Historical Society of St. Catharines

Celebrating the history of St. Catharines and its vicinity

Photo Album

2012-2013 Executive Board

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Images from the 2012 Oille Fountain Potting Ceremony

Each year the Historical Society holds a ceremony where a geranium is planted on the top of the Oille Fountain in downtown St. Catharines.  This is done in commemoration of the donation of the first public drinking fountain in St. Catharines by Dr. Lucius Oille in 1878.  This is the 36th annual ceremony.

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Images from the 2011 Show and Tell Meeting in November

Once a year, the Historical Society encourages its membership to look in their basements, closets and attics for some treasures to share with the rest of the community.   The interesting records and artefacts that are brought out are always interesting and triggers many memories and stories.  Here are some images from the November 2011 Show and Tell Day.

Photos from Show and Tell Day 2011

Photos from Show and Tell Day 2011


Images from the 2009 Oille Fountain Potting Ceremony

Each year the Historical Society holds a ceremony where a geranium is planted on the top of the Oille Fountain in downtown St. Catharines.  This is done in commemoration of the donation of the first public drinking fountain in St. Catharines by Dr. Lucius Oille in 1878.  This is the 33rd annual ceremony and descendants of Dr. Oille were in attendance.  Photos provided by Maurice Gomme.

John Burtniak presiding over the ceremony.

John Burtniak presiding over the ceremony.

Geraniums at the ready.

Geraniums at the ready.

Geraniums going up.

Geraniums going up.

Geraniums potted

Geraniums in place atop the Oille Fountain.

Inscription on the Oille Fountain.

Inscription on the Oille Fountain.


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26 Responses to “Photo Album”

  1. Gail Bartley said

    I am looking for any pictures or land deeds for a farm that was where harvest barns is located my grandfather owned it till 1956

  2. Sharon Reilly said

    Hello – I am trying to find out where records from circa 1945 are now held from the United Church that was located at 97 Church St., St. Catharines.

    A am also searching for contact information for records from all Unitarian churches in St. Catharines in the late 1930s.

    Thank you for any assistance you can provide.

    Sharon Reilly

  3. SUSAN WALKER said

    Could someone give me any information on the name of the canning factory that was on the corner of Lake st and James St in st. catharines and when it closed it became a hotspot to teenagers to dance called the Castle.

  4. Gerald Kirk said

    The tragedy is…St Johns West went into decline in the 1850s (or before)…right when photography was taking off. To my knowledge, there’s only one extant photo taken in the village, and that was in the early 1900s. The photo shows the woolens store on Holland Road, previously Fell’s general store.

    If anyone knows of other photos, please reply.

  5. Roger McNeill said

    Where did all the of the Grantham records go from 1860 to 1960? They are missing from all archives. The St Catharines official story is that they were destroyed by the Grantham dwellers at the time of amalgamation. I find that very difficult to believe that is the case, these records detailed very personal land and property details. Any ideas? I own the Seymour farm house and am trying to piece its history together.

  6. Laura Horton said

    Hi, I”m trying to find information and perhaps a picture of the Lincoln County Home (Industry and Refuge) when it was a working home and farm for the poor. Thanks kindly.

  7. paula johnson said

    I am looking to find out where the initial house area was of James Johnson who had about 300 acres in the wellington street area at the early st catharines family. They intermarried with the Boyle family who may have been on Duke Street, otherwise, his family also was in merriton and his toolbox is in the wetland seaway lock museum as his descendant was involved in the fire department there..also a Harly Johnson was involved in local parades riding a small cart, this range is 1870 to 1970 and looking if there is any remaining houses that were the original Johnson, James’ or the Boyles, including a Nettie Boyle an unmarried relative who lived in or around the Duke Street Area or in the area of the original Johnson farmlands in the montebello park lands area.

  8. Nancy Timmermans said

    Does anyone have photos of the old bus station during the 60’s?

  9. Vicky said

    I am looking for info and photos of Lakeshore rd. in St. Catharines. Old family homes between Geneva and Lake if possible.

  10. RICK.ALLEN said

    Im looking for photos.of 3 St Catharines groups and hope you can assist.

    44th RCA Trumpet Band

    Any help is.welcomed

  11. Rick Allen said

    I’m looking for photos of the following St. Catharines area Drum Corps that were active in the 50’s 60’s. Port Dalhousie Guardsmen,Merritton Grenadiers,Merritton Buccaneers,44th RCA Trumpet Band,Lincoln and Welland Bugle Band.

    Any assistance is most appreciated

    • Bruce Forbes said


      My Uncle Richard (Dick) Forbes, marched in the Port Dalhousie Guardsman. I have photos of him pole sitting at the Towers Department Store to fund raise $10,000 to help send the Guardsman to France for a celebration. I can send you the photos and further information from the St. Catharines Standard. The original photos of the fund raising are held at the St. Catharines, Museum, lock 3

  12. […] of the first waterworks in St. Catharines. He gifted to the people of St. Catharines the fountain that still stands at the corner of King and James Streets, beside the Old Courthouse. On April 2, I […]

  13. Marla Crook said

    Marla Giffin. I am trying to find out about my neighbourhood I grew up in. My mom & dad built on Coronation Blvd in 1957. They left the last pear tree up from “Fawell Farm”. I tribute to the farmland. My dad passed in 1978, my mom now in nursing home. So interested in the Martindale area. Do you have any pictures or info. I’m still living in the area. So currious! Also all the little cottages in a horse shoe around Vansickle Rd. N, and grapeview Dr. Heard that there was a man-made lake there and I “Summer resort”. for alot of Americians? Can you find out anything for me.

  14. Nazaire Pelletier said

    looking for any info on the O’reilly house and or old photo’s on Edmund street in St.catharines.

  15. Al said

    Hi there.

    Looking for an image or images of the Old Downtown YMCA. Fond memories and trying to “see” it again.

  16. Louis Bowman said

    I am looking for a photo of The Protestant Orphans home that was located on Ontario Street, also a picture of St Josephs school located on Facer Street

  17. paula mclaren said

    i am searching for info on the mclaren family of lake st.. they had a farm and sold a sesction to the city for the armoury.. i only have one document about the farm… would appreciate any info on this.. please…… they owned the house across from the armoury, where the caa now sits.. my dad planted the big tree out front.. he sold the property, in the early 60.s…….. thanks..

  18. melissa julien said

    i am searching for information on my grandfather douglas taylor he is from st.catharines and passed away before i was born in 1985. he was into politics of some sort for the city and was at the opening for the hotel deiu hospital. his wifes name is laura mae taylor who passed in november 2005 or 2006. please let me know if you can direct me on how to aquire this information, thanks so much
    melissa julien

  19. marp said

    I was wondering what the Historical background of the “Chelsea ” building I think on William str near montebello park? Can you direct me to this information?

    thanks ,

  20. Bud Scott said

    I am trying to get access to old photos of Elizabeth St in St Catharines. especially between Lake and York. I hope you can help.

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