Stories from our past – March 18, 2021

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


  • A. W. Hepburn, formerly of Picton and lately of London, Eng., with his son C. F. Hepburn, Picton, have purchased The Cataract, the largest hotel in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Both will reside there. The Cataract is described as one of the finest of modern hotels in the Western States.
  • Earl Moon a young cab driver, son of Peter Moon, Rossmore is out on $1,000 bail and must appear in Belleville police court to answer a charge of criminal negligence. It is alleged that he is responsible for injuries to eight year old Willie Green.
  • Each year the school spirit at the Collegiate Institute keeps growing. It was very evident what it has done at the gathering of students and friends in the assembly hall Thursday evening, when the annual oratorical contest was held for Robert Davison medals.


  • Reflecting the current demand and consequent high prices of beef, a large number of springer cows are being sold at livestock auctions as beef, according to the weekly crop report issued by the Ontario Department of Agriculture.
  • Several hundred dollars damage resulted from a fire that broke out Friday evening on the storage department of the Abramsky Store, Picton. The fire was caused by a faulty extension cord and quickly spread to rugs used for moving furniture.
  • Back in 1878, a telephone subscriber could pull a sheet about 18 inches long from his inside pocket, unfold it and find there the names of 68 people who had a telephone. That was Canada’s first telephone directory. The 1951 edition has 144 alphabetical pages. and contains over 13,000 new and changed listings.


  • It was a memorable experience for the Drama students of Prince Edward Collegiate Institute at the Ontario High Schools Drama Festival in Cobourg on Saturday. In fact, it was almost like “Oscar” night, when they walked off the stage with six major awards out of a total of eight.
  • As of March 1, Hallowell Township already spent twice as much on winter road maintenance as it did for the whole of last year, and there’s more to come , Reeve Geo. Vincent said Thursday. 1969 costs totalled $3,500, 1970 costs totalled $5,600 and 1971 costs for the first two months alone totalled $11,000.
  • Mrs. Maurice (Alene) Holt, president of the Ontario Progressive Women’s Association will be speaking to the Prince Edward Conservative Women’s Association on Thursday, at the home of Mrs. Beath Morden, 39 Paul Street, Picton.


  • A road allowance overlooked during a survey of residential property in Athol has prompted township council to take remedial action. Though approval of a bylaw granting land owner Donald Sarley clear title to a portion of the allowance was deferred at a meeting of council Monday night.
  • Glenwood Cemetery Board, faced like every other group with rising costs, is looking for more funds. A recent survey shows that the cemetery has 50 acres of land, 30 in the town of Picton and 20 in the Township of Hallowell.
  • The Picton Gazette was honored by newspapers in the province in Toronto on Saturday last at the Ontario Weekly Newspaper Association annual meeting. The Gazette was judged to have the best front page in its class with 79 per cent and was also first in the composition and layout category with 90 per cent.