Stories form our past – November 4, 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

  • Everywhere he goes R. A. Norman the Conservative candidate, in the coming Provincial election, is meeting with the most enthusiastic receptions. Not one kick has been registered against the Whitney administration. There has only been high praise for an honest, progressive administration.
  • Justice Clute, at Osgoode Hall, in Toronto on Saturday, handed down judgement in the case of Stocks vs. Boulter. The judgement is briefly set forth in a letter from Robt. MacKay, K. C., to the plaintiff .
  • A series of exceedingly successful meetings were held last week at different points throughout the county under the auspice of Picton Children’s Aid Society, it having been felt for some time that there was a great deal of work to do which would be done if the work of the society and its methods were better known.

1951

  • One of those most interested in the political campaign in Prince Edward-Lennox is Mrs. David Whitney of Route 2, Consecon. Though the mother of Progressive Conservative candidate Norris Whitney is 85 years of age, she has always been keenly interested in politics and it was her encouragement which led the former County Warden to seek higher field of service.
  • The Consecon Outboard Club held their annual banquet on Thursday night in the Masonic hall. The Women’s Association of the United Church, catered. Rev. F. Beezer, Anglican minister of Carrying Place, offered grace. 
  • Major Henry Winter of the Artillery Station here, told Rotarians Tuesday about the extensive arrangements preceding the visit of Their Royal Highnesses to Trenton ten days ago. This interesting account detailed the vast amount of organization required to line the route of the Royal procession with personnel from army, air force, reserve units, Boy Scouts and Girl Guides.

1971

  • The east end of Jericho Road, South-east of Crofton, enjoyed more than the usual amount of traffic last week. The attraction was a rare Sandhill crane which arrived on the scene late October and during its stay in a road-side hay field, drew a large number of ardent naturalists and photographers.
  • A dramatic program which would develop nature trails spanning the entire reach of the Quinte district is being proposed to federal and provincial governments. The plan would develop a 200-mile trail through Hastings and Prince Edward Counties from Lake Ontario to Algonquin Park.
  • On Tuesday, Bro. Bill Pedal, Grand Exalter Ruler of all Elks in Canada, brought news for the good of the order. Bill is from St. John, Newfoundland, and is currently making extensive visits of Ontario Lodges.

1981

  • The need for an infusion of new blood in the Prince Edward Agricultural Society was stressed at the annual banquet held at Picton United Church Hall on Friday evening. President of the society, Les Tolley, spoke to the 200 guests and said “It is important that young people take a hold of this thing. Their help is very much needed to keep the fair as successful as it has been in the past.”
  • The official opening of the Bloomfield – Hallowell Fire Department, Hill Station, will take place and the public is invited. “We want people to know we are here,” commented Deputy Fire Chief  George Pettingill. The hall is located in Loch Sloy Industrial Park.
  • Picton Hicks Lumber Midgets split a pair of encounters during last week’s action, as they bombed their Wellington counterparts 11 to 1 last Tuesday evening in an exhibition clash, then went down to their initial defeat of the season when the Gananoque squad invaded the County Centre Sunday night to claim a 6 to 5 win.