Stories from our past – February 25, 2021

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


  • Picture post cards of the R. M. S. P. “Avon” on which Dr. T. S. Philp and Mr. N. Gilbert are taking a 27 day trip to Cuba, Trinidad and Panama have come to many town friends of the two well known Pictonians.
  • Picton will go arm in arm with the county in regulations affecting wagon tires. The town fathers passed a bylaw in this regard at council meeting Monday night. No load shall be carried over a town road to exceed 3,000 lbs. un less the width of the tires be three inches.
  • Prince Edward orchard farms are in keen demand. Mr. A. P. MacVannel, Department of Agriculture told the Gazette he had had twelve requests for farms within three months. 


  • Mr. Ken Gartley, Poultry Dept. of the Ontario Agriculture  College, told of experimental work underway, using vitamin B12 as a growth stimulant, at an interesting livestock Feeds Meeting.
  • Representatives of the canning crop growers and processing organizations in the Province begin negotiations in regards to 1951 prices. Should there be disagreement, the matter would go to arbitration.
  • West Lake — While drawing wood Wednesday, Mr. Kenneth Craig noticed the team shying away from something in the lane and discovered it was a fat woodchuck, or ground hog, which he killed easily.


  • Cross-country snowmobiling in the county entered a new phase Saturday with a 40-mile stake race as part of the local winter carnival. Fifty-four machines from points as far away as Collingwood and Peterborough vies for trophies and prize money.
  • His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is scheduled to make a brief, overnight visit to C.F.B. Trenton, this week enrolee from Great Britain to Panama.
  • The village of Wellington os seeking county-wide interest and support for its annual Winter Carnival this year. Scheduled for Saturday evening, the event will again take the form of a costume party on ice  at the Wellington Arena, for all ages.


  • Formation of a little theatre and drama group in Picton is getting a warm welcome from amateur actors. An organizational meeting was held at St. Mary Magdalene Parish Hall Monday evening, to spark interest amongst budding actors and anyone interested in getting a theatre production off the ground.
  • A tentative date of June 27 has been set aside for the dedication of Macaulay House. The residence of the late Rev. William Macaulay has been under restoration for several years with completion of the project expected this spring.
  • Despite some stern warnings at Monday’s meeting of town council, Hawleaf Developments Ltd. is expected to get the green light for construction of Picton’s newest shopping complex. The building of the IGA plaza is at present going ahead under temporary permit.