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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: Sir Mackenzie Bowell Death Notice, Funeral Notice, Proclamation by Mayor Ketcheson

The Intelligencer December 12, 1917 (page 2)

“Death Notices. BOWELL—In Belleville, on December 10, 1917. Hon. Sir Mackenzie Bowell, in his 94th year.

The funeral will take place from his late residence, 194 William street, on Thursday, December 13th, at 2 P.M., to Bridge St. Methodist Church. Interment Belleville Cemetery. (Kindly omit flowers.)

The Intelligencer December 12, 1917 (page 2)

“Funeral Notice. The Brethren and Officers of the Belleville Lodge, No. 123, G.R.C., A. F. and A. M., are requested to meet at No. 194 William St., on Thursday 13th inst., 1.45 P.M., for the purpose of attending the funeral of our late brother, the Honorable Sir Mackenzie Bowell.

Sister Lodges will kindly accept this notice. By order of the W. M. D. Barragar, Secretary.”

The Intelligencer December 12, 1917 (page 2)

“Proclamation. The Business men of Belleville are requested to close their places of business from two o’clock p.m. to four o’clock p.m. on Thursday, December 13th, out of respect to the memory of the late Hon. Sir Mackenzie Bowell. H. F. Ketcheson, Mayor.”

100 Years Ago: Sir Mackenzie Bowell Dead at 93, Flags at Half Mast, Messages of Sympathy, City Council Tribute

The Intelligencer December 11, 1917 (page 1)

CABHC: HC04624, Mackenzie Bowell

“Sir Mackenzie Bowell. Born December 27, 1823: Died December 10, 1917. Sir Mackenzie Bowell has passed, but his memory will ever live in the hearts of the thousands who knew him but to love him. …  Truly a national figure in his many years of public service as a member of Parliament, Cabinet Minister, Premier of Canada, and Senator, and appreciated for his clearness of vision and valued counsel on national affairs, it was perhaps in his home city of Belleville and Bay of Quinte district that Sir Mackenzie Bowell was best known and appreciated for his manly qualities and high type of citizenship. …

His fatal illness began with a cold contracted little more than two weeks ago which developed into bronchial pneumonia and gradually sapped his energy until the final summons came at 7.45 Monday evening, Dec. 10, 1917. …

No biographical sketch of Sir Mackenzie Bowell would be complete without reference to his connection with the newspaper fraternity. Entering the office of The Belleville Intelligencer many years ago as an apprentice he rapidly rose to the editor’s chair and eventually became proprietor of the business, which developed under his able guidance into The Daily and Weekly Intelligencer of today with a large circulation in several counties and an influence which has grown stronger with the passing of the years and the confidence of many readers in whose homes the paper has always been a welcome visitor.

Newspaper work always held a keen attraction for him and up until illness prevented him from going to the office he was never happier than when preparing articles, editorial or general, for the paper.

Another favorite hobby of his was his garden, and no finer flowers or vegetables could be found anywhere than in his lovely and well-kept garden at his home on William Street, Belleville, where he spent many happy hours attired in working clothes, and big straw hat hoeing and weeding and giving loving care to his favorite flowers and attention to his vegetable crop.”

The Intelligencer December 11, 1917 (page 2)

“Flags at Half Mast. Flags are at half mast upon the city building and other buildings in the city out of respect to the late Sir Mackenzie Bowell.”

The Intelligencer December 11, 1917 (page 2)

“Messages of Sympathy. Many telegrams expressing appreciation of the late Sir Mackenzie Bowell and sympathy for the relatives have been received from public men and citizens in all parts of Canada.”

The Intelligencer December 11, 1917 (page 2)

“Tribute of Respect. Whilst the City Council was in session last evening the sad intelligence was conveyed to the members that Sir Mackenzie Bowell had passed away. Rev. Dr. Baker, Principal of Albert College, being present, was called upon by Mayor Ketcheson and offered up a feeling prayer for the members of the bereaved family and the loss the country and city had sustained by the passing of its first citizen.”

100 Years Ago: Martin Deibert Killed in Action, R. Gibson Welcomed Home, IODE Concert for Navy and Mercantile Marine

The Intelligencer December 8, 1917 (page 1)

“Makes Supreme Sacrifice. Mr. A. Deibert residing at 29 Everett Street, in this city, this morning received a message from the Record Office conveying the sad intelligence that his son, Martin Deibert, had been killed in action.

The young man enlisted and went overseas in June of this year with the Cobourg Heavy Battery. Previous to enlistment he was employed at Mr. Allan McFee’s jewellery store, learning watch making. Martin was a deservedly popular young man, and his death will be sincerely regretted by a host of friends. The heartfelt sympathy of all citizens will be extended to the bereaved family.”

[Note: Gunner Martin Mark Deibert died on November 21, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 226 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer December 8, 1917 (page 1)

“Welcomed Home. On Thursday evening, December 6th, about thirty-five neighbors and friends gathered at the home of Mr. R. Gibson, Harriett Street, to welcome home Mr. Gibson, who has served nearly two years for king and country.

The evening was very enjoyably spent in music and conversation. A dainty lunch was served, after which Mr. Gibson, in a few well chosen words, thanked all present for the hearty welcome he had received. After singing ‘For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow,’ and ‘God Save The King’, a pleasant evening was brought to a close.”

The Intelligencer December 8, 1917 (page 7)

“Successful Concert By I.O.D.E. Society. Under the auspices of the Daughters of the Empire of Belleville, a grand concert was held in the City Hall last night, which was a great success in every particular. The spacious hall was filled to overflowing, and the varied programme presented was thoroughly enjoyed.

The object was to assist the fund for the sailors of the British and Canadian navy and mercantile marine. All who took part in the programme acquitted themselves in a most pleasing manner.”

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