Stories From Our Past — Week of April 4, 2019

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


–  The Hepburn Brothers completed a purchase of the four-storey Cleveland Seed Company warehouses on the Picton harbour, which were listed for sale at $4,000. It was expected the building would be used to attract industry.

– Frank Boulter, the son of canning magnate Wellington Boulter, died unexpectedly after having successful surgery to remove his appendix in Destroit. After extensive experience across North America in the canning industry, he was named a federal inspector in charge of Ontario and Quebec.

– Picton council adopted a bylaw banning drunkenness, swearing, indecency or sharing indecent materials in any public areas. Offences would result in a $50 fine or jail time.


–  Picton councillors voted to introduced a municipal garbage collection system on a trial basis. A town truck and relief labour would be employed from July through to October. Homeowners wishing to use the service would be required to purchase suitable metal containers for disposal.

– A Holstein cow owned by Fred Hubbs, of Bloomfield, was among 150 to be included at a display by the Borden Milk Co. at the World’s Fair in New York. The cows would be used to demonstrate a magnetic, electronic milker three times daily.

– The federal government purchased land at Pt. Petre from Orval Edmunds in order to create a permanent range to train anti-aircraft gunners during the summer months.


– Negotiations between Picton’s police commission and its police force had reached a standstill. With both sides not wishing to accept a compromise solution promoted by Mayor Wilfrid Lane, the contract talks appeared to be headed to arbitration at the town’s cost.

– The Ontario Labour Relations Board elected to reserve judgment after 108 workers at Picton’s Proctor-Silex plant sought to decertify the local chapter of the International Union of Electrical Workers as their bargaining agent with the plant.

– The Picton Merchants beat Whitby four games to two to advance to their second straight Ontario  Hockey Association Intermediate B semifinal against Midland.


–  Picton postmaster Bob Carter said that any decision to keep the post office lobby and boxes open longer hours would have to be considered by regional director Real Sabourin. Mayor Don King said he hoped the situation would be resolved in a timely manner to restore access after vandalism forced night closures of the space.

– The Picton BIA approved a draft budget of $10,000 and retained the services of planner Winston Uytenbogaart to conduct an initial survey on the best ways to use its levied dollars to improve the downtown.

– Picton’s planning and development committee expected permits would be complete within six weeks to allow a new $1.5-millon IGA grocery store to be built.