Stories from our Past-December 12, 2019

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



  • The semi-annual election of officers for Picton Council, 81, Royal Templars of Temperance, was held in their hall Tuesday evening. Five members were received, three of them being in the Select Degree.
  • Quite an enjoyable evening’s entertainment was provided in the Parish’s House on Thursday evening, under the auspices of St. Mary Magdalene’s Church Choir.
  • The Council’s request to the Hydro-Electric Power Commission for an estimated price on 500 h.p. from the Trent district was answered by Hon. Adam Beck to the effect that the matter will be taken up by the commission.


  • Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment is again seeking recruits. Over 100 new men can be taken on the strength. This is the result of the new ruling which bars men under 19 from proceeding overseas.
  • On Thursday afternoon, Misses Isobel and Dorothy Peck gave a cup and saucer shower at their home in home in honour of Mrs. Beuford Peck. About 50 ladies were present.
  • The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment at Picton has progressed past the daily “route march” stage to advanced military training.


  • Town Council gave permission to Lipson’s Stores Ltd. To erect a neon sign in front of their Main Street store, reading “Lipson’s Stores Ltd.”
  • Mayor McFarland suggested to Town Council that stores might close until noon on Remembrance Day to permit all to attend the service. A motion was passed calling for closing from 10:30 a.m.-noon on that day.
  • Town Council gave Mayor McFarland permission to draft a letter to be circulated to other municipalities for endorsement and to be sent to Richard Nixon, President of the United States. This would indicate Canadian support for the President’s efforts to achieve peace.


  • The November meeting of the East Lake United Church Women unit was held at the home of Mrs. Sarah Mann. Mrs. Carolyn Sills welcomed everyone and read a poem, ‘Help Me To Smile’.
  • The Prince Edward County Ministerial Association has finalized plans for the Community Carol Service. It will be held in the Picton United Church on Sunday, December 9th at 7:30 p.m.
  • It was approved in council construction of the Ameliasburgh Village water system is scheduled to begin sometime next spring, providing the property owners in the village give final approval regarding the cost.