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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 Telegraph, 27 February 1891]

The residence of Mr. Joseph Gould was the scene of a happy wedding on Wednesday of last week, (18 February 1891) when Miss Rosa Singer, sister of Mrs. Gould, was led to the altar by Mr. Herman Mayer, of Bradley, South Dakota. Some 60 guests were present and the ceremony was performed about 11 o’clock by the Rev. Mr. Cook of Fonthill. The bride’s costume was old rose pink with rose trimming and bridal veil. Misses Mattie Page, Mable Gould and Ella Singer, beautifully costumed in cream nuns’ veiling, filled the important position of bridesmaids, while the groom was supported by Messrs. H. singer, Harvey and Harry Page. A very pleasant afternoon and evening was spent by the guests. The young couple after remaining in the neighborhood for a few days, visiting friends, will leave for their future home at Bradley, South Dakota.


[Welland Telegraph, 6 February 1891]

The death of Mr. Franks on Sunday night was quite a surprise to our townspeople, as on Saturday he attended to his duties as book-keeper for McCleary & McLearn as usual. Sunday he was in his usual spirits, and ate heartily, going to bed in good health. About 11 o’clock his wife was awakened by an unusual sound, which on investigation proved to be the bursting of a blood vessel. Dr. Ball was sent for, but could do nothing, as death resulted in a few moments afterwards. Mr. Franks came to town six years ago from Brampton, and has filled the office of book-keeper for McCleary & McLearn with satisfaction. He was respected by all, and was a good citizen. He married the oldest daughter of Mr. Hough. His young wife has the sympathy of the whole community in her sad bereavement. He was only 24 years of age.


[Welland Telegraph, 6 February 1891]

Mr. C. Greaves, of the Forks Road, more familiarly known as “The Dutch Doctor,” came to town last Friday to draw some money from the bank for his wife. He got the money, made a few purchases, leaving the latter with Segelhurst, of the Commercial, saying he would call for them, then went to the M.C.R. station and boarded a train for Buffalo. Nothing has been been heard of him since and some alarm is manifested by his friends, as on all former occasions when he came to town on a similar errand, he was particular to return promptly. Some think he has met with foul play, others that he may have got on a spree at Buffalo, and have been locked up. Another opinion is that he has gone to the old country, as on several occasions he has expressed his intention of doing so, as soon as he obtained sufficient funds.

CANADIAN HISTORY: Miss Greely’s Address at Grafton on the 3rd inst.

[Welland Telegraph, 23 January 1891]

Miss Greely, who was formerly a teacher in Grafton, and although 85 years of age is in full possession of her facilities, and in delivering her address before the large audience gathered together at Grafton, on the 3rd inst., to witness the hoisting of the Empire’s flag, was listened to with the greatest of interest and attention.

Miss Greely, who was greeted with long continued cheers, commenced an address which was rendered with a vigor and cleanness that is truly remarkable for one of her age. She said: “Before commencing to make a few remarks on the British flag, I would say to those present, you will probably never again have an opportunity of seeing one who remembers the day that General Brock was killed, for I well recollect hearing the guns at the battle of Queenston Heights. What are the ideas which will fill the minds of the Canadian youth when they see the British flag raised on their school houses? What should they think of it? For what object has it been placed there? It is the symbol of power, of bravery, of daring enterprise, of heroic endurance, of faithfulness to duty, and whatever man has done or can do that is good or great, has it not been done under the shelter of that flag? And, with the progress of civilization and refinement, still wider views and brighter prospects reveal themselves and more interesting associations cluster around it.

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Dr. Augustus Louis Jukes (1821-1905)

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Augustus Louis Jukes was born October 30, 1821 in Maharashtra, India.

He was the youngest son of Dr. Andrew Jukes, a physician who was an expert on Arabian affaires and served as secretary to the British Embassy in Tehran. Dr. Jukes was  on a special mission to the Court of Persia when he developed cholera and died before seeing his son Augustus.

In 1822 Augustus returned to England with his mother. The family came to Canada in 1834. The family settled on the Six Nations Indian Reserve, stayed here as a pioneer family until 1837 when Augustus returned to England for more education. Augustus returned to Canada in 1840.

About this time the provincial government assumed control of the Welland Canal and embarked on a program to enlarge it. Augustus Jukes first worked as a roadman to Thomas C. Keefer and then as assistant engineer. Here he worked for the next four years. A change of government resulted  in engineering staff being discharged. At this time Augustus Jukes decided to become a physician.

In 1846 Augustus worked as a medical student with Dr. Theophilus Mack of St Catharines. In 1847 he entered King’s College of Toronto and graduated with medical licence in 1849

In 1849  Dr. Augustus Jukes was appointed surgeon to three companies of incorporated militia whose duty it was to maintain order along the Welland Canal. The headquarters of this group was in Port Robinson and it was here that Dr. Augustus Jukes practiced. A directory has Dr. Jukes ,in 1865, as a resident of Port Robinson and a newspaper notice of his practicing from Coleman’s Hotel in Port Robinson.

In 1857 the militia was disbanded., Dr Jukes eventually moved to St Catharines.

Dr Augustus Jukes married Phoebe Adams on June 7, 1848. She was born October 30, 1821 in New Brunswick. Her father was mayor of St Catharines. Her mother was a sister of Hon. William Hamilton Merritt. They had seven children.

DrAugustus Jukes parents were Dr, Andrew Jukes born December 16,1774 in Shropshire, England.

His mother was Georgina Mary Ewart (!775-1856). She  was a godchild of King George III and a relative of Wm. Ewart Gladstone.

They were married November 30,1814 in Paris, France. Dr. Andrew Jukes died November 10,1821 in Iran.

Dr Augustus Louis Jukes wrote prose and poetry and was an excellent speaker. He was elected first president of the medical association of St Catharines and Lincoln..

In 1878 Dr. Jukes ran on the conservative ticket in the federal election. He was defeated and financially ruined..

On January 28, 1882  on the recommendation of John A. MacDonald he was appointed senior surgeon to the North West Mounted Police. Dr. Jukes moved to Toronto. He examined 214 recruits, as senior medical officer, he left Toronto for Fort Walsh, Cypress Hills region of south west Saskatchewan. It took 32 days to travel there.

The following year he was transferred to North West Mounted Police Headquarters in Regina. He made many trips to outposts in the north west.

In 1885 during Louis Riel’s time in jail, Dr. Jukes visited with him and became friendly with him.

Dr. August Jukes was a member off the commission declaring Louis Riel to be sane. Dr Jukes attended the execution of Louis Riel on November 16, 1885 at police barracks in Regina.

Dr. August Louis Jukes died December 3, 1905 in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver, British Columbia

The children of Augustus Louis Jukes.

Caroline Jukes born July 11, 1859. She married Gilbert E. Sanders, they lived in Calgary Alberta.

Andrew Jukes was born September 14, 1857  in Ontario. He married Rose Halse on October 2, 1884 in Brandon Manitoba.

He lived in Vancouver and worked as a banker. They had four children.

Andrew Jukes died November 17, 1922 and buried in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Sub Lieutenant William J. Jukes was born April 3, 1849 in Toronto. He was in the Royal Navy.

He died March 8, 1872 in Bay of Biscay. He is buried in Harrow-on-the-hill, London England.

“In memory of Sub Lieutenant William A. Jukes, R.N. aged 22 years, late of  Her Majesty’s Ship Ariadne, who was drowned at sea, on the eighth of March 1872. Others of a boat crew, in a gallant attempt to save the life of a shipmate who had fallen overboard. This window is erected by his Brother Officers, to record regret at his loss, & warm admiration of his heroic conduct.”

Katherine Jane Jukes was born 1865?  In Ontario. She married George Buchanan Moffatt born December 13, 1854 in Ontario. He joined the North West Mounted Police in 1878. He became inspector in 1883 and superintendent in 1890. He was retired in 1902 due to poor health.He died  on July 4, 1950 in Victoria, British Columbia.

They had one son Kenneth George Moffatt he was laborer, single died March 4, 1926 at age 39 in Sidney, British Columbia.

Hamilton Augustus Jukes was born in Ontario. He married Mary McBean. Hamilton was an engineer. He was commissioned by the Winnipeg & Hudson Bay Railway & Steamship Company to complete a hydrographical survey of the Nelson River in Northern Manitoba during 1882-1883.

During 1900 he was swamp land commissioner in Winnipeg.

Hamilton  Augustus Jukes died January 16, 1933 in St, James , Manitoba, at the age of 80. He is buried in the Elmwood Cemetery in Winnipeg.

Elias Arthur Jukes was born December 4, 1852 in New Brunswick. He was a druggist and worked in the same building as his father in St Catharines

Elias married Alice Maud Mary Birchall on August 12,1891 in York.

Elias Arthur Jukes died February 28, 1930 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Susan Ann Jukes was born December 1856. in St Catharines. She married Paul Harry Marshall November , 1877 in Lincoln. Paul was a druggist. They moved to  British Columbia. He died January 10,1920. in Vancouver.

More References

Glenbow Museum, Archives Located under  Jukes and Sanders families. With photos.

The Queen’s own Rifles of Canada Regimental Museum has The Louis Riel Coroner’s Jury Report.

Dilys Leman,, is the great-great granddaughter of Dr. Augustus Jukes. She wrote a book “The Winter Count” in 2014.

Danson Kinsman

{Centennial August 27, 1967}

Danson Kinsman was born in the township of Cornwallis, Kings County, Nova Scotia on April 23, 1813. His parents were Benjamin Avery and Mary (English) Kinsman both natives of Nova Scotia. The father was a direct descendant of the English family of  Kinsmans, who crossed the Atlantic in the Mayflower.

Our subject received his education in his native province, and was married there on the 19th of Sept. 1839, to Elizabeth, a daughter of John and Abigail {Foster) Douglas.

In 1850, Mr. Kinsman, accompanied by his wife and 4 children, moved to this province and settled in Fonthill, where he engaged in mercantile business. He spent the remainder of his life there, with he exception of 4 years which he spent in the United States.

In 1864, he was appointed Postmaster at Fonthill, a position he held until his death.

His general store business was always conducted on an extensive scale, and his honour and uprightness together with his genial disposition, made him a popular man in the society in which he moved.

He was for many years a consistent member of the Baptist Church, was one of the pillars in the branch of that denomination in the Village that for so many years he made his home.

He was appointed a Justice of the Peace but always refused to take the oath of office.

Mr Kinsman had six children, five sons and one daughter. Fred, the youngest son succeeded his father in the mercantile business in Fonthill in 1884 and is the subject of our next sketch Fred Kinsman, merchant Fonthill was born on the 14th of Oct 1862 and was the youngest son of the forementioned Danson Kinsman. His father having been so long in business, our subject, had from his earliest days been associated with mercantile life.

He received a liberal education at Fonthill public school and Welland high school, and in addition to the business experience he acquired in his father’s store, had filled an engagement with a Toronto dry goods house, Mr Kinsman did an extensive business, always keeping large stocks of dry goods, groceries, boots, and shoes, hardware etc

Avery B. Kinsman Esq. was born in the village of  Horton,Kings county Nova Scotia, on the 14th day of February 1824.

His  parents, Avery B. & Mary (English) Kinsman, came to Canada about 1784 and settled in Nova Scotia; they were U.E. Loyalists, of English descent.

He attended the public schools of Horton, and afterwards the Acadia College of the same place.

He learned carriage building at an early age. He was in Australia from 1851 to 1858..

Returning to America , he spent the next three years in New York State, then coming to the county of Welland, he started a carriage building trade in Fonthill which he carried on very successfully for twenty years.

He was a member of the A.F. & A.M. society since 1863. He was also on the school board for various periods.

He was married  first in 1849 to Ann Maria daughter of Isaac Whitman, a native of Nova Scotia. He had 4 children, two sons and 2 daughters. Albert W. & Ada M. born in Fonthill, Frank B., born in New York State and Flora born in Fonthill.

His first wife died in 1875, and he remarried, his second wife being Mrs. Jonathan Randall.


[Welland Telegraph, 16 January 1891]

Death claimed an old and respected resident last Monday morning, in the person of Andrew Hardie, who passed away at the age of 53 years, after a protracted period of suffering from consumption. He had been affected by the disease for some years, and for nearly a year previous to his death was confined to the house. Deceased had been a resident of Thorold for about 17 years, served several terms in the council, held the position of market clerk for a time, and commanded the honor and respect of all who knew him. In politics he was a reformer, in religious matters he was a conscientious member of the Methodist church. The funeral took on Wednesday and was largely attended.


[Welland Telegraph, 9 January 1891]

New Years day was a sad one to the  many friends of our late townsman Wm. Lewis, who in the morning of life, at the age of 30 years, was after a brief illness called in that bourne from which no traveller returns. Mr. Lewis was a native of Streetsville, Ont., where he was born on the 2nd of December 1861. His father, Mr. John Lewis, is at present foreman in the blacksmith department of the M.C.R., at St. Thomas. Deceased was married on July _th, 1881, to Miss Sarah Gibson, of Fort Erie, who with their only child, a daughter, survives him. He entered the service of the Canada Southern Railway at this place about 14 years ago as a blacksmith, at the end of four years he was transferred to the shops at St. Thomas where he remained five or six years when he severed his connection with the C.S.R. and returned to this place and entered the service of the Grand Trunk railway at their shops, where he was employed until his fatal illness closed his services. Besides his widow and daughter, his father, mother, one brother, George J. Lewis, baggageman, M.C. R., and one sister, Mrs. F.M. Waldo, of Seneca Falls, N.Y., survive him. The funeral took place on Sunday last from St. Paul’s church, Fort Erie, and was one of the largest ever witnessed here. The burial was under the auspices of the I.O.O.F., of which fraternity Mr. Lewis was an esteemed member. The Oddfellows of International Lodge were assisted by large delegations from two sister lodges of Buffalo. Deceased was respected and esteemed as a citizen, won the good will and friendship of his associates in the railway service, and his sudden and early death will be regretted by all who knew him. His many relatives have the sympathy of the village.

CARD OF THANKS-The family of the late William D. Lewis wish to tender heartfelt thanks to the members of International Lodge, I.O.O.F., to the G.T. Employees, to the workmen in the M.C. Blacksmith shop and to the neighbors and friends for their many words of condolence, acts of kindness and handsome floral tributes.


The Public Library At Fenwick

{Welland Tribune 1921}

The following from the pen of E.W. Farr appears in the current number of the Ontario Library Review:

The Police  village of Fenwick Ontario, can boast of one of the finest little public libraries in the Province, and the ease with which the work has been performed has been phenomenal.

The following sketch from a village of less than four hundred is furnished the Review with the hope that it may prove an inspiration to other rural localities to establish a library where carefully selected reading may be available for the public.

In March 1919, the late Mrs. A.M. Paterson, a highly-respected resident of our village passed to the Great Beyond. She bequeathed four hundred dollars and her library, as a nucleus for a library for the village of Fenwick, providing the funds were used for that purpose within a year.

This very thoughtful bequest proved an inspiration to the whole village. A public meeting was called in November 1919, collectors were appointed and in a short time subscriptions of three thousand seven hundred was raised.

A library board was regularly appointed under instructions from the Public Libraries Branch and in the early summer of 1920, work was commenced, and a beautiful pressed brick building occupies a central position on an excellent lot donated by W.H. Fry.

The building completed November 1st, 1920, under the supervision of J.C. Sloat, chairman of the building committee, cost nearly three thousand dollars.

The book committee has purchased and received from donations seven hundred volumes which, supplemented by a splendid list from the travelling library of the Provincial Department, furnish an ample supply for present needs.

The president, W.H. Morgan and the other directors have worked faithfully throughout the year for the good of the library and have received every help from W.O. Carson, Inspector of Public Libraries, and are much indebted to Miss Patricia Spereman, also of the Department, for very helpful advice and services rendered on her two visits to Fenwick.

Endorse County Library Scheme

{Welland Tribune 1945}

Fenwick, Oct 27—The Maple Acre Library board of directors, met Thursday evening in the library rooms, with Miss L. De La Mater as chairman. The minutes were read by Mrs. L.S. Haney and statement of finances given by Jos. Leppert.

Mention was made of the bad condition of eavestrough on the building and a committee consisting of F. Tunnacliffe and Jos. Leppert were appointed to have new eavestrough installed. The sum of $75 was voted the Book Purchasing committee for new books.

The following schedule for caring for library during coming months was drawn up: October,Jos Leppert; November, F. Tunnacliffe; December, J. Roy Page; January, G. McGlashan; February, W. Julian; March, Mrs. L.S. Haney, April, Miss De La Mater; May, Mrs H.T. Elliot.

The main topic of discussion was the possible formation of a Welland county co-operative library association, with Miss De La Mater giving a concise report of the meetig held at Niagara Falls on Wednesday evening, attended by six of the Fenwick board. At the meeting Inspector Mowatt of Toronto, provincial inspector of libraries explained the steps necessary to form a county library association. A committee of six, representing Niagara Falls, Welland, Thorold, Fort Erie Stamford and Fenwck. was formed at that meeting to go ahead with investigation of libraries in the county as to possible support of the project. The Fenwick board expressed unanimous approval of the project and Miss De La Mater, who is a member of the committee appointed, was instructed to so  inform the committee.