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[Welland Tribune, 3 September 1897]

Thos. Stephens, brother of James Stephens of town, died at Indianapolis, Ind., on Aug.19th, after a long illness of paralysis. He leaves a widow and family.


Humberstone News

[Welland Tribune, 27 August 1897]

John Schooley, one of the township’s oldest and best known residents, died on Thursday of last week and the body was buried at the Dunkard cemetery at Ridgeway on Sunday, Rev. Gilbert Bearss officiating. Deceased leaves a widow (Gleason) and three sons and one daughter- Benjamin, John and George Schooley, and Mrs. Sherk, all residing in the county. Death was a result of old age, deceased having been feeble for many years, and at his death was in his 87th year. Deceased was a Liberal in politics and a member of the old Mennonite church.


Humberstone News

[Welland Tribune, 6 August 1897]

It is our painful duty this week to record the demise of Jesse Ramey, one of the oldest and most respected residents of the township. Mr. Ramey, who had been failing rapidly for some time, passed away on Wednesday morning at the age of 75 years. The funeral will take place to-day (Friday) from his late residence at 2 p.m., interment at Overholt’s cemetery. One son and two daughters survive: Horace S. Ramey, Mrs. Wm. McGinnis and Mrs. Carley, all of Humberstone. Deceased was the son of David and Jane (Liedy) Ramey. His parental grandfather, Casper Ramey, was one of the pioneers of the county, having come here from Pennsylvania at a very early date in its settlement.


Attercliffe News

[Welland Tribune, 30 July 1897]

Miss Emma Melick died on Saturday after being sick with diphtheria for over two weeks. She was twenty-three years old, and was a member of the Methodist church and choir. She was buried on Monday at Canboro.


Port Colborne News

[Welland Tribune, 16 July 1897]

Benj. Rooth, eldest son of the late Wm. A. Rooth and Mrs. A.E. Rooth, and grandson of the late Major B.Rooth of the 76th regiment, died in Hamilton on Monday morning last, in his 5oth year. Deceased was born in Stamford, January 28, 1848, and was never married. Mr. Rooth started business as a salesman for Peter Gibbons; later he was with Robert Balfour, and from there went to Toronto, where he engaged in the Bon Marche. While the canal enlargement was in progress he was in business with E.O. Dennison at Stonebridge for several years. He travelled for a time for the Rheumatine medicine, and finally engaged with the Asphalt company at Toronto, later removing to Hamilton. While in Hamilton Mr. Rooth suffered a sunstroke, from which he never fully recovered. He hs been steadily failing for some two years, but was not critically ill until a few days before his death. The remains were interred at Drummond Hill cemetery, Niagara Falls Village, on Wednesday morning beside the body of his father, Rev. Canon Bull conducting the English church burial service. Very many old friends of Benj. Rooth will deeply regret of his sad death while in the prime of life, and sincere condolence is expressed for the aged and deeply bereaved mother. His last message to his mother was to send the TRIBUNE to him, and it was sent (flowers enclosed); but Benj. had passed to the Beyond before the loving message arrived.


[Welland Tribune, 30 July 1897]

Augusta Helena Farr, wife of William A. Phillips, principal of St. Thomas business college, passed away at their residence in that city at 2.15 on Wednesday morning, 28th inst. Deceased had a stroke of paralysis over two years ago, from the results of which she was ever after an invalid. A second stroke occurred last year. From this she rallied and was as well as usual up to midnight Tuesday, when a third stroke fell, completing the work of the destroyer. From this she never rallied, passing to rest a couple of hours later. Mrs. Phillips was born where now is nearly the centre of the town of Welland, then a part of the township of Crowland, fifty years ago, the 22nd of March last. On Oct. 12, 1881, she was married to Mr. Phillips, who with their two sons, Gordon V. and Charles Hume, survive to mourn the loss of an ever kind and affectionate mother; a brother, Charles Farr of Buffalo, also survives.

The funeral will take place from the residence of her uncle, E.R. Hellems, Esq., Welland, this Friday at 2.30 o’clock. Interment at Fonthill cemetery, where the deceased will be laid to rest by the side of a baby daughter who died some years ago.


[Welland Tribune, 6 August 1897]

John H.W. Staley, the oldest settler on Grand Island, died at his home at 6 o’clock Tuesday night, July 27th, aged 69 years. On Monday he underwent an operation of great severity, which was performed by Dr. Mynter of Buffalo. The shock was too severe for Mr. Staley’s constitution, however, and he succumbed 27 hours later of heart failure.

Mr. Staley was born down the State nearly seventy years ago, and came to Grand Island with his parents a sturdy little fellow five years old. During his long life on Grand Island where he pursued the peaceful occupation of farmer and fruit grower, he amassed a large amount of wealth, which he well knew how to take care of, and how to enjoy. His acquaintance was very wide, extending largely over Western New York and the Province of Ontario. He represented the town of Grand Island in the board of supervisors, where he made a reputation for himself and the island at the same time. He was a sturdy Jacksonian Democrat all his life.

Besides a widow, six sons and a daughter survive. They are: Lafayette W. (of Pelham), Jay, Jefferson, John, Harry and Marshall and Mary, wife of William Dinsmore.

The funeral was held from the homestead at the foot of the island, on Friday last, to the First Congregational church on the Whitehaven road, burial being in the family cemetery near Eagle Park.



Thorold News

[Welland Tribune, 6 August 1897]

Geo. Buckley, hostler at the Mansion house, was found drowned in lock 24, old canal, on Tuesday morning. He was last seen on Friday night about eleven o’clock. There were no marks of violence on the body. His watch had stopped seven minutes to 2, indicating that he went into the water at that time. Coroner Cumines of Welland was called and investigated the circumstances, which were as follows:-

The proprietor of the Mansion house, Mr. Donnelly, had heard deceased say he wished he was killed, and sometimes he would take out of his pocket a razor he carried and ask people if they saw that, acting as though he intended to use it on himself to commit suicide at some time. As deceased was not drunk on the night of his drowning, and so far as known had no occasion to go near the lock, and in view of the foregoing, the coroner considered it evidently a case of suicide, and that an inquest was not necessary.

Deceased was an English emigrant boy; his age, 28 years. He formerly worked for Thomas Emery at Niagara Falls. He had no known relatives. Had no enemies, was good-natured and liked by all who knew him


Fonthill News

[Welland Tribune, 23 July 1897]

We record this week the departure of one of our old residents of Fonthill- Mrs. Shupe, relict of the late Ephraim Shupe who died about a year ago. Mrs. Shupe passed away on Thursday, July 15th, at the residence of Geo. Gamble, in her 74th year. Deceased was only sick about a week, and seemed to gradually weaken from the first. She was born in Reamstown, Penn., Jan., 1824, and came to Waterloo county, Ontario, to live when about 15 years old, remaining there until coming to Fonthill in 1871-where she has remained ever since. She is survived by a family of twelve children-five daughters and seven sons. The funeral took place on Saturday, services conducted by Rev. Jacob Howe of United Brethren church, Stevensville, Ont., assisted by Rev. A.E. De St. Dalmas. Service at the house, thence to the Baptist church for preaching; interment in Fonthill cemetery. Deceased was a member of the United Brethren church for many years. Of her it may fittingly be said, “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.”


[Welland Tribune, 25 June 1897]

PERSONAL- It is with great pleasure that we notice that the Rev. Dr. Snyder’s son, William, after his long career as a student at the Buffalo high school, Galt collegiate and McGill university, was graduated at Mount Airy seminary, Philadelphia, having completed now also his three years course in theology. During these years of study he was thoroughly equipped for the work and accordingly was ordained Monday last week at Lancaster, Penn., in the Lutheran Synod of Pennsylvania. Since then he accepted a call to the English Bethany church at Reading, Penn., and begins his labors in July. In connection with this church he has to preach in the other church of the parish in German also. Before he leaves for his field of labor he will preach in Welland. We all wish God’s blessing to the Rev. William Snyder, and hope that as a Canadian he will meet with as great success in the future as in the past and add new laurels in scholarship and be blessed in his labors as pastor.