Stories From Our Past — Week of June 28, 2018

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


– The Prince Edward County Publicity Committee distributed 12,000 tourist attraction folders. American visitors were a prime target as 5,000 pieces were distributed in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and New York. The campaign also targeted a mailing list of wealthy individuals.

– East Lake residents had a rabies scare when a strange dog visited Frank Hawkins’ home. He thought it was sick and shot it. A post-mortem revealed the dog was not rabid, but had been poisoned.

– Meetings were held about reducing the staffing at Cherry Valley School to just one teacher. Despite opposition from trustees, it was decided to maintain a two-room schoolhouse with two teachers.


– MP George Tustin announced the federal government had allocated $25,000 for an addition and alterations at the crowded Picton post office. The addition of mail service for the Royal Canadian School of Artillery necessitated the changes.

– A 28-year-old Trenton man was killed in a rollover accident just west of Picton when his truck left the road. The man, a Second World War veteran, was driving goods for a dry cleaning company when he lost control of his vehicle. He was alone at the time.

– Medical officer of health Dr. A.E. Best stressed the importance of residents not using unboiled or unchlorinated water for drinking or bathing and the importance of washing fruits and vegetables.


– A Bloomfield resident thought she may have unknowingly hosted royalty. Monika Papiest, owner of the Maple Inn restaurant, discovered “HRH Prince Andrew” signed in her guest register. She wasn’t able to get a good glimpse at the guest, however.

– The County’s director of economic development, William Duggan, announced an unnamed production company had chosen to locate at the Loch-Sloy Business Park. Within two years, the company was expected to employ 150 people. The company planned to build caskets and cabinets.

– Lake Ontario Cement was poised to spend $1.75 million to install new equipment to dramatically decrease dust emissions from its five kiln exhaust stacks.


– Speaking at a Liberal fundraising dinner in the county, finance minister Paul Martin said now that his government had eliminated the deficit and the economy was rising, it planned to cut taxes in each year of its mandate and reinvest in health care.

– The Bay of Quinte Coaching Association voted to support the suspension of secondary school athletics in September to show teachers’ dissatisfaction with changes to provincial legislation members said would allow them less time for coaching.

– A Northport father and son were killed in a head-on collision after another vehicle crossed the centre lane on County Rd. 15 and struck their vehicle. Three other members of their family were hospitalized.