100 Years Ago: Private Charles John Stevens Wins D.C.M., Ad for Gorman’s Boot Shop

The Intelligencer June 11, 1917 (page 2)

“Won the D.C.M. Private C. J. Stevens, who when in Belleville, was commonly called ‘Dad,’ today visited the Intelligencer Office, where once he was employed. Pte. Stevens has done his bit at the front and is now home on three months’ leave. He is the possessor of a Distinguished Conduct Medal, which he wears with pride.

The young veteran enlisted with the 51st at Edmonton and was drafted to the 15th Canadian Battalion. He left for the front in April 1916, and was in the trenches some months. Five times he was hit and his last wounds were of a rather serious nature, being in the chest. The medal was awarded him for bravery on the field of battle. Pte. Stevens still has a desire to return to the scene of warfare.”

The Intelligencer June 11, 1917 (page 3)

“Boot Bargains! Gorman’s Boot Shop. 20% Discount Sale!

Bang down go Prices. Sale Commences Tuesday Morning, June 12th. Closes Saturday Night, June 30th. Bargains for all the family. $30,000 Stock.”

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100 Years Ago: War Efforts of Little Girls, Farewell Party for Gunner Eves, Ad for Canadian War Certificates

The Intelligencer June 9, 1917 (page 2)

“What Our Little Girls Can Do. The Red, White and Blue Club, consisting of a number of little lassies, ages 7 to 9 years, handed out to the Woman’s Patriotic and Red Cross Association, $3.25, through the Secretary, Miss Catherine Hyman, daughter of Captain Hyman, while Miss Helen Lattimer, Secretary of the Sunshine Club, a kindred institute, paid in $1,25, proceeds of a concert. The energy, loyalty and faithfulness of these ‘treasures of home and of hearth stone’ should shame every slacker.”

The Intelligencer June 9, 1917 (page 6)

“Farewell Party To Gunner Eves. About thirty young people gathered at the home of Mrs. Michaud, 12 Harriet Street to bid farewell to her brother, Gunner Harry Eves, who leaves for overseas, June 15th with the 9th draft of the Cobourg Heavy Battery. The evening was spent in music, dancing and games.

Mr. Jack Noakes read the following address and Miss M. Penny presented the watch: Dear Harry: We, your many friends and fellow employees, were very much surprised yesterday, to hear that you were departing from our midst at such an early date, and thinking it our duty to do something in return for what you are doing for us, we ask you to accept this watch as a token of our love and esteem for you. Hoping that you will live long to wear it and wherever you may be, may it remind you of the friends you left behind in ‘Old Belleville’ and some day if you are spared again to return you will be able to say ‘I have done my bit.’

The sincerest wish of all present is that you may have the best of luck, also a speedy return to us. (Sgd.) on behalf of your fellow employees and Friends.”

The Intelligencer June 9, 1917 (page 11)

“Where You Cannot Prophesy—Prepare! Not even the best-informed man in government or business circles dares to attempt a prophesy of conditions after the war. We hope for the best—meantime wise men are preparing now for anything.

How? By regulating their expenditures according to their actual needs rather than by their prosperity—by husbanding the surplus—and by investing to the limit in Canadian War Loans that help so much to maintain present prosperity.

Buy them at any Bank or Money Order Post Office. The National Service Board of Canada. Ottawa.”


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100 Years Ago: Public Meeting on Food Production, Daylight Saving, Jack Foley Welcomed Home to Bancroft, Dick Beauderie Killed in Action, Ritchie’s Ad for Rose Day

The Intelligencer June 8, 1917 (page 7)

“Food Production Theme of Prominent Speakers. A Public meeting under the auspices of the organization of Resources Committee of Ontario, held in the City Hall last evening, was fairly well attended. Mayor Ketcheson presided and in a few well chosen remarks referred to the object of the gathering and the necessity of such gatherings at the present time.

Mr. J. L. Jarvis, of Grimsby, an expert poultry judge, gave an interesting and instructive talk on Poultry and Egg Production, and showed the value of poultry under the present existing conditions. …  M. N. Parliament. M. P. P. for Prince Edward County gave a most practical address in reference to food production at the present time.

Mr. J. W. Johnson, M. P. P., said it was interest in the object of the meeting, not display of knowledge respecting poultry production, that accounted for his presence. With the mild and modest hen and the proud and haughty rooster he had only a neighborly acquaintance. …

Colonel W. N. Ponton, K. C., was the last speaker and caught the spirit of the audience and the occasion by his apt allusions to cocks and hens, ducks and drakes, and the aristocracy and democracy of the farm yard. Chanticleer had his place in the war and the Canadians took Vimy Ridge to the tune of the ‘Cock of the North’ played by the pipers of the Highland Regiments that flanked our boys when they put the vim into Vimy, and won their spurs as their predecessors had done at Langemarck.

Economy always a merit is now a virtue, but productiveness (of which the egg is typical) is even greater than this. The one is negative, the other positive and creative. …

IWM PST 10824 From the Imperial War Museum collection

Col. Ponton exhibited a British Parliamentary poster showing a splendid white hen wearing a broad khaki band emblazoned with a royal crown and the legend ‘Enlisted for the duration of the war’—(and after). Poultry growing would be an ideal occupation for maimed and wounded soldiers after the war. Get into the winged game now and help the piping days of peace return with ‘expanding breasts and merry thoughts’ and other substantial delicacies, and also a ready prepared, well basted vocation in life. Meanwhile the wishbone must be the backbone. Let there be no bone of contention. Lay a good foundation for the future; the hens will attend to the rest. …

Let Hastings produce the eggs and Prince Edward the apples—and together a Bay of Quinte feast. …  Abundant food supply with universal national manhood service spell ‘peace with victory’ for Canada and the Empire and freedom and plenty for our children’s children.

During the meeting Mr. Harold Barrett was heard to advantage in vocal selections.”

The Intelligencer June 8, 1917 (page 1)

“Change of Time in Canada. Dominion Government Will Introduce Measure Providing for National ‘Summer-Time.’ Ottawa. The government has decided to put in force daylight saving throughout the Dominion. Notice has been given of legislation to put all clocks ahead one hour on a day to be fixed later, and keep them so throughout the summer.

The condition is stipulated that the bill shall not become operative until it is proclaimed by order in council. In other words, the bill simply gives the government power to enact a general daylight-saving scheme for the whole Dominion if it is thought wise.”

The Intelligencer June 8, 1917 (page 7)

“Welcomed Home. Pte. Jack Foley, of Bancroft returned home on Wednesday and was accorded a hearty reception by the citizens of that village. He was escorted down town by about a dozen automobiles, gaily decorated with flags for the occasion.

Pte. Foley went overseas with the 80th Battalion, and was in the trenches for six months. He was removed to an English hospital just before the famous battle of Vimy Ridge, suffering from an attack of trench nephritis, and has been honorably discharged.”

The Intelligencer June 8, 1917 (page 7)

“Killed in Action. Pte. Dick Beaudrie, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Beaudrie, residing at L’Amable, North Hastings, has been killed in action. He went overseas with the 155th Battalion from Belleville. Pte. Beaudrie was 23 years of age, and trained at Bancroft. He was a popular young man and his death has cast a gloom over the community in which he resided.”

[Private Richard Benjamin Beauderie died on May 9, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 198 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer June 8, 1917 (page 8)

“Ritchie’s. Rose Day Saturday. Buy a Rose from the Flower Girls on Saturday. Proceeds for Patriotic and Red Cross Purposes. Auspices of Quinte Chapter Daughters of the Empire.

Ladies—Save on your Summer Underwear Needs! …  A Sale of Tub Silks 59¢. …  big Sale of Remnants. The Ritchie Company Limited.”



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100 Years Ago: Red Cross Penny Bags Report, Ad for Kingston Cotton Mill Workers

The Intelligencer June 6, 1917 (page 2)

“The Red Cross Penny Bags. In February, 1916, Miss Green, Superintendent of the Belleville Hospital, and band of ‘Red Cross Workers’ distributed amongst themselves and a few friends little white bags with a red cross sewn upon them, with the object of collecting small amounts to assist in buying the materials they were making up into hospital supplies, to be sent through the Belleville Women’s Red Cross and Patriotic Association, to the hospitals overseas that were caring for the wounded heroes who are fighting and dying for our freedom, safety and peace.

Recognizing the possibilities of this system, in a wider field, the scheme was handed over to the association and a committee of four, comprising of Mrs. George Bonisteel, Mrs. Seymour, Mrs. Chapman and Miss Mary Yeomans, met together to organize the city into districts, with ward convenors and collectors. …

The bags were made by members of the different knitting circles and other interested ladies, and in the year about 4,000 have been distributed in the various homes in Belleville, the desire being that all of the occupants of each home, rich or poor, from the youngest to the oldest, should put in their pennies. …  We want to thank the people of Belleville generally, and particularly the little children, who have been so interested in ‘doing the bit’ possible to them in this work. …

We want to thank the newspapers, which have, perhaps, done more than anything else to keep up the public interest. …  we still want to press on to our aim of $300 per month. This will be more difficult than last year, as during the past two months a separate association has been formed in West Belleville, which is raising funds by means of monthly collections in blue bags.”

The Intelligencer June 6, 1917 (page 6)

“WANTED! Cotton Mill Workers for Kingston, Ontario. We have positions open for experienced Cotton Mill workers at our Kingston, Ontario, Plant. Entire families can be employed, and we will arrange transportation where necessary. Steady work. Clean Mills.

Write and tell us your experience or apply direct at once to Employment Bureau, Dominion Textile Company, Limited, Kingston, Ontario.”


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100 Years Ago: Poster for Y.M.C.A. Campaign, Belleville Cheese Board Branch of Red Cross

The Intelligencer June 5, 1917 (page 5)

“Belleville Wants $5,000 for Overseas Y.M.C.A. Work. Have You Given Your Share? Thursday, June 7th, is Your Opportunity! The Ladies Will Canvas Every Home. Be Ready for Them!”

The Intelligencer June 5, 1917 (page 5)

“Canadian Red Cross Society. Belleville Cheese Board Branch—Report For May, 1917. Letters acknowledging shipments have been received to-day from Hospitals and Associations; a few of which are appended:

From Lady Jekyell, Chairman: St. John Ambulance Society. To Mrs. J. A. McFee: Dear Madam and Members of the Belleville Cheese Board District Branch, C. R. C. S., ‘On behalf of the Ladies’ Committee of the Order of St. John of which Her Majesty the Queen is President, I write to acknowledge and thank you most warmly for the useful contribution you have so kindly sent. The calls for hospital requirements, clothing and comforts for the sick and wounded at home, and abroad, are so numerous and urgent that all gifts are most gratefully received. We cordially thank you for your sympathy and contributions, which we are very glad to receive and which have reached us safely. Yours faithfully, (Sgd.) Agnes Jeykell, Chairman.’

From Belgian Relief: ‘A box from Belleville came this morning, containing pyjamas, shirts, night shirts, socks and a quilt. These articles are all most beautifully made, and it is a great pleasure to receive such a contribution. Will you please give the grateful thanks of the Committee to the workers of the Societies who have so kindly assisted us to fill our cases. Very sincerely yours, Ladies’ Committee, (Sgd.), (Miss) M. Cory, Cor. Sec.’

From Lady Perley, Chairman. The Canadian War Contingent Association: ‘I have to advise you that the four cases of supplies of which you advised me have now been received and unpacked. Everything came through in excellent condition, and I am directed to convey through you, to your branches, the grateful thanks of the Committee for your welcome gift. Sincerely yours, (Sgd.) Milly Perley, Chairman, Ladies’ Committee, C. W. C. A.’ “

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100 Years Ago: Flag Over St. Thomas’ Church, Recruiting Returns

The Intelligencer June 4, 1917 (page 5)

“Flag Floats Over Church Tower. On Sunday morning the service of dedicating and unfurling of a Union Jack took place at St. Thomas’ church in this city. The flag and staff had been donated by members of the parish, and in accordance with Old Country customs the staff was erected on the church tower.

The choir and congregation marched out in front of the church at the opening of the service, while appropriate hymns were sung. Prayers of dedication were pronounced by the rector, Archdeacon Beamish. Mayor Ketcheson, one of the wardens, in accepting the gift, publicly thanked the donors, and said that it was a particularly fitting ceremony for the birthday of his Majesty the King.”

The Intelligencer June 4, 1917 (page 5)

“Military News. Recruiting returns from the Third Military District for the past two weeks show a large increase over the returns for the previous period, and staff officers at Barriefield camp are well satisfied with the result of the efforts of the various recruiting officers in the district.

A total of 536 men were enrolled during the period, being an increase of 200 over the previous period. That this is due, in a large measure, to conscription talk is acknowledged on all sides. All the recruits are of good physique and will make good soldiers.”

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100 Years Ago: Meeting on Food Production to Be Held, George Duby Invalided Home

The Intelligencer June 2, 1917 (page 2)

“Food Production. Under the auspices of the Poultry Association of Belleville, the Board of Trade and the City Council, a public meeting will be held in the City Hall next Thursday evening, presided over by Mayor Ketcheson. The object of the meeting is to discuss the food problem situation, and a Government expert will be present to offer suggestions, etc.

Addresses will be given by Messrs. J. W. Johnson, M. P. P. for West Hastings, and N. Parliament, M. P. P. for Prince Edward County. An interesting musical programme will be furnished. Ladies and gentlemen of the city are invited to attend.”

The Intelligencer June 2, 1917 (page 2)

“Invalided Home. Pte. George C. Duby of this city, arrived home yesterday afternoon, having been invalided home. Pte. Duby left Belleville with the 80th Battalion, and passed through several battles before being wounded. He had the misfortune to lose 2 fingers of his left hand, and was otherwise injured. He had been in hospitals in France and England previous to being sent home.”

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100 Years Ago: Letter of Thanks to Belleville Red Cross Society, No Demonstration on King’s Birthday, Letter from Celestina Geen

The Intelligencer June 1, 1917 (page 3)

“Sends Respects to Red Cross. Hospital, Shorncliffe, March 14, 1917. Belleville Red Cross Society, Belleville, Ont. I was interested to find the fresh linen  on my bed bearing a little label with ‘Belleville Red Cross, Canada.’ It started me thinking and wondering how many I would know in the society.

I also wondered if you good people were told of how much it is appreciated. I have just come from the Recreation Room—supplied for us by the Canadian Red Cross.

It is splendid; with a very comfortable reading room, a billiard room and a big assembly hall. Big open fires, comfortable chairs, etc. There will be a concert there to-night from six to seven for those of us who are up and can go out. …  Rest assured that all you are doing for us is very much appreciated and we wish every one who is helping could know just how much.

We hope it will not be long until we will be relieved of this terrible strain, though you good people—in Canada do not really realize what it means to be at war. You need to find that out.

Success to your efforts—and many thanks from one you are helping. Yours, L. Cpt. A. K. Lazier, 11th Canadian Reserve Bn.”

The Intelligencer June 1, 1917 (page 5)

“No Demonstration on King’s Birthday. A despatch received from the Under Secretary of State at Ottawa by the Lieut. Governor announces that a special issue of the Dominion of Canada Gazette has been published containing a notice of his Majesty’s birthday be observed on Monday, June 4th with a further expressed wish that no dinners, reviews, salutes or other demonstrations mark the occasion this year.”

The Intelligencer June 1, 1917 (page 5)

“Pleasing Letter From Miss Geen. 2nd Canadian Casualty. Clearing Station. 20—4—17. B. E. F. Belgium. Dear Miss Hurley,—Yesterday the large box of socks arrived and I really do not know how to thank you and all the good people of the society.

Ontario Military Hospital, Orpington, Kent, 8—5—17. England. You see by the above that I started a letter to you in good time but circumstances prevented the finishing of it in France. We got very busy and writing seemed to be out of season and then something happened that caused far more excitement amongst us than any of the bombs that Fritz used to let down near us. Orders came for six of the nine sisters at our C.C.S. to report in England and here we are.

We all felt very badly at leaving our little quarters in Belgium and we feel so out of the war here in England, we even long to hear the guns and shells. However, four of us are to go over to Canada on transport duty very soon and I hope to have two weeks in Belleville so will see you then.

The socks were much appreciated by the men and as far as possible I gave them to Canadians, and men going back to the trenches and the few dozen I had not given away I left with the little padre who is so good to the boys and he will give them out as he thinks best. …

This is a beautiful hospital and I think I will be very happy here, but just now my heart is very sad and lonely for my old home in Belgium. The C. C. S. is very near Poperingue and we walked to a hill and could see the Cloth Hall in Ypres so we were quite near THINGS.

Again thanking you all for allowing me to distribute your much appreciated gifts, (and I assure you that it was a greater pleasure than you think) and hoping to see you within the next two months. Believe me, Sincerely Yours, Celestina Geen.”




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100 Years Ago: Charles Carter Invalided Home, Letter from Prisoner of War Alex Hall

The Intelligencer May 31, 1917 (page 7)

Pte. Charles Carter, who left Belleville with the 39th Battalion, arrived here yesterday morning, having been invalided home owing to being the victim of a severe attack of rheumatism. Pte. Carter had been connected with transport service. Mrs. Carter and family, who went to England, are also returning.”

The Intelligencer May 31, 1917 (page 7)

“From Alex Hall. My Dear Wife:—Just a few lines to say I am always keeping in the best of health. I have received 9 boxes from you lately, so I think I am doing pretty good. It is now about eight months since I was captured and it seems to me like eight years, as the time seems so long in passing, but the good weather is here now, and it won’t be so bad, but I wish it was all over and I was able to say I am a free man again.

I am sorry to hear you can’t send any more parcels, but I suppose we will have to make the best of it, and I must say that the Red Cross is certainly looking after our interests so that is a good job that we have such people to look after us. Well, I have not much more to say, as it is the same old thing here. Write again soon. From your loving husband, Alex Hall, Prisoner-of-War, Oespel, Germany.

Mr. Alex Hall was well known in this city, being a fireman on the Grand Trunk before enlisting. He enlisted with the 4th Mounted Rifles in Kingston, and was captured at the Battle of Ypres and has been a prisoner since last June. He sends a picture of himself and other prisoners at Oespel.”



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100 Years Ago: Letter of Sympathy for Harry Burke, In Favour of Passports, Ladies to Canvass for Y.M.C.A. Campaign

The Intelligencer May 30, 1917 (page 2)

“From Thomas Smith. Seaford South, May 7, 1917. Dear Mr. and Mrs. Burke:—It is with a feeling of sincere sympathy I pen these few lines. I hardly know how to express my innermost feelings knowing you are now passing through a dark period of sorrow. I long to extend to you my sincerest sympathy and I hope you see beyond the dark, heavy clouds, the silver lining. …

I know you feel it badly, but one consolation remains, the fact that he died fighting for what he knew was a great cause. No stain of a slacker remains upon his career, although a short one.

He was certainly well liked by all his officers and fellow soldiers, and it was a great shock for us to learn he had fallen in the conflict, seriously wounded. I hope you will accept my sincere message of sympathy. I feel I cannot say what my heart desires, as it strikes home to me as if I had lost my best and only pal.

Well, I will close, hoping you have fought against the sad news which you have received lately from France, and bear up bravely, as I know that would have been Harry’s last wish. I remain, Your sincere friend, Thomas Smith.”

[Note: Sergeant Henry Burke died on March 29, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 210 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer May 30, 1917 (page 4)

“The Passport. The order-in-council which prohibits male citizens between the ages of 18 and 45 from leaving Canada without passports is absolutely essential to making compulsory service effective. Those who have legitimate reasons for leaving the country will not cavil at the inconvenience which the necessity for securing passports will involve. Personal inconvenience is a small matter compared to the welfare of the state as a whole.

Without such a regulation any slacker would find it easy to evade compulsory service by crossing the border and going to the United States. While the percentage of Canadians who would attempt to escape service in this way is very small, public opinion will support the Government in any steps it may take to prevent even a hundred men from making any ‘safety first’ trips.”

The Intelligencer May 30, 1917 (page 6)

“The Y.M.C.A. campaign to raise $5,000.00 as Belleville’s share of the $750,000.00 now being raised in Canada for the work overseas, is making progress and at a meeting held last night nearly $3,000.00 of the amount required was reported as being in sight.

To raise the remainder of this fund it was decided to ask the assistance of the ladies with a view to making a house to house canvass on Thursday, June 7th, and so complete the campaign in Belleville. The committee having this matter in hand report that already arrangements have been made and the ladies of Belleville, ever interested in such good work, will undertake this canvass in the residential parts of the city.”


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