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[Welland Tribune, 22 February, 1889]

The past year has been one of progress for Wellandport, and the coming season promises to add materially to the business and “good looks” of our village….The Messrs. Heslop Bros., who have purchased the flouring mills here, are practical men who are sure to draw large patronage as soon as they get their modern machinery in position. They intend putting in a full roller mill of fifty barrel capacity. Work will begin at once and will be completed in about six weeks. The rolls are from the famous works of G.T. Smith, Stratford, whose name alone stamps the system as one of the best on the continent. ….Mr. Wm. Stewart has purchased from Mr. Eitle the machines used in the manufacture of cheese-boxes and fruit baskets, and is now engaged in the erection of a building with a view of carrying on that business in future. Read the rest of this entry »


[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, 22 February 1889]

“Where the wicked cease from troubling,  And the weary are at rest.”

“There is no place like home,” says the old song; so we cannot do better than write of home-but another home than that spoken of in the sweet old refrain; The Home of the Dead. And the friends who have crossed Life’s margin for the Better Land from where the mighty “Onyakara” chants its endless song, have truly a beautiful home in which to lie at rest until that last great day when the grave gives up its dead. Fairview cemetery stands upon the highest elevation within the town of Niagara Falls, and commands a beautiful view of the surrounding country. The ground is twenty acres in extent, tastefully laid out and neatly fenced. Drives and footpaths intersect the front portion of the cemetery, while the rear portion is a meadow, with young shade trees planted all around its margin. Read the rest of this entry »


[Welland Tribune, 1 March 1889]

Taking Findlay as an example: Findlay is the county seat of Hancock county, Ohio. At present it has a population of about 6.000. For many years there had been evidence of both oil and gas in and around the town. Old citizens tell us that about forty years ago there was a place south of town where gas escaped from the surface of the ground in such quantities that a small flame could be kept burning for several days at a time. We have similar indications near Port Colborne. At Findlay, some twenty years ago, Jacob Carr, drilled a well on his lot for water to a depth of 135 feet, when he struck a small vein of gas, and the well was abandoned so far as water was concerned. But Mr. Carr turned it to account by using the gas to light and heat his house, which he continues to do tot eh present day. Read the rest of this entry »


[Welland Tribune, 1 March 1889]

JANE E. HUTCHINS, who died in the Home at Welland on Saturday, was a daughter (born 1831) of Hosea Hibbard of Connecticut, and was married there to Ebenezer Hutchins in 1859. In 1861 removed to Genesee Co., N.Y. and in 1874 came to Canada. Three years ago deceased suffered a stroke of apoplexy and never laid down until death came. Four months ago she became an inmate of the Home, where she was comfortably provided for. Deceased was a member of the Methodist church, and the funeral services on Monday, 25th, were conducted by Rev. Mr. Brownell.


[Welland Tribune, 15 March 1889]

That the new Presbyterian church will be built this summer is now almost a certainty, At a meeting on Tuesday evening a building committee and board of trustees were appointed, and it was agreed that the building should be proceeded with as soon as the subscription fund reached $4000. The list showed $3,735 yesterday-only $265 short of the required amount. The church is to be erected on the lot next to Mr. A. Griffith’s residence, and will cost about $5,000 exclusive of the lot.


[Welland Tribune, 15 March 1889]

Detective Murray has been working Dunnville of the past week in the hope of ferreting out the murderer of the old man who was found in the canal there last fall. The old “stationery pedlar,” who everyone supposed, was the victim, was in town last week as big as life. He positively denies that he was killed, of course.


[Welland Tribune, 22 February 1889]

A fearful accident occurred at Hartford, Conn., about five o’clock Monday morning, resulting in about twenty-five deaths-among them that of John Crowell Hill, son of the late Andrew Hill of Pelham township. The disaster was caused by the explosion of the boilers in the hotel, from some unknown cause. The hotel, which was a poor affair with which the insurance companies would have nothing to do, was completely wrecked. Mr. Hill, whose home is in Buffalo where he has lived for many years past, was a commercial traveller for Wm. P. Miller, oil merchant, Brooklyn, being a transient lodger at the hotel on the ill-fated day of the disaster. His body was recovered, and the funeral will take place to-day, Friday. It will arrive here by train from Buffalo this forenoon; service will be held at the brick meeting house of the Friends, Pelham, interment in the burying ground adjoining.

Deceased leaves a widow and a bright boy of twelve years to mourn their appalling, great and sudden loss.


[Welland Tribune, 5 April 1889]

The dark shadow of death has visited the family of Mr. Edwin Morris, Crowland, and removed from their midst, in the flush of youth, one who looked forward to a bright and useful life. Curtis H., second son of Mr. Morris, passed away on Monday, April 1st. The deceased received an injury under the eye from the horn of a cow, about three months ago, in which, Mr. Morris believes, the brain sustained an injury that proved the cause of the fatal illness following. The wound was apparently not a serious one and quickly healed, but gradually severe pains developed over the eye, later extending round the head to the base of the brain, terminating in cerebrospinal meningitis with a speedily fatal result at the close.  Curtis Morris was but 27 years of age, a bright, talented, amiable young man, the light and life of the home circle in which he was greatly beloved. He was one of the most promising students at Welland high school. His apparently untimely demise is universally regretted by a large circle of acquaintances, and the cause of the most intense grief in the bereft home, the members of which have the heartfelt sympathy of the community. The funeral took place on Thursday, interment at Doan’s Ridge cemetery, a very large attendance showing their love and esteem for the one laid away to rest.



[Welland Tribune, 5 April 1889]

Mary Catherine Webber, wife of Philip Webber, departed this life on April 1st, 1889, at the family residence, South Pelham, within one day of her 74th birthday. Deceased was a daughter of late Christian Sundy of Gainsboro, and a native of Germany. For 20 years past she had been a resident of South Pelham. Her aged partner for life and eight surviving sons and daughters mourn the loss of a loving wife and mother. Deceased was a consistent member of the Lutheran Evangelical church. The cause of death was congestion of the lungs. The funeral took place on Thursday, services at the Methodist church, Fonthill, and interment in the cemetery of that village.