100 Years Ago: Khaki Club Evening, 235th Battalion Recruiting Meeting, Thurlow Red Cross, Schoolboys to Undertake Waste Paper Collection

The Intelligencer January 25, 1917 (page 2)

“The splendid musical programme at the Khaki Club, on Wednesday evening, was in charge of Professor Ernest Wheatley, assisted by Mrs. Wheatley, Miss H. Ketcheson, Miss Mildred Fagan, Miss Kathleen Diamond, and Miss Doris Vermilyea. In spite of many attractions in the city, there was a large crowd present.

The sensation of the evening was the playing of a most difficult piano solo by Professor Wheatley, with the entire keyboard covered with a sheet, which clever and most interesting performance met with great applause. …  Needless to say the boys were well looked after. The pleasant evening closed at ten o’clock with the singing of the National Anthem.”

The Intelligencer January 25, 1917 (page 2)

“The 235th Battalion’s recruiting meeting in the City Hall last evening was well attended. Pte. Whitley, an ex-naval man of the Grand Fleet, who was wounded six hours after the war was declared and was wounded again in the Battle of Jutland, after which engagement he was invalided out of the navy, gave a very realistic description of the fighting in which he took part.

He also described a Zeppelin raid on London, which occurred while he was on leave in that metropolis.It was in one of these raids that Pte. Whitley lost his little sister, whose death the ex-sailor means to avenge by signing up with the 235th Battalion. Pte. Whitley’s speech made a profound impression on those present. Other addresses were made by Mrs. Parsons and several officers of the Battalion. Capt. Buckley made a very efficient chairman throughout the evening.”

The Intelligencer January 25, 1917 (page 6)

“The Thurlow Red Cross. The first packing of the new year was held in Foxboro, January 9th, and although the weather was unfavorable, there was a good attendance of packers and plenty of goods ready to ship.

The ladies wish to thank Mr. G. A. Ketcheson of Wallbridge, for a barrel of very choice spy apples. $33 worth of tickets were sold for this, and Mr. Palmer of Corbyville had the lucky ticket. He gave the apples back and they were sold to Mr. Dunning for $10. So $43 were realized from that barrel. Mr. Lingham of Canifton, has given a hundred pounds of Reindeer flour, and tickets are now being sold for it.”

The Intelligencer January 25, 1917 (page 8)

“Waste Papers to be Collected and Baled—Proceeds of Sale Goes to I.O.D.E. for Patriotic Purposes. Under the auspices of the St. Julien Chapter, I.O.D.E. last evening about forty boys representing the High and Public Schools of the city were entertained at the Y.M.C.A. Lecture room. In addition to the boys Mayor Ketcheson, who occupied the chair was present as were also School inspector, Mr. H. J. Clarke and the Principals of the schools.

The object of the gathering was to organize the boys for a canvas of the city and collect old newspapers, magazines and waste paper in order that some may be baled and sold, proceeds to go to the Chapter for patriotic purposes.

A fine spread was provided and thoroughly enjoyed by all present. After supper brief addresses were given by the gentlemen present also by Mrs. Dr. MacColl, Regent of the Chapter.

Mayor Ketcheson was the first speaker and his address was to the boys. In his opening remarks he said that in a time like the present the boys as well as the men must do their part. We are liable to overlook the little things, but little things some times are large things, when they are properly looked after. …  Thousands of dollars are wasted yearly in this city by waste paper being burned or destroyed in some other way. If we can gather this paper at least $4,000 could be made in a year by having this waste paper gathered up.

He would see that a building was secured and a press will be installed. The boys, he would ask to bring the waste paper to have the same pressed. It will be styled Waste Paper Campaign. …  Mr. A. E. Thrasher said he would do all he could to assist in this matter. The boys in Queen Mary School were collecting old paper and saving it.

Principal McLaurin of the High School said the boys had a goal before them namely to make $4,000 a year. The ladies and boys can successfully carry out most anything. If the boys put their vim into the scheme it will prove a great success.

The success lies in securing a large quantity of waste paper. He would pledge the support of the staff, the girls and the boys of the High School to this scheme.

Mr. Simpkins said Grier Street School would do all they could in this matter. He also advised the boys to learn knitting. He and his wife have already knitted a hundred pairs of socks and he knit one half that number. (Applause.) …

All the boys present agreed to assist in the new enterprise. On motion of Max Herity seconded by Master Gordon Robertson a hearty vote of thanks was tendered the ladies for the bountiful spread provided.”