Stories from our past-July 9, 2020

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

1910:

  • The chairman of our street committee, Dr. Heaslip, this week visited Toronto for the purpose of getting ideas as to the better methods of street sprinkling and street roadbed building applicable to our town.
  • In spite of very warm weather a large and enthusiastic company attended the Anniversary of Meetings at the Baptist Church on Tuesday evening.
  • Our school teachers, the Misses Edna Walters and Lottie Smith have gone to their respective homes for the holidays.

1940:

  • Requests have been made for jam for evacuated children and adults, or for Canadian troops in hospital or camps overseas. The Women’s Institutes, in cooperation with the Red Cross Society, have launched a campaign to secure jam for this purpose.
  • On the recommendation of the mayor, a committee comprised of Councillors Moore and Henley was appointed to take all necessary steps regarding the organization of a home defence force in Picton.
  • Cherry Valley Hall, decorated with flags, flowers, maple leaves and red, white and blue paper was filled to capacity Wednesday evening when an unusually successful strawberry and ice-cream social was held.

1970:

  • Mr. and Mrs. Ron Roblin motored to Ottawa Thursday for a welcome home party for Mrs. Roblin’s sister and family who have returned home from Holland.
  • The announcement of Florida State University’s most distinguished professor- former Wellington local Dr. Ralph A. Bradley, son of Dr. And Mrs. A.O. Bradley, Wellington, highlighted commencement exercises recently.
  • Four Prince Edward County men were among several honored by the Masonic Lodge with 50 year lapel pins. Those honored from Prince Edward County were: W. B. Harvey and C. Vance of Bloomfield, along with Arthur H. Lloyd and W. Garfield Mayne of Picton.

1980:

  • Picton Town Council has chosen three new firemen for the town’s volunteer force. Kevin Merchant, Gordon Thompson and Tim Minaker were selected from a number of applicants.
  • Farmers throughout Prince Edward County, like those in other regions of Southern Ontario, are hurrying to take advantage of a new market for hay which has opened up with the onset of a severe drought in Manitoba.
  • The Hastings and Prince Edward Multiple Sclerosis Society has received $3,500 through a harness race and auction sale.