Stories from our Past – July 11, 2019

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


  • Mr. Owens, president of the Bloomfield Packing Company, and Mrs. Owens have just returned from a months trip through the Western provinces as far as Victoria B. C. Their trip was a combined pleasure and business one.
  • Mr. Sidney Welbanks has opened a livery in connection with the feed and sales stables of Mr. C. H. Smith, corner of Main and Elizabeth streets. He has purchased a nice lot of buggies and carriages, and is securing a good lot of trusty driving horses and can now give his friends and patrons an up-to-date turnout.
  • We hear wedding bells are to ring again in the fall. Wellington has a fine lot of young ladies, good looking and good looks we understand, but hard to so find it in a husband.


  • The King’s Daughters Sunday school class gave a send-off party for Miss Melda McElroy in the Sunday school room of the United Church one evening last week. About forty were present and a very pleasant evening was spent.
  • Dr. C. E. Strothers will be honored at a banquet being held in St. Andrew’s Church, Picton, tonight, arranged by Prince Edward County Teachers’ Institute. About one hundred teachers are expected.
  • Cherry Valley School held closing exercises on Tuesday afternoon with a weiner roast at Wharmby’s cove, given by the teachers. Games, swimming and a hunt for hidden bottles of pop made hours pass quickly and lunch was enjoyed.


  • Wednesday evening’s trap shoot saw seven squads fire at twenty-five targets each from 16 yards, two squads from handicap posts and two squads at thirteen doubles each.
  • J. G. Norrish, Swine Specialist with the Ontario Department of Agriculture and Food, reports that high temperatures are known to decrease the number of pigs born per litter and to reduce the rate of survival of pigs up to weaning.
  • Ameliasburgh can operate its own fire department at an annual cost of between $10, 000 and $12, 000, according to Reeve George Cunningham. Had the township continued to buy fire protection from Belleville, it would have cost at least $32, 000 a year.


  • Prince Edward County Council last week authorized two amendments to the official county plan, opening up new cottage areas in North Marysburgh, and clarifying wording governing land severances.
  • Prince Edward Youth Theatre will go on tour during the summer months and is scheduled to perform a variety of children’s plays in this part of Ontario. The theatre will appear in parks, libraries, schools and homes for the elderly.
  • The third meeting of the Picton Kiwanis 4-H Potato and Tomato Club was held at the farm of Lyle Vanclief. Before the meeting was officially opened the members of the club were taken on a tour of Mr. Vanclief’s irrigation system.