Stories from our past – Aug. 4, 2022

(Desirée Decoste/Gazette staff)

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


  • Camp Louise, August.1 — The next big event in the programme will be the baseball match between the Green Point and Camp Louise nines, on the grounds of the former. The Green Pointers, captained by Damon Anderson, and the Camp Lousie team by Harry Tobey.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Davison, and two daughters, who have been on a three week trip in their motor car, have had a fine trip. They are expected home Saturday.
  • Miss Harriette Solmes, P. A., has been appointed an assistant teacher to fill the vacancy in the Picton Collegiate staff. The vacancy was caused by the unexpected resignation of Miss Elizabeth Clarke, B.A. Immediately on receipt of word from Miss Clarke the Board met and forwarded an offer to Miss Solmes.


  • One of the most enthusiastic Shriners who was on hand for Wednesday’s celebration was Jesse H. Leonard of Albany, N.Y. Mr. Leonard is 91 years of age, but still hale and hearty and keenly interested in the craft. Mr. Leonard is the oldest living member of Cypress Temple at Albany.
  • Highlighted by several hundred Shriners in their colorful garb, a mile-long parade opened the five-day Mardi Gras sponsored by Picton Branch 78 of the Canadian Legion. The parade was one of the finest ever seen in this district and attracted a crowd of more than 10,000.
  • The Ontario Stock Car Auto Racers show at Bayside Speedway on Saturday night attracted about 800 enthusiasts. A wet slippery track added to the thrills. Results: Feature race, Earl Hanley, Picton; Bob Colliver, Picton; Cliff Stallman, third; Harold Wickens, Trenton; Morley Shepherd, Trenton.


  • Investigations by Ontario Provincial Police officers form the Picton detachment continue into the recent vandalism that occurred at South Bay cemetery. About 10 stones were knocked over with one very old marker being broken.
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has assigned two new missionaries to the Picton area. Elder Dennis Summers is from Rigby, Idaho and has served in London and Windsor before coming here. Elder Merle Hymas is from Seattle, Washington and was in Montreal prior to this assignment.
  • Manager of the Picton Plant of the Bata Shoe Company, Dennis Kent was named Bata’s “Personality of the Month” in the company’s latest news bulletin. 


  • The Ladies Auxiliary of the Quinte Christian High School is hoping to raise at least $3,700 at the third annual yard sale. The yard sale is being held to raise money for the Quinte Christian High School, which is a secondary school established by parents who want their teenage children to be educated by Christian teachers.
  • Eight members of Prince Edward Horticultural Society were among nearly 800 people from all parts of the province attending the annual convention of the Ontario Horticultural Association, at the University of Western Ontario, Guelph. They were President Harold and Mrs. Bartman, Mr. and Mrs. Allan Neff, Hal Roche, Mrs. Phyllis Chapman, Phil Dodds, Mrs. Edna Burgess.
  • Members of the Prince Edward Revolver Club met and the following top scores were recorded; Bert Singer, 95; Sheldon Whitteker, 93; Leo Edwards, 90; Doug Kleinsteuber, 80; Garry Blackburn, 63; Dr. G. Caught, 60.