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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}

Alonzo Kelar, proprietor of the Fonthill hotel, died yesterday (Thursday) morning, of inflammation of the lungs. Mr. Kelar was until his illness a strong and apparently healthy man, and his sudden demise in midlife is greatly regretted by a very large circle of warm friends. He leaves a widow, no children. The funeral will be held on Sunday, 4th inst., service at the house at 1 p.m., interment at Dawdy’s cemetery. The funeral will be under auspices of Fonthill. L.O.L., of which deceased was a member. Orange brethren of other lodges are respectfully invited to attend.


[Welland Tribune, 26 March 1897]

Observance of the fiftieth anniversary of W. and J.H. Wetherald’s wedding day, on the 17th inst., was a shining success on a small scale. La Grippe, with his host of odious camp followers, was an unwelcome guest, and none of the boys, scattered between Chicago and the Pacific, were able to be present, so the number of choice spirits assembled was of necessity limited. But these made up in brightness and buoyancy what was lacking in numbers. All hearts were young, though some of the heads were bald. We cannot help growing old, so it is pleasant to think that the serenity and peace of old age contain a deeper joy than the romantic aspirations of youth. Loving congratulants, good wishes and substantial tokens came from different quarters, and Bayard Taylor’s song, sent by one of the boys, received hearty acclaim and approval.


[Welland Tribune, 10 December 1897]

Mrs. William Brown of Marshville, died at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. George Anderson, near St. Catharines, on Monday, 6th inst., at the age of 55 years and 6 months. Her fatal malady was an affliction of the throat, from which she suffered for several months. Mrs. Brown’s maiden name was Elizabeth A. Tims; she was born at Port Robinson in 1842, the daughter of H.W. Tims, who afterward moved to Suspension Bridge and died there during the cholera epidemic at that place. From the time of her marriage to the late William Brown up to last September, when she went to visit her daughter, Mrs. Anderson, she lived in Marshville. She was a consistent devoted member of the Church of England, active in all good works and charities, endearing herself to the whole community of which she was a member. Her late husband, William Brown, county councillor, died on the 29th of March last. Two daughters survive to mourn-Mrs. A.B. McLean of Marshville and Mrs. George Anderson of Grantham. The funeral took place on Wednesday, from her home, Marshville, at 10.30 a.m., services by Rev. A. Bonny in Christ church, interment at Morgan’s cemetery, a very large attendance certifying their love and respect for their departed friend by attendance at the obsequies and heartfelt condolence with those who mourn.


[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.