100 Years Ago: Iced Cakes for Christmas, Badges for Food Production, Eric Oscar Keeler Receives Military Cross

The Intelligencer November 29, 1918 (page 1)

“Iced Cakes For Christmas According To Food Board. Local Bakers Received Announcement Today from Food Board—This Will Open Up Work For Many Girls and Women. Cakes iced with sugar will be here for Christmas. Puffed pastry will also make its appearance again. Cake-makers here received yesterday morning from Ottawa the following notice lifting the ban on iced cakes.

Notwithstanding anything contained in any order of the Canada Food Board this letter will be your authority to use what part of your allotment of sugar that you desire for the icing or filling of biscuits, cakes, etc. You will understand that the permission to ice and fill biscuits, cakes, etc., does not entitle you to any further allotment of sugar for this purpose, but merely permits the use of your present allotment in this manner if you so desire.

Notwithstanding anything contained in any order of the Canada Food Board you are permitted to manufacture products known as French or puffed pastry, doughnuts, or crullers, biscuits or cakes known as Scotch shortbread or cake, provided such is manufactured only with vegetable fats. The shortage of animal fats makes it necessary that the restriction on the use of animal fats is continued.

One of the most qualifying features of the new order is the fact that the manufacture of iced cakes, fancy pastries and biscuits will now be able to give employment to a great many people who, by reason of the closing of the munition factories, would be out of work at Christmas time. It was intimated that one biscuit factory would be able to employ two hundred girls right away owing to the text of the order from Ottawa.”

The Intelligencer November 29, 1918 (page 7)

“Badges for Food Production. The Organization of Resources Committee, representing the Ontario Government and Legislature of their plans for encouraging the production of food as a war-time service has had prepared a food production service badge for awarding to children and others who have done good work during the past season.”

The Intelligencer November 29, 1918 (page 8)

Eric Keeler“Awarded Military Cross. Another Belleville boy has won distinction at the front, by acts of bravery on the field of battle. Mr. E. O. Keeler, chief despatcher of the G. T. R. here, is in receipt of a letter from his son, Eric O. Keeler, which states he had been decorated with the Military Cross. The recipient is a young man who is well known in this city. He enlisted and went overseas with the 207th Battalion of Ottawa which unit was broken up in England and subsequently merged with the 38th Battalion. Previous to enlistment he was employed in the Post Office here. The many friends of the young man will be pleased to learn of the distinction which has been conferred upon him.”

 

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100 Years Ago: Christmas School Holidays as Usual, Carl Kiser Receives Military Medal and Croix de Guerre, Called by Death: Harry Allen Shane, Salvation Army Drive to Start

The Intelligencer November 28, 1918 (page 1)

“Christmas School Holidays as Usual. Toronto. After due consideration of the suggestion advanced by several of the local school boards of Ontario that the Christmas holidays be either dispensed with this year or materially shortened to compensate for study time lost last winter and through the visitation of the Province by influenza during September and October, the Provincial Educational authorities have discarded the proposal as impractical and unwise.

The children having been in no remotest way responsible for the loss of time involved, and the Christmas holidays being an institution to which children should not be unnecessarily deprived, and having in view also the desirability of conserving the 1918-19 coal supply insofar as possible, it is held that the Christmas vacation should not be interfered with.

Provincially the Education office hopes to make up for time lost through the influenza by a readjustment of midsummer examination dates, the decision reached being expected to partially, at least, equalize the handicap imposed upon both the teachers and the scholars by school closings during the prevalence of the epidemic.”

The Intelligencer November 28, 1918 (page 7)

“Military Medal and Croix de Guerre. ‘I have received the Military Medal and Croix de Guerre. I expect to be in England in a few weeks to take out a commission as artillery officer,’ says an extract from a letter written by Sergt. Carl Kiser in France. Sergt. Kiser went overseas with the 34th Battery and his many friends in Belleville will be pleased to learn of the honors which he has won on the field of battle.”

The Intelligencer November 28, 1918 (page 7)

“Called by Death: Harry Allen Shane. At the family residence Donald Street College Hill Harry Allen Shane aged 12 years and 2 months, died yesterday afternoon from pneumonia following the flu. Deceased was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Shane and was born in this city, where he resided all his life. Harry was an exceptionally bright boy and a general favorite with his companions. He was a member of Bridge Street Church Sunday School. In addition to the parents, three brothers, William, James and Frank, two sisters, Elizabeth and Annie, survive. To the bereaved will be extended the heartfelt sympathy of their many friends.”

The Intelligencer November 28, 1918 (page 7)

“Salvation Army to Start Drive Now For Million Dollars. With the closing of the Victory Loan drive the headquarters for Eastern Ontario and the Province of Quebec of the ‘Salvation Army Red Shield’ drive for $1,000,000, 24 Canada Life Buildings, Quebec, have become a beehive of activity. …

In working up the drive forces in the various cities and counties in this region field representatives are now on work and many organizations like the Rotarians, the Kiwanis Club, Canadian Club, G. W. V. A. and in many cases the Victory Loan forces and others are assuming the responsibility and will put over the Red Shield drive for the Salvation Army.

The Canadian Government during the period of the war, put soldier welfare work into the hands of the Y’s, K. of C., the Salvation Army and kindred organizations, and how well the work was done by these is shown in the great victory which has come to the allied armies. All the organizations which have assisted in this work have had drives but the Salvation Army. They have done their work by self-denial among their own members and by a few tag days in some places but these have not brought in much money. If their programme of welfare work is to be carried on they will need this million dollars.

Welfare work among the Canadian soldiers and sailors is not completed because the fighting is stopped. If this work should end the demobilization would become demoralization and the fact stares us in the face that now the best effort has yet to be put forth, not so much to keep up the morale as to preserve the morality. …

The Salvation Army Red Shield drive campaign will open January the 19th, 1919, the objective for the Dominion will be $1,000,000 and every cent will go towards the welfare of Canada’s fighting men in the demobilization of Canada’s army in the next two years, in the care for soldiers’ widows and orphans, in establishing huts and hostels, where the need still remains, especially in Siberia and many other places.”

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100 Years Ago: Thanksgiving Day on December 1st, Myrehall Red Cross, Allan Colbert Desislets Wounded

The Intelligencer November 27, 1918 (page 1)

“Thanksgiving Day On Sunday Next. Ottawa. Hon. Mr. Burrell, Secretary of State, is anxious that as great publicity as possible shall be given to the fact that Sunday, the 1st of December, has been named by proclamation as a day of solemn Thanksgiving to Almighty god for the victories won by the allied armies in the war against the Central Powers of Europe and for the armistice which has been signed by the contending nations involving a general surrender of the enemy.

Immediately after the signing of the armistice it was proposed that Sunday, 17th of November, be named as the day of thanksgiving, but the prevalence of Spanish influenza, particularly in the Western Provinces, rendered this impossible, as the churches in many districts were closed by order of the health authorities. In many places, however, the 17th was so observed.

On former occasions, it has been the practice of the State Department to notify the heads of religious denominations of days of prayer, but the shortness of the time did not permit of this course at this time.”

The Intelligencer November 27, 1918 (page 7)

“Shipment for Overseas. The Myrehall Red Cross met at the home of Mrs. E. C. Carter on November the 7th, thirteen members being present. The following were sent to Foxboro: 2 quilts, 16 day-shirts, 9 suits of pyjamas, 6 pairs of socks, 37 towels, 9 Xmas boxes, check for $15.”

The Intelligencer November 27, 1918 (page 7)

“Lt. Desislet Wounded. Lieut. Allan C. Desislet of Toronto, is reported wounded. He enlisted as a Pte. in the 123rd Battalion of Toronto, was transferred to the C. M. R.’s, and went to France in July 1916 and gained his commission on the field. Lieut. Desislet was born in Belleville twenty years ago and resided here until 1911, when he went to Toronto. He attended Grier Street School in this city, and is a nephew of Mrs. H. Brown 2nd Concession of Sidney. His parents reside at 93 Millicent St., Toronto.”

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100 Years Ago: Christmas Boxes for Sailors

The Intelligencer November 26, 1918 (page 3)

“Christmas Boxes For The Sailors. An interested and well attended meeting of the Belleville Branch of the Navy League of Canada, was held in the High School Room, Friday evening, Nov. 22nd. …  Acting under instructions from head quarters a new department was formed, that of ‘Convenor of Sailors’ Comforts.’ Mrs. Alexander Ray was elected convenor of this department, which will be more particularly under instructions from headquarters from time to time as conditions may develop.

This department with the promised assistance from the other patriotic societies of the city hope to send a number of Christmas comfort bags to Halifax early in December. The convenor will be glad to receive any private donations for this purpose either in articles or cash; the articles specified are socks, mufflers, mitts, handkerchiefs, brier and clay pipes, tobacco, matches, safety razors, cards or puzzles, small books, writing pads, pencils, housewives, etc. …

In making up parcels for loved ones overseas, do not forget that every parcel sent overseas only reaches its destination through the bravery of the merchant marine and the protection of the British Navy. In thinking of those ‘over there,’ think also of those ‘out there.’ ”

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100 Years Ago: Female Workers Must Yield Places to Men, Memorial Service at Christ Church, Memorial Service at Holloway St. Methodist Church, Memorial Service at St. Thomas’ Church, Thanksgiving Service at Tabernacle Methodist Church

The Intelligencer November 25, 1918 (page 6)

“Twenty Thousand Women In Munition Plants To-day. Ottawa. It is feared that the women will be the first to feel the pinch of readjustment. There are thousands of women in munition works who will no longer be needed and will not be required in the old lines. Fortunately in the last year there has been a reduction in the number of women employed on munitions. The number at one time ran as high as forty thousand, but at present will probably not run more than twenty thousand.

Then there are many women in banks, offices, etc., who are taking positions of soldiers at the front. These places have been promised to the old employees, and the women will be dismissed. In Ottawa there are many girls in war work who have already been notified that their services can no longer be continued. The problem of the women is regarded as likely to be the most serious this winter. Committee of women interested will be formed to advise and assist the repatriation committee.”

The Intelligencer November 25, 1918 (page 7)

“Memorial Services. A memorial service was held yesterday morning at eleven o’clock for the late Ptes. McGlashon and Green, and Sergeant Clarke of Coe Hill, in Christ Church. The service was conducted by the Rev. Rural Dean Swayne, assisted by Rev. A. L. Geen. The officers and men of the Depot Battalion attended and when the service opened there were few vacant seats in the church. Special and appropriate music was rendered by the choir and a member of the Depot Battalion accompanied the hymns on a cornet. The Dead March in Saul was played by the organist, Mrs. Campbell and the Last Post sounded by one of the Depot men.”

The Intelligencer November 25, 1918 (page 7)

“At eleven o’clock yesterday morning a memorial service was held in Holloway St. Methodist Church for the late Ptes. Cecil Brown and John Canniff, killed in action. Rev. J. N. Clarry, B. A. conducted the service and the choir rendered beautiful and appropriate music. The church was filled and every one realized the high price paid for our victory in the lives of our soldier heroes.”

The Intelligencer November 25, 1918 (page 7)

“In St. Thomas’ Church last evening at 7 o’clock, a memorial service was held for the late Pte. John Hutchinson, who died of pneumonia in Scotland, on November 18th. The service was conducted by Ven. Archdeacon Beamish and special music was rendered by the choir. The spacious church was filled with sympathizing friends of the bereaved family.”

The Intelligencer November 25, 1918 (page 7)

“Inspiring Service. Special Thanksgiving services were held in the Tabernacle Methodist Church yesterday to commemorate victory and peace. Rev. S. C. Moore, pastor, was in charge. The pulpit, organ and chancel of the sacred edifice was appropriately draped with the flags of the allies and presented an inspiring and patriotic appearance. In the evening a large congregation was present and the discourse by the pastor was in keeping with the occasion. …  During the service appropriate hymns were sung and the choir rendered suitable selections.”

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100 Years Ago: Coal Shortage Not Ended, Women Voters, John Thomas Hutchinson Dies

The Intelligencer November 23, 1918 (page 6)

“Coal Shortage Has Not Ended. ‘The anthracite coal shortage has not ended with the near approach of peace, and an imperative need for conservation and economy still exists,’ declares Mr. E. L. Cousins, Associate Fuel Administrator for Ontario. ‘We must continue to exercise the utmost care in the use of hard coal if we are to avoid a repetition of the distressing conditions existing a year ago. The exceptionally mild weather of late eased to some extent a serious situation but decreased production at the mines due to the Flu’ and the peace celebrations has offset this, and the net position has not been improved to any marked extent.

Consumers throughout Ontario must reconcile themselves to a period of coal shortage , and it will be necessary for the domestic consumer to continue the use of substitutes, such as soft coal and the smaller sizes of anthracite, while the larger consumers must do likewise to the fullest possible extent. …  The Fuel Administration is taking a survey of the large users of coal in Ontario. …  The information now being gathered will really be a census of the boilers and furnaces and their types and styles in the Province and with such information available the Fuel Administration will be able to judge whether a consumer can burn soft coal in his heating apparatus.”

The Intelligencer November 23, 1918 (page 7)

“Women Voters. Women entitled to vote should see that their names are on the City Voters List. The time for appeals expires next week and no names can be added to the Voters List after that. Women, who are property owners, or who have a salary or income of $400 and are British subjects are entitled to vote and should visit the City Hall and see that their names are on the Voters List.”

The Intelligencer November 23, 1918 (page 7)

“Pte. Hutchinson Dead. Mrs. John Hutchinson, 11 Harriett Street, has received the following message from the Director of Records at Ottawa referring to her son: ‘Deeply regret to inform you that Pte. John Thomas Hutchinson, infantry, officially died of pneumonia, No. 4 Scottish General Hospital, Glasgow, November 18. On Thursday Mrs. Hutchinson received word that her son was seriously ill. Great sympathy is felt for her in the death of her soldier son.”

[Note: Private John Thomas Hutchinson died on November 18, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 434 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

 

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100 Years Ago: Ritchie Employees Celebrate Victory, Railway Men to Be Released, Rule Britannia, Miss Palen’s Inspiration, John Thomas Hutchinson Ill, Billie Riggs and Vernon Doolittle Honored, County Council Opened by Prayer

The Intelligencer November 22, 1918 (page 3)

“Ritchie Employees Celebrate Victory. Last evening the spacious Mantle Room of the Ritchie Store was a riot of color and merriment in honor of the great allied victories on land and sea. On this occasion the Ritchie staff and wives, were the guests of Mr. Reid, Managing Director of the firm and the event was taken full advantage of by all. Everyone was attired in masquerade apparel and the collection of costumes was varied and numerous—presenting a weird and fantastic appearance—that helped to make the evening the decided success it really was.

The costume judges were Mrs. (Dr.) Scott, Miss A. Reid, and Mrs. C. M. Reid and they ably handled the difficult problem in a very impartial manner bestowing the honor prizes on Mr. B. Gilchrist as ‘Dutchy’ and Miss Mabel Thompson as ‘Minnie Ha Ha.’

A short and delightful programme was carried through by members of the staff, consisting of solos, scotch dancing, orchestra selections, readings and choruses, etc.

Dr. Scott gave a short spicy address on timely topics that were of interest to all. Mr. Reid and Mr. W. B. Deacon spoke along patriotic lines and then the evening was given over to various kinds of enjoyment: dancing, carpet ball, cards, etc.

At eleven o’clock the merrymakers adjourned to the gaily decorated millinery parlors and partook of a dainty luncheon, after which Mr. Thompson and Mr. Bryant passed a hearty vote of thanks to Mr. Reid and the Refreshment Committee for their kindness and thoughtfulness on this occasion.

‘God Save the King’ brought the happy gathering to a close in the early hours of the morning.”

The Intelligencer November 22, 1918 (page 7)

“R’y. Men Released. All men who were railway employees when they were called up for volunteers for service, and are desirous of obtaining their discharges are to be released from service immediately.”

The Intelligencer November 22, 1918 (page 7)

“ ‘Rule Britannia.’ Not the least interesting feature of the gathering of the Victory Loan Campaign workers at the Hotel Quinte on Wednesday evening was the singing of ‘Rule Britannia’ by Mr. S. Burrows, who was in splendid voice and rendered this stirring patriotic song with great expression. The true Canadianism and strong Imperial sentiments of ‘Burrows of Belleville’ are never in doubt.”

The Intelligencer November 22, 1918 (page 7)

“Miss Palen’s Inspiration. Miss Helen B. Palen, one of the four Ontario women recently called to the bar, tells ‘Everywoman’s World’ of her inspiration and aspirations as follows: ‘I studied law because the profession offers exceptional possibilities for development of minds, sympathy and knowledge of human affairs. Also because it was practically a new departure for women and the experience had something of the appeal for adventure. I was articled to John B. Holden, of the firm of Holden & Grover, Toronto, and shall probably practise in Belleville.’

Miss Palen was born in Belleville, Ontario, and is the daughter of the late E. L. Palen, Esq., and Helen Blackley, the latter having been a first cousin of Helen B. Anderson, Consecon, their fathers, the late James Blackley of Stirling and Robert of Gilead, having been brothers.”

The Intelligencer November 22, 1918 (page 7)

“Seriously Ill. Mrs. J. Hutchinson, residing at 11 Harriett Street, is in receipt of the following telegram which arrived yesterday: ‘Sincerely regret to inform you that your son (412121) Pte. John Thomas Hutchinson, infantry, is officially reported seriously ill in No. 4 Scottish General Hospital, Glasgow, November 18th. No particulars given.’

Pte. Hutchinson enlisted with the 39th Battalion which went from Belleville on the 23rd of June 1915. Later he was transferred to the 14th Battalion and a little later to the Tunnelling Co. He was with this company for some time when he was again transferred to the Mortar Battery. He remained with this corps until a few months ago when he saw service with the 7th Canadian Battalion. Since leaving Canada Pte. Hutchinson has neither been wounded or sick except with a slight touch of tonsillitis. He was well known about Belleville as he has always lived here. His many friends will regret to learn of his illness.”

The Intelligencer November 22, 1918 (page 7)

“Singularly Honored. Two well-known Belleville boys, who have been overseas for some time doing their bit were recently singularly honored. They were privates ‘Billy’ Riggs and Vernon Doolittle and they were chosen to represent their depot battalion at the Lord Mayor’s show in London.”

The Intelligencer November 22, 1918 (page 7)

“Opened by Prayer. For the first time in Victoria County the regular session of the County Council, which opened on Tuesday, did so with the reading of the psalms and the rendering of prayer and thanks to God. After a word of thanks for great victory and peace, Warden Hawkins called on F. H. McIntosh of St. Andrew’s Church to read the 124th and 125th Psalms, after which Canon Marsh offered up a prayer, the members all joining in repeating the Lord’s prayer at the close.”

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100 Years Ago: Hastings Victory Loan Workers Celebrate, Bull Dog in Celebration Dies, Delayed Patriotic Fund Payments, Appeal for Help

The Intelligencer November 21, 1918 (page 1)

“Hastings Victory Loan Workers Celebrate Glorious Victory. The glories of Hastings County participation in the Victory were told by the workers over the banquet table last evening at the Hotel Quinte when members of the organization which rolled up such a magnificent total of subscriptions related incidents grave and gay in the fight to reach and pass the high objectives set. The meeting was in charge of Mr. W. B. Deacon, chairman of the Victory Loan organization for Hastings last year and this year.

Mr. H. F. Ketcheson acted as Vice-Chairman, in his usual efficient and jolly manner. Mr. W. L. Doyle was Master of Ceremonies and director of entertainment features, consequently there was something doing every minute, and many rollicking songs of a patriotic nature were sung by the assembly between the courses. Prof. Hunt at the piano, and Mr. Sam Anglin, soloist, added greatly to the success of the evening with entertaining selections. The menu was worthy of the best traditions of the Hotel Quinte and was thoroughly enjoyed.

Mr. W. B. Deacon briefly sketched the campaign in Hastings County, the difficulties and discouragements, and the victories achieved. It was the banner county of Eastern Ontario for subscriptions. …  The city won an honor flag, and the county and every township did likewise while many crowns were won for exceptional records. The County Honor Flag would be presented to the County Council on December 4, and flung to the breeze over the Court House. As Chairman of the County Victory Loan organization he was proud of the workers and the results achieved.

Mr. W. B. Evans, the official organizer for Hastings County told of the preliminary steps taken to organize. …  The campaign in Hastings county opened under ominous clouds. There had been abnormal rains making country roads almost impassable, the Trenton explosion shook the investing spirit out of that pocket looked upon as a gold mine ordinarily, then came the flu, and many of the canvassers sick and the lookout blue all round. However, objective was raised and passed, more money was subscribed than last year as the result of hard and patient endeavor, with the northern districts on top. Mr. Evans paid a glowing tribute to the efficiency, optimism and pluck of the County Chairman, Mr. W. B. Deacon, who radiated confidence and good cheer and inspired the workers to greater and greater efforts. …

Mayor Platt said that he was proud of Billy Deacon, Mr. Evans and the entire noble band of workers who had accomplished the seeming impossibility. The Mayor spoke eloquently of the glorious record of Canada during the past four years and the necessity of putting our best efforts to the task of reconstruction where there were other great victories to win in the development along the best lines of our social life, economic life, political life, and national life. Dr. Platt suggested the erection of a monument to the memory of our fallen heroes. …

The aggressive energy of the Victory Loan workers convinced Mr. D. V. Sinclair that the same energy applied to the development of Belleville and district would work wonders. With the finest city and district in Ontario great things could be accomplished along progressive lines if united effort was exerted, high ideals set and the same energy displayed as had made such a striking success of the Victory Loan, said Mr. Sinclair. A true vision of things as they should be was needed and the determination to make the vision a reality. …

Major R. D. Ponton told of his experiences in canvassing the local aviation camps where $40,000 had been subscribed by the soldiers of the sky, most of it in small subscriptions on the installment plan, mortgaging their slender allowances to help Canada. The local aviation camps led all other camps in Canada of the R. A. F. in Victory Loan subscriptions.

As the evening was now well advanced it was thought advisable not to call upon any more speakers and the gathering dispersed after singing the National Anthem.”

The Intelligencer November 21, 1918 (page 7)

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“Dies of Injuries. On Monday, a valuable bull dog (the property of Dr. D. H. Ackerill, V.S., of this city, was run over by an auto at the corner of Front and Bridge Sts. and yesterday died as the result of injuries sustained. The dog with its owner marched proudly at the head of the celebration held in the city on the day the armistice was signed.”

The Intelligencer November 21, 1918 (page 7)

“Delayed Payments, A correspondent of The Intelligencer asks why Patriotic Fund checks are being received later than usual. Formerly, says the correspondent, the checks were ready for distribution not later than the twelfth of each month but for the past two or three months the checks were paid out about the 20th. Inquiry made by The Intelligencer elicited the fact that patriotic fund checks have been delayed at Ottawa on account of illness among the staff on account of the epidemic.”

The Intelligencer November 21, 1918 (page 7)

“An Appeal for Help! Father seriously ill in the hospital, mother and eight children at home recovering from the effects of the influenza, the oldest child only fifteen years of age—such is the condition of a family in Belleville as reported to The Intelligencer. An allowance of two dollars per week for groceries was given by a local organization toward the support of the family but we understand even this has been discontinued.

It is only necessary to bring these facts to the attention of the good citizens of Belleville to awaken active sympathy and practical assistance and The Intelligencer will be pleased to accept subscriptions for this purpose and see that the money is placed in good hands for the benefit of the family in distress.”

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100 Years Ago: War Saving and Thrift Stamps, Soldiers’ Pay to Continue for Three Months, Soldiers’ Christmas, No Parcels for Prisoners of War

The Intelligencer November 20, 1918 (page 1)

“War Saving And Thrift Stamps Authorized By Canadian Govt. Special Despatch to The Intelligencer, Canadian Press, Limited. Ottawa. Official announcement is made today of the Government’s inauguration of a War Savings Stamp and Thrift Stamp campaign in Canada along a line similar to that run in the United States for some time. War savings stamps will be on sale at a price which works out at about four and one-half per cent interest and are redeemable in January, 1924. Thus, a stamp worth five dollars on that date can be bought in December or January next for four dollars. As time passes the price will increase in proportion. Thrift stamps will be for smaller amounts on the same basis.”

The Intelligencer November 20, 1918 (page 2)

“Soldier’s Pay Will Continue. Ottawa. Every Canadian soldier who comes back from the front, will, after his discharge, be carried on the pay list for three months. He will get a cheque each month of that period at the rate he received when on service.

Announcement of this financial feature of demobilization plans was made at the Militia Department to-day. The idea is to tide over each man during the period intervening his discharge and settling down to civilian employment.”

The Intelligencer November 20, 1918 (page 7)

“Soldiers’ Christmas. The pupils of Queen Victoria Public School prepared their Christmas boxes for the soldiers overseas, relatives of scholars, and mailed them to-day.”

The Intelligencer November 20, 1918 (page 7)

“Prisoners’ Parcels. No more parcels will be received at the post office for prisoners of war in Germany. Postmasters have been notified to this effect. It is announced that the Canadian Red Cross Society in London is providing for the prisoners of war in Germany.—Kingston Whig.”

 

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100 Years Ago: Gradual Return of Men, Telephone Operators Appreciated, Pupils’ Essay Contest on War, Lewis Kellar Gassed

The Intelligencer November 19, 1918 (page 2)

“Gradual Return of Overseas Men. Ottawa. In a conference with the Militia Department the Reconstruction Committee of the Cabinet decided that there should be a gradual return of overseas men, so that they may easily be absorbed as they come. They will be taken to whichever of twenty dispersal districts is nearest their home and there discharged.

In England a census of the men is being taken now to discover who have jobs open for them, business or farms to go to, what they would like to do, and how many desire or need re-education to fulfil their ambitions. …

Plans are also in preparation for bringing back the 4,000 men engaged in Canadian coastal naval service. Efforts will be made to get long service and pivotal occupation men back first.”

The Intelligencer November 19, 1918 (page 6)

“ ‘Hello’ Girls Service Is Appreciated. The courtesy and special service of Bell Telephone Co. operators during the recent period of excitement caused by great events of world-wide interest has been recognized in the following circular issued by the General Manager of the Bell Telephone Co.:

‘The splendid work of the operators of our telephone system during the armistice rumors is a matter to command admiration. Simply deluged with calls far beyond their capacity to handle under normal conditions the telephone girls threw themselves determinedly into the breach to meet the crisis, foregoing rest and food in order to meet the situation. It was real war work, just as much as in a munitions plant, for in disseminating to the public service was being performed of an essential nature, closely correlated to the civilian’s need in supporting the boys at the front. The Telephone operators deserve the gratitude of the community.’ ”

The Intelligencer November 19, 1918 (page 7)

“School Children’s Contest. An essay contest is being conducted at Griffin’s Theatre this week under the auspices of the Quinte Chapter, I.O.D.E. Prizes will be awarded for the best essay on the war not to exceed one hundred words in length, a committee of teachers to act as judges. The contestants will be divided into four classes, according to age as follows: 7 to 9 years, 9 to 11 years, 11 to 13 years, 13 to 15 years, and for the best essay submitted in each of these classes a cash prize of $2.50 will be given. The essays are to be handed in at the Wednesday afternoon matinee at Griffin’s and the winners will be announced at the Saturday morning matinee when Griffin’s special feature picture ‘The Great Love’ will be presented. A percentage of the proceeds of the special matinee will be received by Quinte Chapter to be devoted to patriotic purposes.”

The Intelligencer November 19, 1918 (page 7)

“Pte. Kellar Gassed. Mr. Lewis Kellar, of this city, is in receipt of the following telegram: ‘Sincerely regret to inform you Pte. Lewis Kellar, infantry, officially admitted to 4th General Hospital, Danne Camieres, on November 6th—gassed.’ ”

 

 

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