Stories from our past – September 30, 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 first meeting of the newly appointed Advisory Agricultural Committee in connection with the Picton Collegiate Institute, was held last Friday night in A. P. McVannel’s office. The committee is composed as follows: R. E. Wright, Jas. Mulligan, W. H. Williamson, H. W. Befell, W. B. Leavens, A. E. Calnan, P. Collier, and A. D. Foster.
  • Saturday was a losing day for the Picton Collegiate Institute. In the return games played at Napanee, P. C. I. lost three our of four to Napanee Collegiate Institute. A large crowd of students went down on the Str. Brockville for the sports, and the crowd was gayily decked with pennants.
  • The Fair to be held by the Daughters of the Empire in the Vandeusen Block, Picton, on Friday Nov. 10th and 11th, promise a big success. It is to further the fund for the proposed county hospital. The Daughters of the Empire already have nearly $1,000 gathered for this worthy object. 


  • The enrolment at the Collegiate up to the present is 342, an increase of eight above the total enrolment of last year. This increase is particularly marked in Grade IX. One hundred and twenty-two new students are enrolled this year as compared with 107 a year ago and 85 the previous year. 
  • Recommendation was made to County Council, in September session Tuesday, by a special committee appointed to study secondary schooling in Prince Edward County, that a High School district be set up comprising Picton, Bloomfield, Sophiasburgh, North and South Marysburgh, Athol and those parts of Hallowell now served by the Picton Collegiate Institute.
  • Bank manager P. Stanley Croft miraculously escaped death Wednesday when 17 sub-machine gun bullets shattered his office, missing him by only six inches, as three masked bandits fled from the Canadian Bank of Commerce at Beaverton with less than 3,000. 


  • Debate on the issue, with council and town residents in a turmoil for several months, was relatively short, compared to many earlier sessions of council and committees. Architect’s plans for the renovation proposal, along with a revised plan for a new building, were ready in time for the meeting, as promised by the architect, and been studied at a meeting of the Public Works Committee immediately prior to the council session.
  • A widely known school teacher who has won a warm spot in the hearts of hundreds of present and former Picton residents, Miss Mary Dunkley, will mark her 100th birthday on Tuesday. As a tribute to Miss Dunkley’s many years of teaching and the many friends she made,there will be a special open house in her honor at Resthaven Nursing Home, where she now resides.
  • Like it or not, Picton, along with most other communities, will be joining the “great cleanup” movement. Most residents, judging from the concern expressed in recent months about litter and pollution, will welcome the news.


  • A dog, man’s best friend. Or is it? One area sheep farmer lost 19 sheep in one day to a pack of dogs, and some of his neighbors have been having trouble as well. Wilbur Miller, of RR 2, Milford, said “over the last two months I have lost about 26 sheep to dogs and maybe six or eight to coyotes.” 
  • James Taylor, MPP Prince Edward – Lennox, said Monday the severe flooding problem in the area of the CN grade crossing on Highway 49 near County Road 6 just north of Picton is finally going to be rectified.
  • Ontario had reached too high in its current attempt to mandate human rights through Bill 7 says Prince Edward Lennox MPP James Taylor. He believes props erected to help achieve the goal will collapse when put to the test and the bill is not wholly justified. Mr. Taylor’s comments were made in a speech read by his wife, Mary, to members of the Prince Edward Ladies Progressive Conservative in Picton last week.