Stories from our past for Thursday 14 September 2023

This week in…

1863: YOUNG MEN BEWARE—Placards have been posted in various places thro’out the County offering great inducements to all those young men who are desirous of obtaining employment. The work is professedly to complete the Great Pacific Railway, although the exact locality is not stated, and we are inclined to the opinion that the work which is required to be done will be found somewhere in “Dixie.”—Let our young men take no heed of these great inducements which are being held out, for depend upon it, nothing more or less than to fill up the thinned ranks of the Federal army, is the object.

1933: Great interest was shown in Monday’s baseball game, and besides the crowd which followed the Gazette bulletin board, nearly six hundred phone calls were answered. The phone was continually ringing and much satisfaction was expressed as the good news came through. The Gazette will continue to supply bulletins for out-of-town games but urges all to attend games played locally. Prince Edward County is baseball-minded and a record crowd is expected at Wednesday’s game here.

–A good many people have seen the exhibit of handicraft at the home of Mr. William Loney and marvelled at the wonderful work. Mr. Loney has kindly consented to exhibit these articles at Picton Fair where all can see and admire them.

1943: –Mrs. John P Arthur, Bloomfield, received a letter from her husband, Rifleman John Arthur, who is a prisoner-of-war in Tokio, Japan. He has been a prisoner in Japanese hands since the Hong Kong expedition episode on Christmas Day of 1941. The letter was written in May, 1942, and has taken about 16 months to reach Mrs. Arthur.

–Pte. Alfred Mead is a prisoner of war in Germany. A cable to this effect was received Monday by his mother, from Alfred’s wife in England.

–Mrs. Louise Levitt, Picton, has received a letter from her son, Pte. Clair Levitt, dated August 5th, stating he is a prisoner of war in Italy. He was reported missing on July 23rd.

1973: High Seas in Athol Bay: “Funeral services were held Monday for two men who died last week in the first major marine disaster involving loss of life in county waters in at least 50 years. The bodies of two crew members on the Canadian Coast Guard launch 112 working out of Trenton were found Friday noon after an extensive search. The ship’s captain spent at least four hours in the water before he was washed ashore at Salmon Point. Exhausted, he slept on the shore until morning before going to a nearby farm for help. High winds and eight to twelve-foot waves washed over the launch and she began to take on water, said Captain Campbell.