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[Welland Telegraph 1904/05]

Son of the late John Misener, who died in January, 1901, was born in the Township of Wainfleet, on February 19th, 1867, where he has always lived and followed the occupation of farming. He was educated in the public school and the St. Catharines College of Commerce, where he received a diploma on graduation in 1891. It was in the same year that he was elected to serve as councillor in the township council. He held the reeveship in 1893-4-5and was thus a County Councillor, being probably the youngest man Welland ever had in that position. In 1895 he came within one vote of attaining the Wardenship, though he did not seek that position. In that year he held the chairmanship in the Industrial Home Committee. Mr. Misener was a promoter, and is today a stockholder in the Fork’s Road Natural Gas Co., and was instrumental in starting the Fenwick Company in 1902, in which he is still interested. In politics he is a staunch Conservative, at the present time serving the second term as president of the Liberal-Conservative Association of the electoral district of Monck.


[Welland Telegraph, 1904/05]

Richard Harcourt, M.A., M.P.P., was born in Seneca township, county of Haldimand, on March 17, 1849. In 1870 he took his M.A. degree at Toronto University, and in1871 he was appointed school inspector of Haldimand. Five years later he took up law with a Toronto firm, and in 1878 began his practice in Welland. The same year he was elected as a Liberal to fill a vacancy in Monck, and has held the constituency ever since. In August of 1890, he entered Sir Oliver Mowat’s cabinet as Provincial Treasurer, and afterwards took the portfolio of Minister of Education, which he now holds. He is conceded to be one of the ablest public man of the day.


[Welland Telegraph 1904/05]

Was born in Crowland Township on October 3rd, 1827. His main business has been farming, but other matters have engaged his attention.  In early life he underwent Normal School Training and for a time was engaged in teaching. Later on he was Township Clerk for a number of years. He was mainly instrumental in establishing a Post Office at Brookfield Station, of which he was Postmaster for a time. He has acted as executor and trustee for some important estates, and was collector of customs at Fort Erie for about seven years. He is a Conservative in politics and was the standard bearer for his party in the Dominion elections of 1874, his opponent being the late Wm. A. Thomson, by whom he was defeated. He was subsequently offered the nomination for the Ontario Legislature which he declined.



[Welland Telegraph 1904]

Robert Cooper was born in the township of Wainfleet, in September, 1852. He is a son of David Cooper who at that time owned a grist mill and farm near Marshville. In 1860 David Cooper moved to Welland and purchased the Aqueduct Mills which he ran until 1878, when the government took the land upon they stood to build the aqueduct. Robert was in the mill with his father until that time. For the next six years he was absent from the county, spending a year in California on his wedding trip. Returning to Welland he started a flour and feed business, which he carried on intermittently until two years ago when he built the Riverside Mills, one of the most prosperous industries in the county. Mr. Cooper served four years in the town council and in 1891 was elected deputy-reeve. The same year he was appointed County Clerk, which position he holds at the present time. He has been a successful businessman and an excellent official.



[Welland Telegraph 1904]

Was born in the Township of Wainfleet, Welland County, on April 19th, 1860, the son of the late Robt. Hay. He moved to Thorold Township in 1896 where he served two years in the Township Council. In the fall of 1900 he moved to the Town of Thorold where he served two years in the Town Council. He is at the present a member of the Public School Board. Mr. Hay has a large meat business in Thorold, is a member of the Methodist church and in politics is a Conservative.

HAY- At 17 Ormond street, North, Thorold, on Tuesday afternoon, October 1st, 1940, George William Hay, beloved husband of the late Martha Jean Stewart, in his 81st year. The funeral will be held on Friday, October 4th from his late residence at 2 p.m., (D.S.T.) thence to United church, Thorold, for service at 2.30. Interment in Fonthill cemetery.

The Welland-Port Colborne Evening Tribune
2 October 1940



[Welland Telegraph, 1904/05]


Was born in Hay Township, Huron County, on July 19, 1859, the son of John Gross, who is still living at the age of 80 years.  His grandfather, Jacob Gross,  was a German, and settled in Lincoln County in 1818. Mr. Gross studied law with W, M. German, M.P. and in 1897 was called to the bar. As a Liberal standard bearer he twice carried Welland County, being elected in 1900 and 1902. Mr. Gross is a member of the English Church. -Welland Telegraph 1904/05


Beloved Civic Official Succumbs to Complications Following Pneumonia Attack


Was Long and Honored Figure of City and County Public Life

[The Welland Evening Tribune, 28 January 1928]

J.F. Gross has passed away.

And that means the going on of a man long identified with the public life of this city and of the county of Welland, a member of the old guard of the Liberal party, and an outstanding figure hereabouts for many years. In March of last year, Mr. Gross while on a trip to the Pacific coast was stricken with pneumonia at Vancouver, and there lay for a long period. He was brought home in August, and has since been confined to his home on Division street, this city, where death came to him Friday night at ten o’clock.

Hope of ultimate recovery ebbed and flowed from time to time. In the afternoon of yesterday he fell asleep and so slept his life away. It was a peaceful end of a life well spent, and one whose memory will long live in this city and the surrounding county-a life of which it may well be set down that the definition of Chesterfield applies: “That a gentleman has ease without familiarity, is respectful without meanness; genteel without affectation, insinuating without seeming art.” For J.F. Gross was such.

Like his father, John Gross, one of the pioneers of Welland, John Franklin Gross was born in Clinton township, his natal day being July 19, 1859.

The founder of the family here in Canada was Jacob Gross, a native of Bucks county, Pennsylvania, who came to the dominion about the year 1818 and settled in that township. The father of the dead man came to Welland in 1872 and established one of the first industrial enterprises of the then village, a manufactory of pumps, in which the son was for some time associated following a number of years spent in the teaching profession.

Starts Career In Law

J.F. Gross then entered the office of W. F. German as a student of law, graduated at Osgoode Hall and was called to the bar on October 20, 1897, when he established his practice here in the city, in which of late years his only son, Douglas D. Gross has been associated.

He early entered political life and in 1897 was elected a member of the provincial house, serving as representative from Welland for two terms under the Ross government. In his first election, he was successful over the late Wm. McCleary of Thorold, and in his second contest he defeated the late Henry Cronmiller of Port Colborne.

In 1913 Mr. Gross was appointed city solicitor and he held the office up to his death, although the active duties have been for some time carried on by his son. He was also solicitor for the township of Thorold and has served other municipalities of the county at various times.

It was often said of Mr. Gross that no barrister in the province was better equipped in the knowledge of municipal law.

He married Clara Amelia Casper who survives him, and who was the daughter of Orin Casper, an old resident of the town. The marriage was contracted some 44 years ago.

The funeral will be held from the home, 220 Division street, Tuesday afternoon at 2.30 o’clock.

Gretchen Hoover Parsons (1889-1979)

[Compiled by S]

Gretchen was born August 7, 1889. Her parents were Dexter D. Hoover and Freddie F. Wilson. Dexter was a grocer in Welland. They lived at 97 West Main St. in Welland.

Gretchen attended Central school in Welland and the Welland High School.

Her grandfather was Elias Hoover (1823-1892). He was an early municipal councillor of the Village of Welland. He built the Dexter Hotel on Main St Welland.

Miss Gretchen Hoover entertained a number of young friends at her home on Tuesday night. The evening was spent in games, music etc. and a lunch was also served.

[Welland Tribune  February 19, 1904.]

Miss Gretchen Hoover entertained the T.W.S.C. on Wednesday evening. A very enjoyable time was spent by all present.

[Welland Tribune February 19, 1909]

Miss Gretchen Hoover entertained about thirty young friends on Friday evening last at progressive pedro and dancing. Favors were won by Miss Manie Brady and Mr Tom Bradley. Consolations going to Miss J. Chapman and M. Garner.

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[Welland Telegraph, 1904/05]

Judson Comfort Crow

Registrar of Deeds, Welland County, was born in the Township of Pelham in the year 1854, the son of John B. Crow, who was clerk of that township for 28 years. His son received the appointment of the registrarship in 1903 as successor to Col Morin. When clerk of Pelham township he lived at Ridgeville, and as well as being township clerk carried on the business of conveyancer and agent for fire and life insurance. Mr. Crow is a member of the Presbyterian Church and in politics a Liberal.




[Welland Telegraph, 1904/05]

The esteemed rector of Holy Trinity Church, Welland, was born at Edenton, North Carolina, in 1843. He was educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he graduated in 1861. He served under Gen. Stonewall Jackson in the American Civil War and out of 150 who volunteered with him only 18 survived. He was through seventeen of the bloodiest battles of Virginia. After the war he studied law for two years and then devoted himself to the ministry. He was ordained at Oswego, New York, in 1870. Seven years later he came to Canada and studied at Trinity University taking a post graduate course and securing the degrees of M.A. and Bachelor of Divinity. His first Canadian appointment was at Jarvis. He accepted the rectorship of Holy Trinity church in 1889, today holding the love, respect and admiration of its members.  In 1891 he went to England in the service of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel and gave lectures in the leading cities of England.  He was invited by the society to make a similar tour of Italy and was subsequently pressed to give another series of lectures in England, but both these offers he was forced to refuse owing to the demands of his work at home.  He was made a Doctor of Divinity by the University of North Carolina and was notified by the secretary of the Episcopal Convention of that state that his name had been officially proposed as co-adjutor bishop.  Despite his long absence he came within one vote of being elected to the position. Dr. Johnstone is chaplain of the 44th Regiment and holds a deserved popularity with the officers and men. During the formation of the Canadian contingents for the South African campaign he volunteered three times to enlist in any capacity in which  he could serve the flag and relative to this he has a number of  interesting letters from Colonel Otter, Sir Frederick Bordon and Lord Lansdowne.

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[Welland Telegraph, 1904/05]


Was born in Hay Township, Huron County, on July 19, 1859, the son of John Gross, who is still living at the age of 80 years.  His grandfather, Jacob Gross,  was a German, and settled in Lincoln County in 1818. Mr. Gross studied law with W, M. German, M.P. and in 1897 was called to the bar. As a Liberal standard bearer he twice carried Welland County, being elected in 1900 and 1902. Mr. Gross is a member of the English Church. - [Welland Telegraph 1904/05]