Stories from our past – November 18, 2021

(Desirée Decoste/Gazette staff)

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


  • Attended by representative men of town and county, the Warden’s banquet, with J. L. Shannon as host, was a thoroughly pleasing wind-up to the county council’s work for 1911. It was held in the Royal Hotel Friday night, covers being laid for 37. E. M. Young was the toastmaster.
  • Immediately following High Mass in St. Gregory’s church, Father Killeen referred to his departure from Picton to Belleville. He referred very feelingly to his departure. During his charge here he has received from the congregation $27,000.00.
  • By the overwhelming majority of 587, R. A. Norman, the Conservative candidate, defeated  S. Edgar Mastin, of Bloomfield, the Liberal candidate, the in the Provincial election on Monday. The weather-man handed out a rainy though Spring like day. But the rain served to keep many from the polls.


  • An enthusiastic meeting in the interests of Norris Whitney was held Thursday night in Odessa hall. Fred McPherson acted as chairman and especially welcomed the nice turnout of ladies. Speakers included David Rankin, K.C. of Kingston, organizer for Kingston-Frontenac riding, George J. Tustin, M.P., Reeve Clarence Milligan of Napanee, Ronald Jackson, Napanee, Carl Reid and J. K. Welsh, Picton.
  • Annual banquet of Quinte Cheesemakers’ Association attracted a capacity crowd to the Parish hall, Thursday night. This marked the conclusion of the annual improvement competition, and many awards were presented. A fine program of entertainment was also given.
  • Transfer of speckled trout fingerlings form the Ontario Fish Hatchery at Glenora to White Lake rearing ponds should be completed by the end of October, according to managers A. B. Brown and A. M. Snider.


  • A nation-wide bomb threat to United States-owned manufacturing plants, believed to be part of a protest against the Amchitka nuclear experimental blast, affected two major employers in Prince Edward County. Hardest hit was Proctor-Lewyt.
  • The milk Commission of Ontario has initiated a study on the marketing of industrial milk in Ontario. Its purpose will be to evaluate the current marketing situation in the province, with particular emphasis on fundamental changes taking place in the industry. 
  • The East Central Ontario Hereford Club held their annual Fall Sale at Kawartha Community Sale Barn, Lindsay Ontario. There were 13 tested and qualified bulls sold for an average $528. Four cows and 18 bred heifers averaged $461, with 15 open heifers averaging $346.


  • The total number of jobless in Prince Edward County has stabilized somewhat at a figure of 528. Now that the fluctuation caused by employment of seasonal workers during the fall has stopped, the winter statistics indicate what the local employment situation is like. 
  • Change is something the Rickerton Hotel is used to but the recent sale will not mean any dramatic differences except that a new owner has taken over. The purchase by Kent Fallis, was made official on Monday at noon although no sales figures were disclosed.
  • A figure of $20 million has been submitted for stabilization patient to apple growers for crop failures in 1980. The request for assistance has been recommended , said federal Minister of Agriculture, Eugene Whelan when questioned by Jack Ellis, MP for Prince Edward-Hastings, in the House of Commons last week.