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a project by S & B

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What’s NEW..

January 16, 2017 : Added a few MORE pictures in the /Postcards/SHIPS, /Postcards/BUILDINGS, /Postcards/RIVER and CANAL and /Postcards/CHURCHES galleries.

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Use the main Search box at the TOP RIGHT of this page for your general research. When you need a narrower search, you may like to use the Search feature in this post to limit a search within a Family group.

What’s HOT Off The Press..

  • THE BICYCLE BILL - [Welland Tribune, 23 April 1897] This is the Ontario bicycle bill: (a) In case a person travelling or being upon a highway in charge of a vehicle meets a person travelling upon a bicycle or tricycle he shall, where practicabl... [Read More]
  • SEASON BEGINS AT THE FALLS - Unknown Youth Jumps from a Hack into the Niagara Rapids [Welland Tribune, 23 April 1897] Niagara Falls, Ont., April 17- A stranger 21 years of age, opened the season of suicides by jumping off the upper Suspension bridge at 1... [Read More]
  • RAILWAY - [Welland Tribune, 23 April 1897] Two well-known and prominent railway men –J.G. Laven, Canadian passenger agent of the Michigan Central, and A. Drysdale, representing the Chicago & Alton-were in town on Monday. Of cours... [Read More]
  • ROSS STORE - ROSS STORE [Welland Tribune, 23 April 1897] Important changes have recently been made in the arrangement of the Ross Co. store premises, which gives the enterprising management an opportunity to show the firm’s large stock ... [Read More]
  • SWAYZE & SON - SWAYZE & SON [Welland Tribune, 23 April 1897] The improvements to the business office of Swayze & Son have now been fully completed, and the premises are convenient, bright and in every way up-to-date and city-like. T... [Read More]
  • POWER GRANTED - From the Welland Canal to the Cataract Power Co. [Welland Tribune, 30 April 1897] The Cataract Power company of Hamilton have obtained the privilege of taking water from the Welland canal to the Welland canal to the amount of... [Read More]
  • LAUNCHING OF DUNBAR & SULLIVAN’S BIG SCOW - [Welland Tribune, 16 April 1897] One must get a close view of the new mud scow just built for Contractors Dunbar & Sullivan in order to appreciate its immense size. It is the largest mud scow in Canada, and when it glides... [Read More]
  • NEWS FROM THE WELLAND TRIBUNE FOR 1919 - First Commercial Paris to London Airplane flight International News Jack Dempsey defeats J. Willard for heavyweight boxing crown Lady Astor first woman elected to British Parliament. Treaty of Versailles signed formerly endin... [Read More]
  • FORT ERIE’S RACE TRACK - Contracts Let [Welland Tribune, 9 April 1897] Buffalo, April 5- The Fort Erie Jockey club has let the contracts for its track. The contract for the grand stand has been awarded to James Stewart & Co. of Buffalo and St. Lo... [Read More]
  • PROGRESS - [Welland Tribune, 26 March 1897] PROGRESS-The fourth ward is booming right along as a residential quarter, and the prospects for the coming season are promising. In January Contactor Cutler completed a very handsome residence... [Read More]
  • ELIZABETH ROBERTSON - [Welland Tribune, 23 April 1897} Died, in Crowland township, on Tuesday, April 13th, 1897, of lagrippe and peritonitis, Elizabeth, daughter of John and Annie (Wier) Gemmill and relict of the late Robert Robertson, aged 80 yea... [Read More]
  • MATTHEW OVERHOLT - [Welland Tribune, 23 April 1897] Matthew Overholt, the subject of this sketch, was born at Fonthill, April 11, 1813, on the farm now owned and occupied by his son Dexter. His ancestry were of German extraction, having emerged... [Read More]
  • MARTHA HOWELL - [Welland Tribune, 23 April 1897] Martha, wife of Asa Howell, formerly of Welland, died at their residence, 227 Fifteenth street, Buffalo, on April 12th, aged 62 years. Deceased leaves a husband; two sons, James and Asa Howell... [Read More]
  • POLICE COURT - POLICE COURT [Welland Tribune, 23 April 1897] The Police Court officials have been enjoying their Easter holidays, but business is on again at the old stand…John Abner Crysler and David Crysler have laid an information char... [Read More]
  • JOHN FRANKLIN GROSS - PROMINENT MEN OF WELLAND COUNTY [Welland Telegraph, 1904/05] JOHN FRANKLIN GROSS Was born in Hay Township, Huron County, on July 19, 1859, the son of John Gross, who is still living at the age of 80 years.  His grandfather, ... [Read More]
  • Dr. Robert Hamel de la Matter (1824-1899) - Dr. Robert Hamel de la Matter (1824-1899) [Compiled by ‘S’] Robert was born March 18, 1824 on the south side of Tice Road near Centre Street in Pelham. The original home was destroyed  by fire The de la Matters were orig... [Read More]
  • ANNA B. MOTLEY - [Welland Tribune, 23 April 1897] Mrs. Anna B. Motley, wife of Jay Motley, Shotwell street, died at 7 o’clock on Friday morning last, leaving a husband and family of three small children to mourn her untimely death. Mrs. Mot... [Read More]
  • CYRUS ROBINS - [Welland Tribune, 30 April 1897] Died, at his late residence in the township of Gainsboro, April 18, 1897, Cyrus Robins, of heart failure, which for many years had rendered his life more or less unpleasant, and death a long e... [Read More]
  • DEAD IN THE DITCH - UNKNOWN TRAMP DIES BY WAYSIDE [Welland Tribune, 30 April 1897] Early on Tuesday morning as August Thomas was going along the road running east and west past William Hixon’s farm on Thorold township. He was startled to disco... [Read More]
  • REV. J. VANWYCK DEAD - Brain Trouble Carries Off the Well-known Methodist Minister [Hamilton, Spectator, April 9] [Welland Tribune, 16 April 1897] Rev. James VanWyck, B.A., died last evening after a brief illness, aged fifty-one years. He had not b... [Read More]

Hello Visitors!

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]: The Illustrated Historical Atlas of Lincoln & Welland

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Autumn Poem

The pumpkin’s lookin’ yellow,
And the buckwheat’s in the shock,
The blackbirds float across the sky
An hundred in a flock;
The clover fields are turnin’ gray,
The trees seem brown and sere,
The summertime is dyin’
And the winter’s creepin’ near;
Across the sea our soldier boys
Are fightin’ brave and bold–
I’m prayin God will shield them from the cold.

The black squirrel’s skippin’ round the tree,
And storin’ up his food,
The sky is lookin’ checkered
And reflects a stormy mood;
The muskrat’s buildin’ high and dry,
A thick-walled winter nest,
And the sun is droppin’ early
‘Neath the snowclouds of the west;
And over there our bravest boys
Are winnin what they’ll hold–
I’m prayin God will shield them from the cold.

The coon is stealin’ all the corn
To fill his hollow log,
The wild goose honks across the sky,
Before the frosty fog;
A snowflake’s fallin here and there,
The wind is blowin chill,
And the angry winter’s comin’
To frost the plain and hill;
The Pride of Canada is there,
The white sheep of the fold–
I’m prayin’ God will shield them from the cold.

Canada First and other poems by James A. Ross, 1920.


[Welland Telegraph, 18 September 1891]

There’s a hole filled with bull frogs galore
Just east of the Red Rocker furniture store
Where pollywogs thrive
And good citizens strive
Some plan to contrive
To keep the foul smell from their houses
Which the breeze o’er the frog pond arouses.

Filled with rubbish, and dirt, and old bones
Rags and tin cans, a few bricks and stones
Its water grow thick
Till the smell makes you sick
And you pass by it quick
Heave a sigh of relief as you strike the fresh air
Away from the fumes of the pollywogs’ lair.

It’s bad for the health of those who live near
It keeps them from sleep and diseases they fear
Go by when you please
One whiff of the breeze-
Whew! Limburger cheese!
Put a cork in your nose, give the place a wide berth
And make up your mind it’s the worst spot on earth.

Frog Hatchery -by- "B"

Its fame has gone forth through the land
The stale, heavy odor is always at hand
Till you close up your smeller
And swear at the “feller”
Who owns the old cellar
And vow if you had him-the man of such riches
You’d dump him right into it, body and breeches.

It’s a boon to the doctors and vendors of pills
For it adds a big chunk to their customers’ bills
The waters are green
With diseases they team
Till it’s well to be seen
That with typhoid and ague it’s filled to the top
That foul smelling hole on the old vacant lot.

Complaints had been made without number
Till the council woke up from their slumber
Then aldermen wise
With opening eyes
Paid heed to the cries
Of the public which turned up its suffering nose
And threatened such wanton neglect to expose.

The owners were told of its horrible state
And warned to get on to a good lively gait
And fill up the place
That was a menace
To the whole human race
Or the laws of the land would be brought into use
To compel them to drain off that hole full of juice.

The summer is over and still it remains-
No pen can describe the filth it contains-
So now, Mr. Mayor
To make the thing square
Rise up and declare
That the hole shall be filled and no time be lost
And the owners charged up with the whole of the cost.


[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.


By James A. Ross

Let all our voices ring with praise
To Him from whom all blessings flow.
Join in with harp, and may all strains
In one Thanksgiving chorus grow.
Give thanks for sunshine’s azure sky
Scarce e’er destroyed by storm king’s blast;
For memories dear, whose golden chain
Links present family to the past.
Give thanks for all the bounteous wealth
Of harvest gathered o’er the world:
For peace within our native land,
And Freedom’s ensign still unfurled.
Give thanks for wealth, for health, for life,
For ever blessing, great or small.
Praise Him in thought, in word, in deed;
The precious fountain of them all.

Taken from “Canada First and other poems by James A. Ross, 1920“



The Sisters and myself at the Convent of Less Said are most excited about the new adventure of our very own Sister Mary JudgeNot, Theatre Critic and newly appointed Lovelorn Columnist. She has been selected from numerous applicants at the convent to rewrite the newspaper commentary of the late Dorothy Dix, a forerunner of the modern advice columnist, for this most distinguished Welland County history website. In her own unique style, Sister will attempt a few fashionable words after each article to illuminate the advice of Miss Dix.


Introducing The MURALS

[May 4, 2015] We just added some pictures of MuralsEnjoy!

Welland Murals

Written and photographed by S.

In the 1990s I took a stroll downtown Welland, with my camera. I photographed the lovely murals. Colourful scenes depicting historical moments.

The project was started in 1986, by the city of Welland, to beautify the city of Welland. They commissioned artists from across Canada to paint murals on the side of buildings.

The murals at one time were a great tourist attraction.

Welland’s murals hold many memories for the people of Welland.

Unfortunately, many of these murals are in disrepair and some have disappeared. There was no plan in place to maintain these murals resulting in their demise.