100 Years Ago: Belleville Y.M.C.A. Assists Soldiers, 155th Battalion Band Serenades Garnet Dobbs

The Intelligencer March 30, 1916 (page 7)
“What Belleville Y.M.C.A. Is Doing for the Soldiers. The above cut illustrates one of the features of the Young Men’s Christian Association, and it ought to be of interest to the citizens of Belleville to know that this represents a company of about 80 soldiers emerging from the Association Building after their daily morning swim. This has occurred every week day this winter. The Association has already recorded over four thousand five hundred baths and swims since the soldiers have been using their free privileges. This is in addition to the free writing room and material supplied. Open day and evenings.

A class of 50 officers are taking a special Physical Training Course occupying the Gymnasium from nine a.m. to four p.m. daily for a week or ten days.

The Bowling Alleys seem to be a source of great attraction for the men and the League games are being run off this week.

The Y.M.C.A. doors are open to assist the men in service in every possible way and a welcome is extended to all.”

The Intelligencer March 30, 1916 (page 7)

“Out Serenading. Yesterday afternoon the fine band connected with the 155th Battalion, were out on parade and serenaded one of their members, Mr. Garnet Dobbs, who has been confined to the house for some days by illness.

The music furnished by the band was enjoyed by all who heard it. Bandmaster Hinchey was in command.”