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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, 5 April 1889]

The dark shadow of death has visited the family of Mr. Edwin Morris, Crowland, and removed from their midst, in the flush of youth, one who looked forward to a bright and useful life. Curtis H., second son of Mr. Morris, passed away on Monday, April 1st. The deceased received an injury under the eye from the horn of a cow, about three months ago, in which, Mr. Morris believes, the brain sustained an injury that proved the cause of the fatal illness following. The wound was apparently not a serious one and quickly healed, but gradually severe pains developed over the eye, later extending round the head to the base of the brain, terminating in cerebrospinal meningitis with a speedily fatal result at the close.  Curtis Morris was but 27 years of age, a bright, talented, amiable young man, the light and life of the home circle in which he was greatly beloved. He was one of the most promising students at Welland high school. His apparently untimely demise is universally regretted by a large circle of acquaintances, and the cause of the most intense grief in the bereft home, the members of which have the heartfelt sympathy of the community. The funeral took place on Thursday, interment at Doan’s Ridge cemetery, a very large attendance showing their love and esteem for the one laid away to rest.



[Welland Tribune, 5 April 1889]

Mary Catherine Webber, wife of Philip Webber, departed this life on April 1st, 1889, at the family residence, South Pelham, within one day of her 74th birthday. Deceased was a daughter of late Christian Sundy of Gainsboro, and a native of Germany. For 20 years past she had been a resident of South Pelham. Her aged partner for life and eight surviving sons and daughters mourn the loss of a loving wife and mother. Deceased was a consistent member of the Lutheran Evangelical church. The cause of death was congestion of the lungs. The funeral took place on Thursday, services at the Methodist church, Fonthill, and interment in the cemetery of that village.


[Welland Tribune, 5 April 1889]

Mr. William Richardson, who died at the residence of his sister, Phoebe Davis, relict of the late David Davis, (Louth), was a former resident to Pelham. He was taken with apoplexy on Saturday, the 23rd March, at 6.15 p.m., and never recovered unconsciousness until his death, which occurred on Sunday morning, March 30th, at 3 o’clock. He was attended by Dr. Jessop, who did all that lay in his power to alleviate his suffering, but of no avail. Deceased was a man of great usefulness. He was to have spoken at a Scott Act meeting at night, when he was buried in the afternoon. He served for a number of years in the municipal council, representing Pelham as deputy-reeve, in the Welland County Council for the years, 1872-73. Owing to his benevolent turn of mind he advocated an Industrial Home, and the consequences was the rate-payers of Pelham at that time considered the question of poor house too premature, and he was defeated. He leaves two daughters, nine grand-children, two sisters and one brother (Mr. John Richardson of Welland), to mourn his loss. His wife preceded him four years ago on the journey from whence no traveler returneth. His daughters are Mrs. Erastus Disher of Louth and Mrs. W.A.N. West of Pelham. Deceased was a member of the Disciple denomination, a Reformer in politics, kind father and a consistent man in his dealings. His word was as good as his bond. Interment took place at the Disciple burying ground, Jordon, a very large attendance testifying to the great respect and esteem in which the deceased was held in this community.


[Welland Tribune, 15 March 1889]

One of the best known and oldest residents of this part of Canada, Mr. John Hanly, died at the Industrial Home, Welland, on Tuesday last. His age is probably about eighty years. He came to this country from Kilglass, Roscommon, county, Ireland, when quite a young man, and for a time resided at Port Robinson. About 1844 he came to Port Colborne and opened a tavern near the spot where now stands the G.T.R. elevator. Until the past twelve or fifteen years he had been almost constantly in the hotel business, at one time running a large house at St. Thomas. He was employed as watchman on the canal recently, but his health had become so shattered, that he sought shelter in the Home. He has become a terrible sufferer from asthma for a quarter of a century. Hanly had been married twice, but he outlived both wives. He leaves a son and daughter, aged about 14 and 12 years respectively. John Hanly was one of Port Colborne’s most influential citizens in early times. His hotel was a popular place of resort on the canal. And, singular to relate, another popular and well-to-do hotel keeper along the canal in the forties was Mrs. Jenkinson, (who kept at the “Junction”, and she occupied a room in the home next to Hanly at the time of his death. Cruel Time! The funeral took place on Wednesday from the RC church, Rev. Father Kilcullen officiating; interment in the R.C. cemetery. Years ago deceased ordered his tombstone and paid for it, with the understanding that it should be erected on the day of burial. His instructions were faithfully carried out.


[Welland Tribune, 25 January 1889]

The annual meeting of the congregation of this church took place on Wednesday last week. Notwithstanding the inclement night there was a fair attendance. Shortly after 8 o’clock the pastor took the chair, and after a short prayer the meeting entered on business. Mr. G.C. Cowper, session clerk, read a gratifying report of the spiritual progress of the church during the past year. Mr. T.D. Cowper read the report of the Sabbath school, which showed the effect of good organization and a faithful staff of teachers. The financial report submitted by the managers was the best report ever presented to the church. After meeting all expenses, and sending a fair donation to the schemes of the church, there was a balance of about $50 in the bank. The report from the Ladies Aid Society showed that they had paid over $300 during the year on the building lot. Messrs. A. Robertson and R. Cooper were re-elected managers for three years. Messrs. A. Rose and Walter Balfour were appointed auditors. Mr. T.D. Cowper introduced the subject of a new church. He forcibly pointed out the necessity of having the church in a more central position. After others had spoken a committee of five, viz: Messrs. H.A. Rose, T.D. Cowper, J. McCaw, Geo. Ross and A. Robertson, was appointed to procure plans and subscriptions and estimates, and to solicit subscriptions; to report to the congregation by 1st march. Votes of thanks to Mr. Mellanby for use of room; to the Ladies Aid and to the choir, were passed, and the meeting closed at 10 o’clock.


[Welland Tribune, 18 January 1889]

Death, always regrettable, seems particularly sad and untimely when taking those in the prime of youth. Many friends mourn the death of Miss Nellie O’Brien, daughter of late Daniel O’Brien and Mrs. Thomas Dooley of this town. Nellie O’Brien’s death occurred on Tuesday at the age of 20 years, the cause being pronounced inflammation of the bowels by the attendant physician. The funeral took place today (Friday), to meet at the house at 9 a.m., services at the R.C. church in town and burial in grounds adjoining.


To the parents, sisters and brothers of the late Nellie O’Brien

[Welland Tribune, 25 January 1889]

At a meeting of the choir of the Catholic church, Welland, the following resolution of condolence was moved and unanimously adopted:

Resolved, that whereas it has pleased Almighty God to call from our midst a kind and faithful member, we desire herewith to express our deep and sincere sorrow to the bereaved family, and pray God in His mercy to aid them in their sad affliction by Nellie’s death. It has left in our choir a vacant seat, and Welland mourns the loss of a good citizen, while in the family circle there is a vacancy that never can be filled. We therefore humbly pray the good and merciful God, who has called their dear daughter to eternal rest, to ease their aching hearts. And we offer up our prayers for the happiness of her soul, gone before her God, and trust one day to meet again in heaven, when there is no parting.

But it also resolved that copies of this resolution be sent to the family and to the town newspapers. Signed on behalf of the choir by William Staff, Miss Minnie Hobson.


Lines written on the death of Nellie O’Brien, daughter of the late Daniel O’Brien, and Mrs. Thos. Dooley, of Welland, who died January. 15th, 1889 at the age of 20 years, 3 months and 17 days.

Tearfully, tenderly lay her to rest,
Fold the snowy white hands on the still breast,
See, now she sleeps the clam sleep of the blest,
Nellie, our darling.

Tearfully, tenderly comb the dear hair,
O’er the pale forehead as lily so fair,
See, now she sleeps, removed from all care,
Nellie, our darling.

Lonely and sadly our bosoms are swelling,
Deep from our sad hearts the tears are now welling,
She was our idol, the light of our dwelling.
Nellie, our darling.

Lonely and sadly smooth down the pillow,
Lay her to rest ‘neath the low drooping willow,
Never more to be tossed by life’s turbulent billow,
Nellie, our darling.

Lovingly, tenderly-she was our flower,
Blooming and fading in life’s early hour,
Now she is blooming in heaven’s bright bower,
Nellie, our darling.

Nellie, our darling
WM. STAFF, Welland


[Welland Tribune, 25 January 1889]

No. 1 gas well company talk strongly of putting a gas well down somewhere west of this place. If they have grit enough to put down another well, it should make all, who have the welfare of the town at heart, willing to give them some liberal assistance.


[Welland Telegraph, 3 July 1891]

The gentlemen from the other side, who came over to locate a site for a glass factory on Saturday last, were driven by Reeve Cronmiller out to Solid Comfort, where they were introduced to Mr. P. McIntyre, the founder of the resort who kindly escorted them around the grove and explained all the many comforts to be derived by living at Solid Comfort. The collection of curiosities found in the mound on which the flag pole is raised, which includes some very perfect Indian skulls were duly examined, and Mr. McIntyre, who must certainly be a collector of no mean repute, gave a very graphic lecture as to the uses of the various articles found, and the company which had somewhat increased in numbers listened to the same with the keenest interest. The next place to visit was the club house or dining room, and there is no doubt but what under the able management of Mr. R.C. Avery that the club is one of the best managed in Canada, everything is spotlessly clean and order prevailed everywhere. All the cooking is done with natural gas, and although there is a very large range suitable for cooking for about 400 people, in the kitchen there was no unpleasant amount of heat, and the different workers were very busy serving dinner and did not appear to notice the heat at all. The Reid Combination oven for bread and pastry is certainly a marvel of simplicity and perfectness, and it is only to be known to be in use in every club, restaurant and hotel. At the present invitation of Mr. McIntyre, the party to the number of nine sat down to dinner at 1.30 and due justice was done to all the good things provided; there is no higher compliment to be paid the steward, Mr. Avery, than quoting the words of one of the southerners, “Yes, Mr. Avery feeds us well, in fact he feeds us too well.” Mr. McIntyre was wise in his choice of a name for the home as “Solid Comfort,” conveys to the tired city merchant prince just what it is, a place of rest; then the children may roam about in perfect safety; no dangerous tide or deep water to engulf them, and no rocks to fall over and injure their bodies, and the parents can spend their days in perfect bliss in watching the ever changing scenes that are ever occurring on land or water, with never a thought as to what they shall or what they shall not drink.


[Welland Telegraph, 23 October 1891]

Mrs. Hopkins, wife of Mr. Samuel Hopkins, died at her residence on Tuesday morning, when she had within about a month complete her 65th year. Deceased for some time had been delicate from the effects of epilepsy, but no suspicion was entertained that dissolution was so near until Sunday. On Saturday night she retired at the usual hour, and on Monday morning was discovered in an unconscious state from which she did not rally. Deceased had been a resident of Port Colborne for about 40 years, and on the 29th of July next would have celebrated her golden wedding anniversary. The funeral took place yesterday and the remains were interred in Grabiel’s cemetery.