100 Years Ago: Miss Geen Invited, Polly Anns Aid Belgians

The Intelligencer December 1, 1914 (page 2)

“Miss Geen Among Invited Guests. London. On October 22nd, the committee of the Ladies’ Empire Club held a reception to welcome the 105 Canadian Nurses, among whom was Miss Geen, of Belleville, who arrived a few days before. …  it was noted as an interesting fact that it was on October 21st, 60 years ago, that Miss Florence Nightingale sailed for the Crimea.

Dr. G.R. Parkin was asked to convey to his compatriots the welcome of the club. He said we welcomed them as having come “home.” …  In time of war he thought woman’s lot was harder than the man’s. She had not the joy of strife and of victory–she had the long lonely hours.”

The Intelligencer December 1, 1914 (page 7)

“Some members of the local Polly Anna Club and some Polly Anns who are not members of the club, have been showing practical sympathy for the poor Belgian children by contributing and collecting $23.35 for the unfortunate ones. The look of triumphant satisfaction on the faces of these little girls as they handed in the amounts collected by each of them showed that their hearts were in the work.”

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100 Years Ago: Madoc Ladies Give Money and Socks

The Intelligencer December 4, 1914 (page 7)

“The ladies of Madoc, under the supervision of the Women’s Institute, have, during the past week, donated to the Belgian Relief Fund the sum of $200.00. Previous to this they sent away $100.00. They also have ready for shipment the third box containing 100 pairs of socks for the Canadian Contingent now encamped at Salisbury Plains.”

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100 Years Ago: Belleville Bids to Care for Volunteers

The Intelligencer December 5, 1914 (page 1)

Edward Guss Porter, M.P.

Edward Guss Porter, M.P.

“Ever jealous for the interests of his constituency, and particularly his home city, Mr. E. Guss Porter, K.C., M.P., upon learning that Kingston was staggering under her full quota in providing for the second contingent of volunteers, immediately became busy with Ottawa, and, laying our claims before the Minister of Militia and Defence, has, as a result of his energy, received the assurance from Major-General Sam Hughes that our city will be given the opportunity of providing for volunteers to the third contingent up to its full limit. In other words, Belleville shall have all she can handle. …

Not only are the local benefits unlimited by the stationing of from one thousand to fifteen hundred here, but the fact, from a patriotic viewpoint, that the city on the bay is ready to give comfort and cheer to our brave boys while in preparation for service abroad will redound to its historical credit.”

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100 Years Ago: Regimental Grant from County Council

The Intelligencer December 10, 1914 (page 1)

“The request of the officers of the 49th Regiment was taken up and considered. Mr. Vermilyea, after referring to the regiment and the good work it had done and was doing for the county and the country, made the following motion: That $1,000 be granted for regimental purposes to the 49th Regiment for mobilization and other legitimate expenses in connection with the regiment …  The motion was unanimously carried.”

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100 Years Ago: Local Relief for Belgians

The Intelligencer December 17, 1914 (page 7)

“Some six weeks ago the Quinte Chapter of the Daughters of the Empire asked the citizens to donate clothing and money to the Belgian relief, which was responded to liberally. Word has been received that the contributions have reached their destination.

Appeals for more help have also been received for estimations show that it will take $1,000,000.00 monthly to supply just bare necessities for the unfortunate people of Belgium. The ladies of the Quinte Chapter have decided to undertake sending to the proper authorities all money and clothing (new and worn clothing in good condition for men, women and children) sent to them for that purpose.”

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100 Years Ago: Ritchie’s Open Christmas Eve

The Intelligencer December 24, 1914 (page 8)

The Ritchie store on Front Street, Belleville

The Ritchie store on Front Street, Belleville

“The Ritchie Store Will Remain Open Tonight Until 9.30 …  Yule-Tide Greetings To All …  A Large Shipment of British Made Serges. Another instance of “Britannia Rules The Waves.” Business as usual with England and with English shipping is evidenced by the fact that we have just received a large consignment of BRITISH SERGES in Black and Navy.”


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100 Years Ago: Parcels Reach Boys, Quiet Belleville Christmas

The Intelligencer December 26, 1914 (page 7)

“Lieut. Dick Ponton cables that the parcels and letters for the boys reached camp on the 24th; great rejoicing. Lieut. Ponton had the honor of dining with the Mayor of Salisbury City yesterday, being on guard duty there for the week.”

The Intelligencer December 26, 1914 (page 7)

“Christmas in Belleville. The day was quiet on the whole, the city apparently centering its interest in home life. Family reunions, services in Bridge St., St. Thomas, St. Michael’s churches covered mainly the doings of the day. There appeared to be contentment in a modest form, imbibing the spirit of thankfulness for gifts received.”

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100 Years Ago: Belleville Council Grants $200 to 15th Regiment

The Intelligencer December 31, 1914 (page 1)

“Final Meeting of City Council for Year 1914. Col. Marsh, commanding officer of the regiment, addressed the Council. The regiment had responded to the two calls for volunteers and they had already gone to the front. …  Recruiting for the third contingent was now necessary and the expense was great. For the third contingent it would be necessary to go outside of the city to procure recruits and the expense would be considerable. … Capt. A.P. Allen said that …  We can only secure men by scouring the country and this meant expense, and there are no funds in the regimental treasury to meet it. …  A motion prevailed that the sum of $200 be granted to the 15th Regiment for the purpose of assisting in the mobilisation of the third contingent.”

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100 Years Ago: Belleville Sunday Schools to Send Flour

The Intelligencer January 2, 1915 (page 1)

“By a suggestion from Mr. D.V. Sinclair in his address at the Sunday School gathering in Bridge street church on New Years’ Day, that one hundred bags of flour be sent to the Belgian sufferers from Belleville’s Sunday Schools, the superintendents met after the meeting and voted unanimously to place envelopes in the various churches to-morrow, to be returned on Sunday, January tenth, with the donations enclosed. …  Let the response be liberal.”

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