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[Welland Telegraph, 21 June 1901]

A very sad and sudden death occurred last Tuesday evening when Judson Harcourt Tufts passed away. Deceased was a well known young man in town, having driven the M.C.R. bus for several years, in which occupation he made many friends. He was very obliging and always at his post, and his untimely demise will be much regretted here. He was born in the house now occupied by his brother, Chester Tufts, on Division street, 23 years ago, and has always lived in Welland. The funeral, which took place yesterday from his father’s residence to the Fonthill cemetery, was largely attended. Among the numerous floral tributes was a beautiful wreath, in the centre of which was “M.C.C.R.” from the employees at the station here. The relatives of the deceased have the sincere sympathy of the whole community.



[Welland Tribune, 21 June 1901]

A feeling of deep grief and gloom overcast this whole community on the death of Judson Harcourt “Tufts, son of David Tufts of this town, which sad event occurred on Tuesday evening.

Deceased was taken suddenly with a severe pain at the heart at noon on Friday last, whilst at his usual vocation of driving bus and went to Dr. Cowper’s office and remained there until the following day, when he was removed to his father’s residence. It is reported that owing to his illness he fell in getting out of the bus and struck his head on the ground, but as to this or its effects on the ultimate result we have no information. He was not considered in a critical condition till Sunday night, when the heart symptoms became rapidly worse, and with brief periods of temporary recuperation he continued to sink until Tuesday evening when he passed quietly away to the Great Beyond.

He was 23 years of age last January and unmarried.

“Harky,” as he was familiarly and affectionately known, was a true friend and favorite with all who knew him. He was warm-hearted and generous, and his apparently untimely demise is deeply and widely and sincerely mourned.

The funeral took place yesterday (Thursday) from his late home at 2 p.m.; interment at Fonthill cemetery. The auspices were led by Rev. Dr. Johnstone and Rev. W.S. Jamieson and the attendance was very large in testimony of the genuine respect felt for the departed, and sympathy with the sorrowing bereaved one.

The pallbearers were Harvy Dawdy, Percy Whalley, William Brittin, Garret Roach, Harry Hearn and Henry Stickley. The floral memorials were very profuse and beautiful and included a noble wreath of white roses and carnations with the letters, “M.C.R.R.” intertwined, being from the employees of that road, with whom deceased was a great favorite.


[Welland Telegraph, 5 July 1901]

A former well known resident of Welland died in the Toronto General Hospital on Thursday last, in the person of Alexander Rumsey, who was accountant in the Imperial bank here from 1894 to 1896, when he was transferred to Galt, in which place his wife died about four years ago. One child survives. Mr. Rumsey was a warm favorite in Welland, and his untimely death will be learned with general regret. He was one of the charter members of Beatty Lodge, A.O.U.W., carrying $2000 in that lodge.



And Oldest Mason in the County.

[People’s Press, 9 July 1901]

Sunday morning, July 7th, there died at St. Johns, this county, William Carl, who for more than half-a-century past has been a resident of that village. He was 85 years of age, and his demise severs a notable link connecting the present with the distant past.

Deceased was probably the oldest member of the Masonic fraternity in the county of Welland, having belonged to one of the oldest lodges in Canada, located at Chippawa, Ont. Zimmerman, the great Niagara Falls magnate, who was killed at the Desjardines canal bridge accident in 1857 was a member of the same lodge. Subsequently, as the glory departed from Chippawa the lodge was removed from that village to Fonthill, becoming Welland lodge, No. 36, to which Bro. Carl retained membership until the lodgeroom, records, paraphernalia, etc., was destroyed by fire a few years ago, since which it has not been resuscitated.

Mr. Carl was also a member of Macdonald’s Dragoons in the troublous time of ‘37. Although upholding constitutional government, however, at that critical time he was not of those who believed the government of that day right in all things, he being a stalwart Reformer in politics throughout his life. His business was that of wagonmaker at which he wrought until failing eyesight prevented. He was also a county constable, the duties of which he faithfully performed. His wife predeceased him by a few years, several daughters survive. He was a kind, just and upright man, respected by all who knew him, and most kindly regarded and deeply regretted by a large circle of more intimate friends.

His funeral takes place today at 2 p.m. Interment at Fonthill cemetery.

Killed at Welland

[The Waterford Star, March 15, 1901]

M.C.R Brakeman, W.P. Johnson, met with a terrible death at Welland at 12.05 Monday morning. The train was in charge of Conductor Phoenix, and as it was pulling into Welland yard the unfortunate man fell between the engine and the first car. The whole train passed over his body cutting him in two.

The deceased, who was unmarried, was twenty-four years of age, His parents live in Otterville. E.L. Johnson, M.C.R. brakeman, is a brother of the deceased. He has been employed on the road since January of 1899, but has only had a regular run for some two months. Last summer he worked on a farm near Tilsonburg.

Obscene Language

[Welland Telegraph, 18 January 1901]

County Constable J.R. Dowd and other officers have received several letters and communications from residents of the town complaining of the fact that many boys and men loaf around the streets and store doorways at night using obscene language and making insulting remarks to passing ladies and young girls. The authorities have planned a campaign of action against these fellows and there will probably be some severe examples made in the next week or two.