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[Welland Telegraph, 7 September 1900]

After an illness extending over nearly a year, G.L. Hobson, treasurer of the County of Welland, passed over to the great majority on Friday morning last, August 31st.

In the death of Mr. Hobson, Welland loses its best beloved citizen-popular alike with both political parties-although at all times himself a keen politician and a Conservative of the old school. But Mr. Hobson’s popularity-his genial, courteous bearing to all-made him as popular with his opponents as with those of the same political stripe-and his removal will leave a void in Welland, both in social and official circles, that it will indeed be hard to fill. And not only in Welland but throughout all sections of the county will the people feel that in his demise they have lost one of their best friends.

A Welland county boy from his birth, G.L. Hobson lived his life among the people to whom he was endeared. He was born at Fonthill on May 31st, 1841.

He was a son of the late Sheriff Robert Hobson, who had lived 60 years in the neighborhood, and who died in 1881. Sheriff Hobson was first appointed to office in 1856; G.L. Hobson was appointed deputy-sheriff in 1866, prior to which time he was for a while in the registry office, then at Fonthill. In ‘61 Mr. Hobson joined the party from this neighborhood that went to California at the time of the discovery of the Cariboo gold fields. He returned in ‘64. He was appointed division court clerk by Judge Macdonald on the death of the late Henry Willett. In June 18891, he was appointed county treasurer and up to the time of his death he filled both positions with marked ability.

Both in municipal and Dominion politics Mr. Hobson was a prominent figure in the Conservative party. He had the honor of representing the town as deputy-reeve and reeve on various occasions-having been deputy reeve in 1882, 1885, 1888, 1889, and reeve in 1886, 1890 and 1891. Mr. Hobson was chosen warden of the county in 1890. In 1882 he contested the county in the Conservative interest for the Local Legislature, opposing Col. Morin. Although defeated by 55 votes, Mr. Hobson polled the largest vote ever given a Conservative in the County of Welland up to that time. But for an unfortunate illness the week prior to the election, it might have been closer. But he took his defeat gracefully, and he and Col Morin were the best of friends to the end.

Up to less than a year ago, Mr. Hobson had always been blessed with the best of health, and to meet and converse with him was as good as a tonic. Bright, cheery and witty, a clever and entertaining speaker, he was in great demand at social and public gatherings, and the brilliant tilts of wit between he and his friend Cruikshank will be remembered by county councillors who have attended the annual gatherings at the warden’s dinners for many years past. He was present at Warden Henderson’s supper last December, and at the annual gathering of the officers of the 44th he was apparently at his best, making a stirring patriotic address, that warmed the hearts of the soldiers present. This was his last appearance as a public speaker.

During the summer Mr. Hobson went to Kane, Pa., to visit relatives, and the change apparently did him good, as he stood the journey well and returned home so much improved that he resumed his official duties. But gradually he grew weaker. The best medical advice was obtained and the disease diagnosed as Addison’s disease of the kidneys-and then it was known there was no cure. Mr. Hobson bore his illness with much fortitude, and did all in his power to lessen the blow to his loved ones at home.

Despite the terrific rainstorm on Monday afternoon, there was a large and thoroughly representative gathering at the funeral obsequies. The services at the house were conducted by Rev. F. McCuaig. Before the service Miss Lizzie Morin sang very impressively, “Lead, Kindly Light,” and at the conclusion of the funeral discourse God Save the Queen was sung. Interment took place at Fonthill cemetery, the pall-bearers being Warden C. Henderson (Marshville), Cols. Morin, Raymond and Cruikshank and Messrs. T.D. Cowper and R. Cooper.

The floral offerings were chaste and elegant-the casket being completely covered with them. The county council sent a wreath, the county officials a pillow; Judge Fitzgerald and Mr. and Mrs. German sent wreaths; the Messrs. Crowell a pillow, besides numerous others.

The immediate relatives surviving are his aged mother, his wife (nee Fanny Crowell, daughter of Theodore Crowell, New York,) the two daughters, Misses Daisy and Fanny Hobson, and his brother, Harry W. Hobson of Niagara Falls.

The county council attended the funeral in a body-Warden C. Henderson, and Councillors Jas. Henderson, Fares, Cruikshank, Morris, Upper, Bennett and Morden. Among others from a distance were Messrs. J. Crowell and R. Crowell of New York; Mr. and Mrs. T. Crowell of Kane, Pa.; S.J. Sidey, R. Greenwood, A.K. Scholfield, Port Colborne; H.G. Macklem, Chippawa; L. McGlashan, J.G. Cadham, and D.R. Pursel, Niagara Falls South, and many others from surrounding villages. The flag on the court house was at half mast out of respect to the memory of one of the most efficient officials the County of Welland has ever had. A kind and indulgent husband and a faithful friend-the memory of George Lambton Hobson will ever be cherished with feelings of love and respect. To the bereaved family and friends the Telegraph tenders sincere sympathy.

Smoke Inhalation claimed artist’s life.

By Marie Chamberland, Tribune Staff Writer

{The Evening Tribune 24 July 1990}

Welland—An autopsy revealed Frances Turnbull, a well-known city artist died of smoke inhalation.

The 89-year-old’s body was pulled from the second floor of her burning home at 102 River Road Sunday.

Cause of the fire is still under investigation.

“I have found nothing to indicate anything suggesting foul play, or for that matter, anything other than an accidental cause,” Cliff Miller, an investigator for the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office, said at the scene late yesterday.

“The actual cause remains undetermined at this time,” he said.

“Natural gas has been ruled out as the cause of the fire,” he said.

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…Wife Returns Home

Welland county woman who eloped with the hired man a fortnight ago.

{Welland Telegraph 1900}

They were traced to Chicago by Constable Dowd, who prevailed on the woman to return to her husband.

Detective John R. Dowd went to Chicago on Thursday last in quest of a woman who had left her husband’s home in Wainfleet for the society of another man. Mr. Dowd returned with the woman on Sunday night.

The following dispatch from Chicago in Thursday’s Mail-Empire gives full particulars:– Chicago, March 27.—An erring but repentant wife, a wronged but forgiving husband, and a faithless employee figure in a romance which has been unearthed by the Englewood police, and which resulted in the return yesterday of the wife to the forsaken home with her daughter, whom she has carried along with her in flight.

The story was revealed to Captain O’Neill Sunday by Constable John Dowd, of Welland, Ont., who had followed a runaway wife to Chicago, and who took her back to the waiting husband. The woman is Alice Stayzer. Up to March 8th she lived with her husband, John Stayzer, and their four-year old daughter, Alice, on a prosperous farm near Welland. A happy home was the Stayzer homestead until early last fall, when stayzer engaged William Lambert. Lambert and the wife discovered congenial tastes and the mutual attraction grew until the husband became suspicious. Stayzer then took measures to head off the intimacy. He discharged Lambert and sent his wife and child to the home of a relative on a visit.

March 8 Mrs Stayzer took her child and left, ostensibly for home. She never reached there, and the distracted husband sought the aid of the police in finding her. Constable Dowd learned that she had purchased tickets to Chicago, and he came to search for her. With the aid of Detective Storen he found the woman at Lambert’s home, No. 6920 Paulina street, where the man lives with his mother.

Mrs Stayzer made no objections when the constable told her the purpose of his trip, and with her child, accompanied the officers to the station. At first the woman was reluctant to return to Canada, and it took the united persuasions of Captain O’Neill and the constable to gain her consent. The constable departed yesterday morning with his charge for Welland.


[Welland Telegraph, 11 May 1900]

There is nothing to break the monotony of jail life this week and even the dynamiters have given nothing to renew the interest in their case. Dullmann’s one outside meal per day has been granted to him again, and this he shares with Werke. The other two of the famous trio are resting quietly and without complaint. There are only four new names on the roll this week, and they were all brought in yesterday morning by Constable Dowd who found them trespassing.


[Welland Telegraph, 11 May 1900]

Great sympathy is felt for Mr. E.T. Green, in his late terrible bereavement in the loss of his wife, Edna E., who died on Wednesday of this week, in her 34th year. Of a bright and cheerful disposition. Mrs. Green’s friends were all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance and her untimely death is indeed a sad blow to relatives and friends. Several young children besides her husband are left to mourn her loss. The funeral takes place to-day (Friday) from her late residence at 2 p.m. Interment at Doan’s Ridge Cemetery. d: 9 May 1900

Dr. Alexander Norman Barker (1868-1900)

{compiled by S}

DR BARKER was born November 10, 1868 in Worcestershire, England. Later resided in East Lothian, Scotland. His parents were GEORGE SAMUEL BARKER and ELIZA THOMSON BARKER

On July 27, 1890 DR BARKER married SARAH ELOUISE I SCHELL born in Halton County in 1869. In 1891 he was a medical student living in Dundas.

Around 1891 he set up a medical practice in Fenwick. Not much is know about his practice.

Dr. Barker and his wife had four children. GEORGE SHELDON BARKER was born May 11, 1891 in Fenwick.  He married VERA WINNIFRED HALL on July 28, 1913 in Dundas. Vera was born January 10, 1892 in Dundas and died January 8, 1973 in Simcoe county at age 80. GEORGE SHELDON BARKER died January 14, 1965 in York County. They had  one daughter NORMA BARKER .

DR BARKER’S second child was  JESSIE ELISABETH GLADYS BARKER born March 11, 1895 in Fenwick. She married ROBERT CHARLES RUSSELL JOLLEY. JESSIE died May 1981.

DR BARKER’S third child was ELSIE THOMPSON BARKER born February 6, 1897 in Fenwick. She married JAMES DANE MONTGOMERY January 13, 1916.  Later married JAMES MCKENZIE HASLAM.

DR BARKER’S  fourth child NORMA ALEXANDRIA AMALESE BARKER was born June 11, 1900 in Welland,  few months after her father’s death.

DR ALEXANDER NORMAN BARKER died suddenly from an accident on March 25, 1900. SARAH BARKER moved back to Dundas, she died in 1941.


{Welland Tribune March 27, 1900}

This community was terribly startled and shocked by the news that Dr. A. N. Barker of Fenwick had been killed by the cars on Sunday last, 25th. The fatality occurred at Moote crossing, about four miles west of Fenwick. The wagon road runs near parallel with the railway for a distance, then crosses. Dr. Barker was out on professional duty, driving spirited span of horses to a covered buggy. It is supposed the horses took fright at the train and became unmanageable. After running a distance ahead of the train they struck the crossing just in front of it. The horses got across the track, but the engine struck the buggy with terrific force, cutting it in two, and hurling the part in which the doctor was seated about 40 feet. The train (the morning express from Toronto, due at Fenwick at 9:14) was backed to the spot. The doctor was found still seated in the part of the buggy, probably retained there by the cover. He was just alive when reached, but expired before the train had carried him to Fenwick. He was cut about the head and in the side—possibly his neck or back was broken. The body was not otherwise mangled.

The horses escaped uninjured.

W.M. German,M.L.A. who was a passenger on the train, recognized him as Dr. Barker and had the remains taken home. The deceased was but 31 years of age, and had one of the best medical practices in the district. He was a native of Scotland, and received his education in Glasgow. About seven years ago he married Miss Sheldon of Dundas and took up residence in Fenwick. He leaves a widow and three children to mourn their appallingly sudden and terrible bereavement, in which they have the deep sympathy of the whole community.

The funeral services will be held at his late residence today, Tuesday at 4pm. The remains will be taken to Dundas for interment, on train leaving Fenwick at 8:51 Wednesday morning. Friends and relatives invited to attend.


[People’s Press, 28 August 1900]

Jos. F.Burgar, uncle of Geo. H. and Dr. Burgar, of town, died at his home near Red Bluff, Cal, on Thursday of last week. He was a native of Welland but has lived in the States most of his life and went to California eleven or twelve years ago, where he engaged in the mercantile business. The past few years he has been engaged in farming and fruit growing. Deceased leaves a wife but no children.

d: 23 August 1900


Mrs. Sternaman Wants a Divorce

[Welland Tribune, 19 January 1900]

On Friday afternoon of last week a lady and a youth came across on the dummy, and made inquiries as to where the squire lived. The lady proved to be Mrs. Olive Adele Sternaman, who won such notoriety a few years ago, when tried for the alleged poisoning of her husband. Thinking, as is often the case, that they were looking for a marriage license, the courteous conductor directed them to the place where one could be obtained. Judge of the surprise of the issuer when the lady asked for information as to how she could obtain a separation from her present husband. He asked her what brought her here. She stated that she was advised by Judge Murphy of Buffalo to start proceedings for a divorce in Canada, where she had been married. The issuer asked to see her marriage certificate. The certificate had been issued at Niagara Falls, Ont. The contracting parties were Frank Gutenberg and Olive Adele Sternaman. He looked at the lady before him, then back at the certificate, and was dumbfounded, for the moment before he asked: “Are you Mrs. Sternaman?” She smilingly replied, “Yes,” and a tear dropped from her eye. He remarked that she ought to be by this time fully prepared as to how to get through the world, as she had had experience enough. He then advised her to go to the P.M. He would certainly attend to her case and give her all information required, which he did. Mrs. Sternaman alleges that her present husband is a bigamist, with other wife and two children. She wanted a divorce, and to prosecute her husband as a bigamist. The P.M. made out the necessary papers. Mrs. Sternaman threatens to prosecute her husband.


[Welland Tribune, 19 January 1900]

The following are extracts from a letter received by A.L. Pattison from H.B. Stringer, now of Port Dover, whose son has recently departed with the Second Canadian Contingent. Mr. Stringer is a native of Pelham, and his spirit will be applauded by his friends in the township. Mr. Stringer writes:-

“We had always hoped that our son would not offer himself for foreign service. He went to Hamilton on Tuesday morning. On Wednesday he telephoned us that he would be home in the morning, and would leave on Friday.

I said to him a day or two ago: You have no idea what you will have to go through. I pointed out to him the great dangers of warfare, particularly under the circumstances now existing in South Africa. I detailed to him the horrors of the civil war in the United States, He listened attentively, and then said: If I pass the medical examination, I am going.

The people have responded nobly to the spirit of the times. They gave him $75 in cash, insured his life for $1,000, and he also received $50 from the city of Hamilton.

There were thousands at the station to see them off, and many presents were showered on them by the patriotic people.

I said, as the train moved out:-”Shall we see him again-there are one hundred chances against him.”

The empire must be upheld, if all the boys in Canada are required to do it.”

H.B. Stringer

“Huron Lee”