PEHS AGM this Thursday

A reminder that the Prince Edward Historical Association AGM is being held this Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 4:00 pm on Zoom.

You must register to attend and a Zoom link will be sent to you.

To register please email us at: pehistsoc@gmail.com

Everyone is welcome to attend but only paid members will be able to vote.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday.

Are you familiar with the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory and the bird surveys? Les Stanfield is putting together a talk on “How Geology and History affect Biodiversity of the South Shore of Prince Edward County” that he will be delivering to PECFN on Jan 26th. He has this request. Please contact him if you can assist with information.

In doing some research into the formation of Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory I discovered that the story goes that there was a development proposal sometime in the ‘60’s, and somehow it prompted Kingston field naturalists to conduct bird surveys at the point. These surveys began to document how important it was as a migration stopover and led to the cancellation of the development project, the beginning of the bird banding and the eventual purchase of the land by CWS and the formation of PetBo. I am desperate to find out what was the catalyst for the research which the Kingston group conducted!

Les Stanfield
538 Morrison Point Road
Milford, On. K0K 2P0

The following is a letter sent to council from the Prince Edward Historical Association regarding the Holding Court Statue.

Jan. 5, 2021

Mayor Steven Ferguson & Council
The Corporation of the County of Prince Edward
332 Main Street, Picton
ON, K0K 2T0

Re: “Holding Court” John A. Macdonald statue

Dear Mayor Ferguson,

I am writing on behalf of The Prince Edward Historical Society (PEHS) to indicate our support for the decision by Council, as stated in the official press release of 18 Nov 2020, to leave the statue in its current location.

We also support the decision to prepare educational messaging that will accompany the statue and are encouraging the municipality to develop the messaging in consultation with key stakeholders.

We are also suggesting:

  • establishing a timeline for the completion of the messaging component. This will demonstrate the municipality’s commitment to address the concerns that have been raised.
  • posting signage near the statue, as soon as possible, explaining the process that is being undertaken
  • circulating regular updates via press releases, local newspaper articles, social media, and  the PEC official website to reassure interested parties that the project has not been shelved.

The Prince Edward Historical Society looks forward to seeing progress in resolving this matter and is willing to help in any way possible to achieve that goal.

Yours sincerely,

Sandra Latchford
The Prince Edward Historical Society
261 Main Street, Box 370
Wellington, ON K0K 3L0

Just a reminder that renewal of your membership in the society for 2021 is now due (please disregard if you have already paid). Membership forms are on our website under ‘Join the Society’. Membership fees are $20 for an individual, $30 for a family (living at the same address). Please send it to:

The Prince Edward Historical Society (Membership),
c/o Prince Edward County Archives
261 Main Street,
Wellington, Ontario K0K 3L0

Please ensure that the form and payment arrive at the library several days before the society’s Annual General Meeting, which will be on 21 January 2021, so that you can vote on any motions presented at the AGM, and to avoid any fee increases which may be decided there.

Due to Covid, our AGM is being held on Zoom. If you need help setting up Zoom please email us at pehistsoc@gmail.com.

We hope you will join us at the AGM!  A new Executive will be elected, and the Society’s ideas for activities in 2021 will be discussed.  We would love to hear your ideas for activities and events.  If you are interested in volunteering with the Society, we would also love to hear from you.

If you would like an email telling you when a new post is added to our website, go to www.pehistsoc.wordpress.com On the right side under “email subscription”, add your email and you will receive notices of new postings.

Do you love history?

Prince Edward County has a fascinating history that the team at PEHS love to promote. Currently, we are looking for volunteers to join us in a few positions:

* Maintaining and posting to the website (WordPress)

* Writing newsletters

* Posting updates to Facebook, Twitter

* Managing emails and answering enquiries

If you have some spare time and would like to join our team, we would love to hear from you. Please drop us an email at: pehistsoc@gmail.com

Exciting Book Launch…

After much anticipation, the book Seven on a Mat is being published by Ontario History Press in partnership with the Prince Edward Historical Society. This fascinating story is about the Prinzen family of Prince Edward County who, during the last tumultuous months of WW2, sheltered seven downed allied airmen in German-occupied Holland.

The story was written by Doris Mayberry, the wife of one of the airmen, and is an incredible tale of courage, faith, survival and friendship as the Prinzen family worked with the Dutch Underground to keep the seven airmen out of the hands of the Nazis.

After the war, the Prinzen family emigrated from their war-ravaged country to the tranquil farming community of Prince Edward County.

A limited number of books will be printed and will be available in January 2021 for $25.00 each. Prepaid orders can be placed with the Prince Edward Historical Society. If purchasing for a Christmas gift, a gift card showing the cover of the book is available for all prepaid orders.

If you would like to place an order, please contact us at pehistsoc@gmail.com

Please join us for the Annual General Meeting of the Prince Edward Historical Society on Thursday January 21st, 2021 at 4:00 pm. The meeting will be held on zoom. If you are interested in attending, please email us at pehistsoc@gmail.com and closer to the meeting date, we will send you a link to join the meeting.

Members as well as anyone interested in the society are welcome to attend. Agenda items include the election for positions on the executive.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Prince Edward Historical Society we would love to hear from you. Please email us at pehistsoc@gmail.com and a member of our executive will get in contact with you.

The freedom and opportunities that we have today are because of the brave men and women that have served. Some paid the ultimate sacrifice, some returned home after the war to battle mental and physical injuries. We shall never forget the sacrifice they made to give us the life that we have today.
Do you have a family member who has served? Please tell us about them.


Chris Lockyer was born in 1898 in Middlesex, England. In 1912, his parents, George and Martha Lockyer, moved their young family to a farm in Picton, Ontario. Chris was just 17 years old when he enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during WW1. In August 1917, the Canadians were fighting to capture Hill 70 near the city of Lens. Chris was serving with the 2nd Battalion running messages from the front lines back to the senior command staff when he was killed. His body was never found.

Private Chris Lockyer’s name is engraved on the War Memorial in Picton. The story of his sacrifice was highlighted in the 2018 History Moments Series.



Ella Mae was born in 1891 in North Marysburgh, Prince Edward County, the daughter of Mariner Byron Bongard and his wife Helen. After completing high school in Picton, Ella began a 4-year nursing course at the prestigious Presbyterian Hospital in New York. During WW1, she served as a nurse at a British hospital in Etretat, France where she saw the horrors of trench warfare as she nursed the wounded. She wrote a diary of her experiences which was published under the title “Nobody Ever Wins a War”.

During WW2, Ella’s husband and WW1 veteran Wilfred Scott, along with their sons, Sherman and Eric, served with the Canadian Military.

Ella Mae died in 1987 in Picton, Ontario.