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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.

The archives is open Monday to Thursday, 9.30am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm.

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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: 155th Band Attached to 247th Battalion of Peterborough, 216th Battalion Looking for Short Men

The Intelligencer October 24, 1916 (page 1)

“155th Band Now Attached to 247th Battalion. Lieut.-Col. Johnston, of Peterboro, and the officers of the 247th Battalion are exceedingly happy owing to the fact that they have a band to assist in recruiting work, and the band is none other than that of the 155th Battalion which was recruited in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties and which recently left for overseas.

The band 33 strong arrived in Peterboro on Friday last and were met at the station by the local officers who accompanied them to the armouries and later to their billets in the city. Everyone in Peterboro had words of praise for the musicians. They were thought to be the best band in Kingston and it was with deep regret that the 155th left for overseas without them. Sergt. Hinchey is the bandmaster.

During the winter months they will help wonderfully in attracting attention to the 247th. There is nothing like good music to instill the fighting spirit into a young man who feels that ‘We’ll never let the old flag fall.’ ”

The Intelligencer October 24, 1916 (page 2)

“After the Short Men. Lieut. George T. Walsh and Pte. W. J. Dunnam, of the 216th Bantam Battalion, are in the city looking for short men. This is the only battalion of its kind in Eastern Canada, and apparently it will be successful in obtaining the necessary recruits, as nine hundred are already enrolled, and but one hundred and fifty more are required.

Lieut. Walsh expects to secure about fifty men in this district. The standard heights for recruits is five feet two inches; it is below this limit that the bantam battalion is looking for.”

100 Years Ago: Khaki Club Reopens, Recruiting Meeting for 235th Held at Opera House, Quinte Chapter I.O.D.E. Tea, Memorial Service for William Hudson, Ad for Gorman’s Boots

The Intelligencer October 23, 1916 (page 1)

“The Khaki Club Reopened. The Belleville Khaki Club which has been closed during the summer, waiting for the arrival of a new battalion, was hastily prepared for an informal opening on Saturday night. Music and refreshments were provided by the Ladies of the Khaki Club and a very pleasant evening was spent.

The formal opening will take place during the week and all men in khaki made welcome.

Khaki Notes. Magazines, cards and games are urgently required, also a piano, the latter being especially needful for the entertainment of the attendants.”

The Intelligencer October 23, 1916 (page 1)

“Recruiting Meeting a Great Success. A recruiting meeting was held at Griffin’s Opera House last evening by the 235th Battalion, which is stationed in Belleville. There was a large attendance, and much interest was manifested in the addresses given, and the selections rendered by the band, under the capable leadership of Bandmaster Murchison, were of a fine order.

The speakers were amongst the best that have ever been heard in this city, on the theme of recruiting.

Capt. McLean, paymaster of the battalion, was chairman, and in opening the meeting said it was a pleasure to be in Belleville. The battalion upon arrival in this city was hospitably received, and the many acts of kindnesses by the citizens were much appreciated, and he desired to thank Bellevillians on behalf of the battalion. They would be in the city during the winter and similar meetings would be held.”

The Intelligencer October 23, 1916 (page 2)

“Profitable Tea by Quinte Chapter. The tea given on Saturday afternoon in the tea-room of the Hotel Quinte by the Quinte Chapter, I.O.D.E., in aid of the British Red Cross Society, was a great success, the proceeds amounting to $182.50.

The programme consisted of songs by Mrs. Wilmot, Mr. Springer and Mrs. Outerbridge, and a reading by Miss Spafford of St. Agnes School. A pretty little picture, painted by Mr. F. Colson of Ottawa, and presented by him to the Chapter, was raffled, the lucky winner being Mrs. A. M. Chapman.”

The Intelligencer October 23, 1916 (page 5)

“Memorial Service to Belleville Hero. Rev. Professor Watson, of Kingston preached both morning and evening to large congregations in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Sunday.

Following the evening service a short memorial service was held to the memory of the late Captain William H. Hudson, to whom the professor made feeling reference, and Col. Lazier in a brief address spoke of the loss sustained by St. Andrew’s Church lately, so many from the congregation having made the supreme sacrifice for their Country and King.

Speaking of Captain Hudson, Col. Lazier said, that young and popular, and with much to make life desirable, yet when the call came he did not hesitate to take his place among those who voluntarily came forward to defend their King and Empire.”

The Intelligencer October 23, 1916 (page 5)


“LOOK At Your Boots Then At Gormans.”

100 Years Ago: Recruits for Horse and Mechanical Transport Needed

The Intelligencer October 21, 1916 (page 7)

“On Lookout for Recruits. Lieut. W. G. Williams arrived in Belleville on Thursday night from Barriefield camp to take charge of the Army Service Corps work in connection with the 235th battalion.

Lt. Williams wishes to secure recruits for immediate Overseas duty in Horse and Mechanical Transport. These fascinating branches of the service should appeal to many who are used to handling horses or driving cars.

Recruits for the Motor Transport will receive much valuable practical instruction in the great repair shops of England and France as well as the driving end.

Anyone wishing information about the above should apply to Lt. Williams at the Army Service Corps office on Church street next to the county offices.”

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