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[Welland Telegraph, 25 September 1908]

There died at Listowel on Thursday 3rd September, 1908, Elizabeth Gaiser Grenzebach beloved wife of Rev. J.H. Grenzebach, pastor of the Evangelical church of that place. The deceased lady had undergone an operation for gall stones at her home and her strength was not sufficient to withstand the shock of the operation, and she passed away as above stated.

Mrs. Grenzebach was a daughter of the late Matthew Gaiser of Pelham…………..Her husband was pastor of the church at St. Jacobs, having only taken charge of the Listowel church this year.

A sorrowing husband and one son and four daughters, besides four brothers and two sisters-John Gaiser, Thorold township; Daniel, Oscar and Austin and Miss Gaiser on the homestead; Mrs. (Dr. Hutton) of Welland are left to mourn the taking away of a devoted wife, mother and sister. Two sisters predeceased her-the late Mrs. R. Moote of Fenwick and Mrs. W.H. Crowe of Welland.

The funeral was one of the largest in Listowel for many years, and was attended by friends from Pelham, St. Jacobs and other places.

The pall-bearers were ministers of the Evangelical church. There were twenty minsters in attendance.

The floral offerings were beautiful and numerous showing the high respect in which the deceased lady was held.



[Welland Tribune, 24 January 1908]

The death of Robert Offspring was noted in last Tuesday’s Press.

The funeral was held on Wednesday morning. The weather was uncertain; it threatened rain or snow and a strong wind was blowing, yet, despite the fact, a large number of friends and mourners met at the late home of Robert offspring, Randolph street, to view the face of the deceased for the last time. There were many floral tributes. Not only was the coffin covered, but several designs of striking beauty and simplicity, too large for the hearse, were otherwise conveyed. The cortege went to St. John’s R.C. church, Port Robinson.

The bearers were Robt. Grisdale, M. Brady, Fred Edgar, Bartholomew O’Leary, Michael McAuliffe, Frank Valencourt, James Kilty and William Stapf. Rev. Father Sullivan, Thorold, conducted High Mass; E.P. Lamping and Mrs. Mullen assisting the choir in the requiem. Miss O’Brien, organist in the church here accompanied. In the first carriage were: Mrs. Offspring, Agnes, Celia and George. In the other carriages following in the order named were: Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Spring; Mr. and Mrs. James Leary; Mr. and Mrs. William Jeffries; John Offspring, Prescott; Mrs. J. Sheeley, Montreal; George Offspring and family, Port Robinson; James and Mrs. O.Neill, Port Colborne; Mrs. William Drennan, Mrs. Thomas O’Neill and William Drennan, Port Robinson; Julia Lavin, Buffalo; Rev. Leary, Mrs. McCullough, Mrs. Tully, Mrs. O’Brien, Miss M. Brennan, Mrs. Valencourt and Mrs. M. Brady, and the members of the choir.

The remains were interred in the cemetery adjoining the church at Port Robinson.


[Welland Telegraph, 13 November 1908]

A very pretty wedding will be solemnized Wednesday afternoon at four o’clock at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Traver, West Main Street where their daughter Miss Bessie was married to Ross Douglas, manager of the Bell Telephone Company at Welland. Rev. James Thompson of Holy Trinity Church conducted the ceremony. The bride was unattended. The presents to the bride were many and beautiful. The silver tea service presented by the Bell Telephone Company was especially handsome. The honey moon will be spent in Toronto and other eastern cities.

The Telegraph extends congratulations to the young couple.

Mrs. Douglas will be at home to her many friends after December 1st.


[Welland Telegraph, 14 January 1908]

Died at the home of her mother, Mrs. Neff—-January 10th, Mrs. Jerome Deitrick, a highly respected resident. Mrs. Deitrick has been a sufferer for years. She underwent an operation about a week ago, from which she never fully recovered. Latterly dropsy set in and together with heart failure was the immediate cause of her death. Service was held at the home of Mrs. Neff yesterday morning by the Rev. W.H. Swayze. Interment took place at Graybiel’s cemetery near Port Colborne. Geo. Cronmiller conducted the burial. Much sympathy is extended to her husband and parents.

Hoover, Dexter David–105

Hoover, Dexter David--105


[Welland Tribune, 3 January 1908]

In the presence of a few immediate friends, on New Year’s afternoon, and at the residence of Mr. Joseph Carl, Crowland, Miss Margaret Wallace Carl was wedded to William F. Swartz of Welland. Rev. J.D. Cunningham performed the ceremony.

The bride was unattended; little Lily Carl acted as flower girl. The bride wore grey silk, while her going away gown was blue broadcloth. The bridegroom’s present to the bride was a necklace and pendant, which was studded with pearls. To the flower girl he gave a locket and chain. After the ceremony a jolly hour was spent at a splendidly appointed table. Mr. and Mrs. Swartz will reside on North Main St.




[Welland Tribune, 3 January 1908]

Joseph Reickard, a resident of Amigari, was found dead on the commons east of the village at a distance of about an eighth of a mile and within sight of his home, on New Year’s morning. Solomon Barnhardt was on his way to Fort Erie when he discovered the body and immediately notified the Fort Erie police. Reickard was 70 years old and lived with a son Frank, who is employed as car-repairer on the Grand Trunk. He left his home for Buffalo on Tuesday morning, and had expressed his intention of visiting friends at La Salle, N.Y, on New Year’s day. He evidently changed his mind and returned to Fort Erie only to perish on his way home. His death is supposed to have been due to exhaustion, coupled with exposure and old age.


[Welland Tribune, 3 January 1908]

Another very happy event took place at the beautiful residence of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Sherk of Humberstone, on Christmas day, when friends and relatives to about sixty in number assembled to witness in marriage of their daughter Lottie (twin sister of Mina, who was married to Mr. Charles Chambers two months ago) to Charles Adams of Bertie, son of Capt. Adams of Point Abino, at 12 o’clock noon. As the wedding march was played by Mrs. Chambers, the bridal party entered the parlor to a beautiful cove in a corner, of holly ferns and white bells. They were led by Rev. Mr. Sanderson, followed by groom and groomsman, Joseph Adams, brother of groom, the bride following, leaning on the arm of her father. She was charming in a beautiful dress of white silk mull, and carried a bouquet of white roses. The bride was attended by Miss Lilian Babion, who looked sweet in pale blue organdie, carrying pink roses. Little Hazel Adams of Buffalo, in white silk, was a very attractive flower girl.

After the ceremony and congratulations, the guests repaired to the dining-room, which was tastefully decorated with green and white. A large white bell hung over the table, which was spread with all the delicacies one could wish for. The groom’s gift to the bride was a beautiful fur, to the bridesmaid and flower girl a ring. To the groomsman he gave cuff links. The bride’s going away suit was blue broadscloth and hat to match. The presents were numerous and costly, showing the esteem in which the contracting parties were held. They left on the evening train amid showers of rice and good wishes, for Hamilton, thence to New York and other eastern cities.


[Welland Tribune, 31 January 1908]

To the Welland Tribune:

Mr. Editor- Dear Sir,-Please find enclosed $1.50 for the Tribune and Press for one year. This is the twenty-first year I have sent for the Tribune.

We are having a fine winter here: have had no snow nor rain since last October. On January 11th there was plowing done in the south west part of this state. This is my twenty-fifth year here and I never saw such a winter as this is. Crops were good here last year and prices good. Wheat has sold here as high as $1.10 per bushel; barley was up to 98c per bush, oats 50c per bush, corn 65c, potatoes 60c, wild hay sells from $5 to $6 per ton, flax $1.18 per bushel. Land is selling around here from $25 to $65 per acre; one 320 acre farm was sold last fall for $65 per acre, five miles from Aberdeen. I own 800 acres of land here, 6 miles from Aberdeen, which I rent. We threshed 7250 bushels of grain off 460 acres, this last year; over 5000 of that was wheat and flax. Our threshing bill was $500.

Aberdeen has over 8000 population and is a good railroad centre. The city paved one mile of street and this coming summer will do more. Property in the city is very high and rent also, most any kind of a house will rent for $15 per month. James Ringrov is building a new hotel, the contract for the building is $186,000, the stone and brick are laid and the roof is on since last September.

I remain yours,



[Welland Telegraph, 14 January 1908]

Mrs. Hattie Elizabeth Saxton, mother-in-law of W.K. Smith, office manager of the Cordage Works, departed this life on Thursday night last, at the house of Mr. Smith. The deceased lady, who was in her 65th year, had enjoyed good health up to within an hour of her death. A short service will be held at the house on Sunday evening by the Rev. Mr. Thompson, of Holy Trinity Church, after which the remains were conveyed to the M.C.R train for Boston, where the remains will be interred. Mr. and Mrs. Smith have the sympathy of the community in their bereavement. d; 9 January 1908