100 Years Ago: The Corby Co. and the River, James Clark Passes Away, North Hastings Given to Peterboro for Recruiting

The Intelligencer August 28, 1916 (page 2)

“The Corby Co. and the River. From what has developed it is only fair to ask the public to suspend judgment pending investigation as to the cause of the dead fish in the River. The company deny that anything poisonous, alcoholic or otherwise injurious to health is being deposited by them. The Provincial authorities are investigating.

The Corby Company are manufacturing only for the high explosives for the Allies in the present war. Apart from this, it would be too bad if Thurlow were to lose such a large industry through its being sent down.

We hope the official enquiry will clear the company and will also result (with the co-operation of the manufacturers) in doing away immediately with any possible cause of complaint.”

The Intelligencer August 28, 1916 (page 5)

“Private Clark of the 155th Passes Away. Private James Clarke, who was an efficient and much respected member of the 155th Battalion, died on Saturday night at Ongawonda Military hospital at Kingston.

Deceased was a resident of College Hill, Belleville, and the remains were brought here after being prepared for burial. Mrs. Clarke was at the bedside of her husband when the end came, and she is most profuse in her thanks for the treatment accorded her husband by the officers of the 155th and the hospital attendants. Inflammation of the kidneys was the cause of death.

Pte. Clarke, who was 43 years of age, was born at South Shields, England. Six years ago he came to Belleville, and was employed as a boiler maker at the G.T.R. shops here. …  Deceased was a member of Oxford Lodge, Sons of England, in this city, and was a member of the Tabernacle Methodist Church. …

The widow and a military escort accompanied the remains to Belleville. In addition to the widow a young son, George, survives. To them will be extended the heartfelt sympathy of all citizens.

Pte. Clarke was deservedly popular with his fellow workmen whilst working in the G.T.R. shop here. The funeral will be held under the auspices of the Sons of England and a military escort will also be present.”

[Note: Private James Clark died on August 27, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 67 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer August 28, 1916 (page 5)

“Making a Protest. Kingston Standard. There is considerable dissatisfaction over the fact that North Hastings has been turned over to Peterboro to form a part of the recruiting area for the 247th Battalion to be commanded by Lt.-Col. Johnston, with headquarters at Peterboro.

A strong protest has been made against the division of Hastings by the recruiting officer, and this protest will be maintained until North Hastings is returned to the fold of the county in which it is expected that a new battalion will be recruited and trained for the coming winter with Major Allen, now of the 155th Battalion in command.

The headquarters of the new battalion which will be recruited in Hastings and Prince Edward counties, will be Belleville, and in view of the fine showing that Belleville and Hastings have made in recruiting, it is claimed that a division of the county of Hastings, and the part given to Peterboro, is unfair and will result in injury to both Peterboro and Belleville in recruiting. …

Since the war began Hastings has done well, for out of it has gone men for the 2nd battalion, and many of the departmental corps at the commencement of the war. It raised the 39th Battalion, the 80th, and the 155th. It recruited a complete ammunition column, and has contributed to the 21st, the 59th, and quite liberally to artillery units and other infantry units now at the front, and the people feel that if permitted to keep their county as a whole, they can recruit another battalion.”