100 Years Ago: Women’s Patriotic and Red Cross Association, Call of Empire to Canadian Farmers

The Intelligencer April 10, 1916 (page 7)

“Soldiers’ Friends. One of the largest and most faithful organizations in connection with the needs of the soldiers in the city is the Women’s Patriotic and Red Cross Association. There is no membership fee required, all that is required is a faithful heart, willingness to work and a little enthusiasm. This organization has been splendidly maintained. …

There are 30 circles in the city all having some color as their badge. One connected with the Y.M.C.A. is called the ‘Green and White Circle,’ and Mrs. Mark Sprague is the convenor of this circle. There is a healthy rivalry between these circles and the magnificent work they have been doing can be appreciated when people know it costs about $100.00 a week for wool used for socks, and they have already delivered to the soldiers 8,000 pairs.

The funds are getting low and they need the support of the citizens. One of the ways in which they have raised funds is by holding teas under the auspices of the different circles. On Thursday last, Mrs. O’Flynn, Bridge St. East, threw open her home for the use of the ‘Green & White Circle’ and not only was an enjoyable time spent by the ladies and gentlemen who were present, but a nice sum was donated in assistance of the work.

The house was tastefully decorated with green and white flowers throughout. At the door, under the charge of Miss Davis and Miss Dillingham, on an oak stand stood a plate, which commemorated the Jubilee of Queen Victoria, and which had been presented to Mrs. O’Flynn at that time. It was quite appropriate and the guests deposited their donations on this plate. The net returns of the tea were $45.00. …

The 155th Batt., through the kindness of Col. Adams, dispensed beautiful music throughout the afternoon from four to seven o’clock. A large number were present and the scene was not only an interesting one but enlivened by the charming presence of a large number of Belleville’s ladies with a sprinkling of gentlemen, and these with the flags, green and white, and the oak panelling of the reception room, enlivened by the lighting, made the scene one of the prettiest that could be found throughout the country. …

It is to be hoped that the people in the city will see to it that the ladies are not restricted in their splendid work for want of funds and we mention this believing an intimation of this kind to the public will find a ready response. We congratulate the ladies on their splendid work.”

The Intelligencer April 10, 1916 (page 8)

Production and Thrift

“Production and Thrift. The Call of Empire Comes Again in 1916 to Canadian Farmers, Dairymen, Fruit Growers, Gardeners. What Is Needed? These in Particular—Wheat, Oats, Hay, Beef, Pork, Bacon, Cheese, Eggs, Butter, Poultry, Canned Fruits, Fruit Jams, Sugar, Honey, Wool, Flax Fibre, Beans, Peas, Dried Vegetables.

We must feed ourselves; feed our soldiers, and help feed the Allies. The need is greater in 1916 than it was in 1915. The difficulties are greater, the task is heavier, the need is more urgent, the call to patriotism is louder—therefore be thrifty and produce to the limit.

‘The Agricultural War Book for 1916’ is now in the press. To be had from The Publications Branch, Department of Agriculture, Ottawa. The Government of Canada. The Department of Agriculture. The Department of Finance.”