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As Wm. Crompton Paid $13 to Find Out

[Welland Tribune, 4 February 1910]

Welland, Feb. 1.-William Crompton was this afternoon fined $10 and three dollars cost for nearly running over Judge Wells, as the judge was walking on the road on Monday afternoon at five-thirty.

The prisoner pleaded guilty and said he had been drinking.

Crown Attorney Cowper and Chief Jones prosecuted; Magistrate Burgar presided. The prisoner had no counsel.

The charge read that on the 31st of January the said William Crompton, did attempt in and upon one G.W. Wells to commit assault which might have caused actual bodily harm. Sec. 295 C.C.V.

“How you elect to be tried?” asked Magistrate Burgar. “I don’t know, “replied Crompton.

“How old?”-“Twenty-four years.”

“Where born?”-“England.”

“Country or town?”-“Country.”

“Married or single?”-“Single.”


“Read and write?”-“Yes.”

“Trade?” ”-Laborer.”

“Temperate?”-“I drink.”

“Drink every day?”-“No.”

“Just once in a while?”-“Yes, Sir.”



[Welland Telegraph 1904/05]

Son of the late John Misener, who died in January, 1901, was born in the Township of Wainfleet, on February 19th, 1867, where he has always lived and followed the occupation of farming. He was educated in the public school and the St. Catharines College of Commerce, where he received a diploma on graduation in 1891. It was in the same year that he was elected to serve as councillor in the township council. He held the reeveship in 1893-4-5and was thus a County Councillor, being probably the youngest man Welland ever had in that position. In 1895 he came within one vote of attaining the Wardenship, though he did not seek that position. In that year he held the chairmanship in the Industrial Home Committee. Mr. Misener was a promoter, and is today a stockholder in the Fork’s Road Natural Gas Co., and was instrumental in starting the Fenwick Company in 1902, in which he is still interested. In politics he is a staunch Conservative, at the present time serving the second term as president of the Liberal-Conservative Association of the electoral district of Monck.


[Welland Telegraph, 1904/05]

Richard Harcourt, M.A., M.P.P., was born in Seneca township, county of Haldimand, on March 17, 1849. In 1870 he took his M.A. degree at Toronto University, and in1871 he was appointed school inspector of Haldimand. Five years later he took up law with a Toronto firm, and in 1878 began his practice in Welland. The same year he was elected as a Liberal to fill a vacancy in Monck, and has held the constituency ever since. In August of 1890, he entered Sir Oliver Mowat’s cabinet as Provincial Treasurer, and afterwards took the portfolio of Minister of Education, which he now holds. He is conceded to be one of the ablest public man of the day.


[Welland Telegraph 1904/05]

Was born in Crowland Township on October 3rd, 1827. His main business has been farming, but other matters have engaged his attention.  In early life he underwent Normal School Training and for a time was engaged in teaching. Later on he was Township Clerk for a number of years. He was mainly instrumental in establishing a Post Office at Brookfield Station, of which he was Postmaster for a time. He has acted as executor and trustee for some important estates, and was collector of customs at Fort Erie for about seven years. He is a Conservative in politics and was the standard bearer for his party in the Dominion elections of 1874, his opponent being the late Wm. A. Thomson, by whom he was defeated. He was subsequently offered the nomination for the Ontario Legislature which he declined.



[Welland Telegraph 1904]

Robert Cooper was born in the township of Wainfleet, in September, 1852. He is a son of David Cooper who at that time owned a grist mill and farm near Marshville. In 1860 David Cooper moved to Welland and purchased the Aqueduct Mills which he ran until 1878, when the government took the land upon they stood to build the aqueduct. Robert was in the mill with his father until that time. For the next six years he was absent from the county, spending a year in California on his wedding trip. Returning to Welland he started a flour and feed business, which he carried on intermittently until two years ago when he built the Riverside Mills, one of the most prosperous industries in the county. Mr. Cooper served four years in the town council and in 1891 was elected deputy-reeve. The same year he was appointed County Clerk, which position he holds at the present time. He has been a successful businessman and an excellent official.



[Welland Telegraph 1904]

Was born in the Township of Wainfleet, Welland County, on April 19th, 1860, the son of the late Robt. Hay. He moved to Thorold Township in 1896 where he served two years in the Township Council. In the fall of 1900 he moved to the Town of Thorold where he served two years in the Town Council. He is at the present a member of the Public School Board. Mr. Hay has a large meat business in Thorold, is a member of the Methodist church and in politics is a Conservative.

HAY- At 17 Ormond street, North, Thorold, on Tuesday afternoon, October 1st, 1940, George William Hay, beloved husband of the late Martha Jean Stewart, in his 81st year. The funeral will be held on Friday, October 4th from his late residence at 2 p.m., (D.S.T.) thence to United church, Thorold, for service at 2.30. Interment in Fonthill cemetery.

The Welland-Port Colborne Evening Tribune
2 October 1940


[Welland Tribune, 28 June 1917]

A quiet but pretty wedding was solemnized at St. Catharines on Tuesday afternoon when Maud the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Burgess was united in marriage to Charles, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jamieson, formerly of Welland. They were married at the Methodist Parsonage, Welland Ave., by the Rev. Mr. Hamilton. The bride wore white voile trimmed with lace and satin and carried a bouquet of roses; her niece Miss Lillie Strawn acted as bridesmaid dressed in pale blue voile and also carried a bouquet of roses. The groom was supported by Mr. Edward McCovey of Welland.

They left mid showers of confetti on the 5 o’clock train for London, and other points. On their return they will reside at 154 Lake Avenue, St. Catharines. Congratulations.  Married: 26 June 1917


Stamford News

[People’s Press, 11 April 1907]

There passed to rest at the home of her son, Wm. F. Pew, at Cheboygan, Mich., the 8th of April, Mrs. Isaac Pew, aged 82 years, relict of the late Isaac Pew of Stamford, who departed this life about four years ago. The deceased was a descendent of an old E.U. Loyalist family, a daughter of the late William Biggar of Drummondville, and was the sixth of that generation of the family to die between the ages of 80 and 86 years. Her mother, Rebecca Green, was born two days after the emigration of her parents to Canada, about one hundred and twenty years ago, and up to the time of her death was the oldest living Canadian in the Province of Ontario. The grandfather of the deceased was a member of the well-known King’s Rangers. There survive two sons, R.H Pew of Oshkosh, Wis., and William F. of Cheboygan, Mich. The funeral took place on Wednesday, the remains being taken to Drummond Hill for interment. Six nephews of the deceased acted as pallbearers and the services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Lavelle, assisted by Rev. S.M. Gilchriese  of Chegoygan.



[Welland Tribune, 24 January 1908]

The death of Robert Offspring was noted in last Tuesday’s Press.

The funeral was held on Wednesday morning. The weather was uncertain; it threatened rain or snow and a strong wind was blowing, yet, despite the fact, a large number of friends and mourners met at the late home of Robert offspring, Randolph street, to view the face of the deceased for the last time. There were many floral tributes. Not only was the coffin covered, but several designs of striking beauty and simplicity, too large for the hearse, were otherwise conveyed. The cortege went to St. John’s R.C. church, Port Robinson.

The bearers were Robt. Grisdale, M. Brady, Fred Edgar, Bartholomew O’Leary, Michael McAuliffe, Frank Valencourt, James Kilty and William Stapf. Rev. Father Sullivan, Thorold, conducted High Mass; E.P. Lamping and Mrs. Mullen assisting the choir in the requiem. Miss O’Brien, organist in the church here accompanied. In the first carriage were: Mrs. Offspring, Agnes, Celia and George. In the other carriages following in the order named were: Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Spring; Mr. and Mrs. James Leary; Mr. and Mrs. William Jeffries; John Offspring, Prescott; Mrs. J. Sheeley, Montreal; George Offspring and family, Port Robinson; James and Mrs. O.Neill, Port Colborne; Mrs. William Drennan, Mrs. Thomas O’Neill and William Drennan, Port Robinson; Julia Lavin, Buffalo; Rev. Leary, Mrs. McCullough, Mrs. Tully, Mrs. O’Brien, Miss M. Brennan, Mrs. Valencourt and Mrs. M. Brady, and the members of the choir.

The remains were interred in the cemetery adjoining the church at Port Robinson.


19 August 1904-10 May 1988

It is Easter Morning, wonderful day of hope and assurance for all people. As the sun is slowly rising in the east, our family is stirring, Father, Mother, my younger sister and baby brother. Someone, likely Mother, softly singing, “Low in the grave He lays, Jesus my Saviour, Waiting the coming day. Jesus my Lord.”

We all join in, even baby brother. Father who cannot sing alone except when rocking the baby, then he has a quaint little lullaby all his own.

I hear Father open the door of the big airtight heater and with the poker stir the coals, likely a large elm knot fitted in the night before or possibly maple or beech, and with a small fire shovel he takes coals to the kitchen stove while colored sparks fly, he lays on the kindling prepared the night before.

By now the crackling of the fire has created a warm cozy atmosphere and whetted appetites.

We thank God for the food. Mother brings a steaming plate of pancakes and with liverwurst or perhaps bacon and eggs, all produced and processed on the farm. Soon the Bible is read and we have family worship with everyone kneeling in prayer. I go to the barn with Father to feed the stock, milk the cows, separate the milk and feed the calves, hogs and chickens.

Before Church we children eagerly search for small berry baskets lined with soft green moss gathered the day before on and beneath a nearby rail fence.

The boxes are covered with bright colored paper and tied with ribbon. They usually contained two eggs which had been wrapped in onion skins and boiled which gave a soft brown color, also small candy eggs of the jelly bean variety.

We hitch the team and start for the nearby Dunkard Church, later the brethren in Christ. We ride in a two seated democrat wagon with covered top and side curtains.

As we enter, the children go to a room for Sunday School, then to the sanctuary where the men sit on the right, the women on the left.

There is a raised platform at front used as a mourner’s bench where the very young and sometimes very old, bow to make their peace with God during the Revival Meeting.

On the platform is the long pulpit or desk and back of it the bench for the ministers, usually two or three in number.

One minister lines the song and calls for someone to raise the tune, today it will be “Christ Arose,” and likely the inspiring Coronation Hymn of the Church, “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name.”

The second minister reads one of the profound resurrection scriptures followed by a sermon of one hour and all experience edification of spirit thereby.

On Easter Sunday we go to Grandpa Shafers for dinner. No one could cook like Grandma or my Mother, as they are Pennsylvania Dutch, so on this day there is a large platter of fried eggs, roast chicken, dressing, mashed potatoes and all that goes with a German Easter Dinner. Very appealing to an eight year old boy.

Grandpa asks the blessing sometimes in German. In our home the musical instruments consisted of Mother’s accordion and the children’ mouth organ. And, oh we loved to sing!!!

At Grandpa’s there is Uncle John, Mother’s younger brother, who had that marvelous invention, the gramophone with “His Master’s Voice.” Trademark, a cute little dog with turned head peering into the purple horn as he hears his Master’s voice.

Shy, likeable Uncle John, one of a kind, born in a sod house in Nebraska. When Grandpa took his family from Pennsylvania, he lived in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska and while some settlers became wealthy, the locust, hail, prairie fires and drought drove them from State to State and to Canada in 1900 to farm. They first lost their cattle in a T.B. test and their barn by fire, but with a strong faith in God, they never quit.

Uncle John never married, and at seventy years of age sat on his bed and died with heart failure.

Part of his estate built a fine Medical Clinic at the Montreal Lake Indian Children’s Home, housing sixty-four native children, Timber Bay Indian Reserve, Sask.

Again we hear the appropriate “Christ Arose” and others pertaining to the resurrection and our hearts are lifted in Praise to God for his unspeakable gift to mankind.

At home, Mother would sing the beautiful “America” never “The Star Spangled Banner” and she taught us in German “Stille Nacht Meilige Nacht” and Gott ist die Leibe.”

The sun is sinking in the west and we return home and the chores of the morning are repeated. As we snuggle down in our warm feather beds, we thank God for our parents, family love, our home and that “THE LORD IS RISEN INDEED.” Luke 24:34