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MARGARET C. DEITRICK

[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.

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Hoover, Dexter David--105

WILLIAM F. SWARTZ- MARGARET WALLACE CARL

[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.

JOSEPH REICKARD

JOS. REICKARD OF AMIGARI

FOUND DEAD

[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.

CHARLES ADAMS-LOTTIE SHERK

[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.

SOUTH DAKOTA: ABERDEEN, S.D. JAN. 22, 1908

[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,

J.C. SOMERVILLE

HATTIE ELIZABETH SAXTON

[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

LIGHTS AND SHADES OF WELLAND’S LIFE

[Welland Tribune, 24 January 1908]

Just as the Christmas spirit was in the air, a well-known town official met a man who takes orders for enlarged pictures. The traveler’s name was Shibley, and he represented a Toronto house. Now Shibley had the gift of gab and could carry on a continuous conversation for five minutes or an hour. He was a hummer, and after about fifteen minutes gabfest, the town official’s signature was on the contract.

“Delivery by December 5th,” was what the papers called for.

“Tempus fugit,” and it was not till the other day that the official, now in gilt and under the arm of the agent, was suddenly sprung upon the wife as she opened the door.

It was claimed, so it is said, that the delivery was too late, the picture might resemble our aged ancestors who sprung from their tails in the trees, and then there were other objections.

This aroused the ire of Shibley as the refusal to give Calver a nip, roused his fighting blood, in a story appearing below.

What Sibley said to the wife was picturesque and to the point. It cost him $5.75 at Wednesday’s court.

L. Calver demanded something stimulating on the fourth of January last. He was at the Dexter House bar. “Nothing doing,” said the wine clerk.

“Watchamatter?”

“I tell you there’s nothing doing; you’re too full now.”

This aroused Mr. Calver’s choler, and he explained that he was a man of skill with the mitts, that he preferred to fight rather than eat. He could lick his weight in wild cats.

“Now get,” said the barkeep, smiling, as he wiped a glass.

“Ahgwaan.”

Then Calver was taken gently by the seat of his pants, and the coat collar and placed under the twinkling stars on his posterior.

But Calver was of fighting mood.

“Lemeatim.’

These words mean that the gentleman wished to enter the hostelry and do battle.

Chief Jones came along and advised the scrapper to go home.

“Ahgwaan.”

This was his undoing, and for this, Mr. Calver, who, by the way, is a very decent chap,paid in Wednesday morning’s court $5.00 and costs for refusing to leave a licensed house when under the influence of liquor.

The fine was paid.

He did not get his scrapping booze at the Dexter House.

The warrant for arrest sworn out by Henry Farmer before Magistrate Burgar, says that Peter English took Mr. Farmer’s overcoat and a suit of underwear. But this is not all. The said Farmer swears that, to the best of his knowledge and belief, Mr. English also appropriated an Independent Order of Forrester pin. The alleged theft was committed on Tuesday, and on Wednesday afternoon Chief Jones was notified that he was arrested in St. Catharines. The chief had advised the authorities of St. Kitts to be on the lookout for the red man, for English is an Indian, and so is Farmer.

English was dismissed. It was because he was drunk that the clothes were taken. “You must keep sober in future,” was the warning parting of the magistrate.

ELLEN GRIFFITHS

[Welland Tribune, 10 January 1908]

On Wednesday night Mrs. Ellen Griffiths, wife of Alexander Griffiths, died unexpectedly. While heart failure was the cause of death, the deceased lady had been ailing for some time. Dr. Colbeck was at once summoned, and Mr. Griffiths, who was at an local meeting of the board of trade, hurried to her bedside. The end came peacefully at 9.30, just ten minutes after his arrival. Mrs. Griffiths although of a retiring nature, was of an exemplary disposition, and kept friends she made. She had been a resident of Welland for 27 years, and was born in Crowland, and was the second daughter of the late Alem and Ann Bender. Mrs. Griffiths leaves three sisters and a brother, who were wired of the sad event, and who were at the funeral, which takes place to Doan’s Ridge cemetery at 1.30 this afternoon, from the residence, Division street, Rev. Thompson officiating. The funeral will be private. Besides her husband one daughter, Helena, survives. The sisters and brother are Mrs. Sutherland, Toronto; Mrs. Priestman, Niagara Falls. Mrs. Henderson, Crowland; J.P. Bender, Bay City.

CAME FROM NIAGARA FALLS

[Welland Telegraph, 10 January 1908]

NIAGARA FALL’S. Jan. 7- The young man, H. Grey Duberley, who committed suicide in his room at Hermitage Hotel, New York City, last evening, is the missing Grand Trunk Railway receiving clerk at the local freight warehouse here. He had been missing since the evening of Dec. 28th. The auditors have been checking his accounts, and although the G.T.R authorities decline to state any amount, it is unofficially known that it will each about six hundred dollars.

Young Duberley, after an unpleasant experience on a farm in Crowland Township, came to this city about three years ago and engaged in a law office, later getting employment in the Grand Trunk offices. He made many friends and when he disappeared it was feared that he had thrown himself over the Falls. Miss Amy Hampshire, to whom he left a letter in his room at New York, is head dressmaker in Newcombe’s department store. It is claimed that the two were merely close friends, not sweethearts.