Stories From Our Past — Week of Dec. 13, 2018

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


– Some $66,500 was spent on the maintenance of County roads in 1938, with half the money coming from the province. About $4,500 of that expenditure was for snow removal. The County bought new snow fence and a V-type snow plow in hopes of reducing costs.

– County council voted to petition the province to make the sale value of improved real estate the governing value of the assessment of that property, rather than the system of the day, which did not link assessment with sale values.

– Surgeons at Kingston General Hospital had considerable trouble removing a nail lodged in 13-year-old Hallowell native Gerald Hunt’s lung. Three attempts were made.


–  Prince Edward County farmers received $1.5 million from canners for their crops in 1948.The near-record returns were fueled by high prices and high yields due to favourable weather. Tomatoes were a major driving force as local farmers grew over 20 per cent of Canada’s overall crop.

– Considerable improvements were made to the County Home, including installation of a new kitchen floor, window sealing and painting, and redecorated dining rooms for men and for women.

– The federal department of transportation completed surveys on the shoreline at Waupoos Island and the mainland. It was thought the government might fund new approaches for a ferry connection.


– Picton council endorsed a motion from Oakville that would call on Ontario to end the exploitation of sex for profit in the province, including the provision of nude or partially nude waitresses and performers in bars and restaurants. Two local hotels were offering such performances.

– Picton councillor Bessie Ward, the town’s library board representative, said the library could not offer space for the University Women’s Club of Picton and District to offer a toy lending library because it was critically short of the space and funds for delivery.

– Picton council allocated $100,000 over two years to a downtown revitalization project to help the Picton BIA leverage a $150,000 loan from the province.


– The owner of Bergeron’s Exotic Animal Sanctuary sued the County for income they said they lost due to its tendering process for animal control. They alleged council didn’t follow its own tender requirements.

– Frank Wilson caused a stir by offering free gas at his Main Street Sunoco station for an hour-and-a-half to celebrate the station’s reopening. Dealing with long lineups, staff filled 449 gas tanks with 7,074 litres.

– The Knights of Columbus was abandoning a plan to buy 31,000 square feet of land on York Street from the former Town of Picton. They made a $10,000 down payment, but decided they couldn’t afford the remaining $60,000 to buy a parcel of land reduced by stormwater pond creation.