Stories from our past – February 18, 2021

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


  • Trinity church, Consecon, has just been enriched by the presentation of handsome memorials. These include a massive polished brass lecturn, a handsome polished brass alter book rest and a beautiful polished brass alms basin. The donor is Mr. James A. Johnson of Consecon.
  • The annual meeting of the Central Ontario Fairs Association was held in Belleville and representatives were sent from sixteen fair associations in the district. Mr. T. G. Wright, Picton was present. Mr. J. B. Delong represented Demorestville.
  • A few farmers, about forty agriculturists, and others who have the cause at heart, assembled at the Royal Hotel and completed arrangements for a series of meetings, to be held at a number of leading centres throughout the County.


  • Prince Edward Junior Farmers are planning a draw to raise funds to assist their various projects. These are numerous and well worthwhile. A fine purebred, registered Holstein heifer calf will be the prize, or the winner may take $150 in cash.
  • Appointment Ralph Campney, M.P., Vancouver, as assistant to the Defense Minister, at Ottawa, was announced last week. A former secretary to the late Mackenzie King, Mr. Campney has a brilliant record. He is the son of Mr. Frank Campney of Picton.
  • At a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club, a proposal to hold a car raffle was endorsed. It is planned to sell just four thousand tickets at one dollar each.


  • A series of lectures in February have been planned to acquaint Prince Edward County farmers with an alternate crop which has potential in sandy soil. The crop is asparagus and Robert Cobbledick, fruit and vegetable specialist with the Picton office of the Ontario department of agriculture is enthusiastic about the future of this crop.
  • Time was turned back Friday evening and the swirling snow outside was forgotten when an enthusiastic group of people met to look at a number of old pictures and talk about life on Main Duck Island 50 to 60 years ago.
  • Last week, Gardiner’s I.G.A. on the corner of King and Down’s Streets underwent a facelifting. The store was closed to business for three days, during which time the insides were literally ripped out.


  • Residents of southern Prince Edward County were an unwilling audience for an exclusive show by old man winter as close to a foot of snow blanketed the area. All the schools in the county were closed at noon.
  • Pledging to involve members in committee work and promote “a more meaningful voice” in the community, Canada Employment Centre manger John Cameron took over the reins as president of the Prince Edward County Chamber of Commerce Monday afternoon.
  • The Ontario Ministry of Transportation and Communications has included $30,000 in its 1981-82 budget for improvements to Main Street in the village of Wellington.