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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: Belleville and County Report Well for Victory Loan, Poster for Victory Loan

The Intelligencer November 28, 1917 (page 3)

“Hastings Approaches Million and Half Mark. There was a meeting of the workers of Belleville at the Headquarters last night, and every man was present. Mayor Ketcheson occupied the chair, and it was decided that from now until the end of the week every man would put aside all considerations and get right down to hustling, so that the city would be combed clean. It is impossible to set a further objective for the good old City of Belleville. We don’t know where it will stop. The sky is the limit. Yesterday was one of the best days yet reported from the City and County. …

Stirling and Rawdon have been doing consistent buying throughout the campaign, and show that the workers out there, Dr. Bissonnette of Stirling, Thos. Montgomery, Reeve of Rawdon, and T. J. Thompson of Rawdon, have been going some. They have reported every day since the campaign started, and they are bringing home the bacon. Hard work counts every time.

Deseronto also came across with $13,100 yesterday. Tommy Naylor and Mayor Rixon are the responsible parties, and we reckon they are going to be some finishers. Go to it. Your country needs the money.”

The Intelligencer November 28, 1917 (page 5)

Poster for Victory Loan Campaign“Victory Bonds for Christmas. What about that boy of yours? —that girl of yours?—your wife—your mother?

A gift of Victory Bonds works three ways: The recipient will appreciate it and be benefited; You have the pleasure of making a valuable gift; Also you will render a patriotic service to Canada.

And, are you going to give a bonus to your employees this Christmas? If you are, why not make it in the form of Victory Bonds, fully or partially paid, as you can afford in each case? Victory Bonds are a little better than cash and Canada needs the money.

Only Three Days Left. Lists Close Midnight Saturday Night.”

100 Years Ago: Hastings Works for Victory Loan, Poster for Victory Loan, Wartime Election, Poster for Victory Loan, Holiday Post Office Jobs, Ernest Finkle Wounded

The Intelligencer November 27, 1917 (page 1)

“Hastings Digs Down for Victory Loan. The first week’s contest for a Victory Loan at Griffin’s Opera House was concluded Saturday night, and Mr. W. B. Deacon, County Chairman, and Mr. W. L. Doyle, County Publicity Manager, were there on behalf of the Victory Loan Committee. Mr. Deacon gave the very large audience present a good strong talk on the necessity of buying Victory Bonds. …

Mr. Doyle then drew the lucky number, which was 1518, and was held by Mrs. Geo. H. Taylor, 110 Pinnacle Street. Mrs. Taylor upon her appearance on the stage to receive her bond was greeted with enthusiastic applause showing that the decree of fate had been a popular one. The Griffin Company will present another $50.00 bond on Saturday night next. …

Last evening a number of the office staff of the County Headquarters, Canada’s Victory Loan, together with a few interested friends, had the pleasure of attending a unique gathering in the school house of No. 23 School Section, Sidney Township. The splendid programme put on by the teacher and scholars was to celebrate their investment in a Victory Bond. The crowded school house gave unmistakable evidence of the interest of the whole neighborhood in so auspicious an event.

So far as known this is the first school to take such a step and the clever young teacher, Miss Grace Sine of Frankford, is to be congratulated on so happy a thought, combining as it does a patriotic duty and a fine opportunity of educating the young people in the principles of true citizenship and sound business.”

The Intelligencer November 27, 1917 (page 1)

Poster for Victory Loan“Let your children join the crusade. Every one of the Victory Bonds is a weapon that cannot fail to hit the Kaiser. Arm your child! And when he or she is a little older—back comes the ‘weapon.’ Meantime 5 ½ per cent!”

The Intelligencer November 27, 1917 (page 2)

“Women, the War, and the Election. This election will have an important bearing on Canada’s participation in the war. The success of the Laurier-Quebec little Canadian party means that needed reinforcements will be withheld from the brave boys in Flanders. …

The women of Belleville in common with her sisters of the nation have sacrificed their loved ones, have given their time and their money to help the great cause of freedom and are, perhaps, more closely interested, in the outcome of the war, than the men folks.

The election is a wartime election, and the votes of the women will be a big factor in determining the fate of the boys overseas and the future littleness or greatness of Canada. Who can doubt what the women will do in the light of their splendid spirit of self sacrifice during three years of war? The women of Belleville should turn out in large numbers this evening at the first woman’s election meeting ever held here, and hear the great issue discussed by Union Government speakers. Mrs. Cleveland of Toronto and others will address the meeting and there will also be a musical program. …  Come to the City Hall at 7.30 this evening.”

The Intelligencer November 27, 1917 (page 3)

“You have only four days more to buy Victory Bonds. What are you going to do about it? What excuse will you give to yourself next week if you don’t buy?

Remember:—The boys in the trenches did not make excuses—They went!”

The Intelligencer November 27, 1917 (page 8)

“WANTED. Three returned soldiers for service in the inside Post Office and Nine young men, sons or relatives of soldiers, to assist the letter carriers in Belleville Post Office during the holiday season. Wages $2 to $2.50 per day. E. Guss Porter. Robertson Block, Front St., Belleville.”

The Intelligencer November 27, 1917 (page 8)

Ernest Finkle“Former Belleville Boy Wounded. The following message refers to a former well known Belleville boy, who enlisted and went overseas with 204th Battalion of Toronto. Mrs. Anna Helen Finkle, 123 Dundas Street, Belleville, Ont.

Sincerely regret to inform you 23706 Lance Corporal Ernest Deacon Finkle, infantry, officially reported admitted to No. 9 Field Ambulance, Nov. 15th, 1917, gunshot wound in right shoulder and abdomen. Director of Records.”

100 Years Ago: Poster for Victory Bonds, Memorial Services, Y Parlour Meeting

The Intelligencer November 26, 1917 (page 5)

Poster for Victory Bonds“My Dad Has Bought a Bond For Me! The little chap won’t realize now what the buying of that Victory Bond means to him—to you—to Canada, and to our sons Overseas.

But in the years to come—when you may not be here to know it—your boy, grown father to a man, will realize its significance, and he will be glad that you did something in Canada’s hour of need, and that you did it for his sake.

Has Your Dad Bought a Bond For You?”

The Intelligencer November 26, 1917 (page 7)

“Memorial Services. In St. Thomas’ and St. Andrew’s churches last evening memorial services were held for fallen heroes. Ven. Archdeacon Beamish, the rector of the former church conducted the service and spoke feelingly of the sacrifices made by the Bellevillians in the great struggle.”

The Intelligencer November 26, 1917 (page 7)

“ ‘Y’s’ Parlor Meeting. The ‘Y’s’ held their second parlor meeting of the season at Mrs. C. Townsend, Foster Avenue. The evening was spent making scrapbooks for the soldiers, and in discussing the way in which the ‘trinket campaign’ for thirst-quenchers for the soldiers would be best conducted.

The committee appointed to look after the study of the franchise for the coming winter, discussed methods for the best carrying out of the work. This will be actively undertaken before the December elections.”

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