100 Years Ago: Towel Shower, Prisoner Archie Cooke, Intelligencer Tobacco Fund, 39th Battalion Marches Past Schools

The Intelligencer June 17, 1915 (page 1)

“A very successful Towel Shower and afternoon tea was held yesterday at the home of Mrs. (Dr.) MacColl, and Mrs. J.P. Thomas, Victoria Ave., by the Quinte Chapter, I.O.D.E. The towels, of which there were a large number, will be sent to one of the Canadian Base Hospitals in France in a miscellaneous box of hospital supplies.

The Regent, Mrs. E. Guss Porter, received with Mrs. MacColl and Mrs. Thomas. Tea and coffee were served by Mrs. Corby and Mrs. J.W. Johnson.”

The Intelligencer June 17, 1915 (page 3)

“Mrs. Cook has received the following letter from her son, who is a prisoner in Germany:—Kriegsgefangenenlager. Geissen, April 30th, 1915. Dear Mother,—Well, I suppose by the time this reaches you, you will be quite worried over the report that I was missing. You needn’t worry any longer, for I shall pull through alright.

I bet the papers are certainly publishing something these days! Last Thursday night we went into the trenches. Saturday afternoon we were taken prisoners. We simply had to surrender. There was nothing else to do. The whole time we were there it was awful. Well, Ma, you and the rest needn’t worry, for we are in a good place—good barracks and grounds. …

Please don’t send any newspapers or clippings, and be careful not to say anything out of the way in your letters. …  All letters are dearly welcomed, but be careful. It takes such a long time for a letter to go home. I hope you and the rest are in good health and enjoying life. I am well. Good-bye, ARCHIE.”

The Intelligencer June 17, 1915 (page 3)

“Intelligencer Tobacco Fund. To Provide the Soldiers at the Front With Tobacco, Cigarettes and Chewing Gum. We have received a gratifying start for the fund we opened yesterday, but hope to be able to publish a much longer list of subscriptions tomorrow.

The fund should particularly appeal to young men, who up to the present have possibly not given a cent to the Patriotic Fund. Unless they are acquainted with young ladies belonging to Knitting Circles they have probably never been asked to contribute. Here is an easy means of showing their appreciation of the tiring and hazardous work being carried out by the boys from Belleville and neighborhood in the trenches. They have declared over and over again that a cigarette affords real pleasure when they are not actually fighting; and it is up to us all to make the lives of our brave soldiers as comfortable and happy as possible.”

The Intelligencer June 17, 1915 (page 3)

“The 39th Batt. School Parade. Board of Education Thank Col. Preston for the March Past the Schools. Lieut. Colonel Preston, Commanding 39th Battalion, C.E.F. Belleville,—Dear Colonel Preston,—I am desired by the Board of Education of the City of Belleville to express to you their very cordial appreciation of your public spirited kindness in today visiting the schools of the city, and inspiring the boys and girls and also the teachers with a new note of patriotism and loyalty which will have for its special objective hereafter the gallant Battalion which you have the honor to command.

Your parade was an object lesson which the boys and girls will never forget, and the hearty God Speed, which you received from every School and Scholar will accompany you wherever you go. …  Again thanking you most heartily and feeling sure that we do so not merely on behalf of the board, but also on behalf of the parents and fellow citizens of those animated children who cheered you today. I am Yours sincerely, W.N. Ponton, Lt.-Col. Chairman.”