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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.

…Wife Returns Home

Welland county woman who eloped with the hired man a fortnight ago.

{Welland Telegraph 1900}

They were traced to Chicago by Constable Dowd, who prevailed on the woman to return to her husband.

Detective John R. Dowd went to Chicago on Thursday last in quest of a woman who had left her husband’s home in Wainfleet for the society of another man. Mr. Dowd returned with the woman on Sunday night.

The following dispatch from Chicago in Thursday’s Mail-Empire gives full particulars:– Chicago, March 27.—An erring but repentant wife, a wronged but forgiving husband, and a faithless employee figure in a romance which has been unearthed by the Englewood police, and which resulted in the return yesterday of the wife to the forsaken home with her daughter, whom she has carried along with her in flight.

The story was revealed to Captain O’Neill Sunday by Constable John Dowd, of Welland, Ont., who had followed a runaway wife to Chicago, and who took her back to the waiting husband. The woman is Alice Stayzer. Up to March 8th she lived with her husband, John Stayzer, and their four-year old daughter, Alice, on a prosperous farm near Welland. A happy home was the Stayzer homestead until early last fall, when stayzer engaged William Lambert. Lambert and the wife discovered congenial tastes and the mutual attraction grew until the husband became suspicious. Stayzer then took measures to head off the intimacy. He discharged Lambert and sent his wife and child to the home of a relative on a visit.

March 8 Mrs Stayzer took her child and left, ostensibly for home. She never reached there, and the distracted husband sought the aid of the police in finding her. Constable Dowd learned that she had purchased tickets to Chicago, and he came to search for her. With the aid of Detective Storen he found the woman at Lambert’s home, No. 6920 Paulina street, where the man lives with his mother.

Mrs Stayzer made no objections when the constable told her the purpose of his trip, and with her child, accompanied the officers to the station. At first the woman was reluctant to return to Canada, and it took the united persuasions of Captain O’Neill and the constable to gain her consent. The constable departed yesterday morning with his charge for Welland.

Wellander’s Medal in Alaska

{Welland Tribune 1940}

From Ketchikan, Alaska. Frank Blasher, writes Welland city police department, saying he has found a gold medal owned by Corporal W.K. Chapman, who was formerly a police constable in Welland. The medal was presented to him “For Duty Nobly Done” in the Great War of 1914-18. The police department still has a medal found last Summer belonging to Private J. Howitt for services rendered in the Northwest India Frontier campaign of 1919. It is a Kaiser-i-Mind  medal. Howitt was with the Highland Light Infantry in India and Afghanistan.

First Welland Woman to Receive Notice

{Welland Tribune  1941}

Miss Verna Lane is the first Welland woman to be called for service with the Canadian Women’s Auxiliary Air Force and leaves on December 13th to report for duty in Toronto. Miss Lane enlisted with the Women’s Volunteer Reserve Corps when it was organized last April and has been a faithful and diligent worker in the corps.

The daughter of Mr. and Mrs John Lane, 84 Major Street, Miss Lane was born in Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, Engl., in 1917, and came to Canada and to Welland with her parents in 1923. She was educated at Central school and on graduation from the Welland High and Vocational school secured employment with the Empire Cotton Mills Ltd., where she has worked for the past seven years.

Miss Lane has been active in Cub activities and also a prominent member of the A.Y.P.A.



Widely Known Medical Practitioner Succumbs to Pneumonia-In 64th Year


Deeply Interested in Welfare of County Hospital-Had Notable War Record

[The Welland-Port Colborne Evening Tribune, 30 December 1931]

Death this morning dealt a severe blow to Welland, when Dr. Sidney Nixon Davis, aged 63, widely known medical practitioner and a leading figure in the public life of the city and county, succumbed at his home, 196 East Main street, to pneumonia, which malady he contracted nine days ago. Dr. Davis had been critically ill for over a week, but appeared to be slightly improved yesterday. The end came, however, shortly before noon today.

Dr. Davis, a prominent Liberal was widely known and was president of the Welland City Liberal Association. He was a staunch advocate of Empire principles and always associated himself with any movement for community betterment. He was kindly in disposition and some of his political opponents were his greatest personal friends.

In his death, Holy Trinity church, Welland, has sustained another severe loss, as Dr. Davis, a devoted member of the church, was lay delegate to the synod for many years. He was president of the Welland club for the past several years and members readily credited him with a major part in the placing of the club on its present excellent status. He was a member of the Masonic order, being affiliated with a lodge at Parry Sound, Ont.

Notable War Record

Dr. Davis possessed a notable war record. He enlisted in January 1916 with the 114th Haldimand Rifles and went overseas holding the rank of major and second in command. On the re-organization of the Canadian forces overseas, he joined the Canadian Army Medical Service Corps and served in France and England. He returned in 1919.

He was born in York, Haldimand county, September 5, 1868, and attended Caledonia high school, then entering Queen’s University for the study of medicine. He graduated from the Kingston college in the early nineties and established practices at York and Cayuga. During his college days he had the honor of being a member of the first hockey team to represent Queen’s University.

After a few years sojourn at York and Cayuga, Dr. Davis moved to Parry Sound and practiced there for some time. He located in Welland in 1912 and with the exception of the war years, had been here since that time.

He was extremely interest in the welfare of the Welland County General hospital and for a number of years represented the medical profession on the institution’s board of governors. For some years he held the position of coroner, and was still active in that capacity until his fatal illness. He held membership in Lookout Point Golf and Country Club, and the Ontario Club, Toronto. He was also a director of the Davis Stationery Company, Welland.

In addition to his widow, Daisy Maud Davis, four sons and one daughter survive. They are: Cecil R., Toronto; A.E.N. Davis, William A., and Patrick, all of Welland, and Miss Mary Florence Davis at home. Two brothers and two sisters also survive as follows: Arthur F. Davis, Chicago; Herbert H. Davis, Montreal; Miss F. Davis and Miss M. Davis, both of Hamilton.

Funeral  arrangements have not been completed but it is anticipated the service will be held from Holy Trinity church on Friday.


St. Catharines Woman His Second Affinity

His First Wife Well-known in Welland, Now Resides at the Soo.

[Welland Telegraph, 23 January 1912]

Arrested by the police on a charge of bigamy on Friday afternoon, Daniel Sayers, a man sixty-five years of age, living in the sixth ward, plead guilty to the charge when taken before the police magistrate in St. Catharines.

Sayers has a wife living at the Canadian Soo, and, according to his own admission, married another woman in St. Catharines in September. This woman has three children, one a baby four months old. She admits that she knew Sayers was married to another woman when she married him.

The arrest was made on Friday by Acting Chief of Police Laing. Sayers was taken before the local magistrate but was later taken to St. Catharines as he was married in that city to his second wife. Wifey number two is thirty years of age.

Inspector Gunton of Toronto assisted in the investigation of the conditions surrounding the case before the arrest was made.

At St. Catharines Sayers plead guilty but the magistrate remanded him for a week until evidence could be secured. The trial will be held there.


[The Welland-Port Colborne Evening Tribune, 24 December 1931]

The above picture (inset) shows all but one of the founders of the Welland Hungarian Self Culture Society and also a number of the members of the society. The founders were C. Kovacs, Louis Szabo, Mrs. Victoria Szabo, John Szuch, Joseph Videki and Frank Ahman. In the centre of the front row are Louis Szabo, the re-elected president, and Rev. Father Jerome Hedley, priest in charge of the Church of Our Lady of Hungary, Hellems avenue, and Rev. Frank R. Nagy, minister of the Welland Hungarian Presbyterian church.


[The Welland-Port Colborne Evening Tribune, 30 December 1931]

Funeral services for the late Fred Fisher were held Tuesday afternoon at his late residence on Welland street, Rev. N. Argyle Hurlbut of Central United church officiating. The late Mr. Fisher, who passed away December 27, was born in St. Catharines November 16, 1877. He was the only son of the late Fred Fisher and Mary Seymour-Armworth Fisher of Fonthill, and is survived by his wife, Sara Martin Fisher, and by two sisters, Mrs. F.M. Lymburner, Fonthill, and Mrs. J. Edgar Martin of Welland.

The pallbearers were: Charles Miller of Chippawa, Charles Vasbinder and Ellis Holditch of Niagara Falls, Leslie Lambert, Pelham, Charles Weaver and David Weaver, Chippawa. Interment was in the family plot in Fonthill cemetery.



[The Welland-Port Colborne Evening Tribune, 28 December 1931]

In the sudden death of Venerable Archdeacon N. Perry, the Grim Reaper has laid a heavy hand on Holy Trinity parish in particular and on the city of Welland as a whole. The revered Anglican rector, during his 12 years ministry here, was loved not only by his own parishioners but by the members of other denominations as well and the news of his tragic passing came as a profound shock to the entire community.

Only a few brief hours before his death the archdeacon had celebrated holy communion at three services, and after wishing his congregation the season’s greetings, had hurriedly taken the train for Toronto to spend Christmas day with his family. It could not be known then that his life’s journey was drawing to a close and that when the rector returned to this church, to which he was so deeply devoted, he would come back wrapped in the mantle of death.

Archdeacon Perry was one of the older graduates of Wycliffe college and in his student days was much beloved by his classmates. It was manifest then that he would be extremely sympathetic, an able preacher, a commanding leader and a wise counsellor. These attributes he cultivated during the years of his ministry and as a result he was recognized for many years as an outstanding clergyman in the Niagara diocese. Deeply religious, he was known as a man of strong character, ever ready to express his convictions on what he believed right and just. His was a firm stand on all matters affecting the policy or interest of the church.

The death of Archdeacon Perry was untimely, yet he would say with Saint Paul, “I have fought a good fight; I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.” He had  lived to see the completion of the Guild Hall, a task to which he had devoted his energies for many years in the interests of the boys and girls of his Sunday school; the mortgage on the church had been burned only last week, he had lived to attain what he considered was the crowning success of his life, the conferring upon him by his alma mater of the degree of doctor of divinity, and finally, he had that day administered the last communion of the year to his congregation.

Archdeacon Perry has preached his last sermon, his life is done. But his ministry here will be as a beacon shining out to lead his congregation and as a guide to his successor whoever he may be.




[The Welland-Port Colborne Evening Tribune, 13 October 1931]

Many Wellanders were shocked this morning on learning of the sudden death early today in Toronto of Frank Kilty, former Wellander. Mr. Kilty was in Welland only yesterday and appeared to be in the best of health. In addition to his widow, he is survived by his mother, Mrs. James Kilty, North Main street, Welland, one sister, Mrs. William Bartz, Welland, and one brother, James of California.

Deceased was born in Brighton, Ontario, but came to Welland as a boy and was educated here. He was actively engaged in contracting operations and spent some 18 years in Kansas City and other United States centres.

Welland relatives left immediately for Toronto on receipt of the news of Mr. Kilty’s death and funeral arrangements will likely be completed on their return this evening.

It is understood that Mr. List, father-in-law of the late Mr. Kilty, left Kansas this morning for Toronto by aeroplane and is expected to reach the Canadian city this evening.




[The Welland-Port Colborne Evening Tribune, 14 October 1931]

Wellandport, Oct. 14.- Word was received in the village, Tuesday  morning, that Cecil Baumann passed away at Detroit, Mich., Sunday afternoon, following a three days’ illness suffering from heart trouble. The late Mr. Baumann resided in Wellandport for several years, while engaged in farm work, leaving for Detroit about three years ago. He is survived by three sisters: Mrs. John Kinkle, Wainfleet; Mrs. John Smythe, Niagara Falls, N.Y.; and Miss Elizabeth Baumann, Welland. His father, Henry Foster Baumann, who resides at St. Catharines, is now on a visit to England. The funeral will be held Thursday morning with interment in Rosewood cemetery, Flint, Mich.