Niagara Falls


 

 

 

 

 

 

 SPECIAL NOTE
this site is currently being revised
1917-1921 Confirmed Complete
75 Workmen Killed (to December 31st 1921 inclusive)

 

Date last updated: May 22, 2017

 

 

a special thank you
to

Morse & Son's Funeral Home (Ernie Morgan & Helen Galpin)
Arden Phair -Welland Ship Canal Memorial Project 1914-1932
Niagara Falls (Ontario) Public Library - Cathy Roy, Ashleigh Dronyk

 

"DC" denotes Death Certificate

 


NOTE: Ontario Power Generation (OPG) Human Resources & Legal Department refused two separate requests to participate in this project citing among other things "privacy issues"

 

 

 

In 1913, the Ontario Hydro Electric Power Commission (HEPC) realized that the present available power supply in the Niagara District would be exhausted before 1920,  The commission requested the Ontario Government to allow it to proceed with construction of a large hydro electric power generating plant at Queenston. The legislation necessary in order that this work might be undertaken was not obtained until 1917. There was a great demand for additional power since power generation for the manufacture of munitions for World War I had nearly used up all of the available power at that time. In May 1917, actual construction work on the Queenston-Chippawa development was commenced. During this project eight thousand workers were employed. Construction came at an enormous price both monetarily and in the lives of the workers killed on the job. In 7 years more than 80 employees of the HEPC and their sub-contractors lost their lives.

 

 

Dedicated In Memory of
the Workmen
Queenston–Chippawa Power Development Project

1917-1925
 

 

 

1917
0 Deaths
     
DATE OF DEATH EMPLOYEE NAME DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT
     
 

 

 
NO DEATHS OCCURRED IN 1917
 

June 1st 1917 - June 4th 1918
ONLY TWO MEN KILLED DURING PAST YEAR ON HYDRO

 

 

April 9, 1917 

Active Work on the Chippawa Power Canal Has Already Been Started

 

Actual construction work has already been commenced on the Chippawa-Queenston Power Canal, but the real work on the canal would not be in operation for some time to come. 

Some 25 or 30 men are now at work at the Whirlpool cutting up timber etc. 

It will be necessary to continue a railroad along the route of the canal to move material, the same as was done on the Welland Ship Canal. This railroad will be double tracked and work on the building of it will be rushed along at once. The heavy equipment for canal building will not be assembled ready for work until the Fall, it is thought, but when it is once going the construction work in the canal will proceed without interruption all through winter and summer. It is estimated that will take about three years to build canal but about 1/3 of that time will be used up in preliminary work and getting things ready.

 

 

May 9, 1917 

Work on the Chippawa Power Canal is already got well underway

 

Operations on the Chippewa-Queenston Hydro Power Canal have begun pretty extensively. Quite a number of men are at work and much material is being hauled to the ground. This indicates that the Hydro Commission intends the rush to work with all haste, the demand for additional power being so great that no time can be lost. Several electric locomotives and cars have arrived at the GTR station for the hydro construction. The first work necessary is to build the railway on which to carry away the material excavated

 

 

August 8, 1917 

Work on the Hydro Power Canal Railway Has Been Started; Labour Shortage

 

Everything will be run by electricity even to the steam plows; huge auto costing $8000 apiece are now being used to carry away excavations. 

Though greatly handicapped by not being able to get nearly all the men he requires Chief Engineer Goodwin in charge of the Chippawa-Queenston Hydro Power Canal building is pushing operations along in good shape. He has nearly 200 men employed and the canal yards at the Whirlpool present a very animated appearance. Train loads of ties for railway buildings have been brought in together with other timbers and the place resembles a mammoth lumberyard. 

Work on the railway has been started and will be rushed forward though it is hardly likely the road which is to be double tracked will be finished this year. The railway will be used for carrying away the ground excavated the same as on the Welland Ship Canal. Unlike the Ship Canal, however, these trains will be driven by electric locomotives. Every device of modern times will be tried with a view towards hurrying the work of constructing the canal. It is believed however that it will take five years to finish the job. 

Several immense auto trucks are now being used to carry away excavations for the railway building. They cost $8,000 each but the manner in which they clear away the ground brought up by the steam shovels indicates that they are a good investment. Even the "steam" shovels are worked by electricity and this is probably the first great public work where in so much electric energy was used. 

There will be no stoppage of the work on the canal this winter unless the weather becomes more than ordinarily severe and before many weeks engineer Goodwin expects to have many more men on the job. It is suggested that the men in prisons and prison farms might be utilized to relieve the labour shortage due to so many Italians, natural railway workers, being away to war. German prisoners could be brought here from England and France, too, which would only be what the Germans are doing with Allied prisoners.

 

 

October 24, 1917 

Delay In Canal Work Is Ended

 

The Hydro Electric Commission was successful yesterday before the Dominion Railway Board in Toronto in obtaining an order from the Board to execute their agreements with the Niagara, St. Catharines and Toronto Railway, Grand Trunk and Michigan Central Railways, permitting the construction of the power development canal and the construction railway. The Hydro claimed it was being held up on a mere technicality but now the commission can proceed with the work.

 

 

November 28, 1917 

Excellent progress is now being made on the Chippawa Hydro Electric Power Canal and the preliminary work has got well underway under the charge of the engineers.

 

The construction railway which will carry away the material excavated has been completed from the Whirlpool to the powerhouse and the rest of the line is being pushed forward. The Hydro engineers were handicapped by shortage of labour but now about 350 men are employed on the works and unless the weather gets too severe this gang is expected to stick.

The engineers have got rid of all the Chinamen who did not seem to make good on the heavy work. 

At the present time operations are being centred on the erection of a concrete bridge for the Niagara, St. Catharines and Toronto Railway tracks at Stanford. This is only one of about 30 bridges which will have to be built. The numerous bridges necessary will prolong the work of constructing the Power Canal. The engineers are filling in a great many ravines which are around the Niagara River with the earth taken out in excavating for the canal. When the canal is finished the face of the country along its course will be very materially altered.

 


 

 

 

1918
7 Deaths
     
DATE OF DEATH EMPLOYEE NAME DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT
     

February 12th 1918

David CARRS
age 24
English
St. David's Cemetery
 

Labourer - HEPC - on Friday February 8th, was standing on sideboard of electric engine that was struck from behind by another engine causing it to derail and pushed into a snow bank. Victim was seriously injured and died February 12th. Carrs was first death on HEPC Power Canal Project

April 1st 1918

Antonio KURIMISKI (KURIMISKY)
age 35
Austrian
Fairview Cemetery

Labourer HEPC - crushed between an engine and a sandcar. Died instantly of shock at Stamford



June 4th 1918

 


It is interesting to note that in the colossal enterprise in the building of the Chippawa-Queenston Hydroelectric Power Canal involving the expenditure of millions of dollars, the employment of a thousand men and the most modern and efficient machinery in the world, during the 12 months the greatest public work has been in operation, only two men have been killed. This is a tribute to the careful management as well and to the Safety Committee formed of employees whose duty is is to see that in places of danger no man need lose his life or be injured because of lack of warning and instruction. Everything about the canal construction is carried out and coupled with this factor of efficiency...Niagara Falls Review
 

September 4th 1918

Savia GENOSS
Austrian

Was injured yesterday afternoon while unloading a dump car of sand when he was bending over behind a loaded dump railcar after orders had been given for him to move back. As the dump car was being emptied, the victim received a crashing blow to his head causing a fractured skull. He was taken to hospital but died this morning.

September 12th 1918


Charles Frederick STEWART

age 15
224 Bridge Street, Niagara Falls
son of Mr.& Mrs. W.M.A. Stewart
Fairview Cemetery
obit

 
Pole boy – was killed on hydro yesterday. Was tall and well developed. He was employed on an engine dumping cars. There was trouble coupling two of the cars. The boy without anyone knowing got down out of the engine to see what was causing the delay. While watching he got to near and got caught between the coupling of both cars and crushed to death

October 10th 1918

George  SPASOFF
age 22
Bulgarian
Welland Cemetery
DC

HEPC foreman - electrocuted

October 1918



George  SCHLOSS
(may be same as above)


 

HEPC  - electrocuted on the hydro canal while working on a steam shovel. Died of shock after being thrown fifteen feet. No broken bones. Inquest October 19th

December 16th 1918

George  PAUTO
age 45
Serbian Montreal
Fairview Cemetery
DC

was employed on a dump car and was crushed between the floor and the frame of the car. Instantly killed by a rail car at noon today
     
     

 

 

 

1919
12 Deaths
     
DATE OF DEATH EMPLOYEE NAME DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT
     
January 14th 1919

 

Litson Blake HILLIKER
age 25
Canadian single
buried Burgensville Ont.
DC

Lineman – was working at the top of a pole. As was the custom of linemen, the victim attached his leather safety harness to the wooden cross-arm. His safety belt broke under his weight and he fell to the ground and was dead on the scene –fracture and dislocation cervical backbone

March 17th 1919

George McKeogh BELLAMY
age 29 - single
buried Catham Ont.

Carpenter hydro - collapse of defective trestle while walking upon it on the Mewburn Farm known as the hydro dump where ground is being filled in forty feet. Trestles are build to carry dump trains including 110 ton engines. died of skull fracture. Had been off ill and just returned to work that day.
March 25th 1919 William Patrick SPARROW
age 28
Newfoundland
buried Argentia, Newfoundland
Rigger – was killed at the forebay this morning. He was erecting a 68 foot tall jin-pole at the top of the stone crusher 110 feet above the ground with three other men when he was hit in the head and killed instantly. The jin-pole cable holding the pole upright broke causing the 68 foot long pole to fall onto the victim crushing his head - died fractured skull
  A gin pole (derived from gyn, a three-legged lifting device) is a supported pole which uses a pulley or block and tackle on its upper end to lift loads. The lower end is braced or set in a shallow hole and positioned so the upper end lies above the object to be lifted
May 13th 1919 John (Job)ELLIOT
age 56
English
buried St. Catharines Ont.
DC
Brakeman/Section Hand – slipped from the train he was working on and was ground under the wheels of rail cars yesterday afternoon. Both his legs were cut off. He died last night at 6 pm at hospital

June 2nd 1919
 

80 Percent of the Laborers On Hydro Canal Are Italian, Says The T. & L. Secretary (Trades & Labor Council)...Niagara Falls Review
 

Secretary Pay of the Trades and Labour Council is making a strong plea for the labourers-union men, about 1,100 of whom employed on the Hydro and Welland Ship Canals.

"It is quite true" said Mr. Pay to The Review that most of these men are foreigners because they do the work Canadians and Englishmen will not do. We have got to have them on these big works.…

..."Further, 80 percent of them are Italians-there are very few Austrians, etc. and I have found that a majority of them are married men and are very anxious to bring their wives to Canada, but they are not making enough money to do so. Our idea is to get them enough money to bring their wives to Canada, establish homes and good Canadians can be made of these men"...
 

June  9th 1919 John HOLUNGA
age 26
Austrian single
Fairview Cemetery
DC
Was working on the stone crusher when he became caught in the conveyor belt. This accident was not witnessed however was discovered a short time later by a fellow worker. The victim had been stripped of all his clothing and crushed to death
June 16th 1919 George Stanley RICHIE
 age 29
Canadian - 76 Bridge St.
buried Elmvale Ont.
Lineman HEPC – killed by electrocution
July 6th 1919 George LAIDLAW
 age 24
Nova Scotia
buried Nova Scotia
DC
Machinist HEPC – was killed instantly when hit by a giant steam shovel
July 10th 1919 Nazzrino TONASSIN
 age
Italian
 
Carpenter HEPC - fell from new building on hydro canal
July 27th 1919 Otto MARCIVEAN
 age 45
Russian
Lundy's Lane Cemetery
Labourer HEPC died outside at hydro power station (of acute pneumonia)
August 2nd 1919 Arthur MOYER
age 35
Canadian single
Vineland

buried Jordan Station Ont
DC
Was working on the electric railroad at 4 am near Montrose and was doing his job as a switcher when he gave the all clear signal to the locomotive engineer who in turn started moving the train. When the engineer saw that Moyer wasn’t moving he hit his air brakes to stop the train but it wasn’t in time. The victim was killed instantly when he was run over by eight loaded rail cars 
August 27th 1919 Daniel JONES
Hamilton - English - single
had fought in France for 4 years
Linesman for 3 days – touched live wires and was electrocuted
December 21st 1919 Mike ONECUK
age 34
Austrian
Fairview Cemetery
DC
Labourer - Died yesterday from falling rock at hydro canal that occurred one week ago – fractured skull
     

 

 

 

1920
15 Deaths
     
DATE OF DEATH EMPLOYEE NAME DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT
     
January 12th 1920 Gordon SMEATON
age 34
Canadian married
Queenston
Fairview Cemetery
DC

Construction foreman - Died at Memorial Hospital NF NY. Hydro man run over by work train on January 10th near section 4. Both legs crushed - one leg amputated. Was walking on the tracks at Stamford.
Had brother Robert who was working for hydro two years ago when he too was run over by train and lost a leg in the same place. Gordon took Robert’s place on the hydro.

February 28th 1920 Martin Augustine MCNAMARA
 age 45
Irish married
Campbellford Ont Cemetery
DC
Foreman –was the first man on the hydro job and was cheque #1 - was killed at the new power site when he slipped on frozen ground while trying to avoid a broken 10 ton snatch block supporting 3 tons. Fell 200 feet to his death
March 10th 1920 Celestina ANDOVOSIO
Russian
Fairview Cemetery
Killed when he accidentally slipped and fell under the truck boxing of a hydro car on train #20 on March 8th about 3 p.m. near Stanley Ave. – died from blow to the head – body not mangled
March 19th 1920 Giovanni FOIS
age 28
Italian single
Fairview Cemetery
DC
Labourer - Was killed instantly yesterday at 4:30 pm near shovel #8 near Portage Road when he tripped over a guy wire and fell under a train engine
March 22nd 1920 Herbert S. BOWEN
 age 25
single
buried Rockdale Ont.
DC
Carpenter – was working in forebay of power station at 4 p.m. when a locomotive crane was lowering lumber in a sling. A gust of wind caught the lumber causing it to fall from the sling striking the victim in the head, killing him instantly
April 25th 1920
John PETCOFF

 age 37
Bulgarian single
Fairview Cemetery
DC

 
Labourer - Was killed instantly yesterday near Whirlpool. He was working on some cars and it is said one tipped over pinning him to the ground. When released his head had been severed from his body. had not been employed very long on hydro project – came from Toronto where he worked as interpreter

June 16th 1920
 

The strike on the Chippawa-Queenston Power Canal was called by the union over pay and hours of work issues. Workers are satisfied with new proposed 10 hour work schedule but wanted time and a half for the last two hours of there shift. The works has 1,800 employed on the project. Fifty percent of the workers are foreigners and sixty-seventy percent of this work force are unskilled labourers.


July 8th 1920
 

The strike on the Chippawa-Queenston Power Canal was called off last night by the Union. Workmen will now be following a 10 hour work schedule. Engineers and some other specialty trades will soon work three 8 hour shifts on a rotating basis. Vote carried by narrow margin.

July 31st 1920 Norman BLOCKY
 age 25
Bulgarian
Fairview Cemetery
Labourer HEPC died of electrocution Queenston - during the height of a severe storm took shelter in a hydro shovel when it was struck by lightning bolt - killed instantly 
July 31st 1920 A. KEMISH
 age 30
Bulgarian
Fairview Cemetery
Labourer HEPC died of electrocution Queenston - during the height of a severe storm took shelter in a hydro shovel when it was struck by lightning bolt - killed instantly
July 31st 1920 E. CLOUTIEL
 age 26
Bulgarian
Fairview Cemetery
Labourer HEPC died of electrocution Queenston - during the height of a severe storm took shelter in a hydro shovel when it was struck by lightning bolt - killed instantly
September 7th  1920  J. SLEDZINSKE 
age 45
Poland
Fairview Cemetery
DC
possibly SLEDZINSKI
hydro labourer construction - 8:30 am killed near Queenston from rock fall
September 21st 1920 Mike IZANOFF
age26
Bulgarian
HEPC labourer - fell under and run over by loaded hydro train on Sunday. One hand completely severed and the other was hanging off. His legs and shoulders were fractured.
November 16th 1920 Robert WILEY
married
112 Clifton Ave. Toronto
buried Ausable Point, NY
HEPC Train Brakeman - 2:40 am crushed between brake knuckles of train engine and rail car
November 23rd 1920 Zen KLEMENKO
age 29
Russian single
Fairview Cemetery
DC

Labourer – smothered under earth - lived hydro camp #67
buried alive under load of dirt from dump car. Car was malfunctioning and wouldn't dump it's load when workman went to side of the dump to fix it when load dumped.
 
December 6th 1920 Fred E. ROGERS
age 48
buried Hopewell Hill, New Brunswick
Transportation foreman HEPC - Died in truck-car crash in Niagara Falls NY. while on duty -skull fracture - was in charge of trucks and transportation on hydro project

December 11th 1920

 

Hydro Canal At Full Blast All Winter - ...the commission decided to maintain the full work force of 3,600 men. Sir Adam Beck left orders to give all workers possible employment with one stipulation that returning soldiers and married men with families should have first consideration in manning the staff.

December 18th 1920 Gordon  Stanley CHANDLER
age 24
Fourth Ave. Niagara Falls
English married
Fairview Cemetery
DC
Brakeman -11:25 pm fell 36 feet from trestle at new disposal plant while helping to dump cars - died of shock from head and lung injuries
     

 

 

 

1921
     
DATE OF DEATH EMPLOYEE NAME DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT
     
January 5th 1921 Paul E. BOWER
 age 24
American - married
buried Ossington Ave.Toronto
DC
Drill Runner - killed instantly when crushed by a channel drill fell into channel pinning him at bottom. A passing work train caught one of the channel drills at shovel #9 knocking it on top of him
January 17th 1921 Joe TAVANNI
age 32
Italian
Was working on Victoria Ave bridge when struck by hydro train and run over. His body was knocked into canal cut falling fifteen feet
February 2nd 1921 Louis Thomas EMERY (EMARY)
age 36
French-Canadian single
Fairview Cemetery
DC
Fell into canal while lowering drills from NS&T bridge at 10 am when one caught on his clothes causing him to lose his balance. Legs badly crushed - died of shock


February 10th 1921

 

6,200 men at work on Chippawa Hydro Canal project - Sir Adam Beck
February 21st 1921 Alfred SLAYTER
age 26
English single
buried Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto Ont.
DC
 
lived at camp 219 was a returned soldier - run over by train - was deaf- working behind hydro offices on Stanley Ave Stamford – was walking on tracks & didn’t hear hydro train. Was struck and cut in two pieces.
February 22nd 1921 George NAOFF At main disposal site at 1:30 am - was knocked down and crushed by hydro dump car
February 22nd 1921


George YOUNG
age 42
English – married
St. Catharines Cemetery
DC

 &

Thomas Carlisle "Lyle" AUSTIN
age 25

of Camp 180
Canadian
Gorrie Ontario Cemetery
DC
 
Last night Electric engine#13 running into the back of dinky engine#50 near Whirlpool at shovel#1. The Dinky engine and cars caught fire and  were thrown over the bank and fell over the side of the gorge

Young was labourer on repair gang - Young was burned to a crisp. His body was recovered an hour after accident. Railcar had landed on Young's body.
Austin was a railway fireman - Austin was badly burnt and sustained fractured skull
March 12th 1921 Frank SKERRY
 age 35
Coleman, Prince Edward Island
Fairview Cemetery
DC
Shovel Operator - Saturday night was crushed to death while unloading poles. He was accidentally caught and crushed by rolling logs
March 18th 1921 George Richard LINDLEY
age 62
English widow
buried Avon Ont.
DC
HEPC Train Engineer - American Car worker -severe shock following accident between two hydro trains
April 1st 1921 Russell James FRAZER??
age 20
Touched high voltage wire at 4 pm on Saturday
April 5th 1921 Norman Charles CURTIS
age 32
buried Newmarket Ont.
Rigger HEPC - killed by fall at Lundy’s Lane this morning –was standing on an small elevated platform on top of steam shovel #12 and had just unhooked chains for a large dump elevator when he lost his balance and fell
April 7th 1921 Roscoe LEIGH
 age 26
American
buried Newmarket Ont.
DC
Engineer Construction Boom - Both legs cut off when struck and run over by a hydro work train engine at Victoria Street crossing over hydro canal. Lived half an hour after accident
April 8th 1921 Tony KARCETTO
age 26
Italian
single
Crushed by rock fall into canal cut where he was working. Came to Canada four months ago.
April 16th 1921 PASCEGTO (TASCGATO)
(first name unknown)
Italian
Crushed to death when one ton rock falls from shovel
April 20th 1921
Guissepini MARCANI
(Giovanni Battista MANCINI)
Italian
Fairview Cemetery
 
was laying rails at the bottom of the canal cut and was using a monkey-wrench when the rail on which he was working sprung and forced his wrench into his lung causing his lung to be puntured
May 28th 1921 Herbert DEANE On morning of May 20th died at NF General Hospital from shock and hemorrhage caused by accidentally thrown from a speeder at hydro electric construction works

May 30th 1921

 

Hydro Canal Is Rapidly Nearing End - Army of Seven Thousand Working Feverishly Day and Night Against Time
June 1st 1921 Peter MURRAY (McMURRAY)
age 22

Was injured Monday died at Memorial Hospital NF NY of a crushed pelvis and internal injuries. Lived at hydro camp 180

June 4th  1921 Patrick MORIARTY
Quebec
A driller - was drilling when he walked away from his work where rock trimming was taking place above him - struck in the head and crushed by a large section of falling rock on the hydro job on Monday, died at the Memorial Hospital NF NY last night
June 11th 1921 Robert Leo DORAN
age 34
Amherst, New Brunswick

buried West Bathhurst NB

 
Died last night as a result of a small "spring shot" rock blast. He took cover 400 feet away under shelter with another worker. The blast propelled a rock that pierced his cover striking him dead and breaking the arm of the other workman.
June 12th 1921 Arthur KNIGHT
age 27
Newfoundland
buried Toronto Ont.
DC
 
Carpenter Scalar –was killed yesterday afternoon when erecting a scalar when it collapsed – fell sixty feet - shock hemorrhage  fracture femur & skull perforation wounds

June 17th 1921
 
E. CLOUTIER??? was at work near Queenston Power House when in a fit of bravado grabbed hold of an insulated wire and completed the circuit either by standing on a wet floor or touching another wire. He received 6,000 volts and killed instantly and badly burned. He was not an electrician. Co-worker received severe shock was taken to Hydro Hospital in a precarious condition.
June 23rd 1921 William BRANDT Was with two other HEPC employees operating a drill when crushed and killed by rock fall on Sunday. Right leg amputated and right arm broken. Died at Memorial Hospital NF NY - Other workmen William Kirkpatrick (skull fracture) and William Lewis (cuts and bruises)
June 23rd 1921 Sydney FARR
age 27
England - single
buried - Thorold Ont.
Cableman HEPC - died of injuries received when accidentally caught in the cog-wheels of a big steam shovel #3 on the hydro canal
June 23rd 1921
William George GRANT
Fairview Cemetery
 
HEPC - scaler - died as a result of injuries as result of rock fall
July 1st 1921 Hugh MARTIN
age 34 -married
Scotland
Fairview Cemetery
obit
Machinist Helper HEPC - died of Septicaemia and other injuries from rock fall on hydro canal
July 2nd 1921 Everton BRATHWAITE
age 33
British West Indies single
Fairview Cemetery
DC
Shovel Man -killed by a rock slide of rock at big cutting of rock near Montrose Rd. on Saturday night. Four others buried were rescued
July 9th 1921 Robert MORRELLI
 
age 24
Italian
At 3 am killed when buried in sand near Whirlpool Rapids - was shoveling sand into an open pit to a belt line that carried sand away. The sand was being dropped from cars 12 feet above when he lost his footing and fell across pit opening blocking the outlet and was buried in sand - smothered to death - body recovered 1 hour 45 minutes later  
July 12th 1921 Thomas COLIGAN
age 60
Working in hydro forebay and had heart attack while climbing ladder
July 12th 1921


Adrian LEFEBVRE

age 22
brakeman
Berryman Ave. St. Catharines
St, Catharines Cemetery
DC

 &

Sgt. Alfred E. BAKER
England
Fairview Cemetery

 

 

Hydro train was backing up towards Queenston pushing several railcars. At Thorold Stone Road first car derailed causing entire train to derail killing both men instantly

Baker had been employed on the hydro for about 6 months - Sgt Major of the Royal Garrison Artillery, Imperial Army. Was first internment in the veterans plot set aside by the city for that purpose.
July 20th 1921 |
Big Staff Reduction To Be Made On Hydro - Slackers To Be Let Out On Hydro
1,300 workmen released last week from project nearing completion. Night shift is being eliminated releasing another 3,000-3,500 men (nearly half of the workforce). Special consideration being given to family men and former soldiers.

 

July 30th 1921 Russell James FRASER
age 20
Canadian single
buried Havelock Ont.
DC
Rock Driller HEPC - electrocuted at 4 pm in the afternoon when he accidentally touch a high voltage line while working on the hydro canal.
August 16th 1921 John HARRISON
age 28
50 Ryerson Ave., Niagara Falls
married only two weeks
buried in Toronto
Killed last night when buried under a load of a dump car. He had a fractured skull, broken leg and internal injuries. Louis Miller, 43 years was badly hurt at the same time when he was trapped by the engine which turned over at the same time the car capsized.
August 28th  1921 Daniel LIVERMORE
age 42
married
buried Clinton Ont.
Was Pitman on hydro canal was killed when falling rock crushed him early this morning
September 7th  1921 Napoleon PELLETIER
age 44 married
French
buried Montreal
DC
Carpenter - fell into shovel belt pulley at Queenston and was crushed to death
September 21st 1921 William DIMMICK
age 62 - married
St. John, New Brunswick
buried St. John, New Brunswick
 
Carpenter – working on cement abutment near Montrose. Three cars of sand broke away at Lundy’s Lane going 60 miles per hour and crashed into the end of the track where victim was working. Victim was buried and suffocated. Died at Memorial Hospital NF NY. Had worked on hydro for 2 years
November 2nd 1921 Alonzo (Lonz) Frederick Charles OFFICE
age 29
English single
buried Trinity Church Cemetery Chippawa Ont.
DC
obit
Ironworker/Rigger – fall from hydro works at Queenston Power House -  fell 30 feet from central floor landing on his head
November 3rd 1921 Peter Lee SHANNON
age 21
England - single
buried - Tweed Ont.
Rigger HEPC - fracture of base of skull as a result of being crushed between a submarine drill and a boom of Bay City train #8 on the hydro canal site.
November 11th 1921 John Walter REID
age 28
married
All Saints Church Cemetery
obit
Pipefitter HEPC - at 5:30 pm had gone into the blacksmith shop near Lundy's Lane to put his tools away. Other employees in the cutting were blasting and a piece of pipe is said to have come through the roof of the building striking him in the head. He died at Memorial Hospital Niagara Falls, NY several hours later of surgical shock.
November 12th 1921 Michael OGONOSKY
age 39
Russian - married
Port Colbourne Cemetery
DC
 
Killed this morning when he fell from scalar near Winery Road crossing
November 12th 1921 John Walter REID
age 28
Glenholm Ave. Niagara Falls
married with 3 small children
Pipe fitter -killed last night when he went into blacksmith shop at 5:30 pm where Lundy’s lane cut is located to put his tools away for the day. Blasting in the area sent a piece of pipe through the roof from the outside striking him on the head. Taken to Memorial Hospital NF NY where he died.
November 21st 1921 Dominick MIRISHIGNI
(MUICCIBNI)
age 29
Italian
Fairview Cemetery
DC
Driller – killed between Lundy’s Lane and Convent Road when working on ledge of rock 4-5 feet from the bottom of the canal. Big shovel swung over and he was crushed between the shovel and the wall – fractured skull and crushed chest
November 27th 1921 Thomas HIPWELL
age 41
Page St.,  St. Catharines
English
St. Catharines Cemetery
DC
 
Carpenter - Killed instantly yesterday when he fell to the bottom of the hydro canal - fractured skull
December 22nd 1921
Hydro Canal Now Empty Of Machinery
 
December 28th 1921
Completion Of The Great Hydro Canal
Today Sees End Of Work Which Has Lasted For Three And A Half Years
 
December 29th 1921
Thrilling Moment When The Giant Turbines At Queenston Turned

At 1:40 o'clock yesterday afternoon the generation of electric power began in the Chippawa-Queenston power canal when Premier Drury and Miss Beck, daughter of Sir Adam Beck turned a small bronze wheel to start the  generation station below the cliff at Queenston
(started two generators - eight more to be built)
 
 
   
     

 

 

 

1922
     
DATE OF DEATH EMPLOYEE NAME DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT
     
January 6th  1922 John MCKAY
age 29
Scotland
159 Victoria Avenue
Niagara Falls
parents & sister in Scotland
Fairview Cemetery
obit
Ironworker HEPC - died at Memorial Hospital NF NY as a result of accident that occurred on November 23rd 1921 after falling 70 feet into the hydro canal near Queenston
February 3rd 1922 William RICHARDSON
age 36 married
buried Hamilton Ont.
Lineman HEPC – died as a result of fall from pole at St. David’s Thursday evening.
March 15th 1922 Henry BATTLE???
age 37
Fairview Cemetery
obit
Rigger - died of bronchitis
April 19th 1922


Ludwick (MADUL) MAAZURITURY
need to research

age 30
Port Colborne
Polish
Victoria Lawn Cemetery
DC

 &

Elia SPOVONICH
age 36
Toronto
Polish
Victoria Lawn Cemetery
DC
 
Two Polish workers were killed today crushed by rock and another worker, James BAINE has his legs broken at the power house. The deadly accident was as a result of a rockslide at Queenston last night at about midnight. The men were scaling rock in conjunction with the #4 unit at the powerhouse when the slide occurred. The bodies of foreigners were taken to the St. Catharines Hospital today where an inquest will be held
June 26th 1922 Joseph DAROSBIK
age 37
Welland
Died yesterday afternoon at hospital following a blasting accident at the big intake project by a blasting accident earlier in the day. The victim lost his arm to the shoulder but received massive internal injuries. Was an employee of sub-contractor -  Tomlinson, McGAW & McDONALD
July 25th 1922 Joe DROZDA
age 37
Austrian
buried - Welland Ont.
Labourer HEPC - died of accident at hydro intake in Chippawa
August 10th 1922 Victor McCleary WILLSON
age 26
Port Robinson
Port Robinson Cemetery
DC

Fireman Construction Boom - Died after being scalded to death while working on a suction dredge near Montrose. While in the process of firing one of the water tubes, the tube blew out covering him in boiling water from head to foot. He was taken to the hospital where he died last night.

 

The deceased is one of five brothers who have died by accident:

Two died of drowning
one killed in railway accident
one killed overseas
 
September 24th 1922 Harper MARACLE
age 24
buried Deseronto Ont.
Carpenter HEPC - Fell from scaffold in screen-house at forebay on the hydro works. Taken to the hospital unconscious but died a short time later
October 20th 1922

William THOMPSON
age 31

732 Ferry Street, Niagara Falls
Drummond Hill Cemetery
obit
 

Pipefitter – died instantly yesterday at the forebay when he touched a live wire carrying 12,000 volts and fell 13 feet. He was working on a dead transformer and somehow moved through it to the live transformer - fractured skull & burns
November 5th 1922 Emmett MULHERN???
age 19
Fairview Cemetery
Electrician - fractured skull
November 6th 1922 John NELSON???
age 47
buried - Campbellton NB
Rigger -
December 7th 1922 William “Bill” George MCRAE
age 18
Stamford
family came from England
Fairview Cemetery
DC
obit
Dredgeman  - Drowning in the hydro canal at 5:30 pm last night when he slipped on a frozen platform and fell through the side rail of the swinging bridge where the hydro canal meets the Welland River at Fraser Station. He was following a fellow worker who had successfully crossed when he slipped and fell into the water. The water was dredged but his body was not recovered. Body recovered May 2nd 1923.
     

 

 

 

1923
     
DATE OF DEATH EMPLOYEE NAME DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT
     
March 1st 1923 George ALEXANDER???
age 57
England
All Saints Church Cemetery
obit
Labourer Hydro - cardiac failure
June 14th 1923 John MICHINCKOFF
age 46
Lundys Lane Cemetery
Labourer on hydro - cardiac failure - Queenston Camp #74
September 25th 1923 Albert STANFIELD
age 18
Carpenter – was found at 7 pm last night on hydro grounds laying face down on the ground on top of a wire clothes line beside #1 bunkhouse on Portage Road-body burned to a crisp
One end of the clothes line was connected to a pole that carried 2,200 volt transformer which was fenced off with chicken netting. The clothesline was only 15 feet long. The ground was electrified. The victims face was almost entirely burned away with his legs, abdomen and feet burned to cinders. 
     
     
     
     
     

 

 

 

1924
     
DATE OF DEATH EMPLOYEE NAME DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT
     
January 19th 1924 Agostino DE STEFANO
102 Park Street, Niagara Falls
Scalar - was beginning work and was going down the cliff a rope. He was instantly killed at Queenston after falling 300 feet down the side of the cliff. It is unknown if rope broke or he slipped.
April 23rd 1924 Robert Elmon BROOKE
age 36

Canadian married
Fairview Cemetery
DC
obit
Lineman HEPC - fall from electric transmission line - cervical vertebrae
October 25th 1924 John SAUSU (GAUSU)
age 38
Romanian
Fairview Cemetery
Labourer on hydro - died of Uremia - Camp #108 - 328 Bridge Street
November 28th 1924 Harry Luther BUKER???
age 23
102 Park Street, Niagara Falls
Fairview Cemetery
obit
Lineman hydro - electrocuted
December 21st 1924 Arthur L. MCLEOD???
age 29
Fairview Cemetery
obit
hydro mechanic - died of Pulmonary Tuberculosis
December 25th 1924 Charles WHITSON
age 56
Fairview Cemetery
Labourer HEPC - died of cardiac failure
     
     

 

 

 

1925
       
DATE OF DEATH EMPLOYEE NAME DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT  
February 28th 1925 George Keith MATHESON???
age 20
Drummond Hill Cemetery
obit
Rigger
March 8th 1925 Alfred PATTERSON
age 48
England
Fairview Cemetery
obit
Labourer on hydro - died of gangrenous appendix
June 8th 1925 Richard Dexter BARDEN???
age 27
Fairview Cemetery
obit
hydro dispatcher - died of endocarditis
December 26th 1925 James Joseph DULIO
age 1year 8 months 25 days
Fairview Cemetery

Special Mention
infant - bronchial pnuemonia
       
       
       

 

 

 

1926
     
DATE OF DEATH EMPLOYEE NAME DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT
July 12th 1926 John Henry ORTON???
age 33
Fairview Cemetery
obit

Painter Hydro died of fractured skull

     
     
     
     

 

 

 

 

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