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100 Years Ago: Most Disabled Soldiers Making Good, Successful Garden Party

The Intelligencer July 6, 1918 (page 3)

“Returned Disabled Soldiers Nearly All Making Good. Toronto. Mr. Fred Holmes of the Invalided Soldiers’ Commission addressed a joint meeting of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Ontario section, and the Engineering Institute of Canada, Toronto branch, at the Engineers’ Club on ‘The Training of Disabled Soldiers in the Industries.’ He described the advantage that has already accrued to many returned disabled soldiers by re-education in industry. …

It would pay the Government, he said, inside of five years to spend $20,000,000 on this work, by the saving in pensions, and the advantage to the men would be incalcuable. Eighty to ninety per cent of the men made good, and with the remainder it was largely a question of patience and experiment.”

The Intelligencer July 6, 1918 (page 7)

“Successful Garden Party. A very successful garden party was held on the lawn of Mr. and Mrs. F. E. O’Flynn east Bridge street yesterday afternoon and last evening in the interests of the Red Cross and Patriotic Association. The grounds were tastefully decorated with flags and bunting, and at the entrance, and in prominent places in the decorations the American flag was in evidence.

A large variety of flowers in the terraces, consisting of roses, pansies, sweet peas, forget-me-nots, primroses, were greatly admired by the guests and added to the beauty of the scene. Tea and refreshments were served and the head table was presided over by Mrs. (Col.) Lazier, President of the Association, and Mrs. E. Guss Porter. The table of homemade cooking was in charge of Mrs. Boyes, with a splendid group of assistants, and the demand for the homemade products was so great that the stock was entirely disposed of.

The flower tables were in charge of Miss Corby, Miss Ida Thompson, Miss Kelso and Miss Rathbun. The many beautiful flowers were artistically arranged and very much admired by the many who were present and were sold for the benefit of our boys overseas. The ice cream table was in charge of Mrs. J. A. Borbridge and an able band of assistants, and they were the hardest worked ladies on the ground. The fish pond was an attractive corner of the ground and Mrs. Waddell, Mrs. Horie, Miss Corbett and Miss Newton, who so successfully managed it, was ample proof of its success.

The day was an ideal one ‘just enough shadow to temper the light of the sun.’ A pleasant feature of the afternoon was the presentation of certificates of life membership in the Red Cross Society from the members of the Red Cross and Patriotic Association to Miss Annie Hurley, the secretary, and Miss Clara Yeomans, the treasurer. The presentation was made by Mrs. (Col.) Lazier and Mrs. (Dr.) Yeomans.

In the evening the band of the 15th Battalion, A.L.I., furnished a program of music and the decorations, flowers and music, together with the tables and many things presented a beautiful and animated scene.

The playing of God Save the King at 9.30 brought to a close one of the most successful garden parties held by the association.”


By | July 6th, 2018|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments

100 Years Ago: Magazines for Soldiers

The Intelligencer July 3, 1918 (page 4)

“Magazines for Soldiers. The call comes strong and urgent from overseas for books and magazines for the soldiers. Sir Douglas Haig writing of the need of reading matter for the soldier says that ‘the demand to be met is very great’ and underlines that sentence. The Earl of Derby writes on the same subject that ‘the matter is urgent.’

In the United States the Post Office Department makes the sending of magazines to American soldiers very easy by providing that the placing of a one-cent stamp upon a magazine without wrapping, and depositing the same in a post office will ensure the delivery of the magazine to one of their soldiers overseas. There does not seem to be any good reason why this method can not be adopted by the Canadian and British Post Office authorities.

The soldiers need reading matter—the kind that is light and cheery, entertaining rather than educational. Let us give them what they ask for.”



By | July 3rd, 2018|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments

100 Years Ago: National Day of Prayer

The Intelligencer July 2, 1918 (page 4)

“Canadians Pray For Peace With Victory. A service solemn and impressive closed the national day of prayer in Belleville with Griffin’s Theatre filled to the doors and all of the city churches represented on the stage. In accordance with the proclamation of the Dominion of Provincial governments Sunday was observed in all the churches with special prayers for the success of the Allied armies and for an early, permanent and righteous peace.

It had been arranged that after the church services in the evening a mass meeting would be held on the Court House grounds but the rain interfered and the meeting was held in Griffin’s theatre. …  The visiting Salvation Army band played the music for the hymns and added materially to the interest of the meeting.”



By | July 2nd, 2018|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments

100 Years Ago: Plea for Salvation Army Wives and Daughters, Girls with Knowledge of Chemistry Required, Point Anne Lawn Party, Successful Garden Party, Announcement of Fall Wheat Seed

The Intelligencer June 29, 1918 (page 5)

“Will the Ladies Have to Walk? Adjutant Trickey, in charge of the Salvation Army Work here, will be grateful if automobile owners will be kind enough to meet the 5.40 G.T.R. train this afternoon and bring the wives and daughters of the visiting bandsmen down town. The veterans are looking after the transportation of the bandsmen, and it would be a serious reflection upon the open-handed hospitality of Belleville citizens to let the visiting ladies walk.”

The Intelligencer June 29, 1918 (page 5)

“Chemical Girls Wanted. Twenty-five University or High School girls or girls who have some knowledge of chemistry between the ages of 20 and 25 absolutely physically fit, are required for a Government chemical plant at Shawinigan Falls, Que., to take the place of the men who have gone overseas.

A new home has been built for the purpose, which will be in charge of a Welfare worker and a nurse, and everything has been done for the comfort, the welfare, and the happiness of the girl workers. There will be an eight-hour shift from 7 to 3 and from 3 to 11, and the pay will start at $2.40 a day, going up to $3. and $7. will be paid for board and lodging. The home is built on a most picturesque spot. Canoes and boats will be provided on the river, and many tennis courts.

It is proposed that the twenty-five girls now chosen will be eventually trained as forewomen to superintend the three hundred that will be eventually required. The Government Bureau, 45 King Street west, Toronto is in charge of the applications.”

The Intelligencer June 29, 1918 (page 5)

“Lawn Party at Point Anne. On Tuesday evening, June 25, an enjoyable and successful lawn party was given on the Point Anne school lawn by the third section of the Sunshine Knitting Circle. The 15th Regiment Band added much to the evening’s entertainment. Mr. Thompson, M.P. for East Hastings, and Mr. Montgomery, County Warden, gave interesting addresses on patriotic work.

The attractive booths were well patronized and the goodly sum of $245.00, the net proceeds of the evening, will be used by Thurlow Red Cross, of which the Point Anne Society is a branch, for wool and other materials for soldiers overseas.

The tapestry cushion donated by Mrs. J. Taylor, was drawn by Mrs. J. Selden. The embroidered table runner, donated by Mrs. Donald MacDonald, who generously gave it back and it was sold at auction.”

The Intelligencer June 29, 1918 (page 5)

“Announcement. Fall Wheat Seed. In view of the partial failure of the Fall wheat crop in this Province this year it will be necessary for farmers to make early arrangements for the supply of seed which they will need for Fall sowing.  Under these circumstances farmers who have on hand quantities of wheat suitable for Fall seeding are urged to conserve them for this purpose.

If there is no demand locally, the information should be supplied to this Department in your County, so that every effort may be made to have an equitable and satisfactory distribution. The need for foodstuffs justifies a large acreage of Fall wheat in this Province again this year, and the co-operation of the farmers in the mobilization and distribution of the available seed supplies is invited.

Ontario Department of Agriculture. Geo. T. Henry, Minister of Agriculture, Parliament Buildings, Toronto, Ontario.”


By | June 29th, 2018|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments

100 Years Ago: War Excise Tax on Matches and Playing Cards, Day of Prayer for Allies, Intelligencer Offers to Publish Casualty News, Photo of Salvation Army, Clarence Brennan Returns, Russel Creighton Awarded Military Medal, Salvation Army Band, Civic Reception for Salvation Army Band

The Intelligencer June 28, 1918 (page 1)

“New Excise Stamps Effective July 1. Toronto. The war excise tax of one cent on a box of matches and eight cents on a package of playing cards goes into effect on July 1, according to instructions received at the Inland Revenue Department, Toronto. The tax on matches applies only to those manufactured or imported after April 30. This refers to playing cards also manufactured or imported after this date. …

The stamping of these matches and cards differs from the legal requirements respecting the stamping of patent medicines and perfumery. In the latter case the goods may be stamped at the time of sale to the consumer, whereas in the former all goods in stock, must be stamped without regard to the date.”

The Intelligencer June 28, 1918 (page 1)

“Day of Prayer for the Allies. The Belleville Ministerial Association, at a meeting held on Monday last, passed the following resolution:

Whereas the Dominion Government, with the concurrence and proclamation of the Governor-General of Canada, has set aside Sunday, June 30th, as a day for special prayer on behalf of the British Empire and her allied nations.

Resolved by this Ministerial Association, that it is particularly incumbent upon Christian people in time of war, to humbly and devoutly acknowledge their dependence upon Almighty God, and with confession and contrition prayerfully invoke His aid, protection and deliverance.

Therefore, the members of this association, with the utmost unanimity, earnestly and prayerfully appeal to the citizens of Belleville that with consecrated aim they respond to the call of our Government and fill the churches morning and evening, and with religious, worshipful solemnity, offer up fervent supplication unto God for the safety and welfare of the cause for which Britain and her allies are fighting. …

A union meeting at which the Riverdale Band of Toronto will lead the singing will be held at 8.30 Sunday evening on the Court House grounds, Pinnacle street. A. M. Hubly, President. D. C. Ramsay, Secretary.”

The Intelligencer June 28, 1918 (page 2)

“All Are Interested. The great battle now raging in France will no doubt touch with sorrow many Canadian homes, and messages of loved ones having been killed or wounded may be expected to reach Belleville homes. The public are interested in the brave heroes who are sacrificing so much to preserve Canada from German domination, and The Intelligencer, will publish news of casualties as soon as received if the relatives will give us the information.

Telephone or personal calls will be appreciated. ‘Phone 36.”

The Intelligencer June 28, 1918 (page 7)

“Deseronto Soldier Returns. The members of St. Vincent de Paul’s Church, Deseronto, held a reception for Corporal Clarence Brennan, who has just returned after three years’ service on the western front. An address and a well-filled purse were presented to him, after which an entertaining evening was spent.

Corporal Brennan was but 16 years of age when he enlisted. He served with the artillery of Passchendale. All the members of his battery were either killed or wounded, and although suffering from wounds himself, the relief corps found him attempting to ease the sufferings of his unfortunate companions. He was awarded the Military Medal for bravery and devotion to duty.

Three brothers are in France now. Corporal Brennan was invalided home on account of wounds.”

The Intelligencer June 28, 1918 (page 7)

“Awarded Military Medal. Russel Creighton, formerly of Bancroft village, in a letter to his mother, Mrs. E. D. Creighton, of Peterboro, conveys the pleasing intelligence that he has been awarded the Military Medal. He was wounded on the 4th of March, and was recommended for the medal the same day.”

The Intelligencer June 28, 1918 (page 7)

“Visiting Bandsmen. On Saturday at 5.40 p.m. the S. A. Silver Band of Riverdale, Toronto will arrive via G. T. R. A reception will be accorded them at the depot by the G. W. V. A., patriotic societies, S. A. Home League, Boy Scouts and the city band. At 6 p.m. a civic reception will be given the band by Mayor Platt, on the Court House grounds.

Sunday 10.45 a.m. service will be held at the S. A. Citadel in charge of Capt. and Mrs. Parsons, and at 2.45 p.m. a sacred program of music will be given in the opera house by the band. Major Ponton will be in the chair, supported by some of the leading citizens. At 6.45 p.m. a service will be held in the opera house. The band will play The Dead March in Saul, out of respect to the late Nurse Bessie Humphreys. At 8.30 p.m. a united mass prayer service will be held on the Court House grounds, Rev. A. M. Hubly presiding. The band will play the hymns.”

The Intelligencer June 28, 1918 (page 7)

“Civic Reception. The Court House grounds have been placed at the disposal of the local Salvation Army Corps for the civic reception to be accorded the visiting bandsmen from Toronto, who arrive in Belleville tomorrow afternoon from Toronto. A procession will be formed at the Fire Station on Front Street East, opposite the Fire Station, with the Great War Veterans, Boy Scouts, City Band and others, who with the visitors will parade to the Court House grounds, where Mayor Platt will extend the keys of the city to the visiting musical Salvationists.

Monday morning if suitable arrangements can be made the visiting bandsmen will visit the aviation camps before leaving at 11.40 for Cobourg, where they will give concerts on the holiday.”

By | June 28th, 2018|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments

100 Years Ago: Parcels for Prisoners, Ad for Gillette, Ad for Red Rose Tea

The Intelligencer June 27, 1918 (page 3)

“Parcels for Prisoners. A notification has been received from the British authorities to the effect that the parcel post service for prisoners of war in Turkey or Bulgaria is at present suspended. Until this service is resumed no parcels can be forwarded to prisoners of war in Turkey or Bulgaria and persons desiring to help prisoners of war in these countries are advised to forward remittances to them. These can be sent by means of post office money orders which are issued free of commission.

Particulars as to how to proceed may be obtained from postmasters of accounting offices. Any parcels for prisoners of war in these countries which may be intercepted in the course of transmission will be returned to the senders, providing the name of the senders is given on the parcel.”

The Intelligencer June 27, 1918 (page 4)

Ad for Gillette

“S.O.S. Soldiers of the Soil. Your S.O.S. Boy goes to do a Man’s Work. Give Him a Man’s Razor!

His keenness to serve as a ‘Soldier of the Soil’ is not the only sign that your boy is approaching manhood. Look at his chin and that ‘stiff’ upper lip!

He would have needed a razor even if he had stayed at home this summer—and in the vigorous outdoor life he’s going to, he’ll need it even more.

Give him a Gillette Safety Razor—the one the older soldiers Overseas prefer, and millions of men at home are using every morning.”

The Intelligencer June 27, 1918 (page 5)

Ad for Red Rose Tea

“War times are teaching us that there is no economy in buying the cheapest goods nor the fancy high priced ones. We are depending on the solid values of the good standard brands—the brands that were good in peace time and have doubly proved their worth in war time.

Red Rose Tea—costing today only about ¼ of a cent per cup—is one of the solid war time values that anyone can afford—and that everyone will enjoy.

It is truly a war time tea.”

By | June 27th, 2018|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments

100 Years Ago: Poster for Registration, Salvation Army Silver Band to Arrive, Christ Church Intercession Service

The Intelligencer June 26, 1918 (page 5)

Poster for registration

“While the War Lasts Registration is to be Continuous.

Persons Attaining Age of Sixteen; Those Discharged from Active Service; Those Who Fail to Register on June 22nd; Penalties Provided; Notice of Marriage; Notice of Change of Address; Lost or Worn-Out Certificates.

All registrants likely to be affected by the above regulations are recommended to clip and file this announcement for future reference as it will not appear again.

Issued by authority of Canada Registration Board.”

The Intelligencer June 26. 1918 (page 7)

“40 Bandsmen Coming. Word has reached the city that there will be forty in the Salvation Army silver band arriving here on Saturday evening at 5.40 via G.T.R. This includes the officers in charge, Capt. and Mrs. P. J. Parsons of Toronto. As a number of these men are returned soldiers, it is expected that the heads of all patriotic bodies will take part in the reception.

In addition to cars provided for about fifty by the G. W. V. A. cars will be required for about seventy-five others, including sixty members of the Women’s Home League of the Salvation Army. These wives, daughters and sisters of men overseas wish to have a part in the welcome to the returned army bandsmen, and if any citizen having a car would phone Adjt. Trickey at 813, he would be very grateful.”

The Intelligencer June 26, 1918 (page 7)

“Intercession Service. A large number were present at the intercession service held last evening in Christ Church. These services are held regularly in Christ Church conducted by Rev. Rural Dean Swayne, for the boys overseas.”

By | June 26th, 2018|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments

100 Years Ago: Poster for Royal Air Force Mechanics, Patriotic Piano Recital, Four Soldiers Invalided Home

The Intelligencer June 24, 1918 (page 3)

Poster for Royal Air Force mechanics

“Royal Air Force Want Mechanics. Any Man in Medical Category B May Apply. Following Trades particularly required:

Acetylene Welders, Boat Builder, Blacksmith, Camera Repairer, Carpenter, Cooks, Coppersmith, Draughtsman, Electrician, Fitters, Fabric Workers (Sailmakers), Hospital Orderly, Instrument Repairer, Magneto Repairer, Millwright, Motor Body Builder, Motor Cyclist, Miscellaneous Labor, Photographer, Rigger (Aeroplane), Tailor, Tinsmith, Turner, Upholsterer, Vulcanizer, Wireless Mechanic, Wireless Operator.

Rapid Promotion, a chance to learn a trade and serve the Empire.”

The Intelligencer June 24, 1918 (page 5)

“Patriotic Piano Recital. A patriotic piano recital was held June 18th, by Miss MacCuaig’s pupils. The program included a duet played by Miss MacCuaig and Miss Luffman. Prizes were presented to Jack Marsh, Charles Earle and Rosalind Ervine for good work during the year.

Sergt. Spargo kindly came from Kingston and gave two songs. The generous collection contributed, amounted to fifteen dollars, which will be sent in the form of parcels through the Red Cross Society to Canadian prisoners of war, as a gift from the class.”

The Intelligencer June 24, 1918 (page 5)

“Invalided Home. Sergt. E. Smith and Privates W. Hogan, J. E. Little and S. Jones have returned to their homes in this city and vicinity. The quartette were welcomed home by Mayor Platt and other citizens. They had been overseas for some months and all were invalided home.”

By | June 24th, 2018|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments

100 Years Ago: William Luscombe Discharged, Ad for Gillette

The Intelligencer June 21, 1918 (page 5)

“Splendid Service Record. Lance Corporal William Luscombe, who is a resident of Belleville, obtained his discharge on Tuesday last, June 18th. He joined the colors on January 5th, 1915, and went overseas in June as Sergeant, and gave up his rank to go to France. He has been in some of the fiercest battles and has been wounded three times, the last being a serious wound in the abdomen, caused through gun shot at the battle of Vimy Ridge.

He was in the Hospital for six months, and landed in Canada on March 17th, 1918. Corp. Luscombe’s friends will be pleased to know that he has obtained his discharge, and that he has done his duty to the colors nobly and well.”

The Intelligencer June 21, 1918 (page 10)

Ad for Gillette

“Register June 22nd. The Man-Power of Canada includes The Young Men of Sixteen.

It need come as no surprise that young people of 16 should be counted in the man-power of the country. War has altered many things, and today a youth is called upon to do a man’s work—and is doing it, too!

In farm and factory, office and store, any boy with the right spirit in him will not stay long at the bottom of the ladder. People commence to call him ‘Brown’ or ‘Mr. Brown’, instead of ‘Willie’ and he has got to live up to it!

He cannot go around any longer with down on his chin and upper lip. A boy doing a man’s work must have a man’s razor. Do you know such a boy who might hesitate to buy himself a Gillette Razor? Give him the strong moral support of a good ‘clean shave’ daily throughout life.

Gillette Safety Razor Co., of Canada, Limited.”

By | June 21st, 2018|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments

100 Years Ago: Early Registration, Girls Sought for Farm Work, Canners Need More Employees, Trainmen Instructed in Handling Explosives

The Intelligencer June 19, 1918 (page 1)

“Register Now And Avoid Last Minute Rush On Saturday. Saturday is Market Day and the city will be filled with citizens of the rural districts who will seek to take advantage of the facilities here to register, as they are quite entitled to. If the city people do not register before Saturday there promises to be a rush which will keep people standing in line for hours.

Opportunities for registering now are available at the City Hall, Y. M. C. A. and Corby Library. Register now and save a long wait Saturday.”

The Intelligencer June 19, 1918 (page 7)

“Mobilization of Girls. Miss M. C. Straith, District Secretary of the Women’s Farm Department, Ontario Government, is a guest at the Quinte to-day and will be here until tomorrow morning seeking girls willing to do national service by working at mixed farming.

There is a great demand for farmerettes with some all-round experience and considerable difficulty is experienced in supplying girls to meet the demand, said Miss Straith to an Intelligencer representative this morning, and she would be glad to meet a number of young ladies residing in Belleville, who are not serving the nation in any useful capacity at present. Girls for fruit and vegetable work are also needed.”

The Intelligencer June 19, 1918 (page 7)

“Instructed in Handling Explosives. Many trainmen employed on the G. T. R., C. P. R., and C. N. R. in this district, last evening assembled at the Y.M.C.A. building here for the purpose of being instructed in Safety First in regard to the handling of explosives.

Mr. A. H. McMullen, whose headquarters are in Toronto, and who is a railway expert in the handling of explosives, was present and instructed his hearers in regard to this important branch of railway life. The address was of an instructive and beneficial nature.”

By | June 19th, 2018|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments