Stories from our past – March 2, 2023

(Desirée Decoste/Gazette staff)

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


  • Following the issue of about 450 invitations by the members of the Entertainment Committee, the “Annual At Home” of the Prince Edward County Old Boys’ Association was held at the Metropolitan Assembly Room, 247 College Street on Friday evening. A programme of progressive euchre, dancing and refreshments was carried through with satisfaction to everybody present to the number of about one hundred and sixty, while regrets for absence through illness and previous engagements were received  from many others by the secretary.
  • The minstrel show put on by “C” Company and the Band at the Regent Theatre on Thursday night was a most decided success, there being a full house. The street parade at 1 o’clock was most attractive with the show troupe taking the lead followed up with the band in the rear, marching on the principal streets throughout the town. In the evening fully one thousand people attended and were more than delighted with the performance.
  • Picton was visited on Wednesday by the worst storm of the season. Snow fell on Tuesday night and Wednesday forenoon. This was driven by a high wind yesterday and most of the day a severe blizzard raged with the result  that sidewalks and roads were badly filled. The country roads which have been exceedingly good for the past few weeks, will be heavy after yesterday’s storm.


  • Three airwomen from Mountain View air station took part in the R.C.A.F. Quiz contest over CBL, Tuesday night. Their opponents were from No. 4 Wireless School, Guelph. The final score was 64 points for Mountain View and 44 for Guelph. The winners received a handsome silver trophy and each a gold identification bracelet. The losers received  consolation prizes.
  • An Avro Anson training plane from Mountain View air station disappeared while on a routine flight at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon and no trace of it has since been found. There were three airmen in the crew, their names not yet being revealed. Flight Lieutenant John R. Mallory, station adjutant, told The Gazette yesterday afternoon that no trace of the plane has yet been found.
  • Veteran of many actions in the blazing skies over Libya and Egypt, Flight Sergeant Wireless Air Gunner Robert Sharpe of Deseronto, has been given his commission with the rank of Pilot Officer. He recently returned to Canada and is posted at the Mountain View air station as an instructor.


  • Many of the surnames are the same, and perhaps even the faces look somewhat familiar, but the people are different. It is The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment, which remains very much a part of the tradition of the Quinte area. Now in the process of launching a recruiting drive to bring its ranks up to full quota allotment, members of The Regiment, which now embraces one company each at Belleville and Peterborough, put their best foot forward Thursday night at the Belleville Armouries for a formal inspection by Col. J. K. Gillespie, commanding officer for the Ottawa Militia District, which embraces from the Quebec border to Peterborough.
  • Art is signified by more than simply drawing and painting. Thirty-three senior students of Queen Elizabeth Elementary School, Picton may not have been convinced of this Thursday morning, but come the evening they provided firm testimony to this fact. School art instructor Calvin Law set about to show his pupils that art makes use of many media and that it doesn’t have to look real any more.
  • Cash prizes of $50, $30 and $20, plus over 40 prizes donated by county merchants, valued at up to $15, will be at stake for the snowmobile-a-thon scheduled for this Sunday on behalf of St. John’s Anglican Church, Waupoos. Organizers are keeping a wary eye on the weather as success in raising sufficient funds to install a new heating system in the church depends largely on the event, which in turn hinges in having enough snow.


  • In an unusual move, members of the cement ‘workers’ union have pledged their support and cooperation to the management of Lake Ontario Cement Ltd. in its efforts to fight U.S. restrictions on cement imports.  
  • Two students from Prince Edward Collegiate Institute will join hundreds of other students from across Canada in the nation’s capital this spring for the Forum for Young Canadian. Derrick Evans and Micheal Peeling will have the opportunity to view the inner workings of government in Ottawa on two separate trips that are being sponsored by local service clubs.
  • Sophiasburgh is the second municipality in Prince Edward County to benefit from the Canada-Ontario employment development program. James Taylor, MPP Prince Edward – Lennox, says that Sophiasburgh Township’s application for funding under the joint program has just been approved by the two senior levels of government.