Stories from our past – August 19, 2021

(Desirée Decoste/Gazette staff)

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


  • On a bigger scale than in many years, plans are going forward for the 59th annual exhibition of the Prince Edward Agricultural Society, to be held in Picton Sept. 27th and 28th. Given fair weather it should bring the largest attendance on record. A number of special features are being introduced this year.
  • This is election day. Six week’s heated campaign have come to the climax. Two candidates were put in the field, last Thursday when nomination took place at the court house, M. R. Allison is returning officer. B. R. Hepburn is Conservative candidate. Dr. Morley Currie is the Liberal standard bearer.
  • Hillier – The farmers are experiencing the busy rush of the fall season. Tomatoes are being drawn into the factory in large quantities, and it is to be hoped that the good weather will continue, as many growers have a large acreage, one alone expecting to deliver 1,000 bushels. The light frost last week did not do any marked damage.


  • The area between Milford sonf Waupoos resounded to noise of guns and exploding shells as personnel from three troops  of the Canadian Officers’ Training Corps took part in a mock battle scheme over two days and a night last week. Formed into two platoons, the cadets, mainly first year men, had officers and sergeants chosen form their own ranks to give the orders.
  • “Charles”, two-year-old Airedale dog owned by Mrs. E. A. Pearce, Picton, took first prize in the novice class, as well as second and reserve prizes in the open class for dogs at the Cobourg show on Saturday. This was a dog show sponsored by the Northumberland and Durham Kennel Club.
  • Scoring two eleventh-hour runs in the bottom of the ninth, Picton rallied for a two to one win over the Smith Falls Royals at the Fair Grounds on Friday night. “The best game I have seen Picton play all year; best in two years”, fans were heard to remark as they left the grounds in a glow of glory.


  • None too soon and in many cases too late came the long awaited rainfall Sunday afternoon. Accompanied in most areas by electrical storms, the heavy rain totalled close to one inch over a period of several hours, according to the weather station at the Picton Public Utilities Commission pumping station.
  • Among the items to be reported at a forthcoming general meeting of the Prince Edward Region Conservation Authority will be the resignation of Frank Parker, secretary-treasurer of the authority. The date for the next general meeting is set for August 30 in Shire Hall.
  • Among more than 400 who registered for the annual convention of the Canadian Weekly Newspapers Association were Dudley Sargasso, West Coast sales manager for McLean Hunter Business Publications, and Lindley B. Calnan, publisher and managing editor of The Picton Gazette.


  • Come September, Consecon United Church will open its doors with a new lease on life. The memory of a fire that nearly claimed the 150-year-old structure on the morning of April 26 may yet remain, but the work of several months has built a new church.
  • Following the advice of consultant Stephen Archibald, town council has decided against the installation of a sidewalk on the north side of Pitt Street. Reeve Charles Hepburn said the project would be impractical at the present time because of cost.
  • Robert and Betty Moore of Mathie Road are still waiting for the little green men but so far none have arrived to claim the strange-looking object that landed in their backyard Monday morning. About the size of a large potato, the object was discovered by Mr. Moore around 9 a.m.