Stories from our past for Thursday 21 September 2023

Living History

1863: “A School Pic-Nic took place in a beautiful Grove on the farm of Mr. Dunbar, about a mile West of Picton. The dinner was spread along lines of tables that literally groaned under the eatables, the loads of luxuries, and everything that could tempt the palate was there for the occasion. I busied myself in picking up information from the people as to what each thought of the Teacher, and was much pleased to learn that he was a general favorite; his style and ability in teaching — his affability and urbanity — and above all his sterling moral character, which made him not only deservedly popular with the children and employers, but eminently useful in the neighborhood.”

1913: “Mons. Randi the clever contortionist and trapeze artist, will perform the following acts on the stage in Main Building on the first night of Picton Fair: Hanging by teeth and swinging on bar. Swinging on trapeze with legs on neck. Hanging by heels on bar, swiveling with knees on neck. Swinging with neck on back, with hands folded in front, and many other feats on the bar. Contortion Work—Special Act, the Human Frog, performed in special costume, 13 different bending acts, 6 different balance acts, 4 chair bending acts. This performance will take place after the Baby Show.”

1933: “Owing to a large number of persons seeking to gain admittance to the Fair Grounds over fences, etc., to avoid paying the admission fee, all fences are to be patrolled during Fair day and night and anyone caught illegally entering the grounds will be severely dealt with. Many persons able to pay, seek this method of getting into the grounds free of charge, and these same people wonder why the Fair is not bigger and better. Cash makes everything go and the Fair is no exception. The Fair Board deeply appreciates the patronage of all and it is unfortunate that there are some who do not play the game and must be warned.”

1943: There is urgent need of county men and women to assist at county canning factories. The crop is at its height this week and next and if the crop is to be saved there must be a good response at once. Food is an ammunition of war. It is important that every bit possible be preserved. Stocks of fruit and other canned goods are down and it is urgent that all tomatoes possible be saved. It is understood that a number of Collegiate pupils have been assisting in the canning factories, and will not return to school until the factory rush is over. Airmen from Mountain View have been assisting at Bloomfield and Wellington factories.