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Stamford News

[Welland Tribune, 5 January 1909]

Mrs. Jules LeVernier from France died at the old Whirlpool House last week, aged over 80 years.


[Welland Telegraph, 30 April 1912]

A quiet but interesting wedding took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R.J. McCormick, East Main Street, on Monday afternoon, when Mr. McCormick’s mother, Mrs. U.V. McCormick of Port Huron, Mich., was united in marriage to Dr. J.R. McGregor of Detroit. The ceremony was performed in the prescience of immediate relatives by the Rev. J.H. McBain of the Methodist church. Doctor and Mrs. McGregor will reside in Detroit.


[Welland Telegraph, 30 April 1912]

Frank Eades, an English boy who made his home with William Vanalstine for the past three years, died at the Welland County Hospital on Friday, where he had been confined for the past eleven weeks suffering from tuberculosis of the bowels. He was a bright and intelligent lad and will much missed, not only at his home but as well by many young friends. He leaves a mother and a younger brother who resides in Thorold township, and also a sister in England. The funeral took place on Saturday with interment at Fonthill.




[People’s Press, 1 June 1915]

On Sunday morning last a memorial service was held at the Baptist Church, Welland, for William Baxter and his little son, who was murdered by the Germans on the Lusitania.

The pulpit and Mr. Baxter’s empty pew were draped with black, and the pastor, Rev. Cowan, gave a very impressive sermon.

Mr. Baxter was a true and faithful member of the Sons of England, and forty-two representatives of the Order turned out to pay their last tribute to their brother who was a victim of the foul deed.

The Sons of England wish to thank the Baptist Church for allowing them to take part in the service, also the choir who rendered some appropriate hymns and anthem.


[People’s Press, 1 June 1915]

On Friday, May 28th, the remains of Elizana Buchner, relict of the late John Marshall of Crowland, were interred in Doan’s Ridge Cemetery. Service was held at the homestead and was conducted by Rev. Mr. Turnbull of Crowland Presbyterian Church, of which congregation she had long been a member.

Mrs. Marshall was born in the township of Crowland, on February 18th, 1841, of United Empire Loyalist descent, the daughter of the late John Bender Buchner and Jane Learn. She was 74 years, 3 months and 7 days of age at the time of her death. Her husband predeceased her within a few days of eleven years.

There are left to mourn the loss of a kind and faithful mother, five sons and one daughter, namely, W.S. of Vancouver, B.C; John C. of Niagara Falls, N.Y., Arthur W. and Warren W. at home; Edward E. of West Lorne, Ont., and Ella, wife of James Ives, Chippawa, who were all present at the obsequies. The five sons and son-in-law bore the casket to the grave, followed by a large concourse of sorrowing friends.

Mrs. Marshall also leaves twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild; also one brother, Alem Buckner of Tonawanda, N.Y., and one sister, Mrs. George Storm of Humberstone, to mourn a void and loss which is irreparable.


[Welland Telegraph, 13 November 1908]

A very pretty wedding will be solemnized Wednesday afternoon at four o’clock at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Traver, West Main Street where their daughter Miss Bessie was married to Ross Douglas, manager of the Bell Telephone Company at Welland. Rev. James Thompson of Holy Trinity Church conducted the ceremony. The bride was unattended. The presents to the bride were many and beautiful. The silver tea service presented by the Bell Telephone Company was especially handsome. The honey moon will be spent in Toronto and other eastern cities.

The Telegraph extends congratulations to the young couple.

Mrs. Douglas will be at home to her many friends after December 1st.


[Welland Telegraph, 7 November 1913]

Buffalo, N.Y., Nov. 3-Francis G. Foley, forty-two years old, native for thirty-five years resident of Welland, where he was for some time compositor on the Welland Telegraph, died Saturday night, November 1, at is home here, No. 21 Vary Street having an illness of one year of tuberculosis. After leaving Welland seven year ago he came to Buffalo, where he worked as compositor on the Buffalo Express, which position he was forced to abandon one year ago and for several months since then has been in the Buffalo General Hospital.

Deceased was born in Welland on September 10, 1871, and was educated in the public school. His parents were Mary Foley, formerly McMahon, and the late John Foley. The late Mr. Foley is survived by his brother, Leo Foley of Buffalo, and two sisters, Mrs. James Neelon and Mrs. B. Bill, also of Buffalo. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, Nov. 4, from the home of his sister, Mrs. James Neelon, at 21 Vary street, at 8.30 o’clock, and one hour later from St. Columba’s Catholic Church, the Rev. Father James Noonan, rector, officiating at burial services. Interment was at Holy Cross cemetery, Buffalo.


Wainfleet News

[Welland Telegraph, 7 November 1913]

William O. Priestman died suddenly at North Battleford, Sask., on the night of Sept. 27th. He retired the evening previous in apparent good health but the next morning was found dead in bed. A coroner’s jury was sworn in and investigated, finding that death was due to acute heart trouble. Mr. Priestman was in his 39th year and had been in the west for about a year. He was well-known in Wainfleet township, coming from a widely known and highly respected family. The surviving relatives are his widow, one brother, Thomas Priestman of Akron, O., and two sisters, Mrs. J.G. Mills of Wainfleet and Mrs. Martha Michener of Moulton.


[Welland Telegraph, 7 November 1913]

The death took place in Welland on Monday night at the home of his son, Arthur Blue, of William N. Blue, aged 76 years. Mr. Blue has been in declining health for the past three months, and the end was due to a stroke of paralysis. He was born in Ballymanytown, Armagh, Ireland, and when fifteen years of age came to the New World to join his sister who was a resident of New York State. Two years later he went to Prince Edward county and in 1870 moved to Campbellford. Three years ago last September he moved to Toronto where he resided until the removal of his son to Welland last September. He was married when twenty-five years of age to Mary A. Carnrite of Northumberalnd, who survives him and is resident in Welland. Besides his son Arthur he leaves another son James of Campbellford and three daughters, Mrs. David Philip of Belleville, Mrs. John Peeling, Campbellford; Mrs. Wm. White, Seymour township. He was a member of the Church of England and a faithful member of the Orange Lodge. He was a veteran of the Fenian Raid for which his services were suitably recognized by the government. The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon, being conducted by the Rev. James Thompson, and interment in Doan’s ridge cemetery.


[Welland Tribune, 22 May 1896]

It was a shock to our citizen’s to hear of the death of George Lee, whose demise took place at Port Huron, Mich., on Monday morning, 18th ult., of this week. Mr. Lee had been ill most of the winter with rheumatism, and heart trouble had recently been added to his afflictions; but the change for the better was apparently so marked during the past week that death was wholly unlooked for. On Sunday he sat up, and expressed the hope that he would be up the following day. Early on Monday morning he was taken violently ill, and at 10 a.m. passed to rest. An autopsy on the body revealed the immediate cause of death to have been fatty degeneration of the heart. Deceased was a son of the late Samuel Lee and brother of Mrs. Jos. McCollum and Miss Libbie Lee, of Welland. For many years he was one of our best known and most popular residents, but his extensive dredging business had of late years occupied his time elsewhere. He was a partner with his brother-in-law, Jos. McCollum, and the firm’s contracts have proved a series of successes. Mr. Lee leaves a widow (formerly Miss Brown of Thorold) and three sons, in affluent circumstances. The remains were interred at Port Huron on Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Mr. Mundy of the Episcopal church conducting the services.  Rev. Dr. Johnstone of Welland, deceased’s former pastor, was also present at the funeral. Mrs. Lee and the family have the united sympathy of their many warm friends in Canada in their honor of sad bereavement.