Stories from our past – November 7, 2019

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

1909

  • Captain H.B. Wessel of Gananaque, has moved to Picton with his family and opened a boat building works in a part of the old Fralick carriage factory, Elizabeth street. He has several orders already for both small motor boats and cabin cruisers.
  • When Mr. Robert Thompson was in the vicinity of the stock yards on his way home, he collided with another rig, doing considerable damage. Before he could get fixed up and on his way again the parcel express wagon ran into him damaging his rig still worse and causing his horse to run away.The cause of the triple collision was the coming on of the electric lights which blinded all three drivers for the moment.
  • West Lake – The Mission Circle held an afternoon meeting in the church. Mrs. Thompson and Mrs. Yarwood, Picton, were present. Mrs. Yarwood gave a very interesting address on Systematic Giving, and Mrs. Thompson an excellent address on missionary work in general.

1939

  • Between 900 and 1,000 persons enjoyed the program given in Picton United Church by the Metropolitan Silver Band of Toronto. This fine musical organization lived up to all advance notices and many expressions of appreciation were heard.
  • The October meeting of the Ladies’ Aid was held at the home of Mrs. Robert Anderson, with good attendance. Mrs. Thomas Milligan was in charge of the meeting. The next meetin will be held at Mrs. Arthur Aman’s.
  • Mrs. E. M. Young, “Claramount,” greeted guests in her own charming way when the congregation of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church met for a farewell to Dr. M. E. R. And Mrs. Boudreau. A bright fire in the fireplace and soft shaded lights made a cheery scene, offsetting the rainy day.

1969

  • The Cavell Class of Picton United Church met at the home of Mrs. H. Huff for their ‘Birthday Meeting’ with an attendance of 12.
  • A petition urging fire protection, now circulating in Sophiasburgh Township since a $30,000 fire destroyed the Ronald Byford home, was presented before township council last night. While the petition was examined, and will receive further consideration, council took no definite action.
  • Ontario’s Junior Farmers have completed a project to help their neighbours in India learn more about agriculture. Ontario Vice President, Bruce Horsley, Shelburne, presented the final cheque boosting the total donation over $13,000. Through the efforts of Ontario’s Junior Farmers, a men’s residence was built at Literacy Village in Lucknow, India.

1979

  • When Stella Struthers of Bloomfield was picking apples at a Waupoos orchard, she began to question if she was in the right place or not. Amongst the grounded apples was a lonely strawberry plant peeking out looking for some warmth and sunshine. Apparently the strawberry plant did not know what season it was.
  • Two Prince Edward County authors have jointly produced a book “Desperate Venture.” The story of the Central Ontario Railway by James Plomer and Alan R. Capon has just come off the press and the authors will be in Picton to autograph copies at the County Book ‘N Craft Shop in the Towne Mall.
  • In an impressive ceremony at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Mrs. Charity Clarke of Picton was presented with a life membership in the Hospital Auxiliaries Association of Ontario. There were 52 life memberships conferred representing between 1,100 years of voluntary services to the Hospital Auxiliaries across Ontario.