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Historic EVENTS in and around Welland


Value of Storm Windows is the Saving of Fuel

[Welland Tribune, 28 December 1916]

Owing to the rising price of coal and the need for heating our dwellings in winter, the cost of fuel is a large item of expense to the householder. Anything that can be done to reduce this cost without suffering inconvenience from the cold should be welcomed by all. The average householder has but little knowledge of the principles and application of heating, and there are many portions of Canada where the saving fuel by the use of storm windows {commonly known as double windows,} is not appreciated.

Heat is lost from a building in two ways, by {1} radiation, i.e. that transferred through walls, windows, and other exposed surfaces by conduction and lost, and {2} convection currents, or leakage, namely the losses through the openings around windows, doors, etc.

By the opening of outside doors much heat is lost. This, to a great extent, can be overcome by the use of storm outside doors. Better still is the storm porch which allows of one door being closed before the other is opened. This porch may be removable, to permit of the use of verandah space in summer.

The radiation loses are usually of greater importance then the convection. As loses due to radiation from walls, floor, ceiling and doors are determined by the structural features of the house, they are largely unavoidable. The most serious radiation loses are from windows and the saving of heat resulting from the use of storm windows is largely due to the layer of dead air-one of the best nonconductors –between the inner and the storm sashes. Storm windows also prevent uncomfortable drafts. …………


Staff Makes a Presentation to W.R. Gilmore

[Welland Telegraph, 4 July 1916]

On Thursday evening the office staff and department heads of the Canadian Steel Foundries gave a dinner at the New Dexter Hotel in honor of W.R. Gilmore, manager, who has severed his connection with the firm to enter the steel business on his own account in Michigan. The feature of the evening was the presentation to Mr. Gilmore of a gold watch and chain, the gift of the staff. T.M. Strain, in making the presentation, referred in generous terms of appreciation to Mr. Gilmore’s good qualities that enabled him to operate a large industry employing many hands, reach a high degree of efficiency, and leave the job finally without an enemy. His success has been largely due to the fact that he had been able to enlist the thorough co-operation of all members of the staff. L.B. Hatch occupied the chair and addresses were given by G. Varley and others, while the music was supplied by A. Grundy, Jack Kean and George Fordham.


Welland Man Discharged in City Court Following Auto Accident

[The Welland-Port Colborne Evening Tribune, 5 September 1916]

              Judge Noonan directed a jury in city court at Buffalo on Thursday to return a verdict of acquittal in the case of Cyrenius J. Laughlin of Welland, charged with driving an automobile while drunk. In a collision between a street car and Laughlin’s automobile at Niagara and Maryland streets on August 19, five children and three women were hurt.

             Laughlin denied he was under the influence of drink. He said on the day of the accident he had three drinks, each about two hours apart. He was so stunned by the collision he said, he may have given the appearance of being unsteady.

             Judge Noonan declared there was no evidence to show Laughlin was intoxicated and he directed the jury to return the acquittal verdict.

Laughlin Acquitted


All Thrown Out and Pedestrians on the Sidewalk Hurt

C.J. Laughlin was Entertaining Children from the Italian Section in Buffalo

(Special to the Telegraph)

[Welland Telegraph, 22 August 1916]

              Buffalo, N.Y., Aug. 21-A seven passenger touring car driven by C.J. Laughlin of Parkway Heights, Welland, but bearing an Ohio license plate, was struck Saturday evening at six o’clock here at Niagara and Maryland Streets by a Niagara Falls trolley car and five children and three women were badly hurt. One child, Ellen Canty, aged two, of 207 Efner Street, Buffalo, sustained a fractured skull and critical internal injuries, and is not expected to survive. All of the injured were rushed to the Columbus Hospital excepting one woman, who received treatment by a surgeon of the Emergency Hospital ambulance at the scene of the accident.

             Police Inspector Donovan, who immediately took charge of the investigation of the accident, ordered Laughlin to be locked up.

             Laughlin told the police that he was passing the Italian section and he invited the children for a ride. The kids were eager to go, Laughlin declared, and all jumped into the car. Miss Charlotte Bennett, of 80 Whitney Place, was with Laughlin when the children got into the machine. They drove over Whitney Place to Maryland Street and then turned west. At Niagara Street a Niagara Falls car in charge of Martin Bond, motorman and M.G. Carr, conductor, both of Buffalo, appeared coming north. Various witnesses declared the trolley slowed down for the crossing but the automobile tried to cross the street ahead of the street car. Laughlin’s machine was struck and Miss Bennett and the children were scattered about the pavement. The auto then dashed over the curbing at the northwest corner. Mrs. Margaret Canty, 29, was passing on the sidewalk, wheeling her baby, two years old, in a baby carriage. Mrs. Bessie Burgar, who was with Mrs. Canty, also was wheeling her little girl in a carriage. The automobile knocked both women down and tossed Mrs. Canty’s baby carriage against the building. It is this child who is not expected to live to survive her injuries. Mrs. Canty was also severely bruised and cut. Mrs. Burgar was cut on the arms but her baby luckily escaped injury.

             The children who were thrown out of the machine when the crash occurred were Daniel George, aged 6; his brother, Peter, aged 3 and their sister, Rose, aged 9; all of 109 Dante Place, and the children’s cousin, Louis Curaldo, aged 6, of 114 Whitney Place. Rose George was cut and bruised about the face, while Louis Curaldo received contusions of the face and a probable fracture of the skull and his condition is also critical.

             All were taken to the Columbus Hospital, which is only a short distance from where the accident occurred. Mrs. Burgar was attended by the surgeon from the Emergency Hospital and Miss Bennett disappeared immediately after the accident, but later was found at her home. She had been badly shaken up in the crash, but did not suffer serious injury. Laughlin was slightly shaken up, but he fortunately escaped other injuries.

             When the impact occurred Police Lieutenant Highley and Patrolmen Dean and Penota, were standing about one street down Niagara Street. They rushed up to the corner, picked up the injured and telephoned for four different ambulances. Late Sunday the Columbus Hospital notified Dr. Stocker, medical examiner, that the Canty baby has small chance of recovery. Mrs. Canty was able to leave the hospital yesterday, but she refused to do so, preferring to remain at the hospital with her baby. Pending a more complete investigation of the accident, Laughlin will be held by the police on an open charge.


Welland County Man Who Went West in 1882 is Calling on Old Friends

[Welland Telegraph, 18 January 1916]

              On Friday morning while the mercury was hovering around zero, a well built, well dressed and well preserved gentleman still looking young despite streaks of grey in his hair and his whiskers, called at the Telegraph office to pay his subscription.

             “It is over fifty years since I began taking the Telegraph,” he explained, “and while I was not a subscriber from the very first I was on your list very soon after the paper started.”

             The speaker was John Wright, former resident of Welland-how many of you old Wellanders remember him? He lived for a time in Humberstone and went west in 1882-why that is thirty-four years ago. Mr. Wright settled in Virden, Manitoba, which was then the jumping off place in the West. He prospered and for the last decade and a half has been living retired in what he calls the neatest, cleanest, prettiest town in the West.

             Last year Mr. Wright lost his wife and thought he would relieve the monotony of the winter by visiting old scenes and seeing old faces in Welland county. He says he expects this to be his last visit to the East. Mr. Wright is 78 years of age but he doesn’t look it, not by a long chalk.

             He has been reading The Telegraph for over half a century and is therefore almost a charter member. The Telegraph is now in its 53rd volume.

             The Telegraph has a deep appreciation for these old friends.


S.L. Lambert’s Mill Totally Destroyed-Blaze Lights Whole Country Side


            Welland was visited by the most costly fire in years on Sunday morning when S.L.Lambert’s planing mill, North Main street, (52 Main Street North), was totally destroyed by fire. The blaze was a brilliant one, lighting the whole town so that night was almost turned into day. In fact, it threw a very distinct light as far away as Port Robinson.

             The fire was first discovered shortly before 2 o’clock. Dan Passmore and Jim Anderson were the first to discover it and had the ward fire hose cart on the scene before the alarm rang. The alarm was turned in by Mike Zavitz. But owing to the very inflammable nature of the mill and its contents, there was no stopping the blaze and it quickly spread throughout the large buildings. The efforts of the firemen after the first stage were directed largely to saving the block occupied by the mill offices and H. Hilder & Co.’s store. At one time, when the mill which is only a few feet away from the block was blazing most fiercely, it looked as though the block would go too, but at last the danger point was passed. The blaze broke into one upstairs room at the rear but the damage was not so extensive as that caused by water.

             Clarence Brown and family, who lived over part of the mill, had to escape in their night clothes, without saving an article, so quickly did the flames reach their flat.

             Large crowds were attracted by the spectacular blaze. Large burning embers and clouds of sparks swept over the whole east side of the town but as nearly everything was covered with snow the danger was greatly reduced. Fortunately the wind was blowing directly toward the canal. Had the wind been blowing from the northeast it is doubtful if the west side business section could have been saved.

             The heavy cold wind and driving snow made fighting the fire a difficult task.  Eight streams of water were poured into the fire with excellent __but the firemen had to direct the hose playing all day Sunday before it was entirely drowned out.

             Mr. Lambert estimates his loss at over $25,000 with $8000 insurance. Hilder & Co.’s loss will be several hundred dollars covered by insurance. Mr. Lambert attributes the cause to the weight of the snow sagging the roof and breaking the electric wires causing a short circuit which started the fire. He will not rebuild on the present site, but will now transfer his whole business to his Muir Street mill and yards.

             A large amount of material in the mill and two carloads of lumber outside were burned.

             Only last summer Mr. Lambert suffered another heavy fire loss when the rink valued at $8000 was burned.

People’s Press

29 February 1916

Fire: 27 February 1916