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Historic EVENTS in and around Welland


[Welland Tribune, 8 December 1882]

              FAN and BROOM DRILL COMPANIES are all the rage elsewhere, and take amazingly. The first organization getting up something of the kind here would strike a bonanza. For the information of any of our readers who may not know what these companies are; we may say that they are composed of young ladies, dressed in uniform, who go through the regular military drill, with variations, using the decorative fan and broom instead of the deadly weapons of war.


[Welland Tribune, 8 December 1882]

              CHURCH VALEDICTORY – Next Sabbath will be the last for the Canada Methodists in their old church which has served them for nearly a quarter of a century past. The services, we understand, will partake somewhat of the valedictory.


[Welland Tribune, 8 December 1882]

              CHURCH OPENING- The new Methodist Church in town, which makes such a credible and conspicuous addition to our public buildings, will be formally dedicated on Sunday Dec. 17th. Sermons by Rev. Dr. Williams, President of the General Conference at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and by the Rev. W.W. Shepherd at 8 p.m. Collections at the close of each service in aid of the building fund. On the evening of the following day, Monday, 18th inst., a Grand Supper will be served by the ladies on table spread in the basement of the church, after which addresses will be delivered by Revds. Williams, Shepherd others, and several choice anthems will be rendered by the choir. Supper served from 6.30 to 8.30 o’clock. Tickets, 50¢ each. These will be red-letter occasions among our Methodist friends, and it is to hoped and expected that the public generally will show approval of their enterprise by giving a hearty and cordial support.


An Earthquake Shakes Up Welland County

Dishes and Stoves Rattle-Boats Rock-Dogs Bark Etc.

[Welland Tribune, 1 December 1882]

             WELLAND- A shock of earthquake was felt throughout Welland County and St. Catharines about 6.35 on Monday evening last, to such an extent as to cause considerable excitement. The general impression at the time was that an explosion had occurred, and it was soon afterward reported that the propeller Bruno on the lake had blown up with a cargo of nitro glycerine on board. Those more experienced in earthquakes, however, felt sure that this was one, from the slight though quite perceptible continuity of the shock. The sensation is best described as that of a locomotive passing closely and quickly, shaking the ground; only there was not, of course, as much noise, as a locomotive would make. In most houses it made things that were loose rattle generally. In the upper stories of Griffith’s block the dishes rattled on the table. In Rose’s block, Mr. W.B. Chambers was sitting in his stove store, and it seemed to him as though a hogshead of sugar were rolled across the back end of the building;  the tinware hanging up in the back of the store rattled, but not in the front. In one house a child at the table was so frightened he began to cry. The shock was particularly severe along the Welland River just below Welland. It alarmed Mr. Cumines so that he went out to his stable to see if his horse hadn’t done some damage. Mr. Jacob Griffith went to the W.R.R. depot thinking a collision had occurred. Mr. L.H. Allen and others were down below in a scow being loaded at Mr. McAlpine’s and the boat rocked so that they ran up on deck to see what was the matter. The dishes and lamps rattled in most houses. In Mr. James Griffith’s house the stove rattled; Mr. Griffith’s little boy thinks the shock was occasioned by the comet running against the other side of the earth. In some places the dogs were started barking. At Mr. Vaughn’s in Pelham, a house plant pot was shaken off the window shelf. The shock seems to have been felt in all the farm houses about here and for miles about, the quietness of the country making the shock more perceptible than in town here. No actual damage is reported here, but the shock was about as severe as it could well be and be harmless. The peculiarity of the occurrence is that it seems to have been local to the district.