Welland History .ca

a project by S & B

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December 11, 2017 : We added 30 more images to the Modern Welland gallery.

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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.


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  • NEW BUSINESS - [Welland Tribune, 28 August 1885] We understand Mr. H.W. Hobson intends going into the stationery trade, and will open out a fist-class stock (in connection with his drug business) about Sept. 15th. His goods will be new and ... read more
  • A FAMILY OF MANY NAMES - [Welland Tribune, 28 August 1885] There is a family named Shirley in Sharp county, living between Hardee and Williford, in which the children have been given names that are startling if not euphonious. The old gentleman, whos... read more
  • BUFFALO CATASTROPHE - [Welland Tribune, 29 May 1896] Brown’s building on the corner of Seneca and Main streets in the city of Buffalo collapsed and tumbled to the ground on Thursday forenoon last week. Four persons were killed outright, namely; ... read more
  • POPULATION-TOWN OF WELLAND - [Welland Tribune, 16 March 1894] March 1894-As taken by special census taker Elias H. Burgar. Ward 1-375 Ward 2-544-919 east side Ward 3-424 Ward 4-508-932 west side Total: 1851 The above does not include the population withi... read more
  • PROPOSAL TO BUILD SUBWAY UNDER RAILWAY TRACKS ON MUIR STREET - Spitzer-Rorick Company Notified By Council to Take Up Hydro Debentures or Stand Loss on Re-sale-Welland Street to be Opened Over G.T.R.-Advertise for Tenders for Next Year’s Paving. [Welland Telegraph, 7 November 1913] SEEN... read more
  • AUTO ACCIDENTS OVER WEEK-END - Humberstone Woman Hurt When Steering Wheel Locks Near Coyle Humberstone News [Welland Telegraph, 10 October 1911] Mr. and Mrs. Munzio Paolone and their two children of Erie Street, Humberstone, all suffered injury when the wh... read more
  • FIRM OF HILL & HILL - Humberstone News [Welland Tribune, 4 January 1895] Mr. W.M. Hill, the enterprising and hustling senior partner of Hill & Hill, is now sole proprietor of the business in this village-the firm of Hill & Hill having diss... read more
  • FIRST TROLLEY ARRIVES - Fonthill News [People’s Press, 11 April 1907] The first trolley car passed through Fonthill Monday morning amid much excitement. The flags flew and the crowd cheered. Several of the Fonthill citizens went down on the car fo... read more
  • BROWN-MAIER - [Welland Tribune, 29 May 1896] To Tribune Editor: DEAR SIR-Having a little leisure time and thinking some of the many readers of our valuable paper might feel interested in this part of the country, I write you a short accoun... read more
  • MARGARET G. TAYLOR - Pelham News [Welland Tribune, 29 May 1896] It is with much regret that many friends learned of the death on Friday last of Margaret G. Taylor, beloved wife of William Sanderson, of Pelham, near Effingham, after a comparativel... read more
  • SAMUEL HOPKINS - [Welland Tribune, 29 May 1896] A native of the county and a former resident of Welland town died at Buffalo on Friday evening last in the person of Samuel Hopkins. He had been ill of stomach trouble for a long time, and about... read more
  • WILLIAM DISHER - North Pelham News [Welland Tribune, 29 May 1896] Wm. Disher, an old and respected resident of this place, died on Monday, 18th inst., at the residence of his sister, Mrs. Peter Brown. The funeral took place on Wednesday and w... read more
  • MORTON ZAVITZ - [Welland Tribune, 16 March 1894] A large party of the friends of Morton Zavitz, learning of his intended departure for California, surprised him with a farewell visit on Tuesday evening. Mr. Zavitz is very popular in social c... read more
  • GRACE DAVIS - [Welland Tribune, 16 March 1894] The friends of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Davis sympathizes with them deeply in the loss of their infant and only child, who died on Saturday last; interment at Fonthill cemetery on Monday. 14 Februa... read more
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR – International Falls, Minnesota - February 16th, 1967 The Editor, Lanark Era Lanark, Ontario Dear Sir: Today I had the pleasure of calling on Mrs. George Easton, nee Margaret Miller, daughter of Stuart Miller, to congratulate her on the observance of her 90th... read more
  • MARGARET DEWHURST - [Welland Tribune, 21 May 1874] DEWHURST-On the evening of the 13th May 1874, Maggie, wife of E.R. Dewhurst, aged 28 years.read more


[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.


Fall, magic snow, in great white flakes, and still;
Mantle old Mother Earth in radiant white;
Cover the sweeping plains, the valleys fill,
Crown all the hill-tops with a hazy light,
This winter’s night.

Fall, kindly words, in great heart-whispers fall;
Mantle the aching hearts, lest they increase;
Cover the wounded souls, the friendless call,
Crown all the restless with a wreath of peace,
Ere kind words cease.

James A. Ross.  1920.

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