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[Welland Telegraph, 7 November 1913]

Buffalo, N.Y., Nov. 3-Francis G. Foley, forty-two years old, native for thirty-five years resident of Welland, where he was for some time compositor on the Welland Telegraph, died Saturday night, November 1, at is home here, No. 21 Vary Street having an illness of one year of tuberculosis. After leaving Welland seven year ago he came to Buffalo, where he worked as compositor on the Buffalo Express, which position he was forced to abandon one year ago and for several months since then has been in the Buffalo General Hospital.

Deceased was born in Welland on September 10, 1871, and was educated in the public school. His parents were Mary Foley, formerly McMahon, and the late John Foley. The late Mr. Foley is survived by his brother, Leo Foley of Buffalo, and two sisters, Mrs. James Neelon and Mrs. B. Bill, also of Buffalo. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, Nov. 4, from the home of his sister, Mrs. James Neelon, at 21 Vary street, at 8.30 o’clock, and one hour later from St. Columba’s Catholic Church, the Rev. Father James Noonan, rector, officiating at burial services. Interment was at Holy Cross cemetery, Buffalo.


Wainfleet News

[Welland Telegraph, 7 November 1913]

William O. Priestman died suddenly at North Battleford, Sask., on the night of Sept. 27th. He retired the evening previous in apparent good health but the next morning was found dead in bed. A coroner’s jury was sworn in and investigated, finding that death was due to acute heart trouble. Mr. Priestman was in his 39th year and had been in the west for about a year. He was well-known in Wainfleet township, coming from a widely known and highly respected family. The surviving relatives are his widow, one brother, Thomas Priestman of Akron, O., and two sisters, Mrs. J.G. Mills of Wainfleet and Mrs. Martha Michener of Moulton.


[Welland Telegraph, 7 November 1913]

The death took place in Welland on Monday night at the home of his son, Arthur Blue, of William N. Blue, aged 76 years. Mr. Blue has been in declining health for the past three months, and the end was due to a stroke of paralysis. He was born in Ballymanytown, Armagh, Ireland, and when fifteen years of age came to the New World to join his sister who was a resident of New York State. Two years later he went to Prince Edward county and in 1870 moved to Campbellford. Three years ago last September he moved to Toronto where he resided until the removal of his son to Welland last September. He was married when twenty-five years of age to Mary A. Carnrite of Northumberalnd, who survives him and is resident in Welland. Besides his son Arthur he leaves another son James of Campbellford and three daughters, Mrs. David Philip of Belleville, Mrs. John Peeling, Campbellford; Mrs. Wm. White, Seymour township. He was a member of the Church of England and a faithful member of the Orange Lodge. He was a veteran of the Fenian Raid for which his services were suitably recognized by the government. The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon, being conducted by the Rev. James Thompson, and interment in Doan’s ridge cemetery.


Mrs. Francis Seger

[Welland Telegraph, 3 January 1913]

Mrs. Francis Seger, an old and highly respected resident of Welland Junction, died at her home on Wednesday night at the advanced age of eighty years. She is survived by her husband and one brother, Benjamin Stringer, of St. Catharines. The funeral will take place on Saturday at 1.30. Rev. J.D. Cunningham will conduct the services and interment will be made in Doan’s Ridge cemetery.


One of County’s Oldest Residents Passed Away on Last Day of Old Year

[Welland Telegraph, 3 January 1913]

Amos Chapman of Pelham township died on Tuesday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Page, near Ridgeville.

Mr. Chapman was one of the oldest residents of the county, being in his ninety-second year. He was born in this county and has resided in it throughout his long life. Up to a few months ago he was quite as agile and bright as a man thirty years his junior, Recently, however, his health has been failing. Old age caused a general declension of his health.

One daughter, Mrs. John Page, survives him. His wife predeceased him over twenty years ago. One brother, Joseph, of Michigan, and one sister, Mrs. McAlpine, of Pennsylvania.

The funeral took place on Thursday morning at ten o’clock. Services were conducted in the Friends Church by the Rev. Mr. Reuth and the Rev. Willson Brown. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.


A Veteran of the American Civil War

Former Rector of Holy Trinity, Welland

[People’s Press, 7 January 1913]

The Rev. Gabriel Johnstone, D.D., of Welland, passed peacefully to rest in the early hours of Sunday morning, January 5th, 1913, after a long period of failing health.

Re. Dr. Johnstone was born at Edenton, North Carolina, in 1843, and was educated at the University of North Carolina, where he graduated in 1861. He left the University of North Carolina in his junior years and took part in many memorable events of the Civil war that were prevailing in the United States. He volunteered as a private in Co. “G” of the 38th N.C. Regiment, and out of 159 who volunteered with him, only 18 survived the war. His regiment took part in all the principal battles which were fought in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, including Cedar Run, Antietam, Hagerstown, Shepherd’s Town, the two battles of the Wilderness and Gettysburg. He was appointed Ordnance Sergeant as soon as the 28th Regt was formed by Gen Lane, but carried a rifle and took an active part in every battle is which his regiment was engaged. He was elected Colonel of the 73rd Regiment in ’63, at the age of 21 years, as a reward for conduct on the field.

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Large Number of Citizens Assemble in the Opera House-Address and Cabinet of Solid Silver are Presented

 [People's Press, 28 October 1913]

An Excerpt from The Tillsonburg Observer

              On Tuesday evening, October 21, His Honor Judge Livingstone and Mrs. Livingstone, who went to their new home in Welland on Wednesday, were tendered a public farewell and presented with a handsome testimonial of esteem by the citizens of Tillsonburg.

             The gathering took place in the opera house, a large number of persons from the town and district being present to express by their presence their hearty good will and their appreciation of the honor that has been conferred on the citizens of Tillsonburg by Mr. Livingstone’s appointment to the position of county judge of Welland.

             The stage was fitted up as a reception room and a great cluster of yellow chrysanthemums decorated the table.

             Those who occupied seats on the stage were: The Town Council, Town Clerk, A.E. Raynes, Magistrate G.W. Hare, Revs. J.J. Brown, C.N. Dewey and T.B. Howard, ex-Mayor C.H. Mabee, Dr. H. McQueen, R.J. Matheson, E.F. Davis, J.E. Weston and John Law, Judge Livingstone’s father, Mr. W.W. Livingstone, Mr. and Mrs. E.I. Torrens, Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Jackson.

             Mr. V.A. Sinclair filled the position of chairman.

             While the citizens were gathering, an excellent impromptu programme was rendered, those taking part being: Mrs. Chas. Waller and Miss Swayze, who rendered a piano duet; Mr. Thos. Holland, Mrs. Alex Rodgers and Mr. Walter Martin, who sang solos, and Mrs. T.B. Howard and Mrs. E.J. Wood.

             At an interval in the programme, Mr. E.F. Davis conducted Judge Livingstone and Mrs. Livingstone to the stage, introducing them to the chairman as “Our guests of the evening.” They were greeted with an ovation, after which the national anthem was sung. Read the rest of this entry »