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The Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County preserves the history of our community through the records of local governments, individuals, families, businesses and organizations. Find us in the Belleville Public Library building at 254 Pinnacle Street, Belleville, Ontario.

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Death of a Salesman

The Daily Intelligencer of September 23, 1873 gave the following report: On Sunday morning last (September 21), at about 8 o'clock, the dead body of a man was found on a wheel barrow in the yard [...]

A New Home for Deseronto’s Archives

Archives room in Deseronto Public Library Today the Deseronto Archives transferred 100 boxes of material from its former location in Deseronto Public Library to the Community Archives here in Belleville. The Community Archives [...]

Belleville in World War I

Follow the citizens of Belleville and Hastings County as they face the challenges of the home front during the First World War through excerpts from The Daily Intelligencer, August 1914 to November 1918.

100 Years Ago: Three More Belleville Boys Give Up Lives, Flag Not to Be Lowered, Letter of Thanks, Belleville Roll of Honour Proposed

The Intelligencer September 30, 1916 (page 1)

“Three More Belleville Boys Give Up Lives. The Canadian casualty list grows in length daily, and thousands of homes are mourning the loss of loved ones, who have sacrificed their lives for King and country. Belleville is no exception to the rule. The number reported killed is considerable and to-day three more names were added to the honor roll.

Pte. Faux. Private Joseph B. Faux’s name appeared in Monday’s list as having been wounded, and this morning a message was received that he had died from wounds.

Pte. Faux was known to many in Belleville, where he had resided for some time. Previous to enlistment he was employed in the Rolling Mills here. He went overseas with the 80th Battalion. A wife and six young children survive, and to them will be extended the heartfelt sympathy of all citizens.

[Note: Private Joseph Barnard Fox died on September 24, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 87 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

Pte. Carlaw. Ex-Alderman D. Carlaw, who resides on Alexander street, Belleville, was this morning in receipt of a telegram from the Record Office, Ottawa, to the effect that his son, Private Jas. Douglas, was killed in action on September 15th. He was 32 years of age and was the eldest son, and joined the Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry. He had been in the trenches for some time.

Pte. Carlaw was well known in the city and vicinity, and his death will be regretted by a host of friends. For some time he was a school teacher in Northumberland County, and was also an inspector for the Seymour Power Company. He was associated with his father in the milling business in Belleville. Deceased was a clever young man and possessed of a kindly disposition.

[Note: Private James Douglas Carlaw died on September 15, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 64 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

Corporal McMichael. The following sad message was this morning received by Mrs. McMichael, residing in Belleville. Ottawa, Sept. 30th. Mrs. Charlotte McMichael, 73 South George St., Belleville. Deeply regret to inform you, 41224 Acting Corporal Alexander McMichael, infantry, officially reported killed in action between September 15th and 17th, 1916. Officer in charge of Record Office.

William A. McMichael was a native of London, Eng., and came over to this country about fourteen years ago. He married a Belleville lady, who with two children, aged four and two years, survive. In the loss they are called upon to bear, the sympathy of all citizens will be extended to them.

Corporal McMichael enlisted in the 39th Battalion, and held the rank of Sergeant, proving to be a good soldier, and now has given the greatest possible service to King and country.”

[Note: Lance Corporal William Alexander McMichael died on September 17, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 129 in the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer September 30, 1916 (page 2)

“Flag Will Not Be Lowered. In the early part of the war a practice was in vogue here to fly the flag at half-mast upon the receipt of a Belleville soldier being killed in action. This has been discontinued because it is strictly against military regulations.

Mayor Ketcheson has notified the janitor of the city building, to keep the flag flying under all circumstance at the mast head.”

The Intelligencer September 30, 1916 (page 3)

“Expressions of Appreciation. Dear Mrs. Faulkner:—To add to our long list of debts to you and the good people of the Township of Thurlow, we have to-day received two large barrels containing something over 100 bottles of preserved fruits, all packed in evaporated apples.

Will you please take steps to let the kind people who gave this fruit know that it is very much appreciated, and that we thank them ever so much. It has been distributed all over the hospital and is being greatly enjoyed at the evening meal. As we have nearly 400 patients under our care, you will see that a great many people shared in the treat. Yours Sincerely, J.T. Clarke.”

The Intelligencer September 30, 1916 (page 7)

“An Honor Roll. Sir:—The Council of the City of Belleville being desirous of perpetuating the patriotism and devotion to duty which has characterized the sons of Belleville in the great struggle in which the British Empire has been so deeply engaged since August 1914, has arranged to have a ROLL OF HONOR prepared, to be hung in the City Building so that in future years the names of those sons of Belleville who, whether at home or throughout the Empire, have volunteered and served in the forces of the British Empire or her allies overseas, will be properly preserved.

In accordance with this the Council of 1916 have appointed a committee composed of His Worship the Mayor, H. F. Ketcheson, esq., Alderman W.B. Deacon and Mr. A. R. Walker, Librarian of the Public library to prepare such list, and they earnestly request the co-operation of the citizens in gathering the information required.

The list will include the names of those residents of Belleville who enlisted, and also of those born in Belleville, who at the time of their enlistment were residents of other places. It will also contain the number of the regiment or other military unit in which they enlisted and the number of which they were transferred if any. For the purpose of identification it will be necessary to have the rank and regimental number of the soldier, the place of enlistment, and if possible, the date of the same.

A special list will be made of those who have made the great sacrifice and another of those who have been returned in the casualty lists as having been wounded.

Any citizen having any information which will help the committee in its efforts, is requested to send the same to Mr. A. R. Walker, Corby Public Library, Belleville, who has been appointed secretary of the committee. H. F. Ketcheson, W. B. Deacon, A. R. Walker. Committee.”


100 Years Ago: Ad for Neilson’s Chocolates, Letter from Local Boys, Patriotic Fund and Pension Expenditures

The Intelligencer September 29, 1916 (page 3)

Neilson's chocolate

“the Saluting Base ‘Canada’s Finest’ Neilson’s Chocolates.”

The Intelligencer September 29, 1916 (page 5)

“From Local Boys. France, Sept. 3, 1916. Dear Intelligencer:—I now wish all the staff of The Intelligencer good-bye, and I hope to come back safe to Canada again after I have done my part in this war, and I am in hopes of doing good work.

All the Belleville boys are well and we shall carry with us all the kind thoughts of the people of Belleville. Remember us to Adjutant E. Flynn, and Charlie Gibson, and hope they are well.

We remain Yours sincerely, Pte. Fred Dixon, Pte. W. Gibson, Pte. T. Shea, Pte. J. Kennedy, Pte. A. Bolyea.”

The Intelligencer September 29, 1916 (page 6)

“Heavy Payments From War Funds. Ottawa. The Militia Department is now paying out two million dollars monthly in separation allowances. This heavy expenditure is due to the fact that a very large proportion of the Canadians at the front have left dependents in Canada.

The payments from the Patriotic fund account for another million a month, while the pension expenditure has reached a million and a half monthly before the recent heavy additions to the casualty list. These new casualties and the new scale of pensions determined upon last session will increase materially the expenditure under this head.”

100 Years Ago: Belleville Casualties, Arthur Johnson and Ernest Geen Promoted

The Intelligencer September 28, 1916 (page 5)

“Belleville Boy Wounded. Mr. D. Carlaw, who resides on Alexander street in this city, has received a message that his son, Douglas, had been seriously wounded and his condition was such that fatal results are expected.

Died from Wounds. A message received in the city this morning conveyed the sad intelligence that Corporal Robert John Bell had died from wounds received while in service at the front. The young man was a son of Mr. John Bell who resides in the country, adjacent to the city. The corporal enlisted here and has been overseas some months.”

[Note: Sergeant Robert John Bell died on September 16, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 53 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer September 28, 1916 (page 5)

“Belleville Boys Are Promoted to Lieutenants. Corporals Arthur L. Johnson and Ernest Geen, of the 21st Battalion, C.E.F., have been promoted to Lieutenants, as a mark of appreciation for hard work since going to the front. Lieut. Johnson’s friends will be glad to know he has entirely recovered from a wound received by a sniper’s bullet.

Lieut. Geen has been in the trenches for over a year and thus far has not received a scratch. He is now on a furlough and may be in Belleville in the near future.”



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