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[Welland Telegraph, 13 September 1912]

Many friends in Welland were shocked to hear of the death of John Wilkerson, which occurred at this home on Division Street, on Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Wilkerson had been in good health for some time, the immediate cause of death, however, was a rupture of a blood vessel in his head.

Deceased was born near Allanburg and was a descendent of a U.E. Loyalist family, of which he is the last surviving member. He came to Welland in 1866 and followed his trade of a mason. In 1894 he was married at Hamburg, N.Y., to Miss Annie Croft, who survives him.

Mr. Wilkerson was not a member of any church but was a free thinker and a man of sterling character and high principles. His death will be widely mourned. In politics deceased was a staunch Conservative.


[Welland Tribune, 12 September 1912]

The death occurred suddenly yesterday of John Wilkerson, Division street, in his 69th year. He had been in good health until Tuesday, when he suffered a stroke of paralysis death ensuing in twenty-four hours. Deceased was born in Thorold township and had lived in Welland about half a century, following the trade of a mason, and he was a man highly esteemed and respected by all who knew him. He was the last surviving member of his family. A widow survives.


[Welland Telegraph 1912]

First Case of the Kind Ever Tried in Welland County—

Marriage Performed by Presbyterian Minister in Bridgeburg

Alleging that she was only fifteen years of age when she married him, Josephine Bellanca of Buffalo,N.Y. is bringing an action against her husband, James Pavonie, of Dunnville, for annulment of the marriage contract. Mrs Pavonie also alleges, as a reason for securing the divorce, that she married without the consent or knowledge of her parents.

When the couple were married by the Rev. Mr. McIntyre in Bridgeburg last April Josephine was just fifteen years of age. Her love for Pavoni influenced her to consent to the marriage and to keep it secret from her parents. She did not agree to cohabit with her husband, who is ten years her senior, until she reached a more mature age. This, it is said, was approved of by him as he only hopes to preserve the girl for himself by having the marriage ceremony performed.

Soon  after the marriage Pavonie left to take charge of his position as foreman of Lalor’s canning factory at Dunnville. In his absence, his child bride, who was living with her parents, grew cold towards her husband and about a month ago told her parents that she was dissatisfied with her choice and would like to be free again.

The result was an action for annulment of marriage, The action was the first of its kind ever tried in the county of Welland, It will be heard in High Court before Justice Teetzel on the 18th of November,

George H. Pettit is acting for the plaintiffs.


[Welland Telegraph, 6 February 1912]

Many friends in the Welland section will regret to learn of the death of H.H. Lymburner, which took place on Sunday. Mr. Lymburner was seized ten days previous with a very severe attack of pneumonia, to which he succumbed. He was born in the township of Canboro, but had been a resident of Welland for the past fifteen years, coming here from Campden. He was blacksmith for A.D. White for seven years, but for the past six years conducted his own shop on North Main Street. He was well known as an excellent workman. He was married on July 16, 1878, to Miss Elva A. Zimmerman, who survives him, with two daughters-Mrs. George W. Hughes of Port Hope and Miss Lulu of Welland. He leaves five brothers -Peter of Elcho, Tilman of Canboro, Mathias of Tillsonburg, John of Niagara Falls, Ont., and Aden of Niagara Falls, N.Y. He was a member of the C.O.F. And Copestone Lodge, A.F. & A.M. The last named order will have charge of the funeral tomorrow. Many friends unite in expressions of sincerest sympathy to the bereaved widow and children.




[Welland Telegraph, 5 July 1912]

Many friends in Welland will be interested to learn of the marriage which took place in Seattle, Wash., on Thursday, June 27, when Miss Helen Louise Igoe became the bride of our well-known former townsman, George William Stalker. Mr. and Mrs. Stalker will reside in Seattle, and the groom has hosts of friends here who wish them a long and happy married life.

* Note: Newspaper says 27th but marriage certificate says 26th .



[Welland Telegraph, 20 December 1912]

Mrs. Catherine Brown, relict of the late David Brown, died on Tuesday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Buchner, Welland.

Mrs. Brown, who was in her 80th year, came to Canada from Ireland, sixty-one years ago. With her husband she first settled in Little York, now Toronto. Later Mr. and Mrs. Brown moved to Credit River. They afterward moved to Stevensville and finally to Wellandport, where Mr. Brown died twelve years ago.

Eight children, seven daughters and one son, are left to mourn their loss, namely Alexander Brown of Welland; Mrs. Richard Putman, Brookfield; Mrs. Peter McMurray, Welland; Mrs. Al. Valencourt, Welland; Mrs. Matthew Garner, Welland; Mrs. John Buchner, Welland; Mrs. Henry Moltby, San Francisco, and Mrs. George Glover, Butler, Pa.

Death was due to heart trouble and the general infirmities of old age. Mrs. Brown was a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church and a woman who won many friends by her kindly, generous ways.

The funeral was held on Thursday at nine o’clock, from the residence of Mrs. Buchner, Randolph St., Rev. J.D. Cunningham conducted services. Interment was made at Wellandport.


[Welland Telegraph, 20 December 1912]

Peter Damude, a former resident of Fonthill, died at his home in Niagara Falls on Saturday night at the advanced age of eight-one years. Mr. Damude spent the greater part of his life here, but after his wife’s death he went to Niagara Falls to reside. His death will be deeply mourned by a large circle of friends and acquaintances in this district. Deceased is survived by five sons and four daughters-Dexter, Peter and Frank of Niagara Falls, Edward and Gilbert of Hamilton, Mrs. John Zavitz of Brookfield, Mrs. Charles McClelland and Mrs. Emmett Seburn of Fonthill and Mrs. John Jenter of Thorold township. Three brothers are also left to mourn namely-Daniel and John of Fonthill and Soloman of Toronto. The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon. Services were conducted in the church of God by the pastor, Rev. Mr. Austin, assisted by the Rev. Mr. McKechnie. Interment was made in the Fonthill cemetery.




[Welland Telegraph, 26 January 1912]

Brief Biography of New Warden

John HillJohn Hill, Reeve of the township of Wainfleet, was elected Warden of Welland county on Tuesday afternoon. The honor is doubly high for the reason that the year 1913 is going to be the most important in county annuals in half a century. We believe that since the year the Court House was built no Council has been freighted with such weighty responsibilities as has the County Council of this year. The great problem of course, is the putting in operation of the Good Roads Bill. Next to that comes the enlargement of the Industrial Home. The duties will probably be still further added to by the building of a new Registry Office or enlarging the one now in use.

This is the present Warden’s fourteenth year in municipal service. He has represented Wainfleet for thirteen years and his accession to the Warden’s chair is an indication that he is well thought of by his associates. He has never been defeated for municipal office. This is the Conservative year for the holding of office so it goes without saying that he is a Conservative.

John Hill was born in Wainfleet township and has resided there during his entire lifetime of fifty-one years on this sphere. For three years, however, he served his apprenticeship as a builder in Humberstone. It will thus be seen that Welland country’s present warden is a builder. He promises to build up a good many improvements in the county while he is Warden, too. But he is more than a builder for he owns two hundred acres of rich agricultural land in Wainfleet township, which is tilled by his two sons. After this year he intends retiring.


What They Mean-Famous People That Bore the Name-The Name in History, Literature, Etc.

By Henry W. Fischer

[Welland Telegraph, 1 March 1912]


Virginia has been called “Jennie with a head and tail to it,” but of course, it has nothing to do with the alternative of Johanna.

VirginiaThe name is derived from the Latin and means “flourishing.”

The anemone is its emblem and “virility” its sentiment, probably with reference to the root of the word Virgo, which is is Latin for Virgin.

It is said that in England only sentimental people call a daughter Virginia, but this is certainly not true in the United States, where Virginia usually embellishes women famous in art or successful in business.

The name is rarely used in other than English speaking countries, except France, where its popularity was seemingly insured for all times by the famous romance, “Paul et Virginie,” the chief work of Bernardin de St. Pierre, published just before the revolution.

There are a few American girls who have not at one time wept over Paul et Virginie- A French girl would feel insulted if you suggested that she had not done so. A steel engraving depicting the heroine of the sentimental tale is found in many American houses.

Some Frenchmen made an opera, thirty or more years ago, of the novel, but this has never been seen in the United States.

Sir Walter Raleigh gave the name of Virginia to the fine South Atlantic colony in honor of Queen Elizabeth who liked to be called the Virgin queen. It is more than probable that the author of “Paul et Virginie” named the female heroine after the colony.

Virginia is called “Old Dominion,” and the “Mother of Presidents.”

The “Army of Virginia” was  commanded by Gen Pope, who took part in the second Bull Run campaign.

The University of Virginia numbers Thomas Jefferson among its founders.

There are two Virginia cities, one in Montana, the other in Nevada.

“The Virginia Plan,” an oytline for a constitution, was written by Edmund Randolph of Virginia in 1787.

“The Virginians” is the title of a novel by Thackery, dealing with the Virginians of the eighteenth century. It was a sequel to Henry Esmond.

Virginia Harned is one of the several famous American actresses bearing the beautiful name. She was born in Boston in 1868, but spent her early girlhood in England. She made her first appearance on Our Broadway House and her start as an actress of high merit was settled by her creation of Trilby (1895).


St. Catharines Woman His Second Affinity

His First Wife Well-known in Welland, Now Resides at the Soo.

[Welland Telegraph, 23 January 1912]

Arrested by the police on a charge of bigamy on Friday afternoon, Daniel Sayers, a man sixty-five years of age, living in the sixth ward, plead guilty to the charge when taken before the police magistrate in St. Catharines.

Sayers has a wife living at the Canadian Soo, and, according to his own admission, married another woman in St. Catharines in September. This woman has three children, one a baby four months old. She admits that she knew Sayers was married to another woman when she married him.

The arrest was made on Friday by Acting Chief of Police Laing. Sayers was taken before the local magistrate but was later taken to St. Catharines as he was married in that city to his second wife. Wifey number two is thirty years of age.

Inspector Gunton of Toronto assisted in the investigation of the conditions surrounding the case before the arrest was made.

At St. Catharines Sayers plead guilty but the magistrate remanded him for a week until evidence could be secured. The trial will be held there.


Young Man Thought To Have Perished in Blizzard

Body Has Not Yet Been Recovered Though Diligent Search Has Been Made.

[Welland Telegraph, 30 January 1912]

Relatives here have been advised of the probable death of Mark Flagg near his home in Saskatchewan. He is thought to have perished in a blizzard during the first week in January, though the body has not yet been found.

It would appear that he had volunteered to look after the stock of a neighbor who was absent. On a search being made the only trace of his movements that could be found was a pail of milk in the snow.

The search has thus far failed in recovering the body of the young man.

His only sister, Miss Josephine Flagg, is a graduate nurse of the Michael Reece Hospital, Chicago, and is well-known in Humberstone and Welland.