Stories from our past – Nov. 12, 2020

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


  • Saturday afternoon a meeting was held at the Dept. of Agriculture, Picton, for the purpose of forming a Naturalists’ Club. A large number were present and great enthusiasm was evidenced. 
  • The St. Lawrence Dairy Company held a meeting at Shire Hall Friday afternoon last. Three years ago this company started to manufacture butter from whey, and the results have been very profitable to the factories, who entered into the enterprise. 
  • About ten o’clock, on Friday morning last, the two barns of Mr. S. S. Farrington, South Marysburgh, were totally destroyed by fire. The fire started the steam engine of Mr. Nelson Ostrander, who had just started that morning to thresh the season’s crop.


  • At Monday night’s Town Council meeting, correspondent was tabled regarding proposed construction of an improved highway leading to Picton Airport, and Engineer John Dunkley addressed Council regarding plans or specifications, with the result, following an extended discussion, that the matter is laid over for consideration by a special meeting of the County Council.
  • Mayor Nesbitt McKibbon presented each of the members, as well as town officials at the Town Council meeting, with a group photograph of the 1940 council.
  • The Mile of Pennies drive staged in Picton on Saturday will result in about thirty-five thousand pennies for the Red Cross.


  • The ladies’ section of Prince Edward Curling Club held their first meeting for the season in the form of a social afternoon at the clubhouse on Monday. A number of new members were present and were officially welcomed by president Bev. McFarland.
  • Much has been said in recent years stressing an urgent need for reforestation, not only to ensure a continued supply of raw material for industry but also for environmental protection, recreation and aesthetics.
  • Wellington Village Council received formal approval from the Department of Transportation for its bylaw to increase the speed limit at the Western approach to the village from 30 to 40 miles an hour.


  • Those patrons of the Picton Public Library who enjoy the fine art of plant propagation will find the Library’s gardening collection has experienced a sudden growth due to a $75 donation from the Prince Edward Horticultural Society.
  • The Wellington Dukes handed the Campbellford GMC’s their first defeat of the season Sunday night in Wellington with a 7-5 victory. Glenn McQuaid scored a pair for the victors.
  • Mrs. Mary Evans and Catherine Alexander, both of Picton, were top winners of the third annual bridge marathon when it concluded on Tuesday. Their score was 30,130 points.