Stories from our past – October 28, 2021

(Desirée Decoste/Gazette staff)

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


  • Rev. W. L. Armitage has resigned as vicar of St. Mary Magdalene’s church, to become rector of St. Mark’s church, park dale, Toronto. The first announcement made at Sunday morning service came as a veritable thunderbolt to the majority of the congregation, who had anticipated nothing of this nature.
  • Demorestville – H. Graham, Philadelphia, gave his brother-in-law, D. Walker and family quite a surprise by stepping in a week ago last Saturday night. Mr. Graham sailed from Ireland last spring with the intention of finding Mr. Walker, who he had never seen.
  • “Lack to Nature”, or “the Deacon’s Second Wife”, by Alton Allen, will be given in the Mason’s Hall on Thursday night. Belleville orchestra will assist. This entertainment is under the direction of Trinity church Guild, and promises to be of great interest.


  • Route of Princess and Prince in Trenton on Friday is as follows: Arrive at C.N.R. Junction at 2:30 p.m., travelling via Front St. to Division St., Dundas St. W., Dundas east to RCAF station. They will leave RCAF station 4:30 p.m. by plane. If weather does not permit flying, the Royal Couple will return to C.N.R. Junction and leave by train at 4:30.
  • Several residents have suggested that The Gazette request that street lights in town be turned on earlier in the evening. They point out that since return to Standard Time that there is a considerable period during which it is almost pitch dark, and with sidewalks in the condition they are, walking is dangerous.
  • Picton Town Council’s special meeting, Friday, called to consider approval of a proposed agreement with the Federal Government for enlargement of the capacity of the town water-works system, was adjourned without any action being taken, on motion of Calnan-Miss Dunkley, Deputy-Reeve Scott in the chair.


  • Early Saturday morning fog shrouded the 159 enthusiastic hikers who took part in the 20-mile Walkathon promoted by Prince Edward Youth for the Mentally Retarded and co-ordinated by Pam Rose, a grade 11 student at PECI. The walkers, 150 of whom finished the trek, earned $3,400 in pledges.
  • Half hour service will commence Saturday, departing Glenora on the hour and the half hour and departing Adolphustown on the quarter hour. Quinte Loyalist is to be out of service for dry dock repairs for approximately 10 days.
  • The well is dry for 1971 as far as an additional grant to the County Arena Commission is concerned, county council decided Tuesday night. Members voted on a resolution submitted following a lengthy meeting between the county’s finance committee and a large delegation from the arena commission.


  • Approaching her 25th year of involvement with the Girl Guides of Canada, Mrs. Gladys Whitmore of Picton, was recently appointed District Commissioner. Officially installed in Oct., she is in charge of the leadership and guidance of three companies of Girl Guides, two packs of Brownies and one group called Pathfinders, involving 175 girls and 16 leaders.
  • The Town of Picton is spending $10,000 on renovations and new electric timing devices on the clock in the tower of Picton United Church. The clock is referred to in municipal records as “The Town Clock.”
  • Two Quinte area students will receive awards of $200 each from the Quinte Arts Council when they attend graduation exercise this fall. Linda Rankin, graduating from Belleville’s Quinte Secondary School, and Jennifer Cole, graduate of Prince Edward Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Picton.