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Historic EVENTS in and around Welland


[Welland Tribune, 28 August 1885]

The Town of Welland voters’ list has just been printed, and an analysis of it will be interesting as giving details respecting the growth and development of the town. The increase is not large, it is true, but it is satisfactory “these times” to know that we are not retrograding-that at least some progress is indicted. And just here we may say, that there has been a far greater advancement in town in the way of adding to, and improving and ornamenting premises, than in mere increase in population.

The number of voters on this year’s list is 657 as against 632 last year-a gain of 25. From the following synopsis of the list for the current year, it will be seen that the standing of the town is very even in all parts:-

No. 1….1884-147   1885-148
No. 2….1884-173   1885-185
No. 3….1884-154   1885-162
No. 4….1884-158   1885-162

This includes municipal voters (women) in both cases. Of these there are this year 41, apportioned ten to each division except Ward No. 3, which has the honor of possessing the old lady wielder of the ballot.

Wards 1 and 2 are on the east side of the canal; Wards 3 and 4 on the west side. The showing between the sides of the canal is therefore as follows:

East side Canal…..333 Increase- 13
West side Canal….324 Increase-12

In other words, the east side, which had a majority of 8 last year has increased its lead to 9.

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