Welland History .ca

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WHY are we doing this project? ..To Preserve History.

Much information is being lost, newspapers destroyed, historic buildings being torn down, bridges disappearing. The children of today need to know the history of the towns where they live. We the people are the ones who can carefully preserve this precious history for them. It is our responsibility as the older generation to leave stories, pictures and artifacts for them so that when they become older and wonder what went before, it will be available.  That is what this website is about. Preserving the history of Welland for future generations.

An article from the The Welland Tribune and Telegraph, 11 July 1922, describes what we are trying to present with this website.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: We thank the The Welland Tribune and Telegraph for their contribution.

[IMAGE AT UPPER RIGHT]:This Colossal Project: Building the Welland Ship Canal, 1913-1932

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  • INCREASED PAY TO CANAL EMPLOYEES - [People’s Press 9 December 1902] Mr. German’s efforts to obtain increased remuneration for employees of the Welland canal has been successful to a very appreciative and welcome extent at least. Hitherto the wages of labor... read more
  • FIRST CONTRACT FOR MAGNIFICENT NEW CATHOLIC CHURCH AWARDED - To be Built in Sections and May Take Three Years to Build-Ultimate Cost About $45,000 or $50,000-First Sod Turned Today [Welland Telegraph, 7 November 1913] The cost of the new Roman Catholic Church to be built at the corner ... read more
  • SKELETONS WERE FOUND - Workmen Excavate Coffins While Digging Trench Interred Years Ago In Long Forgotten Cemetery On Mill Street-Bones Will Be Reburied. [Welland Telegraph, 7 November 1913] Buried about three feet beneath the surface two coffins c... read more
  • WELLAND FIREMEN TO THE FRONT - Thorold News [Welland Tribune, 28 August 1885] Thorold celebrated her civic holiday on Wednesday with great eclat. The day proved fine, and an immense crowd of spectators gathered in town.read more
  • LACROSSE – WELLAND V. PORT COLBORNE - [Welland Tribune, 28 August 1885] The Port Colborne lacrosse club played the Wellanders here on Tuesday. The match was the most stubbornly contested ever witnessed on the grounds. After a long siege Welland scored and was all... read more
  • BROWN BROS’ ROLLER MILLS - IN PERFECT RUNNING ORDER [Welland Tribune, 28 August 1885] Brown Bros’ Flouring Mills have been refitted throughout and furnished with twelve sets of rolls of the well-known Ellison manufacture, Milwaukee; also four purifie... read more
  • VITAL STATISTICS - The Stork, the Pale Rider and Cupid-What They Have Done [Welland Tribune, 3 January 1908] Cupid is a bit slow in Welland. The little fellow, who laughs at locksmiths and deals in hearts, has not averaged a marriage a week in ... read more
  • DOUGHERTY FIRE - Fonthill News [Welland Tribune, 1 October 1897] The house and blacksmith shop of Wm. Dougherty were totally destroyed by fire on Saturday evening. The fire originated in the kitchen, from a lamp, and quickly spread through th... read more
  • HOWARD FRETZ MEMORY - 19 August 1904-10 May 1988 It is Easter Morning, wonderful day of hope and assurance for all people. As the sun is slowly rising in the east, our family is stirring, Father, Mother, my younger sister and baby brother. Someone... read more
  • ADELE LEVERNIER - Stamford News [Welland Tribune, 5 January 1909] Mrs. Jules LeVernier from France died at the old Whirlpool House last week, aged over 80 years.read more
  • McGREGOR-McCORMICK - [Welland Telegraph, 30 April 1912] A quiet but interesting wedding took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R.J. McCormick, East Main Street, on Monday afternoon, when Mr. McCormick’s mother, Mrs. U.V. McCormick of Port Huron... read more
  • GARRET E. McCOMBS - [Welland Telegraph, 30 April 1912] The death occurred at his residence on Garner Avenue on Friday of Garret E. McCombs, aged 25 years. Mr. McCombs was a sufferer for some time of tuberculosis which was the cause of his death.... read more
  • FRANK EADES - [Welland Telegraph, 30 April 1912] Frank Eades, an English boy who made his home with William Vanalstine for the past three years, died at the Welland County Hospital on Friday, where he had been confined for the past eleven ... read more
  • 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... read more
  • 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 ... read more
  • DOUGLAS-TRAVER - [Welland Telegraph, 13 November 1908] A very pretty wedding will be solemnized Wednesday afternoon at four o’clock at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Traver, West Main Street where their daughter Miss Bessie was married to ... read more


[Canada First and other poems by James A Ross. 1920. Page 50.]

The sap is runnin’ from the tree,Spring Workshop -by- "B"
The crow is cawin’ loud
The sky is dancin’ bright and blue
And scatterin’ every cloud;
The bumble bees are buzzin’ round,
The air is like a dream;
We’ll soon be catchin’ catfish
From the old mill-stream.

The blackbird’s pourin’ forth his song,
The frog is croakin’ gay,
The robin flies from tree to tree
And pipes his merry lay;
The speckled hen is cacklin’ loud,
The sun sets pink and cream;
We’ll soon be catchin  catfish
From the old mill-stream.

The grass is springin’ fresh and green,
The tree-buds shootin’ out,
The blue-bells and the daisies
Are poppin’ all about;
The brook is tumblin’ o’er the rocks,
Its spray a silvery gleam;
We’re pullin’ out the catfish
From the old mill-stream.


[Welland Tribune, 24 September 1897]

Contributed by Grace E. Robinson, fourteen years old daughter of John Robinson, Niagara Falls, Ont., and published in the “Home Queen,” Philadelphia.


There once lived a mosquito,
He was an insect small
He was very light and airy,
And possessed a lot of gall.
He was known as a deep drinker,
And deeper biter, too,
And you’d feel a little itching
When he’d finished up on you.

But all men ignored his genius,
And although it was absurd,
They resented all his efforts,
And he really felt injured.
But he said, “I’ll gain my purpose,”
And he bit me on the neck,
And I felt and said I’d like to
Break his naughty little back..

At this he thought he’d better
Beat a pretty swift retreat,
And accordingly he stretched his wings
And soon dislodged his feet.
Bit I caught him while escaping,
(What I did you may surmise),
They buried him at 2 p.m.,
In a Fairview grave he lies.

AUTUMN – A poem composed by six girls of School Section No. 6, Willoughby

[Welland Tribune, 29 September 1897]

Glorious autumn days have come,
Summer smiles are gone;
The woods are robed in varied hues,
The birds have southward flown.

Because our clime is too severe,
Therefore they hie away;
But ere they go, their sweetest notes
Gladden our autumn day.

The flowers too, died long ago;
Their fragrance we miss so oft,
But we hope next spring will bring then forth,
With their beauty, rare and soft.

New autumn joys will soon be past,
The winter will soon be here,
And we must a supply of food lay by
To keep us in good cheer.

The same as the busy little squirrel
Who gathers for winter’s food
His store of delicious hickory nuts
To feed his little brood.

So let us then improve our time,
Through every autumn day,
And thus prepare for wintry blasts,
While everything is gay.

Wigston Oct 7 1931 death

Stephen Oct 5 1931 death

Stephen 1931 death

Smith 1931 death

Robb Oct 6 1931 death

Patterson Oct 1 1931 death

Hilborn-Brown Oct 6 1931 marriage

Harold-Hay 1931 marriage

Glen-Catherwood 1931 marriage pt 2