Stories from our past – February 4th, 2021

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

1911

  • The doctors of the town — the guardians of the public health — are a unit in declaring for a sewage system for Picton. The Gazette’s editorial, in Friday’s issue has renewed interest in a very pertinent and at the same time important municipal problem.
  • Despite a trimming of 18-7 in the Junior O.H.A. game with Kingston Frontenacs, Picton Juniors showed the metal of comers. Next year Picton will be “the goods” and Kingston’s Frontenacs “has beens.”
  • The progress of a remarkable new sugar process, in which Mr. G. W. McMullen of Picton is financially interested is now receiving the attention of commercial U.S. Pictonians, through the Gazette have already heard of the wonderful scheme.

1951

  • G.J. Smith was re-elected president of the Prince Edward County Crop Improvement Association, at the first 1951 director’s meeting, held recently. Mac Wallbridge, Mountain View, was named vice-president. The main business of the meeting was the discussion of possible projects for the coming year. 
  • Clarence Reid, King Street, Picton, brought to The Gazette Office a coin dated 1814. This was a halfpenny token of the U.S.A., and Mr. Reid’s father, Mr. Sid Reid, found it on the farm 5 miles east of Picton on the Green Point Road, on the side of the hill near the house.
  • The Worth Grand Matron of the Order of Eastern Star in Ontario, Mrs. Pearl C. McDonald of Cookeville, paid an official visit to Lakeside Chapter, No. 81, O.E.S., Wellington, Wednesday evening.

1971

  • Members of the winter carnival committee for the Prince Edward Chamber of Commerce are “painting the town red” with bright posters advertising the program of events planned for the county’s first salute to snow country.
  • George Hees, MP for Prince Edward-Hastings, has been a consistent attacker of the Federal Government, especially on its economic policies and its handling of the unemployment situation.
  • Management and union executives are mutually exploring the impact of the Canada Cement LaFarge Ltd. decision to phase out its Point Anne operations — a major contributor to Belleville-area economy for three generations.

1981

  • Spring-like temperatures had threatened to sink tomorrow’s ice racing extravaganza on Picton Bay, but organizers have now given the go-ahead with colder weather in the forecast. Sponsored by the Fireside Inn, the races are a first for the town.
  • Snowmobiles are popular recreational vehicles in rural Ontario, but they are also used for practical purposes. On some Ontario farms, particularly in snowbelt regions, the snowmobile is a necessary form of transportation. 
  • The Picton Atom All-Stars bounced back after their 7-1 loss to the Ernestown Lions last week, to defeat Gananoque 3-2. Gananoque, a much improved team, played a strong game and almost pulled out a tie. Picton goaltender, Steve McConnell, however came up with some big stops in the third period to preserve the victory for Picton.