Left: Henry Wise owned the City Planing Mills in 1907, when this old photo of the building appeared in a booklet published by the Standard. (That’s Geneva Street in the foreground of the photo.) — Special Collections Room, St. Catharines Public Library; Edwin Poole, photographer. Right: View of Geneva St. from Centre St. where the Henry Wise lumber company used to stand. Bob Tymczyszyn/St. Catharines Standard


For upwards of a century, the southern half of the large triangular plot bounded by Niagara, Geneva and Church streets was mostly occupied by a huge planing mill producing lumber and all sorts of trim for local builders.

Red Grootendorst shrub roses are very hardy and self-sufficient. (Theresa Forte/Special to Postmedia News)

FORTE: A Father's Day note

Dear Dad, while watering the garden tonight, I noticed my peace rose had come into flower, and suddenly our strolls around the garden came to mind.

A general view of the syphon culvert at Welland looking north, April 19, 1928. - St. Catharines Museum, Mrs. Guy Hookings

Worker falls to death at Syphon Culvert

Mihály Bayusz emigrated from Hungary in 1925. His wife and three children remained in Hungary while he settled in Canada and found work. As with other men who left family members at home, he intended to bring them as soon as he was established. Bayusz was born in Rakamaz, Hungary on July 12 (or 14), 1892 and lost his life on the job just a dozen da

Left: The design of the Henley bridge (built 1938-39) was the work of Toronto architect William Lyon Somerville. - St. Catharines Museum’s Standard collection, S1938-57-1-2. Right: The Henley Bridge as it looks today in the fading daylight. - Bob Tymczyszyn/Standard staff

Building the Henley Bridge

Surely the greatest infrastructure project of 1930s Ontario was construction of “The Middle Road” — a four-lane divided highway intended to run from Toronto to Fort Erie. Midway through its construction this infrastructure colossus was given a more distinguished name — the Queen Elizabeth Way.