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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  • 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
  • TWO WELLAND INDUSTRIES UNITED IN BIG MERGER - New Concern to be Known as “Canadian Foundries and Forgings Ltd.” May Enlarge Local Plants [Welland Telegraph, 27 February 1912] Negotiations ere completed in Montreal on Thursday for the organization of the Canadian Foun... read more
  • THE FIRST FACTORY: PORT COLBORNE IS THE CHOSEN SPOT - The First Glass Factory in Canada to Use Natural Gas-The Site Located-A Wealthy Company. [Welland Telegraph, 3 July 1891] On Saturday last Mr. Miller of Buffalo, the president of the glass company, accompanied by Mr. Gatchell... read more
  • VICTORIOUS WELLAND - Merritton Cricketers Succumb to the Great Play of the Home Team [Welland Telegraph, 29 May 1891] By far the most exciting game of cricket seen in Welland for many a year was played between Merritton and the home team on Monda... read more
  • NATURAL GAS: SEARCHING FOR GAS ALL OVER THE COUNTY OF WELLAND - The Provincial Natural Gas Company Believes there’s lots of Gas in the County-Securing Leases Everywhere-Why don’t the Welland Company Hurry up? [Welland Telegraph, 24 April 1891] Mr. Coste was in town on Wednesday for th... read more
  • TELEGRAPH CALENDARS - [Welland Telegraph, 3 January 1913] Portrait of Sir Isaac Brock Portrait of Laura Secord Portrait of General Butler Reproduction of old painting showing Sir Isaac Brock on horseback. These four pictures are shown on The Teleg... read more
  • WHERE THE GAS IS GOING. - WELLAND’S GAS FIELDS TO SUPPLY AMERICAN CONSUMERS. Some Interesting Details Respecting the Companies who are Operating, and the Objects they have in View-Buffalo will Evidently have some cheap Fuel. [Welland Telegraph, 10 A... read more
  • THE BANQUET HALL: Sixth Annual Supper Tendered the Employees of the Fonthill Nurseries - MESSRS. MORRIS, STONE & WELLINGTON’S HAPPY FAMILY REUNION [Welland Telegraph, 6 February 1891] The sixth annual banquet given by Messrs. Morris, Stone & Wellington, of the Fonthill nurseries, to their employees, fri... read more
  • A NOONDAY FIRE - [Welland Telegraph, 6 February 1891] Just after the bell had announced 12 o’clock yesterday, the firemen were summoned by the alarm to the house of Mr. John Peach, on Burgar street, where a fire was in progress, and which t... read more
  • FIRE AT THE IMPERIAL BANK - [Welland Telegraph, 6 February 1891] The Imperial Bank narrowly escaped destruction by fire on Wednesday evening. Some of the clerks who were working in the building discovered smoke coming from the wainscoting in the manager... 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
  • CORA FARTHING - The Body Found at Lewiston was That of Cora Farthing. SHE PLANNED HER OWN SUICIDE-HER PARENTS HEARTBROKEN OVER THE AFFAIR [Welland Telegraph, 14 August 1891] The body of the unfortunate girl which was found in Niagara River n... read more
  • The Rise and fall of the Fonthill Nurseries - Once a thriving industry, now just old memories By Jim Middleton, Tribune Reporter [Welland Tribune Mon. March 1, 1976] Fonthill Nurseries hasn’t sold a twig since 1968, or a shrub or a bush—yet the influence of that firm... read more
  • One Hundred Years 1837-1937 in Business - —Celebrated by The Fonthill Nurseries. [Wellington & Davidson, Fonthill, Ontario] The Nurseries Horticulture in Canada, in the year 1837, was rather primitive. Yet the pioneers who settled this country were both thrifty... read more
  • A Brief History of the Welland Jewish Community - Dedication Book to commemorate the opening of the new Anshe Yosher Synagogue and Centre. Summit Avenue West Welland, Ontario Canada June fifth , Nineteen Hundred and Fifty-five.  (1955) As far as can be determined, the histo... read more
  • THEY WERE MARRIED: A Walk of Twenty Miles to Escape Canadian Fees - (Buffalo Express) [Welland Telegraph, 11 December 1891] The famous old American hotel, near the foot of ferry street, was the scene of a marriage out of the ordinary on Wednesday.read more
  • LUNDY’S LANE - [Welland Telegraph, 30 October 1891] The late Judge Lawder, of St. Catharines, used to relate the word spoken to him by General Scott-his intimate friend and visitor, who commanded the American army of 5,000 at Lundy’s Lane... read more
  • SAMUEL HAMPTON - [Welland Tribune, 2 February 1911] Samuel Hampton, formerly of Welland, died on Jan. 21st, at Rapid City, Man., at the advanced age of over 90 years. Deceased at one time had a tailoring store and dwelling on the site now occ... read more
  • Welland County Hospital - [The People’s Press  Tuesday March 2, 1909] Formal Opening—Addresses by Lt.-Gov Gibson and Others A large attendance The Welland County General Hospital has been formally opened, and the dream of the interested ones abou... read more
  • HENRY JAMES CARPENTER - [Welland Tribune, 25 February 1910] The remains of the late Henry J. Carpenter, who died suddenly at the Wabash hotel, Detroit, on Sunday, were brought back to Welland, Monday morning. The funeral was held on Tuesday morning ... 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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