Stories from our past – May 20, 2021

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


  • Bishop Mills, Lord Bishop of Ontario paid his annual visitation to the parishes throughout Prince Edward, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Every pew in St. Mary Magdalenes church was filled Sunday night when the Bishop ‘preached and held confirmation. 
  • A gift of $1,000 will come to the wardens of St. Mary Magdalenes church, to help in the building of a new church. The donor is an old Picton boy, John W. Peck, the wealthy clothing manufacturer of Montreal and brother-in-law of the Misses Gibson Main Street East.
  • Lime Sulphur will be manufactured in the county this fall. The J. B. Orser and Sons canning plant at Bloomfield will be converted after the canning season. There will be facilities it is expected for turning out car-load lots. This new industry for the county will give winter employment to a number of men.


  • The Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks Picton Lodge No. 326 will sponsor a draw on a summer cottage. The cottage 20’ x 20’ will be temporarily erected on Sharpe Motors new lot, west of the Cold Storage. Tickets will be on sale next week from any Elk at 50c each, 5 for $2.00. Proceeds will be used for Child Welfare in Prince Edward County.
  • The alarm of fire was raised at 4:45 Monday morning. A henhouse owned by Ralph Redner, The Gore, was burned to the ground. Three ducks in the building were lost. Cause of the outbreak is not known. The henhouse is just a few feet away form the barn. Belleville fire truck, a water hose from the barn and a favourable wind helped the volunteers save the barn.
  • A model Plane Competition is being held at the Fair Grounds, Saturday afternoon. Models will be displayed in one of the building, with prizes awarded for all types. Later, there will be flying contests, which are well worth seeing. 


  • A total of $2.2 million has been approved by the Ontario Treasury Board for capital construction at Prince Edward Heights as a centre for the mentally retarded. The expenditures is among several approvals for facilities for mental health and treatment centres across Ontario.
  • Two students representing Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, Lynne Doreen, Grade 9 and Drew Graham, Grade 11, are taking part in a dance contest sponsored by CKWS Radio and Television. This program was taped Tuesday evening, and will be shown Saturday at 6 on “Up Tight.” 
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned recently that a nationally distributed brand of candy love beads, linked to 15 cases of child poisoning, contains high levels of toxic cadmium. The agency said people should not buy or eat Candy Love Beads because the novelty, imported from Hong Kong, contains cadmium 2,000 times in excess of safety levels for the heavy metal in pottery.


  • The boating season is now officially underway — the Bay Beaver Dock Race Saturday confirmed that and also demonstrated the need for a sense of direction among some members of the Prince Edward Yacht Club. Before it was all over there’d been one near sinking, several close calls and a picnic complete with champagne and her-d’oeuvres out in the middle of Picton Bay.
  • Bloomfield area resident Eric Chapman set a new course record during Sunday’s Campbellford Pride Pacer races. With a time of 32 minutes and 13 seconds Mr. Chapman broke the previous record by more than one minute and 18 second. This challenging 6.2 mile course wound its way through Ferris Provincial Park.
  • Grade 11 student Faye Roblin led Prince Edward Collegiate Institute’s track team with a record-breaking performance in javelin in Napanee as the school finished sixth in a field of 16 at the Bay of Quinte track and field championships.