Stories from our past – December 2, 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 Commencement Exercises in connection with the Collegiate Institute, were held Thursday evening, in the Assembly room of the Collegiate, and were attended by a big audience. Presentations of medals, prizes and diplomas, was the feature of main importance.
  • The Picton Amateur Opera Co. had an election last week, appointing officers to put through the production. Miss Helen Davison was made musical director; J. H. Hodgins, manager; G. Filliter, sec’y-treas.; Misses Frances Solmes, and Lilias Barker, and H. B. Tulley and G. Way, on the property committee.
  • The ladies held a very successful bazaar at Rednersville last week, the proceeds to go to the Belleville hospital. E. A. Phillips placed the evaporator gratuitously at the disposal of the ladies, comfortably warmed and fitted up for the occasion. 


  • Prince Edward County is to have the opportunity to see and participate in a handicraft demonstration to be held in the basement of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on the afternoons and evenings of Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 
  • Lakeside Chapter No. 81, Order of Eastern Star, Wellington, held an impressive installation ceremony at their Chapter rooms Wednesday evening when officers for the 1952 term were duly installed. Mrs. Donald Thurston of dian Point, will head the Chapter as Worthy Matron and Amos Hicks of West Lake as Worthy Patron.
  • An RCAF Dakota aircraft left the air station at Trenton in the early hours of the morning of Saturday in answer to a distress call from Manitoulin Island. RCAF authorities were requested by the Ontario Provincial Polica on the Island to arrange a mercy flight to fly a critically injured woman and child to Toronto.


  • Old Man Winter has shown his face once again and this time it looks like he may stay awhile. Monday morning greeted all with a blanket of white — good news for those of you who own snowmobiles and not such good news for those of you who have not yet brought out your winter tires or your follies for that matter.
  • A new two year Collective Agreement between Picton Utilities Commission, and Local 1255, Canadian Union of Public Employees was signed early November, Picton Public Utilities Manager H. C. Blakely reported to the regular meeting last week.
  • Bloomfield clerk-treasurer, Charles Fraleigh, says some people have forgotten he ever farmed. But Charles has proof. The Nov., 1971 edition of The Holstein-Friesian Journal includes an advertisement for Eastern Breeders’ bull, Seiling Rockman. One of them is Mareledor Charlotte, along with a photograph showing the gran champion cow at the Louisville Black and White Day in 1969, was bred on the farm of Charles H. Fraleigh, Bloomfield.


  • County council passed a by-law Monday night changing Clerk-Treasurer Tom Walker’s title to Administrator Clerk-Treasurer. The new title considerably enlarges his responsibility and authority. 
  • The construction of Picton Bay park is virtually complete, but the official opening will wait until spring so it can kickoff the boating season. The new park, situated on three-quarters of an acre across the bay from the Prince Edward Yacht Club, features a public boat — launching ramp, pier and floating ramp, sewage pump-out facility, and gas and diesel pumps.
  • During the reading of the Road Committee’s minutes at the county council meeting Monday, Chairman Joseph McAlpine announced that it would cost municipalities $6.10 per cubic yard for sand-salt mix this winter if they came and picked it up from the Pickering Pit.