100 Years Ago: County Council Inspects 49th Regiment

The Intelligencer January 28, 1915 (page 1)

“Upon invitation of Col. W.G. Ketcheson, commanding officer of the 49th Regiment, the members of the County Council yesterday afternoon visited the regimental quarters on Church street. …  Col. Ketcheson in welcoming the members expressed his pleasure at their presence to see the headquarters and also the men of the regiment who had volunteered for the third contingent. This was an excellent opportunity for the Councillors to inspect the boys who were going to the front to assist in the fighting for the Empire. …

The 74 recruits were drawn up in line and were minutely inspected by all present, after which brief addresses were given. …  The proceeding closed with the singing of the National Anthem.”

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100 Years Ago: Sacred Concert, Ad for War Song

The Intelligencer January 25, 1915 (page 2)

15th Battalion Regimental Band on stage at the Griffin Opera House ca. 1920  (HC05606)

15th Battalion Regimental Band on stage at the Griffin Opera House ca. 1920 (HC05606)

“A benefit sacred concert, was given in the Griffin Opera House last night by the Fifteenth Regimental band, and the house was filled to overflowing. Many were unable to gain admittance. Under the leadership of Bandmaster Hinchey, the band rendered selections, which were thoroughly enjoyed, as was also the number by the ladies quartette of St. Andrew’s Church.”


The Intelligencer January 25, 1915 (page 3)

“The Canadian War Song ‘When Jack Comes Back.’ This is the new Canadian Marching Song. Price 20 cents. …  J.A. Canadian War Song adGoodsell & Co., 316 Front Street.”


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100 Years Ago: Military Display at Ketcheson’s, Flour to Belgium

The Intelligencer January 22, 1915 (page 2)

“The north window of Messrs. Ketcheson & Earle’s store on Front street is attracting much interest and attention just at present. It may justly be termed a “military window,” and some of the articles displayed are both antique and unique. In the centre is the celebrated British recruiting poster sent to Col. Ponton by his son, Lieut. R.D. Ponton, who is at present at Salisbury Plain, Eng. An old Snider rifle, used during the Fenian Raid is to be seen, and beside it is the modern Ross rifle of today. …  Epaulettes and spurs used in warfare in the olden days are to be seen. A 16-pound shell, as proposed to be manufactured in this city, and an old 60-pounder are certainly some size compared with shells used years ago. …  Some old swords and bayonets are also displayed. …  These most interesting articles, which make such a grand display at the present time, are the property of Col. Ponton, of this city, and it is needless to say, are highly prized by him.”

The Intelligencer January 22, 1915 (page 3)

“List of Contributions From Belleville Sunday Schools to the Belgian Flour Fund. The flour has been shipped to Montreal and will be forwarded to Halifax sailing from there for Belgium about the last of this month. It is being looked after by Hon. R. Dandurand, President of the Belgium Relief Committee, and is assured careful attention. …  Purchased 275 bags of flour, 26950 lbs. $885.00.”

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100 Years Ago: Leo Ross Writes, Canadian Hospital Christmas

The Intelligencer January 21, 1915 (page 3)

“Dear Mother:– Just received the second box you sent me, so you see it arrived in time for New Year’s. The duck didn’t last long. My tent-mates and myself made it get a “23-skidoo” hustle on it in no time. In fact when we got through with it, bones and all had disappeared as if by magic. …  I managed to hide the Jell-o on them as I wanted it all for myself. I can take a spoonful and, closing my eyes, imagine I am in Uncle Bill’s caboose in Mimico. …  Well, Mother, I guess I will have to close. Give my love to all. From your loving son, Leo Ross. Salisbury Plains, Eng. Dec. 31, 1914.”

The Intelligencer January 21, 1915 (page 7)

“Belleville has three nurses with the first contingent: Miss Ethel Ridley, as matron, and Miss Nida Denmark are with Dr. Shillington in the Canadian Hospital at Le Touquet, in France, and Miss Geen in one of the hospitals at Salisbury Plains. …  the following extracts from Miss Denmark to her mother, Mrs. Geo. Denmark, will be of interest, particularly to those connected with Red Cross Work. …

We are terribly busy in this new hospital. I am in the operating room with two other nurses. Thirty-five of us under Miss Ridley are living in a villa owned by a Russian count; …  We have named the wards after the Provinces in the Dominion, and can accommodate nearly 300 patients. …  You people at home know about twice as much war news as we do, not having time to read the papers. You may depend on it, though, when I get home to Canada, I am not going to talk about this war–it is unspeakable and awful. …

At Christmas time there were only 150 cases in the hospital, and those in charge did all they could to make it a jolly and bright day. The place was decorated with pine from the forest near, and with bunting and flags sent by societies and different people in England. Each man found in the morning a red stocking tied to the foot of his cot, which was filled with small toys, candies, nuts and some useful article at the bottom. In the afternoon a concert was held, at which many prominent London entertainers took part.”

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100 Years Ago: Playing Cards and Magazines Needed

The Intelligencer January 20, 1915 (page 2)

“Help Fill The Box. A letter has just been received from Miss Ethel Ridley, asking for games, playing cards, cigarettes and magazines for wounded soldiers in one of our Canadian Hospitals in France. Any donations sent before Monday will be gladly added to a box being sent by Miss Faulkner, 62 W. Bridge Street.”

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100 Years Ago: Patriotic Tea for Our Boys

The Intelligencer January 19, 1915 (page 3)

“A very pleasing event was the Patriotic Tea for the benefit of our Belleville boys, held at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Clarke, Church Street, from four to six o’clock, yesterday afternoon, which was attended by a large number of our representative citizens.

The house was tastefully decorated with flags and red, white and blue colors, and on the table an immense basket containing red and white roses, French lilies, Scotch thistle, maple leaves, and in the absence of the shamrock, an Irish flag. The dining room harmonized in colors, and throughout the effect was beautiful.

Home-baked goods were on sale, including candies, and the patronage was most liberal, resulting in returns to the amount of fifty dollars. Mrs. H.S. Osborne poured tea, and Miss Mouck attended to the relishables. …  The event is another worthy example of the patriotism displayed by Belleville ladies.”

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100 Years Ago: Christmas Dinner Overseas

The Intelligencer January 18, 1915 (page 1)

“Mrs. O’Flynn received a cable from Captain O’Flynn this morning stating that all of the men were well; that they continued to work steadily, and were waiting patiently to be led to the front.

Letters were also received describing Christmas. He was one of the committee who procured the supplies for the men’s Christmas dinner. A splendid dinner was served to the men and a very enjoyable concert given under the auspices of the Y.M.C.A. The boys were cheerful but many of them had a lonesome look and the Captain said one could see that their thoughts were far away across the sea.

At the dinner of the officers in the evening the toast “To the loved ones at home” was very impressive and the description is a splendid one. The Christmas mail did not all reach the camp and a large quantity could not be delivered in time and was held at Salisbury. The Belleville boys are cheerful; in good spirits and standing together.”

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100 Years Ago: Hastings County Patriotic Association

The Intelligencer January 15, 1915 (page 7)

“Yesterday afternoon at the County Council Chambers, Shire Hall, a meeting was held for the purpose of organizing a county patriotic association. Many of the Reeves and other prominent citizens of the County were in attendance at the gathering, which was representative in every respect. Warden Hubbell, of Marmora, village, occupied the chair.

It is the intention to have an organization formed in every township in the County of Hastings and numbers have pledged themselves to lend their assistance towards this end. The plan adopted is for the various local organizations to report to the County organization all funds and it is the intention of the county organization to become affiliated with the central organization at Ottawa.

A considerable amount has already been raised in the County, but up to the present the exact sum is not known, but it is in the vicinity of $15,000.”

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100 Years Ago: Miss Geen’s Christmas, Madoc Patriotic League

The Intelligencer January 13, 1915 (page 7)

“Editor Daily Intelligencer, Dear Sir:– I enclose herewith a letter which we have just received from my brother-in-law in England. …  We also received a letter from my brother, Fred, who is in the 2nd Battery, also, and there was something in it which might interest your readers. …  he spent Christmas in the hospital, and the strange part of it was that the nurse who attended him was Miss Geen from this city. …

He speaks very highly of the care he received, especially from Miss Geen and he states that she went to considerable trouble to decorate their room for Christmas and that Christmas morning General Alderson paid a visit to the hospital and complimented Miss Geen for her efforts. …  Yours very truly, H. Wallace.”

The Intelligencer January 13, 1915 (page 8)

“Madoc. Jan. 12.–At the largest and most enthusiastic meeting in this village of ladies from here and Madoc Township and Elzevir, a Madoc Woman’s Patriotic League was formed and the following ladies elected to office: Hon. Pres.–Mrs. (Dr.) Dafoe. President–Mrs. Fraser Aylesworth. Secretary–Mrs. Will Cross. Treasurer–Mrs. (Dr.) Harper. Vice Pres.–Mrs. James Whylock, and a large representative executive committee.

A nice sum of money was readily raised and from now on the ladies here will be very busy providing comforts for the needs of the soldiers.”

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100 Years Ago: Patronize Own Mills, Tea Room in Ritchie’s

The Intelligencer January 12, 1915 (page 1)

“Upon the liberal response of the Belleville Sunday Schools to the appeal for one hundred bags of flour for the Belgian sufferers, a prominent local resident (not a milling man, or interested therein) has dropped the suggestion in the ear of The Intelligencer scribe that it would be an excellent plan to secure the flour from Belleville flour mills, thus not only furnishing the money, but procuring the finished product within the city limits.

What is to hinder our shipping direct from our own city, providing it can be procured as cheaply as elsewhere. The money is ready, and the mills, we are sure, can turn out the flour in a reasonably short time. Let us patronize home, if possible.”

The Intelligencer January 12, 1915 (page 3)

“Quinte Chapter I.O.D.E. of this city yesterday afternoon opened up a tea room in the eastern part of the millinery

The Ritchie Company on Front Street, Belleville, exterior and interior views

The Ritchie Company on Front Street, Belleville, exterior and interior views

department of the Ritchie Company store, and will continue it for at least four weeks. The spacious and comfortable apartment was kindly donated to the chapter by the firm, and it has been transformed into a room of beauty and comfort. Flags and bunting are in profusion, being arranged in a most artistic manner. The ladies in charge are sparing no pains to make the adventure a success.

The proceeds are in aid of the Children’s Aid Society of this city, and the Belgium fund. From the hours of 4 to 6 p.m. a tea is served. …  Yesterday, the opening day, was well patronized. Suitable music is rendered during the serving of refreshments. …  The amount realized yesterday was $9.00.

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