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As Wm. Crompton Paid $13 to Find Out

[Welland Tribune, 4 February 1910]

Welland, Feb. 1.-William Crompton was this afternoon fined $10 and three dollars cost for nearly running over Judge Wells, as the judge was walking on the road on Monday afternoon at five-thirty.

The prisoner pleaded guilty and said he had been drinking.

Crown Attorney Cowper and Chief Jones prosecuted; Magistrate Burgar presided. The prisoner had no counsel.

The charge read that on the 31st of January the said William Crompton, did attempt in and upon one G.W. Wells to commit assault which might have caused actual bodily harm. Sec. 295 C.C.V.

“How you elect to be tried?” asked Magistrate Burgar. “I don’t know, “replied Crompton.

“How old?”-“Twenty-four years.”

“Where born?”-“England.”

“Country or town?”-“Country.”

“Married or single?”-“Single.”


“Read and write?”-“Yes.”

“Trade?” ”-Laborer.”

“Temperate?”-“I drink.”

“Drink every day?”-“No.”

“Just once in a while?”-“Yes, Sir.”



[Welland Telegraph, 30 August 1910]

TAYLOR-In Welland on Sunday, 28th August, William Archibald Taylor, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Taylor. Funeral on Monday at Fonthill. Death was due to infantile diarrhea.

History of Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario – PART ONE

Adelaide Hunter Hoodless (1857-1910)

The tragic death of her son, John Harold Hoodless, from drinking contaminated milk led her to campaign for clean milk in the city. She devoted herself to women’s causes especially improving education of women for motherhood and household management.

Eight years later, in 1897, Adelaide was invited to speak at a Farmer’s Institute Ladies Night in Stoney Creek, Ontario where she suggested the formation of an organization for rural women. The next week, the inaugural meeting of the Women’s Institute was held. The following week Adelaide Hunter Hoodless was named honorary president at the first formal meeting.

For the most part, however, Adelaide left the Women’s Institute in the capable hands of the rural women, while she continued her campaign for domestic science in towns and cities. Thanks to Adelaide, domestic science and sewing were added to the Hamilton school curriculum where she organized the training of domestic science teachers. She wrote the favoured textbook, ‘The Public School Domestic Science’, and became increasingly respected as an expert.

Later in her life, Adelaide Hunter Hoodless was to claim, “The education of women and girls has been my life’s work” and so it continued to be right up until the end. She died in February of 1910 of heart failure after speaking at a meeting at St Margaret’s College in Toronto, where she was appealing for a school of Household Science to be established at the university level.

One quotation, above all others, demonstrates the message from the founder of the Women’s Institute to all those women who have belonged to WI ever since: “What must be done is to develop to the fullest extent the two great social forces, education and organization, so as to secure for each individual the highest degree of advancement.”


[Welland Tribune, 25 February 1910]

The remains of the late Henry J. Carpenter, who died suddenly at the Wabash hotel, Detroit, on Sunday, were brought back to Welland, Monday morning. The funeral was held on Tuesday morning from the residence of Mr. James O’Brien to R.C. church, Rev. Fr. Cruise officiating. The pall bearers were four cousins of deceased, John Carpenter, Joseph Carpenter, Will Stapf, jr., Fred O’Brien and two fellow dredgemen, Jerry O’Brien and Neil Ryan. The deceased was forty–two years old and for many years resided in Welland, being a son of the late William Carpenter, who was drowned in Buffalo some years ago. Besides many relatives and friends, he leaves three brothers, Thomas, James and George, and one sister, Mrs. Whitten of Akron, Ohio. Many floral offerings were received from Detroit and friends and relatives in town.


[Welland Tribune, 8 December 1910]

Editor Tribune:-

Dear Sir- a complete review of the letter on the above subject by Dr. Felch, published in recent issue of the Tribune, would not be of sufficient interest to your readers to justify the space required; but a few extracts will show how much he is worth as an authority on the question:

1st. As a Food- “A substance to be a food in a technical sense, must be capable of being split up into the different parts and combining with the tissues of the body. In other words, it must be a tissue builder. But, says the Dr., “It has been determined that it (alcohol) is not a tissue builder.” In short, a food must be a tissue builder. Alcohol is NOT a tissue builder, therefore alcohol is a food.

“A food must not only fulfil the above conditions, but neither it nor its products of transformation should be injurious to the structures, nor to the activity of any organ, and it must not leave substances which will act as irritants.” How does alcohol fit the bill? Still “From the standpoint of technical dietics alcohol is a food.”

What do you readers think of classifying alcohol as a food with onion, cabbages, radishes?

2nd. “It is a generator of energy.” “As an energizer it acts only as a whip to the flagging organs. We have no more right to use it than we have to lash a willing horse. In pneumonia it simply whips the heart &c., &c., &c.” This appears correct to the unscientific mind; but, as explained in a previous letter, it generates no energy, but simply liberates latent energy, and a display of nervous forces by breaking down the barriers which our creator placed to protect and prolong life. “It acts only as a whip.” A whip generates no energy, therefore “alcohol is a generator of energy.” “Close investigation and extensive experience have demonstrated that constantly used for its stimulating effects it is positively injurious.” Local Optionists in Welland county should be thankful for that bit of information. It will help you in your campaign.

I hope that any words of ours did not imply, and certainly were not so intended, that Mr. Misener had no authority for his statements. Authority, however, is cheap and plenty of it. A writer in the Tribune stated a few months ago that according to authority, the earth passed through the comet’s tail, and according to authority, it didn’t.

We have often heard of a man being straddly of the fence, but Mr. F.’s position is unique in standing on both sides at the same time.




[Welland Tribune, 8 December 1910]

In the sudden death of Mrs. Emma Victoria (Goring) Brown, on Saturday, November 26th, Thorold township lost one of its best known and highly respected residents. She was born on April 6th, 1863, in the township of Grantham, to Captain Francis Goring, and married on October 3rd, 1888, to Edgar G. Brown, in the parish church at Homer, by the Rev. J. Ardell, in which church she had been for many years a Sunday school teacher, and one of its most earnest workers.

Besides a sorrowing husband, seven children survive to mourn their loss,-Mabel, LeRoy, Edna (Nettie), Stanley, William, Raymond and Teressa, all of whom are living at home.

The funeral, which was private, took place on Monday, Nov. 28th, from her late residence; interment being made at Fonthill.

The simple service of the Anglican church was read by the Rev. Wm. P. Lyon, rector of Holy Trinity church, Fonthill, of which church the deceased had been a staunch member since residing in the township.

Six Sir Knight Templars, of Plantagenet Preceptory, A.F. & A.M., of St. Catharines, attended as pall-bearers.

Mrs. Brown was one of those exceptional womanly characters, whom the world can ill afford to lose-a truly devoted wife, and mother; a friend to all who chanced to cross her path in life; but above all else a devout Christian woman. Her name will long be cherished in our midst, for to know her was to love her.


Imperial Bank vs. Heslop-Davy v. Foley-Rieger

[Welland Tribune, 8 December 1910]

The special session of the High Court opened in Welland at 1 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, before Judge Britton, the first case heard being that of the Imperial Bank vs. Heslop Bros.

This case took about three hours, the lawyers summing up their cases at four o’clock. Harcourt and Cowper of Welland represented the plaintiff, (Mr. Cowper acting), and John Carruthers of Tillsonburg was for the defendants.

The witnesses included the defendant George Heslop of Langton, who disclaimed having any connection whatever with the business of Heslop Brothers.

The amount involved was $1,667.70.

Judgment was given on Wednesday afternoon, the action being  dismissed with costs, the court finding that George Heslop was absolutely free from any liability, he having quit the partnership of Heslop Bros. prior to the date of the bank’s claim.


A second case was added to the docket and was heard immediately after the close of the bank case. It was a case of Davy vs. Foley-Rieger, for the issuing of an injunction and unstated damages.

The case is in connection with the obtaining of power by water from the old Welland canal at Thorold, the power at the plaintiff’s pulp mill being lessened, it is claimed, because of an arrangement that gave an increasing flow of water at the defendant’s mills, the two mills being close together.

Mr. German of German & Morwood represented the defendants, and Mr. Cowan, of Beatty, Blackstock, Fasken, Cowan & Chadwick, of Toronto, the plaintiff.

The hearing was continued on Wednesday morning, several witnesses being sworn for both sides.

Judgment was reserved, the hearing being completed at 1.20, after able addresses by counsel.



[Welland Tribune, 8 December 1910]

John Gage, one of the most highly esteemed residents of the Centre, passed to rest on Thursday last, in the 73rd year of his age. He suffered a stroke of paralysis two months ago, from which he never recovered. Deceased moved here from Alvinston a few years ago and during his residence here has won the affection of a large circle of friends, who mourn with the bereaved family. He is survived by a widow, one son, J.E. Gage of Iona Station, and two daughters, Mrs. J.B. Anderson of the Centre and Mrs. John Gaiser of Welland. The funeral took place on Sunday. Service was conducted by Rev. Dr. Williamson, and interment was made in Fairview cemetery. The floral offerings were beautiful, including a pillow from the family.


[Welland Tribune, 8 December 1910]

Mrs. Samuel Miller, an old and much respected resident of this place, passed peacefully away on Monday morning, Dec. 5th, at three o’clock, after a short illness of pleuro-pneumonia, in her 69th year, leaving a sorrowing husband and four sons-Palmer J., Wm. B., and Addison J. of this place, and Edward H. of Welland, to mourn the loss of a loving wife and mother. The funeral was held on Wednesday at one o’clock, at the house, where services were conducted by Rev. Peter Reith, after which burial was made in the North Pelham cemetery.


[Welland Tribune, 14 January 1910]

O.H. Phillips, chief engineer on the steamer Strathcona, which is wintering here, committed suicide Wednesday afternoon shortly after three o’clock. Henry Shickluna, who was working at the steamer’s engines, heard a revolver shot and, rushing to the engineer’s cabin, found him lying in his berth dead. He had shot himself through the head. Deceased was about forty years of age and an old countryman. He had no relatives in this country. No motive for the deed is known, except that Phillips had been drinking some. It is supposed he took his  life while in a state of melancholy. Coroner Dr. Hutton was summoned, but considered an inquest unnecessary. The owners of the Strathcona were notified and arrived Wednesday night.