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The TALES you probably never heard about




[The Welland-Port Colborne Evening Tribune, 12 May 1932]

Welland county this morning lost one of its native daughters and Welland a highly respected citizen in the person of Mrs. Margaret McNeff Kilty, relict of the late James Kilty, who died at her residence 235 North Main street, after an illness of only two days.

The late Mrs. McKilty lost her second son, Frank in Toronto on October 13, 1931, and it is believed she never recovered from the shock. Her death, however, came as a great shock to a host of friends in the community.

Born in Thorold, 72 years ago, the daughter of James McNeff and Katharine Furry, who came to Canada more than 86 years ago. Mrs. Kilty spent her early married life in Brighton, Ont. With her husband she came later to Welland to reside permanently. Her husband predeceased her 14 years ago. Mrs. Kilty, during her earlier years was prominently identified with church activities in St. Mary’s Roman Catholic parish, Welland.

Surviving relatives are one daughter, Mrs. W. Bartz, Welland; James Kilty, Los Angeles, California; one brother, Patrick McNeff, Chicago and three sisters, Mrs. J.J. Patterson and Mrs. J.J. Haffey, both of Welland, and Mrs. Elizabeth Cook, Buffalo.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been completed.


[Simcoe Reformer, August 4, 1932]

Leo W. Sullivan, aged 35 years of Welland, well known to many in Jarvis and district, was almost instantly killed early in the evening of Jul 25th, when the gasoline jigger on which he was riding was struck by an automobile at the Wabash crossing near Chambers Corners, six miles from Welland. Mr Sullivan, who had been for some years past the signal maintenance man on the C.N. and Wabash lines in this territory, was traveling eastward toward Welland on the jigger, while the car which struck him was carrying a number of girls from Welland to Dunnville where they were to play a softball game. It is stated that neither the driver of the car nor any of the passengers could see or hear the approach of the jigger, nor could Mr Sullivan see the car approaching until both met at the crossing. Mr Sullivan was thrown from the machine and fatally injured. The deceased had been in Jarvis a great many times on duty in past years.