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The Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County preserves the history of our community through the records of local governments, individuals, families, businesses and organizations. Find us in the Belleville Public Library building at 254 Pinnacle Street, Belleville, Ontario.

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Belleville in World War I

Follow the citizens of Belleville and Hastings County as they face the challenges of the home front during the First World War through excerpts from The Daily Intelligencer, August 1914 to November 1918.

100 Years Ago: Fuel Order Amended for Theatres, Class Two May Soon Be Called for Service, William Christian Donovan Promoted to Lieutenant

The Intelligencer February 13, 1918 (page 7)

“Fuel Order Is Amended. Ottawa. The fuel regulations, as they apply to places of amusement have been amended by the Fuel Controller. The heatless Mondays commence next week, February 18. Many theatre proprietors have asked that the heatless days be changed from Monday to Tuesday. It has been decided to give them the option of closing on Tuesday instead of Monday.

However, moving picture shows, bowling alleys, billiard and pool rooms still have to close on Mondays. The order is in force until March 25.”

The Intelligencer February 13, 1918 (page 1)

“Class Two May Soon Be Called For Active Service Overseas. Special Despatch to The Intelligencer, Canadian Press, Limited. Ottawa. In view of the urgent necessity for reinforcements it is considered likely here that further calls of other classes under the Military Service Act may not long be delayed. Class one has already been called up and all but exemptees, appellants or deserters are in khaki.

Class Two which is next under the Act, and may soon be called up, includes men between the ages of 20 and 35 who are married or widowers with children.”

The Intelligencer February 13, 1918 (page 7)

“Promoted to Lieut. Mrs. Cornelius Donovan of this city, has received word that her son Sergt. W. C. Donovan of the Canadian Railway Troops has received his commission as a Lieutenant. The young officer left Belleville with the 155th Battalion, and won his commission whilst on active service. His many friends in this city will be pleased to learn of his promotion.”

100 Years Ago: Bakers Must Be Licensed, Marsh and Henthorn Have Prosperous Year, Charles Stewart Jones Receives Military Medal, Church Heated with Wood Fuel

The Intelligencer February 12, 1918 (page 1)

“All Bakers Must Now Be Licensed. Ottawa. Licensing of bakery establishments using five barrels of flour or more per month and standardization of bakery products, are provided for in an order of the Food Controller. Hotels, restaurants and public eating houses, baking only for the use of their patrons, and not offering their products for sale to the public over the counter, are not required to obtain a bakers’ license.

The order makes it illegal, on and after March 1, for any baker to make bread, rolls, pastry or other bakery products, without written permission from the Food Controller, from wheat flour other than the standard flour already prescribed.

Standard loaves of bread in Ontario will be 12 and 24 ounces. Rolls must be baked in a pan and weigh either one or two ounces. Annual license fees will vary from $5.00 to $50.00. The regulations provide that only a reasonable profit be taken on bakery products.”

The Intelligencer February 12, 1918 (page 2)

“Prosperous Year For Local Industry. The annual meeting of the shareholders of Marsh and Henthorn Limited was held at the head office of the Company, Franklin street, at four o’clock on the afternoon of Saturday, February 9. The President Colonel L. W. Marsh, reported a very satisfactory year’s business. …

Last Christmas the company gave one day’s pay to each employee as a Christmas box. Christmas remembrances were also sent to the representatives of the company at the front. These were contributed by each member of the staff throughout all the shops and office.

The directors and shareholders again this year at this meeting authorized a donation of one thousand dollars to the Patriotic Fund, same as last year.”

The Intelligencer February 12, 1918 (page 2)

“Marmora Boy Wins Medal. The following is an extract from a letter received by Dr. Henry M. Jones, of Marmora, Ont., from his son, Charles Stewart Jones.

‘By the way, a few of the boys in the battalion, including myself, are to be decorated shortly. I’m getting the Military Medal. The medal itself will be sent on to you. I will merely wear the ribbon. The medals were given for the last ‘do’ we were in (Battle of Passchendaele). I feel that I owe to my parents what there is in me to merit such an honor. It is you who made the real sacrifice in sending both of your boys over here, and it is you who have to bear the burden of anxiety and loneliness; also it is because I know that you believe in me that I do my best to ‘carry on’ as you would have me do. The enclosed piece of ribbon is a piece of the Military Medal we are wearing. Well, good-night and good-bye. Your loving son, ‘STEWART.’ ”

The Intelligencer February 12, 1918 (page 7)

“Solved Fuel Problem. The fuel problem of heating Holloway street Methodist Church during the special services which are being held has been solved by a number of the friends of the church. Wood is used for heating purposes instead of coal and this was given by friends residing in the country, and was cut up by a number of men of the congregation who yesterday were idle on account of places of business and industries being closed.”

100 Years Ago: Office of Food Controller Abolished, Mayor Platt Issues Fuel Warning, Ad for Royalite Coal Oil, Ad for Wrigley’s, Fuel Situation, Flour by Special Delivery

The Intelligencer February 11, 1918 (page 1)

“Office of Food Controller Has Been Abolished. Ottawa. Under an order-in-council passed on Saturday the office of food controller is abolished and the functions formerly exercised by that official, greatly enlarged, will now be assumed by a new organization to be known as the Canada Food Board. …

A question that will receive immediate attention is that of mobilization of the farm labor of Canada. Steps have already been taken by the food controller to reach labor in towns and cities and make it available for the farm. Arrangements have been made for the mobilization of 25,000 boys. This force will be carefully selected, having regard to the suitability of the boys for farm work. If, after this army of useful workers has been obtained, more are found to be available, another appeal may be made for volunteers for similar service.”

The Intelligencer February 11, 1918 (page 2)

“Mayor Platt Issues Fuel Warning. In the various churches of the city yesterday the following communication from Mayor Platt in reference to the fuel situation was read:

‘Will you please announce to your congregations that the fuel situation in Belleville is such as to make it imperative that every economy should be practised for the next few weeks in the consumption of coal. No person who has fuel sufficient for more than four days’ use need apply at the City Hall or to the Fuel Controller for a supply. All persons who have a quantity larger than needed for the next few weeks are urged to share with their neighbors who may be in want.’ ”

The Intelligencer February 11, 1918 (page 3)

Ad for Royalite Coal Oil“Here is Reliable Fuel Day In and Day Out. Royalite Coal Oil.

The shortage and high price of coal and other fuels mean no great discomfort to homes equipped for heating, cooking and lighting with Royalite Coal Oil. Royalite is always the same. It will heat your rooms, cook your meals and light your home every day in the year—and do it economically.

Perfection Oil Heaters. New Perfection on Cook-Stoves. Rayo Lamps. Imperial Oil, Limited.”

The Intelligencer February 11, 1918 (page 6)

Ad for Wrigley's gum“Don’t Grit Your Teeth! Put Wrigley’s between them and bite on it! Your determination will be just as strong—stronger in fact, for you gain pluck, perseverance, renewed vigour, from this great pick-me-up.

Do as the soldiers in the trenches are doing—chew Wrigley’s to get a fresh grip on yourself.

Keep YOUR boy supplied with Wrigley’s. The Flavour Lasts!”

The Intelligencer February 11, 1918 (page 7)

“The Fuel Situation. The fuel controllers office was besieged today with applicants for coal. On Saturday the situation was relieved by the arrival of seven cars but this was soon disposed of. Yesterday a car arrived here for the Anderson Company and in response to a telegram from Mr. Thos. Wills, fuel controller, an answer was received this afternoon that a car of coal was en route to the city for N. Allen. Considerable coal is being conserved by the closing of industries, stores and offices.”

The Intelligencer February 11, 1918 (page 7)

“Flour by Special Delivery. A car of flour consigned to L. P. Hughes, wholesale dealer, was held up at Oshawa by freight congestion caused by weather conditions. On account of the flour famine here the G.T.R. officials made a special effort to get the car through and succeeded in landing it here yesterday with the aid of a snowplow in front. The flour was delivered to the local bakers yesterday, permission being secured from the civic authorities, and was speedily turned into bread for the tables of the citizens today, thus preventing a breadless day in addition to a heatless day.”

 

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