy her own saddle. Marian rode one of her Morgans sidesaddle to the altar for her wedding. Fran's Career in Paleontology Jan told a couple of stories we have heard about her early passion for science. A childhood friend remembers Fran challenging the other children of cottagers on Mary Lake in Muskoka to see how many species of lichen they could find along the stone walk leading to one of the cottages. She remembered they found fifty-one. The two now adult children of the family Fran boarded with when she first went to Ottawa remembered with 2 delight her taking them on fossil hunting expeditions in the quarry where she was doing the research for her MA in Invertebrate Paleontology. She went on to complete an MSc in Geology and a PhD in Paleontology at Stanford University in California. Fran began her scientific career with the Geological Survey of Canada in Ottawa in 1950 and then moved to work out of the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in 1967. Two of her colleagues from the BIO, both geophysicists, were present at the gathering. Bosko Loncarevic is a former director at the BIO. He and Frances were among the first generation of scientists to work there, arriving shortly after the Institute opened. He spoke of her dedication, working fifty hours a week and producing a significant amount of scientific information. She was a world expert in fossilized molluscs. Her first major contribution was the mapping of the Champlain Sea, an ancient body of salt water in southern Quebec and northern New York State left behind when the glaciers melted at the end of the last Ice Age. Over a period of 3000 years following the retreat of the ice, the land rebounded and the Champlain Sea disappeared, but Frances mapped it through the fossil deposits in the shorelines it left behind. The practical application of the study became evident in 1955 when a landslide destroyed twenty-four homes in Quebec. The instability of the soils in the area is caused by ice crystals, still melting to this day, liquifying the surrounding sand. Frances was able to explain why the landslide happened and predict where others might occur. After Frances's study of the Champlain Sea was completed, she turned her attention to the Arctic, where she mapped the history of changing shorelines there, with implications for several fields of knowledge, including the study of climate change. It was here that Frances's and Bosko's work overlapped, when both participatied in a major scientific research project called Hudson 70. The Canadian Scientific Ship Hudson departed from Dartmouth in November 1969 and circumnavigated the Americas doing oceanographic research. Bosko and Frances were both aboard for part of the journey through the Northwest Passage. Bosko talked about how self-contained Frances was, how private and difficult to get to know. She did not volunteer information about herself and gave a minimal response when asked about anything personal. For five weeks on the Hudson 70 journey, they ate at the same table, but he knew no more about her when they finished than when they started. The other memorable thing about Frances at the BIO, Bosko told us, was that she was the only scientist who brought dogs to work. She had them in her office with her every day for years until someone complained. This led to much discussion, resulting in Frances being asked to leave the dogs at home. It was at this point that she left the BIO. The second speaker from Frances's days at the BIO was Charlotte Keen. She read a written contribution from Charles Schafer, one of Frances's colleagues in the 3 paleontology section. He worked with Frances on a number of major studies and also mentioned not only her dogs, but her mother, who would visit the BIO from time to time to make sure her supervisor understood exactly what sort of behaviour was expected of her daughter's colleagues. Charles wrote about the excitement of those years in the newly-formed BIO: "The decades that we worked together were exciting times in Canada's ocean research history. Many of us would often find ourselves in the office on weekends, eager to discover the secrets held by data and seafloor samples collected during the previous summer field season. For both of us, and for many of our Marine Geology Section colleagues from all over the world, it was a once-in-a-lifetime job opportunity that came with a good measure of Institute-wide comraderie that has since, unfortunately, disappeared for the most part with the growth of BIO into a large multi-departmental government facility. Nevertheless, fond memories of the old days invariably pop to the surface when one of our pioneer colleagues transitions to the spiritual world. Sail on Frances!" Charlotte added a tribute of her own, as a female scientist. Coming along fifteen years after Frances, she told us it was important to have a woman already there, doing scientific work, a role model for younger women. Retirement in Mount Uniacke Following retirement, Frances settled in Mount Uniacke and became an active member of the Uniacke Heritage Society. She brought her passion for history, detail and mapping to the group and, in return, found a caring community that respected her abilities and gave her many outlets for her love of nature, dogs and horses. Ken and Barbara Isles were especially good neighbours, caring for Frances as she gradually lost the ability to be as independent as she would like. Ken Isles spoke on behalf of the former Uniacke Heritage Society, first introducing the members and other Mount Uniacke neighbours who were present. Ken brought copies of the roads and trails map Frances made of the Mount Uniacke area and told a story of travelling with her to the Department of Lands and Forests to get the details as accurate as possible. On the way, she directed every move of his driving and parking. After the meeting, they returned to the second level of a downtown Halifax parking garage where they had left his car. "That's not my car," Ken objected. "It's running." He had been so flustered once they got the car parked, he had walked away without turning it off. Fran was truly a force to be reckoned with. Family Memories John Jackson, Frances's second cousin, and his wife, Ann, flew from Ontario to attend the memorial. They had spent several years trying to find Frances, eventually locating her house on Google Earth Street View, only to discover a for-sale sign in front. They contacted the realtor on the sign and followed the trail from there to the Windsor Elms. 4 John explained that he doesn't remember ever meeting Frances. Their families' cottages were very close to each other on Mary Lake in Muskoka, but "Frances was in the category of adult. I was ten or twelve years old, in the category of young children that should go and play outside." He did, however, share memories of Frances's younger brother David. After hearing people's comments on how quiet and private Frances was, he remarked that she must have gotten all of those genes. David got the other ones. He was famous for his parties and taught John how to pack a Coleman stove, sleeping bag and camp toilet into a milk carton and put it under the seat of a boat, turning it legally into a "houseboat" where one was allowed to drink beer. He used to set his motor at its lowest speed and tie the wheel, letting it slowly cross the lake with a party onboard. At the other side, he would turn it around and party all the way back. Once John decided to study geology, family members made him aware that he had a famous geologist for a relative, one who had participated in the Hudson 70 expedition. He indicated a page from Frances's undergraduate stratigraphy notebook on the display table and remarked that his notes didn't look that good. In fact, his textbooks didn't look that good. Ann Jackson is also a geologist and shared her memories of a visit to the BIO. She spent time with Frances in her office hearing about her work and admiring her dog hair sweater. Afterwards, Frances took her to her home for supper and more conversation into the evening. Reception After the more formal sharing of memories, the participants gathered around trays of food and carafes of coffee and tea prepared by Don and Marilyn Hartlen, former neighbours of Frances's in Mount Uniacke. Acknowledgements Thank you to the speakers and those who contributed their memories in writing, to the Hartlens for the food and to Winfried Veibahn, Property Manager of the Uniacke Estate, and his staff for helping us with the planning. They provided the venue for Frances's memorial without charge in recognition of her years of contribution to the Uniacke Heritage Society. Memorial Bench Frances's family and friends are collecting contributions to donate a bench with a memorial plaque to the Uniacke Estate Park. It will be placed on the highest walking trail on the property at the point where it emerges from the trees and provides a view over the house and its grounds.


Nov 1, 2013: "Just read the Remembrance Day piece on the cover of the Newsletter with regards to George Price. Before April of this year we had never heard of George Price. We had an opportunity to visit Europe in April and the first war memorial that we visited was that of George Price in Mons, Belgium. The memorial is on, or very near, the site where Pte. Price was killed. From now on Pte. Price will be in the forefront of our remembrances at future Remembrance Day services. We also did a Flanders Battle Field tour which included “The Brooding Soldier” at Vancouver Corner; Tyne Cot Cemetery; The Menin Gate; Essex Farm and the dressing station where John McCrae wrote “In Flanders Fields”; Vimy Ridge and Beaumont Hamel and numerous other sites. It truly makes one appreciate what we have today and what these men had gone through; to walk in the tunnels and trenches at Vimy Ridge and Ypres or to stand in a cement dressing station at Essex Farm; to be standing in a field looking at a picture taken during WW1 and compare that scene to today. This was truly an emotional few days for us and gives Remembrance Day a whole new meaning. The next time we hear “In Flanders Fields” it will bring the Essex Farm dressing station to mind. I know that from now on, every Remembrance Day will bring the images of The Flanders Battle Fields memorials back with emotional clarity. We have lots of pictures and when we look at them, we can still feel the emotions we felt at the time." Bruce and June Steadman


Following are photos taken in and around Mount Uniacke during the "snow world" of 2015. Thanks to all residents who sent in their photos and who posted onto Facebook where we got some of the photos.


Citizenship, volunteerism, and random acts of kindness are deeds completed every day by selfless people around the world. In many regions, volunteers are the life blood of any community. They do these tasks with a smile and the comfort of knowing they are contributing to the greater good. The Grade 9 students of Uniacke District School recently embarked on a journey to further develop their understanding of the word citizenship. Each of the two classes developed their own citizenship projects designed to give back to the community of Mt. Uniacke. The projects were designed with guidance from the teaching staff but facilitated entirely by the youth. Ms. McAvoy’s homeroom class agreed to volunteer their services to the staff of Uniacke Estates Museum on June 8th. The students and chaperones spent the morning sprucing up the parts of Mt. Uniacke’s most famous land mark. The classmates raked and removed branches from the lawn, walked the trails and collected litter, and enjoyed a beautiful day on the grounds. The event was highlighted by having most of the class landscape the large flowerbed in front of the house. It was a very gratifying task for many of the grade 9 students. As this was happening, another group of students from an outlying school were visiting Uniacke Estates. This was part of a class field trip. One of their chaperones asked why the UDS students were cleaning the area around the house. After hearing the reason, she remarked, “It is so nice to see people taking such pride in their own community.” Many thanks to Jean Rendell and Lenas Bennett for chaperoning and organizing the event. The other Grade 9 students chose to thank the people of Mt. Uniacke who do so much for the community already. Mr. McDaniel’s homeroom class wanted to honour the Mount Uniacke Seniors Club for all they do. For years the group has offered their own time to make the town a better place. From planting flowers for people in the area to helping at community events to visiting the sick and elderly, they do more behind the scenes than most realize. The class made a soup and sandwich lunch for the seniors as part of their June monthly meeting. All the food was donated and prepared by the students. The meal was served at the local fire hall at the noon meeting. The event culminated with their weekly card games. Kudos to Jean Rendell, Donald Hartland and Sandy Beamish for assisting with the project.

Morris Williams - 60 years a Firefighter

Morris Williams - 60 years a firefighter for Uniacke and District Volunteer Firefighter - retires December 31, 2015. THANK YOU Morris for your dedication to Mount Uniacke, your family, your friends, your community and to the Firefighting Service. On Saturday, January 16, firefighters and special guests braved a mighty snowstorm to pay tribute to one of our own. Morris Wiliams joined the fire department when he was 17 years old and was actively involved in the fire department for 60 years. Let that sink in for a minute folks.....60 years of dedicated, active service to his fire department and community! This is an amazing achievement and Morris deserves the well-earned recognition he received at his banquet and open house the following day. Among the guest speakers, Morris was also presented with accolades and certificates from the Province of N.S. and the Municipality of East Hants, to name a few. As most firefighters grow older, many of them choose to take less active roles in the department. Morris chose not to do that and answered the call for help at all hours of the day and night. Morris had a knack for looking as fresh as a daisy on every call, especially the ones in the middle of the night. On his final day with the department on December 31, 2015, Morris still responded to three calls that day! Morris, everyone in the fire department wishes you well in your retirement. Thank you for being a mentor to many firefighters over the years and for helping to shape and build the fire department into what it has become today.


While looking through some of mom's old papers I came across the attached story. I remembered that we found the original papers in a trunk in the attic of the old abandoned Dimock residence in the Old Mine Road. Mom copied the story to this paper in the late forties. The original is long gone, but this was copied word for word from the original which was in very poor condition. I do not know how factual this data is, but I found it interesting. Use the info as you see fit. Don Cunningham

Mount Uniacke Skateboard Park 2016

Opening Day photos of the new skateboard park in Mount Uniacke.

Eddy Chater October 11, 1966 to January 22, 2017

It is with sad hearts that we must acknowledge the passing of Eddy Chater (Eddy’s Variety) of Mount Uniacke. Eddy was liked / loved by everyone who met him and who had the opportunity to know him. Always smiling, forever helpful, enchantingly friendly. Eddy passed away at 3am Nova Scotia time, in Lebanon, where he went in late 2015 for treatment for cancer. The Chater family wishes to thank the community for ongoing support and best thoughts throughout Eddy’s brave fight.

Mount Uniacke Archives

Photos of historic people and places in the Mount Uniacke area.


This Nova Scotia historic landmark was constructed in 1845 as a place of worship for the Uniacke family, their neighbours and friends. The corner stone laying service was conducted by The Rev. R. Fitzgerald Uniacke, rector of Newport. The stone was laid by Mrs. Martha Maria Jeffery, daughter of the late Attorney General, Richard John Uniacke. During the first years of its existence, the church seems to have been served by clergy associated with the Uniacke family. During the 1850’s, the church was served by the rector of Rawdon and in the 1860’s became a separate mission. Later in that century, it reverted to being a part of Rawdon Parish. This little church had a rather private character until 1857, when the building and approximately seventeen acres of land were deeded by Martha Jeffery to the Colonial Church and School Society and its successors for the sum of five shillings. Shortly thereafter, the church was consecrated as “Holy Trinity”. After the turn of the century, around 1914, the church came under the direction of various students of King’s College, located in Windsor. Services were held from May or June through September or October. Holy Communion was celebrated at this time by clergy from Windsor or by the rector at Newport. This arrangement continued until 1931, when the Lakelands Mission was formally incorporated into the Parish of Newport/Walton. It is not known when the name “Holy Trinity” was changed to “Holy Spirit”. For many years the church was closed during the winter months, but since the installation of a central heating system in 1966, donated by Geraldine Mitchell, daughter of the Rev. James Boyle and Mary Alma Uniacke, services have been held throughout the year. The original cedar shingles on the east end of the church withstood the vigorous elements for 152 years before their replacement in 1997. The design of this historic church is unique to the early nineteenth century church construction era. Architect Charles Thompson combined the typical Nova Scotia timber frame construction with British classical architecture, incorporating elegant Gothic designs externally and internally, to provide a stately, but conservative and appealing, country church. The eyebrow mouldings over the windows, the Gothic windows and furnishings, including the stained-glass window over the altar depicting the baptism of Jesus Christ, transcend the invaluable heritage of Mount Uniacke and the Province of Nova Scotia. Plans are already underway to celebrate the 170th anniversary of the beautiful Church of the Holy Spirit, and considerable work has been, and continues to be done to upgrade both the church and parish hall both for present worship and other activities in preparation for the very special celebration in 2015. For those who are around in 2045, the 200th anniversary celebration promises to be a most wonderful event indeed. May God continue to bless the church and parish as He has throughout its many years of serving him in this place.


The pride of Mount Uniacke is on display.


Buildings from in and around Mount Uniacke