Welland History .ca

a project by S & B

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

Frances Caroline Turnbull, self-portraitMuch 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]:Frances Caroline Turnbull, self-portrait

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  • PORTABLE CORN HARVESTER - [Welland Telegraph, 24 April 1891] Mr. W.G. Somerville, of the firm of Somerville & Tremble, agricultural implement dealers, is taking an interest in a portable corn harvester, which was patented by Mr. A.A. Lundy, of Fen... read more
  • NEW FIRM - [Welland Telegraph, 24 April 1891] During the past week the well known flour, feed and grain business conducted so long by Mr. Robt. Cooper has been sold to Messrs. Taylor & Moore. Both members of the new firm are well kn... read more
  • A GLIMPSE OF FAIRYLAND - [Welland Telegraph, 17 April 1891] A reporter, attracted by the pretty things displayed in the window of Mrs. Crysler’s millinery rooms, dropped in to get a more extended view and talk about the spring styles. While an ordi... read more
  • PROPOSED GLASS FACTORY - [Welland Telegraph, 10 April 1891] Mayor T.F. Brown, received a letter on the 19th of March, from the Hon. R. W. Scott, of Ottawa, asking if the town would grant a company which he represents a bonus of $25,000 towards establ... read more
  • THE PRICE OF FLOUR - [Welland Telegraph, 10 April 1891] In an interview with Messrs. Brown Bros. respecting the price of flour, which is 25 cents per 100 lbs, cheaper in Welland than in other places they stated to a TELEGRAPH reporter that having... read more
  • NEW OWNERS - [Welland Tribune, 22 March 1895] MR. BERT ADLEY has taken charge of that well-known old restaurant, confectionery and ice-cream parlor formerly conducted by Mr. Harry Gibson. Mr. and Mrs. Adley have a host of friends in town ... read more
  • THE CENSUS - Very Minute Details Will be Gleaned by the Enumerators [Welland Telegraph, 27 March 1891] The machinery necessary for taking the census of the Dominion of Canada will be set in motion on the 6th of next month, when the enumer... read more
  • SUDDEN DEPARTURE OF POST OFFICE CLERK BOWES - [Welland Telegraph, 27 March, 1891] Quite a little excitement was occasioned on the streets last Saturday by the report that Robert Bowes, clerk at the post office, had skipped to Buffalo. The appearance of Deputy Inspector B... read more
  • THE LOCAL GAS COMPANY - [Welland Telegraph, 20 March 1891] A meeting of the directors of the Welland Natural Gas Company was held on Monday evening, and a contract with Messrs. Carmody Bros. to drill the well in Welland was ratified. No contract bet... read more
  • ADLEY’S CANDY KITCHEN - ADLEY’S CANDY KITCHEN [Welland Tribune, 8 December 1910] Will open on Saturday with a choice assortment of home-made candy, also candy in bulk, etc. just around the corner. N. Main St. ICE CREAM FACTORY [People’s Press, 1... read more
  • MARGARET GOTHARD - [Welland Telegraph, 31 January 1908] Mrs. Gothard, wife of George Gothard, plumber, Ross Street, died at an early hour on Wednesday morning. A baby was born five weeks ago, and Mrs. Gothard had resumed her work about the hous... read more
  • WILLIAM J. PHELPS - DEATH OF WM. J. PHELPS [Welland Telegraph, 17 January 1908] Wm. J. Phelps, fifty years old, a healer of the First Church of Christ, Christian Scientists, died Tuesday afternoon at his home, No. 103 Anderson Place. His death w... read more
  • JAMES PHILLIPS: EX-COUNCILLOR PHILLIPS KILLED BY TRAIN - [Welland Telegraph, 26 January 1908] Our Humberstone correspondent writes: The community was shocked on Sunday morning to learn of the violent death of ex-Councillor James Phillips, who was killed by the cars on Saturday even... read more
  • JANE HIXON - [Welland Telegraph, 21 January 1908] It is with regret that we announce in today’s Telegraph, the death of Mrs. Jane Hixon, widow of the  late Timothy Hixon, at her home on Division Street on Sunday afternoon, at the age o... read more
  • ERNEST WILLIAM BARRON AND ADELAIDE MARTHA GAMAGE - WEDDING BELLS [Welland Telegraph, 28 January 1908] The first wedding took place in the Baptist Church on Saturday afternoon, when the Rev. George Robertson, pastor of the Church, tied in the holy bonds of matrimony Ernest Wil... read more
  • CANDASVILLE - By Verna Eileen Marlatt, Feb. 27, 1998 Northeast of Welland and hard by the north shore of the Welland River once thrived the settlement of Port Fanny, so named by William Peckham of Wellandport. In time the name was changed ... read more
  • LUCILLA D. DUNBAR - [Welland Telegraph, 10 April 1891] Many people in the county of Welland, heard with regret the tidings of Mrs. C.F. Dunbar’s death, at Buffalo last Friday, (4 April 1891). Deceased was a resident of Port Colborne for some y... read more
  • JEROME W. JEFFREY - [Welland Telegraph, 24 April 1891] It is always a sad task to chronicle the death of any one but more especially does it seem so when called on to do so of a young man who in the prime of life is called to that home from when... read more
  • GEORGE CONSTABLE COWPER - The Passing of a Good Old Man who was Revered by all Wellanders [Welland Telegraph, 25 April 1902] A good man and true has passed away. For more than a score of years no form that walked the streets was better known or more r... read more
  • FRANK ADLEY - FRANK ADLEY HAS CROSSED THE BAR Much Respected Welland Man Dropped Dead at Brantford [Welland Tribune and Telegraph, 21 March 1922] The many friends of Frank Adley will very much regret to learn of his death, which took place... read more


It has been a wonderful year working on the special old articles we so enjoy gifting to our historically minded friends. We sincerely hope that this work will be available to the children of the future that will share our interest in the stories of the past. As Santa proclaims in this 1931 photo, “These Are My Jewels!”


A Pair of Convict’s Trousers and a Live Turkey

[The following is the last article which Mr. Field wrote for publication]

[People’s Press, 27 December 1898]

During the entire period of my connection with The Chicago News it was the benevolent custom of the proprietors of that paper to give a turkey to all their married employees at Christmas time. When the Christmas season came one year, I found that turkeys had palled upon me, and I thought I would rather have a pair of pants. I therefore sent a polite little note to Editor-in-Chief Stone, saying that if it was all the same to him I would take a pair of pants instead of a turkey for a Christmas gift, as my soul felt no longing for a turkey, but sighed for pants.

Now, Editor Stone was a bit of a joker in his way, and, liking the modest tone of my petition, he obtained from the warden of the penitentiary at Joliet a pair of striped pants such as are worn by the convicts in that institution. On Christmas eve the package containing them was sent to me with the best Christmas wishes of the concern, just as the turkey had always been. Editor Stone and the entire writing and business force, whom he had taken into his confidence, thought they had played a splendid practical joke. I turned the laugh on them, however, by donning the pants the next morning and wearing them constantly every day for a week, expressing my gratitude for them, and telling everybody about the office that I never had a pair I liked so well and that thenceforward I would wear no other kind.

When the next Christmas came I again addressed a polite little  note to editor Stone, stating that I did not care for the mere corpse of a turkey, but preferred to have one animated by a soul, or in other words a live one, in order that I might keep it in my yard for a pet. On Christmas eve I was sitting at my desk when suddenly I heard what the classics call “a strong noise” above my head, and down came a bouncing big turkey over the partition dividing the editorial rooms. The bird gave abundant evidence that he was strongly endowed with life, and there could be no question that my desires had been gratified, and that I was at last the proud possessor of a live turkey. I did not want him in my room just then, so with great presence of mind I leaped upon my desk and “shooed” the bird out of my room. He went flapping, jumping, gobbling all through the editorial and reportorial rooms, knocking down ink-bottles, scattering and destroying copy, overturning and breaking the shades on the drop lights, and doing many dollars’ worth of damage. At length, after a long and exciting chase, the entire editorial and reportorial force, with the single exception of myself, succeeded in capturing the bird. Thus I once more secured the laugh on my associates, and after that no further attention was paid to my petitions at Christmas time.

Eugene Field

2 September 1850-4 November 1895


How She Kept a Contract Made For Her by Her Father

By F.A. Mitchel

Copyright 1910 by American Press Association

[Welland Tribune, 16 February 1911]

Dorinda Childs and I were born the same day. My father and my uncle, Dorinda’s father, made an agreement that we two children should marry on our twenty-first birthday-that is-if such a result could be brought about. When we came of age my father had been dead ten years. A few months before I came to my majority I received a letter from my uncle informing me of the agreement made twenty one years before. We lived a thousand miles apart, and I had never seen either him or his daughter.

I am of rather a romantic disposition, and the idea of this marriage was fascinating to me. I wrote my uncle that I would be pleased to make the acquaintance of the young lady to whom I had been pledged and would as soon as convenient go to pay them a visit. Meanwhile I would like a photograph of Dorinda. My uncle replied  that he had told her to send me the likeness, and it arrived soon after his letter, inclosed with a very few words which did not refer to the contract, but the writer asked for my photograph which I sent her.

I was delighted with Dorinda’s picture. She looked out of a pair of tender eyes at me, either blue or gray, while in the expression there was indication of character. I found myself looking at the picture a dozen times during the day I received it, went to sleep with under my pillow and dreamed of the original all night. I spent several days framing a letter of thanks.

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Successful Closing Exercises of the Public Kindergarten

The Kindergarten Children invite you to their Closing on

Tuesday, December the twenty-second at 10 oclock, 1903.

[Welland Tribune, 25 December 1903]

Neat little dimity cards with the foregoing and a miniature drawing of an Xmas stocking filled with presents, were the invitations received by the children’s parents and a few friends.

The kindergarten being now a branch of our public educational system, there was more interest than usual taken in the Christmas closing, and it was truly a delighted audience which gathered at the Central school on Tuesday morning to see the little tots go through the different exercises and drills, the result of the term’s  training. The visitors were warmly greeted by Miss Mackie and her assistant, Miss Willson, and seated in the kindergarten room.

The kindergarten children present numbered 24, and were grouped together at two long tables at the front. On the blackboards were many beautiful and artistic colored illustrations by Miss Mackie. An Xmas tree covered with presents by the children was in one corner.

Shortly after the appointed hour the proceedings opened with a beautiful prayer by the children. Then they sang many songs all of which were descriptive of some occupation or fact, and were asked questions concerning each song, which they answered promptly and correctly. Each song was accompanied by representative motions. Singing is one of the best methods of impressing a thought on a child’s mind. The Christmas hymns taught the children about the birth of Christ, and his mission to earth. The “Good Morning” song was a very pretty one, and told of the opening of the day and the rising of the sun. Then came several songs of the approaching winter and signs thereof, such as the blackbird’s flight, etc. The appearance of Jack Frost brought out the need of warm woolen clothing. From what animal the wool is obtained, and who kept the sheep, and where and how they were kept, were among the questions asked and correctly answered. Several songs all closely connected, told of the transformation of the grain to bread. The farmer’s work in preparing the soil was first taken up, then the sowing of the seed, the growth of the grain, the harvest, the grist mill and its propelling power, the flour, and then the baker and his products. The song about Santa Claus, describing his person, occupation and manner of distributing presents, was entered into heartily by the pupils, who fairly shouted for joy. Several Christmas songs, including one about the presents the children had made throughout the term, were next sung after which the presents were taken off the tree and given to the pupils who gave them to their parents. They were neat little sachets and napkin rings and really showed wonderful skill considering the age of the pupils making them.

Marches and drills were next in order, all of which was extremely interesting to the spectators, and in which the children excelled and took great delight. Sewing cards were then distributed with outlines on them, which were traced out by the children with needle and thread.

The children were then asked what game they would like to play, and chose the ball game without hesitation. This consisted of trying to roll the ball so that they would stop in a ring in the centre of the room. Each successful effort was applauded by the children. They were then asked to pick out among the various colored balls the two colors that went best together, then to arrange them so that the colors blended, forming a rainbow. These developed the color test and taste. A test for the hearing was that one child was blindfolded, when another spoke, the former to recognize the voice. Another test was, one child was blindfolded and another left the room and the former being unmasked was to speak the name of the missing one. The art of deportment was taught in the dancing game and it was really surprising to see how well the little ones acted their parts. Other games which developed both body and mind were played but which we have not space to describe it.

A “Good Bye” song by the children closed one of the most interesting and pleasing events ever transpiring in Welland, and those who were present are now stronger than ever of the opinion that the Kindergarten under the able management of Miss Mackie, is a splendid institution for the town.

Christmas in Welland..

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