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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.




Pelham News

[Welland Tribune, 5 March 1897]

John Sanderson, an old and greatly respected citizen of this township, died on Monday after an illness of only 48 hours, of congestion of the lungs. Deceased was a brother of Wm. Sanderson of Effingham, and one of the solid residents of the township. He was born in Northumberland county, England. Mrs. Sanderson died some time ago, but several daughters survive to mourn a father’s death. The remains were interred at North Pelham yesterday, and it was expected that Rev. Mr. Hutt, a former pastor, would conduct service in the Presbyterian church. Deceased was 72 years of age.


Pelham News

[Welland Tribune, 5 March 1897]

Peter Claus, aged 75 years, an old and honored resident of the township of Pelham, died on Wednesday morning at the residence of his son-in-law, Wm. Laws. His wife preceded him to the grave six months ago. Deceased leaves three sons, Charles H., the well-known dairy man of St. Catharines; Wm. Of Michigan, and George Ellis Claus of Louth; also four daughters, Mrs. Gleason of Winger; Mrs. O. McPherson of Jordan, Mrs. Laws of Pelham, and Mrs. C.A. Griffith of Smithville. Deceased was born in Clinton, and was a member of the Disciple church. The interment will take place in the Disciple burying ground, Jordon.


North Pelham News

[Welland Tribune, 5 March 1897]

Died, On Sunday, Feb. 28, Lily Irene, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James A. McGlashan, aged one year. The funeral took place on Tuesday and was largely attended, Rev. Mr. McKay of Goderich officiating.


Niagara Falls Village

[Welland Tribune, 19 March 1897]

At her late residence, Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland, on Feb. 25th, Miss Margarette Webb. Deceased was for many years a resident of Niagara Falls South.


Niagara Falls Centre

[Welland Tribune, 5 March 1897]

Mrs. Mary A. Rowe, relict of the late John Rowe, died at her home at the Centre on Monday, in her 89th year. The remains were consigned to the grave at Fairview yesterday, Rev. Canon Bull officiating. The husband of deceased died two years ago, and but one daughter, Miss Rowe, remains to mourn the loss of a good and kind mother, who held the respect and esteem of all who knew her. Mrs. Rowe’s maiden name was Fitch, she being one of that pioneer family who are so well-known in the vicinity of Grimsby.


Niagara Falls Village

[Welland Tribune, 26 March, 1897]

One of the most prominent women in this vicinity passed away at 6 o’clock on Friday evening last in the person of Mary Ford Bush, widow of the late Hon. John T. Bush. Death was caused by dropsy. Mrs. Bush was a daughter of the late Thos. W. Ford of Albany, N.Y., and was in affluent circumstances.  Besides owning valuable property in the United States, Mrs. Bush owned the Clifton house, the family mansion, “Clifton Place,” and other real estate. She would have been 77 years of age had she lived until June next. Her husband died Nov. 10, 1888, aged 79 years. Four daughters survive to mourn the death of a loving mother-Mrs. H. de G. Robinson, Niagara Falls, Mrs. Bissell and Mrs. (Dr.) Lippincott, Pittsburg, and Miss Josephine Bush, Niagara Falls. The interment on Monday was somewhat of a private nature. Rev. Canon Bull, a warm friend of the family conducted the burial service of the English church, and the following young men acted as bearers; Frank Newman, John Mitchell, Harry Dart, John Thomson, George Dart. The remains were laid at rest in All Saints’ church yard, adjoining the grave of the departed husband. Deceased will be greatly missed by a large circle of friends, and especially by many needy persons who received from her such kindly aid. Mrs. Bush was remarkable for unassuming acts of benevolence.


Niagara Falls Village News

[Welland Tribune, 26 March 1897]

The sudden death of Dr. Clark of Niagara Falls, N.Y., on Monday evening last, was learned with deep regret here, where the doctor was so well and favorably known. He was a model physician and a true gentleman. His loss will be sorely felt across the river, and a wide circle of friends outside the city join in the universal mourning. He had been a resident of Niagara Falls, for over a quarter century, and was a valued friend of both rich and poor. Deceased was born in Massachusetts in 1841 and served as a surgeon during the American war. One son, Edward G., of the Ontario Silver Works, and two daughters-Elizabeth G, and May G. Clarke, both of Niagara Falls survive. Mrs. Clarke (Ella M. Granger) died some eight years ago. L.McGlashan, who was the doctor’s partner in extensive silver works at Humberstone, Ont., and Muncie, Ind., and Dr. McGarry, who was a close friend of Dr. Clarke’s, feel his death very keenly. The funeral on Wednesday was attended by a representative gathering from the city as well as from Buffalo and surrounding towns and cities.


Port Colborne News

[Welland Tribune, 19 March 1897]

Charles H. Carter, ex-harbor master, and father of Messrs. Carter Bros., died very suddenly on Sunday last of heart disease. The announcement of his death came with fearful suddenness upon the community, and marks the third death within the same family within ten weeks-L.G. Carter, who passed away on Dec. 30th, Isabella Carter, died Feb. 24th, and Charles H. Carter on Sunday last-all, however, having lived to a ripe and honorable old age. Only three members of that family now survive-William Carter of Grand Forks, Dakota; Mrs. Tinlin of Port Colborne, and Mrs. H.B. Steele of Humberstone-the latter in a very feeble state of health. Death has surely been busy, carrying off half the family within three months. Charles Carter was one of the best known and most universally esteemed residents of the county, and in marine circles he was a veritable patriarch. To know him was to respect and honor him. He had not an enemy. In politics he was a Liberal, a faithful and conscientious Liberal of the old school. Mr. Carter had been failing steadily but almost imperceptibly of late years, and to his own family death was not wholly without warning. And yet the final and fatal illness was unexpectedly brief. On Friday and Saturday last, despite the sharp weather and high winds. Mr. Carter was about as usual-down into the hold of the Cavalier on Friday, and on Saturday afternoon on board the new tug. At midnight on Saturday he was taken ill, and Mrs. Carter summoned a physician. He rallied in a few hours, and on Sunday morning dressed and laid down on the couch. About one o’clock p.m. on Sunday the treacherous disease of the heart took its worst form, and in a few moments Charles Carter had sunk to eternal rest. The afflicting news overcast the village with deep gloom-flags everywhere were soon at halfmast, and deep sympathy for those nearest to him was expressed on every hand. A figure familiar to most of us from childhood had passed away; a good and kind husband, father, citizen had gone to his reward. The remains were buried on Wednesday with Masonic honors; deceased having been a charter member of masonic lodge. Revs Wm. Morrin and A. Bonny conducted the religious services. Interment took place at Overholt’s cemetery. The following sketch, mainly taken from the county history, gives a most accurate account of the life of deceased.

Chas. H. Carter, son of Levi and Hannah Carter, was born in Chester county, New Jersey, Aug. 13, 1821. A year later the family moved to New York state near Rochester. They contemplated forestalling Horace Greeley’s advice and going west. In fact Mr. Carter and his father made a preliminary trip west, but the Black Hawk war broke out, and after being besieged at Fort Peoria for a season they returned and subsequently came to Canada instead. In 1838 Charles Carter, with his brother William, engaged in the business of towing on the Welland canal, at first with horses and later C.H. Carter owned the second tugs as steam superseded quadrupedal power. C.H. Carter owned the second tug built on the lakes, and the first ever employed on the Welland canal, the “Underwriter,” sixty horse power, built at Buffalo. In 1874 Chas. Carter was appointed harbor master at Port Colborne, which position he held until 1895, when he was superannuated. During the season’s of 1885-6 he had charge of the navigation of the Welland aqueduct, his successful management of which won high mention from leading Chicago and other papers. He is a member of the charter members of Macnab lodge, A.F.& A.M., Port Colborne. There are but few, if any, men living better known on the lakes than the subject of this sketch. In 1849 he married Miranda, daughter of late Solomon Steele of Humberstone. This union was blessed with five sons and four daughters, five sons and one daughter still living. The two eldest sons, Dewitt and Sperry, are doing a successful tug and wrecking business, having accomplished some notable exploits as wreckers. The other sons are Frank, stockholder and director of Santa Monica Electric and Power Co., California; Harry V., engaged in gas and electric business in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, California, and Alfred located on a stock farm near Innisfail, Alberta territory; his daughter, Miss Clara Carter, is now a student in the Church Training and Deaconess’ house, Philadelphia, and on April 25th she will be set apart by Bishop Lawrence to be the first episcopal deaconess in Massachusetts, with her work located in Boston. Mr. Carter’s present wife, to whom he was married on 13th April, 1887, is Amy, the second daughter of the late Archibald Thompson, sr., of Welland, who still survives.


Port Colborne News

[Welland Tribune, 19 March 1897]

George Zavitz of Aylmer, formerly a resident west of here, died at Alymer on Tuesday. The remains were brought here on the noon train on Thursday for burial, interment at Graybiel’s cemetery. He leaves a wife and unmarried daughter at Alymer, and another daughter, (Mrs. McCain) in Chicago.


Bridgeburg News

[Welland Tribune, 12 March 1897]

On Wednesday Peter Nettle found the body of man near shore in the river about a mile below the village. He was well dressed and about 50 years of age. Dr. Mencke was notified and communicated with Coroner Brewster of Ridgeway who deemed an inquest unnecessary. The body was removed to J.H. Atwood’s undertaking rooms. On Wednesday afternoon the body was identified as Gilbert H. Taylor of 22 ½ West Summer street, Buffalo. No one knows how Taylor met his death, but it is supposed that he was dead when he fell into the river. There were no signs of foul play, and doctors advanced the theory that he died from some kind of fit, heart disease or a stroke of apoplexy. The body was taken home Wednesday evening.