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100 Years Ago: Poster for Registration, Registration for Five Million Men and Women

The Intelligencer June 18, 1918 (page 3)

Poster for registration

“Here is the Day YOU Register. On June 22nd, Saturday, every man and woman, resident in Canada, who is 16 years and over, must attend at one of the places provided for registration.

Why the Certificate is so Important. Unregistered persons cannot lawfully purchase transportation tickets, and may find themselves barred from travelling on railroads, steamboats, etc. Similarly they may be denied board and lodging at any hotel, restaurant, public house or boarding house.

This Certificate is YOUR Protection. Get it and Carry it. Issued by authority of Canada Registration Board.”

The Intelligencer June 18, 1918 (page 4)

“Card-Indexing the Nation’s Resources. Canada is about to gather her available resources for the last great drive that shall send the Hun reeling from the conflict into which he plunged the civilized world four years ago. …

The information that registration will provide will constitute a solid basis, upon which the Government can intelligently formulate and put into execution all its war policies. After registration the Government will have a clearer understanding of the capabilities of the country for production; they will know how much of Canada’s human energy is being uselessly expended. …

The registration of 5,000,000 men and women in one day is in itself an enormous task, but Canadians can be relied upon to meet it as they have met every major task imposed by the war.”

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100 Years Ago: Memorial Service for Railway Men, Nursing Sister Stella May Jenkins Mentioned for Bravery

The Intelligencer June 17, 1918 (page 2)

“Railway Men Honor The Silent Army. Sunday afternoon a memorial service was held in the Tabernacle Methodist church, under the auspices of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen and associated orders in connection with the railway to commemorate the passing of their fallen comrades who have made the supreme sacrifice since the beginning of the war.

The members of the Associated Societies, headed by the 15th Regimental Band, formed at their hall on Pine street, and proceeded to the church, where the impressive service was held. The pastor, Rev. S. C. Moore, President of the Bay of Quinte Conference, officiated and delivered an appropriate address, after the usual opening had been conducted. There was a good congregation present, and all entered into the spirit of the service. …

At the close the audience remained standing while the Dead March in Saul was played, as a loving tribute to the memory of their comrades who had joined the silent army.

The names of the members from this division of the various Brotherhoods who have made the supreme sacrifice are as follows: Robert Warrilow, George Dixon, John Caddick, John Clarke, Leo Ross, Albert Edward Hemmings, Walter Craig, John Coburn, James Warlow, Mercer Hayward, William J. Clarke, John W. Fraser, Fred Couben.”

The Intelligencer June 17, 1918 (page 5)

“Mentioned in Despatches. Nursing Sister Jenkins, formerly of Belleville, has been mentioned in General Haig’s despatches for outstanding bravery and service to the Empire.”

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100 Years Ago: Penalties for Failure to Register, Robert James Logue Wins Honors, Poster for Early Registration, Boys and Girls Help Farmers, Alexander Russell Killed in Action

The Intelligencer June 15, 1918 (pages 1, 3)

“Life Won’t Be Worth Living If You Don’t Register on June 22nd. Saturday the 22nd of this month will be Registration Day. On that day every man, every woman and every child of and over the age of sixteen years throughout the Dominion of Canada will have to register. …

Now it won’t do to be evasive about the answers to the questions on the card. A person who refuses to answer any of them is liable to a fine not exceeding $100. One who answers falsely or misleadingly is liable to a fine not exceeding $500 and to imprisonment for not more than six months. …  By the way, all persons, male or female alike have to declare their age. This is bad luck for the ladies who may have remained stationary at twenty-five or so for many years. Happily, however, all the officials concerned are pledged to secrecy, and if they disclose they are liable to a fine not exceeding $500 and to imprisonment for not exceeding three months.

The registration card having been duly completed, the person registering will then receive a certificate of registration signed by the deputy registrar and with the signature of the person registering in the margin thereof, in order that he or she may be able at all times thenceforth to be identified. Each certificate will also bear a number.

Thenceforth the life of the registered person must be one with that of his or her certificate. He or she must guard it closely as his or her life or honor. At all times it must be carried on the person and produced on demand to any peace officer, police officer or constable.”

The Intelligencer June 15, 1918 (page 2)

“Pte. R. J. Lugue Wins Further Honors. Mrs. R. O. Stewart, 16 East Moira Street, has received from her nephew Pte. R. J. Logue, M. M., a copy of an official document, which shows that Pte. Logue, since winning the Military Medal, has won more honors for outstanding valor in the field of battle. The document reads as follows:

‘The following is a recommendation in the case of 412259, Pte. R. J. Logue, (21st Canadian Battalion, B. E. F.) of his Company Commander, which I am pleased to endorse.

He was amongst the first reinforcements to France; was recommended at the Somme; was awarded the Military Medal at the Raid January 17th, and was again recommended for his work at Vimy. He is most trustworthy and of exceptional nerve. He has been employed as a Stretcher Bearer the whole of his time in France. His general character is excellent.’ (Sgd.) G. S. Bowerbank, Major O.C. ‘B’ Company, 21st Can. Bn. Approved (Sgd.) Elmet. Lieut. Colonel Commanding, 21st Canadian Bn.”

The Intelligencer June 15, 1918 (page 3)

Poster for early registration

“Register Ahead of Time Where You Can. There is good sound advice in the old saying—’Come early and avoid the rush.’ Come early to the registration booth on Registration Day—but better still—register before Registration Day, if you can.

It is going to tax the powers of deputy registrars to the utmost to handle the crowds on June 22nd. Realizing that to be so, many of these deputies are arranging to take beforehand the registration of any persons who care to present themselves.

Study your own convenience, aid the Volunteer Deputy, obey the law, and serve Canada, by registering early in the week if you can; or, in any event, early on The Day. Issued by authority of Canada Registration Board.”

The Intelligencer June 15, 1918 (page 4)

“Patriots in Overalls. More than one hundred school boys are helping the farmers in the immediate vicinity of Belleville to produce the greatest crops in the history of Hastings County and help defeat the twin enemies, Hun and Hunger. Responding to the call of the government, patriotic farmers have increased their productive acreage this year in the face of a pronounced scarcity of farm labor, and the prospects of hard and continuous work from daylight to dark from seed time to harvest.

The government is helping with farm tractors and encouragement to boys and girls, retired farmers and city dwellers to do their bit in the fields of production, and even Nature in her most kindly mood is assisting with showers when needed and glorious weather for growth and for the workers. All things seem to be working together for the undoing of the Hun.”

The Intelligencer June 15, 1918 (page 7)

“Killed in Action. Mrs. Alex. Russell, of Trenton, received a telegram announcing the death of her husband, 636628 Bombardier Alex. Russell, on May 29th. Death was caused by a compound shell fracture. He is the third son of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Russell, Trenton. He enlisted at Bancroft and went overseas August, 1916, at the time being an engineer. He leaves a wife and three children. Of his three brothers, two, Bob and Tom are in France, and William is now in Kingston, expecting to leave for overseas at any time.”

[Note: Bombardier Alexander Russell died on May 29, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 495 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]


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100 Years Ago: Badges of Honor to Soldiers of the Soil, Clarence Martin Receives Gift of Farewell

The Intelligencer June 14, 1918 (page 2)

“National Badges Of Honour Presented To Soldiers Of The Soil. At the Y. M. C. A. building last evening an event of interest to the boys who are members of the Soldiers of the Soil branch of national service, which at the present time is doing splendid service for Canada, took place. It was the presentation of National Badges of Honor to those boys who are working upon farms in this locality.

The gathering took place in the gymnasium and a number of spectators were present. The boys, of whom there were about fifty present, looked robust and happy and apparently are enjoying life in the open. Previous to the programme of the evening being carried out the boys under the leadership of Mr. P. Brockel, rendered a number of songs. …

Mr. P. Brockel, Belleville Y.M.C.A. Secretary, who is also superintendent of the S. O. S. of this district, spoke briefly in reference to the work. In his district some 800 boys were helping in greater production and the boys were making good. All should realize that they are not doing this simply for a monetary purpose, but for a higher purpose. …  Physical development was impressed upon the boys by the speaker. …

National Badges of Honor presented by the Dominion Government through the Dominion Food Board, were presented to the following boys, who are Soldiers of the Soil in this locality: Soldiers of the Soil: Fred Deacon, Clark Diamond, Carlos Clapp, Digby Denike, James Ketcheson, John McIntosh, Jack McCullough, Alex Kerr, W. Bruce Tower, R. Watson, Arthur H. Blackburn, Greer Roberts, J. E. Vanbuskirk, Reginald Cooper, Harold C. Barnes, Arthur Leavens, Glen Meyers, Thomas J. Herity, Charles Hall, Harry Hurley, Glencoe Hogle, Edward G. Wallbridge, Murray Denike, A. Max Herity, Gilbert Waite, Gerald Bass, Charles L. Jeffery, Leslie L. Allen, H. E. Collins, Stanley Hagerman, Clarence Ketcheson, Gordon Robertson, R. C. Mott, C. R. Pitcher, W. J. Osborne.

A vote of thanks moved by Max Herity and seconded by Gordon Robertson, was unanimously passed to Mr. Brockel for the interest he took in the boys’ welfare. The singing of the National Anthem brought the pleasing programme to a close.”

The Intelligencer June 14, 1918 (page 7)

“Address and Presentation. The other evening a number of neighbors and acquaintances assembled at the home of Mr. C. A. Palmer, fourth concession of Thurlow, to bid bon voyage to his grandson, Clarence A. Martin, on the eve of his departure for Barriefield camp. The following address was read by Rev. Mr. McMullen, the presentation being made by Mr. Bruce Martin:

Dear Clarence,—We, a few of your many friends, assemble here tonight, having heard of your early departure from our midst at the call of our country for military service. We felt we would not be true to our best manhood and womanhood if we permitted this opportunity to pass without expressing to you the high regard in which this entire community holds you as a true friend, useful citizen and manly man. …

As a slight token of our love and esteem we ask you to accept this wrist watch and fountain pen. May the face of this watch remind you amid the vicissitudes of military life of the loving faces of friends in Thurlow and may you be able to find time to use this pen to send us your love from afar. Signed—Bruce Martin, Caleb Garrison.”

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100 Years Ago: George Forhan Receives Gift of Farewell, Registration Locations in Belleville

The Intelligencer June 12, 1918 (page 2)

“Presentation To Popular Theatrical Man. At the conclusion of the picture show at Griffin’s Opera House last night Mr. George Forhan, until recently the popular and genial manager of the house was a recipient of a presentation.

Mr. Forhan has joined Canada’s Fighting Corps having enlisted with the 73rd battery at Toronto. His presence here was taken advantage of by the staff of the two play houses here which he so successfully managed, and he was presented with a wrist watch. All the members of the staff were present and at an opportune time an address was read by Miss Maud Blaind, and the watch was handed to Mr. Forhan by Mr. W. Rothwell. The address was as follows:

Dear Mr. Forhan,—We, the staff of the Griffin Theatres take this opportunity of honouring you, and thus we honour ourselves at the same time. On the eve of your departure to take your place among the men who are protecting our home and fighting for our country to-day, we have gathered together to express our sorrow in losing you, to wish you God-speed and a safe return.

As a mark of our esteem and appreciation, we ask you to accept this wrist watch as a token of our regard and a reminder of the friends you leave in Belleville, whose wishes will follow you where ‘ere you go. Signed on behalf of the staff of the Griffin Theatres.

Mr. Forhan replied briefly but appropriately extending his thanks to the staff for their kind remembrance. He said he certainly appreciated the gift and he was proud of the fact that there had always been a hearty co-operation between the staff and himself in all matters appertaining to the conducting of the business of the house. Their efforts in this direction he was proud of. The gift would ever be a remembrance of the kindly feeling which existed between the staff and himself.”

The Intelligencer June 12, 1918 (page 7)

“Deputy Registrars Selected For City. Mr. J. A. Kerr of this city, appointed as Registrar for West Hastings under the Canada Registration Board, has selected the following places for the City of Belleville for registration purposes on Saturday, June 22nd.

Foster Ward: Mission Dundas Street, Marsh Engineering Works, Canada Steel Works, General Hospital.

Samson Ward: Queen Alexandra School, City Hall, Armouries, St. Thomas Parish Hall.

Ketcheson Ward: Belleville High School, Salvation Army Citadel, Bridge Street S. S., St. Andrew’s S. S., Y.M.C.A., Hydro Electric local office, Ontario Business College, Belleville Hardware Company.

Baldwin Ward: Queen Victoria School, St. Michael’s Academy, Tabernacle church S. S., Fire Hall No. 2, John Street S. S., Graham Limited employees.

Bleecker Ward: S. A. Station S. S., Grand Trunk Railway System.

Coleman Ward: Grier Street School and St. Michael’s Academy.

Murney Ward: Queen Mary School, Christ Church, Home For Friendless, Springer Lock Works, Wilson Munition Company, Deacon Shirt Company.”

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100 Years Ago: C.N.R. Staff Bid Messrs. V. Nicholson and Norman Dawkins Farewell

The Intelligencer June 11, 1918 (page 5)

“Farewell to Soldiers. A pleasant event took place last evening at the C.N.R. passenger station in a gathering of members of the staff of the C.N.R. passenger freight and express departments here to say farewell to two comrades who have entered the military service. Messrs. V. Nicholson and Norman Dawkins were the guests of honor and addresses of appreciation were read, accompanied by gifts of a wrist watch to Mr. Nicholson, and a gold mounted pipe and case to Mr. Dawkins.

The presentations were made on behalf of the C. N. R. staff and employees of the express companies by Mr. E. M. Fiske, C. N. R. freight agent, who voiced the warm friendship felt for the two young men and best wishes for their military career. Appropriate replies were made by Messrs. Nicholson and Dawkins.”

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100 Years Ago: Soldiers of the Railway Corps, Ad for Wrigley’s, Patriotic Garden Party Held

The Intelligencer June 10, 1918 (page4)

“Soldiers of the Railway Corps. Railway men who have gone from Canada overseas to help win the war are doing wonderful work, and with their customary iron nerve and dauntless courage in the face of danger are daily adding to the glory of Canada’s participation in the war. Running a train under constant shell fire isn’t exactly parlor croquet when a German shell may shift the track any moment or reduce the locomotive to junk, or suddenly administer the uplift to a car of ammunition, but the railway men ‘over there’ carry on through it all.

It is gratifying to note that a Belleville railway man, C. S. Underwood, was recently awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for outstanding bravery under fire in removing cars of ammunition from a blazing ammunition centre which was being heavily bombarded by the enemy, and also remaining in the face of a German advance, to replace on the rails a ditched supply train, thus preventing it from falling into the hands of the Boches.”

The Intelligencer June 10, 1918 (page 5)

Ad for Wrigley's

“Wrigley’s. It’s the great wartime sweetmeat. Send it to your friend at the front. It’s the handiest, longest-lasting refreshment he can carry.

Chew it after every meal. The Flavour Lasts. Three Kinds: Spearmint, Juicy Fruit, Doublemint. Made in Canada.”

The Intelligencer June 10, 1918 (page 7)

“Successful Garden Party. A garden party and afternoon tea was held at St. Agnes School grounds, Bridge Street East, on Saturday afternoon and evening. A large number partook of the dainty refreshments provided by the ladies.

The proceeds were for the Belleville Branch War Contingent Association and a goodly sum was realized for this worthy object. The grounds and tea room presented an attractive appearance, being tastefully decorated for the occasion.”

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100 Years Ago: Poster for Registration of Women, John Jones Invalided Home, Albert College Dramatic Club Performs in Madoc, Sydney Hector Wins Military Medal, James Dudley Invalided Home, Ad for Goodrich Tires

The Intelligencer June 8, 1918 (page 3)

Poster for registration of women

“Woman’s Outlook on Canada’s Future. The splendid spirit and patriotic endeavour of Canadian women has been one of the outstanding features in Canada’s war effort. They have unsparingly given of their time and energy in the interest of the Red Cross and innumerable other activities which have come as a result of the war.

Thousands of Canadian women have been anxious to devote part, if not all of their time, in directions where their work would prove of advantage. Registration will be the means of bringing to these women the opportunity they have desired.

Every Woman. On June 22nd, every woman of sixteen years and over must attend at one of the places provided for registration between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. and there truthfully answer all questions set forth upon the registration card. Failure to register means heavy penalties—as Registration is law.

Issued by authority of Canada Registration Board.”

The Intelligencer June 8, 1918 (page 7)

“Arrived Home. Pte. John Jones, 75 South John Street, arrived in the city yesterday after an absence of about 20 months overseas. He was wounded with gunshot in the right leg at the Battle of Passchendaele and it was necessary to have the leg amputated. Pte. Jones left Belleville with the 155th Battalion.”

The Intelligencer June 8, 1918 (page 7)

“A Pleasing Entertainment. The Albert College Dramatic Club under the direction of Miss Jessie Tuite, last evening at Madoc Village presented a play entitled ‘Down in Maine.’ At the Armouries, where the play was staged there was a large number present and all thoroughly enjoyed the drama. The entertainment was under the auspices of the I. O. O. F. of the village.”

[Note: I.O.O.F. = Independent Order of Odd Fellows.]

The Intelligencer June 8, 1918 (page 7)

“Awarded Military Medal. Mr. T. E. Hector, 190 Yeomans Street, has received information that his son, No. 637205 Pte. Sydney Frederick Hector, B Company, 2nd Batt., Canadian Infantry, France, has been awarded the Military Medal for meritorious conduct and strict devotion to duty, whilst on active service. This young man was wounded at the battle of Lens and fought at the two famous fights of Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele.

He is at present at a Canadian school of instruction in France, taking a special course in the famous Vickers Maxim Machine Gun, where he was when he was apprised of the above award, by the Major of his company and Brigadier of the 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade.”

The Intelligencer June 8, 1918 (page 7)

“Another Hero Home. Pte. James Dudley, whose home is on George street, in this city, arrived here yesterday, having been invalided home. He was severely wounded in France and as a result lost an arm. He left Belleville some months ago with the 155th Battalion.”

The Intelligencer June 8, 1918 (page 10)

Ad for Goodrich tires

“Who Began Trench Warfare? The trench, which always encircled the Roman castra, or camp, was brought to France by Julius Caesar and used by him on the very battlefield where to-day the Allies and the Huns have 25,000 miles of trenches.

Vauban, builder of Verdun, in 1673 employed the first parallel trenches, the system of the present war. Defeat, not foresight, turned the Germans to trench warfare. But Goodrich never had to dig in.

Since twenty-two years ago Goodrich manufactured the first American pneumatic automobile tire, Goodrich has driven ahead to the big, graceful, masterful—Goodrich Service/Value Tires.

The Belleville Vulcanizing Agency Exclusive Agents, 11 Moira Street. Phone 661.”

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100 Years Ago: Ad for The Intelligencer’s New Serial Story, Bryon Fitchett Wounded

The Intelligencer June 7, 1918 (page 3)

Ad for serial story“A Tonic for War-Weary Nerves. ‘A Crown of Shame.’

The Intelligencer’s New Serial Story will begin with Saturday’s issue. A story of love and action, absorbing heart interest, mystery and thrilling situations. All the heart gripping glamour of life on a tropical island, intense love and fierce hate. Forget the anxiety of war conditions by reading the interesting story of strange places and bygone days.

Read The Intelligencer New Serial Story.”

The Intelligencer June 7, 1918 (page 7)

“Thrice Wounded. Mr. George F. Fitchett, residing at 429 Bleecker Avenue, has received the following telegram from Ottawa, which refers to his son: Sincerely regret to inform you 412109 Corporal Bryon Franklin Fitchett, Infantry, officially reported admitted to five field ambulance. May 27, 1918: Gunshot wounds in right leg. Director of Record.

Corporal Fitchett left Belleville with the 39th Battalion, and served 25 months in France with the 24th Battalion. This is the third time he has been wounded.”


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100 Years Ago: Farewell Party Held for Charles McLean and Vincent O’Neil, Poster for Registration

The Intelligencer June 5, 1918 (page 2)

“Farewell Party To Soldier Boys. A large party of friends met at the home of J. S. McLean, 8th concession of Tyendinaga, to wish Charles McLean and Vincent O’Neil good-bye and good luck upon the event of their leaving home for overseas service. They were each presented with a wrist watch from their friends and a prayer book and testament from the Myrehall Red Cross.

The following address was read by Miss Jennie Alford: To Mr. Charles McLean and Mr. Vincent O’Neil. Dear Charlie and Vincent,—We, your friends and neighbors, have gathered here this evening for the purpose of bidding you farewell before your departure for overseas service. We feel sure that your loss will be felt most keenly in your home. We will miss you greatly from our surrounding circle and neighborhood where we always found you willing to lend a helping hand. We feel that we could not let this opportunity pass without showing some little token of the high regard in which you are held. …

We now ask you to accept these watches, hoping they will help you to remember the friends you leave behind. We all join in wishing you good luck and a speedy return to home and loved ones. Signed on behalf of your friends, Henry Alford, John Goodfellow.”

The Intelligencer June 5, 1918 (page 6)

Poster for registration“5,000,000 cards to be filled out. 5,000,000 certificates to be issued. 150,000 workers to be enlisted. 25,000 registration booths to be operated.

Registration a Stupendous Task. One Day – Saturday – June 22nd.

Volunteer Workers Urgently Needed. To carry out this vast programme efficiently and completely, intelligent voluntary helpers are essential. Individuals, women’s societies, clubs, fraternal societies, church organizations and municipal organizations are asked to help.

Interpreters of all languages will be required. Those qualified should apply to the Registrar of their district at once.

Issued by authority of Canada Registration Board.”

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