Stories from our past – September 9, 2021

(Desirée Decoste/Gazette staff)

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

1911

  • A day filled with sunshine and tempered with the sharpness of Autumn, in the air, was Saturday when the 56th Annual Show of Ameliasburgh Agricultural Society attracted a big crowd to Roblin’s Mills. 
  • Picton came in first touch with the new C.N.R. Trenton to Toronto line on Monday, when the C.O.R. went into effect. The new service has entirely altered coming and going of trains into Picton, has roused C.O.R. employees and post office staff an hour earlier from their beds.
  • About thirteen from Hillier took in the Bancroft Fair excursion on Thursday. The misses Tena and Mattie Young of San Francisco, are expected from this month, and will probably remain for the winter, guests of their parents, Mr, and Mrs Chas. Young. 

1951

  • His Worship Mayor McFarland advised Town Council that he has been informed by the Montreal office of the Bell Telephone Co. that construction of their building in Picton will be commenced in 1952, and completed in 1953. This will involve introduction of the dial system in the Picton exchange.
  • The monthly prize for the largest fish caught during August went to Ted Rutter, Picton, with his 28-pound muskie. He won a sport shirt given by Mason’s Department Stores. The September prize in the Chamber of Commerce Fishing Hall of Fame contest is being donated by Dr. Lawson Mackle
  • Mrs. Ralph Grimmon and son Donald of Valley Pine Farm, Black Creek, attended the C.N.E. last week. A sheep sale was held on Friday and Mrs. Grimmon purchased a purebred ram, Harmony Harbour. This was one of the best pen of four lambs entered in the show.

1971

  • After having been in business for over 50 years, Harold Cleave of Bloomfield has sold his hardware store to Mr. and Mrs. Glendon Sanders of Wellington. The new owners have taken over and are already enlarging the store with an addition which will more than double the capacity.
  • A motor vehicle accident involving a motorcycle and a cow occurred Wednesday evening in Waupoos. Driver of the motorcycle was David Wright, 19, of R. R. 4, Picton. Passenger on the vehicle was Lynn Cooper, 17, of 25 Downes Street, Picton. Damage to the motorcycle is estimated at $300.
  • Ameliasburgh Township’s second fire station to serve the western end of the township will be constructed on the lot originally purchased by the township earlier this year. The decision was made at a special session of council Tuesday night.

1981

  • The guest of honor at the official opening in Cornwall last week if the world’s largest eel ladder took no notice of the event. They just kept climbing. While Ontario Hydro and ministry of natural resources officials outlined the fascinating details of the 90-foot high, 687-foot long St. Lawrence River ladder, about 10,000 American eels quietly slithered up the structure.
  • Members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 509 in Consecon will honor comrades lost in the battlefields of Europe and Asia with construction of a new cenotaph to be unveiled as part of a special ceremony Sept. 26. 
  • Dr. Patrick Halket, 54, is the new medical officer of health for the Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit. He was formerly medical officer for the Fort Francis Health Unit. Dr. Michael Fisher resigned the MOH post earlier this year and since leaving a month ago has been in practice in Trenton.