- Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County - http://cabhc.ca -

100 Years Ago: Military At Home on Zwick’s Island

The Intelligencer June 21, 1915 (page 1)

“Military at Home at Zwick’s Island. Col. Preston and the officers of the 39th Regiment entertained a large number of ladies and gentlemen at an ‘At Home,’ at the military camp, Zwick’s Island, on Saturday afternoon, at which some hundred were present. Visitors were received by the wives of the commanding officers, Mesdames Preston, Smart and Bywater. The dainties of the season were profusely provided and all passed off joyfully and merrily. The Band of the 39th Regiment discoursed music during the entertainment. This Band is a credit to the regiment, considering the short time of its organization.

An interesting and gratifying event at this gathering of citizens and soldiers was the presentation by the Warden of the County, Charles Ketcheson, Esq., to Col. Preston, commanding officer of the regiment, of a cheque for $1,000, the sum generously voted in aid of the regimental fund, by the County Council of the County of Hastings at its last session.

Col. Preston, in a few words, gratefully acknowledged the same, thanking the Warden and members of the County Council for their thoughtful consideration of the wants and comforts of those who had enlisted for the defence of the Empire, of which Canada is an important part. Cheers for the kind hosts ended this most pleasant and agreeable entertainment.”