Stories From Our Past — Week of March 7, 2019

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

1909

– According to sources, the Grand Trunk Railway had purchased the Central Ontario Railway, which owned 132 miles of track, running from Picton to Maynooth, Ont. There was no indication of the price or changes to operations.

– Picton’s board of trade was meeting at the library to discuss the potential impact of making the bridge from Rossmore to Belleville free of charge. Business owners were concerned such a move might have a detrimental impact on local shopping.

– Papers necessary to see former Picton man Christopher Holland expedited from the United States to face fraud and theft charges in Ontario courts were to be placed before President William Taft.

1939

– Picton council announced it would be considering a bylaw to introduce a garbage collection system during the late spring, summer, and early fall months. A town truck would pick up garbage in the early morning hours, for free, with labour provided from the relief labour pool.

– Pt. Traverse commercial fishermen were working feverishly to clear the harbour of heavy ice in order to reach open waters to fish a week earlier than in 1938. They had already set nets and were ready to begin fishing with favourable winds and weather.

– Picton councillors were still hoping to land a Heinz canning plant, despite criticism that the town’s delay in finalizing a deal allowed other municipalities to bid.

1969

– Ontario Min ister of Municipal Affairs D’Arcy McKeough spoke about regional governments at a local riding association meeting. He said regions should have a sense of community and a balance of shared interests, adding the government would let decisions be made locally.

– MP George Hees said he would be speaking to defence minister Leo Cadieux and finance minister E.J. Benson about replacing the Canadian Guards at Camp Picton. Hees mused the unemployment insurance headquarters could be a fit.

– Ameliasburgh offered Belleville $8,273 for fire protection, an increase from the $2,495 paid in 1968. Belleville had proposed a fee of $32,000 to offer the service.

1979

– North Marysburgh reeve Jack Wells tendered his resignation to accept a position as the township’s clerk-treasurer after the retirement of Sherman Bowers. Deputy reeve James Hughes was expected to fill Wells’ vacant seat at the head of the council table.

– Prince Edward County businesses were behind the Ontario average in per capita revenue generation. Locally, businesses made $1,875, compared to $2,700 provincially. Planners working with the Picton BIA management board hoped a downtown revitalization plan might drive improvements.

– Ameliasburgh Township council held a special meeting to discuss plans for a 24-foot two-storey extension to Town Hall for a new council chamber, valued at $65,000.