Stories From Our Past — Week of March 28, 2019

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


–  A dog poisoner in Picton continued his cruelty unchecked, as several more innocent canines fell victim. An example was also found of one of his traps. It was a piece of fresh fish wrapped in string that was stuffed with cut glass.

– While navigators were discussing the opening of the season after open water was observed around Forester’s Island, near Deseronto, the Picton harbour was still covered in ice. It was anticipated another three or four weeks would pass before it opened.

– Newly elected MPP R.A. Norman told the local Liberal-Conservative Association that he was able to participate in every sitting of the legislature and committee meeting at Queen’s Park while finding his place.


–  Local apple growers resolved to urge the Ontario agriculture department to place a compulsory tax on apples in order to create advertising campaigns to establish local markets for their product. Many growers had surplus crops they couldn’t sell.

– Ontario’s chief forester Arthur Herbert Richardson visited Picton to discuss efforts to plant 22 million trees across the province in 1939. In Prince Edward County alone, there were applications for more than 30,000 trees to be supplied to farmers and landowners through provincial programs.

– The Picton Collegiate junior boys basketball team lost in the semifinal of the Central Ontario championship to a bigger, more experienced Orillia team 29-19.


– A helicopter from CFB Trenton rescued four people from Nicholson’s Island, off Huyck’s Point. They had boated over to check on cottages, but high winds delayed their return. The people were able to heat a cottage, but had no food supply. They contacted rescuers with a two-way radio.

– The Ontario Development Corporation and the Department of National Defence reported strong interest from industry in locating at the $16-million former Camp Picton. The federal government had yet to make a decision on how to proceed.

– Hallowell Township endorsed in principle a proposal by the Town of Picton that it provide water and sewer services to some residents living outside town borders.


– North Marysburgh councillor Bill Thorley challenged residents calling for an election to fill the mayor’s seat to come forward to discuss the matter before council. He argued staging an election would cost the township more than $2,000 when councillors had the authority to fill the seat by acclamation from among their ranks.

– Prince Edward County passed a .5.87-per-cent budget increase, but assessment growth paid for much of the change. The tax increase would be five cents per $1,000 in assessment. Salary increases were the largest factor driving the higher totals.

– County councillors increased their meeting wage by $5 to $45 and their conference per diem $30 to $120 plus mileage.