100 Years Ago: City Council Passes By-Law for Patriotic Fund, Canadian Lumbermen a Hit in Britain, Final 155th Band Concert, St. Michael’s Church Furnishes Recruits

The Intelligencer May 30, 1916 (pages 1, 7)

“Thirty Thousand Dollar Bylaw Passed for Patriotic Purposes. At the City Council meeting last night considerable business was transacted, including the passage of a By-law to issue debentures for $30,000 to be applied to the Canadian Patriotic Fund. A number of recommendations were adopted. …  That the military authorities of Kingston be notified that if it is decided that the City of Belleville is liable for any or parts of the rent of the Canning Factory, used as a barracks for overseas troops, the city will not be responsible for the rent of the same after the 1st day of June, 1916.—Carried.”

The Intelligencer May 30, 1916 (page 1)

“Canadian Lumbermen Make Hit in Britain. More Are Wanted by British War Office—Skill Proved Revelation. Ottawa. So great a reputation has the Canadian Forestering Battalion under Lieut.-Col. MacDougall made for itself that more Canadian lumbermen are wanted by the British war office.

Two thousand are required. …  the idea was conceived that experienced Canadian lumbermen should be sent over as a battalion. They were put to work hewing down British forests and preparing the lumber. Their skill has been a revelation to the British authorities.

Their equipment also has impressed the war office and future forestering battalions will have a similar outfit.”

The Intelligencer May 30, 1916 (page 2)

“Final Band Concert. The 155th Battalion Band gave a concert on Victoria Park last evening, being the final appearance of the band before leaving for camp at Barriefield. Hundreds of citizens were present at the park, despite the threatening weather. The programme presented was thoroughly enjoyed by all present.

This musical organization, under the capable leadership of Bandmaster Hinchey, has improved wonderfully of late, and the music rendered is of a classic nature and up to date in every respect.”

The Intelligencer May 30, 1916 (page 7)

“St. Michaels Does Its Full Duty. Local Catholic Church Places Over 100 of Its Brave Lads in The Ranks of Recruits. That St. Michaels Church of Belleville has done its share toward furnishing recruits for overseas service will be seen by the …  list of stocky manhood who have joined the colors, many of whom are now at the front, more in training, and still there are more to follow. St. Michaels is to be congratulated upon its magnificent patriotic showing.”