100 Years Ago: Notice of Soldier Returning, Red Cross Penny Bag Collection, Patriotic Fund Campaign Organized, Ladies’ Rifle Club Run Tea and Card Party

The Intelligencer February 7, 1917 (page 7)

“From Corp. W. H. Izzard. Dear Mrs. Sherry:—I have greatest pleasure in writing to you a few lines of which you will think it very strange . Learning from a friend you have never met, but the reason is, I would like to tell you I have had the pleasure of seeing your brother, Ernest.

By the way Ernest was in a chair in the hospital, of which I was visiting and I thought I knew him, as I had seen his photo some time ago in Belleville and very mysteriously I asked the nurse his name and she said she did not know, and I remarked, ask him if his name is Carr and the reply was yes, and believe me, I was very pleased to see him and on giving my opinion of him, he is most happy and interesting under the circumstances, and is looking just fine. The strange way in which I found him after me trying to find him for months. I have had the pleasure of seeing his legs dressed and they are healing fine, he has never felt better since he left France, than he does at the present time.

I might say that he will turn up by surprise one of these days, as he has his transportation fixed for coming home either this week or next. I am sure you will give him a good reception, and I am sure if you put the public wise, they will have the band for him. So don’t fail to do that, will you? I just wrote these few lines to put you wise to the fact that he is coming home, shortly. Well, now I will close trusting that Ernest will arrive safely. I am enclosing the compliments of the Season. I remain, Yours truly, Wm. Harold Izzard. Formerly of 27 Grier Street, Belleville.”

The Intelligencer February 7, 1917 (page 7)

“$279.48. Many, many thanks to all of our interested friends, who have with their generous assistance not only met, but exceeded the twenty-nine dollars, the aim set by the Red Cross Penny bag collectors for January.

Encouraged by this response to our standard, we intend to press on to greater things, and make our aim for February $300. And please don’t anybody give back your penny bags, because you think them a petty nuisance.

We don’t want to bother anyone, nor to press you into giving what you feel you cannot afford. What we do want, is everybody’s continued interest and co-operation, and one penny or two will be gratefully accepted, if that is all you can spare. Please notify  one of the workers or take your bag to your district convenor, if it is not emptied each month.

Baldwin ward has the largest amount ever achieved by any ward, and has exceeded its own highest mark by five dollars. Murney has made a similar increase. Sampson is six and Coleman eight beyond their best giving. Foster a few cents ahead. Ketcheson and Bleecker a few dollars short of their best record. But every ward shows a decided increase on the month of December.”

The Intelligencer February 7, 1917 (page 7)

“The Patriotic Fund Campaign Well Organized. On Monday evening a meeting of the executive of the Patriotic Fund Campaign was held at the Public Library. …  It was decided not to have public meetings, but by means of advertising draw attention to the campaign to be held on February 21st, 22nd and 23rd. It was also decided to have a supper each evening during the campaign, and the ladies will be asked to provide same. …

Chairmen and vice-chairmen of wards were selected. …  Their work is laid out. The teams will select their teams of workers. They will be supplied with lists (by the campaign committee of people to be canvassed on the block system. All employers are requested to send in names of employees with house address. The financial committee will wait on manufacturers, the large donors and outsiders. A large lot of lithographs are ready on hand and will be distributed.”

The Intelligencer February 7, 1917 (page 7)

“The ladies of Belleville who are members of the Ladies’ Rifle Club of this city, are to be congratulated upon the success which attended their efforts yesterday, when in the afternoon they gave a tea in the tea room of Hotel Quinte and in the evening held a progressive euchre and Bridge party in the armouries. Both functions were most enjoyable and liberally patronized. Many partook of the tea provided, and it is needless to state that it was all that could have been desired.

The affair in the evening attracted a large number and a most enjoyable function it was. The officers’ quarters were used by those who indulged in playing bridge, while the lecture room was filled with those playing progressive euchre. The rooms were most tastefully decorated by the adept hands of the ladies, while upon the tables were candlesticks with lighted candles. At the conclusion of the card competition dancing was indulged in until an early hour this morning.

The object of the function was to provide field comforts for the boys at the front and a goodly sum was realized. All the members of the Club worked assiduously for the success of the affair and their labors were not in vain. Those who were successful in securing prizes were as follows. Bridge.—Miss Amy Wallbridge, Mrs. Abbott, Miss Ethel Cunningham and Mr. J. V. Truiasch. Euchre.—Mrs. Boyce, Miss Willoughby and Mr. Wallbridge. Five Hundred.—Miss Kathleen Milburn.”