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100 Years Ago: Tag Day Planned for Veterans, Ernest Edmunds Invalided Home, Ontario to Recognize Boys Who Do Farm Work, Phillip Maracle Wounded, Parade on Confederation Jubilee, West Belleville War Workers Give Red Cross Benefit

The Intelligencer June 26, 1917 (page 2)

“Tag Day for the Veterans. Saturday will be ‘Tag Day’ in Belleville when the ladies of the Independent Orders of the Daughters of the Empire will tag generous citizens for the benefit of The Great War Veterans’ Association of Belleville. The soldiers, who have crossed the seas to fight for the freedom of Canada and the Empire and have returned battle-scarred from the strenuous life in the trenches, hold a warm place in the hearts of all patriotic Canadians and their ‘Tag Day’ should meet with a hearty response.

The Veterans have opened club rooms in the Corby building, Front Street, and it is desired to raise sufficient funds to furnish the rooms which will be used as headquarters for the returned soldiers of this vicinity. The rooms should be made as comfy and home-like as possible to recompense in small measure the brave soldiers who endured every discomfort and faced every sacrifice that Empire might live.

One of the chief objects of the Great War Veterans’ Association is in looking after the interests of the returned soldier, helping him to secure suitable employment or arranging for vocational training to fit him for the work in which he is most adapted. In this connection the officers of the Association will be pleased to have the co-operation of employers who can assist greatly by notifying the Association of vacancies which may occur.”

The Intelligencer June 26, 1917 (page 2)

“Invalided Home. Private Ernest Victor Edmunds, who left Belleville with the 155th Battalion, has been invalided home, arriving here today. The young soldier was taken to his home on the Cannifton Road.”

The Intelligencer June 26, 1917 (page 2)

“ ‘Soldiers of the Soil.’ The Ontario Government have decided to recognize every boy who is helping in the movement for increased production. A special button has been struck off and will be presented  to each boy who works through the season on the farm; all those completing the season’s work will be given a diploma showing that they have done their ‘bit’ at this time.

Warning is given by eminent students of political economy that there is bound to be a food shortage not only for this season, but for some time to come; it is, therefore, imperative that every effort be made for a huge increase in the amount of food produced in this country.

The Organization of Resources Committee have asked the Canadian Y. M. C. A. National Council to co-operate in looking after these boys, and in the presentation of the buttons; for this purpose a public mass meeting will be held in the Belleville City Hall, Wednesday evening, 8 o’clock, when a representative of this movement will be present and in co-operation with a local committee carry out the presentation of buttons.”

The Intelligencer June 26, 1917 (page 2)

“Wounded and Missing. The following telegram received by Mrs. P. Maracle of this city speaks for itself. Ottawa, Ont., June 21, 17. Mrs. P. Maracle, Belleville, Ont. A. M. M. 413. Sincerely regret to inform you that cable received to-day states that 219,361 Pte. Phillip Maracle, infantry, previously reported wounded, now reported wounded and missing, May 10th, 1917. Will send further particulars when received. Officer in Charge Records.”

The Intelligencer June 26, 1917 (page 5)

“The following letter has been sent by Col. H. C. Osborne, A.A.G., to the commanding officers of all city units, both of the militia and the permanent force.

‘The Honorable Minister of Militia and Defence has authorized a parade and review of Canadian Expeditionary Force troops and City Corps, including reserve militia battalions, in large centres of this district on Monday, July 2nd, to celebrate the jubilee of Confederation.

One day’s pay will be issued to all ranks of the active and reserve militia. Every endeavor should be made to ensure the success of this parade and it is hoped that the unit under your command will parade at full strength. Details of arrangements will be published later.”

The Intelligencer June 26, 1917 (page 5)

“ ‘Afternoon Tea In Friendly Village.’ The entertainment given in Queen Mary School last evening by the West Belleville War Workers for the benefit of the Red Cross, was an unqualified success, with a large attendance of patrons and a program which was pleasing from beginning to end.

The principal feature of the program was a dramatic sketch entitled, ‘Afternoon Tea in Friendly Village,’ which introduced village characters appropriately costumed in the garments worn in the year 1862. An old-fashioned quilting bee in which all the neighbors gathered to piece quilts and exchange the latest gossip for a cup of tea and hot biscuits was the medium for many quips and local hits, also showing the incredulity manifested by the people of that time over the first whisperings of scientific invention destined to revolutionize the world in the use of electricity, aerial navigation, telephone communication, etc. …

During the evening a drawing took place for a sofa pillow, donated by Mrs. Hale, and ticket No. 231, held by Mrs. Legault, won the prize. …  The sum of seventy dollars was realized from the entertainment.”



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100 Years Ago: Income Tax May Be Graded, Major Jack Templeton Arrives Home

The Intelligencer June 25, 1917 (page 1)

“Income Tax May Be Graded. Ottawa. Sir Thomas White, Finance Minister, in his speech on the Conscription Bill gave a broad hint at income tax. He said he thought that much of the agitation for the so-called conscription of wealth had arisen from the fact that in every town and city there were to be found a few men who were both rich and close, and were not contributing to the Patriotic Fund.

‘I will say to this House that if I can make them contribute I will do it,’ said the Minister amid applause. ‘I am not sure that it would not be well in connection with income taxation, if we bring it down, that men should be exempted to the extent of their contribution to Patriotic and Red Cross funds because if you impose taxation you will stop—not altogether, but to some extent—the free flow of voluntary giving to these funds.”

The Intelligencer June 25, 1917 (page 2)

“Major Templeton Arrives Home. Major Jack Templeton, a well known Bellevillian, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Templeton of this city is at present here with his parents enjoying a well earned rest. The Major was a member of the 3rd Canadian Pioneer Battalion, which went from Victoria B. C. Recently he returned to Canada on leave direct from France after nearly two years of active service along the front line.

The gallant Major was wounded in the body by shrapnel in May 1915, but returned to France after about six months in hospital in England. He arrived in Canada some time ago and has been recuperating at Chatham and Brockville previous to coming to Belleville. The Major is naturally pleased to be back again to his native town with his parents and to renew acquaintances.”

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100 Years Ago: Poster for War Savings Certificates

The Intelligencer June 23, 1917 (page 1)

“When You Market Consider Your Less Fortunate Neighbor. The well-to-do woman who sits at her phone and orders provisions lavishly, regardless of price, is abusing the power of money as a bully abuses brute strength!

No longer can we help ourselves as we see fit from an unlimited food supply—we are either limiting our buying to our own real needs or ‘hogging’ someone else’s share.

Extravagant buying by those who can afford it, with waste in some kitchens, and excess at some tables, will inevitably bring still greater hardships to those who cannot afford the prices, and hunger to those who must live on less.

Buy for your household as carefully and economically as your husband buys for his factory, store or office. Study food values as well as prices—make it a point to know just what you are getting—eliminate waste—and you’ll find that you can feed your family well on far less than you spend now.

Invest the saving in Canadian War Savings Certificates and you will be doubling your service to the nation. The National Service Board of Canada, Ottawa.”


By | June 23rd, 2017|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments

100 Years Ago: Argument Over Conscription, Ad for Fry’s Cocoa, Benjamin Howard Wounded

The Intelligencer June 22, 1917 (page 3)

“Argument Over Conscription. At 2.15 this morning the police answered a call to a Chinese restaurant in this city, where it was alleged two men who were being provided with a lunch, were quarrelling. Upon investigation it was learned that two men became engaged in a heated argument over conscription. …  Upon arrival of the police the argument was discontinued, and no trouble resulted.”

The Intelligencer June 22, 1917 (page 6)

“Fry’s. A Fatigue Duty. The nurse who is ‘just ready to drop’ will find a wonderful stimulant in FRY’S delicious Cocoa. Of course it feeds every tired muscle—it nourishes bone and nerve—but it really does more.

FRY’S possesses in full measure that subtle ‘spirit of cocoa’—theobromine—which is one of the most beneficial stimulants known. So you see FRY’S is a tonic as well as a nourishing food.”

The Intelligencer June 22, 1917 (page 8)

“Thurlow Boy Wounded. Mrs. Nelson Howard, Thurlow, received word last week from Ottawa that her son, Corp. Benjamin was wounded.

Ottawa, June 11, 1917. Mrs. Nelson Howard, Zion Hill, Thurlow. Cable received to-day states Corp. Benjamin Howard, infantry, officially reported wounded. Remaining on duty May 3, 1917. Director of Records.”

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100 Years Ago: John Newton Alford Wounded, Poster for Canadian Naval Patrol Cooks and Stewards

The Intelligencer June 21, 1917 (page 2)

“Wounded In Action. Now At Shorncliffe. Lieut. J. N. Alford is now in hospital at Shorncliffe suffering from wounds. He is a McGill University graduate and prior to enlistment was with the Toronto Electric Light Co. He enrolled as a private in the Eaton Machine Gun Battery, and went overseas in June, 1915.

He served for two months in the trenches, and was then given a commission. He was wounded a year ago. His is 29 years of age, and a native of Belleville.”

The Intelligencer June 21, 1917 (page 6)

“Men Who Can Cook can earn $1.50 a day ($45.00 a month) with free food, free lodgings and free uniform, with a separation allowance of $25.00 a month to dependents by serving in the Canadian Naval Patrol. It’s a patriotic and profitable service to help to feed the crews of the newly commissioned ships of the Canadian Naval Patrols.

Vacancies also for Stewards and boy Stewards. Apply: Commodore Aemilius Jarvis, Naval Recruiting Officer, Ontario Area, Toronto. Or to the Department of Naval Service, Ottawa.”

By | June 21st, 2017|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments

100 Years Ago: Thomas Patrick Visited by Red Cross, Frederick Ashmore Wounded

The Intelligencer June 19, 1917 (page 2)

“Private Patrick Is Doing Well. Belleville Soldier, in an English Military Hospital, is Visited by Red Cross Workers. Mr. James Patrick, 70 Mill street, Belleville, has received the following letter from the Canadian Red Cross Society, in London, England, in regard to his nephew, Pte. Thomas Patrick, who was wounded in France:

Information Bureau, Canadian Red Cross Society, 14/16 Cockspur Street, London, 23, May, 1917. Dear Sir:—I beg to inform you that Private Thomas Patrick, who is now at Middlesex War Hospital, was admitted to the hospital here on the 22nd, having been wounded and in hospital in France. His wounds were shrapnel in left arm, both knees and right temple. Our report is that his progress is good, and he is walking about. He is slightly deaf and his voice weak. These are caused by shell shock.

If there are any extras he may desire we will see that they are supplied to him. Yours truly, Constance Scott.”

The Intelligencer June 19, 1917 (page 6)

“Gunner Ashmore Severely Wounded. Mrs. Olive Ashmore, 18 Murney Street, has received official notification that her son, Gunner Frederick Ashmore, has been severely wounded.

Gunner Ashmore left Belleville with the first contingent, and his many friends trust that he will have a speedy recovery. The Director of Records, Ottawa, sent the following telegram to Mrs. Ashmore:

Ottawa, Ont., June 18, 1917. Mrs. Olive Ashmore, 18 Murney Street, Belleville, Ont. Sincerely regret to inform you, Gunner Frederick Ashmore, artillery, officially reported admitted to No. 7, Canadian General Hospital, Letreport, June 9, with gunshot wounds in head and hand, (severe). Will send further particulars when received. Director of Records.”


By | June 19th, 2017|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments

100 Years Ago: R. J. Graham Refutes Rumours About Fire, Proceeds of Rose Day, Poster for 2nd Battalion C.E.F. Reinforcing Draft, N. W. Gibson Visited by Red Cross, Poster for War Savings Certificates, Ad for Gillette Safety Razor, Memorial Service for Brotherhood of Trainmen

The Intelligencer June 16, 1917 (page 1)

“False Rumors Are Refuted. The Facts in Connection With The Recent Burning of the Evaporator Plant. To the Editor of The Intelligencer: Dear Sir:—It has come to my notice that rumors are in circulation that some member of our Company or someone interested in our behalf caused the destruction by fire of our buildings in Belleville recently. …

There is no doubt in my mind that the fire was the work of an incendiary, and so far we have been unable to locate the guilty party. …  we indirectly lost a very large amount in replacing the dried potatoes and onions that were burned and we are still drying in several of our factories these vegetables at extremely high prices to fill our contracts for the dried product. All of which will be completed within the time specified in our contracts and at the prices agreed upon with the exception of 200,000 pounds of dried sliced potatoes, which were burned and most of which were packed ready to move out to our troops in India, and were being held for shipping instructions from the British War Office. For this reason, they were good enough to cancel the order for these 200,000 pounds.

Otherwise all of our contracts, since the war began, have been filled exactly as specified and within the time limited, for which fact, both the British and French Government have complimented us. The Graham Co. Ltd., Per R. J. Graham, President.”

The Intelligencer June 16, 1917 (page 2)

“The proceeds of Rose Day, held on Saturday last by the Quinte Chapter, I.O.D.E., amounted to the sum of $708.50. At the monthly meeting of the Chapter on Wednesday, it was decided to give $200 to the Canadian Red Cross Society; $100 to the Canadian War Contingent Association, and $100 to the Canadian Field Comforts Commission. The remainder of the money will be used to purchase materials for the soldiers’ comforts and hospital supplies which are being made by the Chapter all the time.”

The Intelligencer June 16, 1917 (page 2)

“Conscription Is At Hand. Join the 2nd Battalion, C.E.F., Reinforcing Draft now and fight beside your chum at the front. If you wait longer you cannot choose. The pay of the volunteer is settled, while that of the conscript is not.

Is it not better to do your bit voluntarily? This draft is commanded entirely by returned officers. Capt. John Downey, Commanding Armouries, Belleville, Ont.”

The Intelligencer June 16, 1917 (page 3)

“Wounded Soldier Receives Attention. Mrs. Gertrude Gibson, 16, Harriet Street, has received a communication from the information bureau of the Canadian Red Cross Society in London, which reads as follows: Dear Madam:

I beg to inform you that Private N. W. Gibson, 455099, 73 Canadians who is now at Dudley Road Hospital, England, has been visited in the hospital by our authorized Red Cross visitor M. Ellis, who reports he was badly wounded in the right knee and came in here at the end of last month. She says he had the splint removed from the leg but is unable to bear any weight on it at present, so is unable to walk yet.

Our visitor will go and see him regularly and we will report his condition from time to time; also should the many little comforts he may wish for which the Hospital does not supply she will let us know and we will send them to him. Yours Truly Constance Scott.”

The Intelligencer June 16, 1917 (page 6)

“Pay Your Debt To Your Defenders. Turn Your Luxuries Into Comforts For Those Who Have Sacrificed Most.

You can at least save—and lend your savings to the nation. Canada needs every dollar her loyal sons and daughters can spare, to meet the growing expenses of the struggle.

Every dollar you invest in Canadian War Savings Certificates helps the nation to deal generously with those who are defending you. The National Service Board of Canada, Ottawa.”

The Intelligencer June 16, 1917 (page 6)

“Thrift that brings Comfort instead of Sacrifice. Thrift, the paramount national duty, applies to time as well as to money—to small personal outlay as well as to larger family expenditure.

Applied to the daily shave, thrift means the use of a Gillette Safety Razor. The Razor of National Service. Gillette Safety Razor Co. of Canada, Limited.”

The Intelligencer June 16, 1917 (page 8)

“A memorial service under the auspices of the Brotherhood of Trainmen of this city and division, will be held at St. Thomas’ Church tomorrow afternoon. The rector, Ven. Archdeacon Beamish, will officiate, and deliver the discourse. The service is to the memory of members of the Brotherhood who have made the supreme sacrifice.”

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100 Years Ago: Albert College Principal Speaks at Conference

The Intelligencer June 15, 1917 (page 1)

“Rev. Dr. Baker Says Close the College. ‘Let us close the college if necessary and let all our boys go to the war; for the main thing to do is to win the war,’ declared Rev. Dr. E. N. Baker, principal of Albert College, Belleville, to the Toronto Methodist Conference yesterday afternoon.

‘We have sent from Albert College 200 young men. Ten of them have been killed. And we have sent ten of our girls as nurses.’ Conference cheered his suggestion that the colleges should be closed if the crisis demanded it.

Albert College needed a quarter of a million for a new site and buildings, and another quarter of a million for an endowment. He was confident they would get it. ‘God will do whatever He wants done—if He gets a chance.’ He said that his aim was that no young man should be barred out of Albert College for lack of money. …  He told the conference to pray for him and the college, to give to it, and to ‘put a codicil in your wills to help us.’ “


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100 Years Ago: Souvenirs from the Somme, Martin Deibert Enlists

The Intelligencer June 14, 1917 (page 2)

“Souvenirs from Somme. Three brooches, souvenirs of the battle of the Somme, and twenty finger rings, all made from aluminum taken from German shells, have been received by F. B. Naylor, of this city, from Gunner A. Bochetey, Somewhere in France, who enlisted at Belleville and went overseas with the first Canadian Contingent.

Gunner Bochetey acknowledges with thanks receipt of boxes of good things from Mr. and Mrs. Naylor, and says he is ‘doing his bit’ to drive the Huns back to Berlin.”

The Intelligencer June 14, 1917 (page 5)

“Young Belleville Artilleryman Was Honored by His Church Associates. Martin Deibert, of Belleville, who has enlisted with the Cobourg Heavy battery was on Sunday last at Holloway Street Church Sunday School presented with a fountain pen and the following address:

Dear Martin: It is with deep regret that we learn of your leaving us, but we are proud that another member of our Sabbath school has so nobly answered the call of the colors and enlisted, not only to fight for King and Country, but that the demon militarism which breaks pledged words and oppresses the weak may be crushed out, so that abiding peace may come to the world as a blessing to us and to the unborn generations.

As a teacher and member of our school you have always been a cheerful willing helper and not only your class which you have endeared to you through example and painstaking teaching, but the whole school feel they are suffering a distinct loss in your departure. …

And now as a memento we ask you to accept this fountain pen, which we hope will prove of service to you, and that its use will recall to mind the knowledge that although far away, and seas divide, the thoughts and prayers of the superintendent, officers, teachers and scholars of Holloway St. Sunday school shall follow you.

Our hope and prayer is that this war may soon cease and that you may be, through God’s mercy, spared to return, and resume work with us. Signed on behalf of school. G. T. Woodley, Supt. Kerr, Secretary.”

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100 Years Ago: Leroy Madden Dangerously Ill

The Intelligencer June 13, 1917 (page 2)

“Reported Dangerously Ill. Mr. George Madden, of this city, is in receipt of a communication from the Record Office, Ottawa, which conveys the intelligence that his son, Sergt. Leroy Madden, is dangerously ill.

Sergt. Madden, left Belleville with the 155th Battalion last October and has been in France about three months. Roy was previously wounded and it is thought that the sickness was brought on through the wound.”

By | June 13th, 2017|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments