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The TALES you probably never heard about

TALES to tell and MUSINGS to mind!

This is where you will find interesting TALES of the various people that lived in and around Welland during the 1800s and 1900s.

We’ve also introduced a new subcategory: HISTORICAL MUSINGS by select featured authors.


[Welland Tribune, 2 April 1897]

The death of William Brown, merchant, of Marshville, removes from the county one of its most useful and best known citizens, and from the township of Wainfleet one who has been closely identified with its history for the past half century. Mr. Brown died in the early hours of Monday morning Mar. 29, of pneumonia, after an illness of about ten days. He has held many positions of trust in the gift of the people. His name has been prominently mentioned for parliamentary honors; He had been reeve of his township for very many years, was county-councillor for the Wainfleet-Pelham district at the time of his death, and would undoubtedly have been warden of the county had he lived until 1898. William Brown was born of Irish parents in Port Robinson on March 10th, 1832. Read the rest of this entry »


[Welland Tribune, 26 March 1897]

Our old friend and former G.T.R. agent here, R.E. Waugh, has been transferred from St. Thomas to Guelph, and the Mercury has the following to say of him: “It will be news to many to learn that Mr. Waugh is an old Guelph boy. He came with his father and family to Guelph in 1867. Mr. John Waugh, his father, was then engaged by the firm of Armstrong, McCrae and Co. The family came from Harwick, Scotland. Mr. Waugh, sr., started and wrought the first machinery for the above firm. The new stationmaster was educated in Guelph and attended the Grammar school. After he received his education he worked for a time with McCrae & Co., and the he went to Woodstock in the capacity of baggageman on the G.T.R… During this time he applied himself to the study of telegraphy. Shortly afterwards he was promoted on the railway staff and has been in the employment of the Grand Trunk for 20 years. He has been stationmaster for 15 years. The last two years he has been in St. Thomas and the previous 15 years at Welland. The other periods were filled at other stations. A gentleman in the city who is intimately acquainted with the Waugh family, says that there seems to be a peculiar tendency towards railway business in the family. The new stationmaster’s eldest brother William has been for a number of years located in the Western States, in a high official capacity-in fact a second James still. No doubt many of Mr. Waugh’s old schoolmates will remember him.


[Welland Tribune, 26 March 1897]

The crowding of our provincial asylums calls for prompt action on the part of the government.  Insane persons are compelled to lie in jail for weeks before accommodation can be secured, greatly to the injury of such patients. Annie Oldfield of Niagara Falls, a very bad case, is still in jail, although her condition calls for a different treatment from that which the jail can offer. Special efforts should be made to have this young woman placed in an asylum without further delay.


Port Colborne News

[Welland Tribune, 26 March 1897]

Miss Nettie Dellmore died March 19, in the 20th year of her age, of that insidious foe of humanity, consumption, she being the third one of the family to pass away in the last four years, her two brothers’ demise occurring March 19, 1893, and March 22, 1895, respectively. Her health had been in a state of decline for the past four years, but for the past three months she had been confined to the bed. Rev. Mr. Morrin was a frequent visitor at her bedside during her illness. The pallbearers were John White, John and Levi Kinzie, Ed. And Simon Milliken and Wm. Woods. The services at the house and St. Paul’s Lutheran church were held by rev. Mr. Badke, the interment being at Overholt’s cemetery, March 22. The funeral was largely attended, notwithstanding the bad condition of the road, the out-of-town attendants being Barney Gailsheer (uncle) of Merritton, Mr. and Mrs. Manning of Lowbanks, Chas. F. Schottin and family, Mrs. M. Schottin, Mrs. Irving and Miss Clara Schopf of Buffalo. Two brothers and four sisters, besides the parents survive. Beautiful floral offerings were lovingly laid on the lavender casket by friends. The family wish to express their appreciation for kindly services rendered by friends and neighbors during their trouble.


[Welland Tribune, 26 March 1897]

John Jardine Killed- We learn that John Jardine, electrician, was accidently killed at Niagara Falls, N.Y., where he worked on Wednesday night, by an electrical shock caused by coming in contact with live wires. Mr. Jardine was for years a resident of this town, employed by the electric light company. He leaves a widow, daughter of Reuben Doan, formerly of this place, and several young children to mourn their sudden and irreparable loss.



[Welland Tribune, 19 March 1897]

After the interment of our deceased brother, Joseph Reavely, the brethren assembled in the lodge room at Port Robinson. The meeting was called to order, and after an impressive address by Worshipful Bro. O. Fitzalwyn Wilkins, county master, it was moved and carried that the following resolution should be forwarded to the bereaved family, and also to the Welland Telegraph and TRIBUNE, and to the Orange Sentinel:

Resolved, that in the death of Joseph Reavely, Esq., the Orange order in this county has sustained a loss which weighs indeed heavily upon us. He was one of its most earnest and liberal supporters, and a true and valiant knight. His loyalty to the Queen and the crown, his love of his country and his devotion to his religion made Orangeism to him a reality. His spirit was in perfect accord with the true principles and lofty sentiment expressed in the constitution of our order, and in his honorable and upright life he evinced those manly virtues and Christian graces which are most valued and esteemed in character.

Resolved, that the gloom which now rests so darkly over our county lodge fills us with sympathy for those upon whom this loss weighs most heavily, and that in this dark time of their distress we would unite with the bereaved widow and her children in asking for the grace of holy resignation.

G. JOHNSTONE, Co. Chaplain.


[Welland Tribune, 26 March 1897]

The many friends of Mr. McAuliffe, formerly of our town were great grieved to learn of the death of their oldest son, Michael, who died in Buffalo on the 8th of March inst., in the 20th year of his age.


[People’s Press, 13 November 1917]

On Sunday morning, November 11th, Michael McAuliff, passed away at his residence, 93 Bald Street, Welland. He was in his 74th year. Deceased was born in Ireland and when a child of about three years came to America. The greater part of his life was spent in Welland but he also spent a number of years in the United States. He was in Brooklyn during the time of the American Civil War and served three years in the Grand Army of the Republic. He was also a contractor while he was in the States. He afterwards took contracts on the Welland canal. He was a member of the Weddell Dredging Company and also had contracts on the Murray canal near Trenton and all along the St. Lawrence river to Montreal.

He was also associated with the Manley Dredging Company, but not actively engaged. For the past seventeen years he has been retired from active work, though associated with many business activities. In much of the pioneer dredging he took a prominent part. He was a Governor of Montreal General Hospital. He also was interested in the founding of the Welland County Hospital and a charter member of the Welland Club. In religion he was a Roman Catholic and in politics a Liberal.

A wife and two sons, William and Francis, both of Welland, and one daughter, Margaret, also of Welland.

Funeral at St. Andrew’s church on Tuesday morning. Interment at St. Catharines.



[Welland Tribune, 26 March 1897]

The wife of the Rev. P.A. Tinkham died of consumption at her father’s residence, Carluke, Ont., on the morning of the 5th of February, 1897. She was the youngest daughter of Mr.and Mrs. John Christie. Born on 20th April, 1856, at Claysyke farm, parish of Fassoway, Kinross-shire, Scotland, she was little more than a year old when her family came to Canada, settling where her parents still reside. Her marriage to Mr. Tinkham took place on 22nd August, 1883, and five children were given to brighten and bless their home, four of whom, one son and three little girls, are alive.

Mrs. Tinkham was a devoted wife, a wise and loving mother, and a Christian whose conception of a Christian’s daily life was of a high order. During the last few weeks her only regret was that she had not been more active in the Master’s service, and that she could not be sure of having led one soul directly to Jesus. Towards the end she had a great longing to be “at rest,’ and to be with Christ, She was sick for about two years suffering very much towards the end, but died peacefully and without a struggle. Her funeral, which took place on the following Monday to the White church burying ground, was largely attended, the services being conducted by the Rev. E.B. Chesnut, pastor of St. Paul’s church, Carluke. There, within the shadow of the church in which her aged father has been an Elder for many years, and close by the graves of some of her kindred, all that is mortal of her sleeps until the heavens be no more. The deepest sympathy of the community is with the bereaved husband, who was truly devoted to her, and with the four young motherless children.


Jos. J. Bauer Killed at Niagara Falls, N.Y.

[Welland Tribune, 26 March 1897]

Joseph J. Bauer, son of Michael Bauer, who resides near Netherby, in this county, met with a terrible and instant death in the big paper mills at Niagara Falls, N.Y., where he was employed on Wednesday afternoon. He was caught in some shafting in the machinery room, and before he could be released, both his legs were torn off, his right arm had been crushed to a jelly, and the rest of his body was so cut and mangled that it would be impossible for even his nearest relatives to recognize him.

Bauer was at work in the basement under the main factory with only one other workman. A small belt on a blower that carries cold air to the paper machine above slipped and Bauer tried to slip it back without stopping the machinery. While it is not known just how the accident happened it is believed he either slipped or his clothing caught on the shaft which was revolving at the rate of 250 revolutions to the minute. The other workman gave the alarm, but it was too late to save his life. Both legs had been torn off, just above the knee and the other a little below the knee. Dr. Hodge and Dr. Cross were summoned but life was extinct before they could reach him.

Deceased was in the 26th year of his age and unmarried. He had a brother and a brother-in-law, Peter Kaufman, working in the mill with him.

The funeral will be held on Saturday (tomorrow) from the residence of his father, Michael Bauer, near Netherby, at 9 a.m., services at R.C. church, New Germany, and interment in the burying ground adjoining.

The relatives of deceased have the deep sympathy of the whole community in their peculiarly sad and distressing bereavement.