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The Public Library At Fenwick

{Welland Tribune 1921}

The following from the pen of E.W. Farr appears in the current number of the Ontario Library Review:

The Police  village of Fenwick Ontario, can boast of one of the finest little public libraries in the Province, and the ease with which the work has been performed has been phenomenal.

The following sketch from a village of less than four hundred is furnished the Review with the hope that it may prove an inspiration to other rural localities to establish a library where carefully selected reading may be available for the public.

In March 1919, the late Mrs. A.M. Paterson, a highly-respected resident of our village passed to the Great Beyond. She bequeathed four hundred dollars and her library, as a nucleus for a library for the village of Fenwick, providing the funds were used for that purpose within a year.

This very thoughtful bequest proved an inspiration to the whole village. A public meeting was called in November 1919, collectors were appointed and in a short time subscriptions of three thousand seven hundred was raised.

A library board was regularly appointed under instructions from the Public Libraries Branch and in the early summer of 1920, work was commenced, and a beautiful pressed brick building occupies a central position on an excellent lot donated by W.H. Fry.

The building completed November 1st, 1920, under the supervision of J.C. Sloat, chairman of the building committee, cost nearly three thousand dollars.

The book committee has purchased and received from donations seven hundred volumes which, supplemented by a splendid list from the travelling library of the Provincial Department, furnish an ample supply for present needs.

The president, W.H. Morgan and the other directors have worked faithfully throughout the year for the good of the library and have received every help from W.O. Carson, Inspector of Public Libraries, and are much indebted to Miss Patricia Spereman, also of the Department, for very helpful advice and services rendered on her two visits to Fenwick.


[The Welland Tribune and Telegraph, 25 January 1921]

A life-long resident of Welland passed away at the Welland Hospital Saturday last in the person of Mr. James Anderson in the 53rd year of his age. The deceased was born at the Junction (now Welland South) and where he has continued to reside until his death. Mr. Anderson had not been in the best of health for some time, but was around the city until last Tuesday when he was taken to the Welland Hospital for an operation of the stomach. The operation was performed on the Wednesday following, and hopes were entertained for his  recovery, but his constitution was such that it could not stand the shock, and he past away on Saturday last. He was the son of Mr. James Anderson, Sr., who was in the employ of the M.C.R. at Tillsonburg for a number of years, but now residing with his daughter, Mrs. Leonard Mathews of Welland. Deceased mother died some ago. By his big heartedness and social position, the deceased made many friends by whom he will be greatly missed. He leaves to mourn a wife, father, two brothers, Fred of Buffalo and Joe of British Columbia and three sisters.

The funeral will be held on Tuesday January 25th, from his late home, 16 Seeley Street to Woodlawn cemetery.

[Related TALE: James Anderson was the oldest employee of the mich central]


James Anderson Let the First Train Pass Over the Welland Canal

[The Welland Tribune and Telegraph, 22 February 1921]

James Anderson, of Tillsonburg, formerly of Welland, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. L.M. Mathews, 545 South Main St., where he has been residing for the past two months, on Thursday morning, in the 75th year of his age. Mr. Anderson had been in poor health for some time past, but had been able to be up and around until Tuesday evening, when he was taken suddenly ill and passed away Thursday morning. Mr. Anderson was the son of the late Geo. and Mary Anderson, and was born at Welland June 26th, 1846. He resided here continually until 1898, when he moved to Tillsonburg, where he has resided ever since. At the time of his death, Mr. Anderson enjoyed the distinction of being the oldest employee in length of service of the M.C.C. R., in Canada, having entered the service in 1870, and continuing ever since. He worked on the survey, and also the construction of the road, and when it was completed took a permanent position at the point where it crossed the Welland Canal. He had the honor to let the first train pass over the Welland Canal. He continued here until 1898, when he was transferred to Tillsonburg, where he was stationed until 1915, when he was pensioned, and put on the retired list, having over 45 years’ active service.

Mr. Anderson was a member of the I.O.O.F., and the Woodmen of the World.

During his long residence in Welland, he made a host of fasting friends, who will mourn his loss. A very sad coincidence was that his son James died four weeks ago to the day before his father was buried. Mrs. Anderson predeceased him almost seven years ago, after they had celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

He leaves to  mourn his loss two sons and five daughters, Fred, of Buffalo; Joe, of Port Hill, Idaho; Mrs. L.M. Mathews, of Welland; Mrs. N.A. Dorland, of Tillsonburg; Mrs. F.O. Kister, of London; Mary, of Buffalo; and Nellie, of Tillsonburg; also two sisters, Miss Margaret Anderson, and Mrs. John Herdman, of Welland.

The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Archdeacon Perry, of Holy Trinity Church, on Friday evening at 7 o’clock, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. L.M. Mathews. The services were largely attended. Interment was at Tillsonburg, on Saturday. The services at the grave were conducted by Rev. J.H. Howard, of Tillsonburg.

Mr. Anderson was a subscriber to the Welland Telegraph for over half a century.

[Related TALE: James Anderson - Death of James Anderson]

Dr Jacob Harrison Howell

[Welland Tribune,  1891]

Dr. Howell, while driving up Division street Monday noon, had an exciting runaway experience. While he was driving past Dr. Hutton’s residence the shafts on the cutter dropped on the horse’s heels, frightening the animal, which bolted. The doctor hung on while the horse went over the bridge and up Ball street. When just opposite Mr. Swartz’s residence the doctor steered the horse into a tree and brought the cutter to a standstill, but the horse broke loose and ran some distance farther. The doctor was thrown out but beyond a severe shaking up received no serious injury. The cutter was damaged but the horse was unhurt.

[Welland Tribune, August 1903]

Dr. Howell and son Harry returned home on Saturday evening, after spending a couple of weeks in Muskoka. Mrs Howell and daughter Doris will remain in Muskoka till the end of the month.

[Welland Tribune,  1904]

Dr. J.H. Howell, M.B. Toronto University, M.C.P.S.O. Office and residence, corner Fraser and Bald Streets, west side Welland. Jail Surgeon County of Welland.

[Welland Tribune, 1909]

Applications were received from Drs Davis and Howell for the vacant office of medical health officer.

[Welland Tribune, 1921]

Dr. J.H. Howell, Welland—Office and residence, corner Bald and Fraser Sts. Opposite Presbyterian Church. Office hours 8 to 9a.m., 1 to 3 and 7 to 8 p.m.

Dr. Sydney Raymond Dalrymple (1878-1921)

Sydney Raymond Dalrymple was born April 25, 1878 in Wellandport. He was theson of John Dalrymple and Minerva Heaslip of Bismarck. He went to school in Gainsboro. He became a teacher and taught at Boyle school. In 1905 he graduated in medicine from Toronto. He then went to England for further medical studies.. In 1907 he came to Fenwick to practice medicine at 807 Canboro Road. He took over the practice of Dr. Birdsall.

On June 27, 1908 Dr. Sydney Raymond Dalrymple married Martha Elizabeth Henderson, born February 8, 1880. Her parents were Walter Henderson and Abigail Van Wyck.

April 23, 1909 their first child was born, John Henderson Dalrymple, he died at age two in 1911 and is buried in Riverside Cemetery in Wellandport

October 8, 1911 Sydney James VanWycke Dalrymple was born. He became a medical Doctor. He died January 16, 2001 at the age of 90.

Dr. Sydney Raymond Dalrymple attended Bethany Presbyterian church, was a member of the Fenwick Oddfellows Lodge. He was a member of the Niagara District Medical Association and the Ontario Medical Association

He cared for patients in the influenza epidemic of 1918-19

He practiced a short time in Fenwick.

On April 23, 1921  Dr. Dalrymple died of complications after an appendix operation, at the age of 42. Over 700 people attended the funeral. He is buried in the Riverside cemetery in Wellandport.



[Owen Sound Sun Times]

]The Welland Tribune and Telegraph, 26 April 1921]

Every few days one reads with regret, and often with a sense of personal loss, of those who came in the early years to the town, or to some of the townships round about, and contributed through their lives to the making of the town a city, and the townships among the finest in the county or Province.

Of them, there appears often but a brief biographical note, giving little beyond a bare outline of a life bravely and worthily lived. It seems a pity that there should not be made and preserved in every municipality, at least a worthy sketch of such lives, in recognition of the contribution they made in their day to the general welfare of the community. Such a record would in the course of time furnish materials for historical sketches. They would be an incentive to the next generation to do as well or better than the previous one. They would develop civic consciousness and civic pride. They would help set a standard that no one would care to fall short of, and many would try to surpass. The rising generation would emulate the virtues and achievements of those who went before and blazed the way, and made it easier for those who came after to go further and do better, even, than they had been able to do.

When one thinks of the handicaps of the earlier days and how bravely and cheerfully the first and even the earlier settlers faced their tasks, and how heroically they stayed with it, one feels ashamed to grouch and whine when one has to deny one’s self this or that, and even sometimes to be content with a horse when one’s father or grandfather was thankful for-sometimes indeed proud of-a good yoke of oxen. There were compensations even in the earlier years. There were fewer diversions and distractions. More time was spent socially. Fewer books were read, but they were more carefully read. There were fewer religious services, but they were on the whole more highly prized. Clothing was plainer and coarser, but it wore longer, and one didn’t feel quite so embarrassed if he wasn’t able to buy a new suit or hat every year. It seems a pity, a shame that the stories of pioneer life should not be written, before all the pioneers have passed, with all the wealth of literary material they have stored in their memories of the past. Local papers, perhaps without exception, would be glad to publish any such sketches if brief, graphic and artistically true-real pen-pictures of real life.


Memories of The Old Cart

[The Welland Tribune and Telegraph, 3 December 1921]

Editor Telegraph and Tribune

Welland, Ont

Dear Duff:

A few weeks ago I saw in your paper a short article about the old Telegraph cart that was lying at the back of your office and still in use, and you mentioned something about placing it in the museum or putting another pig’s ear on the wheels or something to that effect. It stirred up old memories of that cart and my days of devildom in the Telegraph office. I served my apprenticeship pushing that cart and it was over thirty years ago too. It was known all over the town by the noise it made going along the sidewalks Friday mornings at two, three, four and six o’clock. Many a citizen in those days with a bad conscience and insomnia were awakened by the Telegraph devil pushing the mail home after midnight in order to catch the six o’clock train in the morning. But there was one morning in particular of all the particular mornings I remember. That cart was just the width of the sidewalks, a half inch to spare on each side. I left the office at three o’clock a.m., going out the back way and across the bridge at Division street and around East Main street to Burgar street and down Burgar to Dorothy where we live on the corner. It was snowing to beat the band, but we never had a mishap. We never missed that six o’clock train either. I got to bed about four and sharp at a quarter to six mother called me, and I started out for the station in the dark and snow. I navigated alright until I got to Teskey’s corner where there was quite ditch. The train was whistling and I got excited. The snow was two feet deep and I was three feet high and that cart went off the sidewalk into the ditch. I said some naughty words, but finally went back to the house for my big brother George; he was three and a half feet high. We got the mail out of the snow and started for the depot with it on our backs, but Squire Hellems was late that morning too and he and “Prinny” came galloping along the road. We blocked the way and never was so near going to the coop as that morning. The “Squire”was pretty mad until he saw who it was, but by that time we had the Telegraph loaded on his sleigh and away we went.  Conductor Boyle was a pretty good old scout and he waited for us. Give my regards to the old cart and when you bury it hang a wreath on for me.

Yours very truly,

C.H. Sawle

New Hamilton, B.C., Nov. 28.27.


Mrs. Margaret White

[The Welland Tribune and Telegraph, 3 May 1921]

The death occurred in Stratford on Friday April 22nd of Mrs. Margaret White in her 73rd year. The late Mrs. White’s health for some time had not been good and in the early part of November, 1920, she was compelled to take to her bed. Her physician and family were hopeful of a speedy recovery and on Christmas she ate her dinner at the home of a friend in the city.

A recurrence of the old malady again forced her, in the early part of January, to keep to her room, and she gradually grew worse until the end came. During all her illness, Mrs. White never complained and bore her affliction with that Christian patience and fortitude which characterized her whole life. All that medical skill could do was done ably assisted by the tender nursing of a devoted family, until she passed away on Friday. The late Mrs. White during her life was a consistent member of the Methodist Church, and was very fond of little children, being very much attached to her two grandchildren, Eileen and Margaret.

The late Mrs. White whose maiden name was Margaret Case was born in 1849 at Marshville in Welland County. In 1872 she was married to Frederick Oliver White, who predeceased her in 1891. The happy union was blessed with two daughters, Lotta M. and Freddie Bell. In 1898 the deceased with her two daughters moved to Milverton where Miss Lotta continued her work as a music teacher while the younger sister was appointed assistant to the postmaster. In 1906 she resigned her position and was married to W.M. Rosamond of Almonte. In September 1920, the late Mrs. White with her two daughters moved to Stratford where Mr. Rosamond had purchased a house in the city. During the war in addition to her church activities Mrs. White was very active in doing work for the soldiers whose friend she was, having lost many of her relations on the battlefields of France.

The funeral took place on Monday to Avondale cemetery and was conducted by Rev. W.H. Graham, of Central Methodist Church. The pall-bearers for the funeral were: Messrs. James Torrance, Sheriff T. Magwood, R.H. Coulter, I.D. Atkins, J.G. Grosch and Louis Pfeffer.

Besides a large number of Milverton friends, some of those from a distance were: Miss M. Leeder, Marshville; Mrs. J. Milhausen, Kitchener; Mr. Robt. Bell, Toronto; Mrs. G.E.A. Peart, Hamilton; Mr. and Mrs. E.Z. White and Mrs. J. Clark, Niagara Falls, N.Y.; Mrs. H. Graham, Listowel; Mrs. Near and Miss P. Stuart, Monkton; Dr. G. Atkin, Banff, Alta.; and Mr. and Mrs. Duncan, Lakeside.

The room in which the casket reposed was redolent with the large array of flowers sent by sympathizing friends.

The late Mrs. White was a resident of Welland for many years, and where she had many friends who will learn with deep sorrow of her passing away, and extend to the bereaved family their heartfelt sympathy in the loss of an affectionate and beloved mother.

Died:22 April 1921


Charles Minor, ex-Wainfleet Man, Holds Reputation for Skilled Craftmanship

[The Welland Tribune and Telegraph, 21 April 1921]

Dr. E.J. Barrick of Salvadore Sask. sends us an interesting clipping from Victoria Daily Times relating to an ex-Wainfleet man who has not been heard from for a number of years. A.R. Minor and D.W. Minor of Wainfleet are nephews. The article is as follows:

Victoria holds within her borders in Charles William Minor, one to whom accuracy has been a guiding star for forty useful years of achievement.

“Charlie” as he is known to his circle of friends in every walk of life holds the reputation for being the most ingenious watchmaker on the continent. He has worked at his profession for the past forty years ever since he made his first watch with a Toronto firm when he was only eighteen years of age. Now he is getting along towards the further end of the road of life. Holding as his motto “a man is as old as he feels”, Mr. Minor is fifty-seven years young, born a Canadian of Canadian parents in the year 1864. His workshop is in the Glengarry Apartments on Cook Street without name or sign.

In all the intricacies of mechanical problems that have come before him in forty years he has yet to meet a problem in the highest realms of mechanical accuracy that he cannot overcome.

Makes Own Tools

Typical of the inventive genius and viewpoint of Mr. Minor is the fact that he has in the past forty years made watch-making and repair tools and instruments that cannot be bought by the remainder of his trade to-day. Working for months at a time he has perfected model after model of instruments that now do his daily work for him and consist of the standard tools of the watch trade.

These tools he had made himself from the rough steel, cutting them out, tempering them in his own workshop and solely by himself. His tempering solution is a secret which he guards more closely than anything else of the really exceptional achievements of which he had been capable. All tools are made to fit his lathe which in itself is a model of perfectness with attachments that guide his work in a manner that is not only not possible, but still undreamed of in the accepted trade practice of watch-making.

With these gems from his own brain Mr. Minor will make a watch from beginning to end. The main spring is the only point he cannot make by virtue of the fact that that requires very expensive machinery and processes but given the facilities he states he would be delighted also to make that. The watch case of course is the work of others as in carpentering the cabinet making is apart from the other branches of the trade.

Mechanical Neatness

A representative of The Times yesterday interviewed Mr. Minor and was through kindness treated to an exhibition of mechanical neatness and skill that will always serve as a treasured memory. The watchmaker set a ruby for the visitors in the twinkling of an eye boring a hole for his jewel, setting it in place with a degree of accuracy that bore out his contention that the finished product was mathematically correct. In this, Mr. Minor explained that the accepted practice was to bore the setting and try the jewel, if the hole was too small to rebore, if too large to throw away the work. On the other hand, by a most ingenious jewel setter he has made himself, Mr. Minor bores his hole and sets the jewel by the exact and automatic measurement of the ruby itself.

He explained that rubies, sapphires and diamonds were all used in watches, while the diamonds were used for end-bearing, on the end of the pins bearing the movement. Garnets, he told, were used in cheaper grades of watches. In connection with jewels, he exhibited what is known as an old English Virge watch, which was made in 1834 and is still giving perfect service. This Virge watch was made before jewels were used in watches, and it is in itself an interesting study of mechanical movement. Mr. Minor is making today a wheel for the Virge watch made in 1834, an incident that explains everything about the man and his exceptional genius.

Going through the cabinet, Mr. Minor exhibited some of the tools he has made himself, including a universal wheel cutter, that will cut every wheel used in all American watches; tool holders, chucks and counter-sinkers; screw-cutting attachments that cut the threads of all screws used in watchmaking from 10 turns to the inch to 250 turns to the inch, this tool cutting right and left hand threads with the slight turning of a single lever on the lathe; wheel rounding tools that will bring the tiny watch wheels into perfect mathematical balance.

He is deluged with orders to repair chronographs, meteorological, astronomical and other instruments, while during the life of the life of the late Dr. O. M. Jones, Mr. Minor made most of the special instruments of that famous surgeon.

Other Records

Mr. Minor has had a long life of activity in other walks too. He holds the road cycle, racing championships of this city for the two and five miles respectively in 1884, and later starred on the “safety’s” when they came out. His English settler, “Roy Montez,” chief of a long line of the fine settlers, won fifty-five firsts, and dozens of specials in the Pacific Northwest Dog Kennel Shows, while his other dogs won literally bushels of medals and cups in similar events. For trap-shooting in the three coast cities Mr. Minor holds medals of the top place, and several from international gun clubs. He is a photographer of more than passing ability, and added to all he studied for medicine and served four years as an apothecary and dispenser with high recommendations in 1881.


Body of W.H. Minor Found Gnawed By Rats

He Had Lived Alone and Evidently Had Been Dead for Some Days

[The Welland Tribune and Telegraph, 10 March 1921]

              Chief Reavely, of Port Colborne, made a rather gruesome discovery at about 4 p.m., on Monday, when the badly decomposed body of William Henry Minor, of Lowbanks, was found in a shack on the Barrick farm, which is about one mile north of Humberstone on the N.S. & T. Railway.

             Two small boys, George Unis and Andrew Tuge, brought the information to the chief of the finding of the body. They had lived near and had not seen the old man for two weeks. They later found the body, reporting immediately to Chief Reavely.

             When found the body had been lying in that position for eight or ten days, and was in an awful state of decomposition. The eyes, nose and cheeks had been eaten by rats and mice. The pockets in the clothes on the body had been turned inside out, and the pants had been stripped off to the knees, suggestive of the fact that some party or parties had been searching for a money belt. There was no money on the body or in the shack at the time the tragic discovery was made. The bed clothes that were in the shack were found on the floor, probably pulled off as falling to the floor.

             There was however no signs whatever of violence. The skull was not broken, nor were there any signs of a struggle. There was on the leg a scar, but this may have been caused by a fall or some other trivial thing. Doctor McKenzie, of Port Colborne who was physician to the deceased, states that the man has been suffering for a long time past with heart disease.

             There is no evidence that the deceased was murdered, although there are indications he had been robbed.

             William Minor had an account in the Imperial Bank at Humberstone for four hundred dollars, and the last withdrawal had been for sixty dollars, and had been made on January 8th.

             The deceased had been living alone for some time in the shack, where he was found dead. He was seventy years of age.

             Coroner McKenzie, of Port Colborne, has decided that an inquest will not be necessary. However Provincial Officer Gurnett is investigating the case.

Inquest To Be Held

             An inquest and post-mortem examination has been ordered by the coroner. The inquest will take place on Thursday, March 17th at Port Colborne.

 *Death was attributed to a Cerebral Hemorrhage.