Stories From Our Past — Week of April 18, 2019

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


–  The Gazette published a special 20-page First World War memorial edition. It featured names and photographs of all the Prince Edward County residents who enlisted and fought, while also providing a history of local involvement in military and patriotic pursuits.

– Ethel Wood came to Picton to serve as the first superintendent of the newly built hospital on Hill Street. Educated in New York City, Wood came highly recommended after previous stints as the superintendent of hospitals in Cobourg and Owen Sound.

– Howard Leavens, described as the cherry king of the county, placed an order for a considerable number of trees from the E.D Smith Nurseries of Winona, Ont.


– Prince Edward-Lennox Conservatives unanimously supported MP George Tustin to carry the party’s banner in a re-election campaign. Other nominees withdrew their names to allow him to continue. Speaking at the nomination meeting, Tustin criticized the Liberal government for turning a trade surplus with the U.S. into a trade deficit.

– The machinery from the Wellington Brick Company plant was dismantled for transportation to Montreal, where another company would use it. The Wellington plant had been closed for several years.

– A large harvest of maple syrup drove down prices at the Picton market. The price per gallon was as low as $1.35 after having been as high as $2 earlier in the season.


–  Mayor H.J. McFarland told the Gazette that an American helicopter manufacturer had toured Camp Picton and signs were optimistic the company could strike a deal with the federal government to develop and manufacturer its product here.

– A six-room addition to Sophiasburgh Central School was progressing under the direction of contractor Hugh Murray. The addition would include a library resource centre, a science room, a Kindergarten room, a social sciences room and two classrooms.

– Picton’s Capt. Alan Edgar was chief pilot of one of three Caribou aircraft leaving CFB Trenton for a six-month, 10-stop tour to Malaysia. While there, he would be training Malaysian pilots to fly the aircraft.


– A vicious snow and wind storm caused an estimated $35,000 in damage at Outlet and Sandbanks provincial parks. Between 700-800 trees were downed, 10,000 feet of snow fence was destroyed, and beaches and sand dunes were also impacted.

– Picton taxpayers would be paying about $77 more in tax for $20,000 in assessment after council passed its budget. Higher transfers for education and increased salaries and benefits were two major factors in driving the tax rate higher.

– CUPE was to hold a vote on a contract for 32 Ontario Hydro workers stationed in Picton. The company offered an eight-per-cent increase in wages and benefits, while the union had been asking for 16 per cent.