Looking back – September 24, 2020

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


  • The congregation of St. Andrew’s church met last Friday evening to welcome their new pastor, Rev. J. A. Shaver, and his wife. The resident ministers of the town and the deaconess, Miss Cunningham were present.
  • At the home of Mrs. A. E. Ketchum, of Cherry Valley, the September meeting of the Women’s Institute was held. The meeting was well attended and conspicuous among those present was the aged mother of the hostess. The meeting was opened by singing and repeating the Lord’s Prayer.
  • This popular and ever pleasing Minstrel Company will appear at the Bijou Opera House October 3rd. This is the oldest minstrel organization before the public today, and Geo. R. Guy, the prop., and manager was blackening his face in minstrelsy years before the present managers or performers thought of it.


  • “Shucks, eighty years is not old. I can still knock a deer down with the best of ‘em,” snorted J. W. Masters of Ameliasburgh, as he applied for his 1940 hunting license. The elderly man has been making annual trips to the deer country for several years and will be out with the younger generations this autumn to get his “bag.”
  • While at camp at Petawawa, a number of county men volunteered their services to the C.A.S.F., and the following were transferred to the Canadian Militia Training Centre: From “D” Lieut. W. Bowerman of Roblin’s Mills, Sgt. L. Davidson, Consecon; Cpl. W. Soble, Roblin’s Mills; Pte. P. D. Mattis, Consecon.
  • Famed throughout Western Ontario is Morgan Thomas and his orchestra, now the big attraction at Port Stanley. The Sir Thomas picton Chapter I.O.D.E. has been fortunate in securing the services of this outstanding group of eleven artists for a big dance in Picton armoires.


  • Loiterers in Picton can face face up to $300 following a by-law passed by town council. The new by-law, requested by Police Chief George Pitt, provides “that no person shall lounge, loaf, loiter or stand as an idler on any public sidewalk or street or highway or in any public place so as to obstruct the due and proper use thereof.”
  • A 4-H Horse Club will be organized in Prince Edward County under the leadership of Mr. and Mrs. Ron Jorgenson of R. R. 1, Carrying Place. 
  • Capt. Soloris Georgopoulos of the Greek tanker Tainaron was fined $3,000 for permitting oil pollution of Lake Ontario at Point Petre, south of Picton. 


  • An accounting statement issued by the Glenwood Cemetery Company for the fiscal year ending June 30 shows the organization with a balance of $624. Though receipts were down from the previous year, expenses also dropped, from $24,131 in 1979 to $21,376 in 1980.
  • Picton postmaster Robert Carter, 55, has chosen to take an early retirement from the position he has held since June 1970. After 38 years of service as a postal employee Mr. Carter has no definite plans for retirement but “to just do some relaxing at the present time.”
  • Most of the tourists have left Prince Edward County but in the town of Picton the big machines have taken over some of the main streets. Work has started on the installation of sewers and the drilling of test holes in preparation for the complete reconstruction of Main St.