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WILLIAM BAXTER

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR MR. W. BAXTER

VICTIM OF LUSITANIA DISASTER

[People’s Press, 1 June 1915]

On Sunday morning last a memorial service was held at the Baptist Church, Welland, for William Baxter and his little son, who was murdered by the Germans on the Lusitania.

The pulpit and Mr. Baxter’s empty pew were draped with black, and the pastor, Rev. Cowan, gave a very impressive sermon.

Mr. Baxter was a true and faithful member of the Sons of England, and forty-two representatives of the Order turned out to pay their last tribute to their brother who was a victim of the foul deed.

The Sons of England wish to thank the Baptist Church for allowing them to take part in the service, also the choir who rendered some appropriate hymns and anthem.

ELIZANA BUCHNER MARSHALL

[People’s Press, 1 June 1915]

On Friday, May 28th, the remains of Elizana Buchner, relict of the late John Marshall of Crowland, were interred in Doan’s Ridge Cemetery. Service was held at the homestead and was conducted by Rev. Mr. Turnbull of Crowland Presbyterian Church, of which congregation she had long been a member.

Mrs. Marshall was born in the township of Crowland, on February 18th, 1841, of United Empire Loyalist descent, the daughter of the late John Bender Buchner and Jane Learn. She was 74 years, 3 months and 7 days of age at the time of her death. Her husband predeceased her within a few days of eleven years.

There are left to mourn the loss of a kind and faithful mother, five sons and one daughter, namely, W.S. of Vancouver, B.C; John C. of Niagara Falls, N.Y., Arthur W. and Warren W. at home; Edward E. of West Lorne, Ont., and Ella, wife of James Ives, Chippawa, who were all present at the obsequies. The five sons and son-in-law bore the casket to the grave, followed by a large concourse of sorrowing friends.

Mrs. Marshall also leaves twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild; also one brother, Alem Buckner of Tonawanda, N.Y., and one sister, Mrs. George Storm of Humberstone, to mourn a void and loss which is irreparable.

JOHN MALCOLM LIVINGSTONE: J.M. LIVINGSTONE PASSES AWAY

Was Division Court Clerk and Prominent Citizen

ONE OF OLDEST RESIDENTS

[People’s Press, 20 April 1915]

Hattie Belle and W.J (Bud) Livingstone taken by Caleb Swayze, Welland

[PHOTO: Hattie Belle and W.J (Bud) Livingstone taken by Welland photographer, Caleb Swayze, circa 1885]

John Malcolm Livingstone, one of Welland’s oldest and best known citizens, passed away early Friday morning in his 67th year. Deceased had been ailing for some years, but heart trouble, which set in three weeks ago, was the cause of death. Our subject was born in Norfolk County and came to Welland with his parents when ten years of age. After residing here a few years he went to Pelham. Forty-two years ago, immediately after his marriage to Emily Kelsey, he returned to Welland and has resided here ever since. For the past 32 years he has been connected with the piano and music business here. Deceased was a life-long Conservative and received the appointment of division court clerk a year after the change of the Ontario government, holding this office until his death. He is survived by a widow, two sons, W.J. Livingstone and Frank Livingstone, one daughter, Mrs. Wm. Doney, one sister, Mrs. R. Skinner of Allanburg and three brothers, G.C. Livingstone and J.H. Livingstone of Allanburgh and M.E. Livingstone of Collins, Sask.

The funeral took place at 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon. Service was conducted at his late residence, 164 Division street, and interment was made in Fonthill cemetery.

ROBERT WILLSON

[Welland Tribune, 25 March 1915]

After enduring the trials of a confirmed invalid for 23 years, Robert Willson died at Fort Erie on Sunday at the advanced age of 86 years. The funeral took place on Tuesday, just two weeks after that of his brother, the late Levi Willson of Thorold township. Paralysis was the cause of death. His wife predeceased him by some years. One son, W.F. Willson of H.M.C, and one daughter, Miss Jennie Willson, both of Fort Erie, survive.

Arthur Willson of Thorold twp. and C.B. Willson of Welland, attended the funeral on Tuesday.

SPEEDERS FINED

[Welland Tribune, 28 September 1915]

A number of motorists have contributed to the police court coffers this week for exceeding the speed limit, and half a dozen bicyclists have been fined for riding on the sidewalks. A couple of drivers of rigs have also contributed for violation of traffic law.

Alex Sherbeck, charged with theft of $51 from a fellow employee at the Billings Spencer plant, was committed for trial by Magistrate Burgar yesterday morning. He is defended by H.R. Morwood and T.D. Cowper appearing for the Crown.

WILLIAM HERBERT WRIGHT

Little Fellow’s Sad Death

[Welland Tribune, 28 September 1915]

A bright young life passed away Sunday morning, in the death of Willie Wright, only son of Mrs. S. Wright, Division Street. The little fellow was stricken with diphtheria a few days ago, and put up a strong fight for life, but with the best of medical skill and tender nursing his little body could not withstand the shock, and he passed to the great beyond. Willie would have been six years old in January. He was an exceptionally bright lad of his years, and was a general favorite with all who knew him, both old and young.

Died: 25 September 1915

CAROLINE OSTRANDER

[Welland Tribune, 28 September 1915]

Mrs. D.D. Ostrander, half sister of Mrs. Henry Hederick of Welland, Mrs. Burkett of Low Banks and Thos. Wallace of Buffalo, died recently at Lakeview, Mich. Following is an extract from a paper published in that place:-

Caroline Wallace was born in Stafford, Canada, August 13, 1834, being at the time of her death 81 years, eight months and five days old.

She was married to D.D. Ostrander May 21, 1853 at Niagara Falls, when 19 years of age.

To this union 10 children were born, one dying in infancy. The deceased was always a hard working woman, spending her time and strength in caring for her home and family, and doing whatever she could to help others.

They moved to their present home near Lakeview 36 years ago; when the county was comparatively new, and by hard work, made for themselves a comfortable home. Besides her aged husband, she leaves nine children, Mrs. Geo. Dell of Weldman; Mrs. Thos. Graham of Fremont; Mrs. Chas. Witheral of Lakeview; Mrs. Frank Johnson and Mrs. Clarence Elfritz, near Lakeview; John of Muskegan; D.W., James and Dell, also residing near Lakeview, all being present at the time of her death.

Besides her children she leaves 31 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren to mourn her departure, and many other relatives and friends.

ENGAGEMENT

[Welland Tribune, 28 September 1915]

Mr. and Mrs. S.K. Brillinger, 161 Bald St., announce the engagement of their daughter Bessie to Mr. Omand of Guelph, marriage to take place Oct. 11, 1915.

LEVI WILLSON

WELLAND PIONEER PASSES AWAY

Death of Levi Willson, Lifelong Resident, in 81st Year

RECALLS DAYS OF LONG AGO

[People’s Press, 9 March 1915]

A lifelong resident and one held in the highest esteem by the entire community passed away on Saturday morning in the person of Levi Willson, a resident all his life of a farm just north of Welland town in Thorold township.

Deceased, who was in his 81st year, was born on the farm where he died. His father, Richard Willson, was a U.E. Loyalist who came here from New Jersey and secured the land directly from the Crown, the family being still in possession of the Crown patent. At one time the father of deceased owned the land as far south as the river, now a part of Welland and it can be said that he was the first resident of our present thriving community. At that time this district held but a few scattered people. Richard Willson had to load a bag of grain across his horses’ back and go, with his gun across his shoulder, to Niagara on the Lake to have it ground into flour.

The memory of Levi Willson went back to the time when a big bear invaded their barn yard and tried to carry off a hog, the father and sons dropping the animal with their guns.

Deceased suffered an attack of pneumonia two years ago and never afterwards fully regained his health. Since last summer he has been failing rapidly.

Mr. Willson was a Liberal in politics, was prominently connected for many years with the Agricultural Society and was an active temperance worker. While he never sought public office, he was one of the solid citizens of the community and a man of sterling integrity. In religion he was a member of the Hixite Friends church. He is survived by a widow, Melissa Jane Williams of Allanburg; two sons, Arthur of Thorold township and Charles B. of Welland, and two daughters, Mrs. H.R. Dawdy of Welland and Miss Eve at home. Two children predeceased him, Richard two years ago, and Mrs. Roy, Mabel, Page seven years ago. He is also survived by one brother, Robert of Fort Erie, six years older than deceased, who has been an invalid for many years.

The funeral takes place today. Service will be held at the house at 2 p.m., and interment will be made in the Friends burying grounds, Pelham.

ELIZABETH McLAREN McILVRIDE

[Welland Tribune, 3 June 1915]

Elizabeth McLaren, wife of Peter McIlvride, died at her home at Chantler on Sunday, after a long illness.

Deceased was born in Scotland and had been in this country about 10 years. She is survived by her husband, six sons, James, Robert, Donald, and John of Welland and Alexander and George of Saskatchewan; three daughters, Mrs. Wm. Bacon of Welland, Mrs. Gilmour, Blantyre, Scotland and Miss Margaret at home.

The funeral took place on Tuesday from her late residence at Chantler, and interment was made at Fonthill cemetery. Rev. J.D. Cunningham of Welland conducted the services.

The pall-bearers were:
James, Donald, John and Robert McIlvride, sons: Peter McIlvride (grandson) and W. Bacon, son-in-law.