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Historic EVENTS in and around Welland



I hereby caution certain ignorant and unprincipled people of the Town of Welland against receiving from my wife, or at the instigation of my wife, any household goods, furniture, bedding, or store goods belong to me; also against secreting and withholding the same in their houses. For the past two years or more my property has been carried off and secreted in other people’s houses, and recently I have found portions of it in five different places. For years I have patiently suffered untold troubles and loss through the false sympathy extended by a few cranks and enemies, under the guise of friendship, which has augmented my trouble and destroyed the peace of my family, while it has forced upon me the cost of a legal controversy, which is robbing my children of the source and means of their support. Welland, May 9, 1895.


Welland Tribune
10 May 1895


Humberstone News

[Welland Tribune, 4 January 1895]

Mr. W.M. Hill, the enterprising and hustling senior partner of Hill & Hill, is now sole proprietor of the business in this village-the firm of Hill & Hill having dissolved on Wednesday and Mr. W.M. Hill succeeding to the business. It is a well-known fact that the latter gentleman has always been the business head of the firm, and with full control of the management the Hill store should rank as a leader more decidedly than ever. Mr. Hill’s enterprise has built up a large trade which, under his sole management must show marked increase in the future as it has in the past. We congratulate the village on retaining a store that will always be the means of drawing patronage for miles and miles around, and prove a benefit to the village at large.


[Welland Tribune, 22 March 1895]

MR. BERT ADLEY has taken charge of that well-known old restaurant, confectionery and ice-cream parlor formerly conducted by Mr. Harry Gibson. Mr. and Mrs. Adley have a host of friends in town who hail their return with delight, and wish them every success in their new enterprise.


[Welland Tribune, 22 March 1895]

To the Tribune:- MR. EDITOR-Some people seem to think that the council intend to stop the cutting of all meat on the Welland market. Not so. Those who pay a license to do so may continue to cut meat, and already licenses have been taken out for that purpose, so that there will be full competition with the butchers, as before. But, Mr. Editor, is it fair to rent the market building to a butcher at $50 per year, and then let peddling butchers who pay no taxes come out and cut and sell meat right under their nose and not pay a cent for the privilege? It is not the farmer the council is after,-it is the professional butcher who comes under the cloak of farmer, but who lives by butchering. These men should pay a license. They cannot cut and sell in Thorold, Niagara Falls or St. Catharines without a license. Our market does not pay its way here, then why should we not profit by the experience of other successful markets and get what fees we can to assist in reducing the taxes that come out of our pockets to support the market. The market is of mutual benefit to both farmer and citizen, and the load of cost in keeping it up should not wholly be placed on the shoulder of the citizen. We do not believe that one farmer in a dozen desires to cut and saw and chop meat on the market, and those who do want to make a business of it should pay for it, or else rent a shop in town and help pay our taxes. Every one knows that (directly) the market is quite a loss to the town. I think it should be almost self-sustaining. Why, on Monday of this week, the right to collect market fees in Hamilton for the current year was sold for $9,755. Of course there is better accommodation, and I desire to make no comparison, but at the same time I think there should be a little fair-play, and that the burthen should not all fall upon those who buy.



[Welland Tribune, 8 March 1895]

Mr. Burgar said there were a number of boys commonly on the streets who should be at school,  from which it would appear that the truancy law was not properly enforced, and he thought perhaps that the teachers were over-anxious to get rid of the bad boys.

Mr. Woodworth named several boys whom he said were incorrigible. One in particular had twice stolen horses, yet nothing had been done to him by the authorities. These boys were a constant trouble and source of temptation to other boys, and it was not right that the morals of a whole school should be subject to this for the sake of two or three incorrigibles, who could not be got to attend regularly in any case, and when they did come they stole everything they could lay hands on. Their parents had no control over them whatever. So far as these were concerned it were better that they did not attend school, the reformatory was the place for them-and the board agreed that the principal was about right.

A lengthy discussion ensued on the matters of truancy and suspensions, when it was moved by Ross and Beatty, that printed forms be procured upon which teachers shall be required to notify parents of all suspensions of their children. It was understood that in order to ensure that parents be so notified these notices shall not be entrusted to the suspended children to deliver, but shall be sent to parents either my mail or delivered by the truant officer.


[Welland Tribune, 11 January 1895]

There have been many happy gatherings during the past few weeks in our town, but the supper given by retiring Mayor Burgar on Wednesday night was one of the most pleasant reunions of the season. As a matter of form, the councillors met in the town hall, as per adjournment, and the minutes of last meeting read and adopted.

The mayor said that the M.C.R. authorities had offered to deliver one hundred loads of gravel at the station here at the cost of loading, viz: $3 per car-to be used on Muir street.  After some discussion favorable to the acceptance of the offer, it was laid over for the incoming council to deal with….At 9.15, by invitation of the mayor, the members repaired to Mr. Henry Gibson’s restaurant and partook of a bountiful supper, of which oysters were the ‘corner stone.” Toasts and speeches followed, in which Mayor Burgar’s administration of public affairs was referred to in the most flattering but well merited terms. Mr. Burgar made a splendid speech in reply to the toast, and as the midnight hour drew near, the company dispersed-sorry to part, but hoping to meet again under similar pleasant circumstances.


[Welland Tribune, 15 March 1895]

Extensive improvements have been made in the telephone service here. All the long distance lines have been changed to metallic circuits, making it possible to talk long distances clearly and distinctly-as easy to talk several hundred miles as a few; doing away with all noises on the line. A sound-proof cabinet for use of the public has also been put in, making it completely private, so that you can converse with others without being heard or annoyed by noises while talking, making it as complete as any city office-which will prove a great convenience.


[Welland Tribune, 15 March 1895]

A deputation from Welland town council, consisting of Mayor Glasgow, Reeve Taylor and Councillors Dawdy, Best and Ross, in connection with Mr. Connolly, assistant road master of the M.C.R.R., visited Stamford gravel pits on Wednesday to inspect the gravel which the railway company propose to deliver at a reduced rate to gravel the street leading to their station. The deputation thought the gravel very suitable, and will report to council and submit samples, also a more exact statement as to the terms upon which the railway company propose to deliver the gravel, as to which information has been requested.


[Welland Tribune, 29 March 1895]


Shortis was a child

Of rich and noble birth

But sadly growing into years

Of folly, crime and mirth

Recently the pupils of a school section in Wainfleet were treated by the teacher to a description of the recent Valleyfield murders, and requested to write compositions upon it. One of the pupils wrote up the tragedy in verse, which has been transmitted to the TRIBUNE with a request for publication in Everybody’s Column. We regret to say we have room for but the first-which appears above-and that the other thirteen stanzas must remain unprinted and unsung. In fact we question very strongly if the recital of the details of horrible murders to pupils of tender years, and the encouraging of them to write essays and dwell upon the same, is a very proper or desirable course for a teacher to take.


If I understand “Justice” aright in last weeks TRIBUNE, he claims that in the proposed change in the by-law regulating the sale of meat in the market it is not the farmer but the professional butcher the council is after. It makes no difference who they go after, it is the farmer who will be bagged. The by-law at present in force cuts out the peddling butchers, or compels them to take out license. If it is not the farmer they are after why not except him from the scope of the by-law? Justice may be blind as usually represented, but he must not suppose that all others are the same.



I hope the councillors of our town will consider well before prohibiting the sale of meat at retail on the market. Every market day I go to the market and usually buy four or five pounds of beef cut to suit me at 8¢ a pound. If I cannot do this I am compelled to go the butcher shop and pay a shilling a pound; loss to me of say 18¢ every trip. 18¢ twice a week comes to nearly $20 a year, quite an item for us poor people. More than enough to pay most of our taxes. Is it right or profitable that poor people should be compelled to pay from $20 upward a year to benefit four or five butchers, or even to benefit the town to the extent of a few dollars in license fees?




The Removal of the Band Stand

[Welland Tribune, 22 March 1895]

In my estimation,  Mr. Editor, the Welland band stand is in a much better position now than when located near Gonder’s warerooms. The ‘point” is more isolated from buildings, and I am sure the music will sound vastly better. The small boy will have no old machinery to rattle in the very ears of the players, and those who still desire to remain on the west side and listen will find the music “from over the water” much sweeter than when close by. Your contention, Mr. Editor, that the crowds will “clog the sidewalk” I think hardly a serious objection. Crowded sidewalks one hour a week in a country town, after business hours at that, is, to my mind, a pleasure rather than an annoyance. I wish they were crowded every evening. As to frightening horses, I think one location fully as dangerous as the other and besides I wouldn’t give five dollars for a horse that would run away from music.


To the Tribune- I understand that in police court in your town, Mr. Philip Stirtzinger stated that I had told him, or someone else, that William Reece was a murderer. Now I want, through the columns of your paper, to emphatically deny making any such statement to anyone. Further, I have never had any cause for thinking or saying so, because I have never thought, nor do I now think, that he is any such a man.