Stories from our past – Dec. 17, 2020

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


  • If you wish to get a correct idea of modern warfare, with its many horrors and some of its grim humour, you should not fall to hear Frederic Villiers’ marvellous talk at the Opera House Tuesday, Picton. Mr. Villiers is the dean of the War Correspondents. 
  • Although the weather was very disagreeable and the walking most horrible, a large crowd attended the Scoten concert held in St. Andrew’s church on Tuesday evening. Donald MacGregor, of Toronto, was the headliner on the program, and his singing was throughly enjoyed by all.
  • Shire Hall, on Saturday afternoon last, was the scene of an unusually enthusiastic meeting, it being the occasion of a conference of members and delegates from the various Farmers’ Clubs throughout the county.


  • Picton Post of the Canadian Legion is holding bingo games each Tuesday and Thursday evening in the Legion hall. Net proceeds are for the British War Victims’ fund, which aids those suffering as a result of air raids.
  • The shipping season at Picton closed on Sunday with the freighter, City of Toronto, taking on a cargo of canned goods for eastern points. It was necessary for her to break through town inches of ice in the inner harbor to reach the C.S.L. dock.
  • Telephone facilities are now being provided for the new bombing and gunnery school being erected near Picton for the Commonwealth Air Training scheme, according to G. W. Proctor, manager of the Bell Telephone Company in this vicinity.


  • The early start on winter this year has seen snowmobile fans off to an equally early start. Thus the local licence bureau has issued a reminder that plates for the 1970-71 season are now available and have been since October 1.
  • A large number of complaints have been made locally about the declining population in Prince Edward County since the closing down of Camp Picton. But according to officials at the regional assessment office in Trenton, last year’s figures show an increase in the population of Prince Edward County.
  • Quinte area farmers will have an opportunity of taking part in an agricultural course in the first part of 1971. The course being offered is designed to meet the needs of producers who generally fall in the category between marginal and highly productive commercial units.


  • Picton Town Police laid a total of 127 charges during the month of October, the majority traffic-related offences. There were 19 charges under the Criminal Code, 45 under the Highway Traffic Act and 20 under the Liquor Licence Act. To charges were laid under the Juvenile Delinquents Act and one each under the Trespass to Property and Narcotic Control Act.
  • Inmates with drug problems at Ontario correctional institutes face a “Catch-22” situation when seeking treatment says the chairman of the County Drug Awareness Group, a local organization dedicated to the identification of drug-related concerns in Prince Edward County.
  • With 25 years of police work under his belt, Detective George Wright has decided to pack it in as a member of the Picton Police Department.