Stories from our past – Nov. 19, 2020

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


  • The concert held in the Bijou Theatre, Wednesday night under the auspices of the Imperial Order, Daughters of the Empire, was one of the finest of season and a most decided success. Although the night proved very disagreeable the hall was packed by a most attentive and appreciative  audience.
  • The unique entertainment of living scenes from life in the Holy land, presented in the Parish House by Rev. H. A. Ben-Oriel formerly of Jerusalem, proved to be one of the most interesting and instructive affairs of its kind, held here in some time.
  • Friday will be the last meeting of the cheese board of this season. A great many of the factories closed down on Saturday last, and it is expected the rest of them will close this coming Saturday.


  • “C” Company, Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment, N.P.A.M., held a full day of training, Remembrance Day, at the local armoires. Parade was called for 9:30 a.m. in preparation for the march to the war memorial for the Armistice service at 11 a.m. C Company posted a ceremonial guard at the memorial during the service.
  • Residents of Rednersville entertained at a costume party in the Community Hall Thursday evening in honor of Mr. and Mrs. R. Smith and family, popular members of the community who are now living in Belleville. 
  • Pupils of Cooper’s school, Hallowell, of which Mr. Don East is teacher, have pen pals in many parts of the world. Not only do they strengthen the friendly ties between those countries and Canada, but the letters are very educational and give both the writers  and the recipients lessons in geography and history.


  • Farmers have known for centuries that fertilizing soil will increase yields. Now there is evidence that soil temperature also plays a major role. Dr. A. R. Mack of the Canada Agriculture Soil Research Institute has found bromegrass yields can be increased by warming the soil, or decreased by cooling it.
  • A Hillier Township resident, David Bikker, has launched legal proceedings against the Prince Edward County Board of Eduction in a continuing dispute over bus transportation. Mr. Bikker is requesting his three children be picked up at his residence, rather than have to walk about one mile along a narrow, township road to catch the school bus.
  • The Picton Merchants are going to have to learn how to win their games in regulation time, as it appears overtime sessions are not too successful, even on home ice.


  • With the round of dinners and parties now complete, retiring Bloomfield-Hallowell Fire Chief Ralph Rolston says he’s finally hanging up his helmet for good – probably in that special corner of his home filled with mementos from 33 years of active service.
  • Following an intensive discussion Thursday night, Picton town council gave its approval  for the construction of a storm sewer designed to improve drainage in the Mary Street area, but negotiations with local property owners may yet delay the project.
  • The second performance in the series sponsored by the Prince Edward Arts Council was held in the auditorium of PECI, Tuesday evening before a receptive and enthusiastic audience.