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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.

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

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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 [...]

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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: Graduates of Belleville Institute Make Good

The Intelligencer August 2, 1917 (page 2)

“Deaf and Dumb Telegraph Operators. Toronto. Graduates of the School for the Deaf at Belleville, of the last class, two young women, are now successfully applying themselves to the automatic sending and operating machines in the G.N.W. Telegraph Company and are attaining a success beyond the expectations of the wire chief, The Globe was informed yesterday.

The advances made by the young women since they entered the operating department are a tribute to the education they received in the Belleville Institute. …  The young women entered the operating department at a time when the business was very heavy due to the shortage of skilled men.”

100 Years Ago: Boys’ Camp Meeting at Oak Hills, War Workers’ Social, Lawn Social in Melrose, Poster for Win-The-War Convention, Poster for Women’s Mass Meeting in Toronto

The Intelligencer August 1, 1917 (page 2)

“ ‘Boys Day’ at Oak Hills Will Be An Interesting Event. H. W. Kingerley, of Toronto, Boys’ Work Secretary of the National Council, Y.M.C.A., and Zone Supervisor of the Boys’ Farm Service, is in the city to-day in the course of a tour of inspection of farms on which school boys have been doing patriotic production work. Mr. Kingerley is one of a squad of Y.M.C.A. young men working in connection with the organization of Resources Committee to provide assistance to the farmers. …

A Boys’ Day is being arranged in connection with the camp meeting at Oak Hills for Friday, Aug. 3, and all Belleville boys from thirteen years who wish to attend, are invited to leave their names with Mr. Phil Brockel, Secretary of the Belleville Y.M.C.A., who will arrange for transportation to Oak Hills. …  a very interesting program is being arranged for the entertainment of the boys, the key-note of the gathering being to interest them in National Service as applied to farm work.

A number of Belleville boys are already engaged in farm work and more are preparing to go. Boys who have nearly completed their three months of service on farms will be encouraged where possible to remain at work, until the harvest is finished.”

The Intelligencer August 1, 1917 (page 2)

“War Workers’ Social. The West Belleville War Workers, composed of a noble band of ladies, last evening held an ice cream social on the West Belleville playgrounds. It proved to be a most successful affair in every respect. There was a large attendance and the proceeds amounted to a neat sum, which will be applied for patriotic purposes. The grounds when lighted with electric lights and Chinese lanterns, presented an attractive appearance. The several booths were well patronized.”

The Intelligencer August 1, 1917 (page 2)

“Lawn Social. Under the auspices of the Ladies’ Aid Society of the Melrose Methodist Church a lawn social was held last evening at the residence of Mr. Geo. Lazier, Tyendinaga township. There was a large attendance and the proceeds, which are for a worthy object, were large. …

a number present gave appropriate addresses, including Mr. J. Blatt of this city who referred to the noble work being done by the ladies of the Red Cross and other organizations and the necessity there was at the present time for even greater efforts being made. He also spoke of the need of help to reap the harvest, and that all who possibly can should assist in this imperative work.”

The Intelligencer August 1, 1917 (page 6)

“Win-The-War Convention. The Arena, Toronto. Thursday, August 2nd. Friday, August 3rd. The Convention will meet to record the decision of The People of Ontario.

The Ladies have commanded us to make no distinction between men and women. We have obeyed. Red and Blue Badges will have exactly the same privileges.

At 8 p.m. THE WOMEN OF ONTARIO will take over the Arena and hold a meeting of endorsation. This will be conducted and advertised entirely by them. GOD SAVE THE KING.”

The Intelligencer August 1, 1917 (page 6)

“Women’s Mass Meeting In connection with Win-The-War Convention. Friday, August 3rd, 8 p.m., in the Arena, Toronto. Representative Women from the Great War Veterans’ Association will occupy chairs on the Platform.

Every Woman Who Loves Her Country Should Attend.

Every Woman who has a Husband, Son or Father in Khaki at the Front or training in Canada should attend this Meeting and express her determination, with the Men, to ‘carry on’ the War to a successful issue.

Every Woman engaged in Red Cross Work, Patriotic Work, Munition and all other work connected with the War is urged to attend the Meeting.

This is the first Mass Meeting for Women in connection with winning the War. It will be an historical event—put everything else aside and come.

Reduced Railway Fares. Single Fare plus 25 cents from all points in Ontario. Ask Ticket Agent for Certificate.

The Great War Veterans’ Band Will Provide the Music.”


100 Years Ago: County Organization to Plan Urban Help on the Farms

The Intelligencer July 31, 1917 (page 1)

“Crops Are Heavy But Laborers Are Few. ‘The war will be won by food and the nation with the last bushel of wheat will be the victor,—let us be that nation,’ said Professor William A. Parks, of Toronto University. …  Prof. Parks addressed a small gathering of citizens in the City Hall last evening and a local organization was started to form a central link in an organization taking in the entire county of Hastings and having for its purpose the encouragement of increased production, food saving, especially of foodstuffs that can be exported for the benefit of the allies, and anti-waste campaigns. …

Mr. John Elliott presided over the meeting and gave many helpful suggestions toward an effective organization. He will accompany Prof. Parks and Mr. D. A. McIntosh, District Agricultural Representative, upon a tour of Hastings County to organize for a greater production next year. …

There is only one possible solution of the difficulty—the employment of unskilled, urban help on the farms, and there is only one spirit that can be evoked to bring about this desirable end. The name of this spirit is Sacrifice. …  Given a supply of labor, let us say that 1,000 men, women and boys of the city of Belleville are willing to spend two weeks on a farm next summer. How can these good intentions be translated into deeds? Only by an effective organization and kindly co-operation between town and farm. …  It was decided to form a county organization.”


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