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The TALES you probably never heard about


[Welland Telegraph, 27 January 1888]

General regret will be expressed in Ottawa at the announcement of the death at her old home, Hawksbury, on Thursday, of Mrs. Dewhurst, wife of Mr. E.R. Dewhurst, of the Department of Agriculture. The circumstances are particularly sad, as the marriage of the deceased was only celebrated two months ago. Mrs. Dewhurst succumbed to an attack of pneumonia after an illness of three weeks. She possessed in this city many friends who will sympathize with Mr. Dewhurst in his sad bereavement. The deceased was only twenty-six years of age. The funeral took place on Sunday last.-Ottawa Journal.


[Welland Tribune, 7 September 1888]

S.S. Hagar, Esq., who passed peacefully to rest at his home in Welland on Tuesday, was born in Thorold Township in 1811, of U.E. Loyalist parentage. In 1845, Mr. Hagar entered in the lumber trade and built a saw mill in Wainfleet, of which township he was a leading resident and until his removal to the town of Welland. Under the old regime he was for many years superintendent of public schools for Wainfleet, and was also clerk of the division court for that township. For upwards of thirty years past, he has been on the commission of the peace for the county of Welland. In 1839 he married Jane Eliza, daughter of the late Charles Fell, who survives him, as also do two daughters, Mrs. E.A.C. Pew of Welland and Mrs. C.C. Millard of East Saginaw, Michigan. In religion Mr. Hagar was a Methodist, and he was also for many years prominently identified with temperance work. Of an affable and courteous disposition, he was liked as well as respected and esteemed by all with whom he came in contact.

The funeral took place yesterday (Thursday) afternoon from the residence of Mr. E.A.C. Pew to the Fonthill cemetery. It was largely attended. A number of relatives from a distance including Mrs. Millard of East Saginaw, Michigan and Mr. J. B. Burns of Warren, Pennsylvania, daughter and grandson, respectively, of deceased were present. The floral offerings included a sickle and sheaf of wheat with the word “Father.” Rev. Geo. Clarke, formerly of Welland, now of Milton, conducted the service. He preached an impressive sermon from Job 14c, 14 v, “If a man die, shall he live again.” The pall bearers were Messrs. O.H. Round, T. Teskey, Jno. Kelly, L.D. Raymond, I.P. Willson and Chas Carter.


[Welland Tribune, 25 May 1888]

SUDDEN DEATH- Mr. Robert McNeal, one of our oldest residents, died suddenly, of heart disease it is supposed, on Sunday night last. He has been in unusually good health recently, and had his trunk packed to go to Burlington Beach Monday morning. He retired in unusually good spirits at about 11.30 p.m. Mr. Harry Burns and wife, who live in the same house, heard him cry out, “Oh!” and struggle in bed. On going to his room, Mr. Burns found that Mr. McNeal had expired. The body was taken to St. Catharines, where his wife is buried, the funeral taking place Tuesday. A number of Masons, of which Order Mr. McNeal was a member, went from here to take part in the ceremonies. Mr. McNeal was 73 years of age.-Dunnville Press.

Mr. McNeal was the father of Mr. C. McNeal and Mr. John McNeal, the well-known landlords of Port Colborne and Welland respectively.


[Welland Tribune, 15 June 1888]

We learn from the Los Angeles Tribune that Mr. Alva Price, formerly of Welland county, now a resident of Ontario, California, had a narrow escape from instant death on May 31st. It seems a young man named Broderick, with whom Price was slightly acquainted, got crazy drunk and went gunning on the street. Meeting Price he detained him in a drunken friendly way, but on Price leaving him said, “Price, I am going to shoot you,” and suiting the action to the word, blazed away. Fortunately Broderick was too drunk to fire straight, and although within a few feet, the ball passed harmlessly and lodged in a building near by, making a hole big enough to put a finger in. Broderick was grabbed by a passer by, disarmed and put in the lock up. No cause can be assigned for the shooting, except that he was crazy drunk.

Electric Thunder Bolt Strikes

[Citation appears to be: Bru Can Sim. August 1, 1888]

Wednesday morning during the storm eight men took refuge in the G.T.R. bridge shanty at the Air Line Junction near Welland, when without a moment’s warning a terrible crack was heard outside as of some explosion; instantly a flash of light flew past the window; and in another moment the sand and gravel began falling on the roof of the shanty.

The terrified men were breathless. When they revived a little they found that an electric thunder bolt had struck within twelve feet of the door, ploughed the ground about 3 feet long, 18 inches deep and 2 feet wide, and melting a dent in the steel rail about the size of a silver dollar. Those who saw it coming say it came from the southwest in the form of a chain and when it struck it burst and smoke and fire flew in all directions.



Crystal Beach Amusement Park ceased operations at the end of the summer season 1989, its rides dismantled or demolished. Today the area it once occupied is a gated community closed to the public.