100 Years Ago: Patriotic Concert at Griffin Opera House

The Intelligencer August 26, 1914 (page 1)

“That the citizens of Belleville are thoroughly in earnest and prepared to do their duty in the present crisis was demonstrated last evening when the Griffin Opera House was filled to overflowing with an enthusiastic audience. The occasion was a patriotic concert, …  for the benefit of those who are left behind and dependent upon the brave volunteers who went to the front.

The response was most spontaneous. At the hour of eight o’clock nearly every seat in the spacious building was filled and shortly after many were compelled to stand. Although the price of admission was placed at 25 cents, a number were pleased to pay much more. …  Above the boxes on either side of the house, Union Jacks were displayed. The programme, which was varied in its character, including moving pictures, appealed to all, and was pleasing. ”