100 Years Ago: Private Curly McAfee of Deseronto Dies of Wounds, Letter from Fred Dixon, Four Esmeralda Club Members to Go Overseas, War Savings for Wallpaper, Poster for High School Boys on Farms

The Intelligencer April 4, 1917 (page 1)

“Pte. Macafee Dead. That Pte. Curly MacAfee of Deseronto, died on March 11, from wounds received while on duty, is the sad message received by relatives and friends. He is the third soldier from Deseronto to give his life for his country.

[Note: Private Harold McAfee died on March 11,1917. He is commemorated on Page 278 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer April 4, 1917 (page 2)

“From Fred Dixon. France, March 11, 1917. Intelligencer, Belleville, Ont. Dear Sir:—I now take great pleasure in writing to you again. I was down the line on account of illness, and sent to a hospital, where I received the best of care both from the doctors and nurses, from there to a Convalescent Camp, where I soon regained my health and strength again, now I am waiting to be sent back to the lines again to join my comrades. …

I have met several of the Belleville boys, while at the front and I find them in good spirits and playing the game like men. I am glad to hear that Belleville young men are nobly responding to the call of the Motherland. I am sure we will have certain victory over the Germans. …

I am quite well myself and ready to go on once again doing my bit. I hope all young men will answer the call, before it is too late, but as for the shirkers we will leave them alone to their fate, when the boys come home.

I wish to be remembered to all the staff. Yours sincerely, Pte. Fred Dixon.”

The Intelligencer April 4, 1917 (page 2)

“The members of the Esmeralda Club of this city, which is composed of young people, last evening assembled at the residence of Mr. John McIntosh, Hillcrest Avenue, for the purpose of saying good-bye to four of the members who are going overseas, and also to give them a remembrance from the club.

The young men, who have been accepted for overseas service, are Willis Tait, Garfield Arnott, Walter Allore and Earle Foster. After all had assembled, in a few well-chosen remarks, Mr. Hugh Rogers stated the object of the gathering, and on behalf of those present, gave to the young soldiers gifts.

To the address and presentation Mr. Earle Foster made a most suitable reply. The balance of the evening was pleasantly spent in games and dancing, after which dainty refreshments were served. The affair was most enjoyable to all present.”

The Intelligencer April 4, 1917 (page 2)

“War Savings For You. The factory cost of Wall Papers have doubled during the past Eight Months. …

On August 1st last we learned of a probable rapid advance in papers which has now proven to have been 100 per cent. So on that date we closed our 1917 Wall Paper Purchases at a minimum cash price—saving thousands of dollars to our customers as also ourselves. In consequence of this saving we are selling Papers to-day at less than the present factory prices and at lower prices than any other store in Canada. …  Scantlebury Store.”

The Intelligencer April 4, 1917 (page 5)

“Be a ‘Builder of Empire’ Here at Home. High School Boys—the Empire Calls You. You strong, free, patriotic youths of Ontario, props of Empire—here and now is a man’s part for you to play. Help to feed this people—hear the CALL of the Motherland for more food. Let your sturdy young shoulders at this time of seeding lift the menace of want from our gallant soldiers, from our people, our women and children—your own parents, brothers and sisters.

Ontario’s Farms Need You at This Seed-Time. Parents—Let Your Boys Help. Their country calls them—it is an honorable duty to help feed the people. Your boys will be paid. They will be well treated. They will gain in strength. They will learn something of the land and the farmer’s point of view—advantages of great value in your boy’s education. The work will be suited to the age and strength of your son.

For further particulars apply to the Principal of your High School.”