Stories from our past – October 17, 2019

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


  • On Monday evening Capt. Hunter, Capt. Fleming and others on the Government boat Navarch, made a great haul of nets at Weller’s Bay, off from Presqu’ Isle. Between two and three thousand feet of nets were raised and confiscated.
  • Sophiasburg’s annual fair was perhaps the biggest success ever, in the annals of the Society. A conservative estimate says 1,500 people saw the sights, the paid admission alone being $200. This does not include those who entered the gates under membership tickets.
  • The Collegiate Institute is fast filling with pupils. Principal Dolan told The Gazette reporter there were now 170 registered pupils. This time last year there were 118 pupils enrolled.


  • The employees of Colliver & Leavens canning factory at Cherry Valley held a dance in Starks’ hall at Milford. A large crowd was present and music was furnished by Dunlop’s orchestra. The ladies furnished a bountiful supply of refreshments.
  • Bloomfield (special) – During the severe electrical storm last Thursday night the library was struck, the bolt following the electric wiring. The door on the meter box was blown off and the bakelite around the switch was shattered, also around the electric clock where the bolt left the building.
  • The Mountain View Women’s Association held their meeting at the home of Mrs. Ben Anderson with a good attendance. Mrs. Stanley Barber and Mrs. Jay Sprague gave travel talks on their trips to New York and the World’s Fair.


  • Miss Jane McCutcheon, Double Gold Medalist in Canada and United States will be teaching the members of the Wellington Figure Skating Club. In light of her qualifications, the Wellington F.S.C. feel fortunate that she has consented to share her talents with them.
  • Mr. Wilfred Wannamaker, R. R. 3 Picton, was the lucky winner of a 50-50 draw held at the weekly bingo of the Canadian Legion. Branch 78. Mr. Wannamaker won $100.
  • Winner of the mantle radio in the Picton Mcfarland’s ladies’ softball team draw was B. Klassen, R. R. 1, Picton. Ticket was drawn by Wayne Ring.


  • Mrs. Jeanne Minhinnick, of Picton, will be receive the Gabrielle Leger, wife of Jules Leger, former Governor General of Canada at Government House, Victoria B.C. at the Heritage Canada meeting.
  • Seniors Association is sponsoring a day to help seniors prepare their homes for winter. Students from P.E.C.I. will be available to wash windows, change storm windows and rake leaves for a small fee. The money will go to the students UNICEF fund.
  • The Oct. Thanksgiving meeting of the Wellington United Church Women met in the Centennial Parlor. Pianist Mrs. Hicks brought the meeting to order.