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This is where you will find interesting TALES of the various people that lived in and around Welland during the 1800s and 1900s.

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[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



Foresight Shown in Early Real Estate Purchases-Also invested in Humberstone and Now Operate Flourishing Concerns in Both Centres

[The Welland-Port Colborne Evening Tribune, 18 November 1931]

Seventeen years ago there moved to Port Colborne from Buffalo a family by the name of Shibley. No one would have said at the time that this family were going to do as much for the building program of the lakeside town as any other family of old standing and wealth, but such was to prove the case. At the beginning of their career in Port Colborne they were not very well known and without any great show and with a great deal of foresight, they bought up some of the strategical and choice building sites of future years. To keep themselves going they set up a couple of confectionery stores, one on the east side of the canal and another in the old Schooley building which was later wiped out by fire.

The east side store was in the area now a part of the new Welland Ship canal. The family all helped in the stores and by skillful handling of funds they have gradually increased their places of business and opportunities. The family later went in for real estate, investing on a larger scale and bought up considerable property that was taken up by the new canal. One of these properties was the Commercial hotel of old time fame and renown. However, anticipating the growth in the western part of the town, they bought up several desirable building sites there, one of which was the site of the present postoffice.

Always Proud of Port

Joseph Shibley stated that the family has always been proud of Port Colborne and its steady growth ever since they decided to make the town the scene of their attempts in business and that it was their desire to add their contribution to the growth of the municipality and to improve the beauty of its streets. Whatever money they had made through fortunate investments they have spent in improving other locations to the betterment of the town as a whole. He said that of late people were appreciating their efforts and now their business was such that they were able to sell wholesale and retail buying direct from the factory in large quantities.

The Shibley family have not kept their investments and building program to Port Colborne only, but in recent years have built in Humberstone and also bought up considerable throughout the township. At the present time they have one of the finest stores in Humberstone in the middle of the village’s business section where it is in contact with all tourist traffic.

Operate Many Stores

Job F. Shibley, the father of this prosperous family, has five sons and one daughter, all but one of whom are still with him in business. The other son, Anthony, has branched out for himself and now has his own shop on Clarence street, Port Colborne, and his family own the new modern building on the corner of Clarence and King streets, directly west of the postoffice. One of the other sons, Joseph, is now manager of his father’s business. Besides their confectionery stores, they run an up-to-date taxi service. If conditions are favorable they may open a restaurant also in the near future. With the addition now of their new store on Clarence street, this family will own several of the finer-type business blocks in town.

One of the family traits has always been to give the best of service and they are still carrying on this and hope to do so for a long time to come. They also hope to be able to continue their plan of improvement in the future so that the buildings of Port Colborne will rank with those of any other town of its size and population anywhere. Mr. Shibley stated that he had great confidence in the town and its industries and also in the Welland Ship Canal Industrial Area commission. “We pay much to the town in taxes and so we want to see the town on the map,” Mr. Shibley said. “With the erection of the new store, we are keeping our plans of advancement moving and in its style we are also keeping up with the times regarding beauty.”


Dr. Sturgeon Assumes Health Officer Duties

{Welland Tribune 1945}

Served R.C.A.F Medical Branch for 4 Years:Practised in Meaford.

First permanent medical officer of health to be attached to the Welland-Crowland health unit, Dr. L.W.C. Sturgeon arrived in the city yesterday afternoon, to take over the duties of M.O.H. here. Dr. Sturgeon succeeds Dr. A.R. Doane who had been temporary medical officer of health for Welland and Crowland for the past two years.

With several years’ experience as a medical officer of health in Meaford, Ont., Dr. Sturgeon was recently discharged from the R.C.A.F. after serving with the medical branch of that service for four years and has graduated from a special course in public health medicine from the University of Toronto.

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Dr.M. MacLean Returns From Air Force Duty

{Welland Tribune 1945}

After an absence of five and a half years, during which  time he served with the medical section of the R.C.A.F, Dr. Malcolm MacLean, who holds the rank of wing commander in the airforce, has returned to Welland. Dr. and Mrs MacLean and their three daughters, Elizabeth, 41/2, Mary, three and Catharine, four ,months, have taken up residence at 114 West Main street.

Beginning practice in the Welland district, at Fonthill in 1933, Dr. MacLean assumed the practice of the late Dr. Duncan Allison in Welland in 1935, upon the latter’s death. He held appointments as coroner for Welland county; county jail surgeon; plant surgeon for Empire Cotton Mills Ltd, and the John Deere Plow Co. and examiner for Orient Lodge, I.O.O.F. He was also a member of the Welland club, the Optimist club and served on the finance committee of the church.

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[Welland Telegraph, 6 February 1912]

Many friends in the Welland section will regret to learn of the death of H.H. Lymburner, which took place on Sunday. Mr. Lymburner was seized ten days previous with a very severe attack of pneumonia, to which he succumbed. He was born in the township of Canboro, but had been a resident of Welland for the past fifteen years, coming here from Campden. He was blacksmith for A.D. White for seven years, but for the past six years conducted his own shop on North Main Street. He was well known as an excellent workman. He was married on July 16, 1878, to Miss Elva A. Zimmerman, who survives him, with two daughters-Mrs. George W. Hughes of Port Hope and Miss Lulu of Welland. He leaves five brothers -Peter of Elcho, Tilman of Canboro, Mathias of Tillsonburg, John of Niagara Falls, Ont., and Aden of Niagara Falls, N.Y. He was a member of the C.O.F. And Copestone Lodge, A.F. & A.M. The last named order will have charge of the funeral tomorrow. Many friends unite in expressions of sincerest sympathy to the bereaved widow and children.

2 City Doctors leave to serve with Air Force

Drs. Malcolm MacLean and T.S. Perrett

Associate with the R.A.M.C Commissioned

{Welland Tribune 1940}

Two Welland physicians, Drs Malcolm MacLean and Thomas S. Perrett, will leave the city today to become associated with the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Dr. MacLean medical practitioner in Fonthill and Welland since 1934 takes a commission with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, Royal Canadian Air Force. One of the  most popular members of the  city’s medical profession, he leaves behind him a well-established practice to serve in the air force.

A native of Arnprior, Ontario Dr. MacLean is a graduate of the University of Toronto. After  graduation he took a post-graduate course in Toronto Western hospital, and in 1934 began his practice in Fonthill. Two years later on the death of Dr. Duncan Allison, Dr. MacLean took over the Welland practice. He has served as an officer of the medical staff of the Welland County General hospital as a coroner, has held the position of surgeon at the Welland county jail, was examiner for Orient Lodge, I.O.O.F; and was associated with the Empire Cotton Mills, Ltd and the John Deere Plough Co., Ltd.

In the social sphere Dr. MacLean is a member of the Optimist Club and the Welland Club. He is a member of First Baptist church, Welland and has acted as a member of the finance committee of the congregation.

Mrs. MacLean will remain in the city for a short time.

Dr. Allan D. Rice of Toronto will occupy Dr. MacLean’s office during his absence. Dr Rice who like  Dr. MacLean is a graduate of Toronto University, has been occupied with post-graduate work since his graduation..

Dr. Thomas Stewart Perrett, son of Lieutenant Colonel T.E. Perrett of Toronto, has been accepted with the medical unit of the Royal Canadian Air Force, and leaves Welland this evening for destinations unknown.

is a popular young Welland physician who came to this city a little more than a year ago from Toronto. He was born in Regina, was educated there, attending Regina Collegiate Institute, and in 1925 he journeyed east and came to the University of Toronto where he graduated in Arts and Medicine in 1932. He then took a post graduate course at the Toronto General hospital and finally came to Welland to open up a practice. He has been associated in Welland with the Physicians’ Building, East Main Street. He married Miss Evelyn Golding, daughter of W.H. Golding,M.P. for the Huron-Perth riding.

Dr. Perrett, who is being gazetted as Lieutenant Perrett, holds the honorary degree of Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada and he is also a member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

Mrs Malcolm MacLean

{Welland Tribune 1940}

Mrs Malcolm MacLean, a popular bride of  last summer, whose husband has joined the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps associated with the R.C.A.F. was pleasantly surprised last evening at a party at the home of Mrs. Elgin Swayze on Parkway Drive. After an evening of bridge, supper was served from a table gay with pink tulips and white snapdragons, and lighted by pink tapers. Mrs Gordon Wright, Mrs Lloyd Falkenhagen and Mrs. Hugh A.C. Rose assisted. Bridge prizes were presented to Mrs. Raymond Zavitz and Miss Blanche Godin.

Mrs Malcolm MacLean, who leaves today to join Dr. MacLean in Ottawa was the guest of honor yesterday when her afternoon bridge club was entertained at the home of Mrs Gabriel J. Macoomb A presentation to Mrs MacLean, who also won the first prize at bridge was made by Mrs Hugh A.C. Rose. Other prizes were presented to Mrs Earl Donohue and Miss Blanche Godin. St Patrick’s color accents were used on the tea table centred with a silver bowl of sweet peas.

Dr. Malcolm MacLean

{Welland Tribune 1945}

After five and a half years service with the medical branch of the R.C.A.F. Wing Commander Malcolm MacLean, has received his discharge from active service and has returned to resume his practice in Welland at 114 West Main Street. Dr. MacLean has purchased this property from Mrs. W.W. Wilson and expects to have his offices ready for the reception of patients by next Monday December 3rd.



Hit in the Arm with Shell Fragment

[Welland Telegraph, 6 June 1916]

Will Go back to France. However J. Barratt of Welland, an employee of George T. Wright, was wounded in action on May 1st, by being hit on the arm with a shrapnel fragment. Fortunately he will not lose the arm and he is now resting nicely in a hospital in Aberdeen, Scotland.

In a letter to Mr. Wright dated May 16, he says:-

“I guess you will be wondering why I have not written before. I have been back in England two weeks now. I got wounded on the first of May. A piece of shrapnel hit me on the arm, and it went in to the bone. I had to have an operation to get it out. So I was lucky enough to get back to England. I am in Aberdeen, Scotland, at the hospital, and expect to leave this week to go home on sick leave and then go back to France.

We were in a heavy bombardment when I got wounded. The Germans put over every kind of shell they had. By the time they finished we had no trenches or dugouts left. At night they came over to see who did not get back alive. Well I do not know which address to give you just now, because I shall be moving around. I will let you know when I get settled again.”