100 Years Ago: Bridge Street Church Unveils Honor Roll, Christmas Shopping, Women Munitions Workers

The Intelligencer December 4, 1916 (page 1)

“Patriotic Service at Bridge Street Church. Last evening the congregation of the Bridge Street Methodist Church of this city, held a service in honor of the boys who have gone to the front. An Honor Roll had been prepared which was covered with the Union Jack, and unveiled at the close of the service.

The pastor, Rev. Dr. Scott, gave a patriotic address, discussing the different phases of the war. …  The pastor then referred to the names of the four who had made the supreme sacrifice, Messrs. C.R. Burrows, H. Boyle, W.H. Green and H.E. Yeomans, and paid a splendid tribute to their gallantry, and expressed the sympathy of the church for the relatives and friends. He then read the names of those who had enlisted. …

After reading the list, Mr. F.E. O’Flynn, the according stewart of the church, was called upon to address the congregation and unveil the Honor Roll. …  Mr. O’Flynn in a feeling way expressed the deep sympathy of the members of the church for those who had died, also for those who were anxious for their boys who were in a post of danger. …

After paying a tribute to the bravery of all who had enlisted, the speaker said that after the war was over a tablet would be placed in the church of marble or brass, bearing the names of all the heroes who had been members of the congregation and enlisted in the cause. He appealed to those who had not yet gone, to help the boys at the Front. He read a recent poem on those who were left behind, and drew the Union Jack from the Honor Roll, unveiling it for the audience.

While the pastor read the names of the four men who died, the congregation rose and Professor Hunt played the Dead March in Saul, on the magnificent organ, which was never better rendered in this city. …  The service closed with ‘God Save the King’; the pastor pronounced the Benediction, and the large congregation slowly dispersed, showing that all were very much impressed with this service.”

The Intelligencer December 4, 1916 (page 3)

“Don’t Delay Your Xmas Shopping. The Christmas season is here, with its buying and giving problems, and under the abnormal conditions existing today these problems are more difficult to solve than before. With so many of the young men—sons, brothers, and fathers—across the seas, the Christmas buying season has been lengthened out because gifts and parcels to reach the soldiers by Christmas had to be sent away before the middle of November.

Yet there is a lot of buying to be done yet; in fact, merchants tell us that the spirit of buying is keen. People are now selecting the articles they wish and having them laid away until Christmas. This is a wise precaution, because the earlier you buy the better choice and service you can get. Putting it off until Christmas week is poor policy. It is not fair to the merchants, the clerks or yourself.”

The Intelligencer December 4, 1916 (page 4)

“Woman Workers in Munition Factories. ‘Women in the production of Munitions in Canada’ is the title of an exceedingly interesting Brochure of sixty-two pages, issued by the Imperial Munitions Board illustrating women in the production of War Munitions in Canada.

It has been often said that Canadian women would not respond in the call for help, that they could not make ammunitions; that they were not sturdy enough or hardy enough for such work.

If anyone still needs to be convinced of what women actually are doing in Canada in munitions works, he or she could not do better than procure one of the books referred to, or visit the factories where they are at work.

The photographs contained in the book before us are selected from a large number taken in the various factories in the Dominion in which women are employed. The pictures show women making shell fuses, in all the various operations, too technical to convey much if described, by mere words, but intensely interesting when seen in the pictures.

This department was formed by the Imperial Munitions Board to assist the Canadian Munition Manufacturers to cope with a depletion of male help and to prevent any diminution of output arising from such a cause, and the women in Canada have nobly responded to the call, and are doing their share not only in Munition Factories, but in every sphere of life, in which delicate hands can be utilized in assisting the empire in its work of suppressing tyranny and militarism.”