Stories from our past – July 29, 2021

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


  • Miss Caroline Ross, of Picton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Ross had a narrow escape from drowning at Tobermorary last week. It was while the Str. Geronia, wind bound, lay in shelter. A party from the steamer went ashore with Mayor Murphy. It was a very dark night, and Miss Ross stepped from the planking of the wharf into the water. Fortunately she grabbed a post and held on until aid came.
  • The Liberal Government decided at noon Saturday upon the immediate dissolution of Parliament. Sir Wilfrid Laurier announced  the Governor-General had granted permission to appeal to the people on the reciprocity question. The Ministry fixed upon Sept. 14 as nomination day, with elections to follow one week later, Sept. 21.
  • After several delays the new Str. Geronia of the Ontario and Quebec Navigation Co., is expected to arrive in Picton Friday, from Toronto, on her first trip to Quebec. She made her maiden trip from Collingwood to Toronto last week; a large number of invited guests taking the trip.


  • Enroute to Brockville, Shriners will stop off in Belleville for a parade at 10:45 a.m. Saturday. It is the occasion of the visit of the Potentate Divan, Patrol and Band to this district. Among the Shriners from Picton who will attend are, Amos Hicks, Bruce Hyatt, Mac Parks, Angus Lake, Clifford Wilson, Curtis Doxsee, John Branscombe, Dan Ainsworth, C. A. Publow and about 25 more Shriners.
  • Hot weather drove a record crowd to seek relief at the Outlet Beach. It is estimated that around 5,000 persons gathered there during the day. Cars packed the beach road. Due to high water, there is little beach left but it is still ideal for bathing. The booths did a rushing business.
  • After delivering mail for 21 years on Route 2 Demorestville, Mr. Flavius Gorsline is retiring this week. He will take up residence in Bethesda where he expects to help the neighbours with their farm work, if necessary. During his tour of duty, he has travelled about 95,000 miles on his fourteen and a half mile route in every kind of weather.


  • Norris Whitney, MPP for Prince Edward-Lennox has been advised by the Hon. James Auld, Minister of Public Works, that tenders will be called within the next few days for renovations to “unit one” of the Craig Barracks building, for the Department of Health, at an estimated cost of $550,000.
  • The Prince Edward County Board of Education is likely to give favourable consideration to a request from Picton businessman Gordon Nourse on behalf of Quinte Cablevision. Mr. Nourse appeared at the board’s regular meeting Monday night asking permission to use a fence line on the Prince Edward Collegiate Institute property for the purpose of installing cable for the cable television company he represents.
  • More than 100 farmers were asked to sign Declarations on Intent Monday evening at the mobilization meeting held in Demorestville Hall. The Declaration is a pledge stating that the undersigned intends to engage in National Farmers’ Union activities such as demonstrations, picketing and holding actions on delivery of dairy commodities (or hogs) until the federal and provincial governments, their agencies and agribusiness corporations involved in handling, processing or selling the commodity, negotiate an agreement with the executive of the National Farmers’ Union which will result in the implementation of the NFU policies.


  • The thrill of racing comes to Picton in a big way this weekend with the Neilson Country Crisp National Kart Championships to be held at Picton Kartway, just east of Demorestville on County Road 14. For those who tend to think of go-karts as kidstuff, the Nationals are bound to be an eye-opener. Speeds of 100 m.p.h plus are the norm in kart racing these days.
  • Captain M.P. Clapp, of Picton has been awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD) for 12 years of meritorious military service. Capt. Clapp was born in Picton and graduated from Prince Edward Collegiate Institute in June 1968. He joined the Canadian Forces as an air traffic controller.
  • Jay apierson, of RR 1, Wellington was the top overall scoring contestant in the annual 4-H judging competition for 4-H Agricultural Club members in the counties of Hastings, Northumberland, Lennox and Addington and Prince Edward County. The event took place at the Quinte Exhibition Grounds, Bellville Tuesday night.