Stories from our past-December 19, 2019

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



  • Judging from the reports of the unusually brisk Xmas trade, and the number of eager shoppers who daily visit the stores in town, Prince Edward must be in a most prosperous condition. To ascertain the true state of affairs, a Gazette reporter made the round of the stores Saturday and found trade humming.
  • A superb menu, brilliant speeches and genial good will were the dominant features of the banquet tendered by Harry Dempsey, the popular and highly esteemed young warden of this county.
  • The Christmas number of the Farmers’ Advocate and Home Magazine is certainly a fine production, its pages are beautifully illustrated.


  • A number from Salmon Point attended the presentation to the Athol soldiers on Monday night.
  • At Salmon Point Church on Sunday, ten members of Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment from that community were presented with pocket testaments.
  • On Wednesday evening, November 22nd, about 25 relatives met at the home of Corporal and Mrs. Keith Rosborough in Picton for a farewell gathering and to present him with a gold wrist watch as remembrance of the family before leaving for overseas.


  • Town of Picton Council is supporting a Town of Markham resolution which opposes the invasion of undesirable content into the products of broadcasting, publishing, motion pictures and live theatre industries.
  • In the report of the Recreation and Parks Committee presented to Town Council, it was stated that four outdoor skating rinks are planned. These will be at Benson Park, Rotary Park, P.U.C. Property on Elizabeth Street and Angus LeHeup Athletic Field.
  • Picton Kinsmen Club plans to sell Christmas trees from a location in front of the Armoury Mall. It is expected they will be available from 5 to 9 Friday night and Saturday from 10 to 6. Free delivery in Picton from 3 to 5 pm.


  • Some 45 needy families throughout Prince Edward County will have a merrier Christmas this season as a result of the combined efforts of Lynn McKnight, local businesses, service clubs and private donors.
  • Chilling, wintry winds blowing off West Lake failed to cool the enthusiasm of spectators who gathered to see Santa Claus arrive in Wellington Saturday morning.
  • The Picton Public Utilities Commission may have to refund tens of thousands of dollars in water service impost fees following judgments against the utility in County Court and in the Ontario Court of Appeal.