100 Years Ago: Hospital Supplies to Be Shipped

The Intelligencer January 4, 1915 (page 3)

“A box of hospital supplies and comforts for the boys is being shipped Tuesday afternoon to St. Johns, N.B., to sail on the 8th to Col. Bridges, Surgeon, who is the head of the next hospital to be established right away at the front. Mrs. Bowell would be pleased to send with the other things donations sent in by 12 o’clock noon on Tuesday.

When the boys come out of the trenches there is a scarcity of underwear, according to the nurses’ letters to their friends here in Belleville. They also need batting, butter cloth, etc. Anything in small or large proportion will be gratefully received at 161 Albert street. One thing the nurses say they are short of, is bandages.”

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100 Years Ago: Militia Coming, Donations for Boys at Front

Edward Guss Porter is standing on the platform to the left in front of the Salvation Army Citadel on Pinnacle Street, Belleville.

Edward Guss Porter is standing on the platform to the left in front of the Salvation Army Citadel on Pinnacle Street, Belleville.

The Intelligencer January 6, 1915 (page 1)

“The tenders for supplies for the Militia coming to Belleville have been extended until Saturday, January 16th, 1915. The extension is due to the efforts of Mr. E. Guss Porter, K.C., the popular Member for West Hastings.”

The Intelligencer January 6, 1915 (page 3)

“Donations For Boys at Front. In the list below where it states donations it means that the articles were given entire; otherwise the wool has been provided and the knitting done by the persons stated.

Sir Mackenzie Bowell donated three pairs of socks. Mrs. A.I. Bird knitted beautiful scarf; donated suit of underwear. Mrs. Wilmot donated $3.00. Miss Fraleck donated 2 cholera belts, 1 scarf and wristlets; also knitted large scarf. Miss Holden, donated $1.00. Mrs. Crossley donated 3 scarfs, 3 pairs wristlets; part of the knitting done by her mother, aged 84. Rev. A.L. Geen donated $1.00. J. V. Doyle donated 2 dozen court plasters. Mrs. Robinson donated men’s underwear.”

[Note: a “cholera belt” or “health belt” was a strip of flannel cloth or knitted wool about 6 feet long by 6 inches wide that was wrapped around the abdomen under a shirt for warmth and supposed protection against cholera or dysentery; “court plasters” were pieces of cloth coated with adhesive to cover small cuts.]
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100 Years Ago: Remember 100 Bags of Flour

The Intelligencer January 9, 1915 (page 1)

“It is hoped there will be a hearty response at the Sunday Schools throughout the city to-morrow. Let the one hundred bags of flour be subscribed for in full, and, as much over as possible. Those who received envelopes last Sunday, should return them with the enclosed donation, to the Superintendent of their Sunday School. Keep the suffering Belgians in mind and see that the individual schools make a creditable showing.”

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100 Years Ago: Sabbath Schools Respond to Call

The Intelligencer January 11, 1915 (page 3)

“Yesterday the various Sabbath Schools of Belleville took up special offerings for the purpose of raising sufficient funds to purchase one hundred bags of flour for the Belgium Fund. Every Sabbath School took a lively interest in the effort. The results surpassed the expectations. …

The balance $762.48 may possibly be increased to $900.00 by the 20th when the flour to be purchased by this money will be shipped.”

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100 Years Ago: Patronize Own Mills, Tea Room in Ritchie’s

The Intelligencer January 12, 1915 (page 1)

“Upon the liberal response of the Belleville Sunday Schools to the appeal for one hundred bags of flour for the Belgian sufferers, a prominent local resident (not a milling man, or interested therein) has dropped the suggestion in the ear of The Intelligencer scribe that it would be an excellent plan to secure the flour from Belleville flour mills, thus not only furnishing the money, but procuring the finished product within the city limits.

What is to hinder our shipping direct from our own city, providing it can be procured as cheaply as elsewhere. The money is ready, and the mills, we are sure, can turn out the flour in a reasonably short time. Let us patronize home, if possible.”

The Intelligencer January 12, 1915 (page 3)

“Quinte Chapter I.O.D.E. of this city yesterday afternoon opened up a tea room in the eastern part of the millinery

The Ritchie Company on Front Street, Belleville, exterior and interior views

The Ritchie Company on Front Street, Belleville, exterior and interior views

department of the Ritchie Company store, and will continue it for at least four weeks. The spacious and comfortable apartment was kindly donated to the chapter by the firm, and it has been transformed into a room of beauty and comfort. Flags and bunting are in profusion, being arranged in a most artistic manner. The ladies in charge are sparing no pains to make the adventure a success.

The proceeds are in aid of the Children’s Aid Society of this city, and the Belgium fund. From the hours of 4 to 6 p.m. a tea is served. …  Yesterday, the opening day, was well patronized. Suitable music is rendered during the serving of refreshments. …  The amount realized yesterday was $9.00.

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100 Years Ago: Miss Geen’s Christmas, Madoc Patriotic League

The Intelligencer January 13, 1915 (page 7)

“Editor Daily Intelligencer, Dear Sir:– I enclose herewith a letter which we have just received from my brother-in-law in England. …  We also received a letter from my brother, Fred, who is in the 2nd Battery, also, and there was something in it which might interest your readers. …  he spent Christmas in the hospital, and the strange part of it was that the nurse who attended him was Miss Geen from this city. …

He speaks very highly of the care he received, especially from Miss Geen and he states that she went to considerable trouble to decorate their room for Christmas and that Christmas morning General Alderson paid a visit to the hospital and complimented Miss Geen for her efforts. …  Yours very truly, H. Wallace.”

The Intelligencer January 13, 1915 (page 8)

“Madoc. Jan. 12.–At the largest and most enthusiastic meeting in this village of ladies from here and Madoc Township and Elzevir, a Madoc Woman’s Patriotic League was formed and the following ladies elected to office: Hon. Pres.–Mrs. (Dr.) Dafoe. President–Mrs. Fraser Aylesworth. Secretary–Mrs. Will Cross. Treasurer–Mrs. (Dr.) Harper. Vice Pres.–Mrs. James Whylock, and a large representative executive committee.

A nice sum of money was readily raised and from now on the ladies here will be very busy providing comforts for the needs of the soldiers.”

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100 Years Ago: Hastings County Patriotic Association

The Intelligencer January 15, 1915 (page 7)

“Yesterday afternoon at the County Council Chambers, Shire Hall, a meeting was held for the purpose of organizing a county patriotic association. Many of the Reeves and other prominent citizens of the County were in attendance at the gathering, which was representative in every respect. Warden Hubbell, of Marmora, village, occupied the chair.

It is the intention to have an organization formed in every township in the County of Hastings and numbers have pledged themselves to lend their assistance towards this end. The plan adopted is for the various local organizations to report to the County organization all funds and it is the intention of the county organization to become affiliated with the central organization at Ottawa.

A considerable amount has already been raised in the County, but up to the present the exact sum is not known, but it is in the vicinity of $15,000.”

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100 Years Ago: Christmas Dinner Overseas

The Intelligencer January 18, 1915 (page 1)

“Mrs. O’Flynn received a cable from Captain O’Flynn this morning stating that all of the men were well; that they continued to work steadily, and were waiting patiently to be led to the front.

Letters were also received describing Christmas. He was one of the committee who procured the supplies for the men’s Christmas dinner. A splendid dinner was served to the men and a very enjoyable concert given under the auspices of the Y.M.C.A. The boys were cheerful but many of them had a lonesome look and the Captain said one could see that their thoughts were far away across the sea.

At the dinner of the officers in the evening the toast “To the loved ones at home” was very impressive and the description is a splendid one. The Christmas mail did not all reach the camp and a large quantity could not be delivered in time and was held at Salisbury. The Belleville boys are cheerful; in good spirits and standing together.”

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100 Years Ago: Patriotic Tea for Our Boys

The Intelligencer January 19, 1915 (page 3)

“A very pleasing event was the Patriotic Tea for the benefit of our Belleville boys, held at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Clarke, Church Street, from four to six o’clock, yesterday afternoon, which was attended by a large number of our representative citizens.

The house was tastefully decorated with flags and red, white and blue colors, and on the table an immense basket containing red and white roses, French lilies, Scotch thistle, maple leaves, and in the absence of the shamrock, an Irish flag. The dining room harmonized in colors, and throughout the effect was beautiful.

Home-baked goods were on sale, including candies, and the patronage was most liberal, resulting in returns to the amount of fifty dollars. Mrs. H.S. Osborne poured tea, and Miss Mouck attended to the relishables. …  The event is another worthy example of the patriotism displayed by Belleville ladies.”

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100 Years Ago: Playing Cards and Magazines Needed

The Intelligencer January 20, 1915 (page 2)

“Help Fill The Box. A letter has just been received from Miss Ethel Ridley, asking for games, playing cards, cigarettes and magazines for wounded soldiers in one of our Canadian Hospitals in France. Any donations sent before Monday will be gladly added to a box being sent by Miss Faulkner, 62 W. Bridge Street.”

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