Prince Edward County’s Newspaper of Record
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Living History
June 5, 2024

Of fire trucks and tourists…

<p>County Tourist Folder, 1948 edition (Photo: Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County)</p>
County Tourist Folder, 1948 edition (Photo: Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County)

1914: Fire at Bloomfield

On Thursday morning of last week, about 3 o’clock, the village was aroused by the ringing of the fire bell, when Mr. Stephen Demille’s barn on Main street was discovered to be on fire. It immediately spread to his house, which is only twenty feet from the barn, also to the barn of Mr. Stanley Gibson, from which it soon spread to Mr. Gibson’s large brick house and was gaining much headway when W. A. Bowerman, chief of the fire department, arrived with fire engine No. 1. The flames by this time were coming from the windows of Mr. Demille’s house and all had given up saving either it or Mr. Gibson’s house. Engines No. 2 and 3, which are stationed in different parts of the town were soon on the scene and in less than five minutes had the fire in Mr. Gibson’s house extinguished and very shortly afterwards the fire at Mr. Demille’s was also under control. It was the first test the new engines have had and everyone is loud in their praise, and feel that a long-felt want, that of fire protection, is supplied. Had it not been for the fire engines the town undoubtedly would have had the worst fire in its history, as in this particular section the buildings are very close together.

1934: Plan Vacations in Prince Edward

Already tourists are holidaying in the county and as soon as school closes there will be, it is expected, a real influx. The County Publicity Committee, L. B. Calnan, secretary, has received many requests for booklets containing information regarding accommodation and attractions here.

A few sample letters follow:

“During the tourist season, this office receives a number of requests for your ‘Quinte’s Isle of Lakes and Bays’ folders. If it is convenient for you to forward 25 of these folders, I can assure you they will be distributed to interested parties.”

“Kindly forward a few of your circulars describing the possibility of your island county for vacations.”

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