Stories from our past – July 15, 2021

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


  • Twenty-one mills. That’s Picton’s tax rate for 1911. The July meeting of the town council was held Friday night, when the rate was struck. David Cole will be tax collector. The town assessment totals $1,804.425, of which $125,150 is on Separate School supporters. 
  • According to the new regulations of the Education Department, local boards are not allowed to make public any results, until their recommendations as to the standing of the candidate have been dealt with by the Minister of Education.
  • Prince Edward Sand Hills Eat Up Land – Picturesque, but relentless. Picturesque in a five-mile stretch of sand that from the distance shimmers as silken samite, and is in reality a delicate fawn color—undulating sand dunes that stretch along the shore of Lake Ontario, pile to a height of 150 feet, and gradually slope to the shores of West Lake, writes J. H. Hodgins in The Globe.


  • Perfect weather greeted Rotary Round-Up on Monday and as a result of this and the fine entertainment provided, a crowd of around 2,000 flocked to the Fair Grounds. The bright, warm sun was a welcome change to the heavy rains of Saturday and Sunday and the severe thunderstorm of Sunday night.
  • The strawberry festival on the lawn of the Church of St. Mary Magdalene was an enjoyable event, Thursday night. Several hundred people thronged the grounds and the funds of the sponsors, the church choir were greatly augmented. The Rev. W. G. H. Swayne presided for the program.
  • Johnny Moon’s pet skunk, Petunia, is back after an extended trip about the countryside. She didn’t return alone, however, and now its debatable whether Petunia with her newly-acquired family of eight is welcome in the Moon household in Trenton. Last Spring Petunia anxious to get out into the world to see how the other half lived, chewed her way to freedom and disappeared.


  • It seems that recent reports about the resident fishing licences being scrapped following the 1971 provincial budget have sown seeds of confusion. Some residents, apparently, have interpreted the reports to mean that fishing licences of any kind are no longer necessary.
  • Twenty-eight marching units, from four southern Ontario countries were represented in Saturday’s district Orangemen’s celebrations at Napanee. Lodges from Lennox and Addington, Hastings, Frontenac and Prince Edward Counties took part. Best lodge in the parade award went to the Mohawk men’s lodge from Deseronto. 
  • Eight hours from Toronto to Picton isn’t bad time, especially on a bicycle, and with a 20-pound pack on your back. That’s the time it took Neil Purcell of Agincourt who chose that method to get to his campsite in Prince Edward County for a vacation last week. Neil is son of Fred Purcell, golf pro at the Picton Golf Club.


  • Due to construction work planned for the interior of Shire Hall, county council will not hold a July meeting. the decision was made Tuesday  night by Warden Lewis Wight on the recommendation of clerk-treasurer Thomas Walker over the objections of Sophiasburgh Reeve George Foster who said a July meeting was a “necessity”because of road tenders due for approval.
  • The county planning board has informed the Township of North Marysburgh that it will object to a rezoning of the Lake-on-the-Mountain are outlined in a draft bylaw received last April. At Tuesday’s meeting of county council, North Marysburgh Reeve Gordon Norton criticized the board for the announcement of its decision.
  • A tax bill hike of 2.44 mills of residential property and 7.93 mills on commercial property is in store for Wellington residents this year as part of a toal budget of $222,768. General spending by the village corporation is expected to be $57,091 while $38,571 goes for county purposes and $127,106 for education.