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Special to the Press

[Welland Tribune, 12 August 1919]

Lenox, Mass., Aug. 11. Andrew Carnegie died at his summer home Shadowbrook, here at 7 o’clock this morning in his 84th year. The cause of death was bronchial pneumonia.


[People’s Press, 7 January 1919]

Mrs. Margaret Allen, relict of the late James Hamilton Allen, passed away at her home, 121 Ross Street, on the 2nd of January, 1919, following a brief illness with heart trouble. She had taken ill the previous Friday, and the news of her death came as a very great shock to her many friends in Welland. The late Mrs. Allen, who had lived in Welland for the past thirteen years, was a highly respected citizen of the community and her removal is a distinct loss to the city.

The late Mrs. Allen was born in County Down, Ireland, fifty-six years ago. Over thirty years ago she and her husband came to Canada and settled at Thorold where they resided until thirteen years ago when they came to Welland. Deceased was a member of the local Presbyterian Church and active in the work of the church.

Mrs. Allen is survived by a family of three daughters, Margaret, Eleanor and Sarah, at home, and two sons, James and Donald also at home. She is also survived by three sister, Mrs. S. Sands, Mrs. J. Watson and Miss M. Lawson of Chester, Pa., and another sister in Ireland and a brother, S.J. Lawson of Philadelphia and another brother in Ireland.

The funeral took place last Sunday afternoon to Fonthill cemetery, the Rev. Mr. Cunningham conducting the burial services.

Card of Thanks

The family of the late Mrs. Margaret Allen desire to take this means of thanking their friends who sent flowers and loaned their automobiles, and also those who stayed with them following the death of their mother.

Dr. Samuel Edsel Birdsall (1849-1919)

He was born in Canboro township, Haldimand county on May 18,1849, was of United Empire Loyalist background. He attended local schools Smithville and Fonthill. He went two years to Victoria College Medical School in Toronto, graduating in 1876. Dr. Birdsall practiced in Tillsonburg for two years, then, in 1878 moved to Fenwick. Here he entered into partnership with Dr. H. R. Haney, however, Dr Haney died later that year and left Dr, Birdsall alone.

Dr Birdsall built his home about 1892 at 807 Canboro Road, Fenwick.. He practiced in Fenwick until 1907 then moved to Niagara Falls.

On October 15, 1871 Dr. Birdsall married Ella Hare, daughter of Captain Richard and M. (Claus) Hare,  great granddaughter of Colonel Peter Hare and great granddaughter of Major Hare a member of Butler’s Rangers.Mrs Birdsall was also a great granddaughter of Laura Secord.

Dr. Birdsall’s parents were Andrew and Elizabeth (Scott) Birdsall. His grandfather Samuel Birdsall came from Pennsylvania, settled in Canboro. He owned 5000 acres, which had been purchased by Benjamin Canby, who got it from the Six Nations Indians.

Dr and Mrs Birdsall had four children. Claude Clare Birdsall born March 29, 1872, died April 10, 1872.

Lillian Edith Birdsall born May 21 1874, died 1881.

Lena Maude Birdsall born February 25,1878 died December 14, 1889 in Fenwick.

Laura Secord Birdsall born March 4, 1876 . She married Elmer Wilson Buck. They had 4 children, lived in Niagara Falls. Laura died December 8,1936 in Niagara Falls buried at Fairview cemetery.

Dr. Samuel Edsel Birdsall died December 13, 1919 of cerebral hemorrhage in Niagara Falls.