Stories from our past – Dec. 3, 2020

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


  • The barbers of Picton and the general public as well will be interested in learning that the proposed new license law will be brought before the Ontario Legislature. The Act has as its objects to regulate the occupation of barbering to create a Board on such practice, to insure the better education of such practitioners, to provide rules regulating the proper sanitation of barber shops, schools and colleges, preventing the spread of contagious and infectious diseases.
  • Rev. Alton Young, an old Prince Edward boy, who is the Superintendent of the home for homeless and  destitute boys in New York city, also a trustee of the City’s Free Hospital, occupied the pulpit of the First Methodist church, Sunday evening.
  • There was a marge market on Saturday, and the produce offered was in most cases, very plentiful. The prices were as usual, rather high.


  • The name of Picton is of special interest to a firm in Port Arthur, Texas, since its own name is D. M. Picton & Co., Inc., and its officers and J. H., C. T., W. M., E. B. and D. M. Picton. The company is in the contracting business, river and harbor improvements, tug boats, barges, derrick barges and towage.
  • Shipping continues heavy from Picton harbor. The Fernie, westbound, called on Monday and the Lethbridge, east-bound, on Tuesday. Another freighter is expected Saturday and one on Monday. This rush is expected to continue for at least two weeks yet.
  • Mr. Harold Vincent has been appointed to the maintenance staff at Picton Bombing and Gunnery School. This is a full time job and necessitates Mr. Vincent relinquishing his connection with the Adams & VanDusen Co., with whom he has been associated for thirty years.


  • A total of 800 people chuckled and laughed their was through three performances of the Quinte Island Theatre production go Neil Simon’s Barefoot on the Park The Play was a spoof on the first few days of married life for a young couple. 
  • Mrs. Alfred Mead and Mrs. Fred Jay were conveners of Cherry Valley W.I. card party in the Community Hall Wednesday evening. There was a good attendance and a lively evening of euchre was enjoyed. Prizes went out to Hazel MacDonald and Ear Sharpe for high score.
  • The showroom of Roblin Motors on Main Street, Picton, was the location for this year’s sale of blind crafts, sponsored by the local branch of the C.N.I.B. Officials reported the sale as a huge success, with many patrons taking advantage of the beautiful workmanship for Christmas gift suggestions, and the aiding blind victims at the same time.


  • In a fitting tribute to the man who served Prince Edward County for more than three decades, friends and political associates from three levels of government gathered Thursday to mark the start of construction on the Norris Whitney Bridge. Construction is scheduled for completion in August 1981.
  • Battling dense smoke and toxic fumes, firemen from three Prince Edward County departments quelled a wind-whipped blaze that had threatened to destroy the International Water Saver Toilets Inc. factory in Wellington early Tuesday morning. The fire forced the evacuation from nearby C.M.L. Snider Public School as smoke and fumes were carried by winds across an open field separating the plant from other buildings in the village.
  • Picton’s brand of the United Co-operatives of Ontario (Co-op) topped the six outlets in the Quinte area in total sales in the fiscal year of Sept. 1977 to Sept. 27, 1980. Sales of over $3 million were recorded.