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[Welland Tribune,  2 April 1874]

At the close of the High School prior to the Easter vacation, the retiring master, Mr. Oliver, was made the recipient of a very fine and valuable present by the members of the School.

The gift consisted of Chamber’s Encyclopaedia comprising ten volumes-price-$25-and the accompanying address. Plans had been laid for the meeting of the scholars at Mr. Oliver’s residence on the evening of Thursday the 2nd April, but family affliction thwarted the scheme. Mt. Oliver made a very suitable and feeling reply, touching in fitting terms upon his happy connection with the school and of the strong ties which bound him to it. He expressed his sincere regret that the plans of the school had been frustrated by an unforeseen event. He complimented them upon the taste and wisdom displayed in their choice. During his address it was evident from the many tearful eyes in the room, that the bonds which bound pupils and teacher together were not easily severed. Mr. Oliver goes to Bowmanville to assume the Head Mastership of High School their.-Com.

To William Oliver, Esq., B.A., Head Master Welland High School:-

RESPECTED TEACHER- We, the pupils of the High School, have learned with deep regret, that you are about to leave us; that the happy relations hitherto existing between us are closed, perhaps, for ever. In reviewing the past three years, during which we have been under your kind and judicious instruction, we have not been unmindful of your untiring zeal and self-denying efforts  in our behalf; nor have we failed to notice the serious difficulties with which you have had to contend. If, according to Dr. McLellan, the Welland High School occupies a high and honorable position among the High Schools of Ontario, the credit is due to our efficient teacher. The toils and pains have been yours. The rewards are yours also. And now as we part, we ask you to accept these volumes as a mark of our esteem, and of our appreciation of you both as a kind and faithful instructor, and also as Christian gentleman.

Be assured that our best wishes accompany you to your new field of labor, where, we trust, you may be as successful as you have been here. May the Divine blessing rest upon yourself and family; and when life’s work is done, may you receive the reward which awaits the good and faithful servant.

Signed on behalf of the School:

Miss Bertha Hooker

Miss Mary Larter

Miss Hortense Hooker

March 31st, 1874.


[Welland Tribune, 2 April 1874]

A NEW lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, under the name of Orient, No. 136, was duly instituted at Welland on Wednesday evening, the 25th ult., by Dist. Dep. Grand Patriarch Harper Wilson, assisted by Grand Patriarch J.H. Perry, Bros. J. B McIntyre, Wm. Heeney, Gourlay, Greenwood, and others. After the ceremony of institution, the following brethren were duly elected, and installed as office bearers:-

  • D. McConachie- N.G.
  • N.B. Colcock- V.G.
  • James Brown- P.S.
  • William Lowe- R.S.
  • George A Otis.- Treas.

Previous to the close of the lodge, Bro. J.H. Perry delivered a very excellent address on Odd Fellowship.- After the lodge had closed, an excellent supper was served at the Dexter House, and which was a very enjoyable affair. The company separated about 3 a.m.


Tuesday, March 31

[Welland Tribune, 2 April 1874]

It is expected that a Lodge of the Independent Order of Oddfellows will be established in Port Colborne shortly.

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 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. Carters’ 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.

Policeman Boyer distinguished himself last night in a successful effort in defence of jeopardized virtue. A woman who had been engaged to cook on one of the boats lying here, arrived on the train late in the evening, and being met at the station by some bad boys, was misdirected as to the house of the captain.

Not being altogether proof against an insinuating invitation to “take a little suthin,”  the old, old story of woman’s misplaced confidence and man’s duplicity would have been to tell over again, but for the valiant figure-head of the majesty of the law aforesaid, who put in an appearance and escorted the unsuspecting one whither she wished to go, much to the discomfort of the bad boys who solaced themselves by getting drunk. Port Colborne, especially in the summer season, need several good policemen and a J.P., who would be a terror to evil-doers.

Much sickness prevails in the neighborhood. One of the resident medicos says the season is without a parallel for general unhealthiness, there being no contagious diseases. Dr. King is about building himself a residence, a fact suggestive that business must be good in the doctoring line.

It is said that Messrs. Carter and Hopkins intend to build stores adjoining those now owned by them, directly west of the bridge. If this be done, the two new and two old stores will make an extensive and handsome block.

The alternate freezings and thawings have been very severe on wheat, clover &c., and unless warm rains soon come on to repair the damage done, an almost total loss of the crops affected most may be expected.