Stories from our past – June 3, 2021

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


  • Rev. W. H. Emsley who comes here end of June as the new pastor of the First methodist church, is last year’s president of the Bay of Quinte conference, and one who has long taken a foremost part in this conference. For the past eight years now he has been resident of Napanee, filling four year term pastorates in each of the two Methodist churches there.
  • It is just possible that re-forestration of the Sand Banks will be under taken. Prof. E. J. Zavitz, B.A.M.S.F. of the Ontario Agricultural Collegiate, Guelph expects to visit the county early this month to again look over the sand dunes.
  • Mrs. G.D.Platt presided at the annual meeting of the Bay of Quinte W. M. Society, held in Napanee last week. She was relected for the coming year, to the office. Mrs John Laird, of Picton was relected district organizer. In her annual address Mrs. Platt contrasted the progress of the Bay of Quinte branch since the last time it met in Napanee, 7 years ago.


  • Picton District Softball League opens on Monday, June 4. Teams entered are Army, Bloomfield Mt. View, Wellington and Picton Imperials. Wellington home games will be played at Wellington, starting at 7 p.m. Bloomfield home games will be played at Picton where all games will start at 8.
  • Picton Gunners played hosts to Belleville Northern Electric on Wednesday evening at the RCSA camp and proved themselves to be more than a match for the visitors, winning 2 goals to 1. The game was late getting started and both teams decided to play 35 minutes each way instead of the usual 45 minutes.
  • Science degrees will be conferred on 253 candidates at Queen’s University’s Applied Science and Commerce convocation in Grant Hall Saturday morning. Among those who will receive the Master of Science degree is Harold L. Armstrong, B.Sc., physics, son of Mr. ad Mrs. William Armstrong, Greenbush.


  • Douglas Alkenbrack, M.P. for Frontenac – Lennox – Addington told more than 350 people at Prince Edward Collegiate Monday evening that “Prime Minister Trudeau’s political honeymoon was over. The aura of his image is not as bright as it use to be,” he asserted.
  • In a voice choked with emotion, Norris Whitney, MPP for Prince Edward-Lennox, expressed deep gratitude to the people of the riding whom he has served for the past 20 years, and announced that he will retire from politics at the close of his current term.
  • What aeronautical fans describe as “the golden era of aviation” will live again this summer — and the place will be right here in Pr. Edward County. Long famed as an area rich in history, the County’s Mountain View air station on Hwy. 14 will become a mecca of aviation history for the weekend of June 25, 26 and 27.


  • A 4.6 per cent spending increase is part of a 1981 budget for Ameliasburgh that will cost the average township resident with $15,000 assessment an additional $27 per year in taxes, according to figures supplied by Clerk Jary Plamondon.
  • Design students at Prince Edward Collegiate are so far batting a thousand when it comes to provincial competition. For the second year in a row a student in PECI’s architectural drafting and design program has won top honors at Humber College’s ‘Expotech’, a showcase for high school talent from across Ontario.
  • Known to many through Prince Edward County as the “Candy Lady” Millicent Douglas recalls memories as a chocolate dipper, confectioner and shop owner. Mrs. Douglas no longer carries on her trade but is often sought out as Easter and Christmas approaches by former customer hoping she has taken up her sweet skills again.