Stories From Our Past — Week of Feb. 8, 2018

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


– Two Sandy Hook men were sentenced to two years in Kingston Penitentiary for stealing over 100 chickens from area farms. They were caught when, one night, they stole a bag of grain with a hole in it. The grain left a trail to their home, where the birds were found in the basement.

– A missing 50-foot cabin cruiser, the Sea Hawk was discovered in Pleasant Bay, frozen in ice. Its five-person crew who set out from Oswego, N.Y. to Cobourg had not been found in three weeks and were presumed dead.

– Two men delivering turkeys from a Picton farm in Toronto sold them for $200 claimed they were robbed at roadside. They were caught and each paid a $100 fine.


-At its regular monthly meeting, Post 78 of the Canadian Legion would be asked to ratify the purchase of the McMullen Homestead as its Legion hall at a cost of $10,000.The late Dr. S. H. Roblin had occupied the building for 20 years.

– A group of Adophustown residents planned to circulate a petition calling for the construction of a bridge across the Adolphus Reach to Glenora. Hugh Allison and Frank Ham were considered two of the leaders of the campaign.

– Picton businessman Ralph Warren sold his men’s shop and dry cleaning business to C. Howard Seeley who had been his employee. Warren would take a position in Belleville with Supertest Petroleum.


– Prince Edward County tomato farmers David and Henry Leavitt received a contract from Agriculture Canada that would allow them to use the Canadian-produced Sonnenburg mechanical harvester for a year. The Leavitts would be asked to test the feasibility of the equipment’s use.

– Picton councillors broke with tradition in appointing Al Piroth to council after the resignation of Ross Cronkwright. In other years, the highest runner-up in council elections was selected. That would have been Joan Brant, a legal secretary in town.

– The Prince Edward Agricultural Society planned to write letters to Picton officials raising concern about a lack of fire hydrants in close proximity to the fairgrounds.


– PECI announced a corporate partnership with Essroc that would see $15,000 poured into technological advancements at the school. In return, PECI would open its doors to assist with telecommunications and computer technology training for Essroc staff and teleconferencing.

– The Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit was concerned with rising numbers of upper respiratory conditions reported among children and adults in the region. High school absentee rates also suggested influenza activity.

– The Wellington Dukes replaced coach Neil Turner with his assistant Bob Thompson as general manager Garry Lavender hoped to spark his team before the playoffs.