Stories from our past – June 10, 2021

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


  • Marcus O. Cross, and his wife Sarah A. V. Cross, of Ameliasburgh are on trial in Belleville charged with bigamy. The hearing of the case was given Saturday, and enlarged until Monday, June 19. In the meantime the accused are in jail.
  • The town fathers have decided to fully exercise their authority over the harbor. At the special meeting of the council Friday night they “laid down” the law for fair, in this regard. No longer will motor boat owners and captains of the various crafts that ply the bay run at their own sweet will. No, the chief of police has been made Harbor Master, and the council has put a bundle of authority under his arm.
  • Cheese prices were in advance last Friday when the Picton Cheese Board met, and the buyers were keen to get large quantities it seemed. Nineteen factories boarded 2028, all colored. Highest price was 11 1-4, at which 1374 sold; 634 boxes went at 11 3-16.


  • The history of blacksmithing in Cherry Valley is a long and interesting one. As to the exact dates, when each shop was opened and operated, we can tell only of those of later years. However, we know that well over a hundred years ago, Harvey Stafford kept shop at the northeast end of the village on the lot now owned by T. G. Bowerman.
  • Miss Lorraine Barker and Miss Shirley Foster, as guests of Picton Rotary Club on Tuesday noon, gave excellent reports on their recent trip to Ottawa, when they were received by the Governor-General and his wife, Lord and Lady Alexander, at Rideau Hall, presented with citizenship papers by the Prime Minister, Hon. Louis St. Laurent, heard addresses by cabinet ministers, visited the House in session, and saw points of interest in the capital city.
  • The new hall Branch 160, Canadian Legion at Wellington, was the scene of a happy evening on Monday when the Ladies’ Auxiliary there entertained members of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of Branch 78, Picton, their husbands and some guests.


  • What is the average weight, length, girth and age of a sucker? On purpose, this was not to study foolish people  but fish. Two groups of seven students from Queen Elizabeth School spent 2 1/2  days at Black Creek in Milford gathering this information.
  • Chickie Williams, whose recording of “Beyond the Sunset” sold nearly one million copies, will be one of the featured stars with the Doc Williams Show coming to Prince Edward Community Centre on Saturday June 26. A big two-hour stage show will be presented starting at 8 p.m.
  • A cool evening didn’t keep 130 people from enjoying themselves at a barn dance in Black Creek last Wednesday. The affair was the annual dance held in Harold and Nora Bartman’s barn for County Whirlers and area square dancers. 


  • The Picton United Church banquet hall was filled with over 100 friends, fans and dignitaries Friday evening, as the Province of Ontario, County of Prince Edward and the Town of Picton honored the Picton McGinnis Bantams for their 1980-81 Bantam “B” Ontario Minor Hockey Association Provincial Championship.
  • The issue of county government is as volatile as ever if Tuesday’s meeting of Prince Edward County Council was any indication. A complaint by Athol Deputy Reeve Tom Walmsley that he and Ameliasburgh Reeve Dan Brady were not notified of a county government committee meeting in May touched off a flurry of debate on both the committee’s status and ultimately objectives.
  • Mayor Donald King’s telephone and the telephones of members of Picton Town Council may have been working overtime following the Mayor’s address to the Prince Edward County Progressive Conservative Women’s Association on Tuesday evening. The Mayor gave a full explanation of the improvements being made in the town and then fielded questions and complaints from the members.