Stories from our Past – Nov. 21, 2019

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


  • Monday, November 15th was the 85th birthday for Lucy Cole, who makes her home on the north shore of Big Island with Ella Cole. Tables were laid for sixty.
  • As yet, we know of only one person that saw the eclipse of the moon Saturday morning. This was Mr. Sidney Welbanks, who happened to be upon business.
  • Not in 29 years has the Steamer Alexandria made her last trip of the season to Montreal in the record time she did it last week. 73 and 3/4 hours was the time she made the return run in.


  • Picton Baseball Club members and others gathered at a banquet at the Royal Hotel to honour Captain Ron Church, whose military duties necessitate his leaving town.
  • Pte. Frank Woods of Stirling, now a member of D’ Company of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment stationed at Picton, was receiving his issue of equipment and found, to his amazement he had received his fathers equipment from after overseas service in 1916-1918.
  • The euchre party held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. Keogh was a complete success and returns most gratifying. Miss Margaret Graves received the lady’s prize, while Mr. Arthur McKenna won the gentleman’s trophy. Mrs. E Wood and Mr. L. Hughes received the Lost Heir prizes.


  • Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School – Miss Claxton’s class 41 adopted Tania, a common guppy. Now, along with Molly, Quicksilver, Lightning, Angelique, there is Tania. She is awaiting additional members to her family in the grade 41’s aquarium – Jennifer Sprague, 51.
  • The County of Prince Edward is spending two thousand dollars to repair damage done by vandals at Hallowe’en. This sum is involved in the replacement of County road signs, fingerboards, which were damaged by “pranksters”, according to County Road engineer Don Clark.
  • The H. J. McFarland Construction Company Limited of Picton, Ontario, has been awarded contract No. 69-171 for: “Grading, drainage, granular base and hot mix paving at Highway 2, to Shannonville.” The total amount bid for this contract was $213,050. 05. It is scheduled to get underway May 1970.


  • Members of the Prince Edward Historical Society were treated to a visit to a couple’s home whose hobby has turned into a business, Nurcombe’s Weaving Studio, Cherry Valley. Mr. And Mrs. Nurcombe demonstrated and gave and informative talk of how old art has been revived into a most interesting vocation.
  • The second annual marathon bridge sponsored by the Prince Edward County memorial Hospital Auxiliary came to a close. Phyllis Staite and Marion Wrenshall, both of Wellington, were declared overall winners.
  • Smart work on the part of the Town of Picton Police resulted in the quick apprehension of five Picton area youths and property stolen in a break-in at Master Feeds, 172 Main Street, Picton.