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[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.


[Welland Tribune, 22 May 1896]

Mrs. Warrington, who lives with her son-in-law, David Ross, celebrated her 87th birthday anniversary on the 19th inst. For one of her years she is remarkably smart, and promises well to complete a century of life.


Humberstone News

[Welland Tribune, 22 May 1896]

Mrs. Sophia Grabau, wife of the Rev. John Grabau, died May 14th, 1896, in the 54th year of her age, at her residence, Bergholtz, N.Y., after a lingering illness of consumption. Deceased was a daughter of the late Godfrey Harnisch of Humberstone, and a sister of the late M.W. Near. The funeral was held on Sunday and was largely attended. A husband, two daughters and five sons mourn the loss of a loving wife and kind mother.


[Welland Tribune, 4 September 1885]

When Councillor Minnis arose on Friday morning last he found those most necessary articles of clothing-pants and boots-missing. The unmentionables were subsequently found in the kitchen, but the boots had walked away-on the burglar’s feet. The open kitchen window shewed the route they has taken. Further investigation revealed that the pocket of the pants had been gone through, and some $4 or $5 in all had accompanied the boots thence. Fortunately $65 in Mr. Minnis’s vest pocket, hanging on the bed room door knob has escaped the thief’s notice. Mr. Minnis, like most Wellanders in time of trouble has called on Chief Gilchriese who sent word to Constable Anderson at the C.S.R. to be on this look out. Mr. Gilchreise, himself, having heard that a suspicious-looking person had gone down the W.R.R. track early in the morning, went to Port Robinson but his search was fruitless. But Mr. Anderson had better luck. Examining a freight train about to move out of the yard, he found that a man with rather ill-fitting boots on had crawled in an empty car and pulled the slide-door to after him. Mr. Anderson called on the fellow to come out and give himself up. He pulled the door to and refused, apparently determined to stand a siege. Thinking better of it, and jumping quickly out of the car he pulled off the boots and attempted to make off, but was collared by the constable and lodged in gaol. The prisoner was found to be one Andy McCulliff, an old resident of this county but who has been away for some time past. When brought before Mr. Hellems for trial on Monday, prisoner stated that he did not know whether he was guilty as charges or not. He had been drinking and remembered nothing that occurred after leaving St. Thomas on Thursday with a satchel and $20 until taken in the car with boots on which did not belong to hi, and with this satchel gone and only between $4 or $5 in his pocket. He had no lawyer to defend him, and did not wish any. Mr. Raymond prosecuted. A plea of not guilty was entered, and evidence taken as above. Mr. Minnis and Mr. Seger both positively identified the boots found on prisoner as Mr. Minnis’s. Mr. M. could not swear to the money but it was the same kind and amount he had lost. Mr. Dowd swore to seeing prisoner coming down from the C.S. R. depot after midnight the morning of the burglary. In short, the case was proven beyond possibility of doubt, and prisoner was convicted and sentenced to six months in central prison.


Fonthill News

[Welland Tribune, 28 August 1885]

On Tuesday last, 18th inst., our esteemed townsman, D. D’Deverardo, left for a sojourn at Saratoga Springs, to receive much needed treatment from his old medical advisor, Dr. Ford. He has our best wishes for his speedy restoration to his usual health.


Eddie Viel of Brown’s Nurseries

Killed by the Accidental Discharge of a 32-Calibre Revolver

[Welland Tribune, 29 October 1897]

The officers and employees at Brown’s Bros. Nurseries, Pelham, as well as the residents of the township, are in deep grief over the accidental shooting of Eddie Viel, book-keeper for the Brown Bros. Nursery Company on Monday night last, from the effects of which he died on Wednesday, Oct. 27. The facts of the case are as follows: Eddie Viel and Archie Fisher.


-and room mates. Both were employed t the nursery-Archie is a son of Charles Fisher, superintendent of the nurseries, and Viel was a book-keeper for the company, his parents residing on Mutual street, Toronto. The young men were very intimate, and on Monday evening went to the harvest home services at the Friend’s church. Reaching home about midnight, Fisher picker up the revolver, which was empty, and proceeded to load it. In doing so


-and the bullet struck Viel, entering the lower part of the stomach, passing through the body and lodging near the backbone. The alarm was at once given and Drs. Emmett of Fonthill and Barker of Fenwick instantly summoned. On Tuesday morning, in response to a despatch, the father of the unfortunate young man reached here; a professional nurse was secured from St. Catharines hospital, and everything possible done to relieve the patient’s suffering, and if possible to save his life. The grief of the father, and of the members of the Fisher family, was pitiable to witness. After the arrival of the father, while sufficient yet remained in the weakening frame of the brave young fellow, and in the presence of surrounding friends, he exonerated Archie Fisher from all blame. “Don’t worry so much he said.


-and it might just as well have been him as me.” On Wednesday morning additional medical aid assistance was summoned, with the intention of removing the bullet, if deemed advisable, but before the surgeon could begin their task a serous collapse set in, and


-just thirty-five hours after the accident, the mother was on her way from Toronto, but a message interrupted her, and she returned home without seeing her boy alive. Deceased was eighteen years of age. The remains were conveyed to the 8.40 T.H. &B train yesterday morning at Fenwick, and from thence taken to Toronto, where burial will take place today. Before the body was removed from the grief stricken home of the Fishers a brief but


-was conducted by the Rev. Mr. Crowle, pastor of the Fonthill Methodist church, the neighbors attending as a mark of sympathy and respect for one they esteemed so much. Six colleagues bore the casket from the hearse, and the nursery officials and office employees proceeded to Toronto to attend the final obsequies of their well-beloved comrade there. Eddie Viel came here last spring, although he had been in the employ of Brown Bros. Nursery Co. prior to that time. His brief life here had won him many friends and no enemies. He was a young man of good habits.


-and always had an eye single to the best of his firm. The kindliest expressions of regard are heard on every end, and sympathy comes from all who know the details of the distressing and fatal affair.

It is but right to say that the revolver was the legitimate property of these young men. Both were frequently employed in conveying messages to and from the bank and valuable mail matter, and the firm


Both, too, were accustomed to the use of firearms and many a time had risen with the sun and gone hunting together in the bush. In fact Fisher was almost an adept in the use of firearms, and the discharge of the revolver was purely accidental. Blame can attach to no one, despite the terrible consequences that have followed.


Wellandport News

[Welland Tribune, 5 November 1897]

Albert Eitle died on Sunday evening last. He had lived on the farm where he died. He was never married; his mother and sister kept house for him until his mother died, then his sister took charge. He was deaf and blind for quite a number of years. His word was as good as his bond; he was strictly honest in all transactions, and very much respected I the neighborhood. Much sympathy is felt for his sister, who is left alone on the old homestead. Deceased was a brother to J. V. Eitle of Niagara Falls.

d: 1 November 1897


Fenwick News

[Welland Tribune, 5 November 1897]

Mary Eliza, relict of late David F. Stringer, died at the residence of her son-in-law, John Effrick, Fenwick, on Thursday last week, Oct, 28 th.,at the advanced age of 78 years and 8 months, after a long period of illness and poor health. Her husband predeceased her over eleven years ago, she leaves one son and two daughters-Leonard Stringer and Mrs. John Effrick of Fenwick, and Mrs. Wm. Hamilton of Muskoka. Deceased was a lifelong and consistent member of the Methodist church, respected by all who knew her. The funeral took place on Saturday, and was very largely attended. Services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Sparling in the Bethany church; interment at Dawdy’s burying ground.


Fenwick News

[Welland Tribune, 22 October 1897]

A company of unusual proportions assembled at the home of William Crow, one mile east of Fenwick, on Tuesday last, to celebrate that gentleman’s sixtieth birthday. It was a complete surprise, gotten up by the family, in which invited friends joined, forming a company of nearly one hundred persons-from Pelham, Gainsboro and Clinton. The guests came heavily laden with good things, and the tables, when laid, were a pretty and appetizing sight. When the first table was being seated, reeve Hyatt arose to his feet and presented to Mr. Crow, on behalf of the family, a comfortable arm chair in oak, accompanying the gift with a brief, neat speech, in which the hope was expressed on behalf of the whole company that the recipient would long be spared to enjoy the beautiful present. Mrs. Crow was Sarah Jane Huntsman, daughter of the late John Huntsman of Clinton township. The happy marriage took place in 1863, and in 1864 Mr. and Mrs. Crow moved to Pelham, where they have since resided, commanding always the respect not only of their neighbors and friends, but the community at large. Two of their children have passed away, those surviving being Mrs. H.G. Diffin of Pelham Centre, and Alandes Crow, who lives at the old home. Tuesday was an ideal October day, warm and pleasant, and the large company walked about the beautiful lawn or sat beneath the shading trees, and indulged in games and social chat. It was a genuine old-fashioned happy visit, enjoyed by a host of old friends, who will long remember the gathering with sincere pleasure.