Stories from our past – June 17, 2021

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


  • There seems every possibility of the scheme to build a curling rink going through. A meeting was held Friday night to talk over matters and considerable stock was subscribed. The idea is to build the rink on the fair grounds, the site being the gift of the Agricultural Society.
  • The new steamer Geronia, being built to order of the Ontario & Quebec Navigation Company of Picton, was successfully launched at the yards of the Collingwood Shipbuilding Company last Thursday afternoon.
  • Terrific storms passed over the county, Saturday night and Monday afternoon. The lightning did considerable damage. Twelve sheep and seven lambs were killed by lightning, on the farm of Stanley Way, Greenbush. Part of the house of David Morden, at Crofton was struck and damaged.


  • Heavy loss of tomato plants in fields by grubs is reported by farmers as well as by gardeners. On farmer reported three acres of plants almost entirely cleaned off, while another field on the other side of the lane had few eaten off.
  • Two county girls, Avis Lorain Bristow, Picton, and Shirley Amelia Pearsall, Demorestville, were among 14 nurses graduating from Belleville Hospital. Graduation exercises were held in Belleville Collegiate hall, Thursday night. Miss Pearsall won the gold medal award by the Board of Governors of the hospital for general proficiency.
  • More than 300 people attended the official opening of the R.C.A. Sergeants’ Mess, Picton Camp, on Saturday evening.  The guests included officers and civilians from Picton and other Prince Edward County communities, Belleville, Kingston, Ottawa and London, and all voted the evening a most enjoyable one.


  • A special committee appointed by the Prince Edward Chamber of Commerce this week, will investigate problems of Liquor Licensing Board of Ontario regulations and requirements for sale of liquor in cocktail lounges or dinning rooms in Picton.
  • The sun has been shining, the bees have been buzzing and it won’t be long now folks till the strawberries will be blushing red. Bob Cobbledick, Fruit and Vegetable Specialist with the Department of Agriculture and Food , Picton, said strawberries on early soils should be ripening by next weekend.
  • A petition asking Town Council to defer further action on the construction of town offices in the old market square until the actual cost of renovating the Mary Street School has been established, is being circulated  by a group of concerned citizens.


  • An average overall tax increase of 3.5 per cent highlights the 1981 budget for Hallowell Township with county levies on the rise but education costs down. Farm and residential property owners will now be taxed $110.89 per thousand dollars of assessment, up from $107.07 last year.
  • Like most other kids his age, 14-year-old Lynn Lougheed has a secret ambition. “One of my dreams is meeting Glen Loates and having him look over my work,” he admits, “but I figure it’s pretty well impossible.”
  • Members of the Prince Edward Chamber of Commerce would like to see Picton merchants come up with uniform hours for the convenience of shoppers but tradition seems likely to prevail. At Tuesday’s chamber meeting, discussion centred around the need for some form of regulation over business hours to complement the major downtown revitalization program now under way.