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

The Intelligencer November 19, 1918 (page 2)

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

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

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

The Intelligencer November 19, 1918 (page 6)

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

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

The Intelligencer November 19, 1918 (page 7)

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

The Intelligencer November 19, 1918 (page 7)

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



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100 Years Ago: Hastings County Wins Honor Flag, 39th Battalion Colors Deposited in St. Thomas Church, Honor Flag Floats over Belleville City Hall, Coal Consumers to Register, Parcels for Soldiers, Great Victory Loan, Alfred Earle Wessels Improving, En Route to Siberia, Souvenirs of War

The Intelligencer November 18, 1918 (page 1)

“Great Final Canadian Victory. The good old County of Hastings once more came to the front in a great patriotic effort. The Victory Loan Canvassers’ objective of $2,100,000, $150,000 special subscriptions making $2,250,000 the complete objective was reached on Saturday night. Already the City of Belleville has subscribed over $800,000 and the County of Hastings over $2,400,000. This was not done without extremely hard work. Up until twelve o’clock Saturday night throughout the entire County the canvassers were at work till the last minute until the stroke of twelve. All evening long the offices were crowded and the large staff kept busy every moment of the time. Subscribers were writing applications on tables and desks all over the headquarters. This last minute rush put the County well over the objective.

The following telegram was received from Provincial headquarters in appreciation of the work done here: ‘W. B. Evans, Victory Loan Headquarters, Belleville, Ont. Fine work Evans. Accept heartiest congratulations upon putting Hastings over and winning the Flag. G. H. Wood, Chairman.’ …

Telegram received from Ontario Headquarters, Toronto: ‘Mr. W. B. Evans, County Organizer, Victory Loan, Belleville. Congratulations to Mr. Deacon, yourself and others in raising your objective in Hastings County. Fine Work. (Sgd.) E. B. Thompson, Organizer, Eastern Division.’ ”

The Intelligencer November 18, 1918 (pages 1, 3)

“Colors of 39th Battalion C.E.F. Deposited in St. Thomas Church. Brilliant Military Ceremony. Interesting Ceremony of Depositing Colors Which Accompanied 39th Battalion to England and Were Later Returned—Gift of Belleville Citizens Through Women’s Canadian Club—Proud Record of 39th Battalion—Many Sleep Where Poppies Blow in Flanders’ Fields.

Order of Service.

The colors of the 39th Battalion, which was mobilized in Belleville during the first six months of the year 1915, were deposited in St. Thomas Church yesterday morning at eleven o’clock. The Depot Battalion paraded headed by the Bugle Band to the church. The colors were presented by Lieut.-Col. J. A. V. Preston, Officer Commanding the 39th Battalion, to Ven. Archdeacon Beamish, who placed them on the altar. [correction The Intelligencer Nov. 19, p. 7] …  Special and appropriate music was rendered by the choir and a member of the Depot Battalion played the hymns on a cornet. Despite the unfavorable weather the spacious church was filled, the congregation including many strangers and visitors from other churches, when the service started there was not a vacant seat left in the church.

The address was given by Lt.-Col. J. A. V. Preston, Officer Commanding the 39th Battalion, who sketched briefly the history and achievements of the Battalion in a very interesting manner. …  Although they had not been privileged to go to the front as a unit, the officers and men had reinforced no less than 34 Canadian units in the field. …  And now having fought their fight, and finished their course, and kept the faith, they returned these colors to the keeping of the people of Belleville knowing that they would be preserved and cared for as a sacred trust.”

The Intelligencer November 18, 1918 (page 2)

“Honor Flag Floats Proudly Over City Hall of Belleville. From the flag staff of the city building an honor flag floats proudly to the breeze symbolizing that Belleville in the Victory Loan Campaign reached and went beyond its objective. …

At 1.30 a parade headed by the Bugle Band of the First Depot Battalion followed by a large number of autos paraded Front street and upon returning stopped at the city building where the ceremony of raising the flag was carried out. The battalion under command of Lieut.-Col. Smart was drawn up in line and an auto containing Messrs. W. B. Deacon, chairman of the County organization; E. G. Porter, K.C., M.P., and Mayor Platt, was moved to the centre of the street from which the presentation of the flag and speech making took place.

Mr. E. G. Porter, K.C., M.P., was the first speaker and upon rising was most cordially received. In his opening remarks he referred to the fact that the Finance Minister of Canada was compelled to ask of the people a large loan for the prosecution of the war. …  He (the speaker) did not know exactly what had been raised but he did know that Belleville like the boys at the front had gone over the top (cheers). …  It was a pleasure for him to announce that the city had won the flag and it was also a pleasure for him on behalf of His Excellency to present the flag to the chairman of the district, the flag which was the hope of the world (cheers). Three cheers were also given for the city of Belleville. The flag was then handed over by Mr. Porter to Mr. W. B. Deacon.

Mr. Deacon stated that Belleville had gone over the top again. At the commencement of the campaign there were many disadvantages chief of which was the epidemic which raged for some time. The committee, however, got their second wind and they knew the city and county would do their duty in the matter. …  It was a pleasure for him to present the flag to Mayor Platt of this city to be preserved as a memento of what Belleville had accomplished in the Victory Bond Campaign.

Mayor Platt on accepting the trophy from Mr. Deacon said that it afforded him great pleasure as Mayor of the city to accept the flag which had been presented through our representative in the Dominion Parliament. That flag meant much to us as it represented not only freedom, but success. …  The citizens of Belleville he knew would be proud of the flag which would float over the city hall. The flag was then taken by Mr. H. B. Stock up the tower of the city building and amidst cheers was hauled up to the top of the flag staff where it floated proudly to the breeze.”

The Intelligencer November 18, 1918 (page 2)

“Coal Consumers. Citizens who have not received their full winter supply of coal are requested to register their requirements with the Fuel Commissioner at once, in order that the Coal Merchants may make provision to as far as possible keep a stock of coal to supply the demands of the city. Thos. F. Wills, Fuel Commissioner.”

The Intelligencer November 18, 1918 (page 3)

“Parcels for Soldiers. Pending the conclusion of peace negotiations no definite statement is possible with regard to the demobilization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, but it is not likely that many of the boys ‘over there’ will be home for Christmas. Hence most of them should receive their Christmas presents. Those sending parcels may, by writing the request on the wrapper, have them returned in case of non-delivery, or they may put on the package the address of several soldiers, so that in case the one for whom the gift is intended in the first place is on the way home, the sender will have the satisfaction of knowing that another friend has received them. If neither of these courses is followed, the military authorities will distribute the contents of the packages to the soldiers in whatever manner they deem just.”

The Intelligencer November 18, 1918 (page 4)

“A Great Victory. The success of Canada’s five hundred million dollar Victory Loan shows the confidence Canadians have in their country, present and future. It only remains for the spirit which has animated Canada’s magnificent war effort to be continued in the time of peace and directed toward building up a great and glorious nation. No country is half as rich in mineral resources as Canada, with millions of acres of rich agricultural land still unbroken, forests, mines, waterpowers, and a citizenship ambitious and unconquerable—let us build upon this glorious foundation a national structure worthy of our opportunities.”

The Intelligencer November 18, 1918 (page 5)

“Not Seriously Ill. Some weeks ago Mr. Walter Wessels residing at 71 Lewis Street, city, received a telegram that his son, Pte. Alfred Earle Wessels had been dangerously wounded. On Saturday the following notifying telegram was received by Mr. Wessels. ‘A cable received from England states that Pte. Alfred E. Wessels infantry, officially reported no longer seriously ill at 20 General Hospital, Dannes, Camiers, November 8th. The many friends of the young man in this city will be pleased to learn that he is improving.”

The Intelligencer November 18, 1918 (page 5)

“En Route to Siberia. Belleville on Saturday afternoon extended a farewell to members of the reinforced draft to Siberia from Military District No. 3 which included 37 members from the First Depot Battalion in Belleville and 21 members of the Second Depot Battalion at Ottawa, the later arriving here Friday afternoon. Just previous to the men leaving the armories Mrs. George Wallbridge, Regent of the Argyll Chapter, I.O.D.E., presented each with a pair of home-made knitted socks, which gift was much appreciated. The boys were also provided with a suitable luncheon from the canteen at the armories. At four o’clock headed by the Bugle Band the boys marched to the G. T. R. station where they entrained for Toronto. The streets were lined with spectators who cheered lustily as the contingent passed by.”

The Intelligencer November 18, 1918 (page 5)

“Souvenirs of the War. In the window of Mr. T. Blackburn’s Store, Front Street, is displayed a varied assortment of souvenirs picked up on the battlefields of France by Bandsman W. G. Wannacott, who went overseas with the 254th Battalion and was later attached to the 21st Battalion. The souvenirs are the admiration of all who review them, and consist of a German gas helmet, a small German alarm clock, German insignia of regiments, postcards of that country and other articles. The collection is one that is highly prized by the relatives of Bandsman Wannacott, who received them.”

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100 Years Ago: Belleville Wins Honor Flag, Night Classes Popular, Active Madoc Worker, Tram Car Model, Walter Renfrew Awarded Victoria Cross, Poster for Victory Bonds

The Intelligencer November 16, 1918 (page 1)

“Belleville Wins Honor Flag. Goes Over Top Today. Belleville reached its objective of $700,000 this morning, and at two o’clock this afternoon a presentation of the Honor Flag was made in front of the City Hall. While it is a great relief to the people of the old city to know that they have not failed in the last call on their patriotism, our total is not much that we boast of it. Therefore, everyone should come and buy Bonds to their utmost before twelve o’clock tonight. …

In Deseronto last night at Naylor’s Opera House an enthusiastic rally for the Victory Loan was held in the course of a picture show. Pte. Wm. Davies made his usual forceful appeal to the citizens of Deseronto to come forward at the last minute and buy Bonds to maintain the honor of their town and County of Hastings. The reply to his appeal was large and enthusiastic. Over a dozen members of the audience came to the front and gave their applications.”

The Intelligencer November 16, 1918 (page 1)

“Night Classes Popular. The business brought before the Board of Education meeting last night was despatched with precision and the session was soon concluded. …  A memorial was presented from Mr. J. M. Greene of Peterboro, requesting the Belleville Board to assist in petitioning the Government to change the word Kindergarten as it was of German origin.

Principal McLaurin of the High School wrote that there was enrolled 204 pupils at the night school. The average attendance per night for October was 113. The communication outlined the subjects being taught and who were teaching them.”

The Intelligencer November 16, 1918 (page 5)

“An Active Worker. Miss Cross, of Madoc, who has now completed 463 pairs of hand-knitted socks for the soldiers at the front, attended both the morning and the parade in the evening on Monday as a guest of honor in the Red Cross car with the officials of the branch. Miss Cross not only knitted constantly, but gave substantially in every way to all the calls of the society, the officers and members of which have a warm spot in their hearts for her work.”

The Intelligencer November 16, 1918 (page 5)

“Artistic Scroll Work. A correct model of a tram car such as are in vogue in the City of London, England, and possibly in other places is on exhibition in the window of Mr. J. Fenn’s store, in this city. It is scroll work artistically executed and was made by Mr. Harry Lennox of this city. At the back the words carved out are ‘Buy Victory Bonds.’ The model is complete in all of its details and it certainly reflects great credit upon Lennox, who made it.”

The Intelligencer November 16, 1918 (page 5)

“Awarded Victoria Cross. Sergt. Harry Renfrew of Hybla, North Hastings, has just received the pleasing intelligence that his son Walter has been awarded the Victoria Cross for conspicuous bravery on the field. It was at the battle of Amiens. The commander of the machine gun section, of which the young hero was a member, got hit, and while attending him, Renfrew saw a body of Germans approaching. He took charge of the gun and mowed down twenty of the enemy before he got a wound that put him out of business. He was the youngest boy in the battalion, and went overseas when he was eighteen years of age. His wound was not serious, and he is recovering rapidly.”

The Intelligencer November 16, 1918 (page 7)

“To-Night On the Stroke of Twelve. This is the last day you can buy Victory Bonds—1918.

Your last chance to help Canada wind up the war as she fought it. To help Canada bring her soldier sons home to wives, mothers and children. To help Canada in her big peace problems of demobilization and re-establishment of our soldiers in civil life.

This is probably your very last chance to buy at par Canadian Government Bonds bearing 5 ½ per cent interest and free from Federal Taxation.

For your country’s sake—in your own interest, Buy Victory Bonds Now.”


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100 Years Ago: County’s Honor at Stake, Demobilization to Begin, Soldiers’ Christmas Parcels, Ads for Victory Bonds, More Ads for Victory Bonds, Scholars Buy Bonds, Depot Battalion Soldiers to Siberia, Oliver William Munnings Wins Military Medal, Special Thanksgiving Postponed, Tag Day, Boosting Victory Loan, Deer Season Extended, Ad for Grape Nuts, Protest of Ministerial Association, Ad for Gillette

The Intelligencer November 15, 1918 (page 1)

“Last Opportunity To Uphold The County’s Honour. The County of Hastings has subscribed $1,071,000 of the Victory Loan. This includes special subscriptions. The Honor Flag objective is $2,500,000 with special subscriptions. Can we reach it? If not, the County of Hastings will be distinguished by the absence of its name on the Honor list of the Fifth Victory Loan Campaign of Canada. …

Up to last night the City of Belleville reported $564,750, which leaves $135,250. Yesterday the subscriptions in Belleville totalled $61,050. This will be increased today and tomorrow. There is little doubt but that Belleville will win the coveted Honor Flag. However, every dollar subscribed will help the County over the hump. Get together Belleville and work hard to uphold the fair name of our old County.”

The Intelligencer November 15, 1918 (page 1)

“Demobilization Will Soon Begin With Soldiers in Canada. Ottawa. There are at present 33,000 Canadian soldiers in hospitals in England and 10,000 in France. These it is proposed will be returned as their condition permits and as accommodation is provided in Canada to receive them. …

But demobilization is to start at home first. There are in Canada at present 71,000 men in khaki. Of these 10,000 are returned men in hospitals and 16,000 are men on harvest leave from the draft. These latter will simply be called upon to report and secure their medical examination so that they need be discharged without the danger of subsequent claims for pension being made on the Government.

It is expected that the demobilization of those in camps at present will take but a few days and may start soon. Little dislocation will follow their absorption back to civil life as there is at present a demand for labor in most branches of industry and business. It is possible that four or five thousand of them will be retained in khaki some time.”

The Intelligencer November 15, 1918 (page 1)

“Soldiers’ Christmas Parcels Should be Mailed At Once. Ottawa. Dr. Coulter, Deputy Postmaster-General, advises people to forward all Christmas parcels for soldiers immediately. It is doubted whether any troops will have returned before Christmas, so that it is felt that parcels should be forwarded. It is not expected peace will improve the transportation situation, so that it is strongly advised that parcels should be sent without delay. …  Parcels for France should at the very latest be mailed by the 15th of this month. Those for England should be posted not later than the end of November to ensure delivery near Christmas.”

The Intelligencer November 15, 1918 (page 2)

“ ‘Your Investment. Can you feel the pinch? If not, keep on buying Victory Bonds. Buy Victory Bonds To Your Limit. Adams The Shoeman.’

‘Line Up Belleville For the great Victory March past our objective. Buy Victory Bonds and Buy More of Them! Angus McFee, Mfg. Optician.’

‘Canada Needs Your Dollars. Hurry and Buy Victory Bonds. Arthur McGie Merchant Tailor. 208 Front St., Belleville.’

‘Be a True Patriot and Buy Victory Bonds to the utmost of your ability. Wallbridge & Clarkes. Canada Food Board Licenses 8-2252 & 8-2253.’ ”

The Intelligencer November 15, 1918 (page 7)

“ ‘Line Up Belleville. Line Up for the Greatest Cause in Canada Today. Buy Victory Bonds. This Week is Our last Chance to Show Our Patriotism So Lend, Lend, Lend. The Haines Shoe Houses, Belleville, Napanee, Smith’s Falls.’

‘For Canada. Most men will lend to their friends in time of need. Every man should lend to his country in her need—for ‘her need is his’—so let’s show our patriotism. Buy Victory Bonds. ‘The Beehive’ Chas. N. Sulman.’ ”

The Intelligencer November 15, 1918 (page 7)

“Scholars Buy Bonds. The teachers of Christ Church Sunday School assisted by Rev. Rural Dean Swayne have been calling on the parents of the scholars and other members of the congregation this week and will continue to do so this evening to try and obtain enough money to take at least two ‘VICTORY BONDS’ in honor of the boys who have answered Duty’s call.”

The Intelligencer November 15, 1918 (page 7)

“Off for Siberia. Thirty-seven members of the First Depot Battalion which is stationed in this city, have been selected to go to Siberia. Lieut. Lord will be what is termed the conducting officer. Twenty-one members of the Second Depot Battalion at Ottawa arrived in Belleville today to join those who are leaving here. It is expected that the party will leave here at 4.45 tomorrow for Toronto, where they will join a contingent and proceed to Vancouver, B. C., which is the mobilizing centre.”

The Intelligencer November 15, 1918 (page 7)

“Won Military Medal. Mrs. O. W. Munnings, who resides at 85 Lewis Street, city, received a letter from her husband, Sergt. O. W. Munnings, stating that he had been awarded the Military Medal for an act of bravery on the field in France, and also three stripes. Sergt. Munnings left Belleville with the 254th Battalion known as ‘Quinte’s Own Battalion.’ His many friends will be pleased to learn of the honors bestowed upon him.”

The Intelligencer November 15, 1918 (page 7)

“Special Thanksgiving Postponed. The special day of Thanksgiving for Victory authorized by the Government has been postponed until Sunday, December 1.”

The Intelligencer November 15, 1918 (page 7)

“Tag Day Tomorrow. The headquarters for the Argyll Chapter I.O.D.E. during their tag day, Saturday, will be the association rooms of the Great War Veterans in the Corby building. The Veterans’ Association have offered their rooms to any of the ladies’ societies who have always assisted the veterans in their various ventures.”

The Intelligencer November 15, 1918 (page 7)

“Boosting Victory Loan. The following telegram was received this afternoon: ‘To Victory Loan Headquarters, Belleville, Ont.: Our employees at Belleville have subscribed for $18,400 Victory Bonds to be credited to your section. The Steel Co. of Canada Limited.’ ”

The Intelligencer November 15, 1918 (page 7)

“Deer Season Extended. An extension of the open season for deer to November 30 is announced by the Department of Game and Fisheries. The causes given are the influenza epidemic and the Victory Loan campaign. The territory affected is that lying north and west of the French River.”

The Intelligencer November 15, 1918 (page 7)

“A Combination of Good Qualities invites your attention to Grape:Nuts. No sweetening required. No cooking. Needs but little milk or cream. Fine with evaporated milk. Keeps indefinitely. Not a particle of waste. A wonderfully attractive flavor.

‘There’s a Reason’ for Grape-Nuts. Canada Food License No. 2-026.”

The Intelligencer November 15, 1918 (page 8)

“Public Protest of Ministerial Asso’n. The Ministerial Association of Belleville met this afternoon and at the conclusion of the meeting the following was handed to the press:

‘In view of the fact that an item appears in our city papers intimating that the trustees of the colors of the 39th Regt. have ordered them to be deposited in St. Thomas’ Church, we the members of the Belleville Ministerial Association register our protest against this proceeding.

The members of all our churches in Belleville were proud when their boys responded so fully and so heartily at their country’s call. They were no less gratified that no one church could claim exceptional devotion to duty in military service on the part of its sons. We believe these colors will be treasured memorials to all who enlisted for service under them. We regret therefore that their final disposition has not been settled in some democratic way. We believe that the concentration of the colors of various regiments enlisted in this city in one particular church is an injustice done to the boys of our several congregations who on their return from the war will worship God in the churches of their choice. It is on their behalf that we raise this protest.’ C. T. Scott, Pres., D. C. Ramsay, Sec.”

The Intelligencer November 15, 1918 (page 11)

“Shop Early Ship Early. Especially Soldiers’ Gifts. Consider this! The Canadians are still on the move. In any event, it will be months before they are all home. Meanwhile many a soldier leaves behind and loses part of his belongings.

A great many soldiers are anxiously hoping that the folks at home will send them a Gillette Razor or Blades for Christmas. You cannot do better than decide to send a Gillette Safety Razor. The Useful Gift. There need be no fear of duplication, for if a soldier has not lost the Gillette you gave him before, the Gillette set you send him now will be in great demand by less fortunate pals, and he can readily convert it into cash.

Send Your Christmas Parcels for the Front within the next week.

Gillette Safety Razor Co. of Canada, Limited.”






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100 Years Ago: Hastings County Needs One Million, Ritchie Store Wins Honor Flag, Ad for Sinclair’s, Trenton Celebrates, Voluntary Aid Corps Report, Community Dance, 39th Battalion Colors, Americans Aid Victory Loan

The Intelligencer November 14, 1918 (page 1)

“County Needs a Million In Two Days Left. The County of Hastings still needs nearly one million dollars to reach the Honor Flag objective. There are only two days of the campaign left. A tremendous effort is needed to reach this gigantic total, and everyone who has the honor of the old county at heart should pitch in and try to put it over the top in this, to be hoped, last patriotic effort of the war. …

From now until the end of the campaign all persons buying additional bonds will be presented with a ribbon to be worn under the button. This ribbon has the word ‘PLUS’ written on it, and shows that the wearer has come back for more Bonds. How many people in Belleville will wear the plus ribbon? …  Headquarters will be open day and night for the next two days, or until midnight Saturday, Nov. 16th. …

At Griffin’s Palace Theatre tonight in addition to the regular programme, two excellent Victory Loan Pictures will be shown, Lillian Gish and Norman Talmadge being the stars. Private Wm. Davies will also address the audience for five minutes between the pictures. The thanks of the people of Belleville are due to the Griffin Amusement Co. for its wholesome support in this Victory Loan Campaign. Mr. Tom Forhan, the popular local manager, has been tireless in his efforts to assist the Victory Loan Committee in every way, and his staff has been the same. Belleville won’t forget them.”

The Intelligencer November 14, 1918 (page 2)

“Ritchie Store Goes ‘Over the top’ For Victory Loan. It was a proud moment for The Ritchie staff last evening when they gathered together and were informed that they had been awarded the first 100 per cent Honor Flag that had been presented in Belleville or the county of Hastings during the present Victory Loan campaign. That is an honor and a distinction which they can well be elated over, and from all reports they are proud of their efforts toward the success of this most worthy of causes in Canada today.

Mr. W. B. Deacon, chairman of the local Victory Loan committee, made the presentation and congratulated the employees and members of the firm on their splendid showing of practical patriotism. Mr. Deacon then unfurled the much coveted Flag of Honor and presented it to the store and staff, a symbol not only for the present but for all time to come that The Ritchie Company and employees served Canada faithfully and well in her time of need. …  When the count had been taken after the last application had been signed it was found that $7,100.00 had been subscribed—it showed the Ritchie staff was 100 per cent patriotic and fully entitled to display the Honor Flag, which is now to be seen in one of their show windows. …

Three hearty cheers for Mr. W. B. Deacon and ‘God Save the King’ brought the happy meeting to a fitting close.”

The Intelligencer November 14, 1918 (page 2)

“Sinclair’s. Dresses For Every Peace Time Need.

Handsome Plush Coats At Moderate Prices. It is the dream of many women to possess a Plush Coat.

Please Bring Back Our Flags. Carried away by their enthusiasm on Monday, some person removed two large woollen flags used as decoration for this store. As these flags have been used for every celebration for the past twenty-five years we would be pleased if they were returned so that they could be used when the boys come back. No questions asked.

Buy Victory Bonds and Bring the Boys Home Sooner. Sinclair’s.”

The Intelligencer November 14, 1918 (page 5)

“Trenton Celebrates The Signing Of Armistice Terms. Trenton citizens turned out en masse Monday afternoon to celebrate the glad tidings which were ushered in by the ringing of bells and the blowing of whistles about six a.m. The soldiers, headed by the band, started from the munition plant and paraded the principal streets, the boy scouts were out in fine form and a long parade of school children joined in the general good cheer by the singing of songs, shouting and blowing of horns and flag waving, and a large number of decorated autos. The Mayor and the town councilmen added to the festivities.

The Chemical works were closed down and many were the demonstrations of labor, the boys of the ‘Lab’ giving a fine representation equally by the men of the T.N.T. who were down town with huge pieces of boilers which had survived the explosion, loaded on gaily decked wagons and appropriately, as well as humorously, labelled ‘T.N.T.’ and ‘We Did Our Bit.’ ”

The Intelligencer November 14, 1918 (page 5)

“Voluntary Aid Corps. This organization which was formed for the purpose of helping those afflicted in the recent epidemic has practically finished its work. One hundred and fifteen cases were reported and every one of these were investigated, nursing help sent to 84 and nourishment to 96 different cases. There were 43 persons who volunteered to assist as nurses, thirty-four people who offered the use of their cars to convey the nurses to their work and also in the distribution of nourishment.

The High School Science Kitchen was in operation for almost three weeks for the purpose of providing nourishment and hundreds of gallons of broth and soups were made and distributed in addition to puddings, custards, etc. This work was carried on by Miss Libby and Miss Dulmage of the High School staff who were assisted by a great many ladies who volunteered their services to help in the kitchen, and a great many others sent in delicacies ready for distribution. The urgency forbade time being taken to keep a detailed list of the help given and the great amount of supplies of all kinds that were sent in.

The Executive wish to take this opportunity of thanking all those who in any way assisted either with donations of money, supplies, giving their time or supplying care. It was only by the excellent response of the citizens that the organization was able to do the large amount of work that was done.”

The Intelligencer November 14, 1918 (page 5)

“Community Dance. An unsigned communication to The Intelligencer suggests that public rejoicing be continued with a ‘community dance’ held on Front Street with a block roped off for joy purposes and the dancers to wear fancy costumes.”

The Intelligencer November 14, 1918 (page 5)

“The 39th Batt. Colors. The Trustees of the 39th Battalion Colors have communicated their wish to Ven. Archdeacon Beamish, Rector of St. Thomas’ Church, to present and deposit the regimental colors next Sunday at eleven o’clock in St. Thomas’ Church. The commanding officer Col. Preston, of Orangeville, is expected to be present, and to be assisted by Col. Smart, O.C., who was second in command of the 39th Batt. And by the officers and men of the Depot Battalion, who will parade to St. Thomas’ Church to assist in the ceremony.”

The Intelligencer November 14, 1918 (page 5)

“Americans Are Aiding. The Special Subscription Committee representatives of the Victory Loan organization, who have been getting in touch with the American institutions doing business in Canada are now beginning to send in their reports, which are proving most gratifying. At the head of the list is the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, with a subscription of $5,500,000. This is the largest subscription received from the United States, and is in addition to $5,000,000 subscribed to the last loan. The local Metropolitan staff are 100 per cent subscribers to the Victory Loan.”



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100 Years Ago: Victory Bonds, The King’s Message, Poster for Victory Loan, Nine Members of Ritchie’s Staff Answered Call, Andrew B. Docherty Awarded Military Medal, Mohawk and Rathbun Aviators Celebrate, Ad for Grape Nuts

The Intelligencer November 13, 1918 (page 1)

“Only Three Days Left To Buy Victory Bonds. The total returns to date from the County of Hastings is $1,414,500. This includes all special subscriptions. With special subscriptions included Hastings County to reach its Honor Flag objective  needs $2,500,000. There is still a shortage in Hastings County of over $1,000,000 which it is to be hoped will be made up in the next three days. That would mean over $300,000 a day. This is a heavy task, but it is hoped that the objective will be reached. Every citizen should help to bring the County of Hastings where it belongs in this great war effort. If we fail to reach the objective we will have the disgrace of being about the only County in the Dominion of Canada to fail. Let’s get busy.

Belleville’s total to date is $475,000. $325,000 is needed still in Belleville by Saturday night, midnight. This is over $100,000 a day. It can be done, but it will require some hustling.

Congratulations of Hastings County is due to Wollaston Township and the village of Coe Hill, for they have won the Governor-General’s Honor Flag. Reeve S. C. Rollins, the energetic and popular Victory Loan canvasser for that District has brought the old Township to the front once more in this magnificent patriotic effort. The objective for Wollaston was very high being $35,000 as it is very thinly populated. However, no objective is too high for that good old Township where patriotism is concerned. It is unlikely that there is another community in the Dominion of Canada that has given its blood and treasure to a greater extent than Wollaston. …

A special subscription was received from the Canada Cement Company for $50,000 of Bonds. This is a great help to the County of Hastings. …  Mr. W. H. DeBlois advises headquarters that the Nichols Chemical Company of Sulphide subscribed $25,000 of the Loan. The employees of the Nichols Chemical Company have taken very liberally of the Bonds, and the special subscription of $25,000 brings Sulphide’s record up to the front. We can now stand a few more Sulphides. …

There are three more days left in which to buy Bonds. The campaign closes at midnight Saturday night. …  Your money is needed to bring back the boys—buy bonds!!!”

The Intelligencer November 13, 1918 (page 1)

“The King’s Message. ‘The whole Empire pledged its word not to sheathe the sword until our end was achieved. That pledge is now redeemed. …  the end of the struggle finds the Empire still more closely united by common resolve, held firm through all vicissitudes; by suffering and sacrifices; by dangers and triumphs shared together. The hour is one of solemn thanksgiving and of gratitude to God.’ King George to the people of the British Empire.”

The Intelligencer November 13, 1918 (page 3)

“How Many Crowns for YOUR Honor Flag? Of course, every city, town and district will earn its Honor Flag. But how about the crowns? For every twenty-five per cent, in excess of its quota, each city, town and district will be entitled to add a crown to its flag.

Can you do fifty per cent better than your quota – – – – that means two crowns for your Honor Flag. But double your quota and it means four crowns.

Hang a flag in your hall, that for years to come will show that your city, town or district did better than well – – – –

That was a real factor in the huge success of Canada’s Victory Loan 1918.

Issued by Canada’s Victory Loan Committee in co-operation with the Minister of Finance of the Dominion of Canada.”

The Intelligencer November 13, 1918 (page 6)

“They Truly Helped to End the World’s Greatest Struggle. Nine Members of The Ritchie Company Staff Who Heard Their Country’s Call And Answered It.

Gunner William Patterson. A Member of the ‘Immortal First Contingent.’

Flt. Lieut. Harold M. Reid. Killed in Aeroplane Accident Feb. 23, 1918, Eastchurch, England.

Driver Percy Palmer. Who has Seen Two Years of Active Fighting.

Gunner Vernon Doolittle. Enlisted with the 33rd Battery. Kingston, December, 1915.

Pte. Roy Buck. Killed in Action, Sept. 3, 1918. Awarded Military Medal for Bravery.

2nd Lieut. C. D. Reid. Aviation Instructor at Eastchurch, England.

Sergt. J. J. O’Brien. A Member of the C.A.D.C. Stationed at Camp Mohawk.

Sig. Duncan Montgomery. Left Belleville with the 80th Batt. Over Two Years Active Service.

Driver H. Wolfe. Now Stationed in Reserve Battery, Whitley Camp, England.”

The Intelligencer November 13, 1918 (page 7)

“Won Military Medal. Mrs. A. B. Docherty, daughter of Mrs. J. Hutchinson, residing on 11 Harriet Street, received word a few days ago that her husband, Sergt. Andrew B. Docherty of the Railway Corps was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry on the field on September 23rd. In a letter addressed to him his commanding officer says:—’Will you please accept my heartfelt congratulations on receiving the Military Medal. Your conduct of September 23rd was admirable and reflects great credit upon the battalion.’ Sergeant Docherty was formerly of Hamilton, and has been nearly three years in France.”

The Intelligencer November 13, 1918 (page 7)

“Sky Soldiers Celebrate. The aviators from Mohawk and Rathbun camps had a celebration all of their own last evening. They formed a parade at the Victoria Park and marched up Front Street, Bridge St., Victoria Avenue and many other main streets, in a zig zag fashion, paying a visit to the Palace Theatre, pool rooms, cafes, Hotel Quinte, Armory grounds and many other places which happened to be open. The Palace Theatre was soon evacuated by the movie fans. The music consisted of tin cans, pie plates, baking dishes and pieces of tin clashed together and pounded by sticks and pieces of steel. Flags were also carried and various signs the leading one being one of the ‘Intelligencer Peace Extras’ which was published Monday morning with its big heading ‘the war is over,’ ‘Bring on your wild, wild women,’ ‘Where do we go from here? HOME,’ ‘We fly tomorrow, MAYBE,’ ‘A fly in the air is worth two in the soup,’ ‘Injuns from Mohawk,’ and many others.

They proceeded to the back of the various business places and carried off large numbers of boxes, barrels, paper and cardboard saturated them with oil and placed a number of fire crackers in the boxes and had an enormous bonfire on the corner of Front and Bridge Streets. The birdmen are to be congratulated on their orderly conduct.”

The Intelligencer November 13, 1918 (page 7)

“More than one way to save the Wheat. Make every atom work.

A soggy biscuit or a half baked cake is a slacker. It is indigestible and half the good grain in it is lost by faulty cooking. It isn’t how much you eat, but how much you digest that counts.

Grape:Nuts is a fine example of nourishment efficiency. Its flavour is delicious and Every Atom Works. Canada Food Board License No. 2-026.”


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100 Years Ago: Joyful Celebration, Bancroft Wins Honor Flag, Victory Parade, Poster for Victory Bonds, Christ Church Peace Service, Two Editions of The Intelligencer, Charles Herbert Brooks Wounded

The Intelligencer November 12, 1918 (page 1)

“Dawn of Peace Celebrated with Prayer, Thanksgiving and Joy. Yesterday was a day long to be remembered in Belleville when enthusiastic joy broke over the surrender of Germany, broke loose in a riot of noise and exuberance, which grew in strength as the day advanced and continued far into the night with friendly, good-natured crowds on Front Street, many in carnival attire, jostling each other in a friendly way, while the air was thick with talcum powder and confetti—a regular Mardi Gras night of joy unrestrained. The formal part of the day’s celebration began in the morning, with a service of thanksgiving and praise to Almighty God, Who alone giveth the victory.

At 11 o’clock in the morning a union Thanksgiving Victory Peace Service was held on the court house lawn and was attended by hundreds of citizens of all classes. It was thoroughly union in its nature, as Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Baptist clergymen took part also the local Salvation Army officers. …  The service closed by the singing of the National Anthem and cheers for the King.

It was anticipated that the afternoon procession would be of considerable magnitude, but it eclipsed the sanguine anticipations of those who had it in hand. It was formed on the market square and was over a mile in length. A large number of autos were in the parade also many horse-driven vehicles and all were decorated in a manner to bring forth most commendable remarks. During its progress through Front Street that thoroughfare was lined by thousands of spectators, who were not slow in cheering. It was a sight that all who witnessed it will never forget. The parade moved off in the following order:

Dr. D. H. Ackerill leading a bull dog and carrying a broom to which was the motto: ‘What we ‘Ave We’ll ‘Old.’

Marshall Mr. J. J. B. Flint. 15th Regimental Band. Munition workers in trucks, bearing motto: ‘We helped to do it.’ Members of the G.W.V.A. in autos. Members of the G.W.V.A. on foot. Salvation Army Band. Members of the Army. Company of the 1st Depot Battalion. Johnstone’s Pipe Band. Truck with soldiers and two rough boxes with the effigies of the Kaiser and Crown Prince inside. Albert College faculty and students. Boy Scouts. School children with flags. Bell Telephone float. City Fire Brigade. Decorated bicycles. Decorated autos. Marsh and Henthorne steam whistle.

After parading up Front Street to the vicinity of the G.T.R. station the procession returned and wended its way to the Armories lawn where speech making was the order of the day. A large platform was erected near the main entrance to the Armories and was covered with bunting. Above the entrance of the Armories were two large streamers namely: ‘God Save the King’ and ‘Britannia Rules the Waves.’

Col. Ponton was chairman of the meeting and associated with him on the platform were members of the City Council, prominent citizens and a number of ladies, who have been prominent in patriotic work.

The proceedings were opened with prayer by Ven. Archdeacon Beamish. Col. Ponton spoke briefly referring to how proud he and all were of the day. All were proud of the fact that with God’s guidance the victory had been achieved. …  All the speakers were accorded a hearty reception and their remarks were much appreciated by those who were able to hear them.”

The Intelligencer November 12, 1918 (page 1)

“Bancroft Wins Honor Flag. Bancroft district, consisting of Faraday and Dungannon townships, is the third district in the county to win the coveted Governor-General’s Honor Flag. They have reported not only enough to win the Honor Flag but also a crown, which represents 25 per cent more than the objective. Congratulations are due Dr. A. T. Embury, who is responsible for this magnificent result from the old townships of North Hastings. North Hastings has ever been true to every call made on her.”

The Intelligencer November 12, 1918 (page 3)

“All of Belleville Joined in The Parade. The peace procession yesterday for length, novelty and variety has never been equalled in the history of Belleville, led by Marshal John J. B. Flint on a spanking black charger. Every kind of vehicle profusely decorated was in line besides many people on foot. Many from the country also took part in the parade.

The school children bearing flags formed an interesting feature of the parade.

The empty coal carts bringing up the rear emphasized the necessity of filling up the coal bins.

The little girl on the pony had no difficulty keeping up with the procession.

Fish helped to win the war, and Ben Sanford was there to prove it, a case of Fish and Foch.

The Public and High School cadets were well represented.

The Bell Telephone Co. was represented by a float showing phone poles with linemen at work.

Chief Brown’s fire laddies made a gallant appearance.

The bull dog carrying in his mouth the British flag and seated on the radiator of an automobile emphasized ‘What we have we’ll hold.’

The Salvation Army Band and soldiers lent color and music to the occasion.

The 15th Regimental Band played up to the best tradition of this patriotic organization.

Many returned veterans of the great war bearing the scars of conflict were conspicuous in the parade.

Albert College students were there with bells on led by the principal Dr. Baker. Old Albert has a proud war record.

Mayor Platt and members of the City Council were prominent in the parade.

Effigies of the ex-Kaiser, Crown Prince and Hindenburg were numerous and there were many striking mottoes.

A horse with overalls adorning his legs was a funny feature. The equestrian wore a plug hat of ancient vintage.”

The Intelligencer November 12, 1918 (page 3)

“ ‘The Day’ The war is won. The guns are silent—the trenches are vacant—bloodshed has ceased—Democracy is triumphant—freedom is assured.

In this day of thankful joy and glorious triumph let us not forget the imperative duty lying immediately before us. Let us manfully, dutifully and determinedly round out the nation’s splendid effort.

Let us be as big in this triumphant day as our men have been heroic in the fiery din and blood peril of battle. Buy Victory Bonds.”

The Intelligencer November 12, 1918 (page 5)

“Christ Church Peace Service. When the news of the signing of the armistice terms became known yesterday, Rev. Rural Dean Swayne, Rector of Christ Church immediately notified as many of his parishioners as he could reach by telephone that a service of Thanksgiving and praise would be held in Christ Church at nine o’clock in the morning. The result was a large congregation and complete choir at the special service which was of a very interesting nature.”

The Intelligencer November 12, 1918 (page 5)

“Two Editions Before Noon. An Intelligencer extra edition was on sale before ten o’clock yesterday morning and copies were sold as fast as the big web press could turn them out. The extra was very much appreciated by the citizens who were eager to get the details not supplied by the bulletins. The final edition was published at noon after which the staff joined the celebration. Every copy of both editions was eagerly snapped up and early in the afternoon not one of the four thousand papers printed was left.”

The Intelligencer November 12, 1918 (page 6)

Charles Herbert Brooke“Lieut. Brooks Wounded. Mr. Charles Herbert Brooks residing at 78 Victoria Avenue, city, is in receipt of the following telegram: Sincerely regret to inform you, Lieut. Chas. Herbert Brooks, M.M. infantry officially reported wounded on Nov. 4.

Lieut. Brooks left Belleville with the 80th Battalion, and had previously been wounded.”



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100 Years Ago: The War Is Over, Belleville Celebrates Victory, Poster for Victory Bonds, Poster for Victory Loan, Poster for Victory Bonds, Mopping Up After War, Peace and Then What? Downfall of Kultur, Celebration Notes, Ad for Sinclair’s, Thanksgiving Services, William Henry Finkle Awarded Military Medal

The Intelligencer November 11, 1918 (page 1)

Front page of Daily Intelligencer on 11 November 1918


The Intelligencer November 11, 1918 (page 2)

Program for Victory Peace Service

CABHC: TR 2215

“Belleville Celebrates Great Allied Victory. Union Thanksgiving Service on Court House Lawn, Participated in by All Churches—Procession, Speeches and Fireworks.

Thanksgiving Service. At 11 o’clock a Thanksgiving Service under the auspices of all the city churches was arranged for Court House Lawn, participated in by all the clergymen of the city, opening with the singing of the Doxology, readings of appropriate Psalms and singing of hymns appropriate to the occasion, accompanied by band music and assisted by church choirs.

At 1.30 a grand procession will be formed on the Market Square. …  Procession will end at the Armories, where speeches will be made from the lawn. In the evening there will be fireworks and general rejoicing. It will without doubt be a day in the city long to be remembered.

Front street this morning presented an animated appearance as all business places were decorated with flags and streamers. All over the city, private residences were adorned with flags.

Prof. Wheatley, organist of St. Thomas’ Church and an ardent Britisher, born and bred on the old soil, was one of the first to respond to the glad cry of the city hall bell and went at once to St. Thomas’ Church, turned on the lights for worshippers and playing the Hallelujah Chorus on the organ and as the grand notes of this triumphal chorus swelled out from the heart of the organ and the heart of the organist at 4.30 o’clock this morning, passersby fortunate enough to hear the music were treated to a masterpiece.

HC09386 - dog on car hood

CABHC: HC09386

An automobile profusely decorated attracted wide and favorable attention this morning on Front street. On the radiator was a bull dog carrying in his mouth a stick to which was attached the Union Jack. The dog acted as calmly as if this was a regular occurrence, and symbolized the British slogan, ’What we have we’ll hold.’ ”

The Intelligencer November 11, 1918 (page 2)

“Help Haig to Hurry. Buy Victory Bonds.

Arthur McGie, Merchant Tailor. 208 Front St., Belleville.”

The Intelligencer November 11, 1918 (page 2)

“For Canada. Most men will lend to their friends in time of need. Every man should lend to his country in her need—for ‘her need is his’—so let’s show our patriotism.

Buy Victory Bonds.

‘The Beehive’ Chas. N. Sulman.”

The Intelligencer November 11, 1918 (page 2)

“ ‘If ye break faith—we shall not sleep’

Break Faith? Never. The memory of their noble deeds is seared into our hearts, and will live in the hearts of our children, generations hence.

We Canadians must carry on. Before us, as a nation, as individuals, our way lies clear. Afar off along the path that leads to Right we hear the cry of those who fell. We will follow on. We will finish the work they so nobly began.

Buy Victory Bonds.

Issued by Canada’s Victory Loan Committee in co-operation with the Minister of Finance of the Dominion of Canada.”

The Intelligencer November 11, 1918 (page 4)

“Mopping Up. Now that the fighting is over there will be several years mopping up to be done. …  Unselfishness, the religion of the trenches, must be the religion and practice of all peoples and nations if the war is to be worth while—a brotherhood and sisterhood of helpfulness which should go far to banish poverty, distress and false pride of caste from the world must be established. Government must be of the people by the people and for the people with equality of opportunity and opportunity unshackled. …

If a new and better world does not arise from the ruins of war then all this sacrifice of blood and tears and treasure will have been in vain.

Individual responsibility is the keynote of reconstruction for better or for worse. If every individual will endeavor to model his or her life upon rules of unselfishness and helpfulness and consideration of the rights and feelings of other people, communities and nationals will quickly respond to a new and better impulse which will result in the greatest good to the greatest number.”

The Intelligencer November 11, 1918 (page 4)

“Peace, and Then What? Victory Loan Bonds will help to make peace permanent and prosperous. When war industries cease peace production must begin. Take the soldiers along transferred from a war to a peace footing, from uniforms to civies. Millions of suits of clothes will be needed—millions of pairs of boots, millions of hats, overcoats and all the rest of the wardrobe of a civilian. They will need many more things unknown to the soldier who carries only necessities. …

Peace and then what? Stagnation? Not by any means; the mighty forces which have welded together into an efficient fighting machine on land, on sea and in the air—millions of men cared for and directed as efficiently as fifty could be—can be just as efficient in making a happy and prosperous world in peace times.”

The Intelligencer November 11, 1918 (page 4)

“The Downfall of Kultur. The abdication of the House of Hohenzollern on Saturday closed the career of the Kaiser as the greatest menace to the liberty of the world since time began, deprived him of all power, and branded him as a criminal outcast, bearing the burden of responsibility for so many crimes that no country will care to give him shelter.

Such is the downfall of Kaiserism and German Kultur which for more than four years has been responsible for a huge orgy or murder and unspeakable atrocity, forming the darkest pages of the history of the world since creation.”

The Intelligencer November 11, 1918 (page 6)

“Celebration Notes. The proclamation of Mayor Platt that to-day be observed as a public holiday was generally observed but a few places of business being opened. …

The first response to the City Hall Bells was in the illumination of residences which were speedily a blaze of light. …

One happy woman, wife of a soldier appeared on Front Street shortly after four a.m. wearing a large Union Jack wrapped around her.

At a few minutes after 9 o’clock, the 15th Regiment Band paraded up and down Front Street playing national airs. The band was followed by decorated autos and other vehicles while crowds which lined the sidewalks on either side of Front Street cheered vociferously. It was indeed an inspiring sight. Joy beamed from the eyes of all. Man grasped the hand of fellow man, and all were as one grand brotherhood. It was a scene which will live in the memory of all who participated. …

Did the citizens of Belleville and district celebrate? They certainly did and in no small degree. The ringing of the fire bell, and church bells and blowing of the whistles in the grey dawn of morning awoke all from their peaceful slumbers but the noise was a joyful one. At 5 o’clock a number were on Front street and from that hour onward crowds commenced to assemble. At 8 o’clock Front street presented an animated appearance. Employees of stores were soon about. In an incredibly short time flags and bunting were displayed from every point of vantage. Later streamers were strung at intervals across the streets making the principal thoroughfares attractive in appearance. At an early hour autos and conveyances garb decorated were upon the streets all filled with enthusiastic men, women and children, cheering, laughing and waving flags. Everything conceivable was called into requisition for the purpose of making a noise.

The local Salvation Army Band turned out this morning and followed by about fifty lads and lassies made an attractive parade. The Salvation Army was represented on the firing line by seventy thousand blood and fire soldiers, besides the lads and lassies with a word of cheer, accompanied by a hot cup of coffee, pumpkin pie like mother used to make and other appreciated treats. The Salvation Army kept so close to the firing line that the Hun captured a truck load of pumpkin pies on one occasion.

Oh, the joy of the wives, mothers, fathers, sisters and children of the soldiers over there—husband, son, brother, daddy coming home. Isn’t it glorious?

This is a new day for the Allied soldiers—while we are rejoicing at home how they must rejoice over there at the sure and certain prospect of seeing their homes and dear ones again! What a homecoming! The next great celebration will be when the conquering heroes come marching home.

What a relief to the soldiers as calm descends upon the trenches like Sunday at home! The big guns cease their barking, gas masks are discarded, enemy bombing planes no longer hum their advance warning. No ‘over the top’—at last there is ‘a quiet night and day’ along the front line.

Almost at daybreak to-day enthusiastic citizens were on Front Street voicing their joy at the glad tidings and many of them sought entrance to the Victory Loan Headquarters corner of Bridge and Front Sts. to get in on the last opportunity to buy Victory Bonds and earn the right to shout over the Victory our boys have won. The headquarters will be open all day to-day and this evening to receive subscriptions, and no more fitting way could be found to celebrate the Victory Loan than to put money into Victory Bonds at 5 ½ per cent. The money is needed to Bring the Boys Home and to treat them right when we get them home.

A great many of our citizens are wearing the sign ‘We Helped To Do It,’ and some of them are not wearing Victory Bond Buttons, what does this mean? If you haven’t fought and haven’t bought Bonds you haven’t ‘helped to do it.’ Get busy To-day. Buy Victory Bonds and when the boys come marching down Front St., home again you can truly say ‘We helped bring them home.’ If you can’t wave a Bond, don’t wave the Flag.

The immediate release of Canadian and other allied prisoners in Germany is one of the principal conditions of the Armistice, and one of the greatest reasons for joy particularly in homes where soldier-members of the family have long been prisoners of the Huns.

The girl and boy students of Albert College marched in a body down Front street this morning each carrying a flag. They were singing and giving the College yell.”

The Intelligencer November 11, 1918 (page 6)

“Sinclair’s. Cheering Notes in Late Frocks. To keep in tune with these cheerfully optimistic days Fashion suggests vivid color touches on the Fall and Winter Frocks.

A wide range in color and style to choose from and at prices that will not conflict with a war-time income.

Prepare For Peace. Buy Flags and Bunting now and hang them out to every passing breeze!

Cash in on Canada—buy Victory Bonds. Sinclair’s.

The Intelligencer November 11, 1918 (page 7)

“Thanksgiving Services. In the various churches of the city yesterday thanksgiving services were held and were heartily participated in by large congregations.”

The Intelligencer November 11, 1918 (page 7)

E. and W. H. Finkle“Awarded Military Medal. Lt. Wm. A. Finkle, 52nd Battery, C.F.A., B. E. F. has been awarded the Military Medal for great gallantry and devotion to duty on the field of battle. Lt. Finkle who is a Belleville boy, the son of Mrs. W. H. Finkle, 214 George Street. He won his commission on the battlefield at Cambrai and is now in England, attending an officer’s training class and school of gunnery.”

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100 Years Ago: Notice of Patriotic Service, Progress of Victory Loan Appeal, William Chisolm Jack Receives D.C.M., Harry Pearse Awarded Military Cross, Soldiers First, John Fraser Shell Shocked, John Turiff Killed in Action, Edwin Whitefoot Killed in Action, James Robert Thornton Dies of Pneumonia, Churches to Reopen, Ontario Business College to Reopen, Celebration Is Planned, Poster for Victory Bonds

The Intelligencer November 9, 1918 (page 3)

“Bridge St. Methodist Church. Patriotic Service At 7 P. M. A special patriotic and thanksgiving service that will be addressed by prominent laymen.

Mr. Sam Anglin will sing at this service—’O, Lord, Be Thou My Light.’ Anthem—’Still, Still With Thee,’ Mrs. McKinnon and choir.

Vincent P. Hunt, Director of Music.”

The Intelligencer November 9, 1918 (page 5)

“Yesterday Tyendinaga went over the top for its Honor Flag, the objective being $65,000, congratulations are in order. This is the second district to win the coveted pennant, and the people of the old township have reason to be proud of the showing made. Sergt.-Major Gerald Spafford and J. F. Hinchie are responsible for the excellent showing made in this district. …

To date the following Honor Flags have been presented in Hastings County: District Honor Flags: Maynooth District. Tyendinaga District. Company Honor Flags: Headquarters Section, 42nd Wing, R. A. F. Engine Repair Section, R. A. F. Rathbun Hospital, R. A. F. Deloro Smelting & Refining Co. Grand Trunk Motive Power Department. …

Last night during the performance of ‘Mutt and Jeff’ in Wellar’s Opera House in Trenton, an excellent appeal was made by Pte. Wm. Davies, late of the 52nd Battalion who was severely wounded in France, Pte. Davies is now attending Albert College, Belleville. …  He asked the people of Trenton in the name of his comrades, who are in France struggling to make victory complete …  to go forth and buy at least one Bond. His appeal was sympathetically received and the response was immediate. From different people in the audience initial payments were thrown on the stage, one little boy, 5 years of age, walked down from the top of the house down the centre aisle and was lifted to the stage where he handed Pte. Davies $10, for which he wanted two Bonds. This action was most appealing and the audience broke out in enthusiastic applause. …

A 100 per cent Honor Card has been won by the Bell Telephone Plant Department under the supervision of Mr. E. L. Mooney. Out of the total of 12 employees in this department 12 have bought bonds. Good work.”

The Intelligencer November 9, 1918 (page 5)

“Additional Honors. Word has been received in this city to the effect that additional honors have been awarded to a Belleville soldier boy. The D.C.M. has been conferred on Pte. W. C. Jack, who went overseas with the 39th Battalion. In August of this year he received the Military Medal and is now in England getting his commission.”

The Intelligencer November 9, 1918 (page 5)

“Awarded Military Cross. The citizens of Madoc and vicinity will be pleased to learn that Lieut. Harry Pearse, who went overseas with the 139th Battalion, has been awarded the Military Cross for bravery. Lieut. Pearse was on the Madoc Review Staff for about three years.”

The Intelligencer November 9, 1918 (page 5)

“Soldiers First! No peace celebration will be complete unless the place of honor is given to the returned heroes who have seen active service overseas. A five-minute speech from a soldier is better than a fifty-minute oration by a civilian. Remember Ypres, Langemarck, St. Julien, Amiens and a few other bloody battlefields where our Canadian heroes showed the Hun that Germany had started something that Germany could not finish. Soldiers first, last and all the time.”

The Intelligencer November 9, 1918 (page 5)

“Recovering from Shell Shock. Private John Fraser, son of Mr. Bert Fraser, of West Huntingdon, has returned from active service at the front. He was shell shocked but is progressing nicely and is now in the Convalescent Hospital at Cobourg, but is expected to be able to return to his home shortly. He enlisted and went overseas with the 80th Battalion.”

The Intelligencer November 9, 1918 (page 5)

“Hastings Heroes. Mr. Thomas Turiff the popular Reeve of Dungannon township, North Hastings, has been officially notified that his son, Private John Turiff, has been killed in action.

Mr. E. C. Whitefoot has received word that his son, Pte. Edwin Whitefoot, was killed in action on October 11. Pte. Whitefoot had been in France about two years and had been wounded several times. He went overseas with the 80th Battalion. A younger brother is at present in the hospital suffering from gunshot wounds in the shoulder and leg.

Mr. John Thornton of Bird’s Creek received the sad intelligence on Oct. 24 that his son, Pte. Jas. R. Thornton, died in the hospital at Eastbourne, England, on Oct. 23rd from influenza and pneumonia. The deceased went overseas with a unit only a short time ago.”

[Note: Sergeant John Turriff died on October 11, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 515 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

[Note: Private Edwin Whitefoot died on October 11, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 522 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

[Note: Private James Robert Thornton died on October 23, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 513 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer November 9, 1918 (page 5)

“Go to Church. Churches re-open tomorrow after being closed several weeks on account of the influenza epidemic. Special sermons and special music will mark the re-opening. Apart from the novelty of church attendance to those who seldom go, there is an added reason why all should attend tomorrow who can walk or crawl to a sacred edifice. The shadows of war are passing away and the dawn of peace and world sanity demands expressions of thankfulness to the Great Ruler of the Universe who has brought us safely through the storm.”

The Intelligencer November 9, 1918 (page 5)

“College Opens On Monday. Business offices and mercantile establishments are in need of more young men and women who are thoroughly trained in all branches of commercial knowledge.

The O. B. C. training equips graduates for first-class positions. New students will be admitted at any time, but the earlier you start the earlier you will be ready for employment. The College re-opens Monday, Nov. 11th. Ontario Business College Limited.”

The Intelligencer November 9, 1918 (page 5)

“When the Bells Ring Join the Procession. The special committee of the City Council, the Board of Trade and other organizations which have in hand the celebration to commemorate the signing of the armistice by Germany have everything arranged for a big time in the city. The indications are that it will be a time long to be remembered and citizens generally will participate.

Among Other Things: The Kaiser’s body is on the way and will be cremated on the Market Square along with Von Hindenburg and the Crown Prince. A thousand small horns and whistles have been procured for the boys and girls. A thousand packages of firecrackers will be showered on the boys at night. Be sure and bring some matches. It looks as though we may celebrate Monday. Be ready when the bells ring and turn the key in the door. Everybody fall in line and make this one great day and night. The Thompson Co. have offered to decorate the street for the committee—which offer is very gratefully received.”

The Intelligencer November 9, 1918 (page 8)

Poster for Victory Bonds“Welcome Home. What will You say?

When the war is over and won. What part will you have played?

If you buy Victory Bonds—the duty of to-daynow—to the limit of your ability with every dollar you can raise—then—and only then—can you say: ‘I have done my best’

Issued by Canada’s Victory Loan Committee, in co-operation with the Minister of Finance of the Dominion of Canada.”

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100 Years Ago: Belleville’s Peace Celebration When News Official, Belleville Passes Halfway Mark, Called by Death: Charles R. Empson, Ad for Grape Nuts, Premature Celebration, Mail for Siberia, Poster for Victory Bonds, Private E. Moore Killed in Action, Leroy Maitland Buck Awarded Military Medal, Ad for Oil Heaters, Poster for Victory Loan

The Intelligencer November 8, 1918 (page 1)

“Belleville’s Peace Celebration When Official News Is Received. Last evening a meeting of the Special Committee of the City Council to arrange a suitable peace celebration met representatives from the Board of Trade, the Great War Veterans’ Association, Board of Education and others to draft a plan of the proposed celebration. A goodly number were present at the meeting and entered heartily into the arrangement of details which are as follows:

If the glad news is received in the morning by 11 o’clock a thanksgiving service will be held on the Court House Lawn, weather permitting, otherwise Griffin’s Opera House. Rev. Dr. Scott, Pastor of Bridge St. Church; Rev. D. C. Ramsay, of John Street Church, and Ven. Archdeacon Beamish will arrange the service.

Upon official receipt of the news the fire bells and church bells will be rung and whistles blown also criers will be sent announcing the fact that hostilities are at an end. This will also be the means of announcing a general holiday.

At 1.30 in the afternoon a grand procession will be formed on the market square and as far as possible will be as follows: City Council. 15th Regimental Band. G.W.V.A. in conveyances and on foot. Salvation Army Band. School children. Bugle Band. Depot Battalion. Johnstone’s Pipe Band. Citizens on foot. Floats. Decorated autos. Fire Brigade.

The school children will assemble at their various schools an hour previous to the parade and march with flags in hand to the market square to take their place in the parade. The parade will be in charge of Aldermen Hanna, St. Charles and Whelan, Col. O’Flynn, Mr. F. S. Deacon, and Fire Chief Brown.

In the evening it is proposed to have a torch light procession with fireworks. If on the other hand the news is received before two o’clock in the afternoon the thanksgiving service will be held at three followed by the procession and evening celebration.”

The Intelligencer November 8, 1918 (page 2)

“City Passes Half-Way Mark In Race to Objective. Belleville yesterday passed the half-way mark in the race to the objective for the City and the Campaign 1918 Victory Loan, total bonds sold being $361,200. Now for the last half of the race. Yesterday in spite of the fact that everything in Belleville shut down at noon so it was impossible to do business, Belleville reports $34,350 for the day, which is an excellent showing considering the diversions that took place. The false rumor of peace that spread through the city affected the Campaign, thereby losing a precious half-day of the few remaining days. Redoubled efforts will be required to make up for time lost, and it is hoped that the citizens will co-operate with canvassers and put Belleville over the top.

Hastings County felt the peace demonstration more than the city, as the returns for the County fell down to $92,000. It is expected that the County will pass the half-way mark of their Honor Flag objective $2,100,000 to-day.

Great Interest in Pictures. A crowd of fully 3,000 gathered last night in front of Griffin’s Palace Theatre on Front Street to view the new programme of pictures, which the Victory Loan Publicity Committee had procured and which the Griffin Amusement Co. were kindly showing. Interest was very great in the pictures of Canada’s own Mary Pickford in her patriotic appeal ‘100% Canadian.’ This charming little actress was born in Canada, and from the enthusiasm shown in her pictures she still retains the love of her homeland. …

The speakers of the night were Rev. Archdeacon Beamish, Mr. W. C. Mikel, K. C., and Mr. D. V. Sinclair. Their addresses were most appealing. …  If the people do not respond to the Victory Loan 1918, Canada at the time of victory will go down to defeat, the home fronts will have failed. Every citizen of Belleville was appealed to buy Bonds, boys, girls, men and women. …  Therefore no boy, girl, man or woman in the city of Belleville should be without an Honor Button, showing that he has bought a Victory Bond and done their little bit to help in this great cause. …

Churches to Help. The clergymen in Belleville have been requested to co-operate with the Victory Loan committee on Sunday, and at both the morning and evening services prominent laymen will occupy the pulpits and will make strong appeals for Victory Bonds. …

Attractive Window Display. A novel and exceedingly attractive window display is now to be seen in the Thompson Co. Furniture Store. The novel part of this window is the ‘Liberty Loan’ posters are used. These posters were sent from the United States to help the Canadian Loan go ‘over the top.’ American and British flags are intermingled throughout the window and these combined with the richly colored poster appeals make a display of high merit that is sure to bring good results.”

The Intelligencer November 8, 1918 (page 2)

“Called by Death: ‘Mr. Charles R. Empson. After a few days illness Mr. Charles R. Empson of Foxboro passed away last evening from an attack of pneumonia following the flu. Deceased was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Empson and was born in Sidney Township in the year 1879. All his life was spent in this locality. Mr. Empson was widely known and highly respected. He was by occupation a cattle buyer and in all of his dealing was most honored. He was a member of the Methodist Church and was also a member of Foxboro lodge L. O. L. and the Royal Black Preceptory of Foxboro. A wife and three young daughters Ruth, Dora, and Arley also the parents and two brothers. To the bereaved will be extended the heartfelt sympathy of a large circle of friends.’ ”

The Intelligencer November 8, 1918 (page 3)

“Use No Sugar On Grape:Nuts. In line with effort to conserve all sugar possible, users of Grape:Nuts should use no sugar at all with that cereal.

Grape:Nuts is so processed as to contain abundant sugar of its own—not added, but developed in its making from the grains of which it is composed.

Eat Grape:Nuts and Save Sugar. Canada Food Board License No. 2-026.”

The Intelligencer November 8, 1918 (page 4)

“Premature News But Timely Celebration. The news which reached Belleville shortly after noon yesterday that the German envoys had actually signed the terms of armistice proved to be a little premature, but it uncovered the fact that there was a whole lot of repressed enthusiasm waiting for expression. Cheering crowds soon lined the streets and flags were everywhere in evidence.

While the news was premature the celebration can not be said to have been premature, for with Austria, Turkey and Bulgaria definitely out of the war and German envoys actually in conference with Marshall Foch asking for armistice and peace at almost any price, there was great reason for universal joy and demonstrations of thankfulness that the hideous nightmare of war was, if not entirely at an end, very nearly so.

The glad sunshine of universal peace is dawning upon an earth sickened with bloodshed and the glorious faith and determination which has carried the Allies through this great conflict must needs find audible expression.

Canada can well cheer for victory so absolute and compelling, but let our first tribute be to Almighty God, who alone giveth us the victory. Services of Thanksgiving and Praise are being arranged by the various pastors and will be held as soon as the Board of Health permits the opening of the churches.”

The Intelligencer November 8, 1918 (page 4)

“How To Address Mail For Siberia. Ottawa. An official memorandum, issued Tuesday by the Postoffice Department, gives directions for the addressing of letters and parcels to members of the Siberian Expeditionary Force, as follows: Letters, parcels and other small matter should be fully addressed, and the words ‘Canadian Expeditionary Forces in Siberia’ should form part of the address. …  It is necessary that all parcels should be carefully and securely packed, and it is recommended that an outer cover of linen, calico or canvas should be securely sewn up. The address should be written in bold letters on the cover in ink or indelible pencil, and not on a label, whether tied or pasted on.

The mail should be addressed as follows: (a) Regimental number. (b) Rank. (c) Name. (d) Squadron, battery or company. (e) Battalion, regiment (or other unit) stating appointment or department. (f) Canadian Expeditionary Forces. (g) Siberia.”

The Intelligencer November 8, 1918 (page 5)

“Steady On—Canada. That day is at hand. Behind Canada lies fifty months of blood and anguish, fifty months of the fires of trial and of sacrifice—of glorious triumphant battling against the hosts of evil.

And in the surging joy will come to us the sobering sense of duty yet to be performed.

Canada’s Victory Loan 1918 must be oversubscribed—that Canada may discharge in peace, the great responsibilities which the war thrust upon her willing shoulders.

Canadians, let us with devoutly thankful hearts and proud consciousness of duty well done, proceed with our great task—–Buy Victory Bonds 1918 To Make Victory Complete.”

The Intelligencer November 8, 1918 (page 7)

“Killed in Action. An official announcement was received in this city yesterday that Pte. E. Moore was reported killed in action on September 21st, 1918. Pte. Moore enlisted and went overseas with the 80th Battalion from this city. Previous to enlistment he was employed at the gas works here. He was married but his wife is not at present residing in the city.”

The Intelligencer November 8, 1918 (page 7)

Roy Buck“Awarded Military Medal. Mrs. Buck, who resides at 18 Everett St., in this city, has received word from Sergt.-Major W. C. Jack stating that her son, Pte. L. M. Buck, had received the Military Medal for bravery on the field. His many friends will remember him as ‘Tim.’ He was reported killed in action a short time ago. Mrs. Buck has another son in action in France.”

The Intelligencer November 8, 1918 (page 7)

“Save Coal. A Perfection Oil Heater. Warm up the Sick Room in a few minutes with an Oil Heater. Chases the Chill, Easily Carried about, Burnes 10 Hours on 1 gal. of Coaloil. No Smell, No Smoke or Dust. Price $6.00.

The John Lewis Co. Ltd.”

The Intelligencer November 8, 1918 (page 10)

Poster for Victory Loan“In thousands of Canadian homes to-night, the prayers of little children will ask Heavenly protection for fathers and brothers ‘over there.’

You who have no kin in France—Surely you have eyes to see and hearts big enough to understand the obligation that rests on you.

Surely you will provide the money—all the money you can—to bring about that Victory which will answer the prayers of our soldiers’ little ones. How much of your earnings will you put into Canada’s Victory Bonds?

Issued by Canada’s Victory Loan Committee in co-operation with the Minister of Finance of the Dominion of Canada.”


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