Stories from our past – November 11, 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

  • R. A. Norman, Conservative candidate. S. Edgar Mastin, Liberal candidate. These were the nominations for the Provincial Election at the meeting in the Court House, Monday afternoon. Charles F. VanDeusen was returning officer. The court house was packed with people.
  • As Mr. A. E. Calnan is about to remove to Picton to reside, the Quarterly Official Board of the Hallowell Circuits, passed the following resolution: “That this Board, hearing of Mr. Calnan’s leaving this Circuit, and therefore severing this connection with it.
  • A. A. Hudgin, a former Prince Edwarder, now of Nogales, Arizona, sends the Gazette the picture of Wakefield Bess, the celebrated Jersey cow that has a seven day butter record of 17.85 pounds. Mr. Hudgin says of her, “She is one of the greatest cows ever bred in Prince Edward County.”

1951

  • Scenes form the Royal tour across Canada are being shown at the Regent Theatre Monday and Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights. First of the series was shown last weekend and showed the welcome at Quebec.
  • Mayor H. J. McFarland was unanimously elected Commodore of Prince Edward Yacht Club at the annual general meeting. The meeting voted for the holding of the annual regatta on Civic Holiday, 1952. The possibility of a feature Gold Cup Class speedboats is to be thoroughly investigated.
  • Prince Edward Canning Crop Growers’ Association is holding its annual meeting at Shire Hall, Picton, Monday night. Carl E. Nicholson of Essex County, will be guest speaker. It is expected that this will be a lively meeting with a discussion on prices and grading.

1971

  • You’ve heard of walkathons and bike-a-thons — now let’s hear it for a “Skatathon.” It’s a new idea from the Kinsmen Club of Picton, designed to raise funds for a number of worthwhile community projects. These include the Picton and District Minor Hockey Association, which will receive  50 per cent of the proceeds.
  • If Prince Edward County notices a healthy boost in its tourist trade next summer, much of it will probably be due to the enthusiastic efforts of a group of young water skiers. In a series of weekend performances of their aquatic talents, the Prince Edward County Water Ski Club entertained a total of 80,000 people at Ontario Place.
  • Agriculture Minister H. A. (Bud) Olson has announced details of a fowl slaughter program to stabilize egg supplies. The program, to be carries out over an eight-week period, will offer financial inducement to egg producers to reduce the size of their laying flocks.

1981

  • None of the county’s 10 municipalities has formulated contingency plans in case of flooding, so Lorne Merritt reiterated an offer by the Prince Edward Region Conservation Authority (PERCA) to provide technical assistance on developing such plans.
  • When Alfred Wayne received a letter requesting his presence in front of Governor General Ed Schreyer in Ottawa last Friday, his first reaction was “What have I done now?” And it turns out The Demorestville resident was to be awarded the prestigious St. John Cross, a medal that is approved by the Queen, and is given only for years of outstanding service.
  • Six objections to a proposed $400,000 water system for the hamlet of Ameliasburgh have resulted in postponement pending a decision by the Ontario Municipal Board, (OMB). An OMB hearing was held and the matter now awaits the decision.