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[Welland Tribune, 30 May 1872]

Niagara Township has lost by death another of its worthy and oldest inhabitants, and Canada one of its earliest settlers and bravest defenders. Mr. Lachlin Currie, father of the Hon. J.G. Currie, Speaker of the House of Assembly and of J.M. Currie, Esq., of this Town, breathed his last on Saturday evening at the ripe old age of 87 years. The deceased was a Scotchman by birth, and came to Canada with his regiment in 1812 or 1813 taking part in many of the battles fought on the Upper Canada frontier during the war. On the conclusion of peace he left the army and settled on a farm on the Niagara River, where he continued to reside till the day of his death. When the Rebellion of 1837 broke out, Mr. C. once more shouldered his musket and again enjoyed the satisfaction of being successful in assisting in preserving the honor and dignity of the flag he loved. For the past  two years he was blind, but otherwise seemed as healthy and strong as most men of his age. He leaves behind him six children, five sons and a daughter. -St. Catharines Journal.


[Welland Tribune, 28 August 1872]

COOK- In great peace on Friday, the 23rd day of August 1872, Charlotte, eldest daughter of James Cook, of Crowland, aged 32 years and 7 months.

The late Miss Cook was a young lady of very estimable character, who enjoyed the genuine respect of a large circle of friends and acquaintances, and who had endeared herself to the family, of which she, till lately, formed a part by the affectionate and active interest she took in their welfare and happiness, and by the faithful and unostentatious discharge of the domestic duties, which her position in life called upon her to perform. Her sad demise will leave a void in a hitherto unbroken family circle that can never be filled.

*Note: Tombstone: 3 March 1840-24 August 1872


[Welland Tribune, 18 January 1872]

HALL-In this town, on Monday 15th instant, George B., only child of Mrs. E. Hall, of the City Hotel, aged 10 years and 11 months.

Deceased was a bright, amiable boy beloved by all his school-mates and his apparently untimely decease has evoked much sympathy and regret from the community.

*His mother, Esther, was the landlady of the City Hotel.


By Peter Shisler

[Welland Tribune, 15 February 1872]

REMINISCENCES OF THE FRONTIER-When I was 17, in the year 1827, I remember teaming oats to the Pavilion Hotel at the Falls, which was at that time kept by one W. Forsyth, who kept stages running daily from that place to Fort Erie, and Mr. A. Crysler ran stages from Niagara to the Falls. This went off very well and both parties made money out of it, but by and by, the parties would take passengers the whole route and dispute over it. So they drew bonds that neither should drive on as though there had been no bonds exchanged, and the consequence was Mr. W.F. had to fork over $5000, but it did not seem to hurt him much, as when he left that business he left each of his four sons 200 acres of land with good buildings, besides giving his daughters a good setting out. Since 1827, that hotel has been destroyed three times by fire and rebuilt. Since the cars have taken the place of stages the above taverns are cut short, and in fact everything has taken a change. Chippawa, at that date, was the market for over fifty miles west and south-west for all kinds of produce, and I believe to-day, if some men owned the land from Chippawa to the Falls, there might be a greater market there to-day than ever has been in times gone by; as anyone who has passed along the rapids between these places can’t help but see that there is a great chance for water power. And the day may not be far distant when Chippawa may regain its position. Besides its old time advantages it has the accommodations of the Erie & Niagara R.R.; with splendid water communication. All that is required is for some of your wealthy men to put their shoulders to the wheel. As I passed through, on the 4th instant, I noticed a large number of scholars coming from a splendid mansion, which is a credit to the place, and as it lies so near one of the greatest wonders of the world, my impression is that it will be one of the last places that will go down, unless the great cataract gives way of which I think there is no danger as it is bound with such large cables to the U.S.


[Welland Tribune, 4 April 1872]

At a meeting of the Municipal Council of Welland Village held on the evening of Friday last, 29th instant, a BY-law was passed intuited- “A By-law for the Regulation of “ the Streets, Sidewalks and Thoroughfares of the Village of Welland, and for the Preservation of Order and the suppression of Nuisances therein,” we give, as subjoined, a brief synopsis of the provisions contained therein:

Sec. 1. Repeals by-laws previously in force respecting objects of this by-law.

2. that persons on foot, meeting on the streets shall pass to the right, or be liable to penalty if disturbance ensue.

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[Welland Tribune, 4 April 1872]

Before Messrs. Hill and Hagar-Samuel Partingham, carriage trimmer, (no relation to the celebrated old lady or her son Ike), was charged by Constable Gilchriese with being drunk and disorderly on Tuesday 2nd inst. Fined $1 and costs $8.50. The prisoner, who appeared to be a very respectable man, said this was the first time he was ever in such a predicament, paid his fine without a murmur, and tendered an apology besides, for the trouble he had given the magistrates.

Before the same-Mrs. McMahon was charged by Mrs. Maria Murphy with having on the 1st inst., defamed her character and otherwise abused her. The parties are both Celtic widows, living on the south end of Canal street. It was proven to the complete satisfaction of the Court that Mrs. McMahon had called the complainant some very bad names indeed, and had accused her of being guilty of conduct of a very naughty nature, which Maria who claimed that “she had a respectable father for her children, so she had,” indignantly denied. Prisoner was fined $1 and costs, but considering her poverty the magistrates and constables agreed to forego their costs and she was only taxed the dollar.


[Welland Tribune, 7 March 1872]

A man named Arthur O’Connor assaulted the Queen while driving on Constitution Hill, on Thursday afternoon last. When the Carriage stopped at the gate at Buckingham Palace, O’Connor ran to the side and presented a document and pistol at the Queen at the same time, threatening her to sign the former immediately or die. He was instantly arrested by the Queen’s attendants, when it was found that the pistol was not loaded and of so primitive a construction as to be incapable of being fired, if loaded. The document proved to be a pardon for all persons imprisoned as Fenians.

O’Connor is about 20 years of age. His father is an Irishman; his mother an Englishwoman, and he was born in England. His house was searched but nothing tending to criminate anyone with him in the insane plot was discovered. The papers found on him are evidently his own work, and the impression of all who heard them read is that they are the products of a deranged mind. He was committed to stand his trial at eh assizes.


[Welland Tribune, 21 March 1872]

Little did we surmise last Thursday, when noticing the apparently slight illness of Mr. E.H. Steggall, that within a few days thereafter, it would be our melancholy duty to accompany his mortal remains to their last resting place. He was a vigorous, hearty man, in the prime of life, and up to Thursday, was scarcely confined to his bed, having visited his store on the morning of that day; but on the morning of the day following his illness assumed a most serious phase, and on Saturday morning, by daylight, and before scarcely any of his friends was aware that he had anything more than a “heavy cold,” he was a corpse. Although by no means a stranger in a strange land, yet he had not a relative this side of the Atlantic. We believe he was about 45 years of age, and a native of Suffolk, England. His funeral took place on Sunday, and was the largest we have ever seen in this town. As he was a Free Mason, being a member of Prince Edward’s Lodge, Picton, Ont., his burial was conducted according to the Masonic Ritual; the members of Merritt Lodge and large number of brethren from adjoining Lodges attending in procession, and taking charge of the disposal of the remains of their deeply regretted brother.-R.W. Bro. I.P. Willson conducting the service in a most impressive manner. The burial service of the Episcopalian Church was also held over his remains by the Rev. Mr. Creighton, at the Church of that denomination in this town, in the place of interment adjoining which his remains were laid. Deceased was open hearted, affable and respected, and his absence will be missed and mourned by the very large circle of friends which he had gained in this place. Referring to his totally unexpected decease, no commentary is more appropriate than the oft repeated yet always appropriate scriptural one,-“Verily, in the midst of life we are in death.”

Died: 16 March 1872


The obituaries of Moses Betts and his wife, Albina, are unavailable for research.  Moses died 21 April 1873 of consumption and his wife, Albina (Seeley), died 23 March 1875. Both are buried in Fonthill Cemetery.


[Welland Tribune, 30 May 1872]

Welland has this week lost one of it most prominent citizens in the removal of Mr. Moses Betts to St. Catharines. Mr. Betts has been compelled just now to remove for this reason: Having sold his property here some time ago, with the intention of removing to Michigan, and not having as yet perfected his arrangements for leaving this section, he would have staid in Welland, but was unable to procure a house to live in, and was compelled to move to St. Catharines where, notwithstanding all the “blowing” the Saints do about their progress, there are yet a few empty houses. It is very seldom the case that removal from a town indicates prosperity, but in some respects such is the case in Mr. B’s departure.


[Welland Telegraph, 26 December 1872]

PERSONAL-The many friends of Mr. Betts formerly of this place and now residing in Flint, Michigan, will regret to learn that he has lost his youngest child by death. The body was brought to Fonthill for interment, on Christmas day, the party driving up from the G.R.S. Station in carriages. The family have the warmest sympathy for all in their bereavement.

Died: 21 December 1872



[Welland Tribune, 10 July 1872]


             EDITOR TRIBUNE- Sir-On returning home one evening a short time since, I found a present awaiting me which pleased me very much. It was a copy of the “Parliamentary Debates on Confederation,” a well bound volume of 1,032 pages. The following relation of circumstances will explain how I came by this handsome present: When Col. Peacock came to New Germany with his artillery, at the time of the Fenian Raid, he sent Mr. Abram Hendershot, of Welland, to me for my map of the Counties of Lincoln and Welland, which I lent him, and he (the Col.) cut out the Township of Bertie to see more conveniently the lines and roads. The Col. afterwards left the map with a certain individual with instructions to deliver it to me, upon which that person sent me two poles, stating that the Col. had cut out the map and sent the poles, on which I tried them where the map had been hung, and found them not to agree with the length of mine. I then sent a letter to Mr. A. Hendershot stating that I wished them to return the map, on which he said he would either pay for it or give me another, and it was left at that for several years, after which I wrote to Mr. J.G. Currie about it, who said, by return mail, that I should state which I preferred, a map or the money. I wrote him that I would rather have the map, and then he sent me a letter stating that I should call or send, and I could have a map and the book alluded to above. As I think the book a valuable one, and am certain to get the map on calling or sending for it, I am well satisfied and wish the Hon. J.G. Currie to accept my thanks.

Yours, &c.,


Stevensville, June 1872