Local History

More articles are available within the Newsletters.  Scroll to the top of this page and open “Newsletters”  

William Hamilton Merritt: Muse

Robert R. Taylor co-authored with Roberta M. Styran several influential books on the construction of the four canals.  This article investigates the poetry and prose inspired by the the instigator of the canals, William Hamilton Merritt.

Books by Taylor and Styran.

This Colossal Project: Building the Welland Ship Canal, 1913-1932

This Great National Object: Building the Nineteenth-Century Welland Canals. 

Mr. Merritt’s Ditch : A Welland Canal Album.

The ‘Great Swivel Link’: Canada’s Weiland Canal, ed. by  Roberta M. Styran and Robert R. Taylor


Focus on women in St. Catharines History   

by Elizabeth Finnie, Beattie article by Gail Benjafield

women


Montebello Park. by Dennis Gannon.

Montebello Park


Williams Family question

Williams family

THE WILLIAMS FAMILY IN DOCUMENTS  – PDF document with search results


LINCOLN COUNTY INDUSTRIAL HOME BURIAL GROUND

Lincoln County Industrial burial ground


John Colin BLAIN – Past President of The Historical Society of St. Catharines (1936, 1937 and 1938)                     by Bill Stevens

John ColinBlain

______________________________________

REEVES OF THE VILLAGE OF PORT DALHOUSIE 1863 – 1947

MAYORS OF THE TOWN OF PORT DALHOUSIE 1948 – 1960

Researched and Compiled By William J. STEVENS – Second Edition – July 2013

If you can add any information please send it to Bill Stevens at bibmstev@computan.on.ca.

Those Who Served as Leaders of Port Dalhousie

On October 30, 1862, the Municipal Council of the County of Lincoln passed a By-Law to change the status of the unincorporated Village of Port Dalhousie to an Incorporated Village of Port Dalhousie and further enacted that the first election in the village be held.

Click to View Port Dalhousie Reeves and Mayors

_______________________________________

St. Catharines Resident First Canadian Killed In Action During Spanish Civil War

Adrian van der Brugge
_______________________________________

The First Executive and Club Captain of the St. Catharines Rowing Club which was founded in 1903 as the St. Catharines Rowing and Canoe Club

By William J. Stevens (August 25, 2012)
First executive and club captain of the St. Catharines Rowing Club_

_______________________________________________

Thomas BONE the Sailors’ Friend                   by William J. STEVENS

Thomas Bone the sailors friend

____________________________________________________________________

Korean War Honour Roll

Affixed to the front façade of the St. Catharines City Hall on Church Street is a plaque which reads:

Honour Roll / Erected to the Glory of God / and in Affectionate Memory of / the Men of St. Catharines / Who Made the Supreme Sacrifice / Korea / 1950 – 1953 / EHLER, Albert cpl. / GILL, John cpl. / GAGNIER, Joseph pte. / LEACH, Roger pte. / SHEA, James pfc. / ROACH, Lloyd pte. / Their Name Liveth for Evermore

So, who were these Six Soldiers from our City who lost their lives as a result of the Korean War?

Korean war honour roll

__________________________________

St. Catharines Lady at Royal Wedding

Heading for story on front page of The Standard, Thursday, April 26, 1923

By: William J. STEVENS

St. Catharines lady at royal wedding

___________________________________

Charles Ashton HESSON

By: William J. STEVENS

charles-ashton-hesson

Charles A. HESSEN holds a place on page 221 in the book titled Prominent Men of Canada

____________________________________

Howard Eugene ROSE – served the shortest period of time as Acting-Mayor

Howard Eugene Rose

__________________________________

Albert William AUSTIN and his Port Dalhousie connection

Submitted by: William J. STEVENS

Albert William Austin and his Port Dalhousie connection

______________________________________

Gordon Cline MERRITT – Past President of The Historical Society of St. Catharines -1964, 1965 and 1966.     Submitted by: William J. Stevens

St. Catharines Gordon Cline Merritt.

______________________________________

William Henry SULLIVAN                     – submitted by Bill Stevens

William Henry Sullivan

______________________________________

Detailed Biographical List of the Mayors of St. Catharines from 1845 to the Present

Bill Stevens has compiled an impressive listing of all of the mayors of St. Catharines from its earliest days to the present.  Each mayor is listed along with details about their birth, marriage, death, occupation, affiliations and much more.  Definitely worth a look.  Download the 43 page pdf document here:

Book   Mayors of St. Catharines

______________________________________

Did you Know… that the Queen’s Plate was once held in St. Catharines?

 by Bill Steven

Queens Plate

Sources: web sites: http://www.woodbineentertainment.com; www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com; www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com; books: The Plate, A Royal TraditionAn Unbroken Line (Note: both books are available at the St. Catharines Public Library.

______________________________________

Alexander Watson
(by Bill Stevens. Edited from the article originally published in the March 2002 Newsletter)

Alexander Watson

_________________________________

Military Monument Plaques
(transcribed by Bill Stevens. Originally published in the March 2002 Newsletter)

Military monument plaques

______________________________________

Colonel George Horace MORGAN

Colonel in the U.S. Army Calvary

Colonel George Horace Morgan

____________________________________________

Mrs.  (George) Ann Elizabeth Montgomery

President from 1952 to 1957 of the Lincoln Historical Society

Mrs. George Ann Elizabeth Montgomery
____________________________________________

Geoffrey M. Lampard – HSSC Past President – 1951

Geoffrey M. Lampard

____________________________________________

Past President Wilfred Rand Bald – 1958

Wilfred Rand Bald

____________________________________________

Private Alexander WATSON and the Monument 

Private Alexander Watson

____________________________________________

Lincoln County Court Judges 1850-1969

Lincoln court judges

____________________________________________

Headline: The First Fatal Accident On The Canal Construction

George Robertson

___________________________________________

The Naming of Lakeside Park

The following appeared in The Evening Star (St. Catharines), July 22, 1902, page 1.

Lakeside Park

____________________________________________

Bronze Tablets of City Honour Roll on the Front of City Hall

Bronze tablets

____________________________________________

War 1812 Losses Sustained by George Adams

War 1812 losses

____________________________________________

Designation of the DeCou House Monument

Decou House monument

____________________________________________

The British Methodist Episcopal Church – Salem Chapel

British Methodist Episcopal

____________________________________________

Civil War Veteran Robert Franklin Patterson Buried in Victoria Lawn Cemetery

Robert Franklin Patterson

____________________________________________

100th Anniversary of the Ontario Horticultural Association

Ontario Horticultural Association

____________________________________________
They Lost Their Lives In The Boer War

The Boer War

____________________________________________

The Canadian Virtual War Memorial

The Canadian Virtual War Memorial web site contains the names of those who made the supreme sacrifice for our country. The site contains information on those who died in the South African / Boer War, WWI, WWII and the Korean War. There is the ability to submit photographs, letters, etc. of those named and thus be made accessible on this site. If you have a picture of a soldier that currently has none on-line, please send it in. If you are unable to do so, the Society can have another member scan it and submit it. The web site is located at:

< http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/general/sub.cfm?source=collections/virtualmem&gt;

____________________________________________

Lest We Forget – Richard Braithwaite Spaven

Richard Braithwaite Spaven

____________________________________________

Wardens of Lincoln County From St. Catharines

Wardens of Lincoln County

____________________________________________

Dedication Of Monument to James “Chief” SMILEY

Chief Smiley

____________________________________________

Pensioners of the War of 1812

Pensioners of the War of 1812

____________________________________________

The Ferry PROWETT BEYER and Charles Quackenbush

the Prowett Beyer

____________________________________________

The St. Catharines Lawn Bowling Club

Lawn bowler

____________________________________________

Albert Ernest “Scout” COOMBS -Past President 1950

Albert Ernest “Scout” Coombs

___________________________________________

The Marquis Family

the Marquis family

____________________________________________

Plaques around St Catharines

Plaques around St. Catharines

____________________________________________

Early Governance as it Relates to Grantham Township

Early governance  Grantham

____________________________________________

The St. Catharines Cenotaph

St. Catharines Cenotaph

____________________________________________

History of The Historical Society of St. Catharines

Historical Societyof St. Catharines

____________________________________________

Heritage Remembered: The May-Clark-Seiler House

The May Clark Seile House

____________________________________________

Lest We Forget – Private William Brown

Private William Brown

____________________________________________

REEVES OF GRANTHAM TOWNSHIP

Reeves of Grantham Township

____________________________________________

Reeves of Louth Township

Reeves of Louth Township

____________________________________________

IODE Park and the History of the IODE

History of the IODE

______________________________________________

The Osage Orange Tree

the Osage orange tree

____________________________________________

Best From The Past and an update on Edwin C. POOLE

Edwin C. Poole photographer
____________________________________________

The Historical Society of St. Catharines’ First President: Fred R. Parnell

Fred R. Parnell

____________________________________________

 The May Clark Seiler House

May Clark Seiler house

______________________________________________

Lest We Forget – Lance Corporal Fred Fisher

Lance Corporal Fred Fisher

____________________________________________

Lest We Forget – Private William Brown

Private William Brown
___________________________________________

Stone Cairn in Grantham Avenue Park

Stone cairn in Grantham Avenue Park

____________________________________________

“Auntie” Katherine Deveaux

Auntie Katherine Deveaux

____________________________________________

Old Raceway Was Factor Bringing Factories Here

Old water power raceway

____________________________________________

Charles Daley Park

Charles Daley Park

____________________________________________

John W. Abbott and Company

John W. Abbott and Company

____________________________________________


Heritage Designation Winchester-Larkin House and Captain Patrick LARKIN

Captain Patrick Larkin

___________________________________________

Colonel George Horace MORGAN

Colonel George Horace Morgan

_______________________________________________

Old Page Research Interests

research-interests-old-page-.pdf

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: