Stories from our past-June 27, 2019

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

1909:

  • Sneaky thieves were busy on King Street the other night. A large Wedge-Wood jardiniere was stolen during the night time from the verandah of Mr. W.G. McLellan’s residence.
  • The hay crop hereabouts will in all probability be a light one this season. The meadows look thin and at this juncture are badly in need of rain. In two or three weeks the hay should be ready for harvesting, but there won’t be much to harvest if the dry warmth continues.
  • The yachts, Madge and Arrow, carried two jolly boatloads of young folk and chaperones as their freight to Glen Island on Monday night, when dance was held in the Island Pavilion.

1939:

  • Mr. W.D. Blakely on Friday marked his 93rd birthday at his home, Main St., Picton. On this occasion it gave him much pleasure to hav ewith im his son, DeForest Blakely and wife, of Chicago. They will return home on Friday.
  • Cherry Valley – Colliver and Leavens canning factory operated a short time on Saturday canning strawberries. They are also operating this week. Berries are selling generally at 6c a box.
  • The June meeting of the Bethel W.M.S. Took the form of a tea, held at the church on Thursday, when the auxiliaries of the circuit-Doxsees, Big Island, Elmbrook and Demorestville ladies were invited.

1969:

  • When will the rain end? That question is being asked by most people including farmers who find haying difficult. Saturday, the filtration plant in Picton reported .02 inches rain, Sunday was clear, Monday morning .06 inches fell, and from then until 8 a.m. Tuesday, 1.10 inches had fallen for a total of 1.16 inches.
  • A bridge to link Prince Edward County with the United States was proposed by mayor H.J. McFarland at his dinner Friday night. Part of the cost would be offset by the elimination of the three ferries.
  • Self-contained housekeeping cottages, as well as cottage accommodation, is included in the new legislation which comes under the five per cent accommodation tax.

1979:

  • Concerns that a proposed development on Tubbs Island could pollute existing private water service systems has prompted residents to secure an Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearing into the development.
  • The seasonal rash of speeding vehicles and squealing of tires through Picton streets drew harsh condemnation Monday from May Don King. He explained that the problems seems to occur seasonally once the warm weather is here.
  • An $850,000 settlement has been agreed upon between Lake Ontario Cement Company Ltd and the Ontario provincial government which involves the expropriation of a sand excavation site near Sandbanks Provincial Park in Prince Edward County.