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Paper Read at the Meeting of the Canadian Institute-Career of the Noted Indian

[Welland Tribune, 9 April 1897]

At the regular meeting of the Canadian Institute held on Saturday night in Toronto, a paper was read by E. Cruishank of Fort Erie, on the life of Joseph Brant. After commencing upon the inadequacy of Mr. Stone’s “Life of Brant,” due to the want of materials which have become accessible since its publication, the paper, which was almost entirely based on documents in the Canadian archives, described Brant’s career in considerable detail, from his birth in 1742 to the middle of the year 1779.

After receiving a fair education at a school in Lebanon, Conn., Brant was engaged as an interpreter in the Indian department at the age of twenty. He distinguished himself by his religious zeal, and was employed by Rev. John Stuart to translate part of the New Testament, the Catechism and a number of sermons into Mohawk. At the commencement of the American Revolution he accompanied Colonel Guy Johnson to Quebec and thence to England, as a representative of his tribe. He was presented to the king, his portrait was painted by Romney, and sketch of his life appeared in the London Magazine, at the instance of James Boswell. On their way back to America the vessel was attacked by a privateer, and Brant was afforded an opportunity of displaying his courage and skill as a marksman. He was present with the British forces at the battle of Long Island as a volunteer, and attracted the attention of Lord Percy. After remaining at New York for two months, he undertook to penetrate through the enemy’s lines to the Indian villages, accompanied by a single companion. He then went from village to village, inciting the Indians to combine against the Americans.  Brant took part in the siege of Fort Stanwix and battle of Oriskany, and subsequently joined General Burgoyne’s army on the Hudson. After the surrender of Burgoyne at Saratoga, he returned to Niagara, and organized a successful expedition against Schobarie. This was followed by similar enterprises directed against the German Flats, Cherry Valley and Minnesink, in all of which he took an active part and largely contributed to their success.


[Welland Tribune, 9 April 1897]

Thomas Hicks and Henry Boyd appeared before the board to complain of Principal Woodworth sending their boys home without sufficient cause, as they alleged. Mr. Boyd also complained that his boy did not get proper credit for work done.

Mr. Woodworth replied that the immediate cause of the boys being sent home was their scuffling in school, but a worse complaint he had against them was that they would not get up their work. He did not believe the Boyd boy did not get proper credit for work done, although an exceptional case of that kind was, of course, possible in any school. He did not think he should be expected to pound boys nearly as big as himself, and he had tried isolating them and other minor punishments without effect.

After some rather good-natured discussion for a subject of so ticklish a nature, the matter was dropped on the understanding that children should not be sent home except in extreme cases, the parents also agreeing, in this case, if notified, to “attend to” the discipline of the boys.

Fonthill News

[Welland Tribune, 26 March 1897]

Joseph Gould has sold his farm to James Davis, the place where Alex. Goring now lives on. Mr. Gould is to take the house and lot where Mr. Davis now lives, known as the Reavely property, as part payment.

R.J. King, who drives team for the Morris, Stone & Wellington nursery, will move to Fonthill, to live in the house formerly occupied by Jas. Hansel, rented from H.G. Self.


[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; Wm. P. Straub, contractor; Jennie M. Griffin, cashier in Schnert’s barber shop; George Metz, barber; and Michael Schurke, workman. The accident was caused by changes being made in the building, without sufficient precaution to keep up the strength of the supporting walls. The building was not a very high one, but was about 40 years old, and had a very heavy roof. It was a well-known landmark to many. Among others, registrar Morin and County Treasurer Hobson of Welland attended the commercial college in it about 30 years ago, and the publisher of the Welland Tribune was engaged in the Buffalo Christian Advocate composing rooms, located in the building, in the year 1864 for a short time.


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 wheel of their automobile became locked west of Coyle, Sunday evening. Mrs. Paolone’s injuries necessitated her removal to the Welland County Hospital. She was suffering from cuts.

Paolone reported the accident to Chief of Police Jones of Crowland and said the wheel of the car locked as he was attempting to drive around a curve on the River Road. The car ran into a tree.

Whitmore Noxel of Humberstone Township escaped possible serious injury Saturday night when the Ford touring car he was driving turned turtle on the detour road at Dain City. It is said the car upset owing to the rough condition of the road. Mr. Noxel was not hurt, managing to crawl from the auto after it had overturned.


Workmen Excavate Coffins While Digging Trench

Interred Years Ago In Long Forgotten Cemetery On Mill Street-Bones Will Be Reburied.

[Welland Telegraph, 7 November 1913]

Buried about three feet beneath the surface two coffins containing human bones were found by workmen excavating a trench for a water service at the west end of Mill Street this morning.

The coffin has almost completely decayed and the bones within had the appearance of being in the earth for many years. A few buttons were found in one of the coffins and were bright and shiny. The skeletons were carefully removed and will be reburied in other boxes as near to their former resting place as possible. It is impossible to tell just how long ago burial was made but a tombstone on a lot not far distant bears the date 1861.

It is thought that the property was used as a cemetery many years ago by the Methodist Church. A number of fallen tombstones are standing in the vicinity.


Thorold News

[Welland Tribune, 28 August 1885]

Thorold celebrated her civic holiday on Wednesday with great eclat. The day proved fine, and an immense crowd of spectators gathered in town.

The principal features of the day were the Firemen’s display and games, and the Trades’ procession which was large, creditable and representative. Music was furnished by six bands. The street of the town were handsomely decorated and spammed by two beautiful arches, one at the firemen’s hall, the other near the Welland House. The latter was composed of ladders.

The Welland Firemen attended, accompanied by the Fenwick Band, and had the distinguished honor of winning both the hose reel race and the prize for best uniformed company, and that with the crack companies of St. Catharines and Niagara Falls South to compete with. In all six companies of firemen were present.

In the hose reel race the Welland team comprised Capt. Hutson, M. Vanderburgh, P.W. Raymer, G.B. Swayze, C. Eastman, B. Ellsworth, B. Doan, Thos. Hammond, Peter McMurray, George and Adam Bowman, Wm. Rosette and Wesley Doan.

Ed Rounds and John VanWyck acted as starters at the wheel and gave the “masheen” a hoist that hold well on the first fifty yards. The race was to run 300 yards, then lay 150 feet of hose and make two couplings. The time was: St. Catharines Neptunes, one minute thirty-one seconds; Welland Merritts, one minute nine seconds. The Merritts accord especial praise to their couplers, W. Rosette and Wes. Doan for their rapidity, which tended largely to the success won.

Credit is also due Capt. Ritter for the efficient manner in which he has drilled the company, making an almost incredible improvement during the past two or three weeks, which actually comprises their term of training.

The “boys” it is unnecessary to say, felt highly elated at their success, and returned with brooms aloft, indicative of the sweep made. Long may they wave.


[Welland Tribune, 28 August 1885]

The Port Colborne lacrosse club played the Wellanders here on Tuesday. The match was the most stubbornly contested ever witnessed on the grounds. After a long siege Welland scored and was allowed the first game. The ball was faced for the second game about 4 o’clock, play continuing until after six without result, when the match was declared closed. The wounded limped off or were helped from the field, and will no doubt be sufficiently recovered in a week or two for another brush. The members of both clubs fought like heroes from first to last, and the hatchet was not buried until the majority were too exhausted to play longer.


The Stork, the Pale Rider and Cupid-What They Have Done

[Welland Tribune, 3 January 1908]

Cupid is a bit slow in Welland. The little fellow, who laughs at locksmiths and deals in hearts, has not averaged a marriage a week in our town, there only being 31 marriages during the past year. But the stork has done better, and from out its long beak, and out from the land of somewhere, out from mystery, has brought 53 little cherubs, who someday will be voters or mothers in the land. Death is ever busy, and 54 has the pale rider come to the town and 54 times has the crepe been hung above the door a Welland home. In plain language, Welland during the last twelve months has had 53births, 54 deaths and 31 marriages.


Important Statement by Mr. Tarte.

[Welland Tribune, 24 September 1897]

Hon. Mr. Tarte, minister of public works of Canada, having been charged with excessive expenditure in his department, and on promising the prosecution of public works on too lavish a scale, makes a trenchant reply, in which the following of especial local interest appears. Mr. Tarte says:

“I altogether decline being bound by the policy of the past, and also by the opinion of those who have propounded that policy. Times and circumstances have changed. We are deepening our canals. We will be obliged, I am sure, to deepen the Welland canal in a short time. The railway companies are building elevators in the harbors of the Great Lakes. The C.P.R. are building an additional elevator at Owen Sound. The Grand Trunk, in connection with other capitalists, are also contemplating building an elevator on the south side of the same harbor.

I am a firm believer in the possibility of diverting an immense quantity of western traffic to our Canadian ports, harbors and railways. I do not see why, having the ports of St. John, Halifax, St. Andrew’s, on our national territory, we should allow our Canadian trade to be shipped to European markets through American ports.”

All Mr. Tarte’s speeches are of this tone. Mr. Tarte says that the reason he takes this tone is, to quote his letter, that “Canada is such a great country, with such abundant resources, that we might well afford to take stock of the future.”

Referring to the charge of lavish expenditure by Mr. Tarte’s department for the year that is past, he further says:-

“You may say that my lavishness is a matter of general criticism. Will you permit me to call your attention to hard facts:

Parliament voted for my department, for the year 1896-97, an appropriation of…$2,439,920

Out of that expropriation I have expended during the last year…$1,748,939

Saving a balance of …..$690,981.

“I need not make any comments. I beg, moreover, to state that I have economized over sixty thousand dollars on the administrative part of my department alone, by decreasing the number of employees by saving salaries, wages, etc.

So much for my administration during last year.”