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[Welland Tribune, 20 August 1897]

PORT COLBORNE, Aug.19- Reeb’s powder house, about two miles west of here, was exploded during the thunder about 5 o’clock this morning. The building contained nearly two tons of powder and some dynamite, and the earth was shaken for miles around, the shock being startlingly perceptible at St. Catharines, Thorold and Niagara Falls, generally supposed at the time to be an earthquake. The powder house was of course blown to atoms. Foster’s glass factory, Reeb’s offices and barns and one of the lime kilns were completely wrecked, and the barns burned. It is impossible as yet to estimate the damage at this writing.

Three plate glass windows were broken in Matthews’ block, and windows suffered severely in Port Colborne and Humberstone. Houses trembled and people were terribly alarmed.

At Solid Comfort windows were broken, and in almost every cottage mirrors, pictures, etc., were torn from the wall and numerous breakages suffered.

No lives were lost so far as known, owing to the hour being so early that no one had yet come to the works. Had the explosion occurred later a still sadder tale would have been to be told.

It is supposed the explosion was caused by lightning.

The shock was so severely felt in Buffalo that the papers of that city came out with a column account of “the earthquake.”  It was also felt in Tonawanda.


Port Colborne News

[Welland Tribune , 11 June 1897]

John Reeb has contracted with M. Vanderburgh of Welland to construct another limekiln at Limestone city. This will make three rig t in line by the enterprising Mr. Reeb. The contractor will begin work next Monday morning and push the work right along, finishing in probably six weeks.  The largeorders being received by John Reeb cannot be filled promptly enough with the former facilities, but the new kiln will add fifty percent to the output and fill every demand for the present. The acetylene gas works are drawing heavily on the lime departments, and the extra good quality of Reeb’s lime makes it in constant demand. Limestone city is moving along, and in time will be quite a little town of its own. Last week Mr. Reeb sold a lot to a party who will build a residence thereon. The locality is pleasant, convenient and healthful, and more houses will soon be built in the same section. Limestone city is growing, and must continue to grow, with such work giving factories as the lime works and the glass factory.


Port Colborne News

[Welland Tribune, 26 March 1897]

Miss Nettie Dellmore died March 19, in the 20th year of her age, of that insidious foe of humanity, consumption, she being the third one of the family to pass away in the last four years, her two brothers’ demise occurring March 19, 1893, and March 22, 1895, respectively. Her health had been in a state of decline for the past four years, but for the past three months she had been confined to the bed. Rev. Mr. Morrin was a frequent visitor at her bedside during her illness. The pallbearers were John White, John and Levi Kinzie, Ed. And Simon Milliken and Wm. Woods. The services at the house and St. Paul’s Lutheran church were held by rev. Mr. Badke, the interment being at Overholt’s cemetery, March 22. The funeral was largely attended, notwithstanding the bad condition of the road, the out-of-town attendants being Barney Gailsheer (uncle) of Merritton, Mr. and Mrs. Manning of Lowbanks, Chas. F. Schottin and family, Mrs. M. Schottin, Mrs. Irving and Miss Clara Schopf of Buffalo. Two brothers and four sisters, besides the parents survive. Beautiful floral offerings were lovingly laid on the lavender casket by friends. The family wish to express their appreciation for kindly services rendered by friends and neighbors during their trouble.


[Welland Tribune, 12 March 1897]

Mrs. Johnson, wife of Jerry Johnson, barber, died on Monday morning in her 30th year. The sad occurrence falls heavily upon Mr. Johnson and his family of three small children-one a tender babe of five weeks-and the sympathy and condolence of every member of this community is lovingly tendered to him in his great sorrow-a sorrow that none can realize except those whose experience has been like his. Some five weeks ago a child was born to Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, and while convalescing Mrs. Johnson was attacked with la grippe, a high fever setting in that human skill seemed unable to check. After a brave and patient struggle the sufferer finally passed to rest on Monday morning. The remains were buried on Wednesday at 1 p.m. The service was conducted by Rev. Mr. Morrow in the central Methodist church, a large concourse of citizens attending as a mark of respect and sympathy to the departed one. The body was interred at Overholt’s cemetery. Deceased was a daughter of the late John Crow of Thorold, a sister of Mrs. Anna Hudson of Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Miss Lizzie Crow of Welland; and a niece of Mrs. Rebecca Fair of Buffalo and James Foster of Welland.


[Welland Tribune, 26 February 1897]

Word was received here on Friday last week of the death of John T. Boyle who died in the General hospital, Buffalo, on Thursday evening. The deceased has been patient sufferer for some time, having had a severe attack of lagrippe, from which he never fully recovered and which eventually turned into consumption. He was well known here having lived here all his life until about eight years ago. He belonged to the Welland canal field battery, and fought in the Fenian raid at Fort Erie. He was taken a prisoner with several others but escaped without any injuries. Deceased leaves four brothers and one sister, besides a host of friends to mourn his death. The remains were brought here on Saturday, Rev. Mr. Ramey conducting the funeral services in St. James’s church, interment at Overholt’s cemetery.


[Welland Tribune, 26 February 1897]

After a comparatively short illness, Miss Isabella H. Carter died on Wednesday evening at the residence of her sister, Mrs. Jas. Tinlin. She died as she had lived-peacefully and quietly. She was the third child of Levi and Hannah Carter, and was born in Salem county, New Jersey, U.S.A., on March 8, 1818, and was therefore in her 79th year. Her life has been a long and unselfish one, having lived largely for the good of others. She rests from her labors, and her works do follow her. The funeral will take place from the house on Friday, at 1.30 p.m., where a short service will be conducted by her pastor, the Rev. J. M. Smith. A memorial sermon will be preached on Sunday morning in the Baptist church, from a text of her own choosing.


[Welland Tribune. 26 February 1897]

Levi Springer, aged 75, died at his home in Mouton on Sunday. He leaves a widow (mother of Mrs. Alex Cross of this village, and sister of Elias Augustine of Stonebridge), a son (Harvey) and a step-daughter. He was a brother of Aaron Springer, who lives east of town. The remains were interred at Forks Road on Tuesday, Rev. Mr. Sider conducting the funeral ceremony. Many friends and relatives from this section were present at the funeral.


[Welland Tribune, 22 February 1889]

Thos. McGovern, well-known to many of our citizens, died at Sturgis, Dakota, on the 18th of January. The Belt Herald, of Lead City, makes the following references to deceased. “The deceased was about 40 years of age, and was one of the pioneers of the Hills, having arrived in Deadwood on the fourth of July, 1877. He came from Port Colborne, Ontario. Since December, 1877, he has resided principally at Portland, but has occasionally worked upon the Belt. He, in conjunction with his brother Hugh McGovern, is the owner of some of the most valuable property in the Bald Mountain district, owning several claims adjoining the Portland Company’s property, for which the brothers were a short time ago offered a very large sum, which they refused. The cause of his demise is supposed to have had its origin in a very bad cold from which he was suffering when he left for the valley. His brother, Hugh, was in attendance at the dissolution. Besides this brother he leaves two sisters, Mrs. John Costello of this city and Mrs. Geo. Barnett of Buffalo, and a nephew, John Costello, to mourn his loss.”


[Welland Tribune, 15 March 1889]

One of the best known and oldest residents of this part of Canada, Mr. John Hanly, died at the Industrial Home, Welland, on Tuesday last. His age is probably about eighty years. He came to this country from Kilglass, Roscommon, county, Ireland, when quite a young man, and for a time resided at Port Robinson. About 1844 he came to Port Colborne and opened a tavern near the spot where now stands the G.T.R. elevator. Until the past twelve or fifteen years he had been almost constantly in the hotel business, at one time running a large house at St. Thomas. He was employed as watchman on the canal recently, but his health had become so shattered, that he sought shelter in the Home. He has become a terrible sufferer from asthma for a quarter of a century. Hanly had been married twice, but he outlived both wives. He leaves a son and daughter, aged about 14 and 12 years respectively. John Hanly was one of Port Colborne’s most influential citizens in early times. His hotel was a popular place of resort on the canal. And, singular to relate, another popular and well-to-do hotel keeper along the canal in the forties was Mrs. Jenkinson, (who kept at the “Junction”, and she occupied a room in the home next to Hanly at the time of his death. Cruel Time! The funeral took place on Wednesday from the RC church, Rev. Father Kilcullen officiating; interment in the R.C. cemetery. Years ago deceased ordered his tombstone and paid for it, with the understanding that it should be erected on the day of burial. His instructions were faithfully carried out.


[Welland Tribune, 25 January 1889]

No. 1 gas well company talk strongly of putting a gas well down somewhere west of this place. If they have grit enough to put down another well, it should make all, who have the welfare of the town at heart, willing to give them some liberal assistance.