100 Years Ago: Red Cross Comforts to Sick, Wounded

The Intelligencer October 28, 2014 (page 7)

“The ladies of the Red Cross Committee of the Belleville Patriotic Society this morning received this communication from Dr. Chas. A. Hodgetts, the Red Cross Commissioner for Canada. Ottawa, Ont., Oct. 26, 1914.

Having learned that the good people of Belleville were making a special effort on behalf of the Red Cross Fund, I take the opportunity before leaving for England, to write you a few lines in explanation of what my duties will be as Canadian Red Cross Commissioner. The special function of the Red Cross is the giving or aid to the sick and wounded only, and in no way does the Red Cross dispense comforts to the healthy soldier. …   it will be necessary to follow up all of our loyal Canadians who may suffer from illness or become wounded in battle, no matter where they may be located.”

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100 Years Ago: Flag Day, Letter from Soldier

The Intelligencer October 27, 1914 (page 2)

“The Red Cross …  In addition to the Hallowe’en Festival, which is to be held in the Armouries, the ladies have undertaken a Flag Day. This is one of the means most of the Red Cross workers have used to raise money, and has proven a very popular one. The flag is very dear to the British heart and every one is anxious to possess and wear one especially at this time.”

The Intelligencer October 27, 1914 (page 3)

“Letter from a Soldier Boy. Davenport, England, October 15, 1914. Dear Mother, Father, Sister and Brother: I am dropping you a few lines to let you know that we have arrived in the Old Country at last. Everything is fine, and we also had a fine voyage across the sea. I am sending you a couple of souvenirs of the transport, Saxonia, the ship we came across on. We have had very good luck with our horses, that is, considering the way they were packed in. Out of 633 horses we only lost 13 horses.

I was not the least bit seasick coming across and there were lots of the boys pretty sick. …   As far as war news is concerned, all we know is that the Allied armies are having the best of it, and the navy has got the German navy bottled up in the Kiel Canal and the North Sea. …  Well, I think I will close for this time, hoping you are well. I remain. Your loving son and brother, Gunner George E. Cronk.”

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100 Years Ago: Belleville Recruits Second Contingent

The Intelligencer October 22, 1914 (page 2)

“Belleville Recruiting Second Contingent. Canada’s Second contribution to the Overseas forces who will fight for the Empire is now in process of enrollment, and lists have been opened at the Belleville Armouries for volunteers from Belleville and vicinity.

On Tuesday evening 10 men applied and were accepted, after being examined by Dr. MacColl, surgeon of the local regiment. Last night eight more were added to the list. Nearly everyone who enlisted and was accepted, were Englishmen, who are anxious to serve the Mother Country. Recruiting will proceed actively each evening, and officers will be present at the Armouries to receive applications and give all information.”

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100 Years Ago: Ad for Grape-Nuts

The Intelligencer October 21, 1914 (page 2)

From Belleville Intelligencer newspaper, Oct 21, 1914

From Belleville Intelligencer newspaper, Oct 21, 1914

“War Reveals Waste of Food. Apprehensive over food shortage, the London press is advising the English people to save and utilize every article of food value, including the brawn coating of grain. Why? The outer coat of grain holds the precious mineral elements which means so much in vital building and upkeep of body, brain and nerves. And yet the modern miller throws out about four-fifths of these priceless food elements just to make the flour look white and pretty!

Isn’t it astounding that it took war to wake people up to such a fearful waste! Nearly twenty years ago the crying need of a food which would fill the lack caused by demineralized white flour products led to the making of Grape-Nuts. …  ‘There’s a Reason’ for Grape-Nuts—sold by Grocers everywhere.”

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100 Years Ago: 15th Regiment Marches

The Intelligencer October 17, 1914 (page 2)

“The Fifteenth Regiment, under command of Col. Marsh, had a march out last night headed by the Regimental Band. The turnout was a most creditable one, over 200 being in line. After a march up Front street the Regiment returned to the Armouries, where the commanding officer addressed the men, congratulating them upon the turnout. He advised all to turn out and be ready in case of emergency, which might arise at any time.”

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100 Years Ago: Supplies to Belgium, Home Guard Poem

The Intelligencer October 15, 1914 (page 2)

“Four car loads of grain, produce, clothing and other supplies are being forwarded to the Belgiums from the County of Hastings from different points in the County via special steamship leaving Halifax on October 29th. The first car load is being forwarded from Stirling today. …

Throughout Hastings County the different municipalities have also collected considerable funds for the Patriotic Fund and it is contemplated to form a county organization in the near future to work in connection with the local organizations in the different municipalities.”

The Intelligencer October 15, 1914 (page 8)

Paving Front Street at Bridge Street East in front of New Balmoral Hotel ca. August 1914  (HC04214)

Paving Front Street at Bridge Street East in front of New Balmoral Hotel ca. August 1914 (HC04214)

“Belleville Home Guard. An original poem, composed and written by W. James Savage, a member of the Home Guard. …

O, haven’t you heard / Of the Belleville Home Guard, / With Colonel Lazier in command. / The tramp of our feet, / As we march the street, / On our new asphalt pavement, is grand. …

There are men in our town, / Who would rather go down, / To the pool-room, the show or the bar; / And squander his dimes, /  In these troublesome times, / When he ought to be thinking of war. …

Now just let me say / All who can’t go away. / To the scene where the strife has been stirred / Just do your next best, / And throw out your chest, / And drill with the Belleville Home Guard.”

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100 Years Ago: Loyal Canadian, Gathering in Melrose

The Intelligencer October 10, 1914 (page 2)

“To the Editor of The Intelligencer. Sir — If I may trespass upon the space of a few lines in your paper, I shall feel obliged for the courtesy. I was watching the parade of our Home Guard last evening with deep interest and feeling. The few men did well, and it would be a most encouraging sign were a larger number to join their ranks. It is a shame and reproach to the male portion of our town (pardon, city) that we possess so few men on whom to depend should the army of Germans to the south of us elude the authorities holding them in check and invade Canada.

The silly creatures walking our streets, with hands in their pockets and pipes or gum in their mouths would be useless, even more so than at present. I was proud of those few men and wished I had some one belonging to me who could join their ranks. We do not need Carpet Knights who join for “social position.” We need a few men of courage. Every man who could shoulder a rifle should join our Home Guard. Loyal Canadian.”

The Intelligencer October 10, 1914 (page 2)

“At Melrose last night, in the Township Hall some very practical, and at the same time inspiring addresses were delivered to a large audience which gathered in this centre of the prosperous Township of Tyendinaga to complete the organization of the Township, begun at Shannonville, a short time ago, for the purpose of putting Tyendinaga in the first rank among the municipalities contributing to the Red Cross, the Patriotic and the Belgian funds. …

The Women’s Institutes were represented by the ladies in full force. …  Colonel W.N. Ponton appealed to Tyendinaga to furnish not merely money and materials but also manhood. …  A collection of about $60 was taken up and an organization was perfected to visit the home on every concession.”

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100 Years Ago: Concert, Canadians Land, Home Guard

The Intelligencer October 9, 1914 (page 2)

“The Palace Theatre was well filled last evening with an appreciative audience desirous of contributing to the Patriotic Fund. His Worship Mayor Wills presided, and …  asked all to stand by the colors of the Empire, doing their duty in whatever capacity demanded.”

The Intelligencer October 9, 1914 (page 2)

“The announcement in London press that the first Canadian contingent was landing yesterday was disowned in all the official quarters. One result of the report was that the High Commissioner’s office was deluged by personal and telephone enquiries, but the invariable reply was, “No knowledge,” even to one fair caller, who tearfully begged for news.”

The Intelligencer October 9, 1914 (page 3)

“March on Front Street Attracts Much Attention – Kilties Band Renders Inspiring Music. The Home Guard Reserve parade last night showed at once the enthusiasm which pervades the members. The kindness of Pipe Major Johnstone and the pipe band in turning out with The Reserve contributed in making the march-out the great success it was.”

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100 Years Ago: Red Cross Knits, McKeown’s Drug Store Ad

The Intelligencer October 8, 1914 (page 2)

“As there are several people who would gladly make articles for the Red Cross if they only knew the directions, it has been considered advisable to have the following directions printed in the daily papers. …  Wristlets—Grey or khaki, 4-ply fingering, No 14 steel needles. Cast on about sixty stitches; rib for nine inches. Cast off loosely. A hole for the thumb may be left if desired, so that the wristlet can be used as a mitt.”

The Intelligencer October 8, 1914 (page 2)

“The Rexall Stores of Canada …  have unanimously agreed to contribute to the Canadian Patriotic Fund FIVE PER CENT of their total purchases of all Rexall Toilet Goods, Rexall Remedies, and other merchandise manufactured or sold by the United Drug Co., Limited, Toronto, for the months from October 15th to December 31st. …

Rexall Goods are made in Canada and you can procure them in your town only from McKeown’s Drug Store.”

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100 Years Ago: 15th Battalion Band, Day of Prayer

The Intelligencer October 7, 1914 (page 2)

“Editor Intelligencer. My Dear Sir,—Belleville has many things to be proud of. One of these notable things is the splendid band of the gallant 15th Battalion. Its excellence has not been obtained without a vast deal of labor and study, on the part of the talented leader and his men. …

They propose to give a concert upon Tuesday evening next, part of the proceeds to be devoted to the Patriotic Fund, and part to the maintenance of the band. Let our citizens give a bumper attendance and they will be delighted with the entertainment and be doing a good work. Yours truly, John J.B. Flint.”

The Intelligencer October 7, 1914 (page 8)

“To Belleville Citizens. Would it not look as if we had some love and sympathy for our neighbors who have boys and husbands at the front if there was a special day of prayer appointed for the guidance and protection of those who have sacrificed everything for us and for their country. A day of prayer would show that we still trusted in God for their safekeeping and their return. …  From an Old Believer, 90 years of age.”

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