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Stamford News

[People’s Press, 11 April 1907]

There passed to rest at the home of her son, Wm. F. Pew, at Cheboygan, Mich., the 8th of April, Mrs. Isaac Pew, aged 82 years, relict of the late Isaac Pew of Stamford, who departed this life about four years ago. The deceased was a descendent of an old E.U. Loyalist family, a daughter of the late William Biggar of Drummondville, and was the sixth of that generation of the family to die between the ages of 80 and 86 years. Her mother, Rebecca Green, was born two days after the emigration of her parents to Canada, about one hundred and twenty years ago, and up to the time of her death was the oldest living Canadian in the Province of Ontario. The grandfather of the deceased was a member of the well-known King’s Rangers. There survive two sons, R.H Pew of Oshkosh, Wis., and William F. of Cheboygan, Mich. The funeral took place on Wednesday, the remains being taken to Drummond Hill for interment. Six nephews of the deceased acted as pallbearers and the services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Lavelle, assisted by Rev. S.M. Gilchriese  of Chegoygan.


Roberts Confesses that he Shot Himself Accidently and Invented Story of Highwaymen

Special to the People’s Press

[People’s Press, 3 December 1907]

Ever since the reported hold-up of John Leslie Roberts at Stevensville on Sunday of last week, the inhabitants of this village and vicinity have been in a great state of excitement. The more timid have been in fear of their lives, and not a few of the bravest have thought twice before venturing upon the public highway after dark.

The reported hold-up, following as it did upon the robbery of the G.T.R operator, Wm. Hodgsons, was certainly sufficient to alarm even the most fearless. But now the inhabitants are able to rest in peace and with a feeling of security they have not experienced since the affair took place. The mystery has been cleared up. Roberts has confessed that the story was a fake, and that the bullet wound in his arm was accidently self-inflicted.


The police investigations of the affair have brought to light the following history of Roberts since he came to the village and it is romantic in the extreme.

He first appears upon the scene in August of this year, posing as a public school teacher and coming with a permit from Inspector Ball.

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[People’s Press, 29 January 1907]

The town of Welland lost an old and highly esteemed citizen on Wednesday last, when Thomas Roach, proprietor of the Commercial hotel, passed away. Deceased has been suffering for years from rheumatism, and had been confined to bed for the past six months. A complication of diseases was the cause of death. He was 73 years of age and was born in Halifax, N.S. He first came to Welland in 1841. Later he spent some years in the State of Ohio, but returned here twenty-four years ago and for this period of nearly quarter of a century has been proprietor of the Commercial where he was universally popular. Deceased has always been a staunch Liberal in politics. He is survived by a widow, eight daughters, Mrs. M.J. Brady of Welland, Mrs. J. O’Brien of Buffalo, Mrs. B. Murphy of St. Thomas, Mrs. N. Ryan, Misses Alice, Gertie, Stella and Kitty Roach of Welland-two sons, Garret and David Roach-three brothers, David of Port Colborne, James of Akron O., and John of Dayton, O., and one sister, Mrs. Wm. Morris of Dayton, O. The funeral takes place on Saturday morning at 9.30 o’clock from his late residence to the R.C. church, Welland, where mass will be celebrated. Interment will be made in the cemetery adjoining.


Death of Carson Swick

One of the Three Heavy-Weight Brothers

[People’s Press, 18 June 1907]

Welland, June 17-William Carson Swick, son of Delbert Swick, died here this evening, aged 20 years. He was the youngest and lightest of Welland’s three heavy-weight brothers, whose pictures recently appeared in the Toronto Globe. Their combined weights amounted to nearly 1000 kg., deceased weighing about 275 lbs. His death, though sudden, was not unexpected, and is supposed to have been caused by fatty degeneration. He died while undergoing an operation for dropsy.

Deceased was unmarried and the funeral will take place from his father’s residence tomorrow (Wednesday) at two o’clock; burial at Fonthill cemetery. The funeral will be held under the auspices of Orange lodge, members of which will meet at lodge rooms at 1.30 o’clock. The parents and other relatives have the sympathy of all in their bereavement.

Dr Jehoida Wesley Schooley (1837-1907)

Dr. J.W. Schooley was the first doctor to practice in Welland. He was born in 1837  Bertie township.

Asa Schooley, Dr. Schooley’s grandfather came to Canada from New Jersey in 1788 as United Empire Loyalist. Asa was given a crown grant of 200 acres, located where Cherry Hill Golf course is . His son Benjamin married and had 12 children, one of whom became a doctor. Dr. J.W. Schooley was born March 29,1837. He became a teacher, taught in Port Colborne, Gravelly Bay, Drummondville High School and became an inspector of schools. In 1858

He entered Medical school in Toronto, also attended medical school in Vermont, returned to medical school in Toronto and graduated in 1863. He came to Welland, then spent 18 months practicing medicine in Minnesota. In 1863 Welland had about 900 residents.

In 1863 Dr. Schooley married Sarah E. Baxter, born in 1837, from Bertie. They had two daughters. Elizabeth born 1868 and Maude born February 17, 1872.

Elizabeth J. Schooley married William James Elliott June 13, 1896 in Welland. He was a lawyer, they settled in Toronto.

Alice Maude Schooley married Edwin Norton Gunsanlus July 6, 1910. He was a member of the United States Consulate.

An adopted son, Roy Dunlop Schooley born April 13, 1889. He married Flora M. Schooley born in Pennsylvania in 1887. In 1930 they were living in Pennsylvania.

Dr. J.W. Schooley served on the public and high school boards, he was a coroner,  medical officer of health and physician to the Welland county jail.

He had an assistant Dr. J. Kennedy in 1877 and then joined by Dr. Burgar.

1899-1902 Dr, Schooley was an examiner for colleges of physicians and surgeons.

In 1879 Dr Schooley lived at 33 Fraser St. Welland. He built the Schooley Apartments on Division Street where he lived and practiced.

Dr. J.W. Schooley died June 4, 1907 in Welland of dilatation of the heart. His wife Sarah E. Baxter Schooley died May 26, 1907. She had paralysis. They died 9 days apart.

They are buried in Fairview Cemetery in Niagara Falls.

[Welland Tribune 1892]

Dr. Schooley—office and residence on Division street, Welland. Next east of Commercial Hotel. Specialties—Diseases of women and diseases of the chest.

[Welland Tribune 1903]

Dr. Schooley—office and residence , Division street, first door east of Roach’s hotel, Welland. Specialties: Diseases of women and diseases of the chest.



[People’s Press, 19 February 1907]

             Samuel Adley, an old resident of the town, died suddenly on Saturday at the advanced age of 71 years. Mr. Adley was in the R. Morwood Co. store when he was seized with a hemorrhage of the lungs. He was conveyed to his home but never spoke after first being taken ill, passing away at two o’clock in the afternoon, after only four hours’ illness. Deceased was born in Wainfleet and is the last of his family. He is survived by a widow and three sons-Frank Adley of town, Louis K. Adley of North Carolina and Bert Adley of Niagara Falls, N.Y. The funeral takes place this Tuesday afternoon at 1.30 o’clock. Service at the house and interment at Fonthill cemetery.

Died: 16 February 1907
Married: 5 May 1858-Margaret Stringer
Fonthill Municipal Cemetery
      5 October 1835-16 February 1907
Father: Jeremiah Adley
Mother: Polly

*Note: In 1921 Margaret Adley resided 107 Main West, Welland. 



Former Well-Known Merchant of Welland Passed Away After a Brief Illness-Was Born in Scotland and Came to Welland 55 years Ago

[Welland Telegraph, 26 February 1907]

              George Stalker is dead. Another of Welland’s old and most highly esteemed citizens has passed over to the silent majority.

             A Scotch Presbyterian and a man of sterling character, Mr. Stalker held the respect of the community. He came to Welland in the early days of the town. As a prominent merchant and for many years a member of the Council and Public School Board he took a deep interest in the growth and expansion of the place he chose for his home. Now, after years of waiting, when freed from the care of business, and about to see the town blossom into a thriving young city, he has been called away. He was a prominent member and trustee and an ex manager of the Presbyterian Church, and a member of Merritt Lodge, A.F & A.M.

             The end came suddenly. A week ago Sunday when apparently in the best of health, he was taken ill with stricture of the bowel, but by the following Saturday he had so far recovered as to leave his bed. On Saturday evening he suffered a second attack from the effects of which he died about 6 o’clock Monday morning.

             Mr. Stalker was born in Forest, Morayshire, Scotland, on the 26th day of May 1837, ans was thrown on his own resources at the early age of twelve years. When twenty years of age he came to Canada and after remaining in the Province of Quebec for four years he made his way to St. Catharines. For twelve years he worked at the milling trade in the Garden city. In 1874 Mr. Stalker engaged in the flour and feed business at Welland, in partnership with George Dalgety. A short time after the partnership was dissolved and the business was gradually merged into a general grocery and provision trade. For years, his store, corner West Main and Fraser Streets, was one of the best known in Welland. It was not until last spring that he retired from active business life.

             In 1864 he married Charlotte Elvis, a native of Lincolnshire, England, who came to Canada with her parents when quite young. She, with three sons, George W, John A. and David Stalker, survives. One sister, who resides at Hopman, Scotland, also survives. Mr. Stalker was making preparations for a visit to his old home when so suddenly called away.

             The funeral will take place on Wednesday at two o’clock at the Presbyterianism Church.

 Died: 25 February 1907
Married: 1846
Fonthill Cemetery
26 May 1837-25 February 1907
Stricture of the Bowel




Paper Sent to the Name of Peter House For 43 Years-Eight Members of the Family Now Subscribers-A Telegraph of The Early Days

[Welland Telegraph, 24 September 1907]

              A copy of The Welland Telegraph, bearing the far-off date of July 4, 1867, has been given to us by Mrs. Peter House. It was sent from this office to Mr. House over forty years ago and he had been at that time, three years a subscriber, so for forty-three years until this very date The Telegraph has been a regular visitor at the House home, and though he, some few years ago, passed from the scene, the name on the label still remains unchanged and is still read by the life-long partner of his joys and sorrows.

             The Telegraph is proud to relate another important fact in connection with this interesting matter. Eight members of Mr. House’s family are today subscribers on The Telegraph list. That is a record surely that has never been equalled.

             The paper dated July 4, 1867 which now lies before the editor on his desk, was published, so the advertisements says, in Evans’ new brick block near the Court House. The subscription price was $1.50 if called for at the office or delivered through the mails, and $1.75 if delivered by carriers. “Subscriptions” says the advertisement “are payable invariably in advance,” and yet, strangely enough there is provisions for an extra charge of 50 cents a year if the subscription is not paid in advance. The publisher of The Telegraph way back in 1867 was Edward Rosenorn Dewhurst.


 Among the business cards we find these:

 George Baxter, barrister, Thorold and Welland

 L.D. Raymond, barrister, Welland

 T. Craig, barrister, Welland

 J.C. Rykert, barrister, St. Catharines

 McClive & Hamilton, barristers, St. Catharines

 B.H. Lemon, M.D., Thorold

 J.W. Schooley, M.D., Welland

 Q. Johnstone, surveyor, Welland

 Daniel Brooke, barrister, Welland

 J. McGarry, M.D., Drummondville

 F.C. Longnecker, dentist, Welland

Other advertisers are:

 D’Everardo, Fonthill, money to loan

 Geo. Gordon, British American Hotel, Chippawa

 Joseph Vanderslip, hotel, Welland

 S.N. Pattinson, Welland, auctioneer

 John McWhinney, Ontario Hotel, Welland

 Henry Fitch, Royal Exchange Hotel, Fort Erie

 D. Fitch, Thorold, Livery stables

 George Lampman, Welland, jeweler

 Stamford Brewery, St. Davids

 Willson Brooks, Bailiff

 James McGlashen, assignee

 Robert Hobson, sheriff

 Hamilton Times

 Bryant, Stratton & Co., Commerial College, Toronto

 Samuel Hopkins, Port Colborne, dry goods

 Lock’s Tailoring and Clothing House, Welland

 Charles Treble, insurance agent, Fort Erie

 Robert Harper, farm for sale

 S.D. Woodruff, Superintendent of Welland Canal

 Samuel Berriman, Stamford, grape wine for sale

 Brydges & Co., Welland, liquors

 Marshall’s Photograph Gallery, Welland

 John England, Fonthill, photographer and jewelery

 I.G. Carter, Port Colborne, dry goods

The New Ministry

A despatch from Ottawa gives the following personnel of the Confederate Ministry and the offices held by the several ministers:

 Sir John A. Macdonald, Premier and Minister of Justice

 Hon. A.T. Galt, Chancellor of the Exchequer

 Hon. G.F. Cartier, Minister of Militia

 Hon. A.J. Ferguson-Blair, President of the Council

 Hon. Peter Mitchell, Minister of Marine and Fisheries

 Hon. Alex. Campbell, Postmaster General

 Hon. H.L. Langevin, Home Secretary

 Hon. A.G. Archibald, Foreign Secretary

 Hon. William McDougall, Minister of Public Works

 Hon. J.C. Chapais, Minister of Agriculture

 Hon. W.P. Howland, Minister of Internal Revenue

 Hon. Mr. Tilley, Minister of Customs

 Hon. Edward Kenney, Receiver General

             It is said that Messrs. Galt, Howland and Tilley, Kenny and Campbell are to be constituted a treasury board.

An Estimate of George Brown

             The most interesting thing in the paper is an estimate of George Brown by Thomas D’Arcy McGee. The letter was written by Mr. McGee to a gentleman in Peterboro and The Telegraph publishes it in full:

             I see George Brown is making devoted love to you once despised Dogans, so that at long last, I suppose I may congratulate myself on what I had so often the last eight years despaired of -George’s conversation to common Christian civility and decency in his dealings with us. If a doubt lingers in my mind as to his sincerity now, it is not a doubt of old date, it arises from his conduct, speeches and swagger last session, on the one question you ever had before parliament, as a class, namely, the school question.

             It was bad and foolish enough for Master George to oppose minority rights and guarantees at the Quebec conference as he did, and was beaten, but to make a boast in the debut of ‘66 that he had done so-to tear the motion paper out of Robert Bell’s hands, placed there by that minority in order to raise an unusual and unparliamentary ‘point of order’ objection against the motion-and still go to the same minority in ‘67, and ask them to tag on to his fall, or stump, is eminently characteristic of that modest speculator in petroleum and politics.

             The truth is Brown is nothing if not an agitator, and there never was a mere agitator in history that grew up into a statesman.

             He has no constitutional reading of any kind out of ordinary newspaper topics. Take him off one or two back topics and he is an extremely ill-informed man.

             He cannot receive or balance more than one idea at a time, and that idea masters and goads him, like the single object in the eye of a shy horse; it gives him a certain access of animal force, but it utterly deprives him for the time being of all powers of self-control, of reflection and almost of reason itself.

             I know his mental peculiarities well, and except as a bell-weather he is good for nothing.

             I see he is still at his antedeluvian idea, an Upper Canada party, on his principles. No interest-no man east of the Coteau, is to be recognized as worthy of consideration, till Ontario is organized in sectional array, and Ontario can dictate terms, within, if not without.

             Admirable unionist. True model of confederate statesman! It is this you inaugurate the new era, with the old tactics, the old war-cries, and the old madness.

             Yet this is Brown patriotism and Brown Statesmanship. Ugh! It is sickening to think how such a bladder can find followers.”

Niagara Falls Extortions

             Under the heading “Barnett Triumphant,” the following despatch from Ottawa is given:

             The extortions formerly practiced on visitors at Niagara Falls, must now cease, as the Government has by exclusive lease to Thomas Barnett, given him exclusive control of the passage by the permanent stone railway and pathway to the Falls. The prices have been regulated as follows: One visitor may descend without a guide by paying 25 cents, with a guide and without a waterproof dress, 50 cents, with guide and waterproof dress under the Falls, $1. No guide permitted to descend the staircase unless furnished by Barnett, and he only shall furnish waterproof dresses. The guide must be of good character and be on hand at all times. The staircase erected by Saul Davis may be closed up or removed by Barnett without cost.


May Open Dressmaking Establishment in Cayuga-Cost of the Trial

[Welland Tribune, 26 April 1907]

              Cayuga, April 23-Although it is but a few hours since she was acquitted of the charge of poisoning her husband, Henry Perkins, last Christmas day at Canfield, Mrs. Mattie Perkins has some plans for the future. The woman has in view a dressmaking establishment here in Cayuga, near the home of her aged father and mother. Mrs. Perkins told some of her friends here about the time of her arrest, that she had made about $500 with her needle.

             The meeting last night between mother and daughter was a most affecting one. “I knew you were innocent, Mattie,” said her mother, giving her a warm welcome.

             The expense of the trial to the county will probably total $4000. Of this the jury will receive $400; the constables $300; Dr. Arthur Jukes Johnson, Toronto, $230; Dr. Bruce Smith, Toronto, $163; Dr.. Bauer, Hamilton, $165; Dr. Kerr, Dunnville, $151; Dr. Arrell, Cayuga, $80; Dr. Snyder, Cayuga, $28.

             The Ontario Government pays the fee of Mr. Frank Arnoldi, K.C., Toronto, the Crown counsel. The defence expenses will more than equal the sum paid out by the county. Mr. E.F. B. Johnston, K.C., it is understood received a fee of $2,500.

 *Note: Mattie Perkins wed John Henry Brinker, 1 January 1912.


[Welland Tribune, 26 April 1907]

              Cayuga, April 23-Mrs. Mattie Perkins is free. After a trial lasting a week, during which her life, her motives and the acts that aroused the suspicion that she had murdered her husband on Christmas Day by giving him a dose of strychnine were held up to the closest scrutiny, an impartial jury decided tonight that she is not guilty.

             Two minutes after the jury filed into court at 11 o’clock tonight, Mr. Justice Mabee was out for a short walk, when he received the message that the jurors were ready to announce their verdict. “Have you agreed on your verdict?” asked Clerk MacDonald. “Not guilty,” came the ready response from Henry Marshall of Dunnville.

             The prisoner did not realize for a minute what the verdict really meant to her, until her sister, Mrs. Romain Hyslip, whispered the good news that she would sleep in her old father’s home tonight. The jury was out four hours and thirty-five minutes.

A Humane View

             The Judge addressed the woman as follows: “The jury after a very long and careful consideration of the case, have been able to take a humane and merciful view of the evidence adduced on behalf of the crown and yourself. Your counsel, Mr. Johnston, in his able and eloquent address to the jury today, pointed out that the real proof was known only to yourself and your Maker. For the sake of your peace of mind and your soul hereafter I trust the verdict is in truth and fact one of not guilty. You are discharged.”

             Immediately the woman was surrounded by her relatives, including Mr. and Mrs. G.E. McArthur of Thorold, who have been staunch friends throughout, and escorted to the home of her father, Issac Curry, here.

             Discharging the jury from further attendance, Mr. Justice Mabee on behalf of those concerned in this case, thanked them for their attendance. “This doubtless,” he said, “is a source of satisfaction to you, that you have been able to reach this conclusion. I am unable to say that I disagree with you. There are a complicated set of facts, and I am thankful that you were able to arrive at a verdict.”

             Mr. Marshall, on behalf of the jury, petitioned for extra pay for night sessions. His Lordship thought he had the power to make the order.

Shook Hands with Jurors

             Mr. E.F. B. Johnston, K.C. was not present when the verdict was announced having gone to Toronto. Mr. Gideon Grant, who waited over, said he had heard from sources since the conclusion that Henry Perkins had committed suicide. A paper just found in his pocket would leave no doubt about the matter. In connection with this story, Mr. Grant said he understood the jury had taken this view of the matter. He believed the crown was justified in taking action in the case. Mrs. Perkins, after the adjournment in the court, shook hands with all the jurors.

             The last day of the trial opened with the continuation of medical evidence for the defence. The testimony of Dr. McKeown and Kayler was distinctly effective in buttressing that given on Monday which introduced a series of element of doubt as the cause of Perkins’ death.