Stories from our past-August 15, 2019

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



  • It’s the unexpected that always happens. At least that is the way, when lightning is to be reckoned with. Sunday’s great rain storm, with its intermittent electrical shocks gave vivid examples of the freak things done by lightening. At five o’clock a bolt struck “Claramount,” the fine residence of E.M. Young.
  • The county road system of Prince Edward will be an example for Frontenac County. On Friday afternoon the men of the limestone county who are seeing to the building of the improved roads, came to Picton and toured the county road system as far as possible. They returned that evening, their heads full of much of value to the furtherance of the work.
  • An unfortunate accident on Friday afternoon had Jacob Minaker, Union Street, as the victim. He was working on the trestle at Lake’s wharf, unloading coal, from the schooner Winnie Wing. The “gin”, the great rope on which is the coal bucket, swung loose, above the trestle, and struck Minaker a severe blow across the back.


  • A throng of five hundred danced or watched as young and old made merry at a dance held in George Baitley’s fine new barn at Wellington, Monday evening. The whole county and some outside points were represented. It was a real old-fashioned barn dance with old-time and modern music provided by Mr.s J. Stewart, son and daughter, with piano, violin and guitar, and with lamps hung from cross-beams casting a glow over the dancers as they did round or square dances.
  • According to the Ontario Beekeepers’ Association, reports from 326 beekeepers in Ontario indicate that Ontario’s honey crop is estimated at one-third below normal and is considered finished. The quality of the honey is average. The cold, backward spring, followed by hot, dry weather cut the flow off early in July.
  • Picton Gazette won first place in the David Williams Cup award for papers over 2,000 circulation or more, for “best masthead,” it is announced in the list of awards in the Canadian Weekly Newspaper Association contest in which more than 100 papers in the eight provinces, the Yukon Territory and Newfoundland participated.


  • Home grown tomatoes are in demand, according to Mike Brant, R. 2 Picton. He has been selling them since July 12. Planted June 1, they are the Fireball and Glamour varieties. Friday, he picked several 11 quart baskets of ripe fruit.
  • Each Monday, water at the Provincial Park beaches in the county are tested. According to R.J. Davison, at no time have the local beaches been found to be polluted-a contrast to some other areas. Beach cleaning and full sanitary check-up of all facilities feature the work at Provincial Parks.
  • Religious eduction in the schools should be encouraged, it was the opinion of Pr. Ed. Board of Education. It was pointed out that such instruction in the schools is the only instruction many children receive, and that under Dept. Of Education regulations, courses are designed so that they do not offend those of different faiths, and children who do not desire such instruction can leave the classroom.


  • Over 135 owners of classic street rods from across Ontario and the Northern United States came to Ameliasburgh this past weekend to judge and be judged at the fifth annual Southeastern Ontario Street Meet. At the conclusion of the final judging, Ken Dumas, Kitchener, captured three top meet trophies with his customized and modified 1956 Chevy one-half-ton pick-up.
  • About 500 people from the Prince Edward County area came to enjoy the Consecon Legion’s annual chicken barbecue. It is estimated that approximately 400 attended the evening festivities of dancing and listening to the live band of The Ambassadors.
  • Dinghy racing, a sport for the physically and mentally alert of all ages, will receive a “shot in the arm” locally when 30 boasts, each with a crew of two, will compete for the Canadian TASAR championships in Picton Bay on Aug. 18 and 19.