Stories from our past – September 16, 2021

(Desirée Decoste/Gazette staff)

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


  • The C.O.R. has granted Picton an improved service. Two evening trains every week will be put into service. This is the outcome of a meeting of the Board of Trade and the public last Wednesday night. Here, acting on the advice of B. R. Hepburn, M. P., a committee was formed.
  • Premier Whitney has announced that the Provincial elections will be held early in December. The announcement has come as no surprise. Premier Whitney says he can save Ontario $15,000 by holding a general election now. 
  • Business men and citizens gathered in the Public Library Wednesday evening to farewell H. S. Wilcocks, on the eve of his departure for Winnipeg where he will locate. Mayor Allison was master of ceremonies. Mr. Wilcocks was presented with a very fine cane, and a handsome umbrella as a girt to Mrs. Wilcocks.


  • At Picton Rotary Club’s meeting at the Royal Hotel Tuesday noon, members were told that they must get busy to dispose of the balance to 4,000 tickets on the Rotary-sponsored car in order to have money in the treasury to carry on Crippled Children’s work.
  • Directors of Prince Edward Chamber of Commerce met for their noonday September luncheon at the Royal Hotel Wednesday noon when the gathering was briefly addressed by Fred Bantock representing the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. 
  • Battle-of-Britain Sunday, the day set aside to honor the famous “few” fighter pilots who saved Britain in the embattled days of 1940, will be observed September 16th, Defence Minister Claxton has announced. The day will be marked by church parades and special services by RCAF stations across the country.


  • There’s a new mid-season tomato variety developed at Smithfield that shows every indication of taking the Quinte area by storm, according to Bob Cobbledick, fruit and vegetable specialist with the Picton office of the Department of Agriculture and Food.
  • Milford Fair is opening its baby show to residents of Prince Edward County this year. This is the 25th annual baby show held as an afternoon feature of the Fair. Since Picton no longer holds a baby show as part of its fair it was decided to make it more competitive at Milford.
  • The possibility of a full-fledged study on the famous Prince Edward County Sandbanks, along with recommendations on their preservation and future use, will be a suggestion to the research and development committee of the Lake Ontario Regional Development Council.


  • The historic schoolhouse in Ameliasburgh, which is being preserved as a museum, caught fire Saturday morning and the Ontario Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate. The school was built in 1848 and was used until 20 years ago. The fire was noticed by a nearby resident, Madeline Motley.
  • Patti Burris, 16 of Consecon was chosen as Dairy Princess for Prince Edward County for 1981-82 at the Fair in Picton. She succeeded Wilma Zantingh who completed her two-year term and crowned the new princess who will compete next year at the CNE.
  • Property owners in Hillier Township will find it more costly to leave their taxes in arrears. Clerk Treasurer S.J. Wellein announced this week that effective immediately the interest  rate to be added to all tax arrears will be 1.97per cent per month or 23.75 per cent a year.