100 Years Ago: Tea Room at Ritchie’s Opens Again

The Intelligencer January 18, 1916 (page 1)

“Tea Room Is Auspiciously Opened. Under the auspices of Quinte Chapter of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire, in Belleville, a tea room was yesterday afternoon opened in the spacious millinery room of the Ritchie Company’s establishment, on Front street. The room which is in every respect an ideal place for such a function, was tastefully decorated with bunting and flags, whilst daffodils were the flowers used. Yesterday a number of citizens attended and partook of the tempting refreshments provided by the ladies.

The convenors this week will be Mrs. Dr. Marshall and Mrs. Walter Lingham; the second week, the Regent, Mrs. E.G. Porter and Mrs. F.B. Smith will be convenors; the third week, Mrs. R.J. Graham and Mrs. J.W. Johnson will be in charge and the fourth week, Mrs. Judge Fraleck and Mrs. C. Bogart. A number of ladies who are members of the Chapter, acted as waiters.”