100 Years Ago: Postmen to Deliver National Service Cards, James Vincent Ross Coming Home, Letter to Munitions Workers

The Intelligencer December 29, 1916 (page 1)

“Distribution of National Service cards by the letter carriers in Belleville commences to-morrow and the collection will start on January 3, Postmaster Gillen announced to-day. …

The letter carrier will ask the keeper of every house on his route how many males between the ages of 16 and 65 reside there and will leave a corresponding number of cards. The keeper of the premises is to distribute the cards to all the male residents in the house between the prescribed ages and to collect same and have them ready for the letter carrier when he calls for them. The letter carrier will check the number of cards returned with the number left at each house. …

Recipients of cards are asked to answer all the twenty-four questions and to write plainly.”

The Intelligencer December 29, 1916 (page 2)

“Coming Home. Mrs. J. V. Ross, No. 1, Emily St., received a letter from her husband, written by him on the 11th of December, stating he was expecting to sail for home in two or three days. Mrs. Ross is expecting him home with this boat that is about to land at Quebec.”

The Intelligencer December 29, 1916 (page 3)


“Imperial Munitions Board, Ottawa. To the Munitions Workers of Canada. The Imperial Minister of Munitions has entrusted to the manufacturers of Canada and their work people, the production of an important percentage of the shells which will be used at the front.

It is vital to the successful prosecution of the war that these munitions be delivered weekly as promised. The present delivery of shells (save in one size) is below the promised quantity, and the shortage has become so serious that it causes grave anxiety.

If we, who produce munitions at home, are to be worthy of the men who have gone to the front, we must set aside comfort and ease and personal gratification, and give undivided attention to munitions output. …

Neither the soldier nor the sailor will have his New Year’s Day free from duty. I appeal to the men and to the women engaged in munitions production in Canada, to forego Saturday afternoon, the 30th instant, and Monday, New Year’s Day, and to continue at their work. The sacrifice is small, but to those who make it will come the satisfaction of having discharged a clear obligation. Yours truly, J. W. Flavelle, Chairman.”