Stories from our Past Dec. 5, 2019

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


  • The stock judging contest held at Mr. Collier’s was fairly well attended, Mr. Ready of Hillier, and Mr. MacVannel of Picton, showed the farmers how to choose dairy cows and draft horses.
  • The market on Saturday showed greater activeness than usual. Fowl as a whole was rather scarce, ducks being the most plentiful selling from $1.20 to $1.60 a pair. A few chickens sold from $0.80 to $1.00.
  • The bazaar in connection with the Methodist Church was a great success. The concert was very pleasing. Mrs. Lewis, Picton and Miss Robinson, Bloomfield, were good in recitation.


  • Former resident Bill Perkins, writes The Gazette to say that should any Canadians going overseas be in the neighbourhood of his home, he will be glad to see them. He resides at 41 Park St., Bridgend, South Wales.
  • There is an urgent need for socks by the Prince Edward County branch of the Canadian Red Cross, His Honor Judge E. H. McLean, the president, stated, in making an appeal for contributions.
  • A meeting was held in the interests of the War Emergency Committee at the home of the vice president of the Cressy unit. Distribution of wool and sewing and discussion of ways to raise money for this worthy cause formed the evenings programme. Lunch was served by Mrs. Storms and assisted by Mrs. Kenneth Carson and Mrs. Austin Powers.


  • Picton Merchant beat Stouffville Clippers every period to the delight of 500 fans who took in the exciting battle at the County Centre. Rugger Jim Guernsey got Picton headed in the right direction.
  • Annual ladies’ night of Prince Edward Lodge No. 18, A.F. And A.M., was held at Prince Edward Yacht Club. Worshipful Master Dr. John Pearce and Mrs. Pearce welcomed the ladies, Masonic brethren and guests. About 150 were seated for the appetizing and bountiful meal arranged by Club Steward Bob Wood.
  • A settlement amounting to $3,000 was approved by the court in the claim for damages which arose out of an accident on April 16, 1967. David Marshall Wade Foshay, son of former Picton Fire Chief Duane and Mrs. Foshay, was struck by a car while crossing from west to east of Bowery St.


  • Because of the increasing use of narcotic drugs in Prince Edward County and the recent break-ins resulting in the theft of drugs, Teasel’s Drug Store of Picton has purchased a video cassette for the use of local organizations to warn against drug abuse.
  • Pastor Kelly Toth of the Picton Free Methodist Church, reports that the recent children’s crusade with the musical story man, Dr. Frank Wellington was a great success. In the four nights of the crusade 1,102 children and adults attended.
  • Continued disappearance of road signs in the town of Picton, with 13 missing this month, will only be cured if ratepayers footing the bills for their replacement become more active in trying to curb the unnecessary expense, says Picton Reeve Charles Hepburn.