Stories from our past – March 4, 2021

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


  • The possibilities of the tobacco industry os something with which few Prince Edwarders have reckoned. Only a few agriculturists in the county have attempted the growing of tobacco for profit. Returns made by these few growers within recent years, however, have been surprising.
  • E. M. Young is in Toronto this week on legal and county business. He is an acting counsel in the case of Price vs. the township of Hillier. The plaintiff Prince is seeking damages for alleged injuries to his auto while driving along Hillier roads.
  • J. E. Minns Newmarket, will be the new principal of Picton Collegiate to replace J. H. Dolan, who goes to Bowmanville as principal of the high school there. Mr. Minns will take up his duties here April first. The new principal is a Prince Edwarder, a native of Hillier.


  • Highways Minister Doucette announced a further extension — to midnight, March 20 — of the life of 1950 automobile permits and drivers’ licences. The announcement came one day before the previous deadline and while motorists were forming long lines at issuing offices to get their 1951 license plates.
  • Commissioners H. B. Tully and H. G. Blakely are representing Picton Public Utilities Commission at the joint annual meeting of the Association in Toronto this week. One of the addresses, prepared by Hon. Lionel Chevrier. Minister of Transport, stressed the importance of construction of the St. Lawrence seaway.
  • One of the oldest church buildings in Ontario is in the process of having its face lifted. Located in historical Adolphustown village, on the north shore of the Bay of Quinte, eight miles east of Picton, the building is old St. Paul’s Anglican Church, erected in 1822 and now being used as a parish hall. 


  • Following the road resulted in compliance for a driver, Cy Sloat of R.R. 3, Carrying Place, when his large-capacity school bus dropped into a marsh of Huff’s Island. As Mr. Sloat explained it, he steered the bus slowly along a narrow bridge in the road through Huff’s Island marsh. However, the path veered to the right  of the roadway just after the bridge. The bus dropped off into the marsh.
  • A famous Queen’s University graduate, Lorne Greene, will come to his alma mater on Saturday, May 29, to receive one of the highest  honors Queen’s can bestow on its favourite sons — an honorary doctorate degree.
  • Prince Edward-Lennow Liberal Association President Roland Stalker confirmed at a meeting of the Association Executive held in Bloomfield, that the Association id proceeding with plans for a Nomination Meeting this Spring to contest the Provincial Election expected this year.


  • If there’s one word to describe Blair Howell it is “determined”. Saddled with a crippling handicap win years ago, the resident of 14 Ortona Crescent, Picton, fears the real handicap he and others like him face is that of society’s ignorance.
  • Sophiasburgh Central Public School, Demorestville, held its fifth annual science fair for Grade 5-8 pupils. An optional project it was for pupils interested in science technology. Some topics such as reflexology, and the harmfulness of smoking.
  • Former Metro Toronto police constable Michael Mayo became the newest member of the Picton Police Department Friday morning din brief swearing-in ceremony at the county court building.