100 Years Ago: Memorial Services for Private Herman

The Intelligencer March 30, 1915 (page 3)

“Many on Sunday attended a memorial service which was held at the Anglican church in the village of Frankford, Sidney Township, in honor of Private Ross Herman, member of the 49th Regiment of Hastings County, who was killed in action in France on March 2nd. …  A number of the members of the 39th Battalion were present, as were also Col. Ketcheson, commanding officer of the 49th Regiment, and officers of the regiment. …  Private Herman was a resident of Frankford and joined the 49th Regiment at the outbreak of the war. He was a young man who was much respected by all who knew him. On Sunday evening a similar service was held in the Methodist church in Frankford. …  A large number were present to take part in the service.”

[Note: Private Robert Ross Herman is commemorated on Page 19 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

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100 Years Ago: Patriotic Campaign a Success, 39th Battalion Concert, Sidney Campaign

The Intelligencer March 27, 1915 (page 1)

“Patriotic Campaign Workers Entertained. Grand Spread Provided by the Ladies. …  Col. Lazier said he was delighted to say a few words on behalf of the ladies who had provided the repast. He congratulated all the teams on the canvass, and the measure of success they had achieved. $30,000 was the amount aimed at in this campaign, but upwards of $37,000 had been obtained. …  Reports from the various captains of the teams of the money collected were then presented …  Each captain referred in complimentary terms to the members of their committee, who had done grand work in the campaign.”

The Intelligencer March 27, 1915 (page 2)

“The soldier boys of the 39th spent another merry concert evening in the Battalion Mess Room last night. …  To the onlooker the most impressive feature of the gathering last night was the spirit of absolute loyalty and good-will which existed between the officers and the men. …  No less than three times during the evening the shout was raised, ‘Three cheers for the Colonel,’ to be followed by cheers of the true British type, such as shook the ‘china’ on the mess room shelves. Further cheers were given in general for the officers. The present spirit of the Battalion certainly augers well for its future.”

The Intelligencer March 27, 1915 (page 2)

“Last night at the Old Stone Church in Sidney, which accommodates over 400 people a crowded audience listened to a varied programme of vocal and instrumental music and to stirring addresses by Colonel W.N. Ponton, Mr. H.F. Ketcheson, Mr. N. Vermilyea, (Ex-Warden of the County) and Reverend Mr. Sharpe, in connection with the Patriotic, Red Cross Funds, and Recruiting. …  The Sidney campaign promises to be a strong one.

The death of Sergeant Herman of the 49th Regiment, the first Sidney boy to fall in the trenches, was feelingly referred to by the speakers.”


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100 Years Ago: Fund Remains Open

The Intelligencer March 26, 1915 (page 1)

“Nearly $30,000 Collected the First Day, Fund Will Remain Open Tomorrow to Give Everyone a Chance. Are we down-hearted? No! No! Such were the sentiments of the patriotic canvassers last evening when they met at the Y.M.C.A. at 6.30, where the Women’s Canadian Club provided supper for a tired lot of men. …

Enthusiasm ran high. The success of the first day’s work surpassed the expectation of the most sanguine. The captains reported a most cordial reception of the canvassers by the citizens. Many had their subscriptions ready and waiting.”

The Intelligencer March 26, 1915 (page 1)

“Owing to inclemency of the weather yesterday, sufficient ground was not covered by the canvassers. Therefore, with the limited number of workers it will be impossible to canvass everyone to-day. …  The Fund Headquarters are at the Corner of Bridge and Pinnacle Streets, opposite the Post Office. They will be open until MIDNIGHT TONIGHT AND ALL DAY TOMORROW—SATURDAY. …  LET YOUR MONEY DO THE SHOUTING.


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100 Years Ago: The Campaign Begins

The Intelligencer March 25, 1915 (page 1)

“TODAY IS THE DAY TO PAY! PAY! PAY! …  TODAY, 64 of Belleville’s Citizens, of Belleville’s busiest Citizens from every walk in life, will leave their various businesses and occupations to call upon YOU and receive your donation. …  They will explain how you can give MORE than you can afford; and that’s what must be had. MORE than you can afford. Because our lads in the trenches are giving more than they can afford for us. …  Picture these men, who are there in France, suffering privations, hunger, sickness and even death to preserve for us that FREEDOM which makes it possible for us to GIVE.


The Intelligencer March 25, 1915 (page 1)

“WATCH THE THERMOMETER. The heat of the campaign will be registered in front of the FUND HEADQUARTERS at Pinnacle and Bridge Streets, as a huge thermometer has been placed there for the benefit of the citizens. Watch the mercury climb towards the $30,000 mark. Also take to heart the inscription, ‘What are you doing to raise the mercury?’ DO YOUR BIT.

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100 Years Ago: Recruiting Posters, Patriotic Fund, Captain O’Flynn Writes

The Intelligencer March 24, 1915 (page 2)

Recruiting posters, paintings and photographs are shown in window display at Ritchie's, Belleville, March, 1915  (HC04894 detail)“Patriotic Window Display at Ritchie’s. A Splendid Showing of the Original Recruiting Posters. The contents of the window are the property of Col. Ponton, and make an extremely timely and unique display; bringing home to us here in Belleville the methods used in the Mother-country to secure soldiers for defence of the Empire.

Many of the official recruiting posters shown were sent to Col. Ponton by his son, Lieutenant R.D. Ponton, before leaving England for the firing line; while some of the latest ones published have just been received from Arthur Playford, London, England. They are indeed works of art, with the one appeal to you—’Enlist Now, your King and Country need you’; one particularly striking one being a little larger than the rest entitled ‘Remember Scarborough; Enlist To-day’.

In Britain these posters are also reproduced in photographic slides, and shown throughout the length and breadth of the land. Throughout the window there are several other paintings and photographs of timely interest, making a very striking and interesting display.

Col. Ponton informs us that these recruiting posters will be shown in prominent Toronto and Ottawa stores after Belleville citizens have viewed them in the South window of the Ritchie Co. store.”


The Intelligencer March 24, 1915 (page 5)

“This Shall Not Be a War Upon Our Women and Children. …  Give Without Measure Give Without Measure (Intelligencer, 24 March 1915)To the Belleville Patriotic Fund. …  Give! Give! Give! Thirty Thousand Dollars in two days. …  Remember the War. Will you help the soldiers by helping the wives & children. What Will Your Answer Be? We never had such a war. We never had such a drafting of our young and lusty men. We never had so many wives and families left without their natural protectors. We have promised to care for those left behind. Let us not fail in this great and sacred duty. FALL INTO LINE”


The Intelligencer March 24, 1915 (page 7)

“Captain O’Flynn Writes Home. Says Belleville Boys are Well and Always Ready for Action. …  he says that the experience in the trenches is such a novel one that one never will forget it. The Germans are a cheerful bunch of fellows and they often hear them singing at night and at times not a shot is heard, nothing but an awful silence, which is much worse than a fusilade of shots. At times if it were not for the casualties one would imagine they were all actors playing a part for the movies. …  He says he never was so proud of the British soldiers as he is to-day. It is wonderful what they have gone through during the long winter months.”

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100 Years Ago: Council Grants $5,000 to Fund, They Shall Not Want

The Intelligencer March 23, 1915 (page 4)

“A hearty endorsation of the Belleville Patriotic Campaign was given last evening when the City Council unanimously voted a grant of $5,000 to the Belleville Branch of the Canadian Patriotic Fund. At the Campaign Headquarters the workers gathered last evening and decided to lay the matter before the Council, and at 9.30 a deputation of some twenty-five representative citizens marched to the Council Chamber, where they were kindly invited to explain their proposition. …  The speakers pointed out that grants ranging from one-half to two mills on the assessment had been made in other places, and suggested that Belleville would do well to give not less than one mill. …

The grant of $5,000 represents less than one mill on the dollar, which will mean that through the taxes the citizens of Belleville will contribute less than one dollar per $1,000 assessment to the Patriotic Fund. With this hearty endorsation on the part of our City Fathers the local campaign has a promising outlook.”

The Intelligencer March 23, 1915 (page 5)

“They Shall Not Want. …  These Must Be Days of Brotherhood. These are times of standing together, working, thinking, fighting together. The challenge of an enemy provokes quick response in every breast and proclaims the brotherhood of rich and poor. …  Dad’s Fightin’!—What Will You Do For Us?”


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100 Years Ago: A Call to Belleville

The Intelligencer March 22, 1915 (page 5)Give Give Give

“Give! Give! Give! A Call to Belleville in Name of Women and Children. The tramp of the bread-winners is in the streets. They are going to the front. They are leaving families behind.

Every man with women of his own—every man with little children—knows what a tragedy to the home is the going of the bread-winner. We call on the people to rally to the protection of these mothers, sisters, wives and children so suddenly deprived of their natural protectors.”


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100 Years Ago: Belleville Patriotic Fund, 39th Battalion Barracks

The Intelligencer March 20, 1915 (page 1)

“Belleville Patriotic Fund Forces Go Into Action. …  Belleville is going to do unto itself a service. It is going to make an exhibition of true citizenship that will be a credit to the municipality, to the men and women within its borders, and to the aims and objects of the Canadian Patriotic Fund. All this is a fine ambition. That it will be realized there is no manner of doubt.

It is a Citizen’s movement. It emanates from the wellsprings of a sense of duty. Surely such is not absent in the case of one of the oldest of the lake cities. Belleville, as well as all other Canadian towns and cities owes a duty to the Dominion at large in this perilous juncture. …  Who will come forward and volunteer for service with the Patriotic Fund Committee. Who will be one of the sixty-four team-mates. Who, one of the eight team captains. …

During the next few days full explanations of the aims and objects of the Patriotic Fund will be made in the press. The local papers, the Intelligencer and the Ontario, have agreed to do the thing in a handsome way. The verification of their promises will be seen in the size of the advertisement and the amount of space placed at the disposal of the committee …  It remains for the people to read and understand, and doing so there need be no fear of the result. To understand is to be convinced. To be convinced is to give.”

The Intelligencer March 20, 1915 (page 2)

“‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary; It’s a Long Way to go’. The Belleville Canning Factory, alias the Barracks of the 39th Battalion, awoke to further strange sounds last evening. The occasion was the first of a series of ‘home’ concerts, by means of which the officers and men of the Battalion are seeking to make life more interesting.

Col. Preston occupied the chair; he explained at the outset that the present entertainment had been gotten up by the authorities with the Y.M.C.A. working in the shadows but that he would like future entertainments to be ‘for’ the men and ‘by’ the men. …  During the course of the evening Col. Preston gave a short talk on the subject of a Soldiers’ Duty. …  ‘Make this Battalion your father, your mother, your brother, your sister and your sweetheart’, he said, ‘Do this and we will be invincible wherever we go.'”

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100 Years Ago: Patriotic Campaign, Ad for Ketcheson & Earle

The Intelligencer March 17, 1915 (page 2)

“Patriotic Campaign To Be Instituted. A meeting of citizens for the purpose of organizing a campaign in this city for funds for the Canadian Patriotic Association was held last evening in the lecture room at the Armouries. Whilst the attendance was not as large as the worthy object warranted, those present were representative citizens. …

On motion Col. Lazier was voted to the chair and Mr. H. Sneyd was selected as secretary. Col. Lazier, in his opening remarks, stated that Belleville had not done what it should have done in this patriotic movement. Funds were not sufficient to meet all the financial obligations which were necessary to be met. …

Ex-Mayor Wills was unanimously selected President and Mr. S. Robertson Vice-President of the campaign committee. Ex-Mayor Wills stated that this was a time when every man should come to the front and do all he could in this matter. We should send our soldiers off with the assurance that their families will be protected. We have done our duty up to the present, but it is getting beyond our means. …

Col. Ponton said this was a campaign for all, and the press and pulpit could do much to assist in this matter and give an impetus to the movement. Ex-Mayor Wills suggested that as there were seven wards in the city, a committee of 21 should be appointed, three for each ward in the city. The working man as well as the wealthy man, no doubt, was willing and prepared to give to the fund.”

The Intelligencer March 17, 1915 (page 8)

“Of Special Interest To the Various Chapters of The Daughters of the Empire The Hospital Board and all those other willing workers who are devoting so much of their time and money to the various Patriotic Causes. We have placed in stock an UNBLEACHED COTTON, full yard wide, which we sell to these societies at 8¢ a yard or in full pieces at 7¢.

Then, too, we have 3 shades of GREY and BLACK YARN, 4 ply, 4 ozs. to the hank; very desirable for the knitting of socks, etc. By the separate skein, 30¢ or special quotations in lots of 10 lbs. or more. Ketcheson & Earle.”


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100 Years Ago: Belleville Canadian Patriotic Association Notice

The Intelligencer March 16, 1915 (page 2) Canadian Patriotic Association

“Belleville Canadian Patriotic Association. A Meeting will be held in the Armouries on Tuesday Evening, March 16, at 8 o’clock for the purpose of Arranging for a Campaign for Funds for the Canadian Patriotic Association.

All the Men of Belleville are requested to be present. God Save the King. W.H. Panter, President. H. Sneyd, Hon. Secretary.”


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