Stories form our past – October 7, 2021

(Desirée Decoste/Gazette staff)

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


  • R. A. Norman, M.P.P., was the unanimous choice of the Convention of Liberal Conservative delegates, at the nomination meeting. Amid the cheers and enthusiastic acclaim of a large and representative number, Mr. Norman was picked as the “ultimate man” for the Conservative party in the coming provincial election fight.
  • With large and representative attendance at all sessions, with much discussions of improved educational methods, the Teachers’ Convention proved of value to those who heard all topics. The teachers of Prince Edward County assembled for their Annual Convention in the lecture room of the First Methodist Church.
  • Alleging that there has been deceit and fraudulent representations in the sale of the former Wellington Boulter farm at Demorestville, to J. Lang Stocks, of Nelson, B.C., the Stocks vs. Boulter case for $25,000 damages and cancellation of sale agreement was of outstanding interest at the fall term of the High Court of Justice. Justice Clute presided.


  • An overcast sky and a cool breeze chilled the large crowd attending Demorestville Fair, but an excellent program was carried out. Attendance exceeded last year and directors received high praise for the fine Fair. Exhibits made a colorful array, the schools’ entries being particularly numerous and good.
  • Advantages of an education received at an “independent” school such as Upper Canada College were outlined by Rev. Dr. C. W. Sowby, the principal, when he addressed Rotarians at their Tuesday noon meeting at the Royal Hotel.
  • Last Monday evening, the Kinsmen of Picton held a crowning night. No Mert, they weren’t throwing at each other. They were merely exercising a very pleasant prerogative, crowning the champs of their pee-wee and bantam ball leagues. 


  • Right on schedule at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, Prime Minister of Canada, Pierre Elliot Trudeau landed by voyageur helicopter at the Picton fair grounds to a warm welcome from a veritable multitude of town and county residents.
  • How close can a fair come to getting rained out without it happening? The 1971 version of the County Fair at Picton must have set some sort of record. Basically, it was a case of fair weather for the fair, but not without its hazards.
  • Snowmobiles took over the crystal palace at the County Fair the year. Scattered among other exhibitors in the building were no less than eight snowmobile dealers. All reported a great deal of interest and satisfaction in their investment in space and time.


  • The decision on whether or not to save about $19,000 on the paving of County Road 14 has yet to be made. If the paving is done this year, weather permitting, it will cost about $50,000 but, if the paving is not done until next year, it will cost approximately $69,000, said Joe McAlpine, Reeve of South Marysburgh.
  • It was the people of the Lake-on-the-Mountain and Cressy Churches who brought a sensitive dimension to the Terry Fox Run. For each member of the congregations who walked to church on that day, a daffodil bulb was planted to bloom in the Spring – a defiant reminder that the fight against cancer cannot go unresolved.
  • David L. Tough, of Toronto, has been appointed as a fact finder by the Education Relations Commission in contract negotiations between the trustees and secondary school teachers of the Prince Edward County Board of Education.