Stories from our past-April 23, 2020

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



  • The Picton Public School baseball team that went to Wellington on Saturday was beaten by a score of six to three by the Wellington boys.
  • Capt. Thos. Lake Vandusen left on Monday for Cobourg, where he takes command of the schooner, “Kitchen” for the season.
  • The advisability of having all the Sunday schools of the town unite in one monster picnic is under discussion by the various superintendents.


  • Hon. Norman Rogers, Minister of National Defense, inspected the troops at Aldershot yesterday and it was reported that they have completed training and are “ready for action”. It is officially reported some Canadians are in Norway.
  • Plowing commenced in Cherry Valley district on Saturday when Douglas Moore started spring work. The field was old sod and turned over nicely.
  • There is again an opening for a number of first-class recruits to be taken on the strength of the Hastings &Prince Edward Regiment at Picton. Recruiting will start immediately.


  • Annual banquet of Prince Edward Agricultural Society, held at Cherry Valley church hall, Thursday night, was enjoyed by one hundred members and guests. A delectable chicken dinner with hot biscuits and gravy and all the trimmings was served.
  • Picton Rotarians Monday night were guests of the Belleville Rotary Club at the Bay of Quinte Yacht Club. A large number attended the occasion marked by good Rotary fellowship.
  • Fifteen tables of euchre were played in Mt. Pleasant Hall Tuesday evening. Prizes went to the following: Fern Root, Harry Gorsline, Barbara Longwell, Earl Lumley, Marguerite Way and Ben Chapman.


  • The Prince Edward Historical Society, which was first organized in 1926, is planning a celebration to honour all of its early settlers. The pioneers of this area include the English, Irish, Scots, Dutch, German and several other nationalities.
  • The 4-H Swine Club held its first meeting in the Board Room of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food in Picton on Tuesday.
  • The cornerstone of Picton’s new industry, Proctor Silex Ltd., was unveiled at a simple ceremony held at the plant, Main Street, East, Wednesday afternoon.