100 Years Ago: Update on Belleville Y.M.C.A. Campaign, The Khaki Club

The Intelligencer November 16, 1916 (page 1)


“About $4300. Subscribed to Y.M.C.A. Fund. The Campaign to raise $15,000 for the Belleville Y.M.C.A. is making steady progress.

Yesterday the total subscriptions reached $2,438.50, which together with the first day’s reports brings the total to date up to $4283.50. It is understood that there are some subscriptions of larger amounts, which it is hoped will be secured to-day.

The workers are encouraged, and leaving no stone unturned to win in the campaign. Much hard work, however, needs to be done in the two remaining days of the Campaign. A most earnest appeal is being sent out by the managers of the Campaign to every citizen of Belleville to do something. The Association feels that this is an exceptional opportunity for our citizens to show their interest in the young men and boys of Belleville, by contributing to the Campaign fund. …

There has never been a time in the history of Belleville Y.M.C.A. when they were doing as much for the soldiers that have been staying in our city, not only as the Association providing comfortable sleeping rooms for them, but they have had many other things and hundreds of them have come to the building, which has been their headquarters for the past three months.

The Association feels that the work that is being done for boys of Belleville, is also very important. 35 boys have volunteered their help in the Campaign and are giving all their spare time to the canvass.

The directors feel that no citizen or tax bearer can be indifferent to a Campaign that is going to mean so much for the welfare of the city. The basis of all business and moral prosperity, is always centred in the character of our young men.

Only two days remain of the Campaign, and the Board of Directors wish every citizen to do his part to help win out for one of the most necessary and valuable institutions in the City of Belleville.”

The Intelligencer November 16, 1916 (page 8)

“The Khaki Club. Ladies night at the Club was much enjoyed by the men of the 235th Battalion. A bright musical programme was given by Miss Helena Vermilyea, Miss Doris Vermilyea and Miss Moore. The canteen was in charge of Miss Eva Panter, Miss Philinda Docter and Miss C. Docter, assisted by Miss Dolan, Miss Bessie Dolan and Miss Hunter. The evening ended at 10.30 by the singing of the National Anthem.

The Club is greatly in need of a rug or carpet for the music room. One that has been slightly used would be much appreciated.”