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Historic EVENTS in and around Welland

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[Welland Tribune, 20 December 1889]

WELLAND, Dec.16-Council met to special session this evening. Present-Mayor Ross, Reeve Hamilton Burgar, Deputy Hobson, and Councillors Best, Beatty, Cooper, Current, Hooker, Elia Burgar, George Burgar, Lowe and Rose. Minutes of last meeting read.


The Mayor, from the committee to procure cost of lots proposed for market sites, said he had been unable to obtain definite figures for either the Demare or Cafferty lots; the owners of those lots did not appear to want to sell, though there was a rumor that the Cafferty lot (on Muir street) could be had for $4500. The Mellanby lot could be had for about $ 1100, but it was not of itself large enough for a market site.

The owners of the lots on Bald street had formally agreed to sell the lots on north side of that street at $10 per foot frontage, lots to be 70 feet deep, and owners to have right of way to rear of their lots on West Main street; this property would cost in the aggregate about $2500. A written proposition to this effect was submitted, signed by R. Morwood, Taylor & Crow (now owners of the Dunigan block), G.L. Hobson and L.V. Garner, a slice off the side of whose lot on Fraser street would be required to give the 70 feet from Bald street.

Mr. Hobson said he found such a feeling between the sides of the canal as would defeat any scheme to purchase site. He thought the by-law might better be withdrawn until a better understanding was arrived at by the electors. If the by-law was sure to be defeated there was no use to incurring the cost of unnecessary election.

Mr. J.H. Burgar was not in favor of the by-law, but not for the reason spoken of by Mr. Hobson. It was not a question of sides with him (Mr. Burgar) but he did not think the town was in a position at present to spend $4000on a market site. If we had that amount to spare he believed it might be expended to better advantage to putting stone on our streets. The town is already loaded up with all the debt it can carry. He did not believe the by-law would be carried in a single ward of the town. Personally the reeve was favorable to a market if land could be leased for that purpose, so as to avoid heavy expenditure at this time.

Mr. Geo. Burgar said he had introduced the market by-law to carry out the express wishes of the Board of Trade.


[Welland Telegraph, 20 February 1912]

Number of men employed in all factories-1906, 100; 1911, 2098.

Annual pay sheet of all factories- 1906, $50,000; 1911, $1,163,422.

Value of products shipped from all factories-1906, $150,000; 1911, $5,847,459.

During the year 1911, twenty per cent of all the massed output of our manufacturing institutions was paid out for labor, which amount has been circulated among the merchants, business and professional men and citizens of the town. This was a tremendous amount of money to circulate in a town of the size of Welland, and I doubt if any other town of equal population can equal this record. One point for you to ponder over and remember is that this money paid for skill and labor in Welland and circulated among you was secured from the outermost parts of Canada and sent in from the outside and put in circulation as new capital, never before available by you. This proves to me that the larger the pay rolls that we can set in circulation in Welland, the more business grows.

Since the beginning of the New Year we have entertained representatives of twelve American factories seeking locations for new plants and have opened negotiations by mail with scores of others.

My opinion is that 1912 will see greater industrial expansion than has ever been known in a single year in Welland’s history, and this opinion is based on negotiations now under consideration with every prospect of success.

My advice to you is that you must not become indifferent and think that Welland can continue to grow into a beautiful and prosperous city without nourishment and cultivation on your part. Every Wellander must do his duty and by doing it cheerfully and voluntarily he does it doubly well. Yours sincerely,  B.J. McCormick:. Industrial Commissioner.


[Welland Telegraph. 3 April 1917]

The Mansion House, one of Welland’s historic hostelries, has disappeared, and foundations are going forward for the new block that is to take its place.

Tenders will probably be let this week for converting the west section of the Arlington Hotel into a modern theatre of a seating capacity of about five hundred. The house will be up-to-date in every respect.


[Peoples Press, 9 December 1902]

It is said on Monday afternoon‘s occasion a procession of old bachelors was seen going towards Garner’s –some not having waited to eat their dinners to say nothing of dessert. The plan for “The Spinster’s Restaurant” opened on Monday.


[Welland Telegraph, 17 February 1911]

Neil Campbell has leased the corner store in his new block to A.O. Rose for forty dollars a month, and a foreigner has rented the west store at $25 a month.

The contract for the erection of the new fire-proof office building of the Page-Hersey Co., has been let to David Dick. The work of erection will be started at once.

J.E. Cutler this week gave the order to Cowan & Co. of Galt for a complete new mill equipment and will start at once to put up a new building.  The plant will be in operation about April 1st. The mill will be larger and better equipped than the one which was destroyed by fire.

Goodwin & Ross, men’s clothiers, have sold their North End store at Niagara Falls to Logan & Pew. The deal went through on Tuesday.


Port Colborne News

[Welland Tribune, 2 April 1874]

The canal and harbor are open at this point, but a large quantity of loose ice fills the lake outside the harbor, which was entirely clear before the wind blew the floating ice down to this end, and a few hours’ wind from a contrary direction would open up the port again.

The tug men and others who “go down to the sea in ships” are briskly preparing for the summer campaign. Carter’ tug, the Hector, which was wrecked off Sugar Loaf last fall, has been hauled out and brought down to the village where she is being repaired.


[Welland Tribune, 2 April 1897]

Editor Welland Tribune:
Niagara Falls, Ont..,
24th March, 1897

DEAR SIR,- I would like to see the influence of the TRIBUNE enlisted in the cause of good roads and would suggest that I call the attention of all pathmasters in the county to the importance of scraping the roads at the earliest possible moment after they become dry enough. To anyone who takes an interest in the subject it must be apparent that much of the statute labor is worse than a farce, but a timely use of a scraper before the roads become hard in an absolute necessity on clay roads if they are to be smooth for the summer. The labor required for this kind of road work is insignificant and the results as compared with the usual plowing and scraping are so marked that the wonder is that it should be necessary to urge pathmasters to put it in practice. There is probably not one section of road in ten that ever has a scraping in the spring. I would suggest that you put a few lines on the subject along with the matter from your different country correspondents each week from now until the roads become too hard to scrape. In this way the matter would force itself upon those whose business it is to give us good roads but who as a rule do more harm than good.

Yours truly

E.W. Tench


[Welland Tribune, 9 April 1897]

Thos. Gracey has moved on Mrs. A.B. Kinsman’s farm, in house lately occupied by Samuel Gould, now living in Welland. Fred Fisher and family have moved in the house which Mr. Gracey vacated.


[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.


[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 well selected, and his prices right.