Stories from our past – April 8, 2021

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


  • The opening up of the Spring, laying bare streets and walks, brings the Board of Works to the fore in the town council work. When the council met Monday night there were already petitions on hand asking opening of a new street and extension of walks. But the council left the problems with the Board of Works.
  • An informal musical  program was most pleasing, Miss Buchanan and Miss Davidson both singing a couple of very sweet songs. Mrs. H. U. Tobey, and Miss Frederican Kayler played, and Miss Louise Platt played a suite of Mountain songs.
  • The advent of the new principal of the Collegiate Institute in the coming of J. E. Minns, B. A. was made the occasion of a formal welcome from staff, pupils and Board Monday morning. There was a general assemblage in Assembly hall at the opening of the school.


  • There were 26 successful candidates for United States citizenship sworn in by Judge Anthony Brazil in Salinas (California) Superior Court, earlier this month. Among them were John B. Dunkley, 731 Palm Ave., Seaside Calif., formerly of Picton, where he served as county engineer.
  • The degree team from Thomasburg Independent Order of Odd Fellows No. 293 will visit Bay of Quinte Lodge, No. 143, here next Wednesday night. The first degree will be exemplified on candidates from both lodges.
  • The Postoffice Department announced it will inaugurate an air parcel post system within Canada. The new system will come under a new scale of rates. It applies only to parcels weighing between eight ounces and five pounds, mailed and delivered in Canada.


  • Representatives of the Prince Edward-Hastings Liberal Association have announced adoption of an education policy paper that lashes out against the credit system in the schools, a lack of adequate testing methods and general Americanization of education in the province.
  • Gord Oden, chairman of the Easter Seal Committee, Picton Rotary Club, reports that receipts to date for the Easter Seal campaign have reached little better than the half way mark to the objective of $3,541.
  • The Belleville – Trenton area could have its own television station within the next couple of years if a proposed application by a group of Belleville businessmen is approved by the Canadian Radio-Television Commission. The application will be for the use of Channel Six, now held by CBLT-TV in Toronto.


  • The Canadian agricultural industry is more dependent than ever before on government attention and energy as producers strive to meet the demands of a growing population. That assessment from the Hon. John Wise underscored the content of a speech delivered by the former minister of agriculture to the Prince Edward Federation of Agriculture  annual banquet.
  • What does a man do to while away the hours of a long day if he is Canada’s oldest man and claims to be 114 years old? If you’re Dave Trumble, resident of the Village Green Nursing Home in Selby, you tell stories or chase women.
  • C.M.L. Snider Public School pupils in Bloomfield didn’t need to make any elaborate preparations last week to visit Canada’s far North. All they did was walk across the street. The Canada North Museumobile was in town, filled with exhibits on the development of Canada’s North.