100 Years Ago: Ernie Phillips Appointed Customs Collector in Belleville

The Intelligencer August 2, 1918 (page 5)

“New Customs Official. Bombardier Ernie L. Phillips, a well known Bellevillian and returned soldier, has been appointed collector of customs in Belleville, in place of the late Mr. William Williamson. The appointment is not only a popular one but is deserving. Bomb. Phillips was a member of the 34th Battery of this city when the war broke out, and went overseas with the 2nd Battalion, 1st Brigade, C.F.A., and was on active service for some time.

He was severely wounded and his wounds were of such a nature that his life was despaired of. He was invalided home, after being in a hospital for months. Previous to his present position Bomb. Phillips was for some time a clerk in the local Post Office. He entered upon his new duties yesterday.”

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100 Years Ago: Disease in Germany Not Spanish Flu, Letter of Sympathy for Mother of Teddy Townsend, Sir Robert Borden Proud of Canadians

The Intelligencer August 1, 1918 (page 1)

“Disease Sweeps Over Germany. Paris. The state of health in Germany appears to have become a source of worry to the Imperial Government. The Neue Zurcher Zeitung announced recently that the German censor had forbidden the publication of any news of the progress of the epidemic which at first was mistaken for Spanish influenza, but which the Swiss press, because of the ravaging effects upon the Berlin population declares to be much more serious.

The public hospitals in Berlin already are overtaxed in caring for the legions of wounded soldiers arriving from the western front, but they have had to make room for thousands who fell in the streets from disease.

Scores of deaths are reported each day in the army and the army doctors also declare the condition of the troops, particularly those in the interior, to be alarming. The number of deaths among them is far from being insignificant.”

The Intelligencer August 1, 1918 (page 1)

“Minister of Militia Expresses Sympathy. Mrs. S. M. Townsend, Belleville, received the following sad information from the Minister of Militia and Defence for Canada: Ministers Office, Ottawa, July 29. Dear Mrs. Townsend:—I desire to express to you my very sincere sympathy in the recent decease of your husband, No. 536034, Private Edward James Townsend C.E.F., who in sacrificing his life at the front in action with the enemy, has rendered the highest services of a worthy citizen.

The heavy loss which you and the nation have sustained would indeed be depressing were it not redeemed by the knowledge that the brave comrade for whom we mourn performed his duties fearlessly and well as became a good soldier, and gave his life for the great cause of human liberty and the defence of the Empire.

Again extending to you in your bereavement by condolence and heartfelt sympathy, I am Yours faithfully S. C. Mewburn, Minister of Militia and Defence for Canada.

Pte. Townsend went overseas with the Queen’s Ambulance Corps two years ago and has a brother in the Army Medical Corps. He is survived by his wife and four children.”

[Note: Private Edward James Townsend died on July 20, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 514 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer August 1, 1918 (page 5)

“Proud of Canadians. Rt. Hon. Sir Gilbert Parker in writing to Col. Ponton of this city, refers to a recent address delivered at the Mansion House, London, Eng., by Sir Robert Borden, Premier of Canada, and states that all who heard the masterly address were delighted with it. Sir Robert Borden stated that Canadians had covered themselves with glory in a double capacity, namely upon the battlefield and the field of public life.”


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100 Years Ago: Ontario to Observe Anniversary of War, Ad for Hydro Irons, Teddy Townsend Killed in Action

The Intelligencer July 31, 1918 (page 1)

“Ontario to Observe Anniversary of War. Sunday, August 4, the fourth anniversary of the declaration of war has been set aside by proclamation of the Lieutenant-Governor, at the request of the Dominion Government, as a day to be observed in commemoration of the entrance of the British Empire into the war for liberty and civilization.

The proclamation urges the solemn observation of the day by the calling of public meetings throughout the province at which the following resolution is to be submitted and adopted:

‘That on this the fourth anniversary of the declaration of a righteous war, this meeting of the citizens of ————— records its inflexible determination to continue to a victorious end the struggle in maintenance of those ideals of liberty and justice which are the common and sacred cause of the allies.’ ”

The Intelligencer July 31, 1918 (page 6)

Hydro Irons

“Save Coal and Wood in Ironing. Conservation is the war-time warning. Coal is scarce, and cars for shipping it are needed for other purposes. The lack of coal will make wood scarce and dearer.

Make Tuesday a Coal-Less Day. Iron with Hydro. Save coal, save yourself, do better ironing.

Hydro irons are made to the specifications of our engineers. Strong in every part, of proper weight, give greatest heat at the point and have a cool, hand-resting handle. Price $4.50. Guaranteed 5 years.

Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario. For Sale by The Hydro Shop.”

The Intelligencer July 31, 1918 (page 7)

“Teddy Townsend Killed. Ed. J. Townsend, familiarly known as Teddy Townsend, who enlisted with the 12th Battalion, Canadian Engineers, is reported killed in action. His mother who resides on Donald street, will have the sympathy of all.”

[Note: Private Edward James Townsend died on July 20, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 514 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

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100 Years Ago: Food Board Recommends Jam, Lieut. John Gordon Murray a Prisoner of War

The Intelligencer July 29, 1918 (page 1)

“Food Board Flashes For Feminine Folk. The latest reports from the British Ministry of Food indicate that there will be a serious shortage of jam in Britain this year. Here is a chance for Canadian women to help by using all the fruit they can and by making preserves of wild berries whenever they are able to secure them. The more jam used the more butter and canned goods will be saved for export.

Jam is on the soldier’s ration list and he must not be deprived of this what ever happens. Besides providing a sweet the sugar is extremely essential in his fare and adds to his energy and all-round efficiency.

Ordinarily too much sugar is used in the making of jam. A pound of sugar to a pound of fruit is the old-fashioned theory and it is a wrong one. Three-quarters of a pound of sugar to a pound of fruit makes better jam, while half a pound is sufficient where the fruit is extra sweet.”

The Intelligencer July 29, 1918 (page 5)

“A Prisoner of War. Some time ago a message was received in this city that Lieut. J. G. Murray, son of Mr. J. W. Murray, manager of the Dominion Bank in this city, was missing. In to-day’s casualty list his name appears among the prisoners of war.”

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100 Years Ago: Women Like Railway Work, Ad for Purity Oats

The Intelligencer July 27, 1918 (page 3)

“Women Enthusiastic About Railway Work. Toronto. ‘I tell you as how we have a decent few around here, but we need them all if we are to send enough boys over to keep the old flag flying,’ declared a bright little Englishwoman as she stepped aboard Sir George Bury’s private car which arrived at the Union Station this morning.

When seen by The Star the speaker was attired in a trim uniform of khaki and carried her cleaning paraphernalia with her. She commenced to polish up the brass work with a will, while a veritable bevy of khaki clad women followed in her trail carrying mops, dusters, brushes and pails with which to clean the car. …  Several long trains had been thoroughly cleaned since the morning hour and were standing in readiness for their next trip. …

‘You see we clean up these cars every day. …  When we came to Canada we applied for these jobs but the men only laughed so we went into munitions work. It wasn’t long before they needed our assistance however, and now they have 52 women on the cleaning jobs.’ …

‘I believe they have about 15 girls in the engine repair department, too. The Grand Trunk haven’t been as aggressive as our company along this line, as they have only 21 girls in their employ and they are in the locomotive section.”

The Intelligencer July 27, 1918 (page 6)

Ad for Purity Oats

“Save Food for our Allies. Canadian Food Control. License Nos. Flour 15, 16, 17, 18. Cereal 2-009.

Bake Your Bread Cake and Pastry from Purity Oats. Wheat-Saving Recipes Mailed Free.

Western Canada Flour Mills, Co. Limited, Head Office, Toronto.”


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100 Years Ago: Food Budget for Family of Five, Hastings County Crop Report, Soldiers’ Aid Commission Branch in Stirling

The Intelligencer July 26, 1918 (page 6)

Food budget for family of five

“One Week’s Budget for a family of five. 1. 40 lbs. Potatoes. 2. 10 lbs. Flours. 3. 14 lbs. Fruit. 4. 7 quarts whole milk. 5. 2 lbs. Butter or fats. 6. 3 lbs. Sugar. 7. Meat & meat substitutes.”

The Intelligencer July 26, 1918 (page 7)

“Hastings County Raising Clover. Hastings County has swung into the sweet clover column, says District Representative McIntosh of Stirling. This movement into Hastings began three or four years ago, and there are hundreds of acres in this crop there now. This has proved satisfactory both as a hay and pasture crop and as a soil builder. Hay crops are fair, but there will not be as many hay stacks in Hastings this year as there were last. Grain crops are looking splendid, and even corn is in a fair condition. Buckwheat shows a considerable increase in acreage. Spring wheat has also been more largely sown than usual. The fruit crop will be a very light one in the county, hundreds of apple and pear trees having been killed last winter.”

The Intelligencer July 26, 1918 (page 7)

“Branch Formed in Stirling. A branch of the Soldiers’ Aid Commission of Ontario, has been formed in the Village of Stirling. The chief object of the Association is to take care of and find employment for members of Canadian Expeditionary who have returned to our Municipality.

The officers selected were L. Meiklejohn, chairman; Geo. H. Luery, vice chairman; J. S. Morton, secretary treasurer; finance committee: Dr. Bissonette, J. S. Morton, R. P. Coulter, R. A. Elliott; employment committee: the chairman, vice chairman, Dr. Bissonnette, G. E. Kennedy, E. T. Williams.”

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100 Years Ago: Driver Flavian Caron Invalided Home, Eric William Wrightmeyer Returns, Mail Carriers’ Strike Ends

The Intelligencer July 25, 1918 (page 5)

“Invalided Home. Driver Flay Caron, son of Mr. and Mrs. Caron, residing on Lewis street, city, has arrived home. Driver Caron enlisted with a western battery and was for some months on active service. He was severely wounded, having been in a hospital for some time.”

The Intelligencer July 25, 1918 (page 5)

“Won His Promotion. Staff Sergt. Major Wrightmyer, who resides at 36 Wharf street, city, has arrived back from France. He left Belleville in May 1917 with the 155th Battalion as a Private, and won his promotion on the battlefield, where he was severely wounded in the right foot. The Sergt.-Major is only 18 years old.”

The Intelligencer July 25, 1918 (page 5)

“Local Mail Carriers Strike of Short Duration. The strike of the Belleville mail carriers was of short duration but long enough to cause some inconvenience and a rush of citizens to the general delivery at the Post Office. Yesterday it was unanimously decided to strike this morning and it went into effect. Shortly after the carriers were out they returned to their duties owing to the receipt of the following telegram:

Toronto, July 25. R. C. Andrews, Belleville. We are informed in the course of the conference that the Government has already decided that temporary employees of the Post Office department should participate in the bonus voted in the supplementary estimates. The Government is willing upon the men returning at once to their duties to accede to the proposal of a subcommittee of the Cabinet being appointed, which will confer with representatives of the men, hear, look into and discuss with them their representation relative to the matter of wages or salary and report to the cabinet, which will at once consider and decide upon that report.

We find this is the best that can be obtained and under the circumstances consider it acceptable and recommend that the men accept it and return to work in the morning. Alex. McMordie, Federated Secretary.”

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100 Years Ago: Belleville Mail Carriers May Strike, Letter from Walter Morris, Women’s Home League

The Intelligencer July 24, 1918 (page 1)

“Belleville Mail Carriers May Go On Strike. Belleville mail carriers may follow the example of fellow carriers in Toronto and other cities and go out on strike. After the delivery of this morning’s mail a meeting of the carriers was held and the unanimous opinion was in favor of a strike tomorrow morning if the matter is not settled.”

The Intelligencer July 24, 1918 (page 2)

“Mrs. T. Morris, 94 Station St., Belleville, received the following letter from her son: France, June 27, 1918. Dear Mother and Father,—Just a line to say that I am well. Hope you at home are the same. I haven’t yet received this week’s letter so haven’t much to say until I do. We are having pretty fair weather here lately. When I get your parcel and J. Cocklyn’s I will let you know immediately.

The Belleville boys in my Company got a pair of knitted socks from the knitting circle yesterday—all but me again. I never bothered to tell you that before I was never among the list to get anything from Belleville. They all got 2 and 3 parcels donated by Belleville and Ontario at Xmas but I never got anything only what I got from you. I don’t mind though but it seems rotten to live in Belleville and come over with the boys from there and be left out like that but I hate to complain. I am none the worse for it but you can understand what I mean.

Well, you will have heard about the big Italian victory. We received it with joy. I expect mail from you in a few days …  so for now I will close. I remain, Your affectionate son, Walter. No. 636568, 10th Platt., 3rd Co. Canadians, France.”

The Intelligencer July 24, 1918 (page 5)

“Women’s Home League. The Women’s Home League of the Salvation Army, was addressed by Mrs. Major (Dr.) McCall. The ladies are busy preparing for a further special effort on behalf of the boys ‘over there.’ The next sale of work will be held in the Citadel on August 21st. All are planning to have a big display. Adjt. Trickey read some additional letters from those who have received comforts recently.”


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100 Years Ago: Shellshocked Patient Asleep for Two Years, James D. Collip Sends Wreath by Aeroplane, Tabernacle Methodist Church Memorial Service

The Intelligencer July 22, 1918 (page 5)

“A Long Sleep. On Friday last fifty patients arrived at the Ontario Military Hospital Cobourg, direct from overseas, they being brought here by an escort from Halifax. One of the shell shocked patients has been asleep for over two years and is still in that state.”

The Intelligencer July 22, 1918 (page 5)

“Delivery by Aeroplane. Last Friday Mr. J. D. Collip, florist of this city, received an order for a wreath from the officers of the aviation camp at Deseronto, and requested same to be in readiness within a short time for delivery by aeroplane. Mr. Collip made the design and drove his car to the landing place near the Belleville cemetery and delivered the wreath to an aviator who alighted with his plane. The order, the making of the design, and the delivery at the camp was all accomplished in a record time.”

The Intelligencer July 22, 1918 (page 5)

“Memorial Service. Yesterday morning at the Tabernacle Methodist Church, Rev. Capt. J. Garbutt of Oshawa, rendered a strong stirring address on ‘The Work of the Military Chaplains Overseas.’ As an evidence of appreciation of the congregation the response to the appeal for the Army and Navy Fund was largely in excess of the amount asked for. Mrs. Laidman of Barrie and Mrs. Duff rendered an appreciated duet.

In the evening an impressive memorial service was held, conducted by the pastor, at which tender and timely tributes were paid to the memory of Flight Lieut. Frederick, Sergt. C. Asseltine and Pte. V. Asseltine. Rev. Thomas Wallace of Sidney spoke in a very appreciative manner of the character of Flight Lieut. Frederick, as a former pastor of the family. The Royal Templars were present in a body and also the Alpha Brotherhood as an expression of timely sympathy with Mr. Frederick and family.

Mrs. Laidman sang a very appropriate solo in splendid voice and with pleasing acceptance. The pastor delivered a timely address.”

[Note: Second Lieutenant Leonard Martin Frederick died on July 8, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 587 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

[Note: Sergeant Charles Nelson Asselstine died on February 28, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 193 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

[Note: Private Vincent Asselstine died on July 10, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 361 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

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100 Years Ago: Memorial Service to Be Held at Tabernacle Methodist Church, Nursing Sister Helena McCallum Decorated, Successful Barn Dances, Ad for Overseas Boxes, Patriotic Boys Sell Lemonade

The Intelligencer July 20, 1918 (page 5)

“Memorial Service. At the Tabernacle Methodist Church Mrs. Laidman of Barrie will sing at both services tomorrow. A memorial service will be held in the evening for Flight-Lieut. Frederick, Sergt. Chas. Asseltine, and Pte. Vincent Asseltine.”

The Intelligencer July 20, 1918 (page 5)

“Nursing Sister Decorated. Nursing Sister Helena McCallum, of Deloro, Marmora Township, has been decorated with the Royal Red Cross. She is a graduate of St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, went overseas early in the war, and served in Salonica and now in France.”

The Intelligencer July 20, 1918 (page 5)

“Successful Barn Dances. There have been two very successful barn dances held at Mr. Shelley Anderson’s on the front of Thurlow. Very large crowds turned out for both and everyone had a delightful evening. The proceeds were very gratifying. There was $128 for the Thurlow Red Cross from the first and $100 to be divided between Thurlow Red Cross and the Belleville Branch of the Canadian War Contingent Association from the last.

A very great deal of credit is due both Mr. and Mrs. Anderson for all their work in connection with these entertainments. Besides a pleasant evening for all there was a large sum raised for a good cause.”

The Intelligencer July 20, 1918 (page 6)

“Overseas Boxes. A new lot of Overseas Boxes just received, 5 sizes, 13¢ and 15¢ each. Chas. S. Clapp.”

The Intelligencer July 20, 1918 (page 6)

“Patriotic Youths. Some of our small boy citizens are doing their bit by making and selling lemonade. They have formed themselves into a club and are known as the ‘Boys Belgian Relief Club.’ So far they have made by their efforts $7.10 and handed it to Mrs. J. F. Dolan, treasurer, for the Belgian Relief to be sent for the poor Belgian refugees who are so much in need of any help that can be given them. These boys are to be commended and should be encouraged by every one.—And it is good lemonade, too.—Try it.”

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