100 Years Ago: Madoc Boy Wins Military Cross, Good Old Belleville Doing Grand Work, Play at Holloway Street Methodist Church

The Intelligencer February 23, 1917 (page 1)

“A Madoc boy has been awarded decorations for service in the field. Lieut. Wm. R. Elliot, son of Mr. Wm. Elliot, Peterboro; formerly of Madoc, has been recommended by Sir Douglas Haig for the D. S. O. for the work in the Somme fighting.

Lieut. Elliott went out with his company, which with another company, was given a special duty, and in the attack his fellow officers were shot down. Lieut. Elliot jumped into the breach, the duty was performed and he brought the men back to their lines.

Lieut. Elliot, who has seen much fighting has never been wounded. He is now in England undergoing an operation. He enlisted at Lindsay.”

The Intelligencer February 23, 1917 (page 1)

“$75,000 Now a Certainty. Good Old Belleville Doing Grand Work. At the final luncheon, given by the Ladies of the Patriotic Association last evening at the Y. M. C. A. a general note of optimism was struck. The team Captains, who gave their experiences, were hopeful of big things today, the last day of the campaign, as well as reporting generally good results for the second day of the Campaign. …

Good receptions and success was reported by Ald. Deacon. He gave one experience which was most pleasing. That was of two soldiers’ wives, who walked into Headquarters, and subscribed $20.00 each. Saying that they had been so well treated by the patriotic people of Belleville that they had much pleasure in making this donation.

Mr. D. V. Sinclair had worked hard all day, and had met with a fair degree of success. The young men were certainly not responding, however, the young ladies of the city were doing nobly. In establishments where girls were employed they would cheerfully subscribe $5.00 and young men earning twice their salaries would give up $1.00.

Mr. Arthur McGee had met with very fair success. However, the bright and promising, and in fact, budding career of his team mate, Mr. John McFee, came near to being brought to an untimely end. One of the young self-sacrificing men in a local industrial establishment threatened to bounce a steel shillalah upon his noble dome. The threat was resented most strenuously by the doughty John, who requested the wielder of the said shillalah to come outside where there was more room for arm action. But the gentleman in question was ‘too proud to fight.’ So ended the argument. …

The luncheon was wound up by the passing of a vote of thanks to the ladies, for the splendid way in which they had responded to the call of duty. Everyone present joined heartily in singing ‘They are Jolly Good Fellows.’ After singing ‘God Save the King,’ the gathering was broken up.

CAMPAIGN NOTES. Don’t forget the big Auction sale on Saturday night at the Headquarters, Cor. Bridge and Front. Anyone having any donations to the Sale kindly drop them to Headquarters. The more the merrier.

The thanks of the Citizens are due to the hard working Canvassers. The time that they have given from their businesses and the energy and patience displayed throughout the three strenuous days shows an excellent spirit.

The 235th and 254th bands are also deserving of thanks for their part in the success of the undertaking, also the stenographers of the Ontario Business College for the time they gave in addressing the envelopes, etc. The Hydro-Electric Staff have done nobly also in preparing the lists. Also the Post Office Staff in getting out the circulars.”

The Intelligencer February 23, 1917 (page 3)

“Delightful Function for Worthy Cause. Under the auspices of the Ladies Aid Society in connection with Holloway Street Methodist Church of this city, a play entitled, ‘Our Church Fair,’ was given last evening, in the Sunday School, and it was a great success in every particular. The proceeds of the entertainment were for a most worthy object, namely, the Red Cross, and a goodly sum was realized. There was a large attendance, and all present heartily enjoyed the programme presented.

In addition to the play which was presented in a capable manner by all who took part, there were extra numbers consisting of vocal and musical selections. The 254th Orchestra, under the leadership of Bandmaster Lieut. Hinchey, was present, and the selections given were highly appreciated, they being of a high order. …

At the close of the programme dainty refreshments were served, and the singing of the National Anthem brought the pleasing evening’s programme to a close.”