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The TALES you probably never heard about


[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.

Railroad in Fenwick

[This article compiled by S]

The Fenwick railway station was on the 104 mile main line, Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo railway.

By March 30, 1896 the line was open to Welland with stops in Fenwick and Chantler. The Fenwick station was located on Church Street north of Foss Road. It shipped freight and passengers. Passengers traveled from Toronto to United States. Most of the freight was from the nurseries and canning factory in Fonthill.

During the war, prisoners of war were shipped through here to camps in northern Ontario.

A.J. ALSOP was a ticket agent for many years, retiring in 1959. WALTER ANGLE was the agent from 1961 until closing. Mrs E. WOODS and husband WES was caretaker agents.

The last train stopped in Fenwick at 10:07 pm February 28, 1966. The station was closed and sold.

Dr. Joseph Everett Dowd (1896-1980)

Dr. Dowd was born December 3, 1896 in Quyon, Quebec. His parents were Margaret and Stewart Dowd. There were seven sons. His father owned a flour mill. In 1907 the family moved to Ottawa.

1914 to 1918 Joseph served in the Canadian Armed Forces in England. In 1926 Dr. Dowd received his medical degree from McGill. He had a one year internship at Ottawa Civic Hospital and then  to New York City where he trained in obstetrics.

1926-28 his brother Dr. Kenneth Dowd had a medical practice in Fenwick and was in charge of medical care for men in the construction of the Welland Canal.

Joseph took on the medical practice in Fenwick June 1, 1928, while his brother Kenneth became chief medical officer of C.N.R.

In 1930 Dr. Joseph Everett Dowd married Charlotte Burton R.N., a nursing supervisor at Welland County General Hospital.

In 1936 they  bought a lot from William B. Bown on Canboro Road Fenwick. They built a home with an office where they lived until 1980.

They had three children, Joyce born 1932, Richard born 1935, Ronald born 1936.

For 38 years Dr. Dowd was medical officer of health for Township of Pelham.

They attended the Fenwick United Church.

Local and District News

[Waterford Star, July 23, 1896]

Engineer Geo. H. White of the T.H.& B railway was killed on Tuesday by his engine being thrown into the ditch near Welland, and the fireman was badly hurt. This was the cause of the afternoon train arriving here two hours late.


Break into Brown Bros’ Liquor Store-Night-watch Eastman Knocked Insensible

[Welland Tribune, 11 December 1896]

              Brown Bros’ liquor store, Main street, was robbed of a quantity of small money and liquors on Wednesday night. The burglars attempted to blow the safe, but the drill broke and remains in the disabled safe-which contained about $60 in silver. The street electric lights were extinguished at midnight as usual (that is, as usual in this town, not other places) and then the burglars began to get to their work. One or two parties met a quartet of men, before 1 a.m. who hung their heads and could not be recognized in the pitchy darkness. Night watch Eastman in his rounds, about 3 o’clock, heard somebody working back of Browns’ liquor store and saw a man apparently on watch. He stepped into the TRIBUNE alley and awaited developments for a few minutes and as he returned to the walk, a man approached in the darkness and ran a revolver in his face and said, “Open your head or move and down you go!” Eastman clinched and got his man down, when a second man came and down went the three. Eastman tried to pull his revolver, but one jumped on his arm till two more ran up and clubbed him into insensitivity, took his revolver away, took him to an outhouse and placed one of the gang as guard over him. As they struck him one man said, “Kill the d-d old s-b-,” and Eastman cried “murder,” two or three times. His cry was heard at the Dexter House and thought to be the pranks of a night bum and went unheeded. The three burglars went through the store while Eastman was imprisoned at the point of a revolver, and carried off about $5 in coppers and small silver, and three bottles of Hennessy brandy, one of sherry and half a bottle of whiskey.

             Entrance was effected by prying open the back door with a sharp poker or bar, which had been stolen from Clark’s blacksmith shop during the night. The men were dressed in dark clothes and were without overcoats. While guarding Eastman a burglar remarked, “You’ve been a good while on this job, Stogie.” They also offered him some whiskey saying that he had made a gamey fight and expressed regret at handling him so roughly.

             Turnkey Gilchriese and Constable White were aroused as soon as the robbers left, and search was made at M.C.R. and G.T.R. stations, and other points, but no clue is yet made known.

             Mr. Eastman has several cuts and bruises on his head, and feels very sore, but is about as usual.