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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 Telegraph, 30 May 1916]

This a picture of Charles H. Osborne who was wounded in action on April 23rd and who on the day following gave up his life for his country. He was born at High Barnett Hertfordshire, England, with his wife he came to Canada three years last March. For ten months he was employed by the Hamilton Sewer Pipe Company, then he came to Welland to join the furnace staff of the Union Carbide Co. He enlisted in Welland on the 24th of last July and left for Niagara Camp on July 27 to join the 76th battalion. He joined with the battalion on the first day of October. After a winter spent at Shorncliffe he had gone on the firing line only six weeks before he was wounded. He had two brothers and two nephews wearing the ? colors so the Osborne family was well represented.

Private Osborne leaves a widow in Welland and a handsome manly son aged three years. As a husband and father he was an exemplary man and the summons of death has left a great loss in the home that he adorned.

*Note: According to his military records Charles died on April 23rd, the same day he was wounded by shrapnel and is buried Vlamertinghe, Military Cemetery, Belgium.

Private Funeral Services for Late Dr. S. Lee Honey

{Welland Tribune  Sept. 13, 1975}

Private funeral services were held at 2 p.m. today from the Lampman Funeral Chapel at Fenwick for Dr. S. Lee Honey, DDS, BSc., DDPh., who died suddenly at his residence on Canboro Road, Fenwick on Saturday evening, in his 86th year.

Still actively engaged in his chosen field, had filled appointments on Friday and enjoyed his usual daily walk early Saturday.

He was born in Mitchell, Ont., where he received his elementary school education, then moved to Port Perry, where he graduated from high school. He joined the forces in the First World War and won his commission in the field. On leaving the army Mr. Honey entered dental college where he graduated in 1923. Dr. Honey established his old private practice in Timmins, Ont., where he worked for 20 years, retiring at the end of that time to enter the University of Toronto, where he graduated with his degree in public health.

Dr, Honey was a pioneer in the field of public health, the first dental doctor to enter that field. He came to Welland on the inception of the Welland Public Health Unit in 1943, where he was engaged until his retirement three years ago. He has since carried on a private practice  at his home in Fenwick.

He is survived by his wife Winnifred Hardy Honey; one daughter, Mrs W..L.Allemand (Barbara) of Toronto; and one son, Donald, of Montreal. Also surviving are three brothers, Dr. Morley Honey, Toronto; Dr. Ralph Honey, Peterborough; and Harold Honey of Port Perry; and one sister, Mrs. J.H. Hardy of Port Perry. There are four grandchildren. Dr. Honey was predeceased by one brother, Lawson.

Interment took place in Hillside cemetery, Ridgeville.

Public Health Doctor Retires After 25 Years

{Evening Tribune, Thursday, April 16, 1970}

Dr. S. Lee Honey, Pelham dentist, ended a 25-year career with Niagara District Health Unit as staff member, last night. He was honored with a special reception at Welland Club.

He graduated in Dentistry in 1923 from University of Toronto after which he entered practice in Timmins, Ontario for 20 years before returning to university to specialize in dental public health.

Dr. Honey joined the Welland and District Health Unit in 1946 where he has been carrying on a dental public health program since that time.

Health Unit member and long time acquaintance of Dr. Honey, Harry Holcomb presented the former with a plaque on behalf of the members.

Prominent Fenwick Physician Dies

{Pelham Herald, Tuesday, March 25, 1980}

Dr. Joseph Everett Dowd, prominent physician in Fenwick for the past fifty two years, died at the Welland County General hospital on March 18th, at the age of 84.

Dr. Dowd was born in Quyon, Quebec. He was a graduate of McGill University in 1926 and did post graduate work in Ottawa and New York City. During the First World War he served in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. He began practicing in 1928 at his busy office on Canboro Road. He was the  Medical Officer of Health for 38 years and retired in 1965. Dr. Dowd was a member of the Fenwick United Church.

He is survived by three children Joyce Lenz of Tonawanda, N.Y., Richard of St. Catharines and Dr. Ronald Dowd of Fenwick, eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Charlotte (Burton) Dowd in 1964.

A memorial service was held at the Fenwick United Church on March 21st. Cremation took place.


Capt. Reilly Makes Trip From Aviation Camp at Beamsville

Machine Landed in a Buckwheat Field North of Billings & Spencer Plant

[Welland Telegraph, 7 August 1918]

Capt. J.R. Reilly, though he had already some records to his credit, made a new one on Saturday when he came to Welland from the aviation camp at Beamsville by airplane. Capt. Reilly is the first passenger ever landed at Welland from the air (exclusive of course, of these small passengers brought by the stork).

Inspector Godfrey, who is in active service, felled a number of Hun planes and two observation balloons, was in charge of the machine. They rose 500 feet above the Beamsville camp and were then able to see the smoke cloud of Welland twenty miles away. The highest altitude they reached was 3000 feet, from which vantage point they could see Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, and the shining waters pouring over Niagara Falls.

Reaching Welland, difficulty was found in getting a place to land. Ball’s farm, northwest of the city was tried, but did not present a favorable spot. The aviators next hovered over the fair ground, but so many poles are on the grounds that they thought it best not to risk a landing.

Finally they found an area on the White farm, north of Billings-Spencer plant. They came down in a nice soft field of buckwheat.

Capt. Reilly got out and later Instructor Godfrey rose to the heavens and made a bee-line for Beamsville.

In the days when we all travel by airplane, and when out mail, express and freight are brought that way, we must remember that Capt. Reilly was the first passenger of the skies to reach this city.



[Welland Telegraph, 12 December 1911]

A very pretty church wedding took place in Holy Trinity Church, Division Street, on Thursday afternoon, at two o’clock, when Miss Florence Gertrude Sisson Mack was united in marriage to John Henry Harrison. Both are residents of Welland.

The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Mr. Thompson in the presence of a number of immediate friends and relatives.

During the ceremony Mrs. Holcombe, who presided at the piano, played “The Bridal Chorus” and during the signing of the registrar, “Love and Flowers.”

The bride was Miss Maria Emma Tye and the groomsman was Jack Stratford. The bride was attired in a gown of white and carried a large bouquet of flowers.

Mr. and Mrs. Harrison left the church and were greeted with a shower of rice and confetti at the door.

Married: 7 December 1911


[Submitted by B, October 2014]

I love travelling by water with its mesmerizing pull and constant changing voice. I have had the chance to spend time on many of Ontario’s ferries and always find the ride exhilarating. My late father occasionally spoke about his journeys from Crystal Beach to Buffalo on The Canadiana. It was during his youthful years when he would travel to the big city to admire the sights and attend the live shows. Beer was cheap and the ticket return was 50 cents. I have no recollection of his mentioning having danced the night away to the music of the big bands on board the ferry or promenading on the hardwood deck, but being extremely reserved, he most likely just quietly enjoyed the short trip across the lake. Living with his family on a farm in Stevensville, this was probably a great Saturday night adventure for a young man. When the Canadiana was sent to Ramey’s Bend for dismantling, we took the opportunity to say good-bye.

The Canadiana, launched in 1910, carried commuters who worked in Buffalo and patrons of the amusement park, Crystal Beach, Ontario across the Niagara River. Towed to Ramey’s Bend in Port Colborne, the ferry met its fate at the end of April 2004 when it was cut up for scrap due to a lack of funds for its restoration.

For anyone wanting to investigate the Fort Erie Greater area more fully, plan to visit the Fort Erie Museum at www.museum.forterie.ca

They have a great seating area, hundreds of archival files and a wonderful staff to assist you in answering any questions you might have.



[Welland Tribune, 27 January 1893]

In the death of William E. Hutton, son of late Wm. Hutton of Thorold township, one of our brightest and most intelligent young men is removed from a sphere of great usefulness. Deceased drove to Winona, where his grandfather resides, on Wednesday, 11th inst., and soon after arriving there was taken ill of inflammation of the bowels. He grew steadily worse until Sunday last, when death completed its work. The body was interred at Fonthill on Tuesday, Messrs. Edgar Price, Jno. Gaiser, Harry Rice, Arthur Willson, Albert Fuller, and Benj. Lundy acting as pallbearers. William Hutton was one of the leading farmers of this county. He had graduated with honor to himself and the county at the Ontario Agricultural college, and was looked upon as one of the cleverest students that ever graduated from that institution. He was constantly introducing new ideas in farming and road work, and the locality in which he lived will long bear the impress of his progressive spirit. The community mourns with the family in the great loss sustained by all.

Francis Caroline Turnbull

{The Evening Tribune 24 July 1990}

Francis Caroline Turnbull died at her River Road home Sunday, July 22, 1990, in her 90th year.

Born in Port Robinson on Nov. 5, 1900, Mrs Turnbull came to live in Welland in 1910, after a short stay in Lewiston, New York.

She was a distinguished artist, recognized throughout the province. Silk screen, oil, water color and black and white were among mediums used in her paintings.

Her most recent showing was at Rodman Hall in St Catharines last year.

Mrs Turnbull was a founding member of the Joan of Arc Chapter of the Independent Order of Daughters of the Empire, which received its charter in 1921.

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Friends pay tribute to Frances Turnbull

Renowned local artist ‘saw beauty in everything’

By Marie Chamberland, Tribune Staff Writer

{The Evening Tribune 24 July 1990}

Welland- Glowing memories of local artist Frances Turnbull are seeping through the shock felt by friends after her tragic death Sunday.

Turnbull, 89, died when her River Road home caught fire at about noon.

The matter is still under investigation.

Yesterday Cliff Miller, an inspector with the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office said while no cause had been established, he had no reason to believe it was anything other than accidental.

Neighbors said Turnbull’s home had been the target of vandalism over the years.

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