Stories from our past-May 16, 2019

May 16, 2019

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


  • There was unusually thick fog early Saturday which delayed the Steamer, Alexandria, from departing Picton Harbour. She was not delayed long, with her freight bound for Montreal able to leave by the afternoon.
  • The making of cheese in Prince Edward County is reported to have increased, with the sale on the Picton Cheese Board increasing each week.
  • The Prince Edward Wellington Hotel Company at Wellington was incorporated. This was the company that would control the Alexandria, formerly Wellman House, and was capitalized at $40,000.


  • “C” and “D” companies of Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment had been holding drills in preparation for their visit to Kingston on May 21st, when King George VI and Queen Elizabeth would be paying a royal visit. A special military train leaving Picton the night of May 20th was arranged, with the militia sleeping on board and having breakfast before detraining Sunday morning.
  • Mr A.H. Pulver and son Winston of Centre Street made an unusual discovery when a small wooden box was unearthed a few feet from the western end of their house-it was empty, except for a little dust. The only conclusion made was that perhaps an infant had been buried at some time or other as the box was just about that size.
  • Relief expenditures for the month of April totalled $982.52, according to a report submitted by L.B. Brown, administrator, at Monday night’s council meeting. This is compared with the cost of relief from April, 1938 of $1,992.94, when there were 384 persons on relief, as opposed to 248 persons in 1939.


  • Lake Ontario Cement Ltd. Donated six planters for west Main Street. The planters were to provide small trees and colourful annual provided by the Prince Edward Horticultural Society. Councillor Mrs. Bessie Ward, a member of the towns Park’s Department, was largely responsible for this addition to the beautification plan for the town.
  • There were 13 tables in play at the Women’s Institute euchre in Demorestville Hall May 2. Prizes for high scores went to Elsie Welbourne and Al Mckenzie; lone hands, Diane Way and Leland Peeling; low, Judy Peeling and Douglas Longwell; door prize to Clarence Allison; draw on groceries to Lil Hill. A social time was also enjoyed.
  • The latest oddity in the animal world was recorded-quadruplets were born to a goat owned by Thomas Zwart, R.3 Carrying Place.


  • Waupoos Canning Company announced they had scheduled production changes to quadruple in 1979. Employing a “totally new concept” in the Canadian canning industry, Jay Hepburn, company vice-president, explained his hope was to capture some of the commercial tomato paste market currently falling to importers.
  • The OPP, Ameliasburgh Fire Department, representatives from the Ministry of Environment and Department of Health and the Department of Agriculture were on the scene after a truck containing farm chemicals lost control and spilled causing $40,000 in damage. The incident occurred on Highway 14, near Mountain View, at 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning when a tandem axle van truck driven by Kenneth Carr, 29, of Port Credit lost control of the vehicle.
  • Prince Edward County Council voted Tuesday evening to retain consultants to draw up complete blue-prints for planned additions to the court facilities in the County Offices.