Stories From Our Past — Week of Feb. 14, 2019

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


– Stephen M. Conger, who had been the editor of the Gazette for 52 years, passed away at his King Street home due to heart trouble at age 73. Well respected, Conger was repeatedly approached to run for the House of Commons, but he preferred a quiet personal life.

– Christopher Holland, a Picton Boer War hero, sued one of his military colleagues for $10,000 as he alleged the man stolen his wife’s affection, induced her to extort his money to buy him jewelry, and caused him pain and mental suffering.

– The Bay of Quinte Conference was making plans to hold a special ceremony to mark the centenary of the White Chapel, the second oldest Methodist church in Canada.


– A gas explosion started an evening fire at the Picton headquarters of the Ontario Hydro Electric Power Commission on Elizabeth Street. Much of the main floor-office was destroyed by smoke and water, but firefighters salvaged a rear area, which would be used on a temporary basis.

– Bread pricing wars were taking place across the region. With fears that shops from other communities including some in the county were undercutting established prices, east-end Trenton merchants offered two loaves for a nickel, compared to the regular price of seven cents for one loaf.

– Picton resident David Cole was to receive a special citation for bravery after rescuing a woman who fell off the Glenora ferry.


– A family of six with four children aged 8 and younger was left homeless after a fire decimated their Waupoos Road home. The Unger family did have insurance, but a family began collecting donations of clothing, cash and household items to meet their immediate need. Another family member offered temporary housing after the blaze.

– County council met with McCormack & Rankin, the consulting firm that authored their first roads needs study in order to update the information it provides.

– A federal public works employee was due in Wellington to survey whether a breakwater or increased dredging could improve access to the village’s harbour from the existing channel to Lake Ontario.1979


– More than 50 county residents formed the Society for the Protection of Wildlife to oppose deer hunting in Prince Edward County. Director Marie Huffman said the group would push for a sanctioned referendum to officially stop hunting locally.

– A prohibition on liquor in Outlet Provincial Park from May 1 to June 18 was expanded to include Sandbanks Provincial Park after complaints of “rowdyism” on the part of university and college students.  The Ministry of Natural Resources also introduced wardens that would have the same authority as police officers in the parks.

– The county’s wolf population appeared to be down as only 13 were turned in for a bounty in January, compared to 60 in 1978.