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[Welland Telegraph, 17 February 1911]

The death took place at the Industrial Home on Tuesday of John Coyle of Thorold, aged eighty years. Death was due to heart failure. Mr. Coyle had been an inmate since April. He was buried by his friends at his own home.

DEATH OF JAS. H. ALLEN – Welland Jail Official Passes Away

[Welland Tribune, 28 September 1911]

Well known and well thought of among his acquaintances, Mr. James Hamilton Allen crossed the Great Divide at 5.30 on Tuesday afternoon.

Mr. Allen was forty-eight years of age, for six years he has held the position of turnkey on the Welland County jail staff. He was born in Ireland and emigrated to Canada at about the age of twenty-three. He made his home in Thorold where he and his wife and family lived until six years ago when he assumed the duties of turnkey and moved to Welland.

He was a faithful member of the the Local Orange Lodge and also he belonged to the C.O.F. and I.O.F. In religion he was a Presbyterian adherent.

For four months he had suffered and when the end came it was not unexpected.

Besides his wife he has one brother and sister living in Ireland, two sons, James and Donald, and three daughters, Sarah, Marguerite and Eleanor, all of Welland.

The funeral will be conducted by the Loyal Orange Lodge at 2.30 o’clock on Friday afternoon to Fonthill cemetery. The Canadian and Independent Foresters will all attend in a body.


[Welland Telegraph, 29 September 1911]

Welland lost a well known citizen when James Hamilton Allan passed away at his home on East Main Street on Tuesday afternoon at half past five. Mr. Allan’s death was caused by paralysis and other illnesses from which he had been suffering for the past three months. The best medical skill of Welland and Buffalo was called in, but to no avail.

Mr. Allan was born in Belfast, Ireland, in 1863, His parents were Mr. and Mrs. James Allan. He came to Thorold in early life, and later made his home in Welland, upon accepting the position of turnkey, where he has resided for the past six years. He was forty-eight years of age.

Deceased was an upright, honest and an energetic man. He had a host of friends in Welland and in the surrounding country. His demise will be generally regretted. He was an adherent of the Presbyterian Church and a valued member of the Orange Lodge and the Canadian and Independent Order of Foresters. Mr. Allan was a friendly and kind man and beloved by all.

Mr. Allan is survived by a sorrowing widow and five children. They are James and Donald, and Sarah, Marguerite and Eleanor. Mr. Allan’s parents are both dead. A brother and sister in Belfast survive.

The funeral takes place today at 2.30 o’clock. Services will be conducted at his late residence by the Rev. J.D. Cunningham. Burial will be made in Fonthill cemetery. The funeral will be conducted by the members of the Orange Lodge, a dying request of the deceased. The Forester lodges will also attend.


[Welland Tribune, 2 February 1911]

Samuel Hampton, formerly of Welland, died on Jan. 21st, at Rapid City, Man., at the advanced age of over 90 years. Deceased at one time had a tailoring store and dwelling on the site now occupied by the Welland Tribune office. Over thirty years ago he moved to the northwest where he has since resided. Deceased was the father of the late Isabel Hampton Robb, the noted nurse who was killed in Cleveland last year. He was in good health until recently, his last fatal illness being of short duration. Two daughters and three sons survive, viz: Mrs. Geo. Hindson of Rapid City, Man., Mrs. O.K. Scholfield of Port Colborne, James Hampton of Fenwick and Samuel and William Hampton in the northwest.



[Welland Telegraph, 12 December 1911]

A very pretty church wedding took place in Holy Trinity Church, Division Street, on Thursday afternoon, at two o’clock, when Miss Florence Gertrude Sisson Mack was united in marriage to John Henry Harrison. Both are residents of Welland.

The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Mr. Thompson in the presence of a number of immediate friends and relatives.

During the ceremony Mrs. Holcombe, who presided at the piano, played “The Bridal Chorus” and during the signing of the registrar, “Love and Flowers.”

The bride was Miss Maria Emma Tye and the groomsman was Jack Stratford. The bride was attired in a gown of white and carried a large bouquet of flowers.

Mr. and Mrs. Harrison left the church and were greeted with a shower of rice and confetti at the door.

Married: 7 December 1911



[Welland Telegraph, 29 September 1911]

Many friends in Welland and Welland district will regret to learn of the death of Mrs. R.A. Lambert, Merritt Street (4) on Wednesday night, after a long and painful illness which extended over the last two years. Mrs. Lambert had been a sufferer from nervous trouble which was the cause of death. She was born in the township of Wainfleet at Salem, and was in her 76th year. During the early part of her married life they had lived in Gainsboro, and then for twelve years on a farm at Port Robinson, but for the last twenty-two years they were residents of Welland, where Mr. Lambert carried on business as a butcher.  Mrs. Lambert, besides her husband, leaves one daughter, Mrs. Charles Platten, one sister, Mrs. Ricker of Moote Settlement, and three brothers, George and Henry of Moulton and Peter of Rainy River. She was a life-long member of the Methodist Church. The funeral will take place this afternoon and will be private.


Welland Man Has Exciting Experience on Marshville Road

[Welland Telegraph, 12 December 1911]

Jack Patterson narrowly escaped serious injuries if  not death, on Friday night, when returning from Marshville, where he had taken some furniture.

In attempting to pass a rig in the dark, on the feeder road, the team of horses and dray which he was driving, was overturned in a large ditch.

Patterson was thrown beneath the horses where he became entangled in the harness. He was trying to hold the pawing horses when David Hoag who had heard the noise, came to his assistance. The horses and wagon were pulled onto the road and driven home.

Patterson was unhurt except for a few slight bruises.



Taken Ill With Pneumonia and Dies in Chicago Hospital

[Welland Telegraph, 27 January 1911]

After being ill only two days with pneumonia, Joseph Swick, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dell Swick of Welland, died in a Chicago hospital on Monday evening. Every effort was made to save his life, but it was impossible.

The late Mr. Swick had left Welland only a short time ago to go on the stage in Chicago as a vaudeville actor. He was well-known as the heaviest man in Welland. The news of his death will be received with general regret by many friends here. “Joe,” as he was commonly called, was born in Wainfleet, and was twenty-five years old. He is survived by a brother and sorrowing parents. Everyone who knew Joe can testify to his good qualities. He was a likable lad who made many friends who are now united in grief at his untimely end and in sympathy to his bereaved relatives.

A pathetic circumstance was that he had set out in company with Jimmy Kilty to take a place on the vaudeville stage, but death overtook him before he made his first public appearance.

The funeral will be held from his late home in Welland on Sunday at one p.m. and will be conducted by L.O.L., No. 1234, members of which order are asked to meet at the lodge rooms at 12.30.


[People’s Press, 28 November 1911]

The death occurred at St. John’s hospital, Toronto, on Friday of Mrs. Levi J. Whitwell, formerly a well-known resident of Welland and Crowland, latterly living at Dunnville.

Mrs. Whitwell was a visitor in Hamilton at the time of the Baptist Women’s convention which opened there on November 8. At the conclusion of the convention she went to Toronto, where she submitted to an operation, and, as a result of which, pneumonia developed and caused her death. Mrs. Whitwell was well known and the announcement of her death was received with deep regret by her numerous friends. The body was brought to Hamilton, and the funeral was held on Monday, interment at Fonthill cemetery.

Mrs. (Edith) Whitwell was a daughter of late Deacon John Young, a pioneer resident of Crowland township, and was born on the farm owned by him on the bank of the Welland river, about two miles north of Welland.

Three sisters survive: Mrs. Levi Sherk and Mrs. H.F. Stenabaugh of Hamilton, and Mrs. Garlock of West Point, N.Y.

Died: 24 November 1911


[Welland Tribune, 28 December 1911]

At the home of herself and her husband, two and a half miles from Port Robinson on the Chippawa road, the death occurred on Wednesday of Mrs. William Hanna, in her 67th year.

Mrs. Hanna suffered from dropsy and had been ill for about five weeks. She was highly respected by the large number of people in the country about her home who knew her. She was also well known and esteemed in Welland.

Her husband, one son, Leon L. Hanna, at home, and two  brothers, William VanAlstyne of Crowland, and James VanAlstyne of Niagara Falls South, are survivors.

The funeral will take place on Friday afternoon at one o’clock, from her home to the Fonthill cemetery.

Died: 27 December 1911