Stories from our past-March 24, 2022

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

1912:

  • Picton has a coal famine with little prospect of relief. Hepburn Bros., as well as Hyatt and Rolston, are completely sold out of coal.
  • Dr. C.A. Publow, town medical officer of health, urged citizens of town and country to be exceedingly cautious in regard to the purity of water used for drinking and the cleansing of utensils.
  • On April 4, the Royal Bell Ringers of Hornbury, England, one of the best attractions of the year is promised to be coming to Picton at the Bijou Opera House.

1952:

  • County council decided that it would continue to maintain to women’s rest rooms at Main and Bridge and in the Kingsley block at an annual cost of $1,000.
  • A team of horses owned by Harry Parker went through the ice on the Bay and he held their heads above water for half an hour until a tow truck arrived to pull them out.
  • Picton Kinsmen Club completed plans for a Kin Karnival to be held sometime in May.

1972:

  • A sampling of public opinion along Picton’s Main Street Friday showed overwhelming support for the quarrying of sand at the Sandbanks.
  • General meeting of Branch 8 Canadian Legion was held Tuesday. One of the highlights was presentation of 25 year pins to six members.
  • A tour of several county schools, including Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, was taken by Board of Education members over the winter break holiday.

1982:

  • The Athol Club for those sixty and over had 38 members at the monthly meeting in Cherry Valley hall.
  • Queen Elizabeth School Choirs captured four first place awards in the 14th annual Rotary Music and Dance Festival sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Belleville and Trenton.
  • Henry Gray, captain of the canvass for the heart fund in Hallowell Township reports that $1, 974.50 was contributed this year.