Welland History .ca

a project by S & B

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Tales & Historical Musings

The TALES: We present a number of interesting articles from the 1800s and 1900s not relating just to Welland. 

The HISTORICAL MUSINGS: We also present a special category of contemplative historical writings by select featured authors

  • Louis Blake Duff “Eminent historian, inimitable humorist, and an after dinner speaker par excellence, Dr. Duff was a man of many parts. His career embraced the callings of county school teacher, newspaperman and publisher, bibliophile and financier. Also he was able to sandwich between these pursuits participation in sports and sports administration. Dr. Duff was a native of Huron County being born in Bluevale on Jan.1, 1878. A county school teacher from 1896-1900, he entered the newspaper field and was a reporter at Wingham, Stratford, Galt and Welland. Six months after coming to Welland in 1907 he bought a half interest in the Welland Telegraph. Later he bought it outright and was editor and publisher until 1926. In 1921 he built a new building to house the Telegraph and the same year amalgamated with it the Welland Tribune. He sold the paper in 1926 to an Ontario syndicate.” [Extract from his obituary. The Evening Tribune, 1 September 1959]
  • We currently cover the writings of newspaperman Frank C. Pitkin. He also wrote under his pen name Oliver Underwood. We have a fair number of his editorials that are fun to read. Frank C. Pitkin launched on a writer’s career at The Welland Telegraph with a Fonthill page which ran for three months. Accepting a position on the staff, he initiated two columns, “Ships and Shoes” and “Glimpses of Back Files,” which briefly referred to happenings of 10 or 20 years ago. Mr. Pitkin contributed many articles under the pen name of Oliver Underwood. We have included some of his fine contributions to the Welland newspaper in hopes that you as present day readers will delight in them as did readers of the past.
  • Meta Schooley Laws, daughter of William and Catharine Schooley, born in 1871 in the old family homestead near Ridgeway, On, was a keen historian and authority on early history of Haldimand and Welland Counties. According to her obituary she was a teacher and sought after lecturer with her reminiscent style of relating the tales of yesteryear. For a short period to time, Mrs. Schooley’s articles were printed in The Welland paper and we are fortunate today to have her documented stories of early pioneer life in this area.

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  1. On 2 May 2013, john venuto Said,

    you have a lot of great images of Wellands past
    I’ve just bought 36 niagara st and have found some images on postcards of the property
    would it be possible to get an unwatermarked copy of images you have of 36 niagara st
    i would like to send them to friends and family

  2. On 15 May 2013, B Said,

    Good Morning John

    At the moment we are unable send images to anyone viewing the site. I am sorry.

    Thank you for the compliment. It is a joy to get the past history out for everyone.

  3. On 5 September 2013, Ashley Said,

    Great website! Gallery was very interesting to browse through- I enjoyed the postcards in particular.

    I would love to find out more about Welland- could you please reply to my email?

    Thanks and keep up the excellent work!

  4. On 7 September 2013, B Said,

    Hello Ashley

    Thank you for your kind comment. We try to add articles of interest that tell readers about the beginnings of Welland.

  5. On 21 January 2014, Jennifer Anger Said,

    Hello l am looking for the history on my house at 90 First Street. If you can find any information please email. Thank you.

  6. On 23 January 2014, B Said,

    Morning Jennifer

    I will keep your request in the hope that sometime I might discover some info for you. At the moment I do not have anything.

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