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welland plymouth cordage 1931-990

welland plymouth cordage 1931-989

welland plymouth cordage 1931-988



Some of most Popular Machines on the Market are Merchandised Here


Courtesy and Prompt Service are Stressed by Progressive Proprietor

[The Welland-Port Colborne Evening Tribune, 9 December 1931]

N.P. Haist, proprietor of the drug store under his name on South Main street, believes that a good up-to-date druggist should carry a full line of sick-room supplies, medicines, confectionery, stationary and toilet preparations, and he has also at his establishments diverged from the usual lines by also carrying radios and instituting a splendid radio service, which is very highly appreciated.

Commencing to associate himself with the drug business and the pharmaceutical profession in 1910, Mr. Haist who came from Fenwick to Welland 21 years ago, graduated from the Ontario College of Pharmacy in 1915. He opened his present store in 1920, and now carries a stock valued at approximately $15,000.

Praises This Vicinity

Mr. Haist has a very high opinion of Welland and district. He told The Tribune he found it a locality of real progress. In his opinion it was one of the best centres in the Niagara peninsula. “I am led in this opinion by travellers who know this city,” he said. “They know too, the entire peninsula and claim that Welland was one of the last places in this part of Ontario to feel the pinch of the present economic depression.”

“The public, in my opinion, demand above all else courtesy and rapidity of service,” Mr. Haist  reminded The Tribune. “And most assuredly does the public demand that experience which impels instant confidence in an establishment. This, I may say is something we have always aimed to express.”

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Will Take on Yuletide Appearance by the Beginning of Next Week


Expect Good Volume of Business Will Be Transacted During Next Month

[The Welland-Port Colborne Evening Tribune, 25 November 1931]

November 25- just one month until Christmas-and yet there has been no snow and very little cold weather. The past week has made one think more of Easter than of Christmas. Despite the mild weather, the people of Port Colborne, Humberstone and district are beginning to think of Christmas and to plan their Christmas shopping while the merchants are turning their thoughts to the Christmas business and to planning Christmas displays. It is reported that prospects for an excellent volume of Christmas business are good.

Conditions are better for a larger volume of the holiday business this year than in some time for prices are generally lower than they have been for a number of years. Such seasonal articles of merchandise as china, glassware, leather goods, silverware and the numerous article so wearing apparel of wools and silks, are priced lower this year than in a long time and it is certain that a great many gift shoppers will take advantage of these lower prices this season.

Gift Merchandise Lower Priced

Silver is from 15 to 20 per cent lower at the present time than last year and the corresponding drop in the price of articles of this metal such as plates, baskets, trays, cutlery, dinnerware and dresserware will, it is anticipated, enjoy a much larger sale than in other years. China, with the duty removed, is lower in price, reductions of about 15 per cent over prices of recent years prevailing. Enquiry reveals that gift merchandise of almost every variety will sell this season at prices which will range from 10 to 20 per cent lower than during the past few years.

Merchants Preparing

That the Christmas business will begin a few days is indicated by the preparations being made this week by the merchants of the town. Already displays of toys are being arranged in one store while another has a Christmas display in one of its windows. At a meeting of the executive of the merchant’s association held this week, plans were made to have every store in the association decorated for the Christmas trade by the first of next week while the displays of gift merchandise will begin to appear during the remainder of the week and by next week much of the display space in the stores will be given over to the Christmas trade.

Officers of the businessmen’s association interviewed yesterday, stated that they were preparing for the largest Christmas trade in years, saying that prevailing prices, they were certain, would make for even better holiday season buying than in the past few years.



Dignity Added to Importance of Thoroughfare by Erection of New Structure-Exterior Appearance One of Beauty-Branch of Selrite Stores Occupy Part of Premises-Another Contribution by Industrious Family to Town’s Business Section

[The Welland-Port Colborne Evening Tribune, 18 November 1931]

A fine new addition to the Port Colborne business section is every day coming nearer to completion as the finishing touches are put on the new Shibley Building midway between West and King streets on the south side of Clarence street. This building has replaced a section of Clarence street which was formerly occupied by small establishments and the old home of the late Fred Boyer. With the erection of this building the block now becomes compact and much more business-like in appearance. This street, leading direct from Buffalo on Provincial Highway 3, is one of the most important in town and has become the centre of the town’s trading. With the completion of this building the street will now offer a much more business-like appearance to the motoring public and will give them an added incentive to spread the fine appearance of Port Colborne to other places on the map. This handsome block is a welcome addition to Port Colborne’s already fine collection of business buildings.

The general contract for the building of this fine new structure was given to the Beam Building Supply Company, one of Port Colborne’s oldest supply concerns. This company sublet several sections of the contract, the carpenter work being given to Ira Barnhardt, the plumbing and and heating to F. Vasbinder, the electrical work to the Port Colborne Electric Supply Company, the painting to A.D. Smith of Humberstone, and the roofing work and putting in of the glass to Rawlin’s and Martinson’s hardware.

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Extra Values are Offered by Port Colborne Merchants

Christmas Shoppers Invited to Visit Stores This Weekend

Attractive Gift Displays for Early Selection

Bright, Attractive Stores Feature Colorful Displays of Merchandise for Gifts

Improved Conditions are Contributing to Brisk Christmas Trade and Merchants are Well Prepared to Look After the Requirements of Shoppers- Prices Lower Than Last Year

[The Welland-Port-Colborne Evening Tribune, 9 December 1931]

These are busy days in the stores of Port Colborne. With Christmas but two weeks away, snow on the ground and the tang of real Christmas weather in the air, to say nothing of the attractive and colorful displays of gift merchandise in store windows, the people of Port Colborne are beginning to realize that the most interesting holiday of the year is just a step ahead and that now is the time for Christmas shopping. Stores are busy from morning until night and they will be open each evening from now until Christmas.

Improved conditions are contributing to the brisk Christmas trade which is now underway. The outlook is somewhat brighter now than during the past year and it seems as if the world is on its way up out of the valley of depression and is headed for good times again. The business of Port Colborne industries is picking up, material is being shipped and indications are that times are improving. With the much lower prices, improved conditions and the atmosphere of Christmas so pleasantly filling the air, it would be a wonder if the stores in Port Colborne were not busy places these days.

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[The Welland-Port Colborne Evening Tribune, 9 December 1931]

The motor car has not yet, unfortunately, lived down the reputation as a slayer, acquired a century ago by its immediate predecessor, the steam carriage.

In June, 1831, “Mr. Gurney’s Steam Carriage,” while giving exhibition runs in the square of the cavalry barracks at Glasgow, suddenly exploded, fatally injuring some of the daring passengers. The accident prompted Tom Hood to write:

Instead of journeys, people now
May go upon a Gurney,
With steam to do the horse’s work
By power of attorney.


Students, Parents and Friends Present at High and Vocational School Event


Diplomas, Medals and Scholarships are Awarded

Valedictory Address Given

[The Welland-Port Colborne Evening Tribune, 26 November 1931]

The auditorium at the Welland high and vocational school was well filled last night with students, parents and friends on the occasion of the annual graduating exercises. An atmosphere of eager expectancy pervaded the assembly and met its climax when the orchestra, under the leadership of Norman Tuckwell, struck the opening notes of the march for the graduating classes. Led by Principal Guy E. Johnson, the large class took its place in the seats reserved at the front of the auditorium.

H.W. Macoomb, chairman of the Welland board of education, presided and other members of the board present with him on the platform were: Mrs. H.E. Thompkins, vice-chairman, David Rose, W.J. Thomas, J.J. Haffey and Emile Darte. Principal Guy E. Johnson, A.L. Smith and John Young, of the advisory board of the vocational school were also on the platform.

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[The Welland-Port Colborne Evening Tribune, 16 December 1931]

Raymond auditorium was well filled last night when in a special service of unusual significance, staged under the auspices of the Women’s Auxiliary of Holy Trinity church, the mortgage papers held on the new church since 1912, were reduced to a heap of ashes. Ven. Archdeacon N.I. Perry officiated as chairman and present with him on the platform were Mrs. H.A. Fifield, immediate past president of the organization; Mrs. G. Russell, newly elected president and Mrs. R.V. Garrett, secretary. Archdeacon Perry expressed his gratitude to the large number of members and friends assembled to witness the ceremony and paid glowing tribute to the untiring efforts of the Women’s Auxiliary which had made such an event possible.

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