Stories from our past – April 22, 2021

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


  • The annual meeting of the Board of Trade was held in the Public Library, Tuesday night. President I. F. Fraser presided. The following officers were elected for 1911: President, S. B. Gearing; Vice President, H. R. Barton; Secretary Treasurer, P. C. Macnee.
  • Hon. R. P Roblin, premier of Manitoba arrived in town a few weeks ago and went almost immediately to his home at Fish Lake where he spent Easter with his 88 year old father, at the old family home. While in town he was met by a number of his many Picton friends.
  • Mr. Kirwood, who has been trying unsuccessfully to establish a daily line of steamers along the north shore, and asked the Municipalities to assist is, we understand going to run the steamer Algerian between Toronto and Picton.


  • Mr. Sherman Black, Bloomfield, was host to about forty members and others at the annual meeting of the Prince Edward Dairy and Improvement Association last Thursday night. The meeting was called to order by the president, Whytock Wox, who expressed his pleasure at the large turnout and the apparent interest in this comparatively new project.
  • On Thursday of next week, the County Junior Farmers are sponsoring their first Drama Festival. Brigadier J. F. Genet, Rednersville, has presented a fine trophy for the competitions top award. The program will be presented in Picton Collegiate.
  • The annual tag day for the blind will be held in Picton on Saturday, May 26th, with Mrs. S. J. Collier as tag day convener, assisted by other members of the local Board. This was decided at the meeting of the Prince Edward County Advisory Board to The Can. National Institute for the Blind, held in the Agricultural Rooms, Picton.


  • A very enjoyable “Fun Night” was held in Milford Town Hall on Friday evening, sponsored by South Marysburgh Parent School Organization. A capacity crowd spent the evening playing bingo with the numbers being called by John McCaw. Special prizes were won by John Lammes Jr., Ruth Dulmage, Mrs. Mabel Lloyd and Kevon Cole.
  • In addition to the regularly scheduled Compute Science Day, two groups of high school students will visit the University of Waterloo. The visitors will experience lectures on computer programming, vocational guidance and the actual use of a computer.
  • Fred B. Deacon of Belleville, manager Deacon Brothers Sportswear, addressed Rotarians Tuesday noon at Prince Edward Yacht Club. His topic, “An Application of Social Conscience — The Law Enforcement Compensation Act” proved very interesting.


  • Renovations to Picotn’s Benson Hall recreation centre are proceeding on schedule and may even end up costing less than originally estimated said project manager Malcolm Campbell last week.
  • The controversy surrounding Colton’s Meadow mobile home park moved a step closer to the courtroom Wednesday night as Athol Township Council rejected an appeal for limited development of the site. The decision concluded a special session of council attended by park owner George Colton and his lawyer Wolf Tasenfreund, of Belleville, who said land use established by the park in mid-1976 should override and subsequent provincial  legislation or township zoning laws.
  • Stark’s Meat Market on Main Street has changed hands. Ken Hineman and his wife, Marie took over the ownership of one of Picton’s oldest stores from Doug Stark. Mr. Stark purchased the store from his father, Elmer in 1962. Before that it was known as King’s Grocery Store owned and operated by Alfred King, father of Mayor Don King, for 25 years.