100 Years Ago: Victory Loan Slogan, Saving Paper, Ad for Victory Loan Show, Belleville Victory Loan, Ad for Pathe Freres Phonograph Co., Poster for Victory Loan, Peace News Premature, Ad for Fit-Reform, Ad for Chas. S. Clapp, Schools to Open, Library Books Requested

The Intelligencer November 7, 1918 (page 1)

“Where Is Your Button? The Victory Loan Slogan. Belleville reported yesterday $34,250. This brings the amount sold in Belleville to $326,850, not quite 80 per cent of the objective. It will be necessary to make very great improvement if Belleville will fly their Honor Flag by the first of the week. This old city has never failed yet in any patriotic effort. Are we going to fail now in this last great call? …

From now until the end of the Campaign no man should appear on the streets of Belleville without a Victory Loan button displayed prominently. This display of button is not a boastful thing, it is to encourage the waverer and help in the general result of the Victory Loan. Therefore, it is the duty of everyone to display prominently this button, so that any man appearing on the street without one will be looked on as a curiosity.

From now until November 16th the greeting of a man without a button should be ‘Where is your Button?’ Any citizen, who appears on the street without a button should be made to realize that he is not doing his duty by Canada’s Victory Loan and by the boys who are risking their lives in France in their defense, and it is breaking faith with those immortal heroes who lie in Flanders Fields. Therefore everyone wear your button, buy a bond and get one. …

Tyendinaga Coming Along Well. Sergeant-Major Spafford and J. A. Hinchie, the tireless canvassers of Tyendinaga Township reported in over 55 per cent of their objective. Tyendinaga is now in third place in the County. Maynooth first, Marmora and Lake including Deloro second, and Tyendinaga third with 55 per cent. Keep up the good work Tyendinaga.

Most people imagine it is impossible to buy a Bond because they have no money. If you have not a dollar in your pocket you can buy a Bond. Keep this clearly in mind. $5 down is the first payment, the other payments scatter over six months. If you have no money and want to buy a Bond see your canvasser, or drop into the Victory Loan office, corner of Bridge and Front Streets, and have it explained. There is no excuse for any able-bodied citizen of Belleville being without a Bond and without a button.

Tonight’s Victory Loan Show. Tonight Belleville will see Canada’s Mary Pickford in the Victory Loan appeal ‘100% Canadian.’ This picture has taken the crowds by storm wherever shown and was only procured by the local Publicity Committee after very great efforts. Max Sennet and Dorothy Dalton will also contribute to the programme. The Fox Film exchange has also donated from their Toronto office, the two-reel Sunshine Comedy, ‘Are Married Policemen Safe.’ This is not a Victory Loan Appeal but an out and out Comedy which has a reputation for rib-splitting uproarious hilarity, and will put the spectators in excellent humor to BUY BONDS.”

The Intelligencer November 7, 1918 (page 1)

“Saving Human Labor for War. So important has it become to conserve human labor for war needs that the making of a single unnecessary copy of a daily newspaper has been forbidden. ‘Every ton of paper saved means the saving of many days of a man’s time, to say nothing about the saving of wood pulp, chemicals, coal and power used to making the paper. …

We are giving our readers this public intimation that subscriptions three months in arrears, unless definitely renewed and all arrears paid up, will have to be discontinued—by the law’s demand. This regulation is to become effective January 1, 1919. …  We don’t want to stop your subscription, but . . . .”

The Intelligencer November 7, 1918 (page 4)

“A Glorious Finish. Belleville can do a lot better in the Victory Loan Drive than the figures show thus far. Belleville, off to a slow start, can and will make a glorious finish. The money is here, the investment opportunity is the best in every way which will in all probability ever be available in the lives of the present generation. Belleville citizens must loosen up quickly and generously and show that this city is not lacking in patriotism or good business sense. …

It isn’t necessary to wait for a canvasser to call, Victory Loan headquarters are open day and night at the corner of Front and Bridge street under the Big Victory Clock, which will record your investment. …  All together now, and over the top to smash all objectives and place this district in the front rank of Victory Loan bond holders.”

The Intelligencer November 7, 1918 (page 4)

“Our boys on the battlefield begin when the bugle calls, and they quit when God calls—and NOT before! True patriotism knows no limit of ‘service’—the service to fight for the ground on which our cradle stood!

So let us all remember when the Victory Loan Man calls that what we PLAN to do is always LESS than what we CAN do if we realize what we MUST do to help conquer the Dragon of the Rhine!

Pathé Freres Phonograph Co. of Canada, Limited. Makers of Canada’s First and Foremost Phonograph.”

The Intelligencer November 7, 1918 (page 5)

the journey of a ten dollar bill

I am a Ten Dollar Bill. I may also add that I am a Canadian Ten Dollar Bill and naturally doing all I can to help our fighting boys win this war.

I hope each Canadian will do everything he can to defeat the Germans, because, if he does not, I, as a Canadian Ten Dollar Bill, will not be worth much—and German money, which I understand, is called ‘marks,’ will travel up and down Canada in our places, and my race will disappear from the face of the earth.

Thanking you greatly for your attention, ladies and gentlemen.

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

The Intelligencer November 7, 1918 (page 7)

“Celebrated Peace News. The unofficial news which reached this city shortly before 1 o’clock this afternoon that the war was over and the armistice had been signed by the Germans caused intense excitement. Despite the fact that the weather was inclement Front Street was soon filled with citizens who were overjoyed at the news. Autos decorated with flags and bunting soon made their appearance, whilst the fire bells rang and whistles from the various factories added to the din. The news proved to be premature.”

The Intelligencer November 7, 1918 (page 7)

“Our War-Time Duty As Merchants. Our duty as merchants means more than the mere selling of clothes. Our first duty is to guard your interests—to protect you against inferior quality and hasty workmanship—to make sure that what we offer you represents full value for your money.

The Fit-Reform Label—now as always—is your guide to good clothes.

Fit-Reform. Chas. J. Symons, Belleville.”

The Intelligencer November 7, 1918 (page 8)

“Overseas Boxes. Just received a new lot, consisting of large, medium and small sizes. 15¢ and 13¢ each. They are in great demand just now—secure yours.

Chas. S. Clapp. Idle dollars are pro-German—buy bonds.”

The Intelligencer November 7, 1918 (page 8)

“Board of Health Public Notice. Owing to the prevailing epidemic all schools, churches, theatres, lodges, and other places of public gatherings shall close from this date, Oct. 15, 1918 and shall remain closed until further notice.

The public is hereby notified that the above order is cancelled from nine o’clock in the morning of the 9th of November 1918. A. McGie, Chairman Board of Health. H. A. Yeomans, Medical Officer of Health.”

The Intelligencer November 7, 1918 (page 8)

“Notice. All persons having books of the Corby Public Library are requested to return same at once to fulfil the requirements of the Board of Health. A. R. Walker, Librarian.”




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100 Years Ago: Paper Costs, Armistice Delegates Leave Berlin, Victory Loan Picture Show, Norman Cecil Reid Wounded, Poster for Victory Bonds, Helped the Sick, Morley Louis Ackerman Wounded, Christmas Comforts, Poster for Victory Bonds

The Intelligencer November 6, 1918 (page 1)

“Getting Back Three Million Dollars. The Paper Controller for Canada a few weeks ago added $12 a ton to the price of news print paper—the kind used in printing The Intelligencer. This addition, following closely upon several previous increases authorized by the Paper Controller, has meant to Canadian newspaper publishers a total increased, publishing cost, in the matter of paper alone, in the past eighteen months, of three million dollars! This very considerable sum Canadian publishers must recover from their customers, their readers and advertisers.”

The Intelligencer November 6, 1918 (page 1)

“Armistice Delegates Leave Berlin For Western Front. Special Despatch to Intelligencer, Canadian Press, Limited.

Amsterdam, Nov. 6.—(By Associated Press)—A German armistice delegation left Berlin this afternoon for the western front.

Confirmed by Berlin. Berlin, via London, Nov. 6.—(3 p.m.)—An official statement issued here today says: ‘A German delegation to conclude an armistice and take up peace negotiations has left for the western front.’ ”

The Intelligencer November 6, 1918 (page 1)

“Victory Loan Picture Show Will Be Repeated To-night. Fully 2,000 people assembled last night in front of Griffin’s Palace Theatre on Front Street to view the Victory Loan films, which are being shown by the Griffin Amusement Co. for the Victory Loan Committee. Very great interest was shown in the pictures. They were excellent films and the sentiments expressed were very appealing to patriotic Canadians. …

The subject matter of the pictures was strictly pertaining to the war. Large battle scenes were screened showing the Germans in defeat, atrocious bombing of hospitals with the killing of the maimed and wounded and Red Cross nurses was shown in vivid detail. Home appeals were made which touched the hearts of all who viewed these excellent pictures.

Because of the great interest taken last night the Victory Loan Committee will repeat the programme to-night with much improvement, as the screen from Griffin’s Opera House will be used in place of the small one that was in use last night. …  Mr. W. B. Deacon asked for subscriptions from the crowd and was successful in writing five applications. …

Maynooth reported in sufficient subscriptions yesterday to not only win the Honor Flag of the Governor-General, but also to add a crown, which represents 25 per cent more than the objective. It is expected from the gait that Mr. Wm. Douglas is keeping up that he will be able to add a crown to his Honor Flag about every day. …

One bright spot in the County of Hastings is Deloro. The Deloro Smelting and Refining Co. to date have sent in 129 applications from their employees for $25,500 and Mr. F. A. Batie, who is in charge of the canvass in Deloro for Victory Loan, announces that the Company will subscribe dollar for dollar with their employees. This is a great incentive to the workers to swell the total for the Company and is an example which might well be followed by other companies and business men.”

The Intelligencer November 6, 1918 (page 2)

“Red Cross Visitors For Wounded Soldiers. Mrs. John A. Reid of Shannonville, received the following letter in regard to her son, who was recently wounded in France:

Information Bureau, Canadian Red Cross Society, 12 Berners Street, London, W. 1. October 28th, 1918. Dear Madam: I beg to inform you that Pte. C. Reid, No. 6057591 P.P.C. L.I. is at the War Hospital Leeds, Yorks., and our visitor reports he has shrapnel wounds in both feet and his left foot has been amputated and the right is badly smashed. He seems wonderfully cheerful considering his sufferings. He is getting every care and I do indeed hope to report great progress and feel he will make a full recovery. I shall let you have news I get.

He will be visited regularly and should he be in need of any comforts other than those supplied by the hospital, we will gladly send them to him from our parcels office. Yours truly, D. Forrester.”

The Intelligencer November 6, 1918 (page 5)

“Hit Him Again. The Bad Man of Europe is groggy. The hell-hounds he loosed in Belgium are backing away, cringing, snarling, scared. We’ve got him going.

If you were planning to buy a $100 Victory Bond you can surely hit harder. Make it $200 or $500. If you were thinking of a $500 Bond, can’t you strike a $1,000 blow?

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 6, 1918 (page 7)

“Helped the Sick. The emergency committee of the Canadian War Contingent Association, 62 West Bridge Street, has given out on application, 108 pneumonia jackets, old linen, mouth cloths, handkerchiefs, bed pads and numerous other sick room necessities. The committee has had charge of many families during the epidemic. For information Phone 499; 600; 167.”

The Intelligencer November 6, 1918 (page 7)

“Three Times Wounded. Mrs. Roe, residing at 80 Chatham Street city received the following telegram, which refers to her nephew. ‘Sincerely regret to inform you Pte. Morley Louis Ackerman, infantry, officially reported admitted to 57 Canadian Clearing Station October 21st. Gunshot wound left leg, fractured femur.

Pte. Ackerman went overseas with the 39th Battalion from Belleville in 1915. He was only sixteen years of age when he went over and has been wounded three times and buried alive once having had to be dug out.”

The Intelligencer November 6, 1918 (page 7)

“Christmas Comforts. The Canadian War Contingent Association has shipped three consignments of Christmas comforts overseas for our men in the trenches. A fourth consignment will be shipped next week. These consignments have gone by freight. Personal parcels to be sent by mail will now be attended to and the C.W.C.A. will be glad of the names and address of soldiers especially any soldier who has no relations or friends to think of him. Please send addresses to Miss Eva Panter, Secretary, 62 West Bridge St.”

The Intelligencer November 6, 1918 (page 8)

“Residents of Ketcheson Ward call at S. Burrows or Ex-Mayor Ketcheson’s Office and Buy Your Victory Bonds.

We may not be able to call on everyone at their homes, and by doing this it will help facilitate the work.

Buy Victory Bonds and Help End the War. Burrows of Belleville.”



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100 Years Ago: Maynooth Wins First Honor Flag, Red Shield Drive Next, Y.M.C.A. Grant from City Council, Called by Death: Maysel T. Stork, False Rumours of War’s End, John Charles McKnight Dies, Free Picture Show, Deseronto Editor Dies, Raymond Clarke Cooney Dies, Thomas Naphan Killed in Action, Ad for C. W. Lindsay Limited, Ad for Free Picture Show, Record of Belleville Deaths in October, Sunday Schools of Canada Help Victory Loan, Poster for Victory Bonds, Steel Company of Canada Supports Victory Bonds

The Intelligencer November 5, 1918 (page 1)

“Maynooth Wins The First Victory Loan Honor Flag. The coveted Governor-General’s Honor Flag, which is being presented to each District passing its objective for the Victory Loan, has been won by the North Townships, Maynooth District, Mr. Wm. Douglas of Maynooth being the canvasser.

The following telegram was sent to Mr. Douglas by Mr. W. B. Deacon to-day:—Mr. Wm. Douglas, Maynooth, Congratulations on winning the first Victory Loan Honor Flag. Yours the first District to pass its objective. Governor-General’s Flag will be shipped to-day. Keep up the good work. W. B. Deacon, County Chairman. …

Hastings County on the first day of the second week of the Victory Loan Campaign has attained little better than 30 per cent of its Honor Flag objective. It is hoped that the second week of the campaign will bring the county to its objective, or at least Belleville should try to fly the Honor Flag if every citizen would pitch in and help and take a personal interest in having the Governor-General’s Honor Flag float from the City Hall.”

The Intelligencer November 5, 1918 (page 3)

“Million Dollar Drive For S.A. War Work. The next effort which is going to be made for war funds will be that of the Red Shield drive for one million dollars by the Salvation Army. This drive will be Dominion wide and will be put on in the opening weeks of December.

While other organizations like the Y. M. C. A., Red Cross and others have had their canvass for funds some time during the four years of the war, the Salvation Army has had no drive and now that the Government has requested an extension of their work (war) it will be necessary to meet the needs of this extension to get this million dollars.

Already in four years of the war the Salvation Army has spent two million dollars and the Organization feels that the good folks of Canada will be glad to help them meet the new demands which have been placed upon them for the mercy and kindness work among the soldiers and sailors of Canada at home and abroad. …  Immediately upon the close of the Victory Loan drive aggressive steps will be taken to put on the Salvation Army Red Shield drive for one million dollars.”

The Intelligencer November 5, 1918 (page 3)

“Y.M.C.A. Grant of $6000 Will Be Paid by City Council. The Council Chamber at the City building was well filled last evening with spectators when the City Council opened its session. It was apparent that the great majority were sympathizers of the Y.M.C.A. cause and they were not slow in applauding Mayor Platt, when he flayed Ald. Robinson in reference to his action in opposing the grant of $6,000 to that worthy institution.

The discussion arose out of a motion proposed by Ald. Whalen to rescind a motion passed at the previous meeting cancelling the grant of $6,000 to the Y.M.C.A. war work. The outcome of the matter was that Ald. Whelan’s motion prevailed and it authorizes the City Treasurer to forward a cheque for $6,000 to the proper officials of the Y.M.C.A. The yeas and nays showed that Mayor Platt and five of the Aldermen were in favor of it and two opposed to it. Ald. Donohue refused to vote.”

The Intelligencer November 5, 1918 (page 3)

“Called by Death: ‘Maysel T. Stork. In the death of Miss Maysel T. Stork which occurred last night at the family residence, 184 William St., a popular young lady of this city has gone to her reward. On Wednesday last deceased was taken ill with influenza and pneumonia which caused her demise.

Miss Stork was the oldest daughter of Mr. C. M. Stork, Manager of the Bank of Commerce in this city, and Mrs. Stork. She was born at Windsor, Ontario, but since childhood had resided in this city. Deceased was a highly educated young lady and had vocal talents which were used to advantage. She was for some time soloist and choir leader of the John Street Presbyterian Church and at the time of her death was soprano soloist of Bridge Street Church choir. Deceased had also been connected with other church choirs in the city. Her sweet rich voice had often been heard to advantage in the city and she was ever ready to give freely her services in patriotic and church work. In musical circles Miss Stork will be severely missed. Deceased was a member of St. Thomas Anglican Church.

A sad feature of her demise is the fact that Mrs. Stork is confined to the house with an attack of influenza. In addition to the parents two brothers, and two sisters survive. The brothers are Mr. Sydney Stork of Winnipeg and Charles Morris of the Post Office staff at Belleville. The sisters are Mrs. C. B. Narraway whose husband is manager of the Bank of Commerce at Gilbert’s Plains, Manitoba, and Miss Greta at home. To the grief stricken family will be extended the sincere sympathy of a host of friends.”

The Intelligencer November 5, 1918 (page 5)

“False Rumors. Rumors that Germany had accepted the terms of the Allies and that the war was over spread through the city last night, but were not taken seriously. Despatches over brokers wires from New York are blamed for the premature announcement.”

The Intelligencer November 5, 1918 (page 5)

“Died of Pneumonia. Mr. Wm. McKnight at 25 Parker Street, city, last evening was in receipt of the following sad telegram which refers to his son: ‘Deeply regret to inform you Pte. John Charles McKnight, died at 14th General Hospital, Eastwood, England, on October 31st, 1918 from influenza and pneumonia.’ Pte. McKnight referred to above was a young man well-known in this city where he lived the greater portion of his life.

He enlisted in and went overseas with an infantry draft from Kingston. ‘Jack,’ as he was familiarly called, was previous to enlistment employed in The Intelligencer office being a linotype operator. He was deservedly popular with a large circle of friends in this city who will regret to learn of his demise. He had been ill for some days being a victim of the flu epidemic. To the bereaved will be extended the heartfelt sympathy of all friends and The Intelligencer joins in condolence with the afflicted family.”

[Note: Private John Charles McKnight died on October 31, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 461 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer November 5, 1918 (page 5)

“Free Show Tonight. At eight o’clock tonight there will be a big free picture show in front of the Griffin’s Palace Theatre on Front Street, when the famous Victory Loan films, which are creating such a sensation in Toronto, Montreal and other large cities will be shown for the first time in Belleville.

Last Friday night an attempt was made to show a Victory Loan film which was made for the Pathescope machine used by the Government Agricultural Department on Front street, but the machine was not powerful enough for outdoor work. Tonight, however, the machine used will be the Griffin Amusement Co. machine, which will show as well on the outside as the inside. Mr. Tom Forhan, local manager of the Griffin Amusement Co., is handling the show and has gone to a great deal of trouble to make it a success. Special lens had to be sent from Toronto. These are extra powerful and will make the show on the outside the same as inside.

The streets in the vicinity of these open air picture shows in Toronto are crowded for blocks, as they have taken on in great style. It is estimated that nearly ten thousand people watched these films one night in front of the Allen Theatre. The pictures shown will be Elsie Ferguson in ‘The Spirit that Wins’; Wm. S. Hart, ‘A Bullet from Berlin’; Dorothy Dalton in ‘A Victory Loan Appeal’; and Wm. Duncan in ‘The Decision’. It is expected that a great crowd will be on hand tonight to view these famous films.”

The Intelligencer November 5, 1918 (page 5)

“Deseronto Editor Dies. Pneumonia claimed another victim when Mr. Ernest S. Newport, editor of the Deseronto Post, passed away at his late home, Thomas Street. Mr. Newport  had been ill only a few days. He is survived by his wife. The funeral takes place to-day with interment at Napanee.”

The Intelligencer November 5, 1918 (page 5)

“Pneumonia Caused Death. Mr. Frank Cooney, residing at 305 Pinnacle Street, city, last evening received the following official message from the Director of Records at Ottawa: ‘Deeply regret to inform you Pte. Raymond Clarke Cooney died in France from influenza and heart failure.’ Pte. Cooney before enlistment resided in Belleville some time and was well known to many residents. He enlisted with a Kingston Battalion and had been in active service for some time.”

[Note: Private Raymond Clarke Cooney died on October 28, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 388 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer November 5, 1918 (page 5)

“Made the Supreme Sacrifice. Mrs. C. Naphan, residing at 78 east Moira Street, city, was last evening in receipt of the following official telegram, which refers to her son, another Belleville boy, who has made the supreme sacrifice: ‘Sincerely regret to inform you Pte. Thomas Naphan, officially reported killed in action, on October 21st, 1918.’ Pte. Naphan enlisted in Toronto and went overseas with the 1st Central Ontario Depot Battalion. He was a young man who was well known and highly respected by many friends who will regret to learn of his death. Sincere sympathy from all citizens will be extended to the bereaved.”

[Note: Private Thomas Naphan died on October 21, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 476 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer November 5, 1918 (page 6)

Ad for C. W. Lindsay Limited“Munitions Workers Buy Victory Bonds. They constitute the very best investment a workingman could make. In addition, by subscribing liberally, you will be doing a patriotic duty, backing up our brave boys at the front.

Let music be your recreation; it will prove source of joy and contentment for all the members of the family, if you get A Lindsay Player-Piano.

Visit Our Phonograph and Music Roll Departments. C. W. Lindsay Limited. 249 Front Street, Belleville.”

The Intelligencer November 5, 1918 (page 6)

“Free Open Air Picture Show In Front of Griffins Palace Theatre Front Street At 8 O’Clock To-night.

These Pictures are made Especially for the Victory Loan Campaign and will be shown by the Griffin Amusement Company with the same effect as in the theatre. Free! Free! Free!”

The Intellligencer November 5, 1918 (page 7)

“Record of Deaths, City of Belleville, Month of October 1918.

Name. Years. Months. Days. Residence. Disease. Date of Death.

  1. Wilfred Holmes, City Clerk.”

[Note: Of the 65 citizens listed, cause of death for 47 was Influenza-Pneumonia.]

The Intelligencer November 5, 1918 (page 8)

“Sunday Schools of Canada Unite to Help Victory Loan by War Memorial. One Million Scholars! One Million Dollars!”

The Intelligencer November 5, 1918 (page 8)

“These fires must be kept burning. As long as Canada is busy at home she can continue her glorious part in the war. Canada’s factories are a source of great national strength to-day. They send across the sea a steady stream of vitally needed war supplies.

When you buy Victory Bonds, when you lend your money to Canada, you are supplying the capital on which our industries depend. You are contributing directly to our prosperity at home, and lending your personal weight to our mighty war effort in France.

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

The Intelligencer November 5, 1918 (page 9)

“Only A Flood of Dollars Will Put Out the Fire in Europe. When the Kaiser started the great conflagration, which threatened to engulf the world, he failed to reckon with Canadian prosperity. Here in the Western Hemisphere safeguarded by the British Fleet, production has increased to such an extent that Canada is one of the richest countries in the world.

Step by step, the Allied armies have got the fire under control. Ever and anon it breaks out anew. Only one thing will put it out—Money, Money, and still more MONEY.

Without more money we can never hope to win a lasting peace. Where is this money coming from? From You—and YOU—and YOU! Get in line now. Buy Victory Bonds.

This space donated to the Victory Loan 1918 Campaign by—The Steel Company of Canada.”





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100 Years Ago: Epidemic Is Passing, Lest We Forget, Fighting for Morale, Poster for Victory Loan, Charles M. Sprague Wins Military Medal, Stanley Harris Ill, John McKnight Ill, Hastings County Victory Loan

The Intelligencer November 4, 1918 (page 1)

“Epidemic Is Passing Away. Very Few New Cases Here. The force of the epidemic seems to have spent itself, patients are recovering and few new cases are reported. Many citizens availed themselves of the opportunity afforded by the local Board of Health and were inoculated with preventative serum. This has had a splendid effect in checking the spread of the disease.

At the headquarters of the emergency organization in the Y.M.C.A. building the reports are quite optimistic indicating that conditions are rapidly returning to normal. Assistance is still being rendered to convalescents by the volunteer nurses and brothers and nourishing dainties distributed.

It looks as if nearly everybody who is going to get the influenza has had it and now it is only a question of good care and recovery. Many people are not careful enough in the convalescent stage when in a weak state they expose themselves to fresh colds and nullify the effect of their treatment.

Business places have felt the effect of the epidemic in loss of business. City people have been too busy repelling the Flu invader to do much shopping and country people have been alarmed by disturbing rumors of plague, black fever and other false statements originated by those ingenious liars who pollute every community. There is absolutely no danger now or ever in visiting the business places of Belleville. From the beginning of the epidemic the leading business places have taken every sanitary precaution to protect their patrons. Clerks with any sign of illness were sent home and the stores regularly fumigated as a precautionary measure.

When anyone makes a statement alleging the existence of plague, black fever, or any other fearsome sounding disease to nail the list at once—insist upon the source of the information being revealed and run the lie back, if possible, to the originator, whom the police are very anxious to locate and isolate for a long period.

The liar who starts false and alarming reports is more dangerous than any possible plague.”

The Intelligencer November 4, 1918 (page 4)

“Lest We Forget. When the official news of Germany’s surrender comes, every man, woman and child, whether in home, shop, factory, office, on the street, or travelling by land or water, should at once start singing ‘Praise God from Whom all blessings flow.’ Let the Allied peoples give thanks to God first; they can cheer themselves hoarse afterwards. Let the coming of peace be the occasion for a world-wide demonstration of thanks to God, and not one of cheering only. It only requires circulation of this suggestion to make the end of the war a celebration of our gratitude to the Almighty and not an occasion for ‘mafficking.’ Will you hand the suggestion to your readers and do what you can to have it adopted? If the idea is given wide publicity, the act will follow unconsciously from millions of throats.

The above suggestion from a correspondent strikes the right note.”

The Intelligencer November 4, 1918 (page 4)

“And A Thousand Fighters Call Him ‘Dad.’ There is a new kind of fighter in this war. He wears a uniform but he doesn’t carry a gun. He carries cheer and comfort and a great big heart. Never mind whether his uniform shows the emblem of the Y. M. C. A. or the Knights of Columbus or the Salvation Army. He doesn’t care—and neither does your boy.

This new kind of fighter is making a new kind of fight. He is fighting against lonesomeness and heartache and monotony and worry. He is fighting for that quality which wins wars—morale. Your boy has it. This man is fighting to let him keep it.

Maybe your boy hasn’t had a letter for a long time. Or maybe there was something that worried him in the letter he got this morning. Or maybe he has had a disappointment—hoped for promotion and didn’t get it. Or maybe he’d give a million dollars just to see his folks one minute. It hurts to lock up things like that, deep down inside your heart. It helps to pour them out.

And that is where this man comes in—the Daddy of them all. They know he will understand—that he won’t laugh or preach. They know that he is there with the right word and the right pat on the back when it’s needed most. You Daddies of Canada, you men who want to go and can’t, let’s keep this Daddy on the job!

The Intelligencer November 4, 1918 (page 4)

“Home News. Victory Loan Oversubscribed. 1,500,000 Canadians Buy Victory Bonds. Who is it in France you are most interested in—a husband, a brother, a son, a friend you long to see again?

Picture this boy, trudging, tired and sleepy, back from the trenches. He sees posted up at an army hut a notice of the overwhelming success of the Victory Loan 1918.

Can’t you see his tired face brighten? What a mental bracer this bulletin will be to the Army of Brave Souls who fight that we may be free?

Buy all you can for cash and carry all you can on instalments.

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

The Intelligencer November 4, 1918 (page 7)

Charles and Melburn Sprague

“Won Military Medal. For exceptional bravery on the field of battle at Amiens, Charles M. Sprague, of this city, has been awarded the Military Medal. This gallant soldier is the son of Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Sprague, 78 North Front Street. His many friends will be pleased to learn that his services to the Empire have received Royal recognition.”

The Intelligencer November 4, 1918 (page 7)

“Corp. Harris Seriously Ill. Mrs. A. J. Jordan, residing at 73 East Moira Street, city, is in receipt of the following telegram which refers to her brother: ‘Sincerely regret to inform you that Corporal Stanley Harris, infantry, officially reported dangerously ill, 7th Canadian Hospital Letreport, Oct. 30th. Bronco-pneumonia.’ Corporal Harris enlisted and went overseas with the 155th Battalion from this city. On the 7th of September of this year he was wounded in the shoulder and twice previously had been slightly wounded. His many friends in the city will hope for his recovery.”

The Intelligencer November 4, 1918 (page 7)

“Many Soldiers Reported Ill. Among the casualties reported to-day appears the names of several soldiers from Hastings County, who are reported as ill. Among the number is Pte. John McKnight of Belleville, a former well-known linotype operator in The Intelligencer office.”

The Intelligencer November 4, 1918 (page 7)

“Hastings County Passes One-Half Million Mark. While Belleville is still quite a distance from the Honour Flag objective of $700,000 the improvement for the last three days of the week was decided, and it is hoped that this will continue to increase. On Saturday Belleville’s total to date was $167,850 which included $59,950 Bonds sold on Saturday. This showing is nothing to be proud of, as Belleville for the first week is the second lowest city in the Province, Woodstock being the lowest. …

The County’s total to date is $565,000, which includes $138,100 sold on Saturday. This is a little better than one-quarter of the objective, but it is hoped the improvement in the second week will bring us close to the point where we will fly the Governor-General’s Honour Flag.

Saturday’s parade and public meeting were productive of a great deal of good, and it is hoped that the citizens at large will co-operate with the committee in keeping the interest alive at all times.”




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100 Years Ago: Victory Loan Parade, Hastings County Victory Loan, Called by Death: Clara May Linn, Barbara Elizabeth Burley, Carrie E. Linn, Michael Joseph Harte, Ad for Sinclair’s, Christmas Boxes for Overseas, Churches and Schools Closed, Cake for Soldiers, No Service at Bridge Street Methodist Church, Poster for Victory Bonds

The Intelligencer November 2, 1918 (page 1)

“Soldiers and Aviators Boost Canada’s Victory Loan. The Victory Loan Parade held this morning was one of the most successful demonstrations yet held in connection with either one of the campaigns for Victory Bonds. The streets were gaily decorated with the flags of the allies, and the crowds along the way were enthusiastic and large. The parade was headed by decorated automobiles following which was the Depot Battalion in full force headed by their Bugle band. This is the first opportunity the people of Belleville have had to see this organization on parade and they were greatly impressed by the excellent appearance of the men. The playing of the bugle band was also much appreciated.

Following the Battalion were the Veterans in autos. Then a float with the Kaiser hanging in effigy. The Boy Scouts were next carrying boards with appropriate legends urging the buying of the Victory Bonds. The Fire Department which followed made a splendid appearance with the horses and wagons tastefully decorated.

After the parade an open air meeting was held on the market square where a large number of citizens listened to excellent speeches by Belleville’s leading orators. …  Mr. Deacon requested any wishing  to buy bonds to step forward. The response was immediate and will be productive of good results.

During the parade and throughout the meeting two aeroplanes from Camp Mohawk circled over the street, performing hair raising stunts and dropping Victory Loan Literature which was eagerly picked up by the people on the street.

At twelve o’clock sharp after last post being sounded by the Buglers, Kaiser Wilhelm was gently dropped from off the City Hall tower and crashed to the ground with cheers from the onlookers and was quickly pounced upon by the small boys and torn to pieces. This end of the performance created no end of amusement, and was fitting climax to a morning of excitement and entertainment which it is hoped will not be in vain. The Good people of Belleville should keep the excitement up until the last day of the Campaign and make a record of which Belleville should be proud.”

The Intelligencer November 2, 1918 (page 1)

“Half Million Mark Will be Passed By Hastings County To-Day. Old Hastings Waking Up For Victory Loan. In Belleville yesterday $36,450 was the result of the canvass. This brings Belleville’s total up to $126,900. The past two days have been a decided improvement for the loan. Yesterday’s total for the County was $124,750 bringing the total amount to last night to $425,850. Today the County will pass the half-million dollar mark, and next week the Honor Flag objective of $2,100,000 will be crowded closely, and it is hoped that every citizen will assist in reaching this honor flag mark, as Belleville by the end of next week should be flying the Governor-General’s flag from the top of the City Hall flag pole. …

The McLaughlin Automobile Co., at the corner of West Bridge and Coleman streets, had 99 per cent of the subscriptions sold within the first hour of the campaign, and before the day was over they were able to show the 100 per cent on their honor flag. Their employees, numbering 14 in all, everyone bought a bond before noon of the first day. Mr. Mark Sprague was the canvasser. This is a good record.

Tyendinaga Doing Well. Mr. S. M. Spafford and J. F. Hinchey have been working very hard for the township of Tyendinaga and have shown results very much in excess of expectations. Yesterday they reported over $7,000. These results were won in a township very difficult to cover, and represent extremely hard work. Some mornings these tireless salesmen have worked until three a.m. This is an example to the rest of the canvassers, which might well be followed.

The Intelligencer November 2, 1918 (page 2)

“Called by Death. ‘Nurse Clara Linn. Within the past three weeks no less than four nurses in this city through devotion to duty have fallen victims of the epidemic and passed away. Shortly before the midnight hour last night Nurse Clara May Linn died at the hospital here as the result of an attack of pneumonia. In June of this year Nurse Linn graduated from the hospital here and since that period had been following her occupation in the city.

A few days ago she was taken ill and despite every attention the end came. Miss Linn was 23 years and 10 months of age and was born at Springbrook, Rawdon Township, being a daughter of Mr. William Linn. She was an exceptionally clever young lady and was beloved by all who knew her. She was a member of the Methodist Church. In addition to the parents, one brother and one sister survive.

The body was taken to Tickell and Sons undertaking establishment where it was prepared for burial and shipped to the home of the parents. To the bereaved will be extended the heartfelt sympathy of a large circle of relatives and friends.

A sister of Nurse Linn died at Springbrook on Wednesday from pneumonia.’

‘Barbara E. Burley. Barbara Elizabeth Burley, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Burley residing on the Cannifton Road died this morning after a few days illness.’

‘Carrie E. Linn. After about a week’s illness of pneumonia Miss Carrie E. Linn, daughter of Wm. R. Linn, passed away Wednesday evening at the home of her grandfather in Spring Brook. Her cheerful and kindly manner made her popular with all who knew her and her death has caused a feeling of sincere regret. Her sister Miss Clara Linn died in the Belleville Hospital Friday. The funeral took place Friday afternoon at Spring Brook, interment taking place in Mont Nebo cemetery.’

‘Michael J. Harte. Yesterday afternoon Michael Joseph Harte passed away in this city after a few days’ illness from an attack of the flu. Deceased was in his 35th year and was born in Tyendinaga Township being a son of the late Michael Harte. For some years Mr. Harte conducted successfully a farm in Tyendinaga, but recently sold out and moved into the city. He was a member of St. Michael’s Church and unmarried. Deceased was deservedly popular with all who knew him. Three brothers and three sisters survive. The brothers are John, of Belleville, Patrick of Stoco, and Thomas of Detroit. The sisters are Mrs. Thos. Corrigan, Mrs. J. Candon, and Mrs. G. McWilliams all of Read, Tyendinaga. The body after being prepared for burial at Thompson’s Undertaking Establishment was taken to the home of Mr. John Harte, 295 John St.’ ”

The Intelligencer November 2, 1918 (page 2)

“Women’s Fall Dresses. Unusual Coat Values.

‘Two Birds With One Stone.’  You have everything to gain and nothing to lose by the thrift that is involved in the purchase of Victory Bonds. You serve Canada’s need and you draw good interest. Buy Victory Bonds.


The Intelligencer November 2, 1918 (page 3)

“Christmas Boxes for the Boys. To the Editor of The Intelligencer. Dear Sir,—The Quinte Chapter, I.O.D.E., has sent Christmas boxes to our boys overseas each year since the war started, and this year is no exception to the rule. On account of the epidemic, which has prevailed in the city the past few weeks, it has been more difficult than usual to get the addresses, so we are appealing to the friends of the boys to hand them in to Mrs. (Dr.) Dolan, 17 Victoria Avenue, office of the Y.M.C.A., or officers of the chapter. A large number have been received but the chapter is able to provide about ninety more boxes.

Names and addresses of boys from Belleville or vicinity who are friendless or not likely to receive many remembrances from those at home are particularly requested. Yours truly, Stella M. Waters, Regent.”

The Intelligencer November 2, 1918 (page 7)

“Churches, Schools, etc., Still Closed. In compliance with a notice from the Board of Health there will be no church services tomorrow and schools will not reopen on Monday. Notice of the reopening of churches, schools and places of amusement will be given when the Board considers it is safe to permit them to resume.”

The Intelligencer November 2, 1918 (page 7)

“Cake for Soldiers. A number of ladies who are members of the War Workers of West Belleville assembled at the residence of Mrs. Harry A. Thompson, Catherine Street, on Thursday of this week, and made one hundred and eighty-six pounds of fruit cake, which was baked in the oven of one of the city bakeries. The cake will be sent overseas for Belleville boys.”

The Intelligencer November 2, 1918 (page 8)

“Bridge St. Methodist Church. No Service Tomorrow.

A Committee has been appointed to prepare Xmas Boxes for boys overseas. The members of the congregation are asked to contribute Chocolate Bars, Lump Sugar, Candies, Salted Peanuts, Gum, small tines of Cocoa, Wax Candles, Clove Apples, Dates, Handkerchiefs and Cash.

The committee will be at the church on Wednesday afternoon and evening, 6th inst., to receive donations.

Addresses of Bridge Street soldiers overseas are requested to be sent to the parsonage.”

The Intelligencer November 2, 1918 (page 10)

Poster for Victory Bonds“ ‘For your To-morrow they gave their To-day’ (Inscribed on a cross in Flanders).

Do we realize that we, each one of us, as individuals have a personal share and interest in the issue for which our boys fight, bleed and die in France. If we do realize this, then our duty is clear—a duty to ourselves, our country, our glorious fighters, and our heroic dead—to help by every means in our power to bring Victory for our boys in battle.

Buy Victory Bonds and Help our Soldiers Win the War.

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: Victory Loan Campaign Improving, Called by Death: Minnie Helena Crosier, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Keegan, Mr. and Mrs. William Morrison, Soldiers’ Wives and Dependents Return, Poster for Victory Bonds, National Fishless Day, Early Store Closing, Ad for Gillette, John Fraser Invalided Home

The Intelligencer November 1, 1918 (page 1)

“Belleville Passes $100,000 Mark In Victory Loan Campaign. While yesterday was the best day yet in the Victory Loan Campaign, Belleville’s contribution being $59,000 and the total County’s contribution being $134,700, Hastings County is still the low county of the entire east and Belleville canvassers are not greatly responsible for the improvement as the amount subscribed yesterday included a $25,000 subscription and one $5,000 that came to headquarters. Some of the Canvassers are working like Trojans while there are others who are letting ‘George do it.’ An improvement will no doubt be shown from now on, but there is a great deal of neglected work to be covered.

Saturday’s Parade Victory Celebration. Great preparations are being made for the parade to be held tomorrow morning at 10.30. The parade will start from the entrance of Victoria Park and will proceed up Front St. to Greenleaf’s and return down Front St. to the Market Square, where a public meeting will be held in the open air. Public speakers will address the citizens and farmers gathered there, and at 12 o’clock sharp the Kaiser will be dumped off the City Hall Tower.

It is hoped that the citizens will turn out their cars in large numbers in the parade, as this will be a combined Victory Loan Parade and a celebration of the magnificent victories that have been won by our armies in Turkey, Italy, France and Belgium. A great many floats have already been promised, and the Depot Battalion will turn out with its bugle band. The XV band will also be there, and the Veterans have been granted permission to parade with their uniforms.

Watch For The Aeroplanes. A feature of the morning parade will be a flight of Aeroplanes from Camp Mohawk. They will circle the city and drop literature advertising the loan. The Royal Air Force have done everything to co-operate with the Victory Loan Committee in this campaign and their help is greatly appreciated.

Yesterday Thurlow subscribed for $22,700 of Victory Loan Bonds through their tireless canvassers, Mr. Geo. Reid and Henry Denyes. G. Reid can say that that’s going some for a district that lost a day because of the flu. To date Thurlow has $41,750.

The first establishment in Hastings County to claim the 100 per cent Honor Flag is that of the Corby Distillery Co. office force. Mr. George Reid yesterday canvassed that establishment and presented them with the 100 per cent card. Now come along some of you Belleville manufacturers.

While the pictures were not the success expected last night,  because of the experiment made in the open air with the Government Pathescope, the film shown by Mr. McIntosh, who came all the way from Stirling to help out, was greatly enjoyed by a large number of citizens. Speeches were made by Mr. W. B. Deacon, County Chairman, Col. W. N. Ponton, K.C., and W. C. Mikel, K. C., and they were not without effect as a number of bonds were sold there on the street. It is hoped that a meeting will be held on the Armories Lawn on Saturday night, when the remainder of the pictures will be shown to better advantage.

At the finish of the meeting , Mr. Deacon asked for subscriptions ‘just to show this meeting has done some good.’ The first citizen to step up and buy a bond was Mr. Harry Yanover, the well-known and popular Gent’s Furnishing merchant in front of whose door the appeal was made. Many others followed Mr. Yanover, who is always to the front, in every patriotic effort.

The Ritchie Co. Limited has an excellent Victory Loan window which has attracted the attention of the citizens and is the occasion of great commendation of the artist advertising manager, Mr. Wotton, who is responsible for this display. The Hydro Electric window, Chas. S. Clapp and others are also making Victory Loan displays. It is hoped that other merchants will follow these patriotic citizens.”

The Intelligencer November 1, 1918 (page 2)

“Called by Death. ‘Nurse Crosier. Many were the expressions of regret heard upon the streets of this city to-day when it became known that nurse Crosier had passed away at the Belleville Hospital from an attack of pneumonia, following the ‘flu.’ For some days her condition had been critical, every effort was made to save her life but the insidious disease did its work.

It is no exaggeration to say that no nurse which has graduated from the Belleville Hospital had more friends than the late Miss Crosier and no one was more attached to the staff than she. At the outbreak of the epidemic she labored incessantly with patients under her charge until finally she was stricken with the disease and pneumonia developed.

Nurse Minnie Helena Crosier was a daughter of Conductor William H. Crosier of Lindsay who runs on the Midland division of the Grand Trunk between Lindsay and Belleville. She was born in Lindsay almost 25 years ago, and after completing her High School education entered Belleville Hospital as a nurse and from which institution she graduated with honors. Since her graduation she had remained at the hospital where she was a general favorite with patients under her charge. Her demise which occurred last evening is sincerely regretted by all who knew her.

The body was taken to Tickell & Sons Undertaking Establishment where it was prepared for burial and was this morning taken to her home at Lindsay. To the bereaved parents and members of the family will be extended the heartfelt sympathy of many Belleville residents.’

‘Seven Orphans. Capt. T. D. Ruston, agent of the Children’s Aid Society, while in the discharge of his duties this week, came across two sad cases in the village of Marmora. About noon on the 23rd of October Mr. Harry Keegan died, and two hours later his wife passed away. They left three children.

On October 22nd Mr. William Morrison died and on October 27th Mrs. Morrison died. They left four children. All were victims of pneumonia following influenza. Captain Ruston took the seven orphan children in charge and he has been successful in placing the little ones in good foster homes.’ ”

The Intelligencer November 1, 1918 (page 3)

“850 Soldiers’ Wives and Dependents Come. Ottawa. The Militia Department has been notified of the arrival at New York from England of 850 soldiers’ wives or dependents who are returning to Canada. The party includes 173 babies under two years of age. Their boat arrived yesterday morning, but they were unable to leave New York until last night, when the authorities there finally got a special train to take them through to Canada.”

The Intelligencer November 1, 1918 (page 3)

Poster for Victory Bonds

“Confronted as we are by those who have given their all, dare we set a limit to our own sacrifices in Freedom’s cause? Our hearts and our sense of duty to God and humanity must answer the question:—’How much is expected of me?’

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 1, 1918 (page 4)

“National Fishless Day. Yesterday was Canada’s National Fish Day, when at the request of the Canada Food Board everybody was supposed to abstain from meat and eat fish. There has been an elaborate and very commendable campaign to get Canadians into the fish-eating habit, but what-a-you-goin’-to-do when there ain’t no fish? There was so little fresh fish in Belleville yesterday that no special display was made by the dealers, and the miracle of the loaves and fishes would have had to be repeated if a meatless day had been observed here.

Toronto, however, is reported to have been well supplied with over 500,000 pounds of fresh fish yesterday, a pound for every inhabitant. No doubt when the multitude is fed in Toronto there will be a few baskets left over for Belleville and other way stations.

The Government has created a fish-eating habit of national dimensions—it’s up to the government to encourage and not starve that appetite. Canadian fish for Canadians first—Boston and New York after.

The Intelligencer November 1, 1918 (page 4)

“Early Store Closing. Conservation is the order of the day, and the Fuel Controllers and Food Board officials are plugging up leaks everywhere, saving coal and food and time and labor. Now that the winter is approaching, with short days and long nights, cold weather and coal famines, merchants are getting together in various communities and agreeing with each other to close their stores at five o’clock each day, thus saving fuel and light. This is ‘beating the fuel controller to it’ as the boys would say, and no doubt highly gratifying to that official in that it shows a spirit of co-operation that does not wait to be forced by official action.

Belleville merchants could very well fall in line with the five o’clock closing idea. No business will be sacrificed, fuel and light will be saved, and additional leisure time given clerks and proprietors. In conversing with several prominent Belleville merchants the writer found them very favorable to the five o’clock closing idea and ready to do their bit in conservation of fuel, light, time and labor for the general good of the community and the State.”

The Intelligencer November 1, 1918 (page 6)

“ ‘Goodbye, Berlin!’ Turkey has had enough! So the hopes of Turkey in Europe vanish; an inglorious chapter in history draws to a fitting close.

The men who swear by the beard of the Prophet lay down their arms to the men who swear by a real shave.

Turkey—aye, and Germany, too—should have known better than to pit their strength against ten million men who own and use Gillette Safety Razors—keen disciples of the shaven chin.

Bulgaria gone; and Turkey gone! The stoutest hearts in Germany and Austria may well quail before a combined foe which calmly whips out thousands of Gillettes and SHAVES before the charge!”

The Intelligencer November 1, 1918 (page 7)

“Invalided Home. Private John Fraser, son of Mr. Bert Fraser, of West Huntingdon, has returned home 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. Pte. Fraser states that excellent treatment is accorded the soldiers at the Cobourg hospital. He enlisted and went overseas with the 80th Battalion from Belleville.”


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100 Years Ago: Captured German Guns, Called by Death: Elmer J. MacDonald, Margaret Powers, Ruby Iona Sine, Myrtle E. Alexander, Mrs. Nelson Shaw, Poster for Victory Bonds, Third Day of Victory Loan Campaign, Alfred Woodrow Green Wounded and Missing, Daniel Alexander Cameron Receives Military Cross, Remember the Sick on Halloween, Herbert John Nunn Awarded Military Medal, Victory Loan Parade, Epidemic Conditions, Soldiers Cared For, George E. Potter Buried with Military Honors, Ad for Joseph T. Delaney Furrier, Ad for J. M. Greene Music Co.

The Intelligencer October 31, 1918 (page 1)

“Captured German Guns From France Will Be Forwarded to Belleville. German guns captured by the 2nd Canadian Infantry Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment, will in due time reach Belleville and become the property of the city as permanent mementoes of the prowess of Belleville officers and soldiers in the great war.

A representative collection of captured German guns has been assembled by Belleville officers at the front for shipment to this city and the trophies will no doubt be greatly appreciated by the citizens. In this connection ex-Mayor Ketcheson has received the following letter from Major R. Vanderwater:

In the Field, Oct. 10th, 1918. H.F. Ketcheson, Belleville, Ont., Canada. Dear Sir:—The following war trophies, captured by the 2nd Canadian Infantry Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment, and presented to the Corporation of the City of Belleville by this Unit on behalf of Lieut. D. A. Cameron, M. C., Lieut. R. M. Porter, Lieut. R. B. Cooper, Sergt. W. C. Jack, M. M., and myself, are being despatched to you through the usual channels:—

One 10cm. Gun. No. 4984. Two 77m. Guns. Nos. 17253 and 11946. One heavy machine gun No. 40-443. One light machine gun No. 373. One heavy Trench Mortar No. 6446.

May I be advised please when these are received. Yours faithfully, (Sgd.) R. Vanderwater, Major O. C. 2nd Canadian Infantry Bat. Eastern Ont. Regiment.”

The Intelligencer October 31, 1918 (page 2)

“Called by Death: ‘Elmer J. MacDonald, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence MacDonald, Point Anne, died this morning from an attack of pneumonia.’

‘Mrs. Margaret Powers of this city died yesterday after a brief illness. Deceased was the wife of Mr. John Powers and was 42 years of age. Mrs. Powers was born in England, but had lived here some time. She was a member of St. Michael’s Church. In addition to the husband, her mother, Mrs. Mitchell, one brother John Lentz of Kingston and one sister Mrs. J. Hogan of this city survive.’

‘Ruby Iona Sine died at the Kingston General Hospital after three days illness from pneumonia. The deceased was fourteen years of age. Her father is W. T. Sine, of Stirling, where interment will take place.’

‘Mrs. Percy Alexander. Mrs. Myrtle E. Alexander, wife of Mr. Percy Alexander, passed away last night at her late home in this city, from an attack of pneumonia. Deceased was in her 26th year and was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bowyer, of this city. She had lived here for the past twelve years. An infant son, husband, parents, two brothers and two sisters survive. The brothers are Sergt. Austin and Frank and the sisters are Mrs. David Lee and Miss Leah Bowyer of this city.’

‘Mrs. Nelson Shaw, who resided at Point Anne, died last night after an illness of short duration. Deceased was 33 years of age and was born in Quebec. For some years she had resided at Point Anne. Mrs. Shaw was a member of the Methodist Church. In addition to the husband three children survive.’ ”

The Intelligencer October 31, 1918 (page 5)

Poster for Victory Bonds

“If this boy were your boy. If you had a boy in France to-day, you would make your purchase of Victory Bonds large enough to represent a real personal sacrifice.

You would buy all the Victory Bonds you could possibly find the money for—and you would find it by stinting yourself down to the barest necessities of life.

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

The Intelligencer October 31, 1918 (page 6)

“Belleville’s Total Only $36,250. On the third day of the campaign Belleville’s contribution towards the success of Canada’s Victory Loan is only $9,200. This showing is very poor by comparison with other places. …  The big people haven’t started buying as yet. The returns from the manufacturers who have been working on munitions of war contracts have not started coming in as yet. It is hoped that when these do start coming the total will be quickly swelled.

The Grand Trunk Railway is well organized and a large return is expected from there, but as the company is financing the employees and taking the applications it will be some time before Belleville will receive credit for this. In the meantime it will be necessary for our local buyers of bonds to BUY NOW, and make Belleville’s showing look up. We want to fly that honor flag from the city hall before they are common all over the country. …

Great preparations are being made by the features committee to make the parade on Saturday morning a great success. The Depot Battalion headed by their bugle band, the XV Regimental band, the Great War Veterans, the Boy Scouts, decorated floats and automobiles will be in line. …

A suggestion has been made that the effigy of the ‘Bond Slacker’ will be hung on Front street on Saturday and burned on the market square at night. Look out for him—he is yellow!

At twelve o’clock noon on Saturday the Kaiser will be thrown from off the top of the city hall tower. To date no one has volunteered to play the part of the Kaiser, so a substitute will be made of straw.”

The Intelligencer October 31, 1918 (page 7)

“Wounded and Missing. Mrs. Annie Green, residing at 47 Charlotte Street is in receipt of the following telegram: ‘Sincerely regret to inform you that Pte. Alfred Woodrow Green, infantry officially reported wounded and missing Oct. 1st.’ Pte. Green enlisted and went overseas with the 39th Battalion from this city. He had previously been wounded and returned to the trenches.”

[Note: Private Alfred Woodrow Green died on October 1, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 419 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer October 31, 1918 (page 7)

“Lieut. Dan Cameron, M.C. The many friends of Lieut. Dan A. Cameron, of the Albert College staff, will be pleased to learn that he has been awarded the Military Cross for distinguished service in the war. Lt. Cameron’s modesty has prevented details of the award reaching his friends.”

The Intelligencer October 31, 1918 (page 7)

“Remember the Sick. Young Canada is preparing to celebrate Halloween in the usual noisy fashion and many batteries of pea-shooters are prepared to go into action. While Halloween pranks are usually of a harmless nature and less destructive than in former years this year with so many people sick a curb should be placed on the exuberance of the young people and noise restrained as much as possible. Shooting peas against windows, ringing door bells, tick tacks, etc., can only annoy and may interfere with the recovery of sick people. Parents should remember this and keep the children off the streets tonight.”

The Intelligencer October 31, 1918 (page 7)

“Awarded Military Medal. Private Bert Nunn, who was a student of Albert College previous to enlistment has been awarded the military medal for bravery upon the field of action.”

The Intelligencer October 31, 1918 (page 7)

“Victory Loan Parade. The members of the Great War Veterans Association and all returned soldiers are requested to attend a parade for the Victory Loan at 10.30 Saturday morning at Victoria Park entrance. Permission has been granted to wear uniforms.”

The Intelligencer October 31, 1918 (page 7)

“Epidemic Conditions. The local epidemic situation is about the same with a slight improvement in conditions if anything. The disease, however is taking a hold strongly in the rural districts where there is a dearth of medical and nursing facilities. Many are being inoculated with preventative serum. Local conditions do not seem favorable to any relaxation of precautions taken to prevent the spread of the disease.”

The Intelligencer October 31, 1918 (page 7)

“Soldiers Cared For. While the Toronto Military District is occupying the centre of the stage respecting the lack of hospital facilities for the care of those suffering from the epidemic, it is interesting to know that in Military District No. 3 there is no cause for complaint. Hospital accommodation here is ample, and the mortality has been very low. The following figures speak for themselves: Total number in military hospitals under treatment for influenza on October 18, 642; deaths from influenza and pneumonia, 25. The number of cases has been reduced by 190 during the past ten days.”

The Intelligencer October 31, 1918 (page 7)

“Buried with Military Honors. With military honors the body of Private George E. Potter was yesterday afternoon consigned to the tomb at Belleville cemetery. Deceased was a member of the First Depot Battalion in this city and the members were paraded in full force under the command of Major Gifford.

At the Belleville Burial Company’s undertaking rooms on Campbell street Rev. S. C. Moore of the Tabernacle Church conducted a service and officiated at the interment. A firing party with reversed arms led the cortege followed by the bugle band of the battalion. Behind the hearse the members of the battalion marched. At the grave after the committal services a volley was fired and the last post sounded. The bearers were Private W. Bower, S. Walsh, R. Marsh, E. Drouin, S. Dumoulin and M. Marden.”

[Note: Private George Ralph Potter died on October 29, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 487 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer October 31, 1918 (page 8)Delaney Furrier ad for Victory Bonds

“Let Us Show Our Thankfulness. The Canadian who takes the trouble to think will buy Victory Bonds, which furnish the sinews of war, if only out of sheer thankfulness that his lot was not cast in Belgium or Northern France.

Buy Victory Bonds. Joseph T. Delaney Furrier. 17 Campbell St. Phone 797. Opp. Y.M.C.A.”

The Intelligencer October 31, 1918 (page 8)

“Greene’s Special War Time Grafonola Outfits. These Columbia Grafonolas are small and portable and give excellent tone volume and tone quality.

They are particularly economical as well as cheery for war time use either at home or camp. J. M. Greene, Music Co. 316 Front St., Belleville, Ont.”





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100 Years Ago: Belleville Behind in Honor Flag Race, Ads for Victory Bonds, Poster for Victory Bonds, Money Is Needed, Deer Hunters Seeking Game, Harry Douglas Barnhardt Dies of Wounds, Hot Onions for Pneumonia, Ad for Sunlight Soap, Ad for Instant Postum, More Mental Cases for Cobourg, Ad for Smith Hardware Co., Ad for Belleville Burial Co., Called by Death: George Ralph Potter, Charles G. Loucks

The Intelligencer October 30, 1918 (page 1)

“Belleville Behind in Race To Win Victory Loan Honor Flag. Only $27,000 of $700,000 Objective Reached Thus Far. While the canvassers are straining every effort to reach the objective for Hastings County, the response of the citizens hasn’t been all that it could be. A great many places have already passed the objective and are proudly flying the Honor Flag. …

The honor of the city is at stake. Belleville has been first in every patriotic movement in the country so surely will be first to unfurl the Honor Flag. It is everyone’s fight so all join together and BOOST—WEAR YOUR BUTTON—and ask the other fellow or girl, where his or hers is. A man should be ashamed to walk on the street without the Victory Bond Button showing that he has done his bit to raise the Honor Flag on the City Hall. …

There are some new faces amongst the canvassers this year and they are wearing smiles, smiles, smiles. Billy McCreary has come across with $8,750 in the first two days. Dick White and Sandy White are also going some for young fellows. Last year’s canvassers are also showing up and will keep the new fellows hustling.

Deloro Foreigners. Mr. F. H. Bapty, of Deloro, who did such excellent work last year reports a rather cosmopolitan distribution of applications. Out of the nineteen subscriptions taken for the day, ten of them were foreigners and one a French Canadian, six Russians, three Austrians and one Austrian Rumanian have bought Bonds. That is the spirit that swells the total. Nearly every foreigner is buying Bonds. Surely no Canadian would be without a Bond. Buy now and boost always.”

The Intelligencer October 30, 1918 (page 2)

“ ’Adams. Your Investment. Can you feel the pinch? If not, keep on buying Victory Bonds. Buy till your pocket-book grows slim. Buy Victory Bonds To Your Limit. Adams The Shoeman.’

‘Save Your Eyes. Money Talks. You can’t beat the Kaiser with shouting. You can’t place Canada on a firm footing to grapple with the problems of peace with words. It’s your money that talks. Money is the sinews of war. You make your money talk when you Buy Victory Bonds. Angus McFee, Mfg. Optician.’

‘Wallbridge & Clarkes. Canadians never fail to reach their objectives so Buy Victory Bonds. Food Board Licences 8-2252—8-2253.’ ”

The Intelligencer October 30, 1918 (page 3)

Poster for Victory Bonds

“One In Every Home. Subscriber Victory Loan 1918. This window card is given to every purchaser of a Victory Bond with the request that it be hung in the window at least for the duration of the campaign.

Display your card in your window. Persuade your neighbour to do the same. If you do this and you, and You and YOU—if we are all skimping, working, saving with the one end in view, to win the war—Canada’s Victory Loan 1918 must meet with overwhelming success.

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

The Intelligencer October 30, 1918 (page 4)

“Money Is Needed. Canada needs money. To clinch the Victory for the Allies, to round out the unexampled heroism and sacrifice, Canada needs money. …  Our gallant boys overseas call for manifestations of patriotism, yes sacrifice, and how better can we do this than by lending our treasure, our gold, our silver, in sustaining the cause so dear to their and our hearts? The Government does not ask for our gifts—we would give them if it did—but it does ask every citizen to lend it all they can on undoubted security and at splendid interest rates.

Victory Bonds are the things to buy and buy until every ounce of our blood tingles with joy over helping Canada and her splendid soldiers in their perils and their triumphs.”

The Intelligencer October 30, 1918 (page 5)

“Deer Hunters Seeking Game. The deer hunting season draws near and a number of hunters from the city and vicinity left to-day in search of these swift-footed animals, whose haunts are found in the northern part of Hastings County.”

The Intelligencer October 30, 1918 (page 5)

“Pte. Barnhardt Dies of His Wounds. Mr. Charles Barnhardt, residing at 20 Wharf Street, city, was yesterday in receipt of the following sad message: ‘Deeply regret to inform you Pte. Harry Douglas Barnhardt, infantry, officially reported died of wounds, 33 Casualty Clearing Station, October 21st. Gunshot wound right buttock.”

[Note: Private Harry Douglas Barnhardt died on October 21, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 364 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer October 30, 1918 (page 5)

“Hot Onions for Pneumonia. Hot onions, according to a French physician, are said to be a sure cure for pneumonia. The remedy is as follows: ‘Take six or ten onions, according to size, and chop fine, put in a large pan over a fire, then add the same quantity of rye meal and simmer enough to make a thick paste. In the meantime stir thoroughly, letting it simmer for five or ten minutes. Then put in a cotton bag large enough to cover the lungs and apply to chest as hot as the patient can bear. In about ten minutes apply another and thus continue repeating the poultices and in a few hours the patient will be out of danger. This simple remedy has never failed to cure this too often fatal malady. Usually three or four applications will be sufficient.”

The Intelligencer October 30, 1918 (page 5)

“True war-time economy—use Sunlight Soap. It is impossible to buy a purer soap than Sunlight. Therefore it is really the cheapest soap you can buy.

Truly—it is real war-time economy to use Sunlight Soap for the wash and about the house.

Lever Brothers Limited.”

The Intelligencer October 30, 1918 (page 5)

“Dividends of better health and comfort are being enjoyed by thousands who have invested in Instant Postum as their regular table beverage in place of tea or coffee. Convenient. Economical. Delicious.”

The Intelligencer October 30, 1918 (page 5)

“More Men From Overseas. Monday night 95 mental cases passed through Kingston over the G. T. R. for Cobourg from Halifax. All are men from the western front and their condition is the result of their awful experiences in fighting the cruel and brutal Hun. The train had 97 guards on board.”

The Intelligencer October 30, 1918 (page 5)

“Help to end it sooner & Buy Victory Bonds. Smith Hardware Co.”

The Intelligencer October 30, 1918 (page 6)

“Belleville Burial Co., Undertakers. When in need of the services of an Undertaker, why not employ the most skilled Funeral Directors and Embalmers you can get?

Leave all your arrangements with us and you will receive every attention which is due you at such times. With regard to prices, our motto is: ‘Better Goods, Better Service, For Less Money’ than you can get elsewhere.

Imlah & Armstrong, Managers. 14 Campbell Street. Phone, Day and Night, 774.”

The Intelligencer October 30, 1918 (page 6)

“Called by Death: ‘Pte. Geo. R. Potter. Yesterday afternoon, Pte. George Ralph Potter, a member of the First Depot Battalion in this city died from an attack of pneumonia. Deceased was 33 years of age and was born at Blairton, but had previous to enlistment been employed at Trenton. He was a married man. The body was taken to the Belleville Burial Company’s Undertaking rooms and prepared for interment. This afternoon a military funeral took place to Belleville Cemetery.’

[Note: Private George Ralph Potter died on October 29, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 487 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

‘Chas. G. Loucks. Mr. Charles G. Loucks passed away last night at his late home on the Madoc Road, Thurlow Township after a brief illness. Pneumonia was the cause of the death. In the year 1864 deceased was born in Thurlow Township where he had resided all his life. In religion he was a Methodist. A widow, three sons and five daughters survive. The sons are Kenneth of Kingston, Gerald and Charles of Thurlow. The daughters are Mrs. Diefenderfer of N. Y., Mrs. E. Tillerean of Stirling, Mrs. H. Robinson, and Misses Grace and Gladys of Thurlow.’ ”

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100 Years Ago: Paper Controller to Cut Off Unpaid Subscriptions, Called by Death: John Cummins, Mary Elizabeth Ketcheson, Enlist Flags in Victory Loan Drive, Ad for J. M. Greene Music Co., Ad for Dr. Chase’s Nerve Food, Poster for Victory Bonds, David James Kerr Dies at Mohawk, Victory Bond Appeal from Air, Penny Bank Deposit, Fuel Peat, Red Cross Penny Bags, Ad for Wims & Co., Salvation Army Drive, Letter of Sympathy from King and Queen, Victory Loan Fliers, Peterborough Emergency Hospital, Elmer Garnet Skinner Missing, On the Mend, More Volunteers Wanted

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 1)

“Paper Controller About to Order Cutting Off Unpaid Subscriptions. Publishers of daily newspapers must cease sending their newspapers to subscribers three months in arrears unless subscriptions be definitely renewed and all arrears fully paid.

The reason for this regulation of the Paper Controller is that it is the practice of some publishers to send their newspaper until ordered stopped, and this practice frequently means a failure to collect anything for subscriptions in arrears, in which case there is a virtual waste of paper. It is to prevent paper waste that the new regulation has been decided on.

You need The Intelligencer, and we want to continue sending it to you. So, if your subscription is in arrears, please pay up at once to prevent a discontinuance of your subscription.”

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 2)

“Called by Death: ‘John Cummins. At an early hour this morning Mr. John Cummins died at the family residence, Front of Sidney. Deceased had of late been operating a milk route in the city and was well known to many citizens. Mr. Cummins was 28 years of age and was born in England, where his parents are still residing. An attack of pneumonia was the cause of death. He was a member of Christ Church and was a member of Bayside Lodge L.O.L. A widow and two children survive in addition to the parents.’

‘Mrs. H. F. Ketcheson. The Grim Reaper has been very busy of late in the homes of Belleville and this is a time of sorrow for all. To-day many hearts are sad because of the passing from this life of the wife of ex-Mayor H. F. Ketcheson, which took place last night at ten o’clock after a brief illness. Mrs. Ketcheson was taken ill with influenza on October 17, but recovered only to be laid low by another serious ailment last Friday from which she gradually sank until death claimed her last night.

She was born at Corbyville on September 19, 1865, Mary Elizabeth Scantlebury, daughter of the late Wm. Scantlebury, her father and mother having both been born in Cornwall, England. She attended school in Belleville and her whole life was spent in this vicinity. On December 27, 1883 she was married to Mr. H. F. Ketcheson and her married life was very happy, her home always being her first consideration for while taking an interest in church work and other activities of a public nature her heart was always in her home and the welfare of her family. Mrs. Ketcheson was a consistent and valued member of Bridge Street Methodist Church and her earliest Christian character won her many warm and lasting friendships.

Deep sympathy is felt for the bereaved family in their great loss, more especially in view of the recent sad death of Mr. Ketcheson’s son, James S. (Jim) as the result of an accident. Mrs. Ketcheson is survived by her husband, ex-Mayor H. F. Ketcheson, and the following children: Mrs. E. E. Westover, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Miss Ethel Ketcheson (Deaconess), Toronto; Misses Nettie, Bessie and Ada at home; Lieut. W. H. F. Ketcheson, Lieut. D. V. Ketcheson, M. C. and George Ketcheson. There is one surviving sister, Mrs. James Coulson, of Montreal.’ ”

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 3)

“Enlist Your Flags in Victory Loan Drive. Belleville, Ont., Oct. 28, 1918. To The Editor of The Intelligencer: Dear Sir—The publicity and decorations Committee of Victory Loan Headquarters, wish to enlist the hearty co-operation of the Merchants, Manufacturers and citizens of Belleville and Hastings County, in giving the fullest amount of publicity to the Victory Loan Campaign—now is the time to decorate—get out your flags—decorate your stores and homes, offices and factories. Storekeepers can aid the Victory Loan greatly in lending as generously as possible, their windows and advertising space in the newspapers. Automobile owners can display stickers on their cars.

Any and all of these concessions will have the heartiest appreciation of the Victory Loan committee and will prove mediums that will bring magnificent results in a campaign which is going to help clinch—VICTORY. A means that may wake many a passer-by to a fuller sense of his responsibility to the men in the trenches—a keener appreciation of what Victory in France and Flanders means, to his home in Canada and fasten the conviction that he should.

Lend as they fight—BUY BONDS to the utmost, and let us all do all we can, with all our might, to make that Victory Loan the success it might be, in order that Canada will be prosperous in the coming year. Yours for Victory Loan, W. B. Deacon, Chairman Victory Loan For Hastings County.”

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 3)

“Amusement places closed. Temporary closing of theatres, movies and many other public places of amusement will not be such a great hardship if you now have in your home the most complete home entertainment—The COLUMBIA GRAFONOLA.

Where can you hear such wonderful music and receive so much enjoyment and cheerfulness for so little money? Don’t let the theatre or movie closing bother you. Make up your mind now to have one of the special Grafonola outfits—delivered immediately. You will never regret—it is a lifetime purchase.

  1. M. Greene Music Co., Ltd. 316 Front St., Belleville. The Home of Good Music. J. A. Goodsell, Manager.”

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 5)

Ad for Dr. Chase's Nerve Food

“Unusual Responsibility. Conditions brought about by the war have placed many women in positions of unusual responsibility, involving mental strain and anxiety. Think, for example, of the girls who have been placed in tellers’ wickets in the banks, and whose duty it is to handle each day tens of thousands of dollars.

It is not as though such positions had been reached after years of training and development for in many instances the new teller has had little experience, and the strain thrown on the nervous system is enormous.

The rapid spread of influenza and pneumonia is largely due to the low vitality of many thousands of people who have been living under a constant, unusual strain of mind or body. In a state of continued  fatigue you have practically no reserve force left to fight disease, and are, therefore, easy prey.

There is only one way to restore feeble, wasted nerve cells and that is by supplying to them the vital substances which nourish them back to health and vigor.

This is exactly what Dr. Chase’s Nerve Food does, and that is why it is in such enormous demand at this time when so many people are living under such unusual nervous strain.

Take all the rest you can—get out into the fresh air and use Dr. Chase’s Nerve Food regularly, and you will soon find yourself on the way to health.”

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 6)

Poster for Victory Bonds

“Canada CAN and WILL. On July 31, 1918, Canadians had on deposit in banks more than a billion five hundred million dollars—that was $160,000,000 more than was on deposit on the same date in 1917.

Canada is to-day the richest country in the world, per capita. So Canada undoubtedly has the ability to oversubscribe the Victory Loan 1918. And Canada must manfully and loyally support the Victory Loan 1918, because the national safety, the national honor and the prosperity of the country are at stake.

Buy Victory Bonds and help to get others to buy—then buy some more yourself.

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

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 7)

“Died at Mohawk. Private David James Kerr, of the R.F.C. died at Mohawk hospital on Friday from pneumonia, aged thirty years. He was the eldest son of Mrs. Jennie Kerr, 46 Bartlett avenue [Toronto].”

[Note: Air Mechanic 2nd Class David James Kerr died on October 24, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 589 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 7)

“An Appeal from the Clouds. Aeroplanes flying low over the business section of the city this morning attracted much attention but the object was soon apparent. From the machines leaflets were seen to fall and scatter about the streets and were readily picked up. The leaflets were appeals to citizens to purchase Victory Bonds and will no doubt have the good effect it is intended to have. Many of the leaflets will be treasured as souvenirs.”

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 7)

“Penny Bank Deposit. Belleville school children, to the number of 947, have on deposit in the Penny Bank, conducted under the auspices of the Department of Education, the sum of $3,697.77. Queen Victoria School leads with 297 accounts and $1,611.87; Queen Mary pupils have 283 accounts and $1,023.73; Queen Alexandra pupils have on deposit $962.17 in 267 accounts. The total for Ontario is $387,754.56 in 72,013 accounts.”

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 7)

“To Manufacture Fuel Peat. Tweed district is to have a new industry in the form of a fuel manufacturing plant, Messrs. Capelle Trudeau have invested in a complete equipment for the manufacturing of peat fuel and will begin the erection of the building next week. The peat bed from which the fuel will be moulded is located about six miles east of Tweed and Mr. Chapelle who is a discharged Belgian soldier and has had previous experience in marketing this commodity in his native land, states that apart from the present site there is an endless quantity of the raw material throughout that section of the country. The concern has already received orders for the entire output to be shipped to Montreal.”

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 7)

“Red Cross Penny Bags. On account of the prevailing epidemic and out of consideration for the collectors and others, many of whom are suffering severe strain and trouble, it has been decided to withdraw the Red Cross Penny Bag Collection for this month. We hope that in another month things will assume a happier outlook and we all will feel impelled to increase our gift to this worthy cause.”

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 7)

“Beautiful Blouses. Big Variety of Styles. Silk Poplins.

Black Pailette Silk in splendid quality, yard wide priced at $2.00, $2.50, $3.00 yard.

Smash the ‘Huns.’ Buy ‘Victory Bonds.’ Wims & Co.”

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 7)

“Million Dollar Drive Soon. The preliminary organization for the Salvation Army War Work Million Dollar Drive in this district is well under way under the direction of Mr. Wm. S. Dixon, of Ottawa headquarters. Mr. Dixon will visit a number of the surrounding towns for organization purposes. Everywhere he is meeting with a most cordial reception.”

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 7)

“Royal Sympathy. Mrs. Susannah Woods, 20 Water St., city, has received a letter from the King and Queen, sympathizing with her in the loss of her husband, Pte. W. M. Woods. Killed in action, September 2nd, 1918.”

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 7)

“Victory Loan Fliers. The following is the complete itinerary of the airplane flights for this week to be made by members of the Royal Air Force from Deseronto camps over the countryside, showering advertising propaganda for the Victory Loan: Tuesday, Oct. 29—Across the Bay of Quinte to Picton, across Prince Edward County through Bloomfield and Wellington, and back to Deseronto. Wednesday, Oct.30—Through Shannonville to Belleville and back to Deseronto. Thursday, Oct. 31—North by Tweed and Madoc and back to Deseronto.”

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 7)

“Peterboro Fighting ‘Flu.’ The Oriental Hotel, Peterboro, containing about seventy-five bed rooms has been opened as an Emergency Hospital and will be fitted up to accommodate about one hundred patients suffering from influenza and pneumonia. The civic authorities worked all day yesterday in an effort to get the building ready for the reception of patients as both hospitals are overcrowded and the number of influenza victims is on the increase. The building has not been occupied for about two years. Miss Hattie Reid, matron in charge of the Isolation Hospital here, will be in charge of the Emergency Hospital staff. Several more deaths have occurred locally from influenza.”

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 7)

“Pte. E. G. Skinner Missing. Mr. and Mrs. George Skinner residing at 345 Manning Avenue, Toronto received a cable that their son, Pte. E. G. Skinner was missing believed to have been on the torpedoed steamer Leinster. The young man was born in Belleville 21 years ago and was a barber by trade. He had been overseas only three months. His brother Frank went to France over two years ago.”

[Note: Private Elmer Garnet Skinner died on October 10, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 501 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 7)

“On the Mend. The influenza epidemic locally seems to be weakening. Not as many calls are being registered at the Emergency Organization Headquarters, Y.M.C.A. building. Seventy-three families have been helped by the volunteer workers of the organization and fifty-eight of these have passed the point where outside assistance is needed. Fifteen families are still receiving the assistance of volunteer workers from the organization, while many families are being cared for by kindly neighbors.

The generosity of Belleville citizens has been shown in the donations of fruit, custards, Spanish creams, etc., for invalids as well as cash. One gentleman gave $50 another $25 besides a number of smaller sums given. Thirty-two volunteer nurses are working from Y.M.C.A. headquarters, twelve of these go out evenings and Sundays while twenty give all the time they can every day.

Yesterday the public inoculation was conducted by Capt. Blakesley. Railway men have been hit very hard by the epidemic and freight traffic is very much interfered with. One day recently thirty-five locomotives were standing idle in the G. T. R. roundhouse because engine crews were ill.”

The Intelligencer October 29, 1918 (page 7)

“More Volunteers Wanted. Reports reaching headquarters of the emergency volunteer organization in the Y.M.C.A. building indicate that many of the influenza patients are worse, probably on account of the unfavorable weather. More volunteer help is urgently needed to look after the many calls for assistance. A number of citizens of both sexes presented themselves to Dr. Yeomans, M.O.H. to-day for inoculation with influenza preventative serum.”



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100 Years Ago: Epidemic Past Crest, Victory Loan Campaign Begins, Called by Death: William Edward Taylor, Ernest Edward Reddick, Mary Theresa Knott, Robert Stapley, William Henry Knott, Alexander Binney, Clifford Kent, Martha Ann Smith, James Bennie, Joseph McCormick, Margaret May Smith, William Brock Shorey, Alice Lillian Hess, Armstrong Andrews, Poster for Victory Bonds, Purchase Goods from Home, Standard Time, Flu Hits Coal Supply, Seed Grain Distribution, Ad for John Henley’s Shoe Repair

The Intelligencer October 28, 1918 (page 1)

“Epidemic Has Passed Crest Improvement Now Expected. Yesterday was a busy day for the emergency organization working under the direction of the local Board of Health. There were many homes where help was badly needed on account of the illness of members of the family and the workers were more numerous yesterday.

A large quantity of broth was made by the workers of the Domestic Science department in the High School supplemented by broth and nourishing delicacies supplied from various homes. A number of volunteer autos rendered useful service all day from the Y.M.C.A. headquarters and the High School.

The call for a cook stove in Saturday’s Intelligencer as the result of a family being found all sick with influenza and no stove, fire and fuel in the house was speedily answered by a donation of fifty dollars from a well-known citizen and a stove and coal were soon furnished.

The City Board of Health officials claim that the Township of Thurlow is not looking after its own sick people who live close to the city, especially in the section known as ‘Stoney Lonesome’ and several township cases have been cared for by the city emergency organization. The attention of Reeve Vermilyea was called to the cases. The city organization will withdraw their services from these township cases at once as there is more work in the city than the organization can find workers for.

Free public vaccination was resumed to-day from 11.30 to 1.30 and many availed themselves of the opportunity to be inoculated with the preventative serum. It is confidently expected that conditions will improve every day from now on as it is thought that the worst is over and the epidemic will soon pass away altogether.”

The Intelligencer October 28, 1918 (page 1)

“Over The Top For Big Drive. Victory Loan Campaign Begins. The following telegram was received this morning from Victory Loan Headquarters, Toronto: Toronto, Oct. 28, 1918. Mr. W. B. Deacon, Chairman Victory Loan, Belleville, Ontario.

Chairman,—The preparatory work for the great campaign is completed. Your forces are ready for the attack. On Monday at nine o’clock the drive began. Ontario’s task is to raise two hundred and fifty million dollars. Our army of fifteen thousand committee men and team canvassers together with thousands of other auxiliary helpers constitute the strongest and most complete provincial wide organization ever got together in this province. The farmers, manufacturers and all classes of our citizens have just been blest with the most prosperous year in their history. The wealth is here, our country’s need is urgent, we are only asked to lend, but to lend to the utmost. The eyes of the Empire are upon us—our gallant boys in France and Flanders are awaiting the result. The Hun is also watching.

With implicit trust in the unswerving loyalty of the people of Ontario and with unbounded confidence in your leadership and in the fighting spirit of the men of your committees and canvassing teams, we await the returns of the next three weeks. Ontario must not fail. The horizon is our objective—Lead on to Victory. G. M. Wood, Chairman for Ontario Victory Loan.”

The Intelligencer October 28, 1918 (page 2)

“Called by Death. Since Saturday the grim monster of death has laid its icy grasp upon several citizens of Belleville and vicinity and in consequence a number of homes are in mourning.

‘Pte. W. E. Taylor. Pte. William E. Taylor, a member of the First Depot Battalion in this city passed away yesterday from an attack of pneumonia following the flu. Deceased was 25 years of age and his home was at Victoria Road, Victoria County, where the body was shipped this afternoon.’

[Note: Private William Edward Taylor died on October 27, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 511 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

‘Pte. Reddick. On Sunday Pte. Ernest Edward Reddick of Trenton, a member of the First Depot Battalion, in Belleville, died on Saturday from pneumonia. Deceased was 34 years of age and unmarried. The body was to-day shipped to his late home.’

[Note: Private Ernest Edward Reddick died on October 27, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 489 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

‘Mrs. Harry Knott. Saturday Mrs. Mary Theresa Knott, wife of Mr. Harry Knott, passed away at the family residence, 32 Olive St. A sad feature of the case is that the husband is overseas. Deceased was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Patrick McHugh, who passed away some months ago. Surviving, besides the husband, are one young son, one brother, John B. McHugh, overseas, and four sisters Stella and Madeline at home and Catherine and Mabel of Battleford, Saskatchewan. She was a member of St. Michael’s Church.’

‘Robert Stapley. On Sunday, Mr. Robert Stapley passed away, at his late residence, Thurlow, after being ill about three weeks. An attack of pneumonia was the cause of death. Deceased was a son of Mr. Wm. Stapley and was in his 34th year. He was employed in the car department of the G. T. R. here and a faithful workman. Mr. Stapley was a member of the Railway Mens’ Union and the Royal True Blues Society. In religion he was a Methodist. A widow and five children, Winnifred, Cora, Harry, Wilfrid and Oscar survive.’

‘Wm. H. Knott. Mr. Wm. H. Knott who resided at 74 George Street, south, died on Sunday, after a week’s illness. Deceased, who was 40 years of age was born at West Bromwick, England, and came to Belleville about 7 years ago. He was a fireman at the city Gas Plant. Mr. Knott was a member of St. Thomas Church and was much esteemed by all who knew him. A widow and four children, William, Andrew, Florence and Alice survive. Also three brothers and four sisters. The brothers are Joseph and Andrew of this city and Harry, with the C.E.F. overseas. The sisters are Mrs. Samuel Henn, Mrs. Frederick Goyer, Mrs. Frank Shoener and Miss Nellie of this city.’

‘Alexander Binney. At an early hour this morning Mr. Alexander Binney died at the residence of his father-in-law, Mr. Andrew Gray, College Hill. Deceased was 29 years of age and was born in Dundee, Scotland. A widow and one child survives, also one brother who is a prisoner of war in Germany.’

‘Clifford Kent. On Tuesday last, William Kent, aged 14 years, son of Mr. William Kent, 2nd concession of Thurlow, died and to-day, Clifford Frederick, infant son of Mr. Kent died. Both were victims of pneumonia, following the flu.’

‘Martha A. Smith. Mrs. Martha Ann Smith passed away to-day at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Ryan Kellar of Canifton. Deceased was 64 years of age and was born in Thurlow Township. Mrs. Smith’s late home was at 257 Albert street city.’

‘James Bennie. James Bennie, aged 12 years, whose home is at Windsor, Ontario, died this morning from an attack of pneumonia. The parents of the lad were in the city when his death occurred. The body will be shipped to Windsor for interment.’

‘Joseph McCormick. Mr. Joseph McCormick, a life-long and well-known resident of the city passed away this morning. Deceased, who was 69 years of age, was born in Belleville being a son of the late Mr. Arthur McCormick. For many years he conducted successfully a grocery business, but of late years lived a retired life. Mr. McCormick was a bachelor. He was a member of St. Michael’s Church. A sister, Mrs. Margaret Clarke of Toronto, survives.’

‘Mrs. Harry J. Smith. Saturday afternoon Mrs. Harry Smith passed away at the family residence, 66 Church Street, city. Deceased was a lady, who was well known and had many friends. Her maiden name was Miss Margaret G. Smith, and was a daughter of the late Mr. Alexander Smith. She was born in this city 33 years ago and had resided here all her life. Mrs. Smith was a member of St. Thomas Church. Her illness was of a brief duration. In addition to the bereaved husband six children survive. To the afflicted will be extended the heartfelt sympathy of many friends.’

‘William Brock Shorey. Shortly after the midnight hour last night, Mr. William Brock Shorey, of this city, succumbed to an attack of pneumonia, following the influenza. Deceased was comparatively a young man, being but 28 years of age. He was born in the Township of Thurlow being a son of Mr. Norris D. Shorey. The greater portion of his life was spent in this city where he had many friends, who will regret to learn of his demise. Mr. Shorey was a member of St. Thomas’ Church and a member of The Belleville Lodge A. F. & A. M. While in the city he was engaged at several occupations. A widow, but no family survive. In addition to the father, one brother, Clinton, of this city are living. Deceased’s mother died about five weeks ago. Mrs. Shorey has within the past two days been doubly bereaved as on Saturday her sister, Mrs. Harry Smith, passed away. The heartfelt sympathy of many friends will be extended to her.’

‘Mrs. Hess. The body of Mrs. Alice Lillian Hess who died at Oshawa on Saturday was brought to this city and interred in Belleville cemetery. Deceased, who was 26 years of age was a daughter of Mr. J. J. Johnson, a G. T. R. engineer, residing at 217 Charles St., city. Mrs. Hess is survived by her husband and three children. She was a member of the Methodist Church. Rev. Dr. Scott, pastor of Bridge St. Church conducted the funeral services. A number of floral tributes were placed upon the casket. The bearers were Messrs. T. Blackburn, C. N. Sulman, J. W. Davidson, A. R. Walker, C. M. Reid and W. H. Towne. Deceased left in addition to her husband and family and parents four brothers D. of Prince Rupert, J. H. in France, F. B. in U. S. Service, and Arthur D. Johnson of Belleville. The sister is Mrs. G. F. Barnewall of Windsor, Ont.’

‘Armstrong Andrews. At an early hour this morning Armstrong Andrews, aged 17 years, 7 months, passed away at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Andrews, 26 Octavia Street. In his death a bright young man has been removed from the activities of life. Deceased was born in Belleville and had lived here all his life. While a pupil at school and since leaving, Armstrong by his geniality made many friends who deeply regret his demise. For some time previous to his fatal illness he was employed as a clerk at the G. T. R. station, where his capabilities were recognized. He was a member of the John Street Presbyterian Sunday School and a member of a club of young men presided over by Mr. R. J. Graham. He was also connected with the boy scouts. The heartfelt sympathy of many will be extended to those called upon to mourn the loss of a loved one.’ ”

The Intelligencer October 28, 1918 (page 5)

Poster for Victory Bonds

“To-Day You Go Into Action. Buy Victory Bonds 1918.—because Canada’s soldiers still face the horrors of war..—because Canada cannot carry on unless we support our fighting men.—because you have in you the fighting blood that stops at no sacrifices.—because you must buy Victory Bonds else all sacrifices will have been in vain.—because your heart yearns for Peace.—because nothing else matters until we win the war.

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 October 28, 1918 (page 5)

“ ‘No goods purchased abroad are cheap that take the place of our own labor and our own raw material.’

The purchase of one thousand dollars worth of goods from your own town or your own country, instead of purchasing outside, means the addition of one person to your town or your country instead of supporting him abroad.

Eat less Bread.”

The Intelligencer October 28, 1918 (page 7)

“ ‘Summer Time’ Passes. With the re-adjustment of the clocks Sunday morning ‘Summer time’ passed away and standard time was renewed. For one hour Sunday morning all trains were held motionless in order that the railway schedule would fit in with the change in time.”

The Intelligencer October 28, 1918 (page 7)

“ ‘Flu’ Hits Coal Supply. Fuel Controller Wills received the following telegram from E. L. Cousins, Provincial Fuel Administrator. ‘The anthracite coal situation is acute, especially by reason of the influenza epidemic demoralizing the labor situation both in transportation and at the mines. It is therefore imperative that your dealers at once meet the almost certain shortage in your municipality of the anthracite coal allotment for this year by immediately putting in stocks of wood and bituminous coal. You will impress dealers that they must act upon this advice immediately.”

The Intelligencer October 28, 1918 (page 7)

“Distribution of Seed Grain. By instructions of the Hon. Minister of Agriculture, a free distribution of superior sorts of grain will be made during the coming winter and spring to Canadian farmers. The samples for distribution will consist of spring wheat (about 5 lbs.), white oats (about 4 lbs.), barley (about 5 lbs.),  and field peas (about 5 lbs.). These will be sent out, free, by mail, from the Central Experimental Farm, Ottawa, by the Dominion Cerealist, who will furnish the necessary application forms. Only one sample can be sent to each applicant. As the supply of seed is limited, farmers are advised to apply very early.—J. H. Grisdale, Director, Dominion Experimental Farms.”

The Intelligencer October 28, 1918 (page 8)

“Flu and Shoes. Many cases of Flu can be traced direct to the shoes. The sole of the shoe gets worn thin and gets in the damp, giving the wearer a bad cold, the cold leaves its victim in shape for the Flu to get a good start. This being the case, we strongly urge you, at the first sign of wear in the sole of your shoe to have them resoled at John Henley’s, Foot Bridge Gangway, Phone 609. You will be delighted with the work done and will have a better chance of warding off the Flu.”

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