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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.


[WellandTribune, 12 March 1897]

That unlucky mortal, Henry Haist, was in town Tuesday with his arm in a sling, looking for a police magistrate for the purpose of instituting proceedings against Charles Learn. Henry’s tale of woe is that he was thrown from a rig at Ridgeway a week ago last Sunday through the reckless and improper driving of Mr. Learn, suffering a dislocation of the shoulder and sundry other injuries.


Ramey and Appleyard Robbed Wednesday Night.

Special to Tribune

[Welland Tribune 12March 1897]

STONEBRIDGE, Thursday, March 11- Robbers effected an entrance into R.H. Appleyard’s hardware store and H.S. Ramey’s grocery and butcher shop last night and succeeded in carrying off over $100 worth of money and goods.

They broke into Appleyard’s rear store door and tapped the till for 50 or 60c, in coppers, several of which were dropped on his office floor; they also took two or three dozen pocket knives, two revolvers, ten or twelve boxes of cartridges and a bicycle cyclometer.

Ramey’s front door was forced, and here the robbers were even more successful. Unfortunately Mr. Ramey had left between $60 and $70 cash in the till, which was appropriated, along with a lot of tobacco and cigars, canned fish (for the Lenten season), tea, and other groceries; also Mr. Ramey’s revolver, that had been left in the till to guard the money. Files, etc., were stolen from Kramer’s blacksmith shop to assist in the work.

We are sorry for our friend’s loss, and trust that the thieves will be captured. All outside points have been notified.


[Welland Tribune, 5 March 1897]

The marriage of Miss Mary Burke and Frank Schihl was celebrated at 9 o’clock by Father Leo at New Germany. The bride was prettily attired in a cream henrietta, with veil and orange blossoms, carrying bridal roses. The bridesmaids, the Misses Lizzie and Maggie Schihl, sisters of the groom, were very tastefully dressed in pale blue and white chiffon and carried white carnations. Mr. Burke, brother of the bride, was best man, and Jacob Schihl, usher. After the ceremony about fifty of the guests sat down to a bountiful dinner, at the home of the bride’s uncle, A. Klopf. The presents were many and valuable. In the evening the young people repaired to Netherby hall, where they tripped the light fantastic until the “wee sma’ hours.” May their journey through life be happy and prosperous, is the wish of their many friends.


[Welland Tribune, 12 March 1897]

Mrs. Johnson, wife of Jerry Johnson, barber, died on Monday morning in her 30th year. The sad occurrence falls heavily upon Mr. Johnson and his family of three small children-one a tender babe of five weeks-and the sympathy and condolence of every member of this community is lovingly tendered to him in his great sorrow-a sorrow that none can realize except those whose experience has been like his. Some five weeks ago a child was born to Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, and while convalescing Mrs. Johnson was attacked with la grippe, a high fever setting in that human skill seemed unable to check. After a brave and patient struggle the sufferer finally passed to rest on Monday morning. The remains were buried on Wednesday at 1 p.m. The service was conducted by Rev. Mr. Morrow in the central Methodist church, a large concourse of citizens attending as a mark of respect and sympathy to the departed one. The body was interred at Overholt’s cemetery. Deceased was a daughter of the late John Crow of Thorold, a sister of Mrs. Anna Hudson of Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Miss Lizzie Crow of Welland; and a niece of Mrs. Rebecca Fair of Buffalo and James Foster of Welland.


[Welland Tribune, 12 March 1897]

We cannot resist quoting the following criticisms upon the historical works of well-known local authors, which appeared in a recent issue of the University Review:

“In the Annals of Niagara, by William Kirby, F.R.S.G. (Lundy’s Lane Historical society, 1896), the author of “Le Chien D’Or,” has done for his native place a delightful service. No other town in Ontario has so interesting a history as Niagara. Hither came the first French discoverers, and here were seen the rise and fall of the Great Fort and the assembly of Johnson’s forces. Niagara has been the capital of a new province, and seen an infant parliament meet to lay the foundations of a new state. It has been captured by an enemy and burnt with every accompaniment of barbarity, and later it has seen its commercial prosperity gradually fade away until it has become the quiet and attractive watering place of today. The story Mr. Kirby has well told, with much that is new, either from his own reminiscences or from those who have passed away.” University Review pp. 165-6.

“Capt. Cruikshank’s Documentary History is of very great value. The story of the struggle between the two branches of the Anglo-Saxon race on a frontier close to the barrier of unknown forests and before the era of the war correspondent, has never been told without bias. We may hope that before long such a history will be written and this book will be a great aid to the historians. Captain Cruikshank in tracing the military movement of the campaign of 1814 has departed from the method he has employed in his narratives of the more important engagements, and has given the story as it appears in the official despatches and orders, and in private letters from combatants on both sides. Most of this matter has been hitherto in MS. Only. The arrangement throughout is chronological and the reader therefore can follow easily the movements of the forces on both sides as they were directed day by day from headquarters. Captain Cruikshank carefully refrains from editorial comment and confines his attention to strict accuracy in transcription and arrangement. This sound and scholarly piece of historical work when completed will be of great service.”-University Review, p 81.


Harry Nablo, Formerly of Welland, Killed in Buffalo

[Welland Tribune, 12 March 1897]

Harry Nablo of No. 399 Baynes street, Buffalo, was killed on the New York Central crossing on Jewett avenue while on his way to work on Thursday morning last week.

Nablo was 26 years old and was employed at the Niagara Bicycle works on Jewett avenue. He left his home shortly after 6 o’clock in the morning.

When he reached the railroad crossing he stopped while a freight train passed and then stepped out onto the track. As he did so a Belt Line train from Tonawanda, which he had failed to see on account of the freight, struck him and hurled him into the air. Nablo’s head was crushed and his body mutilated.

Harry Nablo carried on a blacksmith shop in Welland a few years ago, in connection with A.A. Pegg, and previous to that lived in Dunnville. He leaves a widow-a lady to whom he was married since he went to Buffalo.


[Welland Tribune, 5 March 1897]

IN conversing with a high school teacher in another part of the county, Inspector Seath stated that Miss Harding, one of the members of Welland high school staff, gave promise of being one of the best high school teachers in the province. He was particularly pleased with her methods and style of teaching and predicted for her a bright future


[Welland Tribune, 5 March 1897]

Very Ill-An old engineer named Bartlett (or Barclay) who was sent up from Thorold, is all broken up, and it is doubtful if he will pull through. It is said that he once kept a jewelry store in either Dunnville or Caledonia.


[Welland Tribune, 5 March 1897]

Thomas Newbigging of Bridgeburg, an old and prominent resident of the county, died at that place on Monday last, at the advanced age of 87 years.

By the death of Mr. Newbigging this county has lost one of its oldest and most esteemed residents. He came to Canada from Glasgow, Scotland, I the year 1850, and settled on what has since become known as the Newbigging farm, fronting in the Niagara River, about one mile below International Bridge. This farm hs become of historic interest, from the fact that it was there, on the banks of Frenchman’s creek, that the Fenians first pitched their tents. About twenty years ago he retired from farming, selling to George Pearse of England, and removed to the village of Bridgeburg.

Mr.Newbigging was one of the oldest justices of the peace in Canada. He also over many years filled the position of division court clerk, resigning from that position only a few years ago, on account of failing health. He was a most painstaking and obliging official. He was a man of decided opinions and had that strength and force of character that is so characteristic of the Scotch. In religion he was a staunch Presbyterian, and the last public occasion on which we remember seeing him was when he laid the cornerstone of Knox Presbyterian church. In political affairs he always took an active interest and was a strong Reformer. He leaves a family of three sons-Thos. L. Newbigging of H.M. customs, Bridgeburg, William Newbigging of Buffalo and Joseph Newbigging of Owosso, Mich., also two daughters-Mrs. Owen of Bridgeburg and Mrs. Struthers of Galt. He leaves one grand-daughter, Mrs. James Brereton of Sandusky, Ohio.


[Welland Tribune, 5 March 1897]

On Sunday evening Mrs. Helen Duncan, relict of the late Sheriff George J. Duncan, died at her home in Welland. Deceased had not been in the best of health for many years, and since the death of her husband ten years ago had lived a very retired life. Her last illness, however, was of short duration, death from pneumonia following after an illness of almost ten days. Deceased was a daughter of the late George Biggar of Elora, Ont., and was married to Mr. Duncan in 1861. Two sons-George W. Duncan of Toronto, and Alfred Duncan of New York city-survive to mourn the death of a loving and devoted Christian mother, Miss Nellie Oliver, niece of deceased, was a constant and faithful attendant at the bedside of her aunt, with whom she had lived since childhood, and to her, too, the death is indeed a deep affliction. The remains were buried beside those of her husband in the family plot, Drummond Hill, Niagara Falls South, on Wednesday. Rev. F. McCuaig of the Presbyterian church (of which deceased was a member), conducted service at the house here and accompanied the body on the 9 o’clock G.T.R. train to the place of interment, where Rev. Mr. Wilson assisted in the brief burial service. Beautiful flowers rested on the casket, as tokens of love and sympathy from those near to her. Mrs. Duncan had been a member of Welland Home Circle for about twelve years, and her heirs will receive $2,000 from that noble order. The friends who mourn are consoled by the assurance that the departed one is enjoying that blessed relief promised for those who die in the Lord.