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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, 21 May 1874]

DEWHURST-On the evening of the 13th May 1874, Maggie, wife of E.R. Dewhurst, aged 28 years.


[Welland Telegraph, 27 January 1888]

General regret will be expressed in Ottawa at the announcement of the death at her old home, Hawksbury, on Thursday, of Mrs. Dewhurst, wife of Mr. E.R. Dewhurst, of the Department of Agriculture. The circumstances are particularly sad, as the marriage of the deceased was only celebrated two months ago. Mrs. Dewhurst succumbed to an attack of pneumonia after an illness of three weeks. She possessed in this city many friends who will sympathize with Mr. Dewhurst in his sad bereavement. The deceased was only twenty-six years of age. The funeral took place on Sunday last.-Ottawa Journal.


[St. Catharines Journal, 3 July 1856]

INQUEST-On Saturday, the 14th inst., an inquest was held in view of the body of Mr. Jacob Barrick, an elderly farmer long resident in the Township of Wainfleet.

Mr. Barrick was a man of considerable property and some money, though in his habits rather addicted to intemperance.

It appears that on Friday he was seen coming down the tow-path of the Welland Canal Feeder, in company with a Frenchman named Juan Baptiste Kaugey, both of whom had apparently been drinking freely and were quite noisy.

On Saturday the body was found floating in the water, near the Half-Way House, west of Marshville, and, upon being taken out, Mr. Bald was called upon to hold an Inquest as before mentioned. The investigation continued throughout Saturday and Monday, but the precise terms of the verdict we have not learned. From bruises upon Barrick’s face and head, and other circumstances, suspicion attached upon the Frenchman that foul play had been used, which, as we are informed, led to his arrest and commitment to the gaol at Merrittville.-Welland Herald


As Wm. Crompton Paid $13 to Find Out

[Welland Tribune, 4 February 1910]

Welland, Feb. 1.-William Crompton was this afternoon fined $10 and three dollars cost for nearly running over Judge Wells, as the judge was walking on the road on Monday afternoon at five-thirty.

The prisoner pleaded guilty and said he had been drinking.

Crown Attorney Cowper and Chief Jones prosecuted; Magistrate Burgar presided. The prisoner had no counsel.

The charge read that on the 31st of January the said William Crompton, did attempt in and upon one G.W. Wells to commit assault which might have caused actual bodily harm. Sec. 295 C.C.V.

“How you elect to be tried?” asked Magistrate Burgar. “I don’t know, “replied Crompton.

“How old?”-“Twenty-four years.”

“Where born?”-“England.”

“Country or town?”-“Country.”

“Married or single?”-“Single.”


“Read and write?”-“Yes.”

“Trade?” ”-Laborer.”

“Temperate?”-“I drink.”

“Drink every day?”-“No.”

“Just once in a while?”-“Yes, Sir.”



[Welland Telegraph 1904/05]

Son of the late John Misener, who died in January, 1901, was born in the Township of Wainfleet, on February 19th, 1867, where he has always lived and followed the occupation of farming. He was educated in the public school and the St. Catharines College of Commerce, where he received a diploma on graduation in 1891. It was in the same year that he was elected to serve as councillor in the township council. He held the reeveship in 1893-4-5and was thus a County Councillor, being probably the youngest man Welland ever had in that position. In 1895 he came within one vote of attaining the Wardenship, though he did not seek that position. In that year he held the chairmanship in the Industrial Home Committee. Mr. Misener was a promoter, and is today a stockholder in the Fork’s Road Natural Gas Co., and was instrumental in starting the Fenwick Company in 1902, in which he is still interested. In politics he is a staunch Conservative, at the present time serving the second term as president of the Liberal-Conservative Association of the electoral district of Monck.


[Welland Telegraph, 1904/05]

Richard Harcourt, M.A., M.P.P., was born in Seneca township, county of Haldimand, on March 17, 1849. In 1870 he took his M.A. degree at Toronto University, and in1871 he was appointed school inspector of Haldimand. Five years later he took up law with a Toronto firm, and in 1878 began his practice in Welland. The same year he was elected as a Liberal to fill a vacancy in Monck, and has held the constituency ever since. In August of 1890, he entered Sir Oliver Mowat’s cabinet as Provincial Treasurer, and afterwards took the portfolio of Minister of Education, which he now holds. He is conceded to be one of the ablest public man of the day.


[Welland Telegraph 1904/05]

Was born in Crowland Township on October 3rd, 1827. His main business has been farming, but other matters have engaged his attention.  In early life he underwent Normal School Training and for a time was engaged in teaching. Later on he was Township Clerk for a number of years. He was mainly instrumental in establishing a Post Office at Brookfield Station, of which he was Postmaster for a time. He has acted as executor and trustee for some important estates, and was collector of customs at Fort Erie for about seven years. He is a Conservative in politics and was the standard bearer for his party in the Dominion elections of 1874, his opponent being the late Wm. A. Thomson, by whom he was defeated. He was subsequently offered the nomination for the Ontario Legislature which he declined.



[Welland Telegraph 1904]

Robert Cooper was born in the township of Wainfleet, in September, 1852. He is a son of David Cooper who at that time owned a grist mill and farm near Marshville. In 1860 David Cooper moved to Welland and purchased the Aqueduct Mills which he ran until 1878, when the government took the land upon they stood to build the aqueduct. Robert was in the mill with his father until that time. For the next six years he was absent from the county, spending a year in California on his wedding trip. Returning to Welland he started a flour and feed business, which he carried on intermittently until two years ago when he built the Riverside Mills, one of the most prosperous industries in the county. Mr. Cooper served four years in the town council and in 1891 was elected deputy-reeve. The same year he was appointed County Clerk, which position he holds at the present time. He has been a successful businessman and an excellent official.



[Welland Telegraph 1904]

Was born in the Township of Wainfleet, Welland County, on April 19th, 1860, the son of the late Robt. Hay. He moved to Thorold Township in 1896 where he served two years in the Township Council. In the fall of 1900 he moved to the Town of Thorold where he served two years in the Town Council. He is at the present a member of the Public School Board. Mr. Hay has a large meat business in Thorold, is a member of the Methodist church and in politics is a Conservative.

HAY- At 17 Ormond street, North, Thorold, on Tuesday afternoon, October 1st, 1940, George William Hay, beloved husband of the late Martha Jean Stewart, in his 81st year. The funeral will be held on Friday, October 4th from his late residence at 2 p.m., (D.S.T.) thence to United church, Thorold, for service at 2.30. Interment in Fonthill cemetery.

The Welland-Port Colborne Evening Tribune
2 October 1940


[Welland Tribune, 28 June 1917]

A quiet but pretty wedding was solemnized at St. Catharines on Tuesday afternoon when Maud the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Burgess was united in marriage to Charles, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jamieson, formerly of Welland. They were married at the Methodist Parsonage, Welland Ave., by the Rev. Mr. Hamilton. The bride wore white voile trimmed with lace and satin and carried a bouquet of roses; her niece Miss Lillie Strawn acted as bridesmaid dressed in pale blue voile and also carried a bouquet of roses. The groom was supported by Mr. Edward McCovey of Welland.

They left mid showers of confetti on the 5 o’clock train for London, and other points. On their return they will reside at 154 Lake Avenue, St. Catharines. Congratulations.  Married: 26 June 1917