Stories from our past-May 23, 2019

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

 

1909:

  • The May meeting of the Women’s Institute was held at the home of Mrs. E.J. Lobb and being the last meeting of the year, was largely attended. The meeting was principally of a business character with the exception of a very interesting paper by Mr. Milton Walker which will be published
  • At the Empire Day exercises in the town hall on Friday the awards were made in the recent competition under the auspices of Sir Thomas Picton Chapter of the Daughters of the Empire, for the two best essays written by pupils of the two upper classes on the topic of “Our Empire”.
  • Mr. Edward Breakenridge and W.T. Scott have both beautified Delhi by applying fresh coats of paint to their houses.

1939:

  • Four years after the Bank of Nova Scotia at Wellington was robbed of $1, 190.00, police on Thursday evening arrested Oscar St. Pierre of Hillier township and charged him with robbery. Police say that St. Pierre made a statement to police on Friday night, admitting his guilt. He will appear in Magistrate’s Court here today.
  • Perch fishing is reported unusually good this spring. On Saturday, Tom Turpin, Arthur MacDonald and Harry Walmsley of the Gazette staff fished for a time in the bay off the Waupoos shore and so rapidly did they pull them in that they were forced to quit early. They landed nearly 250 nice perch.
  • Mr. Donald Ready of Renfrew has joined the staff of The Gazette as linotype operator. Mr. Ready was with The Renfrew Mercury for many years. Previous to coming to Picton, he was presented with a handsome travelling bag by the United Church there; having been one of the stewards and active in the church.

1969:

  • Ameliasburg Museum re-opened for the season on Sunday. The former United Church was converted to this purpose and wonderful historical displays set-up. With the purchase of a large collection of paintings by Rev. Bowen Squier, further emphasis is placed on the story of days past.
  • Donald Edward Bond, R.1. Milford, escaped injury Saturday night when his car had collided with a tree at the intersection of Maple and Gladstone Avenues. The driver told police he thought he was on Johnson, a through street. Picton police estimate damage to car as $3,000.
  • Mrs. Arlene Holt, chairman of Lake Ontario Regional Development Committee on anti-water pollution, was in Picton yesterday, Tuesday. She spoke to P.E. Collegiate students on this important topic, seeking to enlist their cooperation.

1979:

  • Spokesman for the Provincial Outlet Park said that the Victoria Day weekend was a “great success and was very quiet”. The 320 camping sites were filled to capacity and an estimated 14,000 visitors entered the Outlet to partake in camping and sunbathing relaxation.
  • Constable H.A. Wiersma of the Picton detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police is investigating the theft of a boat valued at $300. Some time between May 14-17 a boat which was tied up at a tree near the pump house at the Golf and Country Club, Picton, was stolen.
  • Both the Picton detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police and the Picton Town Police reported “surprisingly quiet” Victoria Day weekend. Constable T.W. Cousans of the Picton O.P.P. reported that there were a few minor incidents but generally it was very quiet for motorists and campers. Spokesman for the Picton Town Police also said that it was “very quiet” throughout the weekend.