100 Years Ago: Marmora and Lake to Donate to Red Cross Societies, William Dingman Killed in Action, Local Jewish Congregation to Contribute to Relief Fund

The Intelligencer October 27, 1916 (page 1)

“To Levy Half a Mill. At a special meeting of the Patriotic Association of the municipality of Marmora and Lake, it was unanimously decided to ask the Municipal Council to grant to the British and Canadian Red Cross Societies $600, to be raised by a direct levy of one-half mill on the dollar. It was decided not to appeal to the citizens personally for subscriptions at present.”

The Intelligencer October 27, 1916 (page 2)

“Pte. Dingman Killed at the Front. Mrs. S. H. Dingman, residing on 175 Bridge Street, east, Belleville, yesterday received the following sad message: Ottawa, Oct. 26th, 1916. Mrs. S. H. Dingman, Belleville, Ont. Deeply regret to inform you that 8200, Private William Andrew Dingman officially reported killed in action on October 6, 1916. Officer in charge Record Office.

Private Dingman referred to was well known in Belleville, and was much respected by a large circle of friends. He was 28 years of age and unmarried. He enlisted in Belleville when the war first broke out and left with the first contingent. He was under command of Capt. E. D. O’Flynn and but few of his comrades of that battalion are surviving. Private Dingman at one time owned a garage on Campbell Street in this city.

In addition to the mother, one brother, Harry, of Detroit, and two sisters Mrs. M. S. Hogle, of Belleville and Mrs. Snellgrove survive. To the bereaved will be extended the heartfelt sympathy of relatives and friends.”

[Note: Private William Andrew Dingman died on October 6, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 64 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer October 27, 1916 (page 2)

“Local Jews Contribute to Relief Fund. This month the local Jewish congregation, consisting of about twelve families, celebrated their Atonement Day, and according to custom, they made offerings to charity, and this year, on the recommendation of Mr. M. Tobe, President, Mr. J. Diamond, Vice-President, Mr. N. Dine, Secretary, and Mr. D. Phillips, Treasurer, the congregation are giving the entire amount to the Jewish War Relief Fund of Russia. …

There is also a recent society formed by the Belleville Jewish ladies for the purpose of collecting and contributing to Jewish War Relief charities.”