100 Years Ago: Belleville Boys to Attend Conference

The Intelligencer November 9, 1916 (page 1)

“Belleville Boys to Attend Conference. Tomorrow (Friday) a group of Belleville boys will leave on the early train for Toronto, to attend the Annual Older Boys’ Conference. This is one of the series of nine such conferences being promoted by leaders in boys from the churches and the Y.M.C.A. The first of the series was held at Charlottetown P.E.I. …  The leaders travel across the country to the western coast, hold the last conference in Vancouver. …

The purpose of the conferences is to give an impetus to the work of building boys to take the place of the gallant Canadian men who have paid and will pay the supreme sacrifice.

The names of the boys who have already made application are as follows: Armstrong Andrews, Jack Barlow, Allan Boyle, Arthur Blackburn, Gordon Chute, Lorne Deeton, Albert Duesberry, Mac Hill, John McGie, Porte Marshall, Clare Mott, Oliver Owen, Ernest Taylor, Edwin VanBuskirk, Tracey Walker, Edward Wallbridge, Reginald Watson. Some of these are delegates from local Sunday Schools.

Yells and songs have been composed, and the boys are determined to make themselves heard.”