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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.



[Submitted by B, November 2014]

This is a postcard I recently purchased. No postmark.

Private Dack, son of James King Dack and Effie Hewitt, was born in Leeds, Ontario.

Dear Florence- I hope you are enjoying your self this winter. I hope I will be home soon now as the war is over and I like to get back to see you and all the rest. I suppose you like to know what we are doing well not much but still doing a little. Our board is a lot better now. I don’t think I will be home until June or July but I like to be home by the 24 of May so I could spend the day with you. I will close for this time.

Pte. Wilbert Dack
# 309439
6th Canadian Reserve Battalion
Seaford Camp
Sussex England



A Letter From His Daughter to Rev. Cannon Bull, Which Gives Many Facts Not Mentioned by Historical Writers.

Glen Farm, Stamford, Dec. 18, 1890.

[Welland Telegraph, 8 May 1891]

MY DEAR CANNON BULL- I know nothing about Gen. Brock that is not known to the world. I suppose Mr. Read’s book will not give any details of the war after the death of Brock. I wish some capable writer with the requisite historical faculty for sifting the truth from the rubbish of fables that so often gathers round past events, making so-called history valueless, would write one authenticated by military dispatches and trust-worthy records at first hand, wherever they can be had. As an instance of the little reliance to be placed on relations of historical events written long after they took place, and apparently having no authority for their statements, I may instance the case of my father, though it is a case of no importance except to the cause of truth, as a proof of historical inaccuracy. Read the rest of this entry »


[Welland Telegraph, 15 May 1891]

Major L. Clarke Raymond is certainly a very fortunate barrister, as all the cases that he has had before the courts during the present month has been decided in his favor. On Monday the case of J. Macdonald & Co., of Toronto, vs A.E. White et al, was decided in favor of the defendants, who were represented by the Major. On Wednesday the case Bradt vs Maines, a dispute as to occupancy of a store, was settled in favor of plaintiff, and the case of Regina vs Howell, of International Bridge, was discharged. In the matter of Scotty Jackson vs James Spain, for keeping a $10 note, the property of Jackson, a verdict was given in favor of the plaintiff. In each of the cases Mr. Raymond represented the winning side. The case of Howell was certainly a cruel one. The man was arrested in May for stealing a horse blanket on the 1st January from Mr. I.H. Allan, of International Bridge, whilst in a drunken stupor. Upon returning the same to Mr. Allan and getting his seal cap which he had left behind the matter was forgotten, until election time, when a row took place between Spain and Jackson in the latter’s store where Howell is employed, and because of Howell being a witness to Spain taking Jackson’s $10 bill, some evil disposed person worked up the case of stealing against Howell, who was committed by Magistrate Hill and dis-charged by Judge Baxter.


Mrs. Francis Seger

[Welland Telegraph, 3 January 1913]

Mrs. Francis Seger, an old and highly respected resident of Welland Junction, died at her home on Wednesday night at the advanced age of eighty years. She is survived by her husband and one brother, Benjamin Stringer, of St. Catharines. The funeral will take place on Saturday at 1.30. Rev. J.D. Cunningham will conduct the services and interment will be made in Doan’s Ridge cemetery.


One of County’s Oldest Residents Passed Away on Last Day of Old Year

[Welland Telegraph, 3 January 1913]

Amos Chapman of Pelham township died on Tuesday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Page, near Ridgeville.

Mr. Chapman was one of the oldest residents of the county, being in his ninety-second year. He was born in this county and has resided in it throughout his long life. Up to a few months ago he was quite as agile and bright as a man thirty years his junior, Recently, however, his health has been failing. Old age caused a general declension of his health.

One daughter, Mrs. John Page, survives him. His wife predeceased him over twenty years ago. One brother, Joseph, of Michigan, and one sister, Mrs. McAlpine, of Pennsylvania.

The funeral took place on Thursday morning at ten o’clock. Services were conducted in the Friends Church by the Rev. Mr. Reuth and the Rev. Willson Brown. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.


[The Welland Tribune and Telegraph, 25 January 1921]

A life-long resident of Welland passed away at the Welland Hospital Saturday last in the person of Mr. James Anderson in the 53rd year of his age. The deceased was born at the Junction (now Welland South) and where he has continued to reside until his death. Mr. Anderson had not been in the best of health for some time, but was around the city until last Tuesday when he was taken to the Welland Hospital for an operation of the stomach. The operation was performed on the Wednesday following, and hopes were entertained for his  recovery, but his constitution was such that it could not stand the shock, and he past away on Saturday last. He was the son of Mr. James Anderson, Sr., who was in the employ of the M.C.R. at Tillsonburg for a number of years, but now residing with his daughter, Mrs. Leonard Mathews of Welland. Deceased mother died some ago. By his big heartedness and social position, the deceased made many friends by whom he will be greatly missed. He leaves to mourn a wife, father, two brothers, Fred of Buffalo and Joe of British Columbia and three sisters.

The funeral will be held on Tuesday January 25th, from his late home, 16 Seeley Street to Woodlawn cemetery.

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James Anderson Let the First Train Pass Over the Welland Canal

[The Welland Tribune and Telegraph, 22 February 1921]

James Anderson, of Tillsonburg, formerly of Welland, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. L.M. Mathews, 545 South Main St., where he has been residing for the past two months, on Thursday morning, in the 75th year of his age. Mr. Anderson had been in poor health for some time past, but had been able to be up and around until Tuesday evening, when he was taken suddenly ill and passed away Thursday morning. Mr. Anderson was the son of the late Geo. and Mary Anderson, and was born at Welland June 26th, 1846. He resided here continually until 1898, when he moved to Tillsonburg, where he has resided ever since. At the time of his death, Mr. Anderson enjoyed the distinction of being the oldest employee in length of service of the M.C.C. R., in Canada, having entered the service in 1870, and continuing ever since. He worked on the survey, and also the construction of the road, and when it was completed took a permanent position at the point where it crossed the Welland Canal. He had the honor to let the first train pass over the Welland Canal. He continued here until 1898, when he was transferred to Tillsonburg, where he was stationed until 1915, when he was pensioned, and put on the retired list, having over 45 years’ active service.

Mr. Anderson was a member of the I.O.O.F., and the Woodmen of the World.

During his long residence in Welland, he made a host of fasting friends, who will mourn his loss. A very sad coincidence was that his son James died four weeks ago to the day before his father was buried. Mrs. Anderson predeceased him almost seven years ago, after they had celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

He leaves to  mourn his loss two sons and five daughters, Fred, of Buffalo; Joe, of Port Hill, Idaho; Mrs. L.M. Mathews, of Welland; Mrs. N.A. Dorland, of Tillsonburg; Mrs. F.O. Kister, of London; Mary, of Buffalo; and Nellie, of Tillsonburg; also two sisters, Miss Margaret Anderson, and Mrs. John Herdman, of Welland.

The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Archdeacon Perry, of Holy Trinity Church, on Friday evening at 7 o’clock, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. L.M. Mathews. The services were largely attended. Interment was at Tillsonburg, on Saturday. The services at the grave were conducted by Rev. J.H. Howard, of Tillsonburg.

Mr. Anderson was a subscriber to the Welland Telegraph for over half a century.

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[Welland Telegraph, 11 September 1891]

On Saturday last, after a sickness of over a year, the sad news was proclaimed that Mrs. Ross was dead. It was indeed sad, as she died without seeing her husband to wish him that long adieu, and to be with her whilst the dissolution of the spirit from the body took place. Mr. Ross left about two weeks for a trip to Little Current for a much needed rest, and it was during his absence that Mrs. Ross caught a fresh cold which proved so fatal. Messages were sent asking Mr. Ross to return immediately, but unfortunately he did not receive them, and consequently did not get home until Tuesday evening. Although he had been told that Mrs. Ross was much worse, he did not learn of the facts until he got out of the train at St. Catharines, where he was met by his brother, Mr. Wm. Ross, Mr. Wm. Bull and Mr Robt. Cooper, who were there waiting his arrival. His feelings can be better imagined than described on learning the sad news. The funeral took place on Wednesday at 1 p.m., service being conducted at the home as well as at the grave, by the Rev. F. McCuaig. At the close of the service the many friends took their last look of all that remained of one who in life was so universally liked and respected, and many a tear of sympathy was shed for the loving husband and two little motherless children. At two o’clock the casket was conveyed to the hearse by the following gentlemen, who acted as pallbearers: Messrs. D. McEwing, J.H. Burgar, G.L. Hobson, F. Swayze, R. Cooper and T.D. Cowper, and started for the St. Catharines cemetery, where the interment took place. Many of the residents drove, whilst those who were at the house to pay a last tribute of respect returned to their various homes. The bereaved husband and children were accompanied to the cemetery by Mr. F. Warrington, brother of the deceased, Mr. Wm. Ross and Mr. Wm. Bull. At St. Catharines they were met by Mr. J.C. O’Beirne of Montreal, Mr. Henry Rogers of St. Catharines, and others. Elsewhere will be found a card of thanks to the many friends for their kindness, but Mr. Ross would like to specially thank Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Ross, of Guelph; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Bull, Mr. Fred Warrington, Mrs. Rogers, of Toronto, the friends who sent such beautiful offerings of flowers, and to Mr. Henry Rogers of St. Catharines, for his kindness to the party in that city.

D.W Lathrop Named Head of War Stamp Drive Among Local Plant Employes

{Welland Tribune, Tuesday, October 28, 1941}

Requests for War Savings Certificates pledge cards and increase cards indicate that some employers are proceeding with what is expected of them in the current War Weapons Drive, T.J. Richardson, secretary of the Welland-Crowland War Savings Committee stated today.

This desire of employers and employes to co-operate was encouraging, but, Mr. Richardson declared it could not be stressed too strongly that to make the drive successful it was necessary to secure the cooperation of merchants and small businesses in the payroll deduction plan and through bank pledges the co-operation of those having bank accounts. Canvassers, he stated, could do only part of the job; success of the drive depended on the co-operation of the general public.

At the start of the second week of the War Weapons Drive in which Welland has  pledged one fighter plane a month, which in terms of cash is $50,000 a month, the objective still to be attained is $20,000. To attain this objective it will be necessary not only to secure new pledges but also an increase averaging 20 per cent in the amounts pledged in the last drive.

Mr. Richardson announced today that D.W. Lathrop, vice-president and sales manager of Atlas Steels Ltd. has accepted the chairmanship of the industrial division of the drive succeeding H.K. Smith, of the Plymouth Cordage Company, who tendered his resignation due to  pressure of business. Mr. Smith, whose activities during the last drive were to a large extent responsible for the success of the first War Savings Certificates drive offered, however to lend whatever assistance he could to the new chairman.

The objective of the industrial division is to secure 1,500 new pledges at least $6,000 a month and also to have pledgers purchasing certificates through the payroll deduction plan in the various industries increase their pledges by an average of 20 per cent. It is suggested that if each employe now purchasing certificates increased their pledges by 50 cents a week the objective would be attained.


[Welland Telegraph 1912]

First Case of the Kind Ever Tried in Welland County—

Marriage Performed by Presbyterian Minister in Bridgeburg

Alleging that she was only fifteen years of age when she married him, Josephine Bellanca of Buffalo,N.Y. is bringing an action against her husband, James Pavonie, of Dunnville, for annulment of the marriage contract. Mrs Pavonie also alleges, as a reason for securing the divorce, that she married without the consent or knowledge of her parents.

When the couple were married by the Rev. Mr. McIntyre in Bridgeburg last April Josephine was just fifteen years of age. Her love for Pavoni influenced her to consent to the marriage and to keep it secret from her parents. She did not agree to cohabit with her husband, who is ten years her senior, until she reached a more mature age. This, it is said, was approved of by him as he only hopes to preserve the girl for himself by having the marriage ceremony performed.

Soon  after the marriage Pavonie left to take charge of his position as foreman of Lalor’s canning factory at Dunnville. In his absence, his child bride, who was living with her parents, grew cold towards her husband and about a month ago told her parents that she was dissatisfied with her choice and would like to be free again.

The result was an action for annulment of marriage, The action was the first of its kind ever tried in the county of Welland, It will be heard in High Court before Justice Teetzel on the 18th of November,

George H. Pettit is acting for the plaintiffs.



A Glimpse of Welland Herald of Seventy Years Agone


Welland Was Then Merrittsville

By Frank C. Pitkin

[The Welland Tribune and Telegraph, 7 July 1925]

In your further perusal of the Welland Herald of 1855, printed at Fonthill, you will be on the lookout only for the high spots, the review of the copy dated Sept. 20 of that year having been extensive enough to give you a slant on the difference between the journal of those days and the newspaper of these times.

Anyway, in the second copy, dated Oct. 18, 1855, you find no changes in the first two columns of page 1, both of which carry the same advertisements as seen in the former issue.

Next comes a three-column piece of fiction entitled “The Mysterious Marriage.” The scene is laid in New Zealand and your eye is caught by such alluring phrases as “the piercing scream of a female voice” and “in the coffin lay the form of the murdered bride.”

But what catches your attention is the initials “H.H.” at the close of the story, for that gives ground for the belief that it was a production of some local genius, and maybe your mind reverts to the notice in the former copy of another and literary sheet published at Fonthill, “The Acorn” by Stone and Hobson.

But H.H.” does not square up with either Hosmer Stone or Daniel Hobson, which latter was a son of the first sheriff of this county, and that is that.

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