100 Years Ago: Patronize Own Mills, Tea Room in Ritchie’s

The Intelligencer January 12, 1915 (page 1)

“Upon the liberal response of the Belleville Sunday Schools to the appeal for one hundred bags of flour for the Belgian sufferers, a prominent local resident (not a milling man, or interested therein) has dropped the suggestion in the ear of The Intelligencer scribe that it would be an excellent plan to secure the flour from Belleville flour mills, thus not only furnishing the money, but procuring the finished product within the city limits.

What is to hinder our shipping direct from our own city, providing it can be procured as cheaply as elsewhere. The money is ready, and the mills, we are sure, can turn out the flour in a reasonably short time. Let us patronize home, if possible.”

The Intelligencer January 12, 1915 (page 3)

“Quinte Chapter I.O.D.E. of this city yesterday afternoon opened up a tea room in the eastern part of the millinery

The Ritchie Company on Front Street, Belleville, exterior and interior views
The Ritchie Company on Front Street, Belleville, exterior and interior views

department of the Ritchie Company store, and will continue it for at least four weeks. The spacious and comfortable apartment was kindly donated to the chapter by the firm, and it has been transformed into a room of beauty and comfort. Flags and bunting are in profusion, being arranged in a most artistic manner. The ladies in charge are sparing no pains to make the adventure a success.

The proceeds are in aid of the Children’s Aid Society of this city, and the Belgium fund. From the hours of 4 to 6 p.m. a tea is served. …  Yesterday, the opening day, was well patronized. Suitable music is rendered during the serving of refreshments. …  The amount realized yesterday was $9.00.