Welcome to the Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County

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.

The archives is open Monday to Thursday, 9.30am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm and on Friday and Saturday by appointment.

Archives News

A New Home for Deseronto’s Archives

Archives room in Deseronto Public Library Today the Deseronto Archives transferred 100 boxes of material from its former location in Deseronto Public Library to the Community Archives here in Belleville. The Community Archives [...]

Discover ‘Discover’!

Now you can explore the holdings of the Community Archives from home, if you have access to the internet. We are beginning to share descriptions of the materials we hold through a new service, which [...]

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: Leroy Madden Dangerously Ill

The Intelligencer June 13, 1917 (page 2)

“Reported Dangerously Ill. Mr. George Madden, of this city, is in receipt of a communication from the Record Office, Ottawa, which conveys the intelligence that his son, Sergt. Leroy Madden, is dangerously ill.

Sergt. Madden, left Belleville with the 155th Battalion last October and has been in France about three months. Roy was previously wounded and it is thought that the sickness was brought on through the wound.”

100 Years Ago: Private Charles John Stevens Wins D.C.M., Ad for Gorman’s Boot Shop

The Intelligencer June 11, 1917 (page 2)

“Won the D.C.M. Private C. J. Stevens, who when in Belleville, was commonly called ‘Dad,’ today visited the Intelligencer Office, where once he was employed. Pte. Stevens has done his bit at the front and is now home on three months’ leave. He is the possessor of a Distinguished Conduct Medal, which he wears with pride.

The young veteran enlisted with the 51st at Edmonton and was drafted to the 15th Canadian Battalion. He left for the front in April 1916, and was in the trenches some months. Five times he was hit and his last wounds were of a rather serious nature, being in the chest. The medal was awarded him for bravery on the field of battle. Pte. Stevens still has a desire to return to the scene of warfare.”

The Intelligencer June 11, 1917 (page 3)

“Boot Bargains! Gorman’s Boot Shop. 20% Discount Sale!

Bang down go Prices. Sale Commences Tuesday Morning, June 12th. Closes Saturday Night, June 30th. Bargains for all the family. $30,000 Stock.”

100 Years Ago: War Efforts of Little Girls, Farewell Party for Gunner Eves, Ad for Canadian War Certificates

The Intelligencer June 9, 1917 (page 2)

“What Our Little Girls Can Do. The Red, White and Blue Club, consisting of a number of little lassies, ages 7 to 9 years, handed out to the Woman’s Patriotic and Red Cross Association, $3.25, through the Secretary, Miss Catherine Hyman, daughter of Captain Hyman, while Miss Helen Lattimer, Secretary of the Sunshine Club, a kindred institute, paid in $1,25, proceeds of a concert. The energy, loyalty and faithfulness of these ‘treasures of home and of hearth stone’ should shame every slacker.”

The Intelligencer June 9, 1917 (page 6)

“Farewell Party To Gunner Eves. About thirty young people gathered at the home of Mrs. Michaud, 12 Harriet Street to bid farewell to her brother, Gunner Harry Eves, who leaves for overseas, June 15th with the 9th draft of the Cobourg Heavy Battery. The evening was spent in music, dancing and games.

Mr. Jack Noakes read the following address and Miss M. Penny presented the watch: Dear Harry: We, your many friends and fellow employees, were very much surprised yesterday, to hear that you were departing from our midst at such an early date, and thinking it our duty to do something in return for what you are doing for us, we ask you to accept this watch as a token of our love and esteem for you. Hoping that you will live long to wear it and wherever you may be, may it remind you of the friends you left behind in ‘Old Belleville’ and some day if you are spared again to return you will be able to say ‘I have done my bit.’

The sincerest wish of all present is that you may have the best of luck, also a speedy return to us. (Sgd.) on behalf of your fellow employees and Friends.”

The Intelligencer June 9, 1917 (page 11)

“Where You Cannot Prophesy—Prepare! Not even the best-informed man in government or business circles dares to attempt a prophesy of conditions after the war. We hope for the best—meantime wise men are preparing now for anything.

How? By regulating their expenditures according to their actual needs rather than by their prosperity—by husbanding the surplus—and by investing to the limit in Canadian War Loans that help so much to maintain present prosperity.

Buy them at any Bank or Money Order Post Office. The National Service Board of Canada. Ottawa.”


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