Stories from our past – February 11, 2021

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


  • Rumours for some time prevalent have crystallized into the announcement that Church Bros. will build a new canning factory in Picton. The site chosen is on the corner of Talbot and Main Streets.
  • Mr. James Gillespie, the well-known ex-sherriff. of Prince Edward by a fall on Monday broke his hip. Mr. Gillespie was leaving his home on King St. for a walk down town, when not far from the door he slipped on an icy bit on the sidewalk.
  • Mr. G. J. Chadd, of Trenton, and well known in Picton and Prince Edward has just been given a light blue or drab colored crow for his museum. 


  • A euchre party was held at the West Lake School last Wednesday evening with a very good crowd in attendance. Prizes for the early play were won by Mrs. Charles Kellar and Harry Kleinsteuber.
  • In Wednesday night’s hockey games, Army upset Athol, 8-2, while Morden’s outclassed Waupoos, 15-2. It was the first defeat this year for Athol. 
  • The H. & A. Junior Farmers met at the Ameliasburgh Town Hall back in January. The meeting opened with Jr. Farmer song and few words of welcome from president, Bryan Cronk.


  • Provincial Police and the Picton detachment attributed poor driving conditions to at least two accidents Tuesday morning. In one, on the fifth concession of Ameliasburgh near Consecon a truck load of 35 pigs left the road and turned over, killing three of its load.
  • A number of talented guest stars will be included in the annual ice follies show Friday night put on by the Prince Edward Figure Skating Club. 
  • Although he was not hurt seriously, Roy Ketcheson, took some time to get over the shock of having a store sign fall on him Friday on Main Street. The overhanging plastic sign advertising a paint and wallpaper shop fell and struck him on the side of the head.


  • Though committed to cutbacks in 1981, officials at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute will have to wait for summer to gauge the full impact of declining enrolment. PECI principal Paul Burd said the extent of a reduction in teaching staff and courses at the high school will be determined by March registration.
  • With what one organizer described as a “bumper crop” of entries and some unbeatable co-operation from the weatherman, ice racing got off to a roaring start on Picton Bay Saturday afternoon.
  • Three blood donors reached s milestone in giving at the Picton United Church Hall Thursday night where a record 360 people attended to donate 319 units of blood. Sixty-five of the number were first time donors.