100 Years Ago: Madoc Recruiting Meetings, West Belleville War Workers Organize, Ad for Oxo, Ad for Wrigley’s

The Intelligencer March 19, 1917 (page 1)

“Lt.-Col. A. P. Allen, Q.C., the 254th Battalion, and the splendid battalion band returned this morning from Madoc, where they held two very successful recruiting meetings on Saturday and Sunday evenings, in the Armouries in that village. Major Campbell, Chief Recruiting Officer, was the principal speaker on both occasions. The Armouries were crowded to the doors at each meeting.”

The Intelligencer March 19, 1917 (page 2)

“The ladies of West Belleville last week assembled for the purpose of organizing a band of war workers. A goodly number were present and proceeded with organization and the election of the following officers: Honorary President.—Mrs. Bailey, Mrs. Anderson. President.—Mrs. McMullen. 1st Vice President.—Mrs. A. E. Wrightmeyer. Secretary.—Mrs. J. S. Hearst.  Assistant Secretary.—Mrs. W. A. Woodley. Treasurer.—Mrs. Lucas. Convenor of Sewing.—Mrs. Grose. Assistant Convenor of Sewing.—Miss Herity. …

As this is an important branch of the Women’s Red Cross, we extend a cordial and felicitous invitation to all the ladies in West Belleville to attend and become members at our next meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, March 20th at 2 p.m. at Queen Mary School. Any person having a sewing machine and table which they would kindly loan for our work would be very acceptable.”

The Intelligencer March 19, 1917 (page 2)

“Oxo Cubes in France. The following is an interesting letter received from France:—’You must already know how widely OXO CUBES are used and how sincerely they are appreciated wherever the British Army is to be found fighting for the Empire, but I feel sure it will interest you to learn that both during the ‘great push’ on the Somme, and now, when we are nightly worrying the Hun with raids, I make it an invariable rule to make an issue of hot OXO to the men before they ‘pop the parapet.’ …

Be sure to send OXO cubes. Tins of 4, 10, 50 and 100 Cubes.”

The Intelligencer March 19, 1917 (page 4)

“Hurrah! Here’s relief from thirst; here’s fresh vigour for the boys at the Front and workers at home! Wrigley’s Soothes, refreshes, and sustains through weary hours of suspense and struggle. …

After every meal and in the long watch, it cheers thousands every day. A boon to smokers. Send some packets or a box to your soldier lad.”