Stories from our past – January 6, 2022

(Desirée Decoste/Gazette staff)

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

1912

  • The Gazette is moving into a new home. In future we are to occupy the rear half of the Oddfellow’s Block, ground floor. We believe we have chosen the most central location in Picton, and the most modern office building possible.
  • The annual meeting of the Liberal-Conservative Association for Prince Edward was held in the town hall, Picton, on Saturday afternoon, with a fairly large and interested attendance.
  • T. J. S. Milne, who is chief engineer of the fleet for the Ontario and Quebec Navigation company, was honored last week with the presentation of a gold watch. It came from the Dominion Marine Engineer’s Association. He had been seven years its president, and on retiring was made the gift the watch.

1952

  • Just a matter of minutes after 200 unsuspecting children were herded out of the Tweed skating rink Saturday night, the 24-year-old building collapsed and crashed down, burying the ice under tons of debris. The ominous sound of cracking timbers overhead was the warning that probably saved many lives.
  • THE LID was pried off the 1952 hockey season on Wednesday eve at Ab. Hare’s Ice Palace when the men of Athol shaded Milford’s puckchasers by a score of 5 to 3 in a fast moving game. In the second game, Army defeated Waupoos, 6-0.
  • A very successful Christmas concert was held in Mt. View Church two weeks ago, sponsored by Miss Mary Huff and pupils. Miss Lois Doxsee assisted at the piano and Mr. J. Keeble capably acted as chairman for the programme.

1972

  • It is often referred to as a factory or plant. It operates in many ways like a factory. And it certainly looks like one — a sprawling, low-slung, concrete block building with a car-filled parking lot and smokestacks belching clouds of white steam into the cold winter air. But the Campbell Soup Company refers to its installation near Wellington as a “farm.”
  • This is the time of year “dead” boats can be found in the harbours of Great Lake cities such as Toronto. A dead boat is one that’s crew is gone, its engine is shut down, the heat has been turned off and its water pipes have been filled with anti-freeze. With the closing of the shipping season several weeks ago on the Great Lakes many dead boats have been tied up at city wharfs.
  • Gazette readers learned last week that members of Picton Rotary Club have endorsed a resolution committing them to a drive for funds to establish an outdoor swimming pool on the grounds of Prince Edward Collegiate.

1982

  • Five of Prince Edward County’s 10 municipal governments are taking steps to have Northern and Central Gas Corp. Ltd. provide natural gas to industries and residential areas. Picton, Hallowell, Wellington, Bloomfield and Ameliasburgh are at various stages of authorizing franchise agreements with the company. 
  • Three straight victories by the Hicks Lumber Midgets saw the locals capture the “A” Championship at the Fenlow Falls Tournament over the holidays. Teams from Pelham, Fenlon Falls, Bobcaygeon, Keswick, Bowmanville, Oshawa, Madoc and Picton participated in the one day event.
  • Picton will again host ice racing competitions when the Fireside Inn sponsors its second annual invitational on Saturday Jan. 23. The racetrack will be located on Picton Bay behind the Inn and admission is free.