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[Welland Tribune, 23 April 1897]

The Police Court officials have been enjoying their Easter holidays, but business is on again at the old stand…John Abner Crysler and David Crysler have laid an information charging Jas. Dougherty of Allanburg with taking chickens from their premises in the early hours of last Saturday morning. The matter will be investigated next Monday before Squire Hellems….John Hines who was arrested by Officer Mains of the Ontario Police, is awaiting trial on the charge of having killed a horse belonging to Mr. Potter, a resident of Pelham, and which is noted elsewhere. Hines was arraigned on Tuesday and remanded for a week, no evidence being taken. The case promises to be a very interesting one.


[Welland Tribune, 2 April 1897]

ASSAULT- Joshua Moyer, who resides near Chippawa, was arraigned before his honor Judge Fitzgerald on the charge of assaulting and beating his wife. The case is referred to under Niagara Falls South items…Mrs. Moyer was first called. She swore that her husband drove his team recklessly from the Clifton House hill to Falls village, swore at her and attempted to push her from the wagon. That when he stopped at Dune, Durham’s hotel she, being afraid of her life, left the rig and went to Mrs. Marr’s near by for protection. That he came there to take her home, and when she refused he pushed her down, shook her, tore her clothing, soused her in the ditch, and tried to drive the team over her. She said her husband had been drinking and was ugly because she would not give him a greater portion of some money that she had received as an option on the farm, which she owned. Mrs. Moyer said the abuse had been going on for a long time, and she could stand it no longer. She swore that he threatened to brain her. She intended to sue for alimony. To Mr. Crow-I have been advised to bring this suit…Mrs. Marr and Mrs. Marr’s son gave very clear evidence, corroborating the wife’s testimony as to the assault in front of Mrs. Marr’s house…F.R. Abbs swore that Moyer used some very forcible language in his store, but did not strike or assault his wife there. As far as witnesses knew the defendant’s reputation was good. …This closed the case, and Mr. Crow for the defence said it was only a family quarrel and asked for an acquittal. Prosecuting Attorney Maccomb  strongly objected, and thought the evidence warranted conviction…His Honor said it was one of those unfortunate family affairs, and he hoped man and wife could make up and go home and live together another seventeen years. However, the defendant had been proven guilty of common assault, and he would fine him $10 and costs (which were quite heavy) and have him bound over to keep the peace.


Ramey and Appleyard Robbed Wednesday Night.

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[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]

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, 15 March 1889]

Detective Murray has been working Dunnville of the past week in the hope of ferreting out the murderer of the old man who was found in the canal there last fall. The old “stationery pedlar,” who everyone supposed, was the victim, was in town last week as big as life. He positively denies that he was killed, of course.


[Welland Telegraph, 10 July 1891]

On Tuesday Mr. hemming was summoned before Police Magistrate Hellems for neglecting to notify the inspector of anatomy of deaths occurring at the Industrial Home, and judgment was reserved until Saturday to allow the defendant’s attorney to argue the case. There is a statutory regulation which enacts that keepers of public institutions must notify the inspector of deaths occurring on the premises under their charge, and in most cases the bodies are sent to a medical school. The Welland county council and Warden Macklem contend that the Industrial Home is not a public institution in the sense implied by the statute, and it was on the warden’s instructions that Mr. Hemming neglected to notify the inspector, The ultimate decision in this case may set the matter at rest as to which is the right interpretation of the law.


[Welland Telegraph, 22 May 1891]

Mrs. Christina Doan figured as complaint in a trespass case before the police magistrate on Tuesday. The defendant was her brother-in-law, and the offence consisted of tying his horse on a vacant lot. The case was dismissed, and the complainant, disappointed at the result muttered something about breaking some person’s head.


J.V. Taylor Charged with Raising a $5.00 Note to $35.00

[Welland Telegraph, 13 November 1891]

J.V. Taylor, of Toronto, finds himself just now in a nonviable position behind the bars of the county jail, charged with raising a $5 promissory note to $35.

Taylor is a respectable looking man and is wither innocent of the alleged crime or a good actor. His is highly incensed at what he says is a high handed outrage, and confidently asserts his ability to prove his innocence, when, if successful, he contemplates making some one perspire profusely for making him suffer such an indignity. He will come before his honor Judge Baxter next Wednesday and have the opportunity of saving his reputation.

Taylor has been selling a patent right to a harrow tooth manufactured by Taylor & Judd, Esplanade street, Toronto, and a short time ago made a sale to one Plato, of Fort Erie, taking a note in payment. Last week he endeavored to sell Plato’s note of $35 to Mr. Hawkins, of that village, but making the purchase and after obtaining Taylor’s reluctant consent to take $30 for the paper sent out ostensibly to get the money, but his messenger went to Plato to make inquiries concerning the note.

Plato declared he had given a note for $5 only, being for one set of the harrow teeth instead of $35 for seven sets. In the meantime Taylor left the village and on Friday morning was arrested at Niagara Falls by officer McMicking on a telegram from police officer Griffin. He was given a hearing and committed for trial.

Division Court Clerk Hobson Sustained

[Welland Telegraph, 17 April 1891]

Division Court Inspector Dickey, of Toronto, was here yesterday and made a final investigation of the charges preferred against the court clerk, G.L. Hobson, by his political enemies. The inspector dismissed every charge as frivolous and expressed satisfaction with Mr. Hobson’s management of the office. Mr. German was present on behalf of the charges, but offered no evidence to sustain them.


[Welland Tribune, 24 January 1908]

Just as the Christmas spirit was in the air, a well-known town official met a man who takes orders for enlarged pictures. The traveler’s name was Shibley, and he represented a Toronto house. Now Shibley had the gift of gab and could carry on a continuous conversation for five minutes or an hour. He was a hummer, and after about fifteen minutes gabfest, the town official’s signature was on the contract.

“Delivery by December 5th,” was what the papers called for.

“Tempus fugit,” and it was not till the other day that the official, now in gilt and under the arm of the agent, was suddenly sprung upon the wife as she opened the door.

It was claimed, so it is said, that the delivery was too late, the picture might resemble our aged ancestors who sprung from their tails in the trees, and then there were other objections.

This aroused the ire of Shibley as the refusal to give Calver a nip, roused his fighting blood, in a story appearing below.

What Sibley said to the wife was picturesque and to the point. It cost him $5.75 at Wednesday’s court.

L. Calver demanded something stimulating on the fourth of January last. He was at the Dexter House bar. “Nothing doing,” said the wine clerk.


“I tell you there’s nothing doing; you’re too full now.”

This aroused Mr. Calver’s choler, and he explained that he was a man of skill with the mitts, that he preferred to fight rather than eat. He could lick his weight in wild cats.

“Now get,” said the barkeep, smiling, as he wiped a glass.


Then Calver was taken gently by the seat of his pants, and the coat collar and placed under the twinkling stars on his posterior.

But Calver was of fighting mood.


These words mean that the gentleman wished to enter the hostelry and do battle.

Chief Jones came along and advised the scrapper to go home.


This was his undoing, and for this, Mr. Calver, who, by the way, is a very decent chap,paid in Wednesday morning’s court $5.00 and costs for refusing to leave a licensed house when under the influence of liquor.

The fine was paid.

He did not get his scrapping booze at the Dexter House.

The warrant for arrest sworn out by Henry Farmer before Magistrate Burgar, says that Peter English took Mr. Farmer’s overcoat and a suit of underwear. But this is not all. The said Farmer swears that, to the best of his knowledge and belief, Mr. English also appropriated an Independent Order of Forrester pin. The alleged theft was committed on Tuesday, and on Wednesday afternoon Chief Jones was notified that he was arrested in St. Catharines. The chief had advised the authorities of St. Kitts to be on the lookout for the red man, for English is an Indian, and so is Farmer.

English was dismissed. It was because he was drunk that the clothes were taken. “You must keep sober in future,” was the warning parting of the magistrate.