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Historic EVENTS in and around Welland


[Welland Telegraph, 17 February 1911]

Neil Campbell has leased the corner store in his new block to A.O. Rose for forty dollars a month, and a foreigner has rented the west store at $25 a month.

The contract for the erection of the new fire-proof office building of the Page-Hersey Co., has been let to David Dick. The work of erection will be started at once.

J.E. Cutler this week gave the order to Cowan & Co. of Galt for a complete new mill equipment and will start at once to put up a new building.  The plant will be in operation about April 1st. The mill will be larger and better equipped than the one which was destroyed by fire.

Goodwin & Ross, men’s clothiers, have sold their North End store at Niagara Falls to Logan & Pew. The deal went through on Tuesday.


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.


{People’s Press, 3 October 1911]

James A. Allen, eldest son of the late James H. Allen, has received the appointment as turnkey of the Welland County jail to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his father.



[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 Telegraph, 12 December 1911]

A special meeting of the school Board was held on Thursday night to discuss reducing the number of its members from eight to six, made necessary by the change in the number of wards.

It was resolved that instead of two representatives from each ward, as formerly, one would be sufficient, making a Board of six. Three members would be elected each year by the town to serve for a period of two years.

An increase in the teacher’s salary was brought up and a committee appointed to meet and act before the next meeting.

It is expected that work will be discontinued on the Cordage school until the first of the year, but will be ready for occupancy in the spring.-First Street School.

Mr. Flower suggested that a couch be purchased to be kept in a small unused room for cases of emergency. When pupils were sick or injured, he said, they had no place to lie down.


Hospital Board Accepts Generous Offer from Boethian Circle

[Welland Telegraph, 14 November 1911]

              For the purpose of electing officers for the coming year, the annual meeting of the Hospital Board was held in the town hall on Friday afternoon. The retiring president, R. Cooper, occupied the chair.

             The officers elected were:

             President-M. McAuliff

             Vice-President-E. Morris, Fonthill

             Secretary-C.N. Webber

             Treasurer-F.A. Lount

             A committee was appointed to strike the standing committees.

             An offer was received from the Boethian Circle to enclose the upper part of the hospital verandah with glass. The generous offer was gratefully accepted. The Building Committee was instructed to accept the tender of the Builders’ Lumber & Supply Co. for the carrying out of the work.

             The question of some one endowing the hospital was brought up and the men here considered it worth agitating. The proposition was jokingly put up to J.F. Gross, who arrived late. Mr Gross contemplated the sallies made at his expense in silence as he filled his pipe. Then he began to talk politics, after which the discussion ended.



[Welland Tribune, 30 November 1911]

              Mr. and Mrs. James Abell, Bald street, who some time ago adopted a girl ten or twelve years from the Barnardo Home, were surprised to learn on Wednesday afternoon that she had gone to St. Catharines with the intention of staying there where her sister resides.

             The child did not show up for the evening meal, and inquiring among her school mates, Mr. Abell was informed that the little girl had said in the afternoon that she was going to St. Kitts and not coming back. The ticket agent at the G.T.A. Station said she had bought a ticket for the Garden City and had gone on the afternoon train.

             Mr. and Mrs. Abell have given her proper treatment and held her as a child of their own. No reason for the girl’s action can be thought of and she will be brought back.




 [Welland Tribune, 5 October 1911]

                The picture shows Mayor Sutherland in the act of driving the spike. The second figure from the left is Alderman Wm. Jackson, and the third is Industrial Commissioner B.J. McCormick. The figure in the silk hat on the right is Bobby Leach, who went over the Falls in a barrel. C.J. Laughlin, president of the company, is behind Bobby Leach, and Contractor Leach, who is building the line, is in front of him.

             Mayor Sutherland drove the first spike into place in the construction of the Welland street railway at ten o’clock on Tuesday morning.

             Several of the most prominent men of the town were present to see this historical event. Among them were C.J. Laughlin, jr., president of the company; Judge Laughlin, secretary of the company; Industrial Commissioner McCormick, Mr. Fred Sager, Mr. Bobbie Leach, who dared death by going over Niagara Falls in a barrel; Engineer Black and Aldermen, Reilly and Jackson; Magistrate Burgar and Chief Jones.

             When the rail was placed in position and everything was made ready, Mayor Sutherland was handed a spike hammer which he wielded with ease.

             The photographers prepared their machines, and when ready the crowd posed for a photograph just before the nail was driven.

             With steady strokes the point of the pin was buried deep in the wood and the rail laying was begun.

             While the mayor was striking, the camera men bared their lenses again, catching him in the important act.

             Cheers broke out as the steel rider was fastened to the tie. Mr. C.J. Laughlin was also given three hearty lung stretchers.

             Rails had been placed on the ties for about two hundred feet and work was begun on them immediately.

             About fifteen more men have been secured, the force at work numbering now about thirty-five. As many more men will be hired as can be obtained.

             It was learned that the Ontario Power Co. will very probably supply the power for the road.


[Welland Tribune, 14 September 1911]

               The above is a photo taken on Monday of the commencement of the construction on Welland street railway. The start was made at the M.C.R. end on Muir street.

             This may also be the end as work was stopped Tuesday morning by the town officials until the town council dealt with the bond required by the franchise by-law.

             Report of the action taken in this matter at last night’s council meeting appears in this paper. The bond offered by the company was turned down.

             When seen by the Tribune representative this morning, C.J. Laughlin, jr., said:

             “We will do nothing more towards building the road. We have already spent $12,000 on the preliminary work and the town should give us a bonus other than ask us to put up $10,000. We will put the roadway back in its former condition again and that ends it.

             It is thought by some that a compromise may yet be effected so that the railway will be built, but at present there is nothing of this kind in sight.

             Welland wants the railway. The location of the Deere plant here depends on its construction. The general opinion is that if the company are willing to risk the large outlay for the construction of the road, the town could well afford to take some risk for the construction.


[Welland Telegraph, 25 December 1911] 

             Laughlin Realty Limited have the following for sale: Five old barn buildings and one house, all in fair condition. Call at our office for particulars and make your cash offer. Purchaser to remove buildings from the property. The house is on Cafferty farm, also one barn. The other barns are on the Price farm (Parkway Heights), and Sauer’s farm (Industrial Park). Look them over. Act promptly if you desire to secure any or all of these buildings. -Laughlin Realty Limited, phone 248, P.O. Box 184, Weller Block, Muir Street.