100 Years Ago: Three Thousand per Month for Patriotic Fund, More News of Construction Battalion, Letter of Thanks, Ad for Canadian Patriotic Fund

The Intelligencer January 27, 1917 (page 1)

“A Grant of Three Thousand per Month for Patriotic Fund. This Sum Was Passed by the County Council Almost Unanimously. Moved by Mr. Montgomery, seconded by Mr. Naylor, that this Council give $3,000 per month to the Patriotic Fund. Mr. Vermilyea thought the grant should be the same as last year, namely $2,000 per month. He moved an amendment to that effect. The situation does not demand the increase.

Mr. Montgomery said he made the motion, and he would support it. We must see that those left behind do not suffer. Farmers, manufacturers, merchants and laborers havc doubled their earnings since the war commenced. Not a man in Hastings County would feel the extra amount named. …  After some further discussion the motion prevailed.”

The Intelligencer January 27, 1917 (page 2)

“A Construction Battalion. With the advent of the 257th Railway Construction Battalion into the local recruiting field, some impetus to the record of recruit-taking may be looked for, on account of the great latitude allowed this corps. The 257th is the first battalion to test out the new physical qualifications which were announced from Ottawa the same day the 257th took the field.

These regulations are much easier to pass than the former ones. A man who is deaf in one ear, or whose vision in one eye is slightly below par, or with some other slight disability, can join this battalion. There are so many men who have offered their services and have been turned down for some minor physical cause that these new orders are keenly welcomed by them. These men cannot see why they should be kept from going to France on account of something or other that has nevcr interfered with their efficiency.

An interesting fact about the 257th is the large number of officers who have had previous railway construction experience during the building of the Transcontinental. As a matter of fact, so many of the builders of this line have been taken on by Col. Martin that the unit has been dubbed the Transcontinental Battalion. …  The 257th has opened a recruiting office at Midland and has opened one in Belleville district. …  It is understood that the 257th has recruited nearly 500 men since January 11th, so prospective recruits in this part of Ontario, should join quickly, or it may be too late.”

The Intelligencer January 27, 1917 (page 6)

“Ontario Military Hospital, Orpington, Kent. Dear Mrs. McFee: Will you convey our heartfelt thanks to the Roslin and Plainfield Women’s Institute to whom we are indebted for cases of feather pillows which reached us this morning. They are in the best of condition and are most useful. They will make many of the men more comfortable than we could make them with issue pillows.
Again many thanks.

You ladies of Belleville have been so very good to us. It seems to me almost every month we have some token that you are thinking of our men, and with best wishes for the New Year, I am, Yours sincerely, G. McPherson, Ass’t Matron.”

The Intelligencer January 27, 1917 (page 10)

“Good-bye, Mother, Don’t Worry! Good-bye—trusting to God to bring him home to her safely—if that be His will.

Good-bye—trusting in you and me to see his Mother through while he, her natural support and defender, is somewhere in France, facing shot and shell for God, for right, and for native land. The Canadian Patriotic Fund. Give As Your Own  Heart Prompts You to the Patriotic Fund.”