100 Years Ago: Sidney Patriotic Meeting

The Intelligencer September 30, 1915 (page 2)

“Patriotism in the Township of Sidney. Aikins Methodist church is situated on the third concession of the Township of Sidney in the centre of a prosperous community, made up largely of descendants of pioneers of Hastings County. The patriotic feeling that exists among the people had a fine expression on Tuesday evening of this week, when a sumptuous banquet was provided by the ladies in the church hall, followed by a patriotic meeting in the church building, the financial result being thirty-eight dollars for the Red Cross Fund. …

Patriotic recitations by clever school girls and patriotic songs by the ladies of the choir were most interesting features of the meeting. …

Special invitations had been sent to the two West Hastings members, E.G. Porter, K.C., M.P., and J.W. Johnson, M.P.P., and, in company with many friends from Belleville, these gentlemen were present and delivered addresses which evidently deeply impressed the audience.

Many splendid young fellows were present, and doubtless some of them will very soon be wearing the uniform of the King, and be preparing to aid in securing, through their courage and sense of duty, the continuance of British liberty, and the freedom of all the world.”

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100 Years Ago: Rural Recruits Billeted Locally, Christmas Shower

The Intelligencer September 28, 1915 (page 1)

“Billeting Soldiers. Ottawa. Hitherto the recruiting for the different Canadian contingents has been mostly done at large centres, and for the recruiting of the 160,000 Canadian troops at present under arms the larger centres are responsible.

In case more men are called for within a short time it is understood that an opportunity will be given for those living in the rural districts to enlist. For this purpose the system of billeting will be introduced. …  Each small village centre raising twenty men will be allowed to have the recruits billeted therein. Each incorporated village centre of a thousand upwards raising fifty men will be allowed to retain them. Each centre with a population under 4,000 raising 100 men will be allowed to have them billeted therein. Each centre of upwards of four thousand recruiting a full company of 250 men will be allowed to make the same arrangement. …

They will have to be medically fit, properly attested and their history and records up to standard requirements. The men will be uniformed through the usual channel of the district stores. …  It is felt that this system will be of particular benefit during the Winter months. The soldiers will be surrounded with home influences, which will tend to make the routine of military life less tedious for them.”

The Intelligencer September 28, 1915 (page 2)

“Christmas Shower for the Soldiers. A ‘Comfort’ Shower will be held by Mrs. W.J. Brown in Christ church Parish Hall, on Wednesday, Sept. 29th, from 4 to 6. Donations of Oxo, Tobacco, Pipes, Cigarettes, Gum, Socks, Soap, Chocolates, Christmas Cards and Playing Cards, will be gratefully received. Afternoon tea 10c, Music.”

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100 Years Ago: Central Recruiting Depot, Soldier-Postmen A.C. Burton and W.J. Holland, West Belleville Recruiting Rally

The Intelligencer September 25, 1915 (page 1)

“Recruiting at Belleville. Central Depot Established, Officers Will Tour District. A central recruiting depot has been established at Belleville. Capt. C.A. Bleecker, 49th Regiment, and Capt. R.D. Ponton, returned officer from the front on leave, will be in charge.

Capt. Ponton has arranged a programme of itinerary throughout this district, at which he will deliver recruiting speeches. Recruiting will be for all branches of the service.”

The Intelligencer September 25, 1915 (page 1)

“Soldier-Postmen. Wined and Dined by Their Comrades at Belleville. Last evening Branch No. 45, Confederated Association of Letter Carriers, Belleville, met at the residence of Mr. Geo. A. Irvine, 118 Dundas street west and held a social evening in honor of two of their number who are about to leave for active service. The evening, previous to 11 o’clock, was spent in games, music and songs. Miss Mabel Miller officiated as pianist in a most able manner. Dinner was served by Mrs. C. Hodges, Mrs. Kinch and Miss Jennie Irvine. …

Wrist watches were placed on the wrists of Mr. A.C. Burton and Mr. W.J. Holland by Misses Jennie Irvine and Mabel Miller. …  The party was brought to a close with the singing of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ and the National Anthem.”

Bill Holland at bottom and Bennie Burton in middle, ca. September 1915

Bill Holland at bottom and Bennie Burton in middle, ca. September 1915

The Intelligencer September 25, 1915 (page 1)

“Patriotic Display in West Belleville. Under the auspices of the Women’s Institute of West Belleville, a meeting was held in Queen Mary School last evening, and the spacious auditorium was filled to the doors by citizens who were interested and edified by the addresses given. …

The chief events of the evening were the addresses given by Capt. R.D. Ponton and Corp. Sandford, both of whom were in active service at the front and have been invalided home. Capt. Ponton’s narrative was of especial interest and evoked much enthusiasm. …  Corp. Sandford’s brief remarks were also much appreciated. It is needless to state these two returned heroes were accorded a hearty reception by the audience. …

Col. Ponton spoke a few words on patriotism, loyalty and imperial services. At this stage of the proceeding, Marion and Anna Wiseman two little Misses came forward and presented Capt. Ponton and Corp. Sandford with bouquets. They were rewarded by salutations from the heroes. Master Jack Andrews also presented them with bouquets. …  The singing of the National Anthem brought the meeting to a close.”

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100 Years Ago: 39th Colors in Lydd Church, Letters of Thanks for Tobacco

The Intelligencer September 20, 1915 (page 1)

“39th Colors Are Deposited in Lydd Church. Capt. W.H. Hudson has sent a postcard to The Intelligencer, in which he states that the 39th Battalion colors, which it will be remembered were presented to the Battalion at Belleville, were deposited in Lydd Parish Church on August 23rd. The postcard gives a photograph of this fine old church, with its beautiful surroundings. It is very old, dating back to about 1200.

Lydd is the place where Lyddite was first tried out. The 39th Battalion returned to Caesar’s Camp August 24th.”

The Intelligencer September 20, 1915 (page 3)

“The Intelligencer Tobacco Fund. Dear Mr. Bowell, and the citizens who contributed to The Intelligencer Tobacco Fund: It is my pleasure, at the request of my Belleville comrades, N.C.O.’s and men of the 2nd Battery, 1st Brigade, Divisional Artillery, to convey in this manner the sincere gratitude and appreciation for the generous gift of Old Chum smoking tobacco, Black Cat cigarettes and chewing gum which you have contributed for the fighting men whose welfare you have at heart. …

In conclusion, Mr. Bowell and citizen friends, we thank you for your gift; we thank you for the spirit in which you sent it. We all join in sending our sincerest and best wishes for the continued success of the Belleville Intelligencer and the supporters of the worthy cause—The Intelligencer Tobacco fund. …  Sincerely, Spafford.”

The Intelligencer September 20, 1915 (page 7)

“The Intelligencer Tobacco Fund. Dear Mr. Bowell,—Your second parcel came to hand and was distributed among the boys who were very much pleased. Although the boys get an issue of cigarettes, they are not the kind that you so kindly sent over, but a very inferior grade, so a real cigarette is very much enjoyed.

We had our battalion sports last Tuesday, and they were very successful. Capt. Archibald, who you will no doubt remember held the world’s record for the pole vault, assisted us very much. He also gave us an exhibition pole vault, doing 11 feet. …

The battalion is in the trenches, and the Belleville boys are all well. They have been very fortunate as we have lost a smaller percentage than any of the militia units in our battalion. …  Kind regards to all inquiring friends. Yours sincerely, E.D. O’Flynn.”

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100 Years Ago: Hospital Supplies for Overseas

The Intelligencer September 17, 1915 (page 2)

“Hospital Supplies For Overseas. During the month of August Miss Falkiner has sent from the work room, A62 West Bridge Street, seven boxes of hospital supplies and comforts to England and France, as follows:—The Foxboro Woman’s Institute—1 box hospital supplies; Massassaga Church Red Cross Aid—1 box hospital supplies; Rednersville Woman’s Institute—1 case of 43 quart jars of jam; Quinte Rebekah Lodge—2 boxes: one of 100 bars of soap; the other a case of cleaning materials; 1 French box to Gunner H.E. Doxsee, from friends; 1 box hospital supplies to Canadian Red Cross Society.”

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100 Years Ago: Collection of Old Razors

The Intelligencer September 15, 1915 (page 7)

Electric Irons

“Electric Irons $2.00 Not Fancy But Good $2.00. We have received quite a collection of old razors for the front. Send us in the one you don’t use. It will be made over and put to good use by some brave soldier. We Do Plumbing. The Smith Hardware Co. Phone 204. 314 Front Street.”

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100 Years Ago: Coleman Ward Recruiting Rally

The Intelligencer September 10, 1915 (pages 1, 3)

“Coleman Ward Rallies to Flag. That the residents of Coleman Ward are not only patriotic but alive to the important matter of recruiting, was evidenced last evening, when hundreds gathered upon the spacious lawn of Mr. W.B. Northrup, K.C., M.P., on North Front street. …  Men, women and children of all classes were present and took much interest in the proceedings. The beautiful grounds were appropriately decorated with Chinese lanterns for the occasion and Mr. and Mrs. Northrup did all in their power to make it comfortable for all present. …

Colonel Samuel Shaw Lazier

Colonel Samuel Shaw Lazier

Col. Lazier was chairman and filled that position in a most acceptable manner. The addresses by the several speakers were most patriotic in their sentiment, and were listened to with rapt attention. After a selection by the band, Col. Lazier spoke briefly referring to his connection of 30 years with the militia. He stated that when he was commanding officer of the 15th Regiment in 1885, the time of the North West Rebellion, the regiment to a man volunteered their services and a number were taken. What was the matter with many young men in the city to-day? Something appears to be wrong, as they are not enlisting as they should enlist. Your country needs you and needs you now. There would be no use for the slugger after this war is over. He referred to the Speakers’ Patriotic Movement, and the good it was accomplishing by stimulating recruiting. …

Mr. J.W. Johnson, M.P.P., was the next speaker. …  Peace can only be secured by trained fighting men properly armed, fed and equipped; dismiss the thought of any other possibility. …  What would be left of the conditions we have enjoyed, that have made life the delight it is in this now free land, if we lose; but if we win this fight for humanity we shall end war on earth. …

Col. Ponton, who was accorded a hearty reception, referred to his son, who has recently returned from the front and who is going back again. …  He had a personal message for Coleman Ward, and that was that it was doing its duty, and at least one life had been sacrificed at the front, namely Leo Ross, a member of the 34 Battery, whose parents reside in the ward.

Where are the young men who should enlist? There are many in Belleville who should enlist, but had not done so. Those who have gone say to those left behind ‘Come.’ Their message is ‘Come’ and our message is ‘Go’. …  In conclusion he said that this is a conflict and a challenge. Go and help win the victory and keep the old flag flying. We will conquer and we will keep Canada for the Empire and the Empire for Canada. (Applause.)

The band rendered ‘When Jack Comes Home,’ the chorus being sung by all present. The gathering closed with the National Anthem and cheers for the King.”

[caption: Colonel Samuel Shaw Lazier]
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New location: floors going in

Concrete being pumped through the third-floor window of Belleville Public Library

This morning the progress on the Community Archives’ new home in Belleville Public Library became visible from the outside of the building, as concrete for the new floors was poured through the third-floor window of what will become one of three archive storage vaults.

Below is a view taken from the second floor of the library last month, looking up towards that same window. Here the new floor of the third-floor vault was still under construction. The larger of the two second-floor vaults can be seen on the left.

Interior of Belleville Public Library, showing new third floor for archives vault

It’s exciting to see the new space coming into shape. We’ll keep you updated on the project’s progress here and hope to welcome you into our new location in 2016!

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100 Years Ago: Recruiting Campaign Canvass of Belleville

The Intelligencer September 7, 1915 (page 2)

“Recruiting Campaign Canvass of the City. The executive of the Speakers’ Patriotic League and the ward committees met at the Armouries last Saturday evening. …

A resolution was passed providing for a canvass of the men of the city apparently available for enlistment through the ward committees. It is not intended that the ward committees shall use any pressure or adopt any means of persuasion. The committee has to complete the lists already prepared and find out how many on these lists are willing to enlist, handing the names to the executive.

Where a man declines to enlist the committee will endeavor to obtain his reasons as fully as possible and report the same to the executive so that, if possible, the difficulties in the way of enlistment may be removed. It is believed there are many men who would go if difficulties—financial and otherwise—could be relieved.”

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100 Years Ago: Foster Ward Recruiting Rally

The Intelligencer September 4, 1915 (page 1)

“Patriotic Rally in Foster Ward. Under the auspices of the Speakers’ League of this city a patriotic meeting was held last evening at the canning factory building, Foster Ward. There was a good attendance and some excellent recruiting speeches were delivered. The 15th regimental band was present and rendered selections outside and inside the building. …

Mr. E.G. Porter, K.C., M.P., was chairman and was the first speaker. In his opening remarks he stated that this was a meeting to stimulate recruiting. Similar meetings had been held in other wards, and Foster Ward was by no means the least of the Wards or less patriotic. …

William Charles Mikel

William Charles Mikel

Mr. W.C. Mikel, K.C., upon being called upon induced a number of children to the platform and said that this war was not on behalf of the King but was on behalf of the children represented on the platform. Our enemy has not hesitated to vent their rage on girls and boys. Are we prepared to fight against the biggest bully the world ever saw, namely Germany. It was war upon women and children. It was a miserable cowardly nation that would fight in this manner. They have designed instruments to destroy the innocent. …

We are proud of our pals at the front and let us make our pals at the front proud of us. Canada has been asked for 500,000 and it will be necessary for Belleville to send 800 of this number. Toronto stands first as having sent the largest number as her population and the town of Cobourg comes second.

Mr. Porter referred to the fact that the ladies of the city had procured one machine gun and would procure another. They were also looking after the comforts of the soldiers. The meeting closed with the singing of the National Anthem.”

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