100 Years Ago: Khaki Club Dance, Letter from Pat Yeomans, Lionel Harris Wounded

The Intelligencer February 2, 1916 (page 2)

“Khaki’s Hold Successful Dance. Large Number of Young and Middle Aged Enjoy Evening at Popular Quarters. Under the auspices of the Khaki Club of Belleville, a dance was held last night in Prof. Johnstone’s Academy, Front street, which was largely attended. The affair proved to be one of the most enjoyable that has taken place in the city for some time. Upwards of 75 couples were present, and indulged in dancing until one o’clock this morning.

The orchestra of the 80th Battalion provided an excellent program and the spacious dance hall was most appropriately decorated for the occasion, whilst numerous lighted candles added to the scene. …  The costumes worn by many of the ladies present, were gorgeous.”

The Intelligencer February 2, 1916 (page 7)

“From Horace Yeomans. Belgium, Jan. 1, 1916. My dear Mother,—This is New Year’s morning early and I am on duty at the observation station. I was up at the time the New Year relieved the Old—and blamed glad he was to get away, I’ll bet, with all this war on his hands. I hope 1916 brings about the finish of this big useless scrap.

Well, we had an elegant Christmas celebration—one that most of those who attended it will not forget for a long time, I’m thinking. The dinner which was served up I’m sure could not be equalled in the Quinte or any other hotel, and was made up of everything nice and good to eat that there was in the dictionary. Everyone enjoyed himself at that dinner.

If the saying is true that ‘the British soldier fights on his stomach,’ it was a good thing Fritz left us alone that day. As it was, he was sportsman enough to respect the day and did not put over so much as one shell all day. …

Your parcels have come in regularly. We have gotten two from you lately and also the big one containing your Rainbow Club boxes. They were all tickled to death with those when I gave them around, and all desire me to thank the ladies of the Rainbow Club from the very bottoms of their hearts for their kindness and thoughtfulness. I believe some of them are going to write personally to ladies whose cards were found in various articles. …

Please remember me to all the folks at home and expect another letter before very long. With love, PAT.”

The Intelligencer February 2, 1916 (page 7)

“Wounded in France. Mr. and Mrs. E.G. Harris, residing on Catherine street in this city, have received word that their son, Gunner Lionel Harris, had been wounded in France. His shoulder was injured by a piece of shrapnel. Fortunately the wound was not of a serious nature. Lionel left Belleville with the 34th Battery.”