100 Years Ago: Belleville Club Resolutions, Welcome to Sergeant Walter Hutcheson, No Canning Factory for 155th, Ad for Regal, Future of Returning Soldiers

The Intelligencer September 16, 1916 (page 1)

“Resolutions by Belleville Club. A meeting of the Directors of the Belleville Club was held in the club on Thursday 14th inst. at which the following resolutions were unanimously passed:—

Moved and carried that the Club extend a cordial invitation to the ladies of the various patriotic, benevolent and charitable societies of the city to avail themselves of the free use of the Club rooms one afternoon of each week for their various purposes. Particulars to be arranged with the Secretary, Col. Stewart.

Moved and seconded that after full and deliberate consideration, and considering the patriotic object with which the ‘Ontario Temperance Act’ has been enacted for the better defence of the Empire, this Club resolves that all the provisions of the act relating to Clubs be strictly observed, and that the use, barter, sale or keeping of intoxicating liquor upon the Club premises or by members therein be absolutely prohibited.”

The Intelligencer September 16, 1916 (page 1)

“Reception for Local Hero. Sergt. Walter Hutcheson, a member of the 15th Regiment of this city, who left here with the First Contingent, has been invalided home, and last evening he was accorded a most hearty reception. At 7.30 the 15th Regimental Band and the members of the 155th Battalion machine gun section, who were in the city, left the Armouries and proceeded to Sergt. Hutcheson’s parents’ residence on Foster Avenue, where the returned hero was placed in Col. Marsh’s automobile, in company with other returned heroes.

A parade was then formed and marched through several of the principal streets of the city. The returned Bellevillian soldier was acclaimed with cheers and applause on every hand. Mayor Ketcheson walked at the head of the parade along the route of march.

The two hose carts and hook and ladder wagon of the fire department helped to swell the procession and the clanging of the gongs led some to believe a fire was in progress. Chief Brown of the department was in command. After the parade Mayor Ketcheson made a few remarks, as did also Col. Marsh, and Sergt. Hutcheson returned his heartfelt thanks for the reception accorded him.”

The Intelligencer September 16, 1916 (page 3)

“Forget the Idea. No Canning Factory for the 155th Battalion. Belleville residents have somewhere got the idea that the 155th Battalion may come back there for the winter months, but the idea is ridiculed in military circles.

The 155th Battalion did splendidly when inspected by Gen. Lessard, and he gave a very direct hint that the next trip of the 155th would be overseas. Belleville had better make the necessary arrangements for trying to recruit if possible an equal to Col. Adams’ command.”

The Intelligencer September 16, 1916 (page 4)

Regal Ad

“After September 16th. Regal. Spell It Backwards. The Ontario Temperance Act comes into force on September 16th. After that date you will still be able to buy your favorite beverage. Geo. Sorgius, 35 Rivard Street, Montreal, will keep you supplied.”

The Intelligencer September 16, 1916 (page 5)

“The Future of Our Returning Soldiers. (Montreal Herald.) The national importance of doing our very best for our returning soldiers is strongly emphasized by Sir George Perley, High Commissioner for Canada in the United Kingdom.

In an interview with a correspondent at Ottawa, Sir George said: ‘I sometimes wonder if we Canadians even yet completely realize what a vast difference it will make to the country if we do our best for our returned soldiers. By doing our best for them, of course, I don’t mean treating them like children or fools, which they are not. Let us give them the warmest possible welcome when they arrive, but don’t let us stop at that. Don’t let us imagine that cheering them and patting them on the back will help them to make a living. …

The great majority of the soldiers who return invalided have fortunately the hope of a long life of useful and happy activity before them. Whether that hope will be realized depends on the treatment and training given them, and on their own willingness to take advantage of that training, both during their convalescence and later on. …

It will be remembered that the Federal Government, of which Sir George Perley is a member, long ago resolved on a policy of preference for men injured in their country’s service.”