The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Welcome (Propeller), 12 May 1916

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Fort Erie village authorities were known to favor the proposed buying of the ferry stm. WELCOME by the International Ferry Co., of which Frank V.E. Bardol is president, but when Mr. Bardol last night told Reeve Hawley and the village councilors that he considered it unsafe to operate a ferry after 7:00 at night during the winter, he had not a friend left among them.
      Three years ago the village spent $5,000 getting the Canadian government ferry license taken from the company of which F.J. Weber was the head, because the boat stopped running at 7:00 from January to April.
      Before last nights meeting ended, it was hinted that the village would prevent Mr. Bardol's company from running a ferry during the summer. When it is a paying proposition. It also was intimated that possibly there would be no train run to Erie Beach from Fort Erie on Sundays. Some declare that the operation of the Erie Beach train on Sunday is a violation of the Lord's Day Alliance act of Canada. This is the act which prohibits the sale of magazines and newspapers and ice cream on Sunday.
      The council took no action last night. Capt. Frank F. Fix, president of the operating company, and Ray M. Stanley, vice president, also were present. Capt. Fix said after the meeting that it was his opinion that the village authorities would compel his company to operate the ferry as long as it held the Canadian license, which expires in May, 1918. The license is not transferable and Capt. Fix's company is bonded in $2,000 that its provisions will be lived up to.
      Capt. Fix intimated that his company is not anxious to run the ferry. He said that the village would have to repair the municipal dock at its own expense. A few weeks ago this company offered to repair the dock if the village would grant a 5 year extension to the lease which also has 2 years left to run. The village claims that according to the lease, Capt. Fix has to keep the dock in repair.
      The sale of the ferry WELCOME to the International Ferry Co. for $15,000 was agreed on several days ago, Capt. Fix said, but the deed was not signed because Capt. Fix would not agree not to sell the ferry stm. GRAND ISLAND to any person who might operate a ferry between Buffalo and Fort Erie. It was considered certain that the Canadian license could be transferred if the village council would consent.
      Just what the next step will be is not plain. It is expected that the two companies will come to an agreement within a day or two, but it is certain that the village will not agree to anything that will not assure it an all year all-day service.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      May 12, 1916 7-6

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Welcome (Propeller), 12 May 1916