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Historic EVENTS in and around Welland


[Welland Tribune, 28 September 1915]

Fire broke out at the home of Wm. Taylor, Albina St., Saturday morning, about 2.30. Mr. Taylor was the only occupant of the house at the time. He was in bed, and the fire had failed to awaken him. When the neighbors fetched him out, he was partly suffocated by the smoke. Dr. Binns was called and after working over him for a short time, Mr. Taylor revived.

The fire started from defective wiring in the kitchen. The house was gutted and practically all the contents destroyed. The house was owned by J.W. Frollick of Canboro. The loss of $350 is partly covered by insurance.

Mrs. Taylor has been in the hospital for over six weeks undergoing an operation.

A small blaze started in the house of Mrs. Smith, 290 East Main Street, about 9 o’clock Saturday morning but was extinguished before the firemen arrived. The damage was small.


Wm. Taylor Had a Narrow Escape in Midnight Blaze

[Welland Telegraph, 28 September 1915]

Fire broke out at an early hour Saturday morning at the home of Wm. Taylor, Albina street. Mr. Taylor, who was alone in the house, was aroused from sleep by a neighbor, Herbert Swayze, and was able to get out just in time. Mrs. Taylor has been ill in the hospital for some weeks and the children were also absent. The fire is thought to have originated from electric wiring in the kitchen. The dining room and kitchen were pretty well cleaned out by the flames. The house is owned by J.W. Fralick of Canboro.

The alarm was sounded on Saturday morning for a fire at the home of Mrs. Smith, East Main street. Little damage was done.


[Welland Tribune, 28 September 1915]

The Sunday School of Holy Trinity Church will take up a collection of Soldier’s Comforts for the army in France on Sunday next. All the children, teachers and officers are asked to be present, making this day a record one, and bringing with them gifts of any of the following:- Chocolates, chewing gum, tobacco, cigarettes, Oxo cubes, soap, towels, tins of cocoa, stationery, etc., or gifts of money with which to purchase articles.


$1,000,000 Federal Charter Granted Metals Chemicals Limited


[Peoples Press, 9 March 1915]

Announcement is made that-Metals Chemical Limited has been incorporated by Dominion letters patent, with authority to take over the business of the Metals Chemical Company, Limited, now conducted at Welland under a provincial charter. The company will have a capital stock of $1,000,000 and head office in Toronto.

Dr. Richardson, who is at the head of the plant here, stated to the Press yesterday that the new concern is a reorganization of the old company on a broader basis. The added capital will enable the company to increase its capacity and extend its work here. It is expected that an addition to the plant will be built in the spring.

The company carries on the smolting and refining of Cobalt, nickle and silver. From 50 to 60 men are now employed.

The same officials will hold office in the new concern.


Alderman Dick gives notice of bylaw to establish public library.

Alderman Dick is till boosting the Carnegie library scheme. At Thursday night’s town council meeting he gave notice that at next meeting he would introduce a bylaw establishing a public library. This, as will be remembered, is the preliminary step toward accepting the Carnegie offer.


[Welland Tribune, 3 June 1915]

A fire occurred Wednesday morning when a house owned by the government and occupied by surveyors was completely destroyed. The house was situated along the canal and was formerly used as a lock house. The surveyors were able to save all the valuable papers and instruments. Fire-2 June 1915


[Welland Tribune, 3 June 1915]

Next to doing a thing yourself, the best way to learn is to see it done. It is one thing to sit in some convention room and hear a man tell how he manages his bees; it is far better to go with him into the apiary and have him show you. That is what you will have a chance to do at the apiary of J.F. Dunn, Ridgeway, Ont., on Tuesday, June 15th, 1915, at 1.30 p.m., sharp.

A qualified apiary instructor sent by the Ontario Department of Agriculture will show how to examine hives for disease, and will actually put a colony through the treatment for cure. Other manifestations will then be shown, such as finding the queen, removing bees from supers, operating to prevent swarming, etc., etc.

Prominent local beekeepers will be asked to take part and assist in the discussion of practical questions. These apiary demonstrations are being held all over Ontario, and it will be well worth your while to attend one.

Ladies are especially invited and all are advised to bring bee veils so they can come right out into the apiary with comfort.


Provincial Apiarist
Guelph, Ontario

Wreck on the M.C.R.

[Waterford Star, September 23, 1915]

An accident which might have had very serious results occurred on the Michigan Central Railroad early Monday morning, just west of Welland when passenger train No. 14 ran into the rear end of a freight train. The only damage resulting was the injury to the way car of the freight train, the rear end of which was broken in considerably. The occupants, conductor Dick Hindley and two brakemen and a stock drover, were given a severe shaking up. The passengers on 14 also received a rude jar and were awakened from their slumbers. Fireman Ford received scratches on his face but engineer Levi Crutts was not touched at all.


S.L. Lambert, Miss T. Rink and Fred Sparks Lose Heavily

[People’s Press, 5 January 1915]

             The Garden-Ward store and residence adjoining on North Main Street were gutted by fire which was discovered about 10.30 New Year’s night by Mrs. Burgar and Wm. Burgar, who were passing. They gave the alarm and the firemen were soon on hand but they had considerable difficulty in drowning out the blaze, which had gained considerable headway. The fire broke out several times after it seemed almost extinguished. The contents of both buildings were almost wholly destroyed by either fire or water.

             The total loss is about $8000. S. Lambert , the owner of the buildings, was insured for $3,000. Miss T. Rink had $2,000 insurance on stock in store and Fred Sparks, who was the occupant of the residence in connection with the store, was insured for $700. Mr. Sparks and family were in Hamilton at the time. The fire started in a hallway connecting the store and house. Mr. Lambert attributes the fire to defective electric wiring.


This Group and Residence Reduced to Ashes by Fire Which had Secured big Headway Before Alarm was Given


            About 3:30 Friday morning, Wellanders witnessed one of the most spectacular fires in the history of the town, a blaze which in a short space of time reduced to smoldering ashes the large rink owned by Sam L. Lambert and the poultry hall, main exhibition hall and secretary’s and ticket offices at the fair grounds. A residence and outbuildings were also destroyed. The roller skating season had closed in the rink the night before and the building was to have been used by the Welland Agricultural society as its main exhibition building this year, a fine floor having been laid for the rollers. The fire, therefore wipes out everything in the line of an exhibition building for the fair. These buildings cover a wide area and as they were all burning fiercely at practically the same time it made a thrilling sight.  In fact the place spread still further running along the dry grass and trees adding to the wildness of the scene.

            The blaze had gained great headway before the alarm was given and though the firemen responded promptly they found the whole rink a blazing furnace and the poultry hall close to it well in the grip of the flames when they reached the scene. All the buildings were of frame construction, situated close together and the blaze rapidly spread to every building in the group. When the fire was burned out a small part of the residence facing Dennistoun street, owned by Morwood Estate and occupied by Mrs. Shaw, was left standing, though this is practically a total loss.

             The fire was, in fact, beyond control before the firemen arrived and had the conditions been less favorable it might have spread still further.  There was little wind and recent rains of late had made the shingle roofs of surrounding property less inflammable. The houses on the north side of Bald street and east side of Dennistoun street were in hot quarters, being showered with burning embers and scorched by the heat. Leaves on the trees on the north side of Bald street were burned black by the heat. Further from the scene of the fire on Bald street and even as far as Main street, property owners had a busy time extinguishing with garden hose burning embers as they fell on the roofs. The houses directly facing the fire were wet down by the fire hose, but farther away residents were instructed by the firemen to take care of their own roofs. An enormous crowd turned out to see the fire.

             The cause of the fire and the place where it started are unknown. The majority of those who arrived first on the scene were positive that it must have started in the rink, while others claimed it originated in the poultry hall in the fair grounds.

             Mrs. Shaw’s house was on fire when she was awakened by one of the early arrivals at the fire. Her household goods were largely lost in the fire or damaged in removing them and she also had one hundred chickens burned, on none of which she had any insurance. The residence she occupied was owned by the Morwood Estate. It is a small frame house and the loss is partly covered by insurance.

             The rink was built by Mr. Lambert four years ago. It was used for ice skating for four years and this season a floor was laid for roller skating. S. Mason operated it as a roller rink for two months. Mr. Lambert estimated his loss at from $7000 to $8000, with $4000 insurance. He has not come to any decision about rebuilding.

             The losses of the Agricultural society are as follows:-

             Exhibition hall, loss $3000, insurance $1000

             Poultry hall, loss $900, insurance $500

             Office, loss $200, no insurance

             R. Cooper, chairman of the society stated to the Press that arrangements for rebuilding would be made at once and that the society would be in shape for the fair this year.

             A meeting of the Welland County Agricultural society has been called for this afternoon at 3 o’clock in the court house to discuss plans for rebuilding.

People’s Press

3 August 1915

Fire: 30 July 1915