100 Years Ago: Sir Mackenzie Bowell Death Notice, Funeral Notice, Proclamation by Mayor Ketcheson

The Intelligencer December 12, 1917 (page 2)

“Death Notices. BOWELL—In Belleville, on December 10, 1917. Hon. Sir Mackenzie Bowell, in his 94th year.

The funeral will take place from his late residence, 194 William street, on Thursday, December 13th, at 2 P.M., to Bridge St. Methodist Church. Interment Belleville Cemetery. (Kindly omit flowers.)

The Intelligencer December 12, 1917 (page 2)

“Funeral Notice. The Brethren and Officers of the Belleville Lodge, No. 123, G.R.C., A. F. and A. M., are requested to meet at No. 194 William St., on Thursday 13th inst., 1.45 P.M., for the purpose of attending the funeral of our late brother, the Honorable Sir Mackenzie Bowell.

Sister Lodges will kindly accept this notice. By order of the W. M. D. Barragar, Secretary.”

The Intelligencer December 12, 1917 (page 2)

“Proclamation. The Business men of Belleville are requested to close their places of business from two o’clock p.m. to four o’clock p.m. on Thursday, December 13th, out of respect to the memory of the late Hon. Sir Mackenzie Bowell. H. F. Ketcheson, Mayor.”

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100 Years Ago: Sir Mackenzie Bowell Dead at 93, Flags at Half Mast, Messages of Sympathy, City Council Tribute

The Intelligencer December 11, 1917 (page 1)

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“Sir Mackenzie Bowell. Born December 27, 1823: Died December 10, 1917. Sir Mackenzie Bowell has passed, but his memory will ever live in the hearts of the thousands who knew him but to love him. …  Truly a national figure in his many years of public service as a member of Parliament, Cabinet Minister, Premier of Canada, and Senator, and appreciated for his clearness of vision and valued counsel on national affairs, it was perhaps in his home city of Belleville and Bay of Quinte district that Sir Mackenzie Bowell was best known and appreciated for his manly qualities and high type of citizenship. …

His fatal illness began with a cold contracted little more than two weeks ago which developed into bronchial pneumonia and gradually sapped his energy until the final summons came at 7.45 Monday evening, Dec. 10, 1917. …

No biographical sketch of Sir Mackenzie Bowell would be complete without reference to his connection with the newspaper fraternity. Entering the office of The Belleville Intelligencer many years ago as an apprentice he rapidly rose to the editor’s chair and eventually became proprietor of the business, which developed under his able guidance into The Daily and Weekly Intelligencer of today with a large circulation in several counties and an influence which has grown stronger with the passing of the years and the confidence of many readers in whose homes the paper has always been a welcome visitor.

Newspaper work always held a keen attraction for him and up until illness prevented him from going to the office he was never happier than when preparing articles, editorial or general, for the paper.

Another favorite hobby of his was his garden, and no finer flowers or vegetables could be found anywhere than in his lovely and well-kept garden at his home on William Street, Belleville, where he spent many happy hours attired in working clothes, and big straw hat hoeing and weeding and giving loving care to his favorite flowers and attention to his vegetable crop.”

The Intelligencer December 11, 1917 (page 2)

“Flags at Half Mast. Flags are at half mast upon the city building and other buildings in the city out of respect to the late Sir Mackenzie Bowell.”

The Intelligencer December 11, 1917 (page 2)

“Messages of Sympathy. Many telegrams expressing appreciation of the late Sir Mackenzie Bowell and sympathy for the relatives have been received from public men and citizens in all parts of Canada.”

The Intelligencer December 11, 1917 (page 2)

“Tribute of Respect. Whilst the City Council was in session last evening the sad intelligence was conveyed to the members that Sir Mackenzie Bowell had passed away. Rev. Dr. Baker, Principal of Albert College, being present, was called upon by Mayor Ketcheson and offered up a feeling prayer for the members of the bereaved family and the loss the country and city had sustained by the passing of its first citizen.”

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100 Years Ago: Martin Deibert Killed in Action, R. Gibson Welcomed Home, IODE Concert for Navy and Mercantile Marine

The Intelligencer December 8, 1917 (page 1)

“Makes Supreme Sacrifice. Mr. A. Deibert residing at 29 Everett Street, in this city, this morning received a message from the Record Office conveying the sad intelligence that his son, Martin Deibert, had been killed in action.

The young man enlisted and went overseas in June of this year with the Cobourg Heavy Battery. Previous to enlistment he was employed at Mr. Allan McFee’s jewellery store, learning watch making. Martin was a deservedly popular young man, and his death will be sincerely regretted by a host of friends. The heartfelt sympathy of all citizens will be extended to the bereaved family.”

[Note: Gunner Martin Mark Deibert died on November 21, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 226 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer December 8, 1917 (page 1)

“Welcomed Home. On Thursday evening, December 6th, about thirty-five neighbors and friends gathered at the home of Mr. R. Gibson, Harriett Street, to welcome home Mr. Gibson, who has served nearly two years for king and country.

The evening was very enjoyably spent in music and conversation. A dainty lunch was served, after which Mr. Gibson, in a few well chosen words, thanked all present for the hearty welcome he had received. After singing ‘For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow,’ and ‘God Save The King’, a pleasant evening was brought to a close.”

The Intelligencer December 8, 1917 (page 7)

“Successful Concert By I.O.D.E. Society. Under the auspices of the Daughters of the Empire of Belleville, a grand concert was held in the City Hall last night, which was a great success in every particular. The spacious hall was filled to overflowing, and the varied programme presented was thoroughly enjoyed.

The object was to assist the fund for the sailors of the British and Canadian navy and mercantile marine. All who took part in the programme acquitted themselves in a most pleasing manner.”

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100 Years Ago: Ad for Autostrop Razor, Penny Bag Collections Continue, Canadians in Mercantile Marine and Naval Services, Poster for Sailors’ Day

The Intelligencer December 7, 1917 (page 5)

“Give your soldier this Military Razor. It was made especially for him. The AutoStrop Razor in its New Military Kit is the real soldier’s razor. Why?

Because it is compact and takes up so little room, because it is light and adds so little weight, because it is complete with its trench mirror all ready to be hung up on the nearest nail—but especially because it is the famous AutoStrop Razor, the only razor that is self-maintaining. It is the only razor that Sharpens its own blades Automatically.

Kits in two styles: Black or Khaki Leather. AutoStrop Safety Razor Co., Ltd., Toronto, Canada.”

The Intelligencer December 7, 1917 (page 7)

“Penny Bag Collections for November. The interest in the Red Cross Penny Bag collections is, we are pleased to state, still increasing. …  Some of our patrons have expressed surprise at the apparent falling off of the collections in Murney Ward, while heretofore frequently the world held first place in its givings. We therefore feel that some explanation is due and the fact noted that Murney, or perhaps more correctly speaking, the west side of the river, is in reality giving more than double its former amount, though not through the channels of the original society—the Woman’s Red Cross and Patriotic Association.

Last spring a new organization for patriotic work was started on the west side. This society adopted the same means of collecting funds which had already been in use all over the city by the Woman’s Red Cross and Patriotic Association for a year and a half, that of placing little bags for coppers in the various homes. Unfortunately this has led to a good deal of confusion, and some (we feel sure) unintentional misstatements and misunderstanding, the idea having been spread that the Red Cross Penny Bags are not being used now on the west side.

This is not so. We still desire to have every family in Belleville, whether east, west, north or south Belleville participate in our original plan and give what coppers can be spared for comforts, hospital supplies, and wool for socks, sent by the Woman’s Red Cross and Patriotic Association to our brave soldiers at the front.”

The Intelligencer December 7, 1917 (page 9)

“Sailors’ Day Is Saturday, Dec. 8. If we are to have a mercantile marine in keeping with the important position among the nations Canada has won for herself of late, there must be men and materials upon which to build.

One of the functions of the Navy League is to encourage naval brigades for boys and young men in which they can receive practical and theoretical instruction in seamanship. This the League has done to an extent not generally appreciated. They have provided many men for the Navy and Mercantile Marine and have many others in training.

But other things are required if we are to help these pioneers in naval propaganda. The men they have provided to protect the High Seas and to carry our commerce must have an assurance that while they are facing the perils of the deep their needy dependents at home are not being neglected. …  Pension funds for the soldiers there are in abundance; the sailor is almost forgotten—yet his is the task that must first be accomplished before the final downfall of the Hun is assured.

It is known that the dependents of the crews of many torpedoed vessels are in dire necessity. Immediate relief is imperative. …  Calls without number have been made upon philanthropical Canadians, but there have been none more urgent than the one on behalf of the man at sea and his helpless dependents. Give liberally on Sailors’ Day, Saturday, Dec. 8th.”

The Intelligencer December 7, 1917 (page 10)

“ ‘Lend us a hand, Mate!’ Help the man who never quits—Sailors’ Day, Dec. 8.

Millions have been given to the Soldier—practically nothing to the Sailor—The Daughters of the Empire are assisting the Navy League by taking subscriptions on Sailors’ Day, December 8th.

Be Fair! Be Generous! Be Quick!”


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100 Years Ago: Many Officers to Return to Canada, Poster for Sailors’ Day, No Christmas Parcels to Britain Except to Soldiers

The Intelligencer December 4, 1917 (page 3)

“Why Many Officers Have to Return to Canada—Rigid Medical Examination. London. Not a few Canadian officers who have never been part and parcel of some unit and done service at the front are preparing to return to Canada sooner or later. Officers in this position who are above the rank of lieutenant, and who wish to stay on, must revert to lieutenants. This, however, is not the sole requisite. No man over thirty-four years of age may revert. And lastly, no man may stay on unless he passes the medical examination for general service.

Needless to say, the age and physical restrictions will weed out many who would otherwise have stepped down in rank. People of Canada should bear this in mind when officers return. If these officers are over 34, and not A1 medically, they have simply been sent home whether they wanted to go or not. And physical defects quite unapparent to the public will cause the Medical Board to turn down an officer.”

The Intelligencer December 4, 1917 (page 3)

“Help the Sailors! The strong, right arm of human civilization—the unconquerable sailor of the British Navy and Mercantile Marine—He stands before you and asks your help on Sailors’ Day, December 8th. Why does he do this?

Because millions have been given to the Army by public and private subscriptions—worthily so—but practically nothing to the Navy and Mercantile Marine.

Won’t you be generous on Sailors’ Day, Dec. 8th.”

The Intelligencer December 4, 1917 (page 7)

“No Xmas Parcels Can Go to Britain. Britain Bans Everything Except to Soldiers. Ottawa. The British Government has declined to permit entry from Canada into the United Kingdom of Christmas parcels for civilians. …

The Canadian High Commissioner cabled: ‘Department declines permit entry Christmas parcels for civilians. Will allow important parcels strictly limited weight and size for Canadian Expeditionary Force.”

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100 Years Ago: Over Two Million for Victory Loan

The Intelligencer December 3, 1917 (page 1)

“The success of the Victory Loan was beyond the hopes of the most optimistic worker. When the final returns are compiled it is expected that there will be more than $2,250,000 reported from the county. The original objective was $805,000, and the city of Belleville has nearly passed the fifth objective. No place in Canada has reported a better showing than Belleville. …

Mr. F. Buckley of Murney Street, was the lucky winner of the Victory Bond at Griffin’s on Saturday night. The theatre was packed and the choice of fate was a popular one. Next Saturday night another bond will be given away at the popular playhouse.

The workers of Belleville will be entertained at a supper at the Quinte tonight by Mr. W. B. Deacon, the County Chairman and the Victory Loan Organization Staff.

The publicity end of the campaign has been most successful, thanks to the co-operation of all the good people of the county. The press should be particularly thanked for the whole-hearted way in which they have turned in to help the cause. …  The merchants have also been most generous in lending their space in the newspapers, and display in windows.

The Griffin Amusement Co., through their popular representative here, Mr. Geo. Forhan, has been most generous in supplying publicity, by the introduction of slides, the playing of the ‘Miss Canada’ film, and in allowing the use of their stage for appeals from the members of the different theatrical companies that have played here. …

The most remarkable thing about the Publicity Campaign is the fact that it did not cost one cent.”

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100 Years Ago: Final Rally for Victory Loan, John Nickle Killed in Action, Sergeant McGlashon Seriously Ill, Poster for Victory Loan, Vocational Training for Veterans, Poster for Victory Loan, Recipes for Christmas Confections

The Intelligencer December 1, 1917 (page 1)

“Grand Final Rally for Victory Loan. The last hours of the Victory Loan Campaign finds the interest at white heat. Will Hastings County pass the Two Million Mark? That is the question which can only be answered by the good people of Hastings themselves. Belleville must do its duty to the last minute of the campaign. …  Everyone connected with headquarters is going at lightning pace, and every citizen should pile in tonight and help the Victory Loan over the last hurdle. …

Some parts of the county have come along surprisingly strong in the past few days. Mr. F. H. Cotton, of the Nichols Chemical Co., Sulphide, has reported more than $22,000. That is going some for a village of that size. Congratulations Mr. Cotton.”

The Intelligencer December 1, 1917 (page 7)

“Killed in Action. Mr. John D. Nickle of Malone, has received a wire from Ottawa announcing the death in action of his son, Pte. Robert Nickle, who enlisted in the 155th Battalion at Marmora and went overseas in March of 1917.”

[Note: Private Robert John Nickle died on November 3, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 301 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer December 1, 1917 (page 7)

“Seriously Ill. Sergt. McGlashon, caretaker of the Armouries, in this city, to-day received the following telegram which refers to his son, Sergt. McGlashon, who left here with the 39th Battalion:

James McGlashon, Armouries. Sincerely regret to inform you 312076 Sergt. Arthur Edward McGlashon, infantry, officially reported seriously ill, 1st Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, Nov. 28th, 1917, gunshot wound left thigh, compound fracture also jaw broken. Director of Records.

The many friends of the brave Sergt. in this city, will hope for his recovery, and return home.”

The Intelligencer December 1, 1917 (page 8)

“Last Chance to Buy Victory Bonds! To-morrow, Saturday, Dec. 1st, is the Last Day to Buy Victory Bonds. If you haven’t bought your BOND, or want another one, call at 12 Campbell St. Before 12 o’clock tomorrow night.

If you can’t get down town phone 800 and a salesman will call on you and explain Victory Bonds. Positively Your Last Chance.

This space kindly donated by C. W. Lindsay, Limited.”

The Intelligencer December 1, 1917 (page 9)

“M.H.C. Seeks Early Veterans of War. Every returned soldier who received his discharge before the present machinery of the Military Hospitals Commission for vocational training had reached its present stage of development, is being notified by the Commission that he is eligible for industrial education at the expense of the Government, if his wounds were of such a nature as to prevent him from returning to his old occupation.

Many men who suffered such injuries took what work offered, when they returned to civilian life. Their old jobs were out of the question, but the shortage of labor made employment easy to secure. This, however, will not be the case when the close competition after the war sets in and it is the aim of the Commission to see that every man has skill in some occupation which will secure him a living.”

The Intelligencer December 1, 1917 (page 10)

“At 12 o’clock to-night the Victory Loan Campaign Closes. When the clock has struck that hour the fighting men of Canada who are forcing back the Hun in France and Flanders will be waiting to hear what you have done.

And what have you done? Is your name enrolled among the thousands who have responded to the call? Have you sacrificed some chosen desire so that you could put money into Victory Bonds? Are you standing behind a soldier?

Rush into the fight while the Door of Opportunity is open. Cancel every other engagement; sweep away every lingering doubt; only a few hours remain.

The one task before you is to BUY VICTORY BONDS BEFORE MIDNIGHT.”

The Intelligencer December 1, 1917 (page 12)

“Christmas Dainties Made in the Kitchen. Good Recipes For Home-Made Confections, Pure and Wholesome, Endorsed by the Food Controller’s Office.

Christmas—the season of mirth and jollity, with holly and evergreen in our homes, with a table that in its festive air bespeaks the season, with the happiness of youth even in homes that have known the ravages of war—how will it be this year.

A little less exuberance, holly and evergreens as before, a table with the lavishness of other years somewhat modified, but still the same joy abounding among the boys and girls in Canadian homes in city and country.

With the people of France, Italy, Belgium and Serbia on rations, with the boys and girls in Great Britain knowing less and less of confectionery and more and more of plain and restricted diet, it is not likely that there will be such a lavish supply of sweetmeats in Canada this Christmas as in other years.

No Christmas Candy? Does it mean that there will be no Christmas candy? May we not send any to the men at the front? Must the boys and girls at home have a candyless Christmas? We are asked only to use a little ingenuity in the combination of fruits and nuts, and of sweetmeats made from honey, molasses, maple sugar and raisins. We can eat all the candies we want with a clear conscience if we eat those made from other things than cane or beet sugar. Chocolate is quite permissible and the varieties of candies which can be made without the use of cane or beet sugar, are numerous.”

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100 Years Ago: Now for Two Million in Victory Loan Campaign, William Davy Wounded and Missing, Donald Walker Welcomed Home, Poster for Victory Loan

The Intelligencer November 30, 1917 (page 2)

“Belleville Can Make It Two Million Dollars. With only one more day left in which it will be possible to buy Victory bonds the rush to get in on the offering is increasing hourly. The staff at headquarters is rushing day and night getting out the reports and receiving the returns, and writing applications. For that reason it will be necessary to keep the headquarters open until 12 o’clock Saturday night to accommodate the late comers, and clear up the big Saturday returns. …

Last night the Citizens’ Celebration Committee met at the office of Mr. Arthur Jones, manager of the Molson’s Bank, and it was decided to invest the money which is held in trust by the Bank in Victory bonds. The amount is $800.00. This is a most satisfactory thing to do. The money will be helping to end the war, and after the war is over the Citizens’ Celebration Committee will once more become active with a nice little nest egg with which to greet our men upon their return home from the victorious battlefields in conquered Germany.

The interest taken this week in the contest for the Victory bond in Griffin’s Opera House was such that Mr.Griffin has decided to make another bond which will be given away. Upon both these occasions if the lucky number is in the house, no matter who brings it, the owner will be given a $50.00 Victory bond.

The northern parts of the county are coming along in great style. While some places were expected to only give about $2,000 they have come across with $25,000. Oh, there’s nothing wrong with the good old County of Hastings. Let everyone get together and give ONE MORE GREAT BIG BOOST FOR THE VICTORY LOAN AND TOMORROW NIGHT IT WILL REGISTER $2,000,000.”

The Intelligencer November 30, 1917 (page 7)

“Wounded and Missing. Mr. A. Davy of Bancroft, has received the sad news that his son, William, had been severely wounded and was missing. He was a signaller, and has been overseas for a year and a half.”

[Note: Gunner William Henry Davy died on November 6, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 226 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer November 30, 1917 (page 7)

“Welcomed Home. Pte. Donald Walker of L’Amable, Hastings County, was given an enthusiastic welcome by the citizens of Bancroft when he arrived home on Friday last. ‘Don’ was in the trenches for nearly three years, and in May last was severely wounded when he lost the sight of one of his eyes.”

The Intelligencer November 30, 1917 (page 11)

Poster for Victory Loan“You Must Decide Now! Here’s the situation—You are either going to buy Victory Bonds or you are not. If you are going to buy—why wait longer? You’ve read or heard all of the reasons. Every effort that is humanly possible has been put forth to make you buy. So, men and women—HURRY!

The lists close midnight to-morrow, but don’t wait for the last day’s rush. Wire—phone—or take your subscription to the local Victory Loan Headquarters to-day.

Be A Shareholder In Victory!”

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100 Years Ago: Hastings Passes Million and a Half, Poster for Victory Loan Campaign

The Intelligencer November 29, 1917 (page 2)

“The Victory Loan Campaign will end on Saturday night. After that any person wishing to participate in the greatest investment offered in any country, will have to purchase in the open market, if they can purchase at all. …  The banks will carry the Bond for you for one year, and you can pay in instalments. There will be no interest charge beyond what the Bond pays. …

Yesterday was the biggest day yet for the County of Hastings, $163,400 was sold during the day, and this brings the grand total up to $1,585,400, or more than a million and a half. …

A very successful meeting was held in Deloro last night. Mr. W. B. Evans, the County Organizer, went out from here and gave the employees of the Smelting and Refining Co., a good talk on Victory Bonds. Mr. F. A. Bapty, the sec.-treas. of the Company has been working very hard out there, having secured 82 subscriptions for a total of $25,100, ranging from $4,000 to $50.

The C. W. Lindsay, Limited have a very nicely decorated Victory Loan window. All the merchants should get busy and give Victory Bond windows for the balance of the week.”

The Intelligencer November 29, 1917 (page 8)

Poster for Victory Loan Campaign“400,000. 400,000 fighting men have offered their lives for Canada. 400,000 Victory Bond buyers should stand behind them. There should be a bond buyer behind every soldier. Have you taken your place in the ranks? If not

‘Fall In!’ Only Three Days More.”

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100 Years Ago: Belleville and County Report Well for Victory Loan, Poster for Victory Loan

The Intelligencer November 28, 1917 (page 3)

“Hastings Approaches Million and Half Mark. There was a meeting of the workers of Belleville at the Headquarters last night, and every man was present. Mayor Ketcheson occupied the chair, and it was decided that from now until the end of the week every man would put aside all considerations and get right down to hustling, so that the city would be combed clean. It is impossible to set a further objective for the good old City of Belleville. We don’t know where it will stop. The sky is the limit. Yesterday was one of the best days yet reported from the City and County. …

Stirling and Rawdon have been doing consistent buying throughout the campaign, and show that the workers out there, Dr. Bissonnette of Stirling, Thos. Montgomery, Reeve of Rawdon, and T. J. Thompson of Rawdon, have been going some. They have reported every day since the campaign started, and they are bringing home the bacon. Hard work counts every time.

Deseronto also came across with $13,100 yesterday. Tommy Naylor and Mayor Rixon are the responsible parties, and we reckon they are going to be some finishers. Go to it. Your country needs the money.”

The Intelligencer November 28, 1917 (page 5)

Poster for Victory Loan Campaign“Victory Bonds for Christmas. What about that boy of yours? —that girl of yours?—your wife—your mother?

A gift of Victory Bonds works three ways: The recipient will appreciate it and be benefited; You have the pleasure of making a valuable gift; Also you will render a patriotic service to Canada.

And, are you going to give a bonus to your employees this Christmas? If you are, why not make it in the form of Victory Bonds, fully or partially paid, as you can afford in each case? Victory Bonds are a little better than cash and Canada needs the money.

Only Three Days Left. Lists Close Midnight Saturday Night.”

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