100 Years Ago: Belleville Thanked for Donation to 155th, British Red Cross Appeal, Girls as Bank Clerks

The Intelligencer October 17, 1916 (page 1)

“Council Thanked. Col. M. K. Adams, Commanding Officer of the 155th Battalion, wrote Mayor Ketcheson, thanking the Council for the donation of $400 to the battalion. The colonel stated the gift was most acceptable and would be used for the comfort of the men of the battalion. The many kindnesses extended to the battalion by the citizens of Belleville, were appreciated by officers and men alike.”

The Intelligencer October 17, 1916 (page 7)


“The Need of The Red Cross. Once again the people of Ontario are asked to give out of the largeness of their hearts to the great work of the British Red Cross. This is an opportunity and an obligation as well. The British Red Cross is the only institution which carries voluntary aid to the sick and wounded of the British forces on land and sea in every region of the war. …

Broadly speaking, the work of the British Red Cross is (1) The transportation of the sick and wounded. (2) Hospitals, rest and convalescent homes. (3) The provision of countless hospital and medical supplies, clothing and other comforts.

The war has reached its turning point. Canada was in at the start with a spontaneity that startled the world. Canada must be in at the finish with a reserve of effort that shows her spirit is undiminished. Concentration of effort and consecration to the cause will mean an earlier end to the war and the return of our sons, brothers and sweethearts in health, happiness and prosperity.

The British Red Cross needs millions of dollars to continue the work next year. Out of our abundance we can spare for a cause so worthy. Ontario will do well as each individual does his and her part. Remember the collection—October 19.”

The Intelligencer October 17, 1916 (page 7)

“Girls as Bank Clerks. The statement of Royal Bank officials that they now employ 700 women in their various offices as compared to only 250 previous to the war, serves to draw added attention to another phase of the powerful current of these, our times. Incidentally, the management state that taken as a whole these women are very satisfactory.

They are largely young girls recruited from business colleges and the usual business channels, but of late a new element has crept into supply. This is in reference to the fact that girls of well-to-do families who had not previously considered working are now beginning to fill the gap created by the absence of other bread winners or else simply in answer to the more insistent demand for their services. …  Financial Post.”