Stories from our past – March 11, 2021

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


  • As the opening to the short course under the direction of the department of Agriculture, a Fruit Institute was held in Picton Monday and Tuesday. It was under the joint auspice of the Provincial Farmers’ Institutes, G. A.  Putnam, superintendent, Toronto; and the Agricultural department, Picton, A. P. Mac Vannel, representative. 
  • There is unusual activity in real estate sales in Picton. The month February saw more realty turn overs than there had been in many past months. The sale of the C. E. Hadden residence, Mary Street West to Elmer Levitt is just announced.
  • W. J. Jamieson, grocer, Bridge Street, and ex-town constable has been appointed constable for Colborne. Mr. Jamieson leaves to take up his appointment March 15.


  • Army grabbed an early lead, driving in four goals in the first period while Athol failed to bulge the twine. The second period saw Athol trailing 10-1. The final canto saw Athol working their heads off despite the big deficit and they ran in the five counters to Army’s two.
  • Town workmen, under the direction of foreman R. W. Young, found the task of clearing up after Saturday’s storm a difficult one. Starting work at midnight, they labored in the darkness and until noon on Sunday without rest, to clear up the worst of the damage.
  • Use of a generator to provide power is believed to have prevented heavy loss at the R. E. Nourse chick hatchery. The generator was secured after the power failed. There were four thousand chicks at the farm, with electric brooders used. The brooders were banked and the chicks kept themselves sufficiently warm to survive.


  • Ontario will make $28.8-million available during the spring months to create jobs, Premier William Davis announced last week. The amount consists of a $17-million loan from the federal government and $11.8-million put up by the province.
  • At Picton Rotary’s luncheon meeting at the Yacht Club recently, President Bill Jones appointed Karl Euler, Jack Purtelle, Homer Shields, Victor Allan, John McNeil and Jay Hepburn to look into projects which the club can help sponsor, such as an indoor swimming pool.
  • With more than one hundred entrants from across the province, Mrs. P. S. Dunkley of Picton had reason to be pleased when her Bassett hound received the highest number of points in the obedience trials at a dog show in Belleville over the weekend.


  • The collapse of the commercial fishing industry, already facing “a crisis period,” would spell disaster for resort operators on Lake Ontario says the manager of the Ontario Council of Commercial Fisheries, Mac McKenzie.
  • Residents of Wellington will be paying more for electricity as of May 1, the village’s public utilities commission has announced. Increased operating costs, include Ontario Hydro’s charge to the community for power have made the 9.5 per cent average increase necessary.
  • Increased operating costs are being cited as the reason for Public Utilities Commission rate hikes averaging 7.3 per cent for residential electrical service and 10 per cent for water.