100 Years Ago: Belleville Company Receives Orders for Sheets and Mackintoshes, John Storms Dies of Wounds, Pollyanna Club Meets, Belleville Patriotic Chorus Is Formed, Andrew Stark Missing, Ad for Waters’ Drug Store

The Intelligencer October 25, 1916 (page 1)

“Substantial Orders for Belleville Industry. Maple Leaf Tire Company Receives Orders for Canadian Made Rubber Sheets and Mackintoshes to the Extent of Nearly One Million Dollars. A representative of the British Government was in this city last week with a view to placing an order with The Maple Leaf Tire Company, Limited, resulting in a visit by President Long of the Company, to the purchasing commission at Ottawa, who returned last evening with orders for Canadian made rubber blankets.

The work called for is of a very delicate nature, the success of the production resting principally with the finishing process. Until the Maple Leaf process came into vogue, no Canadian company has been able to turn out blankets equal to those required by the British Government. …

Until the local plant is completed and in running order, these blankets will be made outside the present factory, but the work of placing the Belleville establishment in commission will be pushed with the greatest speed. …

When in full running order it will be an industry of which Belleville may have every reason to feel proud. Mr. Long goes to Ottawa Thursday, to complete arrangements for the orders.”

The Intelligencer October 25, 1916 (page 1)

“Another Life Sacrificed. A message was last evening received in this city from the Record Office, Ottawa, conveying the sad intelligence that Private J. E. Storms, of Belleville had on October 15th died of wounds.

Deceased enlisted and went overseas with the 80th Battalion. Mrs. Storms is at present staying at Prince Edward County where the message was sent to her this morning.”

[Note: Private John Edward Storms died on October 15, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 169 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer October 25, 1916 (page 1)

“Annual Meeting of The Pollyanna Club. On Friday evening the Pollyanna Club were entertained to supper by Mrs. R. J. Graham, at the Quinte, after which their annual meeting took place. …

Red Cross work for the coming winter was discussed, and it was decided to raise funds for this purpose by accepting Mr. Lattimer’s kind offer of his tea-room, which the Pollyannas will open almost immediately.

This club of young girls, formed before the war began, has proved itself of sterling worth the last two years, under their Honorary President and chaperon, Mrs. Graham, and they deserve the patronage of the public in this enterprise they are undertaking.”

The Intelligencer October 25, 1916 (page 1)

“A Belleville Patriotic Chorus. At the Y.M.C.A. last evening a meeting was held comprising organists, choir leaders and leaderesses of the various choirs of the churches in the city. The meeting was fairly representative. Its object was to consider the advisability of forming a union of the choirs of the city for the purpose of taking part and giving entertainments for purely patriotic purposes.

On motion, Mr. J. J. B. Flint was voted to the chair, and he called upon Prof. Hunt, who explained the object of the meeting. …  The organization could even assist in raising a memorial for the brave boys who have given their lives for us. The leaders of the various choirs could take hold of the matter and discuss it among the members of the choir. …

After some informal discussion as to practices, etc., it was decided that no entertainment would be put on until after the holiday season. The meeting then adjourned.”

The Intelligencer October 25, 1916 (page 1)

“Belleville Boy Missing. Mrs. Stark, of this city, this morning received the following telegram: which refers to her husband who enlisted in the 59th Battalion. Ottawa, Ont., Oct. 24th. Mrs. Catherine Stark, 173 Mary Street, Belleville, Ont.

Sincerely regret to inform you that 455,153 Pte. Andrew Stark, infantry, officially reported missing since Oct. 4th, 1916. Will send further particulars when received. Officer in charge Records.”

[Note: Private Andrew Stark died on October 8, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 167 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer October 25, 1916 (page 8)


“SOLDIERS bring us your films. Let us do your Developing and Printing. Special vest pocket Camera. The ANSCO $7.00 each—8 exposures. Waters’ Drug Store. 213 Front St., Phone 105.”