Stories from our Past – July 4, 2019

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


  • Cherry Valley – A very interesting meeting of the Women’s Institute was held in the Methodist church on Monday, June 14. Mrs. Breckon of Waterdown and Miss Campbell of Brampton, lecturers sent by the Department of Agriculture addressed the Institute.
  • For the first time, Napanee Golf Club were defeated on their own grounds by the Picton golfers as a Dominion Day celebration. The Picton contingent was taken down to Napanee in Mayor Porte’s fine new motor launch “Nora”. The Picton players were unable to take the full team of ten men.
  • Wellington – Rev. Rufus Garratt preaches in the Friend’s church next Sunday morning for the last time. He is to be ordained as a Methodist minister next week and goes to a place called Arden.


  • A Provincial Police officer is to be stationed at Picton, according to an announcement by Hon. Gordon Conant, Attorney General. Constable T. E. Pearson of St. Catherines will come to Picton. This is just one of many changes made in redistribution of the P. P. force and will be effective August 1st.
  • The new ferry for the Glenora-Adolphustown crossing is expected here this week. Plans are being made by T. G. Bowerman to have the new service begin with fitting ceremony on the morning og Monday, July 3rd.
  • Miss Elrena Kellar entertained several young ladies Monday afternoon and evening in honour of her birthday. At six o’clock a delicious luncheon was served and a very enjoyable evening spent in music.


  • Town Police report a rear end collison Wednesday evening at the intersection of Ross and Main Streets involving s Peter A. Richardson of 286 George st., Belleville and a vehicle driven by Elmer M. Branscombe of 28 Spencer St., Picton. Damage was estimated at $260. No injuries or charges were reported. Constable Donald Camp investigated.
  • Hillier Women’s Institute went to North Maryaburgh Museum June 19 for their June meeting. After a tour through the Museum with Mrs. M. Love as guide which everyone enjoyed with 15 members and three visitors. They held their meeting on the verandah outside.
  • 18 Boy Scouts from Ohio are camping at Outlet Provincial Park. The local Scout Association is doing much to help make their stay much more pleasant. On Thursday, the Scouts visited the Armoury Mall where they were presented with a number of gifts and souvenirs under direction of Victor Lord and Jack Purtelle.


  • Members of the Prince Edward Air Cadet Squadron No. 851 presented themselves to fellow officers and commanders, special military review officers and guests at their second annual inspection hel Friday, June 15 at the Loch Sloy Industrial Park, Picton.
  • Rural Hydro rates, both in the residential and farm categories are higher than those paid by urban customers served by local public utilities commissions says James Taylor, MPP for Prince Edward – Lennox afer research done into the matter. He says 1,000 kilowatt hours of power cost the average customer of a municipal utility $10.68 in 1970. A rural residence supplied by Ontario Hydro paid $3.02 more for the same amount.
  • The Ministry of Transportation and Communications, Kingston Region, says Engineering Studies are underway to determine the extent of renovations required to maintain safe ferry docking facilities at Adolphustown and Glenora.