100 Years Ago: Hastings Works for Victory Loan, Poster for Victory Loan, Wartime Election, Poster for Victory Loan, Holiday Post Office Jobs, Ernest Finkle Wounded

The Intelligencer November 27, 1917 (page 1)

“Hastings Digs Down for Victory Loan. The first week’s contest for a Victory Loan at Griffin’s Opera House was concluded Saturday night, and Mr. W. B. Deacon, County Chairman, and Mr. W. L. Doyle, County Publicity Manager, were there on behalf of the Victory Loan Committee. Mr. Deacon gave the very large audience present a good strong talk on the necessity of buying Victory Bonds. …

Mr. Doyle then drew the lucky number, which was 1518, and was held by Mrs. Geo. H. Taylor, 110 Pinnacle Street. Mrs. Taylor upon her appearance on the stage to receive her bond was greeted with enthusiastic applause showing that the decree of fate had been a popular one. The Griffin Company will present another $50.00 bond on Saturday night next. …

Last evening a number of the office staff of the County Headquarters, Canada’s Victory Loan, together with a few interested friends, had the pleasure of attending a unique gathering in the school house of No. 23 School Section, Sidney Township. The splendid programme put on by the teacher and scholars was to celebrate their investment in a Victory Bond. The crowded school house gave unmistakable evidence of the interest of the whole neighborhood in so auspicious an event.

So far as known this is the first school to take such a step and the clever young teacher, Miss Grace Sine of Frankford, is to be congratulated on so happy a thought, combining as it does a patriotic duty and a fine opportunity of educating the young people in the principles of true citizenship and sound business.”

The Intelligencer November 27, 1917 (page 1)

Poster for Victory Loan“Let your children join the crusade. Every one of the Victory Bonds is a weapon that cannot fail to hit the Kaiser. Arm your child! And when he or she is a little older—back comes the ‘weapon.’ Meantime 5 ½ per cent!”

The Intelligencer November 27, 1917 (page 2)

“Women, the War, and the Election. This election will have an important bearing on Canada’s participation in the war. The success of the Laurier-Quebec little Canadian party means that needed reinforcements will be withheld from the brave boys in Flanders. …

The women of Belleville in common with her sisters of the nation have sacrificed their loved ones, have given their time and their money to help the great cause of freedom and are, perhaps, more closely interested, in the outcome of the war, than the men folks.

The election is a wartime election, and the votes of the women will be a big factor in determining the fate of the boys overseas and the future littleness or greatness of Canada. Who can doubt what the women will do in the light of their splendid spirit of self sacrifice during three years of war? The women of Belleville should turn out in large numbers this evening at the first woman’s election meeting ever held here, and hear the great issue discussed by Union Government speakers. Mrs. Cleveland of Toronto and others will address the meeting and there will also be a musical program. …  Come to the City Hall at 7.30 this evening.”

The Intelligencer November 27, 1917 (page 3)

“You have only four days more to buy Victory Bonds. What are you going to do about it? What excuse will you give to yourself next week if you don’t buy?

Remember:—The boys in the trenches did not make excuses—They went!”

The Intelligencer November 27, 1917 (page 8)

“WANTED. Three returned soldiers for service in the inside Post Office and Nine young men, sons or relatives of soldiers, to assist the letter carriers in Belleville Post Office during the holiday season. Wages $2 to $2.50 per day. E. Guss Porter. Robertson Block, Front St., Belleville.”

The Intelligencer November 27, 1917 (page 8)

Ernest Finkle“Former Belleville Boy Wounded. The following message refers to a former well known Belleville boy, who enlisted and went overseas with 204th Battalion of Toronto. Mrs. Anna Helen Finkle, 123 Dundas Street, Belleville, Ont.

Sincerely regret to inform you 23706 Lance Corporal Ernest Deacon Finkle, infantry, officially reported admitted to No. 9 Field Ambulance, Nov. 15th, 1917, gunshot wound in right shoulder and abdomen. Director of Records.”

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100 Years Ago: Poster for Victory Bonds, Memorial Services, Y Parlour Meeting

The Intelligencer November 26, 1917 (page 5)

Poster for Victory Bonds“My Dad Has Bought a Bond For Me! The little chap won’t realize now what the buying of that Victory Bond means to him—to you—to Canada, and to our sons Overseas.

But in the years to come—when you may not be here to know it—your boy, grown father to a man, will realize its significance, and he will be glad that you did something in Canada’s hour of need, and that you did it for his sake.

Has Your Dad Bought a Bond For You?”

The Intelligencer November 26, 1917 (page 7)

“Memorial Services. In St. Thomas’ and St. Andrew’s churches last evening memorial services were held for fallen heroes. Ven. Archdeacon Beamish, the rector of the former church conducted the service and spoke feelingly of the sacrifices made by the Bellevillians in the great struggle.”

The Intelligencer November 26, 1917 (page 7)

“ ‘Y’s’ Parlor Meeting. The ‘Y’s’ held their second parlor meeting of the season at Mrs. C. Townsend, Foster Avenue. The evening was spent making scrapbooks for the soldiers, and in discussing the way in which the ‘trinket campaign’ for thirst-quenchers for the soldiers would be best conducted.

The committee appointed to look after the study of the franchise for the coming winter, discussed methods for the best carrying out of the work. This will be actively undertaken before the December elections.”

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100 Years Ago: Congratulations to Hastings County on Victory Loan, First Draft in Khaki on December 28, Special Dishes for One-Armed Veterans

The Intelligencer November 24, 1917 (page 5)

“Congratulations to Hastings County. The following telegrams were received at the local Victory Loans headquarters on the occasion of Hastings County passing the million dollar mark:

Toronto, Nov. 23, 1917. W. B. Deacon, Esq., Chairman, Canada’s Victory Loan, Belleville, Ont. Many happy return of your first million; may your greatest troubles be many millions. Your good old county is responding splendidly to leadership and determination. May the last half of your campaign be even more intensive than the first for the need is great and Ontario’s dollars must back Ontario’s sons. G. H. Wood, Chairman Ontario Committee.

Toronto, Nov. 23, 1917. W. B. Evans, Organizer Canada’s Victory Loan, Belleville, Ont. Last night our campaign passed the half-way post with Ontario having rolled up the magnificent total over seventy-six millions. Accept for yourself and those working with you my heartiest congratulations on your part in this great showing. The next half of the race will be the hardest, but we have utmost confidence in your county and in the power of good old Ontario to keep up the splendid present pace until the finish. G. H. Wood, Chairman Ontario Committee.”

The Intelligencer November 24, 1917 (page 9)

“First Draft Will Be in Khaki. On December 28—three days after Christmas—several thousand young Canadians coming within ‘Class A’ under the Military Service Act will lay aside their semi-Norfolk suits, white collars and colored ties and don the sober khaki habit of a new way of life. At least this is the approximate date, according to the latest forecast of the Government’s plans.

With the memory of Christmas turkey and plum pudding still lingering pleasantly in their minds these young men will line up, form fours, and march off to an entirely new world, where one eats out of a mess tin and sleeps o’ nights on a palliasse filled with straw.”

The Intelligencer November 24, 1917 (page 14)

“Special Dishes For One-Armed Boys. Dishes designed to keep the food of the one-armed veteran within bounds until he masters the finesse of single handed feeding are now being manufactured in England. Dr. Edward A. Bott, director of functional re-education at Hart House, has brought samples from England for the consideration of the authorities of the Orthopaedic Hospital in North Toronto, where the crippled Canadian soldiers returned from overseas as convalescents are being treated under the direction of the Military Hospitals Commission. …

Dr. Bott brought back a soup plate and a plate designed for general service. The soup plate differs from the ordinary soup dish in having a second declivity into which the last two or three spoonfuls run and may be secured without tipping the plate—a breach of good manners common enough among busy, hungry men to warrant serious consideration.

The plate for general service in turn resembles a very shallow soup plate, the centre being sunk slightly so as to prevent the food from slipping over the edge as the fork pursues it.

A combination knife and fork which has also been devised, works with great success, and one armed men are able to prepare their own food for eating without difficulty.”

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100 Years Ago: Poster for Victory Loan, One Million Dollars for Victory Loan, Reuben Sero Killed in Action, Gerald Spafford Tenders Thanks to Belleville Ladies, Hours for Selling Beef and Bacon

The Intelligencer November 23, 1917 (page 1)

Poster for Victory Loan“Mrs. Canuck is making up a box for Daddy at the Front. Private Canuck, Victory Ridge, At the Front. There’s Room For Your Share Here.

Wage Earners’ Share in Loan. Farmer. Salary Earner. Victory Loan. Business Man’s Share in Loan.”

The Intelligencer November 23, 1917 (page 1)

“Hastings County Passes the Million Mark. The good old County of Hastings has upheld its traditional patriotism in a grand manner. More than one Million Dollars has been subscribed to the Victory Loan in ten days …  and now we are on our way to double our objective. …  If this can be accomplished our boys overseas will have cause to be proud of the spot where they were born. …  They have given Canada reason to be proud of them, and now it’s up to us at home to make them proud of Canada.

There are only six working days left to pile up the remaining half a million dollars, and it is to be hoped that the people will forget everything, but the success of the Loan. Belleville is falling back badly the past couple of days. Of course, Belleville has done nobly so far, having more than doubled its objective, but there must be no let-up any place in the County if we are to get Half Million Dollars in the next six days.”

The Intelligencer November 23, 1917 (page 1)

“Clever Victory Loan Window. The Angus McFee jewellery store has an added attraction to its Victory Loan window. An aeroplane is floating in mid-air with an arrow pointing to figures upon a larger arrow pointing upwards to $1,611,000, Hastings new objective and as the subscriptions pour in the aeroplane will rise. It is quite a novel idea, and Mr. [Victory] Tulley who is responsible for the entire display deserves the highest congratulations as he has received the thanks of the Publicity Committee of which he is a member.

The aeroplane, which is a work of art, was made by Master Fred Jones, 13 year old son of Mr. Arthur Jones, manager of Molsons Bank. Master Jones is to be congratulated upon his clever achievement.”

The Intelligencer November 23, 1917 (page 2)

“Gave His Life. Mrs. Eliza Sero, residing on the Mohawk Reserve, Tyendinaga Township, has received official notification that her son, 637,184, Pte. Reuben Sero, was killed in action on October 30th. He went overseas with the 155th Battalion from this city, and was transferred to the Princess Patricia regiment. The young soldier was only 20 years of age. The sympathy of many will be extended to the mother in hour of sorrow.”

[Note: Private Reuben Sero died on October 30, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 323 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer November 23, 1917 (page 3)

“Kindly Welcome Was Appreciated. To the Rainbow Knitting Circle of the Woman’s Red Cross and Patriotic Circle Sergt.-Major Gerald Spafford tenders his heartfelt thanks for the beautiful bouquet of flowers sent as a token of welcome home by Mrs. H. A. Yeomans and Miss A. Hurley on behalf of the above organizations; also to Miss Anna Ponton for her kindly thought in sending a basket of ‘goodies’ appropriately decorated with miniature flags and patriotic colors.

Miss Florence Clark, 61 Grier street, gave a surprise party in honor of the returned soldiers, a delightful evening of surprises too numerous to mention—music, songs and tales of adventure, during which refreshments were served.

The returned soldiers find it difficult to express in words the language of the heart; suffice it to say to the numerous friends, and particularly the ladies of Belleville to whom they are indebted not only at present but in the past for the royal and sincere welcome accorded not only in words and greeting but through so many sources of expression that it is difficult to express the inspiration and encouragement which fills the war-worn souls of the soldiers to find their loyal lady friends, after months and years of patriotic endeavor still faithfully administering to the wants and comforts of the brave lads in the trenches in far off Flanders.

We thank you, ladies. We often shout ‘Long live the King!’ We go a bit further and shout ‘Long live the loyal and true patriotic women of Belleville.’

Belleville has good cause to be proud of her soldier boys; but let me say the soldier boys of Belleville have good cause to be proud of the ladies of Belleville who have so very loyally supported the organizations which have done so much for the comfort of our boys, and by so doing have done much to win the war, writes Sergt.-Major Spafford to The Intelligencer.”

The Intelligencer November 23, 1917 (page 5)

“Saving Bacon. A meeting of the restaurant and the hotel proprietors of the City of Belleville, will be held at the Police Court Rooms Monday the 26th day of November, 8 p.m. for purpose of defining the hours at which beef and bacon might be served under the Food Controller’s regulations owing to the food shortage, and to the fact that there are no settled hours at which beef or bacon may be served, some people are in the habit of going to one restaurant for beef or bacon at one meal and to another restaurant for beef or bacon for a second meal, thus evading the regulations and working hardship on the law-abiding restaurant keeper. It is suggested that the breakfast hours should mean from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., the dinner hour 11.30 to 2.30, with no hours specified for supper.”

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100 Years Ago: Driver Charles Saunders Returns, Great War Veterans Association of Belleville, David Rightmyer Wounded

The Intelligencer November 22, 1917 (page 2)

“Return of Driver Saunders. Word was received in the city last night by Mrs. Chas. Saunders, stating that her husband, Driver C. Saunders, will arrive home to-morrow, Friday, on the 1.30 from Kingston. Driver Saunders left Belleville with the 34th Battery in 1914, and is now returning after being in hospital for several months.”

The Intelligencer November 22, 1917 (page 3)

“Aims and Objects of War Veterans. Madame Nelli Gardini, the great Metropolitan singer is giving her services, gratis on Wednesday evening, the 28th of November next, for an operatic concert in aid of the Great War Veterans Association of Belleville. The Griffin Amusement Co. are giving the use of the Opera House at a very low rental and every assistance possible to the G.W.V.

For the benefit of the Great War Veterans Association the H. Corby Distillery Co. has given their splendidly fitted office building for a club or meeting place for the returned boys free of rent.

A number of our citizens have given donations to assist in furnishing these quarters, and perhaps there are some of our people who do not know we have a Great War Veterans Association in our midst, and still some others who are not conversant with its noble aims and objects. For the information of the public in general, let us state briefly, that the work of the association is an effort on the part of the returned soldiers to help themselves and their comrades who are returning daily.

It is their desire to have a comfortable, home-like meeting place for the betterment of the returning men, where topics of common interest may be considered and discussed, to see that justice is done in so far as can possibly be effected by wise and reasonable administration to those who are disabled by reason of wounds received or unfortunate circumstances met with in their country’s service and defence; and that the lives of those whose breadwinners have been taken away from them, may be made as free from care and anxiety for the future as it is possible for a grateful people to render them. …

The local organization is not at the present begging, but with the assistance of the local newspapers trying to ‘Do’ for themselves, and at the same time giving the citizens of Belleville and surrounding country, the musical feast of the season in presenting Madame Gardini and her company on the 28th inst., Wednesday next. …

Come along and help the boys out and get double value for your dollar; they guarantee every cents worth in a musical meal, and many thanks for your assistance financially to them.”

The Intelligencer November 22, 1917 (page 5)

“Pte. Rightmyer Wounded. Word has been received in the city stating that Pte. David Grant Rightmyer, 1093081, infantry, wounded right foot. Pte. Rightmyer is a son of Mrs. Emma Rightmyer, 34 Wharf Street. Previous to enlisting with the 254th Battalion he was employed with the Downey Coal Company of this city.”

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100 Years Ago: Hastings County Passes Victory Loan Objective, Red Cross Locates Ted Yeomans, Arthur Templeton Killed in Action, William Robinson Killed in Action, William Chamberlain Wounded, Benjamin Bunton Suffers Gas Poisoning, Poster for Victory Bonds, John Miller Killed in Action

The Intelligencer November 21, 1917 (page 1)

“One Million Dollars for Victory Loan. Hastings County Workers Expect to Roll Up a Million Dollars For the Victory Loan. The greatest enthusiasm prevails throughout the entire county today because of Hastings having passed the objective set for it by the Victory Loan organization. …

When the million mark is passed the committee hopes to pull off a celebration the like of which has never been heard in this good old city since the Old Boys’ Reunion. Everyone with an automobile should get ready to decorate it, and there’ll be noise galore. A parade will be held on the night this objective is passed, with plenty of red fire and noise. Merchants are also expected to decorate for the occasion and every householder should put a flag out of the window. …

Marlbank Hustler. McCutcheon of Marlbank is some hustler. Yesterday he came across with another $5,000. He never misses a day. …

Point Ann Returns. Point Ann is coming across liberally. Geo. Reid and Henry Denyes have Thurlow under cover and pulled $13,700 yesterday. They are some hustlers.”

The Intelligencer November 21, 1917 (page 1)

“Red Cross Locates ‘Ted’ Yeomans. Dr. Yeomans has received a cable message from the Geneva Red Cross stating that his son, Lieut. ‘Ted’ Yeomans of the Royal Flying Corps, recently reported missing, is a prisoner at Karlsbad Germany. This confirms the message received this week by Dr. Yeomans to the same effect.”

The Intelligencer November 21, 1917 (page 2)

Arthur Templeton“Made Supreme Sacrifice. Mr. Robt. Templeton of this city, this afternoon received a telegram which conveyed the sad intelligence that his son, Arthur, was killed on October 31st in action. The young man enlisted in the west.”

[Note: Private Arthur Templeton died on October 30, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 337 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer November 21, 1917 (page 2)

Will Robinson“Former Belleville Boy Killed. Word has been received in the city that Pte. William Robinson, son of Mr. Byron Robinson, a former well known resident of Belleville, had died as the result of wounds acquired. He was wounded on November 5th, and died three days later. The young hero had many friends in this city who will regret to learn of his death.”

[Note: Private William Morris Robinson died on November 8, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 318 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer November 21, 1917 (page 2)

“Pte. Chamberlain Wounded. Pte. William Henry Chamberlain, who enlisted and went overseas with the 155th Battalion, has been wounded. The soldier is a nephew of Mrs. Dalton, and previous to enlistment was employed at the Springer Lock Works. The message received here was as follows:

John Dalton, 14 Wickett Street, Belleville. Sincerely regret to inform you Pte. William Henry Chamberlain, infantry, officially reported admitted to Sixth Ambulance Depot, Nov. 6, 1917. Gunshot wound, head. Director of Records.”

The Intelligencer November 21, 1917 (page 2)

Benjamin Bunton“Victim of Gas. Mr. B. C. Bunton residing at 41 Pine Street, Belleville, this morning received the following message:

Sincerely regret to inform you No. 113117 Pte. Benjamin Charles Bunton, officially reported admitted to 22 General Hospital, Gamiere, Nov. 8th. Gas poisoning. ‘Director of Records.’

Private Bunton referred to was previous to enlistment a trustworthy employee of The Intelligencer Office. ‘Ben’, as he was familiarly called, enlisted and went overseas with the 8th C. M. R. of Kingston. He was a fine young man and had a host of friends in the city, who will hope for his speedy recovery.”

The Intelligencer November 21, 1917 (page 6)

Poster for Victory Bonds“Smash Through to Victory. Buy Victory Bonds. Over at the battlefront, rolling onward remorselessly, its guns belching forth disaster and death to the enemy, the Tank smashes through all obstacles that bar the way.

And here in Canada the Victory Loan brings to every one of us the privilege of helping to crush the Hun with our money. We cannot all serve in the trenches; we cannot all fire a gun or help to man a Tank; but we can all buy Victory Bonds.

What of your money? Is it helping to smash through to Victory? The amount of the Victory Bonds you buy is the measure of your fighting power.”

The Intelligencer November 21, 1917 (page 7)

“Belleville Soldier Killed in Action. Mrs. E. Miller, residing in this city, yesterday received the following telegram which cast a shadow over another home, owing to a loved one having made the supreme sacrifice.

Mrs. E. Miller, 36 Sinclair Street. Deeply regret to inform you 596661 Pte. John Miller, infantry, officially reported killed in action between Nov. 3rd and 4th, 1917. Director of Records.

Pte Miller enlisted and went overseas with the 21st Battalion. In September, 1916, he was wounded to such an extent that he was unable to return to the firing line until September of this year. Details of his death are not known. He was 23 years of age, and was born in Scotland. At the time he enlisted he was sailing, but previously had been for some time employed in the lock works in this city. He was a young man of exemplary character, and had many friends in the city, who will regret to learn of his death.

The family have the deepest sympathy in their loss. Those surviving are his mother, three sisters, Mrs. K. Bunnett, Misses Mary and Lila, and one brother, James, of this city.”

[Note: Private John Miller died on November 3, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 294 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

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100 Years Ago: Fred Lawrence Wounded, Ontario W.C.T.U. and Y.M.C.A. to Hold Silver Thimble and Trinket Day

The Intelligencer November 20, 1917 (page 2)

“Wounded in Action. Mr. D. Lawrence, Canifton, received a message from the Director of Records, stating that Fred B. Lawrence had been seriously wounded on November 9th, gunshot wound in thigh and hand, and had been admitted to Hospital. Fred was with the 38th Battery, 10th Artillery Brigade, 3rd Canadian Division, in France, when wounded.”

The Intelligencer November 20, 1917 (page 3)

“Thirst Quenchers For The Soldiers. The Ontario W.C.T.U. is endeavoring to raise a fund of $25,000 for free tea, cocoa, coffee and lemonade. The National Y.M.C.A., whom the Ontario W.C.T.U. is aiding, will need $50,000 to cover their free drinkables. …

In addition to the free drinkables, the Ontario W.C.T.U. has become responsible for the cost of printing a weekly leaflet of cheer and spiritual help, which is being sent through the mails to all the soldiers in the forward trenches, who express a desire to receive it. …

To aid in raising the necessary funds the W.C.T.U. and ‘Y’ of this city will shortly hold a ‘Silver Thimble and Trinket Day’; when they will ask every citizen for broken, useless unwanted bits of gold and silver trinkets; discarded jewelry or table silver, solid or triple-plated. …  Fuller particulars will be given later.

[Note: W.C.T.U. = Woman’s Christian Temperance Union.]

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100 Years Ago: Hugh Brant Invalided Home, Ted Yeomans a Prisoner in Germany, Charles White Wounded, Arthur McGie Suffers Gas Poisoning

The Intelligencer November 19, 1917 (page 3)

“Pte. Brant Recovering. Pte. Hugh Brant who went overseas with the 155th Battalion in October of last year has returned to Deseronto. A reception was held for him at the home of his sister, Mrs. Eliza Sero, Mohawk Reserve on Tuesday evening of last week when friends from Belleville, Point Anne and the Reserve gathered to welcome him home.

Pte. Brant looks first rate considering the amount of suffering he has gone through; wounded in the head and face, and affected by gas, he has had to undergo three operations to save his eyesight and will have to spend three months more in a hospital at Kingston for further treatment. A purse of money was presented to Pte. Brant at the reception.”

The Intelligencer November 19, 1917 (page 7)

Ted Yeomans“ ‘Ted’ Yeomans Prisoner. To-day Dr. Yeomans received a welcome message from his son, Lieut. ‘Ted’ Yeomans, who was recently reported missing and mourned as dead, that he was a prisoner in Germany.”

The Intelligencer November 19, 1917 (page 7)

“Sergeant White Wounded. Mrs. Ellen E. White, 78 Gordon St., has received a telegram from the Director of Record at Ottawa that (746137) Sergt. Charles Lewis White, Infantry, officially reported as admitted to the 6th field Ambulance Depot on Nov. 6th, 1917, with gunshot wound in the head.

Sergt. White, who is well known in Belleville, was for several years a cook at the Anglo-American Hotel. He enlisted and went overseas with the 116th Battalion, Oshawa.”

The Intelligencer November 19, 1917 (page 8)

Arthur McGie“Lieut. A. G. McGie Gassed by Huns. Mr. A. McGie, 202 Bridge Street, received the following message yesterday morning regarding his son, Lieut. A. Grendley McGie, who went overseas as a machine gun officer of the 155th Battalion.

‘Sincerely regret to inform you Lieut. A. Grendley McGie, infantry, officially reported admitted to No. 1 British Red Cross Hospital, Letreport, November 12th, 1917, gas poisoning, slight. Director of Records.’

Last evening he received the following cable message from his son, dated Bristol, England, yesterday: ‘Slightly gassed, in England, feeling fine.’

Lieut. McGie’s many friends will be glad to learn that the poisoning is not of a serious nature, and wish for him a speedy recovery.”

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100 Years Ago: Victory Loan Totals Still Climbing, Thomas Smith Wounded

The Intelligencer November 17, 1917 (pages 1, 8)

“City Doing Fine County Stronger. Belleville has passed its objective and the county is doing stronger every day, so next week should see us well on to the million mark. …

The film ‘Miss Canada,’ advertising The Victory Loan, and having Sir Thomas White as one of the principal actors has arrived and will be shown tonight in both of the Griffin’s Theatres. This picture contains 700 feet of film, and is most interesting. With every 25 cent seat bought at Griffin’s Bridge St. house a coupon will be given, and on Saturday night, Nov. 24th at 9 o’clock a man from the audience will pull a number from a hat, if the one holding that lucky number is in the audience he or she will be presented with a $50.00 Victory Bond. If not another number will be pulled until one is found with a corresponding number in the audience. Mr. Griffin is giving away $5,000 worth of Victory Bonds in his several houses, by special permission.”

The Intelligencer November 17, 1917 (page 8)

“Pte. Thomas Smith Reported Wounded. Ottawa, Nov. 16th, 1917. Mr. Wm. Smith, 8 King St. west, Belleville. Sincerely regret to inform you that 636357, Pte. Thomas Smith, infantry, reported admitted to 6th Field Ambulance Depot, November 6th, 1917, gunshot wound left arm (fractured).

Pte. Smith, who is a young man well-known in the city, enlisted and went overseas with the 155th Battalion.”

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100 Years Ago: Driver Duncan Wounded, Victory Loan Total Passes Half Million

The Intelligencer November 16, 1917 (page 2)

“Driver Duncan Wounded. Mrs. R. W. Duncan of this city, received a telegram this morning from Ottawa, stating that her son, Driver S. W. Duncan, artillery, was officially reported with gun shot wound in his right arm. Mrs. Duncan has three other sons at the front. Driver S. W. Duncan has been overseas for three years. He went with the first contingent.”

The Intelligencer November 16, 1917 (page 5)

“Hastings Co. Passes Half Million Mark. Yesterday was the most gratifying day that has yet been reported for the Victory Loan. The total amount of bonds sold yesterday reached the high sum of $506,000, or more than half a million dollars. …

Canada wants all her children, young and old, as her creditor, so buy a bond for the baby, and in the future that baby can tell the future generation that it had a part in the Great War. Buy a bond for all the family. Every one.”

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