100 Years Ago: No Foodstuffs or Clothing to Be Sent to Prisoners of War, Marsh & Henthorne Employees Contribute to Christmas Gifts, Letter from Sister Mastin, Two Brothers Killed in Action, Unfit Soldiers to Return, War Savings Certificates Selling Well

The Intelligencer February 1, 1917 (page 1)

“The Post Office Department is in receipt of a cablegram stating that no parcels containing foodstuffs or articles of clothing should be forwarded in future from Canada for Prisoners of War in Germany. …

The Canadian Red Cross Society through its London office undertakes that every Canadian prisoner shall receive adequate relief in food and clothing, sending one parcel every week to each prisoner. Therefore, existing Organizations should continue their work of collecting funds to be sent to the Canadian Red Cross Society; and it is most desirable that they should not relax their efforts in this respect.

Persons desiring to have additional food or supplies sent to a Canadian Prisoner should send money for that purpose to the Prisoners of War Department, Canadian Red Cross Society. …  The remittance should be in the form of a Post Office Money Order drawn in favor of the Prisoners of War Department, Canadian Red Cross Society, for the Prisoner of War in question. Any person wishing to send a remittance direct to a Prisoner of War may do so by means of a Post Office Money Order.”

The Intelligencer February 1, 1917 (page 2)

“Annual Meeting Marsh & Henthorn Shareholders. A Christmas present of one day’s pay was given to each employee. All in the organization from Manager and Superintendent to the errand boy are working hard to produce the maximum quantity of shells that can be turned out from the shops.

The esprit de corps shown is evidence in the fact that everyone in the organization voluntarily contributed one half-day’s pay to send Christmas remembrances to each of the 32 who have volunteered from the Office and Shops and are either overseas or in training to get there.”

The Intelligencer February 1, 1917 (page 2)

“From Sister Mastin. Dear Mrs. Bowell,—I received your lovely parcel, everything came just grand in it. The cake is simply fine. I gave the cigarettes to my patients and they were more than delighted with them. We had a grand picnic, our wards were all decorated with flags and evergreens, they looked lovely. We had plenty of good things to eat on Christmas day. …

How are all the Belleville people. It seems ages since I left my home. Miss Waters and Miss Jenkins are here with me, and they received numerous parcels from home, in fact I did too. Everybody is real good to me.

We are kept real busy all the time. It is just a year since I signed up. One can hardly realize where this year has gone, and this terrible war not anywhere near ending. …  So many of our Belleville boys have been killed lately. My, if this terrible war were only over and all back home how much more happier every one would be.

I think I have told you all the news I can think of. Thanking you once again for your parcel, which was so kind and thoughtful of you to send. Lovingly, Sister Mastin, No. 7 Canadian General Hospital, B. E. F. France.”

The Intelligencer February 1, 1917 (page 2)

“Two Brothers Make Supreme Sacrifice. Mrs. Joseph Pickell, residing at 319 ½ Church street, Belleville, has received official notification that her son, Private Isaac J. Pickell, has been killed in action, the death taking place on the 2nd of June, 1916. Private Clayton Pickell, another son was killed on May 24th, 1916. Both young men were well known in this city, and left here with the 39th Battalion. They were members of Court Moira Independent Order of Foresters. Mrs. Pickell and other relatives will receive the heartfelt sympathy in this, their hour of sore affliction.”

[Note: Private Clayton Pickell died on May 24, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 148 in the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

[Note: Private Isaac Joseph Pickell died on June 2, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 148 in the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer February 1, 1917 (page 3)

“Within the next few months twelve thousand disabled or medically unfit soldiers will return to the Province of Ontario alone, and the Soldiers’ Aid Commission of Ontario is face to face with a heavy problem in regard to their disposition.

It is expected they will come at the rate of between three thousand and four thousand a month. The highest number of monthly arrivals to date has been about seven hundred. The Commission has agencies in each large town and city to carry on its work. Every facility will be given in disabled or partially disabled men to learn new trades.”

The Intelligencer February 1, 1917 (page 6)

“The campaign for greater national saving has met with splendid support. The Canadian Manufacturer’s Association, Boards of Trade and other representative organizations have signified their willingness to assist to the fullest extent possible. Special appeals are being sent out by Sir Thomas White to the clergy, the press, mayors and reeves of municipalities, local trade unions, and also to the large employers of labor.

Many manufacturing firms have undertaken voluntarily to interest their employees in the war savings certificates and one at least—engaging in the manufacture of munitions—intends to inaugurate a plan whereby employees shall save a stated amount each week to buy the war saving certificates. Nearly five thousand certificates have already been issued.”