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Happy birthday, Thursday, Feb. 7 to Feb. 13

Happy Birthday from Fort Erie Museum Services! If your birthday falls between Feb. 7 – 13 these are the milestone events that happened in our town on that date.

If you would like to read more about what was happening in town on the day and year that you were born please stop by the Historical Museum to view the digital newspaper collection. A list of newspapers is available on the Museum’s website [].

Click on the Archives and Database link and then the Newspaper Collection link.  We are located at 402 Ridge Road, Ridgeway, 905-894-5322,

February 7

1944 – Town Council considers a curfew in response to the rise in juvenile delinquency. (Times-Review, Feb. 10, 1944)

February 8

1944 – James L. Kraft, a Fort Erie native and founder of Kraft Cheese, is awarded the first national Russell Colgate Distinguished Service Citation by the International Council of Religious Education. (Times-Review, Feb. 10, 1944)

1962 – Fort Erie now has two air raid warning sirens mounted on a 50-foot tower, as reported in the Times Review. (Times-Review, FEHM Files)

2006 – Fleet officially becomes Fleet Canada Inc. when Magellan and Fleet sign on the bottom line. (The Fleet Pulse, March 30, 2006)

February 9

1873 – Dedication of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Ridgeway (now the Memorial United Church). (Many Voices, Fort Erie, Ont.: Fort Erie Museum Board, 1996, p. 204)

1891 – The Fort Erie Mechanics’ Institute, the forerunner of the library, incorporates and establishes its structure and membership fee of 50 cents per year. (Marguerite A. Raymond, Tales of the Old Town, Fort Erie Historical Museum, 1990, p. 156)

1906 – The Welland County Telephone Company gets its charter. Subscribers were from Fort Erie, Bridgeburg, Stevensville, Ridgeway, Port Colborne and Welland. (Many Voices II, Fort Erie, Ont.: Fort Erie Historical Museum, 2004, p. 316)

February 10

1841 – British Parliament passes the Act of Union, effective this day, uniting the provinces of Upper Canada and Lower Canada into the Province of Canada. (Many Voices II, Fort Erie, Ont.: Fort Erie Historical Museum, 2004, p. 272)

1877 – Joseph Wells buys the mill, machinery and buildings on Bertie Hill, about ¾ mile from Historic Fort Erie. Wells’ mill, which ran on wind or steam, operated for about 15 years. (Many Voices, Fort Erie, Ont.: Fort Erie Museum Board, 1996, p. 98)

1929 – The Garrison Road United Brethren in Christ Church dedicates its new building on the original site. (FEHM Files)

February 11

1976 – A controlled explosion demolishes the remains of the old Erie Beach Casino. It took days to wire up the explosives and a fraction of a second to bring it down. (Buffalo Courier-Express, Feb. 12, 1976)

2006 – Elton Lammie from Fort Erie wins Bravo’s first “Bathroom Diva” opera contest and performs with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Roy Thompson Hall. The local singer had no previous operatic experience. (Bathroom Divas,

February 12

1953 – Fort Erie has a new railway centre – the CNR-Wabash Diesel Shop. (Times-Review, Feb. 12, 1953)

February 13

1833 – William Forsyth’s petition for the right to quarry stone to build what would become Bertie Hall is granted. This building is now the Mildred M. Mahoney Dolls’ House Gallery. (Welland County Historical Society Papers and Records, Vol. IV, 1931, p. 99)

1871 – Trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Ridgeway buy land to build a church. (Many Voices, Fort Erie, Ont.: Fort Erie Museum Board, 1996, p. 204)

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