Stories From Our Past — Week of Nov. 22, 2018

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


– Members of the Belleville Presbytery of the United Church reported a decline in attendance at services. The decrease was attributed to several factors, including the apathy of youth, rural depopulation, insufficient transportation, and the demands of the tourist industry.

– It appeared there would be a five-team Junior C hockey league formed as officials from Belleville, Napanee, Trenton, Picton, and Wellington planned to enter teams in the Ontario Hockey Association loop.

– The May Gold and Natural Gas Syndicate planned an advertising campaign to inform Picton residents of the company’s position prior to a vote in December on whether to allow the company a natural gas franchise.


– Gov-Gen Viscount Alexander of Tunis charmed crowds during a visit to Picton to officially open Royal Canadian Legion Branch 78’s new hall. He was paraded from the cenotaph to the Ross-McMullan house. A former soldier himself, Alexander said he considered opening Legion halls a “special privilege” of his position.

– Two passengers were cut by broken glass when a northbound bus from Picton to Belleville was sideswiped by a southbound truck carrying firewood. Police believe the wood shifted and broke two windows.

– Rev. Grant Sparling offered a stark message to the laymen of the Deanery of Prince Edward. He posed a choice between the spread of Christ and communism.


– A knife-wielding man approached motorists and home owners in Milford demanding a ride to Hamilton. Police apprehended him and discovered he escaped from the Prince Edward Heights complex. He was sent for psychiatric evaluation.

– Medical officer of health Dr. MG. Fisher called venereal disease an epidemic with 14,500 cases of gonorrhea in Ontario in 1977 and 140 in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties. The Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital supported hosting a pilot clinic to treat the illness.

– Prince Edward Cattlemen’s Association president Keith Gilbert was said farmers were disappointed with low crop insurance payouts in light of drought conditions.


– The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board banned the use of laser pointers in its schools after students directed the beams at a principal’s eyes during a Remembrance Day ceremony in Belleville. The regulation came into effect Nov. 23.

– The Ministry of Natural Resources committed $40,000 to study the walleye population in the Bay of Quinte to determine if it was in decline as suspected. Some 12,000 fish were tagged so that scientists could track where they were being caught.

– Hillier resident Janet Lunn was a recipient of a 1998 Governor General’s Literary Award for the historical adventure novel The Hollow Tree. It’s inclusion was a unanimous choice of the award’s selection jury.