100 Years Ago: Sergeant Harry McCrodan Killed in Action, Lance Sergeant Arthur Power Killed in Action, Banquet for Madoc Platoon of 254th, How Women Get on Voters’ List

The Intelligencer April 28, 1917 (page 1)

“Belleville Soldier Killed in Action. A telegram was received in the city to-day conveying the sad intelligence that Sergt. Harry McCrodan of Belleville, was killed in action on the 12th inst. Sergt. McCrodan was well known in this city and deservedly popular. He was for some time a clerk at the Hotel Quinte, and in that capacity made many friends with the travelling public.

He was born in Belleville, being a son of the late Sergt. McCrodan of the City Police Force. The young man went overseas with the 80th Battalion. A wife and three children survive, also a mother and sisters. To the bereaved will be extended the heartfelt sympathy of all citizens.”

[Note: Sergeant Thomas Harry Gay McCrodan died on April 12, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 280 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer April 28, 1917 (page 5)

“War’s Great Toll. Death of Pte. Wesley Power of L’Amable. Bancroft Times. To his mother at L’Amble came the sad intelligence on Friday last that Pte. Wesley Powers, who went overseas with the 80th Battalion had been among those who gave their lives in the great Vimy Ridge drive. The young man was killed on April 9th, and the cablegram announcing his death was sent by his brother Bert, who is in the machine gun section.

The deceased was a very promising young man of about twenty-two years of age. He attended the Continuation school here for some time before enlisting, and his death at such an early age, though in a great cause and in a struggle which has brought lustre in Canada and to Canadian arms, is much to be regretted. General sympathy will be felt with the parents and family in the bereavement they have suffered by the loss of their heroic son and brother, who now sleeps with the Empire’s brave dead under the soil of France.”

[Note: Lance Sergeant Arthur Wesley Power died on April 9, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 311 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer April 28, 1917 (page 5)

“Banquet to Madoc Platoon. Madoc Review. Owing to the unexpected departure of the Madoc Platoon of the 254th Battalion the banquet planned to take place in May was held on Tuesday evening.

At 6.30 the boys in uniform, and their friends, in all about 200, sat down to a most bountiful repast which was very much enjoyed and appreciated.

During the evening an impromptu program was prepared and the music by the Deloro Orchestra, the vocal solos by Mr. Wright, of Deloro, were especially fine. Miss Norma Wallbridge contributed two recitations which were enthusiastically encored, while the chorus by the High School boys appealed to all. Mr. Thompson, Reeve, performed the pleasant duties of Chairman, and presented to Capt. Bleecker 100 pairs of pure wool socks. These are to be boxed and held in charge until they are needed for overseas. Also the sum of $45 was presented to Capt. Bleecker for the Madoc Platoon by the Oriental Lodge.”

The Intelligencer April 28, 1917 (page 5)

“How Women Get on Voters’ List. City assessors are being instructed in the new duties which have been imposed upon them by the Act giving votes to women. In the past, where a woman owned property, her husband got the vote. He may still get the vote instead of her, but can do so only by her waiving the right.

Where the wife owns the house in which the family reside, the wife will get a vote as owner and the husband as tennant. Where the house is rented, the vote goes to the person who has the lease, whether the husband or wife.”