100 Years Ago: British Red Cross Society Appeal, September Red Cross Penny Bags, Final Leave for 155th, Farewell Party

The Intelligencer October 3, 1916 (page 1)

“British Red Cross Society. A communication was read in reference to the Council making arrangements to meet the latest appeal from the British Red Cross Society. Notice of the society’s needs of funds was received by Mayor Ketcheson from the Lieut.-Governor of Ontario.

It is proposed to make the collections on October 19. The British Red Cross Society spent in the first two years of war $15,000,000 and it is estimated that $8,750,000 will be required this year. Last year Belleville contributed $5,567.14 to this fund.

It was decided to have a special committee of the Council and citizens appointed to look after the matter.”

The Intelligencer October 3, 1916 (page 1)

“We Want Ever to impress the fact that the pennies you drop in the Red Cross Penny Bags from time to time, and never miss, when added together, make a considerable sum, for providing necessities and comforts for our boys in the trenches.

For the month of September we are very pleased to acknowledge an increase of nearly fifteen dollars over the collections for the month of August, though we still fall short of our two hundred dollar mark.

Cannot the children help more? This month one little boy was very happy because his bag contained a whole dollar saved from money earned and given him for treats.

This is the season of greater demands on our purses, increased expenses, but we must not forget that it is also the season that brings greater hardships and suffering to those who are fighting for us, and we can surely deny ourselves in some way, to evidence our sympathy and desire to help. We congratulate Ketcheson Ward in having once more risen to the first place in its givings. Keep it up Ketcheson Ward. …  Total $183.95.”

The Intelligencer October 3, 1916 (page 2)

“Their Final Leave. Members of A and B Companies of the 155th Battalion, who are residents of Belleville and vicinity, arrived here yesterday afternoon on their last pass to visit relatives and friends previous to going overseas. The boys will remain here until the latter part of the week.”

The Intelligencer October 3, 1916 (page 2)

“Farewell Party. Last evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Myles Huddlestone, 44 Great St. James Street, a farewell party was given to their son, John N. Huddlestone, who is about to leave for overseas with the 155th Battalion, and also James Huddlestone, brother of Mr. Myles Huddlestone.

A large company was present, and the evening was spent in games and amusements of various kinds. At eleven-thirty John was presented with a gold signet ring, and James with a silver wrist watch, after which each made a suitable speech. At midnight a dainty tea was served, and at an early hour this morning the guests took their departure, looking happy and well pleased.”