Stories from our Past June 20, 2019

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



  • The annual convention of the W. M. S. Picton District, was held in the school room of the First Methodist Church, Picton, June 22. With Mrs. Thompson, District Organizer, in the chair. The meeting opened at 10 a.m. with Mrs. Emory leading in the devotional exercise.
  • The Masonic service on Sunday in Consecon was a great success. The Masons, about 75 in number, some from outside lodges being in attendance. They were a fine looking lot of men, ready to face a foe if required. Mr. Ross Yott and Mrs. McKinman, school teacher, were ushers and Miss Florence McQuoid played the organ in her usual good style.
  • The St. Catharines Star-Journal of June 14th, contains a photograph of Samuel Brisbin, cheif engineer of the Northern Navigation Company’s new steamer Hamonic. Mr. Brisbin is an old Picton boy, son of Israel Brisbin, and a brother of Mr. Daniel Brisbin.


  • Members of Picton Golf and Country Club enjoyed a successful Field Day Wednesday afternoon when mixed foursome play resulted in awards for the best showing on 18-hole play to Miss Olga Ellsworth and George Break, Mrs. E. L. Bronskill and Ed. Carter.
  • Hansard of May 24th, which reports doing in the House of Commons, carries the words of George J. Tustin, M.P. for Prince Edward-Lennox, who urged that charging of fees for post office boxes in small towns be done away with.
  • On Tuesday, the pupils of Mr. Blakely’s class (Grade 6) of the Picton public school visited the jail. They were escorted through the different sections of the building by a Constable and especially enjoyed seeing the kitchen, cells and the whipping-rack. The class stayed for the opening of court and enjoyed seeing this very much.


  • W. P. Marvin sometimes gets “a bee in his bonnet” or, to be accurate, in his bee veil. It’s an occupational hazard faced by the founder of one of this area’s largest apiaries. Mr. Marvin began the apiary in 1922 with a single swarm of bees. The following year he purchased 13 hives.
  • At a meeting Wednesday night, Prince Edward Region Conservation Authority decided to pick up the option on 125 acres of land owned by Jerry Bond of Picton. The property had been optioned at a price of $20, 000. Purchase is subject to approval of the Department of Energy and Resources which pays 65 per cent of cost.
  • During a severe rain and electrical storm early Friday morning, a brief tornado cut a 200-foot swath through Weller’s Bay area, north of Consecon village. Three cottages in the path of the storm were hit.


  • Staging a one-day walk-out in Picton Monday, Bell Canada employees gave it another shot to start action at the bargaining tables. Sept. 1, 1978 marked the beginning of bargaining sessions, and since Dec.1, 1978 employees have been working without a contract.
  • The glitter and shine of the golden age of the automobile was temporarily recaptured in Picton Saturday, when vintage veterans of the road took the spotlight at a local car show.
  • A group of about 10 Consecon area residents presented a petition of 296 adult signatures to Ameliasburgh Township Council Monday night requesting the townships approval to create a library in the village of Consecon.