Stories from our past – December 16, 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 Methodist church in Carrying Place purposes holding their annual Christmas Tree Tuesday or Wednesday before Xmas Day. Committees are at work. Everything will be done to ensure a good program. The church sheds are going up apace. 
  • By order of the director there will be a general special meeting of the Stockholders of the Bloomfield Cheese Manufacturing CO., Limited, held at the Town Hall, in Bloomfield on Friday at 1:30 in the afternoon, for to consider, and if thought advisable, consent to amalgamation the property and business of Bloomfield Cheese Manufacturing Company Limited, with other Factories in Prince Edward County. Joseph J. Brown, President.
  • A little over a year ago Mr. Fred. Newman opened up the first Wholesale Grocery House in Picton, to be recognized by the important manufacturers. In doing this, Mr. Newman met with considerable opposition, but succeeded in getting all the important manufacturers to add his name to their list of wholesalers.


  • A crowd of 200 attended the annual Christmas part for veterans’ children at the Picton Legion hall, Monday night. The evening of fun was climaxed by the arrival of Santa who greeted each child before they were presented with a bag containing apples, oranges and candy.
  • With more than 50 entries, chiefly of floats and including two bands , the Santa Claus parade, held Saturday in the Village of Wellington set a high mark for such events. In spite of bitter cold and heavy roads in many sections, the streets were lined with spectators.
  • Patrons of the Regent Theatre this week noticed a great improvement in the pictures shown. This is due to the new screen just installed. Known  as a daylight screen, it perfectly reflects the pictures and brings out the minute details.


  • Santa Claus came to Picton Saturday in what observers agree was the biggest and best Santa Claus parade for many a year. Topping it all off was outstandingly mild weather, with a brilliant sun to boot. But windy it was.
  • Response to the Christmas Hamper Appeal has been very good this season. This annual appeal is sponsored by the Children’s Aid Society of Prince Edward County. Christmas hampers consisting of food, clothing and toys are assembled and delivered to less privileged families just before Christmas.
  • Junior pupils from St. Gregory’s School journeyed to Belleville this past week to participate in the second annual Volley Ball Tournament for separate schools in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties. The girls played at St. Joseph’s School and the boys were at George Vanier School.


  • Natural gas may be coming to Picton as an alternative form of energy for heating homes, commercial premises and institutional buildings. The first step in implementing this plan was taken Monday when the town council read for the first time a bylaw that would send a franchise agreement between the municipality and Northern and Central Gas Corp. Ltd., to the Ontario Energy Board for approval.
  • Picton firefighters arrived at the Kentwood Nursing Home early Wednesday morning just in time for breakfast. But they didn’t come to eat. A pan of sausages had set off a smoke detector, which in turn activated an alarm at the station and sent firefighters rushing to the scene.
  • Approval was given by the Prince Edward County Board of Education at its Monday meeting, of a capital forecast to be sent to the Ministry of Education showing $120,000 is needed for repairs and renovations to Athol School. The repairs are to be carried out in 1983.