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100 Years Ago: Graham Company Supplies Dried Food to French Army Cook

The Intelligencer January 5, 1916 (page 2)

“French Cook Praises a Belleville Product. The Graham Co. of this city have received the following letter from a French cook in the trenches, and speaks well for the company and their products:

From the Trenches, Dec. 13, 1915. Sir:—Being a cook I am using your product with success; it is very practical. We have to give our men soup early in the morning. Before we were obliged to peel all the vegetables by candle light, which was very hard. All the men in our company say the soup is very good. I want to tell you that we are from different countries and a little help from you would do us a lot of good because we do not get help from home. Yours very truly, MILON DESIRE, 20th Co., 801st Infantry.

The Graham Co. are sending some assistance to these men, which they hope will be acceptable.”

[Note: The Graham Company produced desiccated vegetables and evaporated supplies.]

HC03067 B01 (detail of Graham Co. Ltd.) [1]

Graham Company premises on Front Street, Belleville (from 1902 brochure ‘Belleville on the Bay of Quinte’, HC03067)