Stories from our past – September 23, 2021

(Desirée Decoste/Gazette staff)

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


  • Sophiasburgh Agricultural Society held their exhibition at Demorestville Saturday. The Society was particularly fortunate in having such a beautiful day and the largest crowd present in the history of the Organization.
  • Sir William Mackenzie, one of the two heads of the C.N.R., with Lady Mackenzie, and daughters, D. B. Hanna, 3rd vice-president of the C. N. R., and George Collins, general manager of the C.O.R., were part of the official party to visit Picton. They came in over the C.O.R. in their private train of five coaches.
  • The local organization, known as the Prince Edward County Children’s Aid Society, in a quiet way, has been contributing its quota to the cause. Quite a number of children have been made wards of the Society and have been placed in good homes, while in a variety of other ways the C. A. S. has been an influence for good.


  • With 131 entries shown by 28 owners, the horse show at Picton Fair was the finest seen here in many years. So great was the entry that the heavy horses were returned home after being judged the first day, and many light horses were stabled in nearby barns.
  • In the Model Aircraft meet, sponsored by 415 Wing R.C.A.F.A. and Picton Fair Board, at Picton Fair, there were ten well made models in the non-flying display that reflected a great deal of credit on the builders. Many hours of painstaking care went into the building of these models.
  • Picton Fair is not only a show spot for everything that is representative of agricultural life and of commercial exhibits, but it is a place of important sale. Topping the list of sales last weekend was that of a beautiful Hackney, owned by Haig Kelly, Peterborough, trained and driven by Bloomfield’s master horseman, George Atkinson.


  • Fall season visitors to Ontario Place will be hearing a lot about Prince Edward County — thanks to members of the junior and senior Prince Edward Ski Clubs. Club secretary, Jim Wharton, confirmed Monday that the club has bookings for a total of 33 one-hour performances at the Ontario Place waterfront. 
  • James a. Taylor, Q.C., of Northport, will stand for the Conservative nomination in the riding of Prince Edward-Lennox he announced Saturday. The 43-year-old lawyer was letting his name stand “without any reluctance—I am certain the electors will confirm Premier William Davis’ Government in Ontario and I would like to be the Prince Edward-Lennox man in the Legislature.
  • Nearing completion is the new Christian Street bridge. Although workmen at the site say the project went along smoothly with no special problems, it wasn’t quite finished for the first day of school as was originally hoped. The bridge spans the Consecon Creek near Allisonville, and should be open to traffic within the next few days.


  • There was an excellent showing of horses at the County Fair at Picton last weekend. Ninety different exhibitors participated in a variety of classes ranging from small ponies to heavy draught teams, judged by Ralph Sadler.
  • Blessed with perfect weather and tremendous local support, the Prince Edward County Terry Fox Run was a successful and happy event. Two hundred and sixty-five participants completed the 10 km course and literally hundreds more sponsored runners and donated funds.
  • To embark upon a second career is an exciting prospect for many men of middle age, but in Gerry Ring’s case, it’s also the fulfillment of a long-postponed ambition. Sunday afternoon Mr. Ring becomes the Reverend Ring, a deacon in the Anglican Church at a ceremony in St. Mary Magdalene Church, Picton.