Stories for our past – October 21, 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

  • The Daughters of the Empire are on their way to $1,500 for the hospital fund. The fair held Friday and Saturday in the VanDeusen block realized $551. This with the fund already in hand from other sources, brings the grand total to over $1,400. The fair was a success. The hall was attractive with fancy booths, and all did a good business. 
  • From twenty nominations S. Edgar Mastin, Bloomfield, was chosen at Saturday’s convention as Liberal candidate for the Provincial election contest. J. L. Shannon presided at the meeting, with A. M. Platt, Secretary.
  • Argument in the Stocks vs. Boulter case was heard before Justice Clute at Osgoode Hall in Toronto on Saturday. The case as being heard at the Court House, Picton, was enlarged to Toronto, for the evidence of Judge Forin of Nelson, B.C., who made the deal of the farm in question. This evidence did not reach here in time, and was heard in Toronto, together with the argument in the case.

1951

  • Through the generosity of Mayor Harvey J. McFarland, Prince Edward school children will have an opportunity of going to Trenton on Friday to see Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip. His Worship is financing two special trains, the cost exceeding $3,300.00. The first estimates were lower, but when it was learned that coaches must be brought from the United States, the cost was increased by a thousand dollars. 
  • A tempest struck Town Council at its Tuesday evening session when Mayor Harvey McFarland, in vigorous language, demanded to know why reconditioning of the surface of Elizabeth, Bowery and other streets has been delayed, being the streets on which extensions of the sewerage system were carried out earlier this year.
  • Mayor McFarland at Town Council referred to the recent visit of a representative of the interests which are developing the iron ore deposits at Marmora to investigate the possibilities of trans-shipping the ore by water from Picton.

1971

  • To the howls and excited gestures of delight from his young family, not to mention a thunderous burst of applause from the hundreds of delegates and spectators, James Taylor of Northport was announced Tuesday night as successful candidate to carry the Conservative banner in Prince Edward-Lennox for the October election.
  • An early morning fire Tuesday, destroyed a barn belonging to Herbert Allison, R. R. 2, (Bethel Street), Picton. Lost in the blaze were a bull, a cow and dog as well as 4,000 bales of hay, 200 bushels of oats, milking equipment and a cooler. The loss was valued at $15,000.
  • Results of an extensive investigation into the quarrying operations at the famous Sandbanks were the topic of a special press conference called Wednesday night by Barry Young, Liberal candidate for Prince Edward-Lennox.

1981

  • It was a big night at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 160, in Wellington. There was pomp ceremony and a very special presentation to make. One of their members, Clarence Way, 83, received his 60 year pin. Mr. Way served with the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles during WWI and was a POW for two-and-a-half years.
  • In an age when conserving energy and enhancement of property values are being practiced the Town of Picton is offering funds to residents for improvements to property. Building Inspector Doug Skinner told The Picton Gazette there is now available the sun of $20,000 through the Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP).
  • The employees at Conley’s Canning Factory RR1 Wellington paused briefly at lunch time to celebrate its 50 years of canning tomatoes, and help the family honor its founder Kenneth G. Conley.