Stories from our past-June 11, 2020

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


  • When the train pulled out of Picton at 6:15 on Friday morning last, it carried a large number of town’s people who took advantage of the ridiculously low rate of $2.80 to visit friends in Toronto, but by far the greatest number were bound for Guelph and the O.A.C.
  • Right Rev. Dr. Mills, Lord Bishop of Ontario, paid his annual official visit to St. Mary Magdalene’s Church on Sunday, June 5th.
  • A large number of citizens assembled at Hepburn’s wharf Monday forenoon to witness the departure of our brave soldier boys for camp at Kingston.


  • The Bethel W.A. Met at the home of Mrs. W.A. Foster for their May meeting with 22 ladies present. The president, Mrs. M. Rorabeck, was appointed delegate to the convention at Victoria.
  • Flags on local public buildings are being flown at half mast as a tribute to Hon. Norman Rogers, Minister of Defense, who was killed Monday.
  • The ladies of Bethel War Emergency Committee met at the schoolhouse Tuesday afternoon, June 4th. They packed six quilts and 170 articles of clothing.


  • A Picton youth had cause to doubt his vision Saturday evening when he saw a dog driving a car. Norman Wood said he saw a car going down the street, the only occupant being a dog with its paws on the steering wheel.
  • Bike riders from Picton, Deseronto and even as far away as Toronto have raised approximately $2,500 for the Presbyterian churches in Deseronto and Picton.
  • Picton Officials are studying the wording of a bylaw to control loitering, as is used in Georgetown, Ontario. The sample bylaw was obtained by Police Chief George Pitt.


  • The Picton Meals on Wheels Program which started in January 1980 with seven meals delivered once a week has grown to 10 meals delivered twice a week. In May, 82 hot meals were delivered to seniors by volunteers.
  • Road repairs scheduled to be carried out in Picton during 1980 will cost $10,140, the town’s public works committee has been told.
  • Complaints about the condition of Glenwood Cemetery have prompted at least one Picton resident to take up the cause as a matter of civic pride. Jesse Mason says he believes at least 100 people can be recruited to clean up the cemetery.