Welland History .ca

a project by S & B

Welcome to WellandHistory.ca

What’s NEW..

June 14, 2016 : A few more pictures have been added to the POSTCARDS: People, SHIPS, and POSTCARDS: River and Canal galleries!

June 17, 2016 : New photo galleries of  Modern Welland, the Welland High School Fire, and a few more tombstones in the Hillside Cemetery P2 gallery (family names and descriptions will be added as time permits).

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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 Welland Canals and their Communities | Hardcover, John Jackson

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

What’s HOT Off The Press..

  • THOROLD FIRE - [Welland Tribune, 15 March 1889] A disastrous fire occurred about 10 o’clock on Tuesday evening, in the moulding shop at Stuart & Monro’s foundry. The firemen were promptly on the spot, and succeeded in preventing the... [Read More]
  • BUFFALO’S GREAT FIRE - Forty Buildings Destroyed or Badly Damaged and One Life Lost [Welland Tribune, 8 February 1889] BUFFALO, Feb 8- The most damaging fire that ever occurred in Buffalo, so far on the wholesale destruction of property is concerne... [Read More]
  • SHERIFF SMITH - [Welland Tribune, 25 January 1889] SHERIFF SMITH took the oath of office before L.D. Raymond, clerk of the peace, on Tuesday, and is now established in his office in the court house, In connection with this we are also glad t... [Read More]
  • PROPOSED RAILROAD - [Welland Tribune, 25 January 1889] THE proposed new railroad between Hamilton and Buffalo will, it is contemplated, cross Welland river just west of the water works pump house with a depot near the English church parsonage. I... [Read More]
  • CASH REGISTER - [Welland Telegraph, 20 November 1891] Mr. O.H. Garner, of the Orient Hall bookstore, has placed in his establishment a new automatic cash register, a most complete and accurate piece of mechanism. This is the first one to be ... [Read More]
  • BLACKSMITH BUSINESS - [Welland Telegraph, 30 October 1891] Mr. L.V. Garner has purchased the blacksmithing business of Mr. Frank Ott, donned the leather apron, and gone to work. [Read More]
  • THE BIG WHALE - [2 October 1891, Welland Telegraph] Prof. Anderson will visit Welland with his big whale on Tuesday and Wednesday next, the county fair days. During the Toronto fair it was viewed by thousands. Those who never saw more of a w... [Read More]
  • “SOLID COMFORT” – THE PRETTY SUMMER RESORT EVACUATED FOR THE SEASON - Contemplated Improvements for Next Season-The Place Likely to be a Hive of Industry for a Few Months [Welland Telegraph, 18 September 1891] The last of Solid Comfort’s lingering visitors left that beautiful summer resort on... [Read More]
  • ANOTHER OLD LANDMARK GONE - [Welland Telegraph, 25 September 1891] The Board of Health was called together on Monday night to receive the report of the medical health officer, Dr. Howell. In respecting the contents of the “frog hatchery.” The report... [Read More]
  • RUSHED WITH WORK - [Welland Telegraph, 18 September 1891] Mr. M.S. Bradt’s canning factory is doing a large business this season, and just now about 50 hands are putting in long hour’s overtime to keep up with the fruit. Up to the present t... [Read More]
  • CURTIS H. MORRIS - [Welland Tribune, 5 April 1889] The dark shadow of death has visited the family of Mr. Edwin Morris, Crowland, and removed from their midst, in the flush of youth, one who looked forward to a bright and useful life. Curtis H.... [Read More]
  • MARY CATHERINE WEBBER - MRS. PHILIP WEBBER [Welland Tribune, 5 April 1889] Mary Catherine Webber, wife of Philip Webber, departed this life on April 1st, 1889, at the family residence, South Pelham, within one day of her 74th birthday. Deceased was ... [Read More]
  • WILLIAM RICHARDSON - [Welland Tribune, 5 April 1889] Mr. William Richardson, who died at the residence of his sister, Phoebe Davis, relict of the late David Davis, (Louth), was a former resident to Pelham. He was taken with apoplexy on Saturday, ... [Read More]
  • JOHN HANLY - [Welland Tribune, 15 March 1889] One of the best known and oldest residents of this part of Canada, Mr. John Hanly, died at the Industrial Home, Welland, on Tuesday last. His age is probably about eighty years. He came to thi... [Read More]
  • PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH - [Welland Tribune, 25 January 1889] The annual meeting of the congregation of this church took place on Wednesday last week. Notwithstanding the inclement night there was a fair attendance. Shortly after 8 o’clock the pastor... [Read More]
  • NELLIE ELIZABETH O’BRIEN - [Welland Tribune, 18 January 1889] Death, always regrettable, seems particularly sad and untimely when taking those in the prime of youth. Many friends mourn the death of Miss Nellie O’Brien, daughter of late Daniel O’Bri... [Read More]
  • LATE NELLIE O’BRIEN – RESOLUTION OF CONDOLENCE - To the parents, sisters and brothers of the late Nellie O’Brien [Welland Tribune, 25 January 1889] At a meeting of the choir of the Catholic church, Welland, the following resolution of condolence was moved and unanimously ... [Read More]
  • GAS WELL - [Welland Tribune, 25 January 1889] No. 1 gas well company talk strongly of putting a gas well down somewhere west of this place. If they have grit enough to put down another well, it should make all, who have the welfare of t... [Read More]
  • SOLID COMFORT - [Welland Telegraph, 3 July 1891] The gentlemen from the other side, who came over to locate a site for a glass factory on Saturday last, were driven by Reeve Cronmiller out to Solid Comfort, where they were introduced to Mr. ... [Read More]
  • JOANNA HOPKINS - [Welland Telegraph, 23 October 1891] Mrs. Hopkins, wife of Mr. Samuel Hopkins, died at her residence on Tuesday morning, when she had within about a month complete her 65th year. Deceased for some time had been delicate from ... [Read More]


[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.


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!”