100 Years Ago: 80-Year-Old Knits 100 Pairs of Socks, Concert by 254th Battalion Band, George Irvine Enlists, Edward Bellow Is Wounded

The Intelligencer January 2, 1917 (page 2)

“The Soldiers’ Friend. Great honor is due Mrs. James Nobes of Wallbridge, who at the age of 80 years, has knitted 100 pairs of socks for the boys in the trenches. Surely this aged lady has done her bit for the soldiers.”

The Intelligencer January 2, 1917 (page 2)

“At Griffin’s Opera House on Sunday night, a large audience appreciated greatly a sacred concert which was given by the 254th Battalion band. Under the capable leadership of Bandmaster Hinchey, a number of tuneful selections were rendered in a manner that was most pleasing to all present. Bandsman Ayling gave a brief but appropriate recruiting address, and a ladies’ quartette composed of Mesdames Grant, Allen, Nicholson and Duff, rendered a selection which was greatly appreciated.”

The Intelligencer January 2, 1917 (page 2)

“Closed Old Year by Enlisting. George A. Irvine, of the Belleville Post Office staff, is now a full-fledged gunner in the overseas draft of the Cobourg Heavy Battery. He decided to start the new year right and was sworn in at Cobourg on Saturday night.

There are still a few vacancies in the sixth draft which will be leaving for England shortly, and authority is expected this week for the raising of the seventh draft, which several other Belleville men have signified their intention of joining as soon as authorized.”

The Intelligencer January 2, 1917 (page 7)

“Edward Bellow in Scotch Hospital. Mrs. Edith Asselstine, 78 Mill Street, Belleville, On. Dear Madam:—I have the honor to state that information has been received by mail from England, to the effect that 219365 Pte. Edward Bellow, Canadian Expeditionary Force, was admitted to the Voluntary Aid Detachment Auxiliary Hospital, Perth, Scotland, on November 30th, 1916, suffering from a shrapnel wound in the left groin.

Any further communication received will be sent to you without delay. I have the honor to be, Madam, Your obedient servant, Frank Beard, Record Office.”