Stories from our past – April 1, 2021

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


  • The visit of the Royal Welsh Ladies’ choir to Picton, with their magnificent concert in the First Methodist church, Monday evening was something that will live long in the memory of music lovers.
  • Messrs. Herbert Mastin and J. Harvey Eaton are the two popular Pictonians who will shortly open the new five and ten cent store in the block lately occupied by Johnston & Mackenzie. They need no introduction to the people of the town and county.
  • Twenty-four applications have been received by the board for the position of organist of the First Methodist church. The first selection made for a trial is C. E. Price, A. R. C. O., of Montreal, who will arrive here Friday to rehearse the musical services on Sunday.


  • Gillnet fishermen operating in the Bay of Quinte east of Glenora Ferry, are taking excellent catches of pickerel off Adolphustown and the Upper and Lower Gaps which lead into Lake Ontario, reports the District Dept. of Lands and Forests.
  • The district municipal engineer, Ewart Marston of Port Hope, was present for the session in addition to the county engineer Boyd Arnold, when County Council discussed roads.
  • Athol Young People won top honors in the County Drama Festival held at Picton Collegiate, Thursday night. The entry from Bloomfield was the only other one. Bloomfield won the honor last year.


  • It was a happy occasion at the Prince Edward Yacht Club Monday night when about 70 past and present Kiwanians gathered to honor past presidents of the Picton Club and hold their annual reunion.
  • The disposal of whey under stiffer anti-pollution controls poses as much or greater a problem for county cheese factories as the cost and supply of milk. 
  • An interesting event will be taking place in connection with the Adult Education Evening Courses being offered currently in Prince Edward County Schools. It will be in the form of an Achievement Night under the direction of Mrs. Donnah Cameron, Art Teacher.


  • Five-week old whitefish whirl about a feeding tank at the Glenora Fisheries Research Station where biologists are seeking to increase their knowledge about the species’ numbers, habitats and susceptibility to predators.
  • New Horizons grants totalling $10,400 have been awarded to two groups of retired people from the Picton area. The program offers grants to provide groups of retired citizens as opportunity to develop interests of their own choosing.
  • An “overwhelming need” cited by the Ontario Municipal Board has resulted in approval of an application by the Township of Ameliasburgh for a new Fenwood Gardens water system.