Stories from our past – July 8, 2021

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


  • The unusually large summer audience which filled the Bijou Opera House Tuesday evening was delighted with the dramatic entertainment given by Francis Labadie and Miss Jurgens, under auspice of Daughters of the Empire. Both artists are most capable as interpretations and delineators of human character.
  • After two unfortunate postponements it is well assured that the new Str. Geronia of the Ontario and Quebec Navigation company will leave Collingwood Saturday, and will make her first trip put of Toronto Thursday, July 27th. 
  • Mr. W. F. Miller, of London, Eng., was the preacher in the Baptist Church on Sunday morning and was heard with great acceptance. In the evening the pastor gave the third of a series of Special Sermons on the “Points of which Churches Disagree” the subject being, “What are the qualifications for Church Membership?” 


  • Four new teachers have so far been hired for the coming year at Picton Collegiate, Mr. A. Perkin announced Wednesday. The first is John S. Morgan, a graduate of Victoria College, University of Toronto, in English Language and Literature.
  • Today, Prince Edward welcomes four young agriculturalists from Scotland who are touring Ontario. Accompanied by Agricultural Representative A. O. Dalrymple of Stirling, the four young people will be met at Rossmore. They will visit Picton, Lake-on-the-Mountain and thence to Sunnybank, Waupoos, where they will enjoy a fish dinner at noon.
  • Inka Pluto Vale is no flash in the pan producer having milked heavily throughout her lifetime, Farm Manager Brian Dodds points out. First started on official test as a three-year-old she produced 20,200 lbs. milk and 723 lbs. fat.


  • Last week from Monday to Thursday, J. W. Ring Director, and Pat Evans, Program Supervisor under the direction of the Picton Recreation and Parks Committee, ran a training course for this year’s playground leaders. It covered all aspects of playground life and activities.
  • Judy Ellis, R. R. 2, Milford, spent last week at the Provincial 4-H Leadership Conference at the University of Guelph. Judy has been active in Potato, Corn, Farm Management, Engineering (Tractor), Barley, Swine, Dairy Calf and Electricity 4-H Clubs and has served as secretary.
  • A large crowd at Zwick’s Island focussed their attention on three young ladies Tuesday evening as they contested in the 1971 Dairy Princess competition. Miss Barbara Alexander, Hillier, was chosen Prince Edward’s Dairy Princess and Susan Ray of Roslin became Hasting’s Dairy Princess. Runner-up to Prince Edward’s new Princess was Miss Deborah Grumman of R. R. 2, Milford.


  • They say you can’t go home again but 75 years after leaving the shores of England, May Childs decided the time was ripe. The 80-year-old Picton resident left Toronto for a three-week visit to Great Britain, highlighted by a stay with relatives in the Lancashire city of Oldham where she spent the first four years of her life. 
  • Officials of Northern and Central Gas Corporation in Toronto sat there is “very little hope” that service can be extended to Prince Edward County this year. “I couldn’t be certain but it seems there’s very little hope for this year,” Northern and Central spokesman Alec Simpson said Tuesday. “We’ve had labor difficulties and it doesn’t look like federal money will be available either.”
  • If there’ a job to beat working for a living, Gilles Miramontes would seem to have found it. The 22-year-old Picton resident will be spending the next year as an assistant to Toronto sculptor Bill McElcheran in the Italian Riviera town of Pietrasanta, a picturesque community of artists and artisans that once included no less than Michelangelo in its membership.