Stories from our past – January 13, 2022

(Desirée Decoste/Gazette staff)

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


  • January meeting of Mountain View Women’s Institute was held at the home of Mrs. Will Barber. The day being rather unfavorable the attendance was only 21. The meeting was opened in the usual way and minutes of last meeting read. Mrs. Ernest Ferguson gave a very instructive  paper on “Fresh Air and Exercise as a Medicine.”
  • The Seed, Cattle and Horse judging course at Roblin’s Mills, Ameliasburgh, was a success. The course was under the management of A. P. MacVannel, of the Department of Agriculture, Picton, and too much credit cannot be given Mr. MacVannel for the efforts he put forth in making there course, profitable and interesting.
  • Mr. and Mrs. D. T. Stafford, of Ameliasburgh, left late last week to take up their residence with their son in Vancouver, B. C. At present the length of time which they will reside there has not been decided upon but in all probability unless some unforeseen circumstance arises, they will remain a few years at least.


  • Under the direction of Don King, a bus trip is being arranged so that local people and PECI students may attend the Ice Follies at Maple Leaf Gardens, January 30. The bus leaves Picton at 7:30 a.m. returning after the show. It is expected 40 will be accommodated on the trip.
  • Through the kindness of individuals and organizations, Christmas and New Year’s days were brightened for those at Prince Edward County Home. Superintendent Owen Jones and Mrs. Jones express thanks to all who contributed in any way.
  • Despite credit restrictions, higher taxes and strikes, Canada’s automobile industry had its greatest year, production wise, in 1951. Up to December 15, 394,689 vehicles had rolled off the lines, nearly 23,000 more than up to the same day in record 1950.


  • The annual meeting of the Kingston Presbyterial Women’s Missionary Society was held Wednesday at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Kingston. Upon arrival ladies were welcomed by president, Mrs. Williamson, and enjoyed the hospitality of morning coffee.
  • Four young people have been selected to represent Junior Farmers in Ontario on the Junior Farmer Travelling Scholarship to the United Kingdom, sponsored by the Ontario Department of Agriculture and Food. This year’s delegates are Rodney Fox, Cayuga; Jim Grieve, London; Nancy Morrow, Bath; and Larry Reborn, Mansfield.
  • Victoria Willing Workers met on Tuesday evening at the home of Miss Audra Brickman with an attendance of 17. After the opening, roll call and business, Mrs. Harmon Montgomery had charge of a very fine devotional on the “Lord’s Prayer” with many taking part (all with lighted candles).


  • A Saber Jet fighter, a landmark at Pincrest School, Bloomfield, will soon find a new home. The jet which survived air battles in war has been unable to withstand a decade of youngsters climbing over it after school hours. It is so vandalized it has become a hazard.
  • As the years went by, the desire to return to her hometown became more compelling. So last January, 91-year-old Geraldine  Bolton came back to spend her remaining years in Picton after a 61-year absence. Music has been Mrs. Bolton’s whole life. She gave private piano lessons in Picton, attended the Toronto Conservatory for a year, and belonged to a club in Montreal that booked topnotch musicians for Toronto’s Massey Hall.
  • Sixteen-year-old Paul Wilson, a Grade 11 student at Prince Edward County Collegiate Institute in Picton is one from Ontario high schools who will be attending the Forum for Young Canadians. There are 139 students from the province attending as well as others from the various provinces and territories.