Stories from our past – April 30, 2020

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


  • Bay Quinte Lodge No. 143, I.O.O.F. will unite with Prince Edward Lodge No. 412, in observing the anniversary of the founding of Oddfellowship in America by attending Divine service in the Methodist church at Wellington. Rev D. S. Houck will preach the sermon.
  • Quite a number gathered at the public library to witness a presentation to Mr. Archie Sullivan who’s leaving town for Toronto. Mr H. B. Bristol made the presentation, which was a very handsome genuine black walrus travelling bag and a watch fob.
  • Salem-On Wednesday evening the many friends and neighbors of Mr. Walter Spencers gathered at their home to bid them farewell before their departure for their new home  in the pleasant village of Wellington.


  • County Constable Marvin of Wellington uncovered evidence that led to the arrest and conviction of a Hillier man for theft and destruction of bee hives and honey eight years ago.
  • Crackwyre Calico, owned by Frank McKee, Picton, continues to win honors in its class. This fine female wire-haired terrier was crowned champion in its class at the Toronto Kennel Club’s 32nd annual International all-breeds spring dog show.
  • One of the biggest attractions for the American tourist to visit Ontario this year is the exchange situation prevailing at the present time which benefits the visitor to the extent of 10 per cent. In other words an American dollar is now worth $1.10 in Canada.


  • When Janice Munn of Picton takes her dog for a walk, it’s not only a show stopper — it’s also a traffic stopper. Bruno, her St. Bernard, takes up a lot of room. Sprawled out for a pose in front of the post office, Bruno, drew a lot of attention from Main Street shoppers.
  • The annual Quinte Fishing Derby sponsored jointly by the Prince Edward Chamber of Commerce and the Quinte’s Isle Tourist Association has been advanced to coincide with the official opening of the pickerel season.
  • The Milford Busy Beavers 4-H Homemaking Club entertained the Milford Greenish Community Friendship Circle and their mothers to a very enjoyable evening at South Marysburgh Central School.


  • Prince Edward County has made the first step towards a possible garbage disposal site within the county. Warden Charles Hepburn instructed chairman of finance, Reeve of Sophiasburgh George Foster, to investigate costs of creating and maintaining a garbage disposal site within the county.
  • The Prince Edward Collegiate Institute Drama Club will present the musical Oliver on April 30 and May 1-2. This play promises to be the most exciting musical in the history of PECI.
  • The Township of Ameliasburgh’s budget is going ip $166,226 over the 1979 budget, meaning a general farm and residential mill rate jump of 5.34 from 32.33 last year to 37.67 this year. The average residential taxpayer will be charged an additional  $53.40 in taxes this year according to finance committee chairman Roy Pennell.