Stories From Our Past — Week of Nov. 29, 2018

Each week, the Gazette looks back on stories from the past. Here is what happened this week, by year…

1938

– Work was underway to create a new breakwater at Wellington that would cut diagonally across the harbour in order to keep sand from building at the entrance to West Lake from Lake Ontario. The channel was almost entirely filled with sand, causing the work to be done.

– Members of the public were invited to buy five-per-cent mortgage bonds to help developer Clayton Ward complete a six-unit apartment building on King Street. When rented, the units would provide revenue of $2,400 a year, offering a safe return of investment for those buying the bonds.

– The federal government announced that people receiving relief funding would no longer have to pay radio licence fees.

1948

– The sale of Christmas seals in the community would provide funding for tuberculosis screening in Prince Edward County. With funding from 1947, some 1,033 chest X-rays were administered in clinics across the county. An additional 200 were offered at the county. Four people were found to have tuberculosis and another 66 people were suspected.

– Mayor Lance Netherby indicated Picton council would press the province to fund its community centre, which closed due to lack of funding. He said the province was funding similar centres in other areas.

– Police were investigating after a girl was grabbed and had her clothes torn while walking on Bowery Street during a blackout.

1978

– Federal funding for a County-run preschool daycare centre was cut, leaving the program in limbo. The municipality’s social service committee took no action on assuming the costs of the service, leaving the decision to a newly elected council.

– Federal agriculture minister Eugene Whelan blamed Ontario for not fighting to increase milk share quota to support its cheddar producers. While international and domestic sales were slagging, Whelan said the Ontario sector remained strong, actually taking larger shares in the domestic market.

– Athol farmer Larry Green created the Cherry Valley Mill to produce flour. He could process 250 lbs of grain in an hour through his grinding stones.

1998

– For the second time in three months, a county family was struck by a flash fire caused by a build up of natural gas in their pumphouse. Two months after his wife and 10-year-old son were treated for serious burns, Les Simpson was taken to Kingston hospital with first-and second-degree burns following an explosion. The OPP and Ontario Fire Marshal were investigating.

– Ontario’s Education Improvement Commission called for parents to have increased input into school governance through a system of school councils.

– With more than twice the trees it had in 1997, the Prince Edward County Festival of Trees raised over $20,000 for the Garratt’s Island Farm ReTreat children’s camp.