100 Years Ago: Lieutenant-Colonel Scobell Extends Thanks, Red Cross Concert at Cannifton, Recruits Wanted for Production, Ernest Carr Becomes Corbyville Postmaster, Poster for Canadian Army Film

The Intelligencer March 3, 1917 (page 1)

“Extended Thanks. Belleville, Ont., March 3, 1917. From Officer Commanding, 235th O. S. Battalion, C.E.F. To The Editor, of The Intelligencer.

Sir:—Will you allow me through your valuable columns to extend to the citizens of Belleville, Ont., our most grateful thanks for the many, many kindnesses which have been showed upon us by all classes since we came among you.

Particularly I desire to thank the Mayor, and Council, the City Clergy, and various Patriotic Societies, the ladies of the Khaki Club, and the gentlemen of the press. All have done everything that was possible to promote our happiness and make our stay here both pleasant and profitable.

I extend to all our sincere wish that their future may be good, that fortune may smile upon them, and the hope that in happier times we may be able once more to see our friends of Belleville and to celebrate and enjoy with them the benefits of a successful peace. With many thanks to you, dear sir for your many personal acts of kindness, believe me, Your obedient servant, S. B. Scobell, Lt.-Col. On behalf of the officers, non-commissioned officers and men, of the 235th O. S. Battalion, C. E. F.”

The Intelligencer March 3, 1917 (page 6)

“Successful Red Cross Concert at Canifton. A successful concert to raise funds for the local Knitting Circle was held at Canifton on Wednesday night in the Town Hall, which was crowded to the doors. The chair was occupied by Rev. Chas. G. Smith, and the main part of the programme consisted of a drama in four acts entitled ‘The Village Doctor,’ which was put on in pleasing style. …

An orchestra of twelve pieces of the 254th Battalion played five numbers, under the direction of Sergt. Dobbs, to the delight of the large audience. A number of recitations were given during the evening, which were well received. Lieut. Coulter, Reeve of Stirling, delivered a rattling good recruiting address and a feature of the evening was the recitations of little Miss Mildred Lloyd, whose father is a soldier, now overseas.

Mrs. Dr. Bert Faulkiner, in a neat little speech, expressed the thanks of the Thurlow Red Cross Society, of which she is president, and which has nearly eighty circles under its auspices, to all the entertainers and announced that the proceeds amounted to $75.”

The Intelligencer March 3, 1917 (page 6)

“Recruits Wanted for Production. Just as surely as lack of food is strangling Germany day by day, so plenty of food is winning the victory for the allies. The French armies, for instance, were never better fed than now, for France cannot forget the awful lesson of 1870—the failure of her food supply. To this she attributed the loss of that war. …

Canada and Britain have a huge army of fighting heroes on the line; every man MUST have plenty of food, in spite of a world shortage. Upon Canada’s food production all principally rely.

The Farmers of Ontario Urgently Need Help. The Department of Agriculture appeals to men and boys to enlist in the farm help campaign. The Department appeals to men unfit for military service, or who find it impossible to enlist in the army. Do your ‘bit’ by helping to increase production of foodstuffs. This is your hour of opportunity.

The farmers of Ontario need the help of retired farmers, of men following no occupation (retired), of business men who can spare a portion of their time. We appeal to all who can so arrange their ordinary affairs to plan to help some farmer friend, particularly in seed time and harvest.”

The Intelligencer March 3, 1917 (page 7)

“A Well Merited Recognition As It Should Be. Corporal Ernest Carr, who returned to his home in Belleville a few days ago, minus two legs, which he lost in battle while fighting in the trenches in France, has been recommended by W. B. Northrup, Esq., M.P. for East Hastings to fill the vacant Postmastership at Corbyville made vacant by the resignation of the Postmistress, owing to ill health. This is as it should be and Mr. Northrup deserves credit and the thanks of his constituents for what he has done.

There were many applicants for the position, and one of whom, under other circumstances, would have claims on their representative for the position but will relinquish them in favor of the returned crippled hero. Mr. Carr was an assistant engineer in the employment of the Grand Trunk Railway when he enlisted. It is such men whose services to King and country, who should be not only recognized but rewarded. Let the policy be continued.”

The Intelligencer March 3, 1917 (page 9)

“The Canadian Army in Action and the Advance of the Tanks. The official moving pictures of the Battle of Courcelette and preliminary operations Sept. 15–16, 1916, as issued to the people of Canada by the Canadian War Records Office in common tribute to those of her sons who fought to victory and to those who died victorious, and to be a living in the national archives of Canada for all time. …

The first official film of the Canadians in action shows these monstrous tanks at work. All the world has heard and wondered. Belleville will now have an opportunity to see what manner of thing is the Tank, on Monday and Tuesday, March 12th and 13th, matinee and night at Griffin’s Opera House. …  And this is the first showing of Britain’s new engines of victory, the tanks. This film is your national record of these heroic days.”