Submitted by Devonna Edwards
The Blockhouse Pond later called Stanford’s Pond was located on one side of the hill, years later the pond was filled in and railway tracks were built there. On the other side of the hill was an area which later became Howe Avenue, today renamed Joseph Howe Drive.
O’Neil’s Grocery Store was located on Kempt Road across from the Department of Highway building near the Bedford Basin. In the 1930s the store was owned by George Crawford who also had a post office in his store which Fairview residence used before the post office on Main Avenue was developed. Donnie told me that after Catherine Jones husband died, she cooked for the railway men and Donnie delivered groceries to her, going up that long driveway to the top of Jones Hill.
She made a couple of meals a day and the employees of the railway would come to her house to be fed.
Jones Hill was cut down and flattened and one of The Maritime Telegraph and Telephone Company buildings was built on the corner of the property facing Howe Avenue now known as Joseph Howe Drive. The earth from the hill was used to build Howe Avenue. Rumour has it that a large bomb shelter was built under the Maritime Tel and Tel Company building.
Today the Maritime Tel and Tel Company is no longer there, but other business now occupy the building: Accel Physiotherapy and Sport Performance Centre, H&R Block and Joseph Howe Family Dentistry. Railway tracks that once curved the back of the hill have been removed and today Joseph Howe Superstore parking lot occupies the site.