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Historical Birthday Horoscope

Happy Birthday from Fort Erie Museum Services! If your birthday falls between May 16 – 22 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,

May 16
1947 – Stevensville Continuation School holds a scout and cub concert. Admission is 15 cents for children. (FEHM Files)
1964 – Consecration of the altar for the new St. George’s Roman Catholic Church in Fort Erie occurs on the Feast of St. Joseph. (Many Voices, Fort Erie, Ont.: Fort Erie Museum Board, 1996, p.199)
1973 – Zellers opens at the County Fair Mall. (Times-Review)

May 17
1949 – Fifteen freight cars derail near Ridgeway. They were hauling 785 tons of newsprint, barley and lumber from Toronto to Fort Erie. No one was injured. (Times-Review, May 19, 1949)

May 18
1982 – The B-1 station is moved to the Fort Erie Railroad Museum from its former location near the International Bridge. (Times-Review, May 19, 1982)
1990 – Fire destroys the Power House Border Cafe on Queen St., Fort Erie. This Spanish Colonial Revival building had been the headquarters of Canadian Niagara Power from 1928 to 1985. (Many Voices II, Fort Erie, Ont.: Fort Erie Historical Museum, 2004, p. 310)

May 19
1914 – Fire breaks out at the popular Half-Way House Hotel (half way between Crystal Beach and Fort Erie.) The hotel and barns were lost in the fire. (The Ridgeway Herald, May 21, 1914)
1973 – The “Zipper” aerial ride is one of the new attractions at Crystal Beach Amusement Park. (Buffalo Courier-Express, May 18, 1971)

May 20
1920 – The Allis-Chalmers Co. launches the freighter, the North American from the Miller’s Creek shipyards on the Niagara Boulevard in Fort Erie. (Many Voices, Fort Erie, Ont.: Fort Erie Museum Board, 1996, p. 137)
1938 – Amos Wiedrich, 22 of Black Rock, dies after he fell from the Cyclone roller coaster and was run over by the same train he had been riding. (Many Voices II, Fort Erie, Ont.: Fort Erie Historical Museum, 2004, p. 224)

May 21
1975 – Brethren in Christ Church, Stevensville celebrates its 100th Anniversary. (Many Voices, Fort Erie, Ont.: Fort Erie Museum Board, 1996, p. 188)

May 22
1784 – Col. Butler concludes a treaty to purchase the lands in the peninsula between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario as far west as Catfish Creek for the Crown. (Welland County Historical Society, Papers and Records, Vol. 5, Louis Blake Duffed., Welland, Ont.: Welland County Historical Society, 1938, p. 20)
1918 – Local veterans of WWI host a programme of dance and skits for the grand opening of The Great War Veterans Association of Canada (forerunner of the Royal Canadian Legion). It was held at Fort Erie Town Hall. (FEHM Files)
1958 – Crystal Beach is the last community in Niagara to convert from 25 cycles to 60 cycles of electricity from Canadian Niagara Power. (Norman R. Ball, The Canadian Niagara Power Company Story, Erin, Ont.: Boston Mills Press, 2003, p. 182)
1970 – Three new rides debut at Crystal Beach Park: the Rol-O-Plane, the Flying Bobs, and the French Alps Avalanche. (FEHM Files, Crystal Beach)
1989 – Crystal Beach Amusement Park opens its gates for its last season. (Times-Review, May 25, 1989)