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Historic EVENTS in and around Welland



[Welland Tribune, 8 December 1910]

Will open on Saturday with a choice assortment of home-made candy, also candy in bulk, etc. just around the corner. N. Main St.


[People’s Press, 12 December 1911]

The first floor and the roof have been added to the plant of the Royal Ice Cream Company, which is being built on Patterson avenue. The rest of the building is being hurried, and by the end of next month the work should be completed.


[Welland Telegraph, 20 February 1912]

A handsome three-storey business block was erected on East Main Street, and a club house costing about $30,000 was built at the south end of the park. The Page-Hersey Company erected a plant costing about $1,000,000 and the Automobile Transportation Company put up a new factory building as did the Imperial Manufacturing Company and the Royal Ice Cream Company. The Welland House at the corner of North and West Main Streets was enlarged and remodelled and a new N.S.& T. depot erected.



[Welland Tribune, 8 December 1910]

The report on the committee of good roads was read and adopted and ordered printed on circulars and mailed to ratepayers, on the motion of Mr. Goodwin, seconded by Mr. Foster.

The report which deals with a scheme for the raising by the county of $100,000 by debenture for the purpose of road improvement, is an interesting one and is here appended.

Report of Good Roads Committee

Your committee report as follows:- Their efforts have been entirely confined to the collection of reliable information for submission to their board.

It was not deemed expedient to call a special meeting of the reeves, as authorized by this board, to adjust the distribution or compensatory considerations to each municipality, as it is the sentiment of this committee that the best interests of the county will be served by leaving this consideration in the hands of a county road commission, to be appointed by this board at its first session of 1911, should this council favor the fast growing sentiment throughout the county by endorsing the recommendation for an appropriation of $100,000 to be expended by the county in a good roads system.

The following condensed data demonstrates what the cost per mile will be and the assessment per dollar will call for as per latest annual report of Hon. Mr. Reaume on Highway Improvement. This has been constructed under the provincial county systems. On the assessment of Welland county the tax would be on a basis of thirty years 4 per cent, debentures, payable yearly, one half mill, or 50c on each $1,000 dollars. Thus a farm assessed at $1,000 would amount yearly to only 50c.

And we would further recommend that the clerk be instructed to have the report of the good road committee as presented at our June sessions printed in a circular and distributed before nomination day. (Signed by McKenzie, Smith, McGill and Goodwin, committee.)

Mr. Foster spoke on the goods roads question and said the farmers were commencing to realize better than ever before the financial advantages of good roads. “Bad roads are more of a burden than good roads,” he said, “and the farmers are becoming educated to the value of good roads.”

Mr. McGill, Thorold, said Welland county was about twenty years behind on the roads question, and we should have good roads at once. Good roads were of value to every farm in the county, and prosperity couldn’t continue without good roads. Mr. McGill was also strongly in favor of giving publicity to the scheme by the issuing of circulars.

Mr. Wilson, Bertie, said he had heard good roads talked at the County Council for some four or five years. He thought the council should take a trip to Bertie and see what good roads they had there. Money on stone roads was well spent in his opinion.

Mr. Zimmerman, Bertie, also referred to the good stone roads in Bertie and expressed himself strongly in favor of any good roads movement.

Mr. Smith, Port Colborne referred to the good material which Welland county had close at hand for the building of good roads. He thought that Bertie really had about the best roads in the county.

Mr. Berriman, Stamford, also spoke in favor of the scheme. He said Stamford was also working on its own finances on the construction of good roads.

Mr. Fry, Pelham, referred to the fact that several of the townships were already building good stone road and gravel roads and did not need or want any county assistance for this purpose.

Dr. Boulter, Stamford, complimented the committee on its report and said he believed in the issuing of a circular to give publicity to the committee’s recommendations, etc. He said the Stamford people never objected to money expended on roads. The Doctor referred to the automobile tax, which he thought the government ought to refund to the municipalities for the purpose of expending on the roads.

Nearly all the councillors made short comments favorable to the movement, and the opinion was expressed that it would be a good idea for the government to be asked to pay over the automobile taxes to the municipalities to be expended on the roads.

It was suggested that ex-County Councillor, Mr. L.V. Garner, who was present, make a speech. Mr. Garner expressed his great surprise at being called upon, but, in a spirited and enthusiastic manner, expressed himself in favor of better roads in this county. Mr. Garner said that the reeves from the various municipalities should join together and give their support to the movement, regardless of the conditions of their own municipalities.


[Welland Tribune, 8 December 1910]

Mr. R.L. Hamilton, on behalf of the public library, submitted to the council the plans necessary for the obtaining of a Carnegie Library. The site must be free, and a suitable site must be provided. There were 87 Carnegie libraries in Canada, of which 60 were in Ontario. There is only one Carnegie library in Welland county, that at Niagara Falls. St. Catharines has one of the best Carnegie libraries in Canada.  Mr. Hamilton gave a very concise report. He said that the receipts of the Welland library for 1910 were $390.51 and the expenditures $346. 18. Increased accommodation was necessary and the shelves were already overcrowded. A large building with lecture room was really a necessity, said Mr. Hamilton.

It was moved by Garner and seconded by Jackson, that the report be received and referred to the business committee with power to act upon and also that a vote of thanks be tendered Mr. Hamilton for his concise report on the matter. Carried.

Mr. Crow suggested that the site be granted on the park, immediately in front of the club house.


[Welland Tribune, 8 December 1910]

Humberstone board of trade met Tuesday night in the township hall. The most important business was receiving report of incorporation committee. The committee reported that proceedings were under way to incorporate as a village and laid before the board a plan of the proposed new municipality. It differs from the plan originally proposed in that it does not include the portion of the township west of Port Colborne. According to the new plan the south boundary is Killaley St. The proposed village will contain 670 acres, or about 450 acres exclusive of streets. A petition is now in circulation, which will be presented to County Council in January, and this body will complete the incorporation of the village, if the necessary conditions are complied with. It is necessary to have one hundred signatures to the petition.

The special committee in charge of this matter consists of J.J. Wichman, (president), F.A. Ward, L.R. Snider and L. Kinnear. Mr. Kinnear was not present at the meeting.

The question of amalgamation with Port Colborne or fire protection were not discussed.

Communications were received from Toronto board of trade, asking that a delegate be sent to Toronto to participate in forming a Provincial Board of Trade, and also a delegate to go to Ottawa with a provincial deputation to urge the government to deepen the Welland canal. A resolution was passed favoring the deepening of the Welland canal, but not to send delegates to either event.


[Welland Tribune, 8 December 1910]

T.E. Reeb & Sons will not rebuild their burned machine shop and foundry in Humberstone. They will build in Port Colborne, however, if the village will grant certain concessions. One of the chief inducements to move to Port Colborne was to secure fire protection. Had Humberstone and Port Colborne united and the waterworks been extended to this place, there is no doubt they would have remained here. If it is supposed that the proposed village will install a waterworks plant, it will be found a surprisingly expensive undertaking, while the only cost of joining with Port’s system would be for piping, saving the cost of pumping, plant, stand pipe and running expenses. The only logical and business proposition is a union of the two municipalities.


Manager of Ontario Iron and Steel Co.

Declares Local Option Would Cripple, Perhaps Close the Works

[Welland Tribune, 8 December 1910]

As work manager of Page Hersey Iron, Tube and Lead Co., Ltd., and Ontario Iron and Steel Co., Ltd., I wish to state the effect local option would have in our works.

From what I understand from a great number of our workmen, and especially most of our leading men, who have stated to me that if local option took effect in Welland, they would work just long enough to get another position elsewhere.

With my experience of running plants and handling men of this class for the last twenty years or more, I really do believe that local option, if carried, in the town of Welland, will cripple our works very much, if not close them down entirely, as this class of men will not work in a town where there is no license.

Last summer it cost our firm over $2,000 to import men from different parts of Canada, and United States, and three-fifths of these men did not work in Welland long enough to pay the fare back to us, which put us to a great expense. The men stated that they did not like Welland, and if there is no license here, it will be a great deal harder to get men of this class to come here.

The above companies employ at the present time between six and seven hundred men. The pay-roll of these two companies amounts to about $40,000 each month.

We have invested in plants about $1,000,000 and if any injury should happen, a plant of this kind through local option, or any other cause, it would be a great blow to any town of this size. I believe it would decrease property by about 150 per cent. I am only speaking of what I really believe; local option would not only injure our company’s property, but practically all real estate holdings in Welland.

I will also state that we have plans for a new plant, which we intend to build this spring and which are now in the hands of the contractors. This plant will increase our working staff from two hundred and fifty to three hundred men. I can safely say, as works manager of these plants, that if local option should injure our present plants, if carried, that the new  works will not be built in the town of Welland or any where near it.

A.M. Moseley

Works Manager


[Welland Tribune, 8 December 1910]

and don’t pay rent for not! By a house of your own. We can sell you a home on a small payment down and the balance as rent. Here are a few of those homes:-

$1850- Crowland street, lot No. 59, 401/2×132, 7-room frame dwelling on concrete foundation, water, gas, sidewalk. Easy terms.

$1700- State street, lot No. 37, 33x 132, 7-room frame dwelling on concrete foundation, has bath, cellar, sewer, gas, cement walks. Can be had on easy terms.

$1700- Dorothy street, part lot, YY. 8-room frame dwelling, concrete foundation, cement walks, water, sewer, gas, electricity. Entrance from East Main street. Easy terms.

$1800- Queen street, lot 33×147, 7-roomed brick cottage with all modern conveniences. Can be had on a small payment down.

$2000- Sixth street, lot 30×163, 7-room frame dwelling, pine finish, bath, gas, water; woodshed in rear 12×14. Terms if required.

$1000- Sixth street, lot 40×163, 5-room frame house, pine finish, gas water, cellar; woodshed in rear. Easy terms if required.

$1550- Beatrice street, lot 19, 58×124, 7-room frame house, gas, water, cellar. 1 minute walk to Steel Plant or Pipe Mill.

$1650- Beatrice street, lot No. 18, 58×124, 7-room frame house, gas, water, cellar. 1 minute walk to Steel Plant or Pipe Mill.

$1600- Queen street, lot 33×200, 2-storey frame house, 6 rooms, pine finish, bath, gas, electricity, sewer, water, cellar. Easy terms.

$1600- Division street, lot 33×132, 2 storey brick dwelling, 7 rooms, bath, gas, electricity, sewer, water, cellar, with stationary tubs; a modern house in every way. Can be had on terms.

$1200- Garner ave, lot 43, 50×150, 6-room frame dwelling, pine finish, gas and electricity, water. Easy terms.


[Welland Tribune, 8 December 1910]

Following the anti-street railway meeting in Massey hall, Toronto, on Wednesday evening, severe rioting took place on the streets.

Over 200 street cars were stoned, the windows broken, and many persons injured.

The police were powerless for the time, but ultimately made a number of arrests.

The outbreak is the result of the tyrannical use of power given to the street railway Co., by the Whitney government.

The people of Toronto will not receive much sympathy in their troubles from the farmers and other landowners who have suffered the partial confiscation of their lands by the autocratic legislation of the Whitney government. They have upheld the Whitney government in all its iniquities, and now they are simply getting a dose of their own medicine, and they should grin and bear it, instead of throwing stones.



[Welland Tribune, 8 December 1910]

What will the value be of those prominent, centrally located properties. I am just now offering for sale on leading street, when the Welland of today expands out to meet those various new suburban laboring men’s villas that are now being advertised?

Where do you find the highest frontage values in nearly all progressive cities? It is not near the site of the old time village flag pole. Fill in those open spaces, let us build up a sensible compact city-and thus reduce corporation expenses and consequent heavy taxation.

Step into my office and read up the town chart and note the location of some of the houses, stores and town lots I am selling at nominally low prices. If you buy near the centre you will not have to wait a score of years or more to see your investments double. I have farms to sell all over the District. Some of them just outside Welland Corporation line.

Write me, or call and get description, price and terms. Office West Main St., Welland.

H.J. GONDER, “The People’s Broker.”


Also Powell’s Coal Sheds

[Welland Tribune, 8 December 1910]

Early Wednesday morning fire from an unknown cause completely destroyed the bit G.T.R. elevator at Port Dalhousie, along with George Powell’s coal shed, big ice house and two hundred feet of the harbor wharf. The St. Catharines fire department was appealed to for assistance, and a car sent to take down an engine, but, for some reason, the steamer was driven to the village, a distance of over three miles. The steamer arrived in time to save the warehouse of the Maple leaf Rubber Company, but the destruction of the other property was complete.

The villagers being without fire protection, formed a bucket brigade, and prevented the flames from licking up the G.T.R. depot and station master’s house.

Apart from the railway company, the loss is about $4000. The grain had been in the elevator for three weeks. It is said the loss on the elevator will be between $40,000 and $50,000.