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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100 Years Ago: Veterans’ Day Great Success, Ad for Grape Nuts, Edwin Naylor Prepares to Leave

The Intelligencer June 4, 1918 (pages 1, 3)

“Veterans’ Day Great Success. Fine Weather, Big Crowds. King’s Birthday Celebration Fulfilled Every Expectation. Nature in her most kindly and glorious mood smiled on the Great War Veterans of Belleville in providing the finest kind of weather for the first serious effort at entertaining essayed by soldiers who have returned from active service overseas.

Old Sol in all his splendour, unmasked by threatening clouds, smiled down on a happy throng which gathered in Belleville from every part of the district to do honor to our gracious King on his birthday, and show due appreciation to the soldiers of the King, who cheerfully left their homes and crossed the sea, ready to suffer and to die if need be, that freedom should not perish from the earth and that the peaceful homes of Canada and the honor of womankind should be saved from the infamous domination of the Beast of Berlin.

The crowds came early and stayed late and from early morning all roads leading to Belleville were thronged with horse and horseless vehicles filled with many holiday-seekers, all possessed with but a single thought, to spend the day with the Great War Veterans of Belleville.

The business places and residences of the city were profusely decorated with flags and bunting, and the city never looked finer or more attractive to the thousands of visitors than on this memorable occasion.

The officers and members of the Association of Great War Veterans of Belleville, can feel justly proud in the success of the first celebration under the auspices of the organization held in this city. …

The celebration was formally opened with the big parade in the morning and the streets were crowded with spectators long before the advertised time for the procession to start. First came Mr. J. J. B. Flint as mounted marshal, followed by automobiles containing veterans of the present war whose disabilities prevented them from marching; then came the 15th Regimental Band playing martial music; next in order marched Belleville’s returned soldiers, led by Lieut. Col. E. D. O’Flynn. The veterans made a fine appearance notwithstanding the fact that many of them showed the effects of war in their physical appearance, although the spirit of determination which had carried them through much suffering and sacrifice, still burned as brightly as ever.

Gray-haired veterans of the Fenian Raid, Riel Rebellion and South African war marched with all the vigor and enthusiasm of the younger men, and in striking contrast were the soldiers of the future, the Cadets of the High and Public Schools who marched proudly and in perfect step behind the veterans of present and past wars.

Then came a float representing Canada, profusely decorated with maple leaves and carrying an emblematic beaver in front. Five young ladies, prettily and daintily costumed completed the picture. Next came Britannia, proudly seated upon a throne, the personification of freedom and the unquenchable spirit of liberty which knows no defeat. The float was prepared by the War Workers Association of West Belleville, and Mrs. E. T. Austin made an excellent Britannia.

A Greater Production float came next, showing young people working in the garden. The Kokomo Girls occupied a large open bus, and were as sweet and pretty as the play is musical. Tohneto Camp Girls in Indian costume made a very attractive float. The Red Cross float was tasty and appropriate. The Belleville Fire Brigade made a fine showing with their equipment shining like new, and following the fire teams came a long procession of gaily decorated automobiles led by Mayor Platt and city officials. …

In the early afternoon another parade was held to the Exhibition Grounds which were soon filled by a very large crowd. Very appropriately the celebration closed with a presentation of that charming musical comedy, ‘The Girl from Kokomo,’ at Griffin’s Theatre, which was crowded to capacity. …

Immediately after the noon meal people commenced to wend their way to the Agricultural Park and in a short time a stream of humanity was entering the gates. In addition to those on foot there were hundreds of automobiles, and not a few horse-driven vehicles. The crowd was without doubt one of the largest, if not the largest, that has ever gathered at the Park. This was apparent from the receipts which were in the vicinity of $3,900. It was estimated that upwards of 10,000 men, women and children were at one time within the enclosure. All were bent upon enjoying themselves, and evidently did so. An excellent and varied programme was provided and all entered with zest into the sports. …

At 2 o’clock the 15th Regimental Band, playing patriotic selections, came upon the ground, and in a few minutes thereafter the program was commenced. From the judge’s stand, after the crowd had assembled Lt. Col. E. D. O’Flynn on behalf of the Great War Veterans Association extended a hearty welcome to all present. All were pleased at the splendid patronage accorded the Association. The object of the demonstration was to provide means for procuring rest and recreation rooms for those who are fighting in Flanders when they come home again.

Mayor Platt spoke briefly extending on behalf of the citizens of Belleville a hearty welcome to all. He was especially delighted at the large gathering present to assist in the worthy object. All were proud of the Great War Veterans who have sacrificed so much. In years to come their deeds will be extolled. The heartiest welcome possible he would extend to all and hoped all would enjoy themselves.”

The Intelligencer June 4, 1918 (page 3)

Ad for Grape Nuts

“The Present Policy of Food Conservation is strongly supported by the skilful method used in the processing of the well-known food Grape-Nuts. This blend of wheat, barley and other grains, with their rich, nutritive elements, make a food unparalleled as a builder of health and vigorous physique.

It is economical, no sugar being required. Its self-developed grain sugar gives it sufficient sweetness. Grape-Nuts is a delicious food and invaluable as part of the daily dietary. ‘There’s a Reason.’ Made by Canadian Postum Cereal Co. Ltd.”

The Intelligencer June 4, 1918 (page 5)

“A Soldier’s Farewell. A very pleasant time was spent last evening by the members of the Y. P. S. C. E. of Emanuel Church, who entertained one of their number, Edwin Naylor, who expects to be called to the colors shortly. An address of appreciation was read to Mr. Naylor and he was presented with a Gillette safety razor. Several happy speeches were made.”

[Note: Y.P.S.C.E. = Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor.]

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100 Years Ago: Memorial Service for Fleming Rollins, Veterans’ Big Demonstration Monday, Poster for Canada’s Registration

The Intelligencer June 1, 1918 (page 7)

“Memorial Service. A memorial service was held in St. Andrew’s Church, West Huntingdon, in honor of the late Pte. Fleming Rollins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hulsia Rollins, who fell fighting for King and country on April 26th last. Deceased was 20 years of age last October. Just one year ago from the day of the memorial service he left Belleville for overseas.”

The Intelligencer June 1, 1918 (page 7)

“Back Up The Veterans In Monday’s Big Demonstration. Monday’s the day that every citizen will have an opportunity to show their appreciation for the boys to whom they owe so much. The Great War Veterans are not asking for charity, but instead they have planned a big day’s entertainment that should attract thousands on its merits alone and send them home with more than their money’s worth.

Not one detail has been overlooked to make June 3rd a huge success from every standpoint. There’ll be amusements galore for everyone—men, women and children. In fact, the programme as arranged is one of the most attractive and extensive that has been staged in Belleville for many years.

At eleven o’clock in the morning the proceedings will be inaugurated by a Grand Street Parade which will include dozens of elaborate patriotic floats, Brass Bands, Cadets, Great War Veterans of Hastings and Prince Edward Counties, and many other novelty features. At two o’clock the programme will commence at the Fair Grounds. The races will start at that hour as well as the baseball game, so be on hand to see the commencement and stay until the last event is staged, and then you’re sure to admit it was the best day’s sport of your life.

DON’T FAIL TO BE THERE—IT’S A DUTY AND AN OBLIGATION WE OWE OUR VETERAN HEROES.”

The Intelligencer June 1, 1918 (page 9)

Poster for Canada's registration

“Canada’s Registration. Its Purpose and Application. Canada faces the gravest crisis in her history. Four years of war have taken from the Dominion a heavy toll in talent and labor, yet despite the shortage of man power, our Allies still depend on Canada to maintain her own fighting forces at full strength and to increase her exports of food and war materials, so vital to them, and to the successful prosecution of the war.

Should the war continue for another year, food cards and a rationing system may have to be instituted.

It is quite probable that before the war is won our Government may have to place restrictions upon the occupations in which men and women may engage. In such an event the Government wishes to be in a position to render all possible assistance in keeping our population usefully and profitably employed.

Registration Day, June 22nd. Issued by authority of Canada Registration Board.”

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100 Years Ago: Harold Gordon Newton Returned to England Voluntarily, Farmerettes to Stay, Poster for June 3rd, Request for Merchants to Decorate Properties for Carnival

The Intelligencer May 31, 1918 (page 2)

“Returned Voluntarily. England, May 11th. The Editor Daily Intelligencer, Belleville, Ont. Dear Sir:—Some of my friends in France have received word from Belleville, that I was brought back from Canada under escort.

I wish to deny this utterly, as I volunteered to come back to England again, strictly of my own accord. Of course, I do not know who is responsible for starting such a rumor, but I consider it rather a mean and underhanded piece of work, considering that I have been nearly four years in the service, the greater part of which I spent in France. I expect to be going to France again shortly, so if it is not asking too much I wish you would let the people of Belleville know the real facts. I am, Yours sincerely, No. 40465 Gun. H. G. Newton, ‘C’ Battery, Can. Res. Artillery, Whitby Camp, Surrey, Eng.”

The Intelligencer May 31, 1918 (page 3)

“Farmerettes to Stay Despite All Protests. Farmers Who Doubted Their Ability Are Now Wavering in Views. ‘I am actually becoming a good milker—not that I have milked more than three cows as yet, but I am quicker than I was.’ So writes one of the fashionable farmerettes to Miss Hazel Martin, director of the women’s farm department of the Government Employment Bureau. She is working on a mixed farm in Frontenac County. …

That the farmers who have not tried out the so-called farmerettes, are still rather dubious, is a known fact, but it is also seen that they are ‘coming around.’ …  Worried fathers invade the offices every now and again to find out what on earth those ‘crazy daughters of theirs’ are trying to do anyway.

The farmers’ wives seem to favor the farmerettes from the start, however, even though their better half is opposed. After a great deal of family controversy on one farm as to whether a farmerette should be employed, the farmer gave his consent. In telephoning to the employment department asking for one, the wife said to Miss Martin, ‘Now please whatever you do, send me a girl that my husband won’t be able to say, “I told you so,” about.’

And so it goes, but still the farmerettes seem to be here to stay.”

The Intelligencer May 31, 1918 (page 4)

Poster for June 3rd event“Belleville’s Biggest Day, June 3rd. Spend the Best Day of Your Life the Guest of Canada’s Heroes on Monday!

Two Spectacular Street Parades 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. A Big Card of Athletic Events. Star Baseball Game, Belleville vs. Picton. Help Make June 3rd Belleville’s Biggest and Best Day. Many Thrilling Novelty Features Worth going miles to see.

Hastings’ and Prince Edward’s Great War Veterans’ First Annual Re-union, King’s Birthday.”

The Intelligencer May 31, 1918 (page 7)

“For the Soldiers of the King. The Great War Veterans’ Celebration Committee are anxious to have the city in gala attire Monday, particularly they ask the merchants along Front and Bridge Streets to decorate properly, and thus create an atmosphere of real patriotism. Let every business house and every home hang out every flag and every piece of bunting obtainable, and show visitors that Belleville is thoroughly wide awake and progressive.”

 

 

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100 Years Ago: Two Monster Parades Planned, Poster for The Girl from Kokomo

The Intelligencer May 30, 1918 (page 3)

“A Banner Day For Belleville June 3rd. Two Monster Street Parades Will Inaugurate Proceedings Kings Birthday. ‘All aboard for Belleville June 3rd’ seems to be the slogan the surrounding towns and communities have adopted, and they are coming to witness and take part in the biggest and best celebration ever held in Belleville.

There will be something doing every minute from the time the first monster parade leaves the market square at 11 o’clock in the morning until the curtain rings down on the final act of ‘The Girl From Kokomo,’ which is to be repeated in the Griffin Opera House Monday night in aid of The Great War Veterans. It will be the day of all days for Belleville, and every home and business house should be decorated. Hang out all the flags and bunting you have and put our city in gala attire on ‘Belleville’s Biggest Day.’

Those who are participating in the morning parade should be at the market square at 10.30, so that it can start prompt at 11 o’clock.”

The Intelligencer May 30, 1918 (page 4)

Poster for The Girl from Kokomo“By Request Of, And In Aid Of The Great War Veterans.

The Two Act Musical Farce ‘The Girl From Kokomo’ Will be Repeated at Griffin’s Opera House, Monday Evening, June 3rd.

This will be positively the last chance to see this successful Musical Comedy. Prices—$1, 75¢ 50¢, 25¢. Seat Sale opens at Doyle’s Drug Store Saturday Morning, June 1st.”

 

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100 Years Ago: The Girl from Kokomo Under Auspices of Argyle Chapter I.O.D.E., Poster for June 3rd Carnival

The Intelligencer May 29, 1918 (page 1)

“ ‘The Girl From Kokomo’ Made A Big Hit At Griffin’s Theatre. Amateur dramatic performances always have a certain attractiveness on account of the novelty of recognizing familiar faces in unfamiliar roles, while dramatic talent is not expected to materialize to any great extent in productions of this kind. However, a departure from this general rule was witnessed last evening in the presentation of ‘The Girl from Kokomo,’ by local amateurs at Griffin’s Theatre under the auspices of Argyle Chapter, I.O.D.E. The production was admirably staged and presented in a smooth and finished manner, which ranked well with any first-night professional production. …

Beautiful bouquets of flowers were handed across the footlights to the lady principals during the progress of the play. When the curtain arose every seat in the theatre was filled, and from beginning to end laughter and applause was continuous. …

‘The Girl from Kokomo’ will be repeated Monday evening at Griffin’s in connection with the King’s Birthday celebration of the Great War Veterans.”

The Intelligencer May 29, 1918 (page 4)

Poster for June 3rd carnival“Spend June 3rd the Guests of Canada’s Heroes. A Military Carnival You’ll Never Forget! The Fastest Horse Races Ever Seen on the Belleville Track. Big Card of Athletic Events and Baseball Game.

Come and Spend the Biggest Day of Your Life—Monday, June 3rd.

Make June 3rd, Belleville’s Biggest Day.”

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100 Years Ago: All Roads Lead to Belleville June 3rd, Ad for Government Fish, Myrehall Red Cross Prepares Shipment, Thank-You Letter to Mrs. (Dr.) Farley, Plenty of Coal, Preparations for June 3rd, The Girl from Kokomo Ready

The Intelligencer May 28, 1918 (page 4)

“All Roads Lead to Belleville Monday. Monday, the King’s Birthday, is a fitting day for the Great War Veterans to celebrate and the occasion is most appropriate for all good citizens to show by their presence and patronage that they appreciate the great sacrifices the soldiers are making in order to protect the homes of Canada from the savagery of the Hun.

The Veterans are the hosts next Monday and have prepared excellent entertainment of a military and civic nature for the many visitors from far and near and the home folks as well. The success of Monday’s celebration means much to the soldiers. Let everybody lend a hand and make it the biggest day ever held in Belleville. Let’s clean and tidy up our streets and homes and when the day arrives throw all our flags and bunting to the breeze as a token of welcome to the visitors and appreciation of the Great War Veterans. All roads lead to Belleville Monday, so come early and stay late.”

The Intelligencer May 28, 1918 (page 6)

Ad for Government Fish“Government Fish. The First Government Fish Will Arrive Wednesday, May 29th. This stock will be the very finest from Lake Nipissing, the coolest and best fish producing lake in Canada. R. Oliphant & Son, 44 Bridge Street. Phone 910.”

The Intelligencer May 28, 1918 (page 7)

“Shipment for Overseas. The Myrehall Red Cross met at the home of Mrs. W. Alford, on May 9th, nineteen members being present, and sent the following to Foxboro: 58 towels, 14 nightshirts, 17 pairs of socks, 2 day shirts, 2 quilts, 13 suits of pyjamas, check for $15.”

The Intelligencer May 28, 1918 (page 7)

“A Pleased Soldier. It is very gratifying to receive from one of our gallant soldiers who is fighting for us at the front, such a grateful response as the following, received, by Mrs. (Dr.) Farley, which speaks for itself:

France, May 8, 1918. Dear Mrs. Farley:—I take this opportunity to thank you exceedingly for the gift of tobacco and cigarettes. The feeling it conveys to a soldier in the field to know that he is thought of by some kind thoughtful unknown friend, gives him heart to carry on in this great fight for mankind. I am not acquainted with Canada beyond Camp Borden, where I did my training, having lived in New York for many years. However, I am a Britisher and have been in France nearly a year, and have seen a good deal of the battle fronts. Thanking you again, I remain, Yours sincerely, Frank Kennedy.”

The Intelligencer May 28, 1918 (page 7)

“Full Coal Supplies. Citizens Should Place Orders Now for Normal Supply. Having consulted with all the Coal Dealers in the City of Belleville with a view to ascertaining the quantity of coal the various dealers have received during the present season so far, and the quantity likely to be received during the balance of the season, I have satisfied myself that the dealers have done exceedingly well in regard to the quantity of coal already in and arranged for, and it is my opinion that the Fuel Controller’s restriction to 70 per cent deliveries be waived in Belleville, and as the Fuel Controller’s regulations leave this matter to the local Commissioner’s discretion, I would advise all parties to purchase their full normal coal supply from the dealers, as early as possible, and I do hereby waive the clause in the regulations restricting deliveries to 70 per cent, for the present.

I would also draw the attention of prospective purchasers of car load lots to the necessity of purchasing a license from the Fuel Controller at Ottawa which can be obtained for the sum of twenty-five ($25.00) dollars, the penalty for non-observance being a fine of one thousand ($1,000) dollars. Thos. F. Wills, Local Fuel Commissioner, Belleville, Ont., May 27, 1918.”

The Intelligencer May 28, 1918 (page 7)

“June 3rd Event to be Brilliant Success. Live Interest Being Taken For Miles Around In Veterans Big Celebration On King’s Birthday.

The Great War Veterans’ determination to make their first annual re-union ‘Belleville’s Biggest Day’ seems well to meet with complete success, for reports from all the surrounding districts and towns  state that the great majority of the populace will migrate to Belleville on that day. Last evening the entertainment committee brought in its final programme, and one would marvel that such a festival of real genuine fun and sport could be crammed into one day. Something doing every minute, seems to have been the slogan of this committee. Horsemen from all over Ontario are taking keen interest in the racing events and the fastest races ever seen on the local track are assured. Spend the biggest day of your life with Canada’s heroes.”

The Intelligencer May 28, 1918 (page 8)

“Tonight’s the Night Girl from Kokomo. ‘The Girl from Kokomo’ is all set for tonight. Nothing further can be done to add to the success of the performance. …  Cadet Gault, of Camp Mohawk, one of Canada’s leading violinists has kindly consented to assist the orchestra and accompanists. To hear Cadet Gault play the violin is worth the price of admission alone. Cadet Roberts who is in Belleville convalescing after an accident at Leaside Camp, will also assist with his guitar and banjo. Cadet Roberts and Cadet Gault have both been heard here before with the Camp Mohawk Pierrots last season, and those who heard them then will appreciate what a wonderful addition they will be to the production. The Argyle Chapter I.O.D.E. are indeed fortunate in securing their services.

The sale of seats has been very heavy but there are 200 rush seats that will not be put on sale until 7.30 p.m. at the theatre. The price of these seats will be only 25¢, and there is no war tax to pay. There will be also a few good reserved seats left which can be secured at Doyle’s Drug Store until 6 p.m. and at 7.30 p.m. at the theatre. Don’t miss the season’s best attraction.”

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100 Years Ago: Poster for Canada’s Veteran Fighting Forces on June 3rd, Potatoes for Planting at Children’s Shelter, King Desires No Celebrations on Birthday June 3rd

The Intelligencer May 27, 1918 (page 2)

“Canada’s Veteran Fighting Forces in Grand Military Manoeuvers By Land and Air. Belleville Monday, June 3rd.

Athletic Events, Bicycle Races, Baseball Match, Spectacular Street Parade, And many Other Novel Features. Spend the Day with Canada’s Heroes and have the time of your life!”

The Intelligencer May 27, 1918 (page 7)

“Provided Potatoes for Planting. The school children of the city responded to a request for the providing of potatoes for planting of ground in connection with the Children’s Shelter premises. The result of the contribution was that more potatoes were received than were required , but they will not be amiss as a considerable quantity is used daily at the institution.”

The Intelligencer May 27, 1918 (page 8)

“Military News. The King’s birthday is to be celebrated on the actual date this year, namely, the 3rd June. His Majesty desires that in the matter of ceremonial observance the precedent of last year shall be strictly followed in all respects. No salutes, reviews, dinners or other celebration are to take place.”

 

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100 Years Ago: Salvation Army Honor Roll Unveiled, Poster of Canadian Bankers’ Association

The Intelligencer May 25, 1918 (page 7)

“Unveiling of Honor Roll. The unveiling of a large honor roll with 27 names of Salvation Army bandsmen, soldiers and adherents was conducted at the S. A. citadel in this city last night. Several S. A. officers including Capt. and Mrs. Renouf of Trenton, Capt. Kitt and Lieut. York were present. Adjt. Trickey, who had charge of the proceedings called upon Lieut. Peddleadan to give out and open this service with a rousing song. …

Adjt. Trickey referred to the fact that the Salvation Army now had 163 huts at the front, 39 chaplains in active service, and 32 motor ambulances. It will be interesting to the public to know also that there are 68 hostels for soldiers, 200 rest rooms on all fronts, 15 naval and military homes, 40 communal kitchens and 704 war service workers. …

As Miss M. B. Falkiner, well known for her patriotic work, unveiled the roll the audience sang the National Anthem. A splendid tribute was paid by Miss Falkiner to the men who had gone and the two men who had paid the supreme sacrifice. Her stirring address made a marked impression. The citadel was tastefully decorated with flags and flowers, also several large framed photographs of the ‘boys.’ Capt. Harrison closed with the benediction.”

The Intelligencer May 25. 1918 (page 13)

Poster of Canadian Bankers' Association“The Canadian Bankers’ Association Invites the Co-Operation of the Public on Behalf of the Banks.

Staffs Heavily Reduced by War. More than half the men in the banks of Canada are now on military service, and the number which remains is being steadily reduced. Women clerks have been employed in thousands and have done splendidly, but they have not the experience of the men they replace. It would be out of the question to expect them to work as rapidly or with the same knowledge of banking as officers of many years training in the profession.

The drain upon the number of experienced officers has now reached a point where it is necessary to ask the public to take into consideration this decrease in efficiency, and to lighten, as far as they can, the burden thus thrown upon those left to run the business. Canada was never so busy as now and the volume of banking business is greater than ever before.

Change in Banking Hours June 1st. On and after June 1st banking hours will be: 9.30 to 2.30; Saturdays 9.30 to 12.00. This arrangement will give the staff more time to complete the large amount of work which cannot be taken up until after the office is closed to the public.

On July 1st banks will discontinue receiving payments for tax bills and the bills of gas, electric and other public service corporations.

The banks desire to render all essential services including many special ones arising out of the war. In order to do this they make this appeal for co-operation in the manner suggested above.”

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100 Years Ago: Canadian War Contingent Association Dance, Military Demonstration for June 3rd, Edward Harold Ingram Wounded, Holiday War Bulletins, No Circuses Allowed to Enter Canada, Auto Show Extended, Thanks Offered for Tag Day

The Intelligencer May 23, 1918 (page 1)

“Socks for Soldiers. The Canadian War Contingent Association gave a dance last evening in Bennett’s Academy, Front Street, to procure money for war purposes. Miss E. Ryan furnished the music for the evening. The academy was prettily decorated for the occasion with spring flowers. A dainty luncheon was served to the many who attended, including a number of cadets of the R.A.F. and many out of town people. Dancing was continued until the small hours.”

The Intelligencer May 23, 1918 (page 3)

“Monday June 3rd Is Belleville’s Big Day. For no demonstration in years have such extensive plans and preparations been made as the one the Great War Veterans are arranging for the King’s birthday. There is to be a real old time crowd, that fact is assured both by the keen interest taken by the committee in charge and the people throughout the surrounding counties. Belleville’s war heroes are sparing no effort to make their first annual reunion an event that will do themselves and Belleville credit. Every man, woman and child should start now to help the boys by boosting the big 3rd of June event.”

The Intelligencer May 23, 1918 (page 3)

“Bombardier Ingram’s Injuries Not Serious. Mrs. Ingram has received the following letter from Canadian Red Cross Society, London, England, which shows the efficient manner in which our boys are looked after.

York Hotel, Berners St. W.I. London, May 2. Dear Madam:—I beg to inform you that 89764 Bdr. E. H. Ingram, 18th Canadian, C.F.A., is now at 3rd Southern General Hospital, Oxford, England.

Our Red Cross visitor has been to see Bdr. Ingram, and tells us he has slight shrapnel wounds in the face, and that he is getting on well, and able to go out. So we hope that very soon he will be quite convalescent. He will be visited regularly, and should he need comforts, other than those supplied, we will gladly send them to him from our parcel office. (Signed) Yours truly, Kathleen Waring.”

The Intelligencer May 23, 1918 (page 7)

“Holiday War Bulletins. Tomorrow, Victoria Day, being a legal holiday, there will be no issue of The Intelligencer. All important war news will be bulletined morning and afternoon.”

The Intelligencer May 23, 1918 (page 7)

“No Circus This Year. F. C. Knight, local immigration inspector at Brockville, has received a copy of a new regulation stating that spectacular performances such as a circus will not be permitted to enter Canada this year.”

The Intelligencer May 23, 1918 (page 7)

“Auto Show Extended. The motor show in the Armouries will be continued until Saturday night. To-morrow evening a dance will be held in the Armouries in connection with the show. It is interesting to note that the automobiles, bicycles and musical instruments on exhibition have a total value of $45,000.”

The Intelligencer May 23, 1918 (page 7)

“Card of Thanks. The West Belleville War Workers and Victory Club wish to thank all ladies who by their untiring efforts helped to make tag day such a success; also to the gentlemen who so kindly let their automobiles for that occasion. We must also thank the Y. M. C. A. for their courtesy in furnishing us with a room. A word of praise for the Boy Scouts who worked so willingly.

Mr. Elliott of the Standard Bank, donated $5.00 to the day’s takings; Mr. A. E. Bailey, $10.00 which brought in the magnificent sum of $702.00.

Allow us to thank the loyal citizens of Belleville for their generosity.

Gertrude MacMullen, Pres., W.B.W.W.; Eleanor Wells, Sec., W.B.W.W.”

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