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Historic EVENTS in and around Welland


[Welland Tribune, 10 September 1914]

A break in the water main under the pavement at the intersection of Muir and Division sts. has been discovered. The pavement will have to be torn up at this point to make repairs. This is the first serious break that has occurred underneath the pavement.

It is likely the pavement will also have to be torn up on East Main St., in front of the Welland Electrical Co’s office, where an auto owned by Dr. S. E. Boulter of Niagara Falls South struck a hydrant and bent it over to an angle of 45 degrees. The hydrant will have to be taken out and to do this, it is thought a break will have to be made in the pavement. The auto was not put out of business by the encounter and proceeded to the Falls. It was driven by a young man.



[Welland Tribune, 15 January 1914]

After an unusually mild winter, a cold wave hit here on Monday night bringing the mercury at the court house down to 11 degrees below zero. Increasing in intensity on Tuesday, below zero was registered that night. Last night the cold wave departed as suddenly as it arrived.

While the ice dealers and hockey players welcomed the cold weather, others suffered. All over town water pipes were frozen in the houses and plumbers had more calls than they could attend to. On one street alone eight houses had frozen water pipes, the householders have been spending much time thawing them out.

The coldest weather last year was in March, when 4 below was registered. Two years ago the mercury went down to 20-below on one occasion.

Train service was considerably interfered with by Monday night’s blizzard and severe weather, but no blockades occurred locally.

The gas supply proved excellent throughout the cold snap very fortunately.

Very low temperatures were registered throughout Ontario. At Toronto it went 23 below, the coldest for 23 years.

Oh, petticoat! Oh, petticoat!
You vanished long ago.
We wish we had you back again,
Our *_____are cold, you know.


This is Opinion Regarding the Court House

[Welland Tribune, 15 January 1914]

That the court house is to have a tin roof instead of the slate roof ordered by the county council is now settled apparently. Chairman Brookfield of the jail committee states that the contractor put all kinds of difficulties in the way of carrying out the orders of the council, increasing the extra price from $700 to over $1300 and then stating that he could not secure slate of an even thickness until spring. At the same time it is felt by many that the tin roof is a great mistake and that a slate roof should have been put on at any cost.

Mr. Clarke has agreed to replace a further portion of stone coping, over which there was a dispute.


Enlargement will Make Best Hotel in Peninsula

Modern Refrigeration Plant Will Supply Three Hundred Pounds of Ice a Day

[Welland Telegraph, 4 August 1914]

              Great progress is being made by Contractor Diffin on the new addition of the New Dexter Hotel. The new part, which is constructed of solid brick and tile, is three stories, all the walls of which have been completed and the roof on. The interior of the structure means the most work. The second floor rooms each have a private tub and shower bath. The balance of the rooms, fifteen in number, are to be finished in the most modern style. The walls between each room are absolutely sound deadened. The most modern fire fighting appliances are also being installed throughout. The wiring has all been placed in conduit pipes and a  return call bell system is in each room. E.A. Spachmann has the electrical work. For the greater convenience of commercial travellers four sample rooms are on the first floor of the new addition. The greatest feature of the enlargement of this hotel is the refrigeration plant, and is the first one in Welland. By this plant all the boxes in the bar and kitchen are refrigerated and will be constructed so as to freeze three hundred pounds of ice a day for house use.