Stories from our past – August 27, 2020

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



  • Mr. H. B. Bristol reached Picton yesterday afternoon making a record trip from London, doing the entire journey London to Picton in an hour less than seven days. He came to Montreal from Bristol on the new Royal Line steamship, “Royal Edward” which broke the atlantic record, from England to Canada by several hours.
  • The Prince Edward Baseball League is over for this year and Bloomfield has won the Currie Cup, presented to the League by Dr. Morley Currie M.P., for the third time.
  • The barn of Mr. E. H. Kelly “Meadow Brook” farm, Athol township was struck by lightning on Tuesday night and consumed with the season’s crop and all contents.


  • Prince Edward County’s milk is finding its way to war-torn Britain in other forms than butter and cheese. According to Manager Jack Hartwick, of the Quinte Milk Products Co., LTD., Wellington, thousands of pounds of milk daily are being converted into milk-sugar and rushed to the British market.
  • Three teachers have been engaged to fill the vacancies on the staff of Picton Collegiate and Vocational Institute. Miss Mary Leavens as teacher of moderns, Miss Scythes as teacher of Classics and Mr. Goodbrand who will teach mathematics, all specialists.
  • A straw stack and a hog pen were destroyed at the farm of Gerald and Thomas Vincent, Bethel. Three pigs were burned, 15 others being rescued. Some machinery was lost but good work on the part of volunteer fire fighters saved the barn which was only 20 feet away from the blazing stack.


  • Eleven-year-old Glen Hoag is reported in satisfactory condition in Kingston General Hospital following a collision between his bicycle and a car. Glen sustained head and shoulder injuries and had undergone surgery, doctors said the operation went well.
  • A Picton Man, Bill Thorley, 17 King St., earlier this week came to the aid of two Oblate priests stranded in the water between Waupoos Island and the mainland. 
  • Six-year-old Sandra Rutter of Wellington recently became the happy owner of a pony and saddle as a result of winning a contest sponsored by Towers in Belleville. Miss Rutter correctly guessed the number of records in the barrel and was awarded the pony and saddle as her prize.


  • Elizabeth Hicks of Picton was a second prize winner in the crib or youth bed quilt division of the Canadian National Exhibition Handcraft Competition in Toronto. More than 3,000 submissions from Canada and the United States were received.
  • The Wellington Squirts continued their winning ways in O.A.S.A. action with an 8-6 victory over Fenlon Falls in Wellington. Lloyd Rankin picked up the win for the locals, firing a six-hitter while walking two men and striking out eight.
  • A track and field competition was held at the Sophiasburgh Central School, Demorestville, sponsored by the township summer recreation department. Approximately 40 young athletes took part in the one-day competition. Events included running long jump, high jump and other track contests.