Stories from our past – March 26, 2020

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


  • Mr. and Mrs. W. Wrinch, Toronto, have been spending a few days with Dr. And Mrs. J. W. Wright.
  • At the meeting of the County Council held this week, Mr. Donald Fraser, reeve of Sophiasburgh, was re-elected Warden by acclamation. Mr. R. E. Taylor was re-appointed road engineer.
  • Mr. Barton Babcock, who lives a short distance above Rednersville met with a very painful as well as serious accident while engaged in sawing wood at the farm of Mr. Chas. Dempsey at Albury. Mr. Babcock escaped with his life but was permanently injured.


  • Hillier Village – Miss Helen Lloyd of Peterboro Normal school is spending this week with her parents, Mr. And Mrs. A. Lloyd and teaching in Grade 1 at Wellington Consolidated School.
  • Bloomfield – Mrs. P. L. Burlingham, Wellington, has been spending a few days at the home of Mr. And Mrs. Hiram Norton.
  • Bloomfield – A large audience was on hand at the hall Friday evening when Northport amateurs presented their play “A Wild Flower of the Hills.” $38 was taken in and it was presented under the auspices of the Bloomfield Young People’s Society.


  • At a special meeting in Cherry Valley Hall, Athol and South Marysburgh Township decided to amalgamate in a cost-sharing fire protective service. Councillor A. G. Ford of South Marysburgh outlined the proposed plan which entails the purchase of an auxiliary pump, 800 feet of hose, and an 850 gallon tank to be installed on a truck chassis.
  • First meeting of the Prince Edward South United Church Women general (South Bay) for 1970 had 20 members present: 14 from Unit 1, five from Unit 2 and four from Unit 3.
  • Weaving is the hobby of Harve and Ellie Nurcombe who will be taking up permanent residence in the village of Cherry Valley in June.


  • PEC Council has received and approved a letter from MPP James Taylor, Prince Edward – Lennox, stating the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and Communications wishes to name the new bridge on Highway 14 connecting PEC and Belleville, the Norris Whitney Bridge, after the former PEC MPP.
  • In a game played last Friday evening the Picton Rotary Novice hockey team lost to Wellington 4-3. Scoring for Picton were J. Rosborough, R. Hennessy and C. Mulridge.
  • Directors of the Quinte’s Isle Tourist Association for 1980 are: president, John West; past president, Duncan McDougall; treasurer, Dave Nickerson.