Stories from our past – December 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…

1911

  • At one o’clock p.m. the County Council convened for this its last session of the year, 1911, the members all present except Messrs, Mastin and Herrington, and the Warden in the Chair. The unites of the last meeting were read and approved.
  • (Reported especially for the Gazette) On Tursday last, the ordained Ministers and Lay-workers, Picton District, (Methodist Church), met in Bloomfield Methodist Church to consider and discuss certain important questions.
  • East and West Lake Institute met at the home of Mrs. Frank Hyatt on Wednesday. It being a beautiful afternoon there was a large attendance, and one new member. The meeting opened with a hymn, “Blest be the tie that binds,” and a prayer by Mrs. Merry, after which the usual business was attended to.

1951

  • Per capita consumption of canned fruit and vegetables in Canada has more than doubled in 25 years. The average Canadian eats about 45 pounds of canned fruit and vegetables a year as compared to 20 1/2 pounds in 1925. 
  • Eighteen other ranks of the 9th Anti Tank Regiment RCA (ALI) and the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment were graduated from a special junior non-commissioned officers’ course at an impressive passing out parade in the Belleville Armories.
  • Friday, December 21st, saw a record number of telephone calls handled by the Bell Telephone exchange here. There were 30,360 calls that day, compared to a normal total of 16,000. Long distance calls that day were 950, an increase of 500 over normal. A day or so earlier, more than 27,000 calls were handled.

1971

  • Whoever succeeds Reeve Allan Anderson of Bloomfield as Prince Edward County Warden for 1972 will become the 118th warden in the history of the county. And viewing for that honor, are at least three known contenders — Reeve Ross Fenway of Hillier, Reeve Russell Thompson of Ameliasburgh and Reeve George Vincent of Hallowell.
  • Lucky winners of the gigantic stocking of toys that hung in the window of the Bata Shoe Store was Mary Main of Cherry Valley. Second prize, a large riding toy went to Ida Emorey of 365 Main St., Picton and 3rd prize, a surprise box, was won by Kay Spencer of 139 Main St., Picton.
  • Picton Elks held their Christmas dance for members on Saturday. Approximately 100 members and wives enjoyed an eventful evening. One of the more than 40 gifts given away was the lodge’s snowmobile and trailer draw, won by Jerry Cox, Outlet Park.

1981

  • The basement of the Prince Edward County OMAF (Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food) office on Highway 33 near Picton will be the new home of the Prince Edward County Day Care Centre.
  • Secondary school teachers received a 8.75 per cent salary increase for the period of Sept. 1, 1981 to Dec. 31, 1981, and will get an additional increase of 3.95 per cent for the period of Jan. 1, 1982 to Aug. 31, 1982. The total raise for the current school year, amounting to 13.7 per cent was ratified by a collective agreement.
  • Fourth generations in some Prince Edward County families are looking at life more clearly because of Earl Alexander Grubin. But after the end of 1981 they’ll have to get their eyes tested by someone else because Dr. Grubin is retiring after 53 years in the eye business. He’s calling in quits at the age of 74.