100 Years Ago: Price of Bread Rises, Mrs. Plumptre Addresses Belleville Audience

The Intelligencer April 27, 1917 (page 2)

“Bakers in the city of Belleville yesterday raised the price of bread from 14 to 16 cents per loaf and also stated that it was liable to still further advance in price. This is for a three pound loaf.”

The Intelligencer April 27, 1917 (page 2)

“Timely Address Before Women’s Canadian Club. Many were present at a meeting of the Women’s Canadian Club in the City Hall last evening to hear Mrs. H. P. Plumptre, one of Canada’s leading workers, and Honorary Secretary of the Canadian Red Cross Society, also Canadian War Contingent, discuss the subject, ‘Women as Patriots.’

In commencing her subject, Mrs. Plumptre stated that she had heard a great deal about Belleville, but had never before the pleasure of seeing it, expressing her delight with the place, as well as the people. Mrs. Plumptre knew much of the work that has been carried on by the Belleville people for our Canadians in England and France who are fighting for us over there.

We, the people at large, are fighting at home; each in our own way. Some by the use of needles, pens, as speakers, and many other ways; but Mrs. Plumptre says that in no way can we fight better, or be more patriotic than those who are taking up the farm work. While we people here may get tired of doing the same thing all the time as most people like a change of style or fashion now and again, we must not forget that one of the greatest hardships that our boys contend with, is the intense and dreary monotony. If they can do all this, then we at home, should never murmur.

Mrs. Plumptre then spoke on Hospitals, and how they were equipped, giving one an idea of the enormity of the work and the time and money which has to be first obtained from the people. She stated that as a rule the women did the work, and the men carried the purse, and she thereby urged each one to do his or her part.”