Stories from our past – March 12, 2020

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


  • Mr. John Bongard shipped to the Toronto market 21 of as fine horses as it is possible to find in the county. They are all of the heavy type and cost considerably over $3,000. “The larger the horse the larger the price,” says John. Six of them weighted over 1,400 pounds.
  • If we are to believe the rumors that are afloat, there will be something doing in the vicinity of the Werden estate, East Lake Road, this summer. Mr. J. R. Brown, who is acting for some unknown parties, is securing options on a number of farms in that vicinity, on which are extensive beaver meadows, or peat bogs.
  • A large number of members of the Independent Order of Foresters throughout the county, together with their wives and friends, spent a most enjoyable and profitable evening at the Parish House. The meeting was arranged by the local lodge, Court Picton, No. 177.



  • East Wellington – Mrs. Lottie Murphy and family are moving to Wellington this week. They will have the rooms over the bank.
  • Elmbrook – A pot luck supper will be held in the basement of Fairmount Church on March 19th, instead of the 15th as previously announced, in aid of War Emergency work. Mayor McKibbon will give an address on his trip to Scotland and England.
  • According to the Statistics Branch of the Ontario Department of Agriculture, there were 25,000 head of cattle in PEC at Dec. 1St, 1939. These included 15,381 cows for milk purposes, 446 cows for beef purposes, 2,875 yearling heifers for milk purposes, 96 yearling heifers for beef purposes, 4,442 calves, 129 year-old steers, 85 steers two years and over 773 bulls.



  • West Bloomfield – Mr. And Mrs. John Matthie spent last Friday and Saturday in Syracuse, where they attended the funeral of Mrs. Matthie’s uncle, Ray Lancaster. They enjoyed seeing their cousins since it had been 20 years since the last visit to many homes.
  • Century – old Mary Street school is being demolished. The ‘new section’ in the back, built in 1930, will be saved. It has been suggested as a possible place for town offices. A municipal parking lot will lie where the old part of the school now stands.
  • West Bloomfield – Mr. And Mrs. Norman Pierce and family entertained Mr. And Mrs. Clarence Pierce, Picton, to Monday night dinner. They were helping C. Pierce celebrate his birthday.



  • Cheese maker Bill Gibson of Black Creek Cheese Factory got a taste of his own medicine when PEC Dairy Princess Joan Koopmans was present to give out samples of the county-made product. Miss Koopmans won her Dairy Princess title last fall at the county fair.
  • Work on Main Street redevelopment plans went a step further when the Picton Public Works Committee met and selected from three alternative methods by which to proceed with consturction.
  • The Ontario Heritage Foundation has agreed to an additional grant of $24,000 to PEC to assist in further restoration work ta Macaulay House. Prince Edward Lennox MPP James Taylor made the announcement and pointed out that the foundation has generously supported the project in the past and considers it a successful endeavor to restore a fine old building.