100 Years Ago: John Emerson Killed in Action, James Meens Killed in Action, Price of Coal Increases, 15th Regiment Ordered to Mobilize for Drill

The Intelligencer May 7, 1917 (page 2)

“Mrs. Isabella Emerson of Thomasburg, Ont., received a telegram on Friday last, April 27th, stating that her son, John Miller Emerson, was killed in action on April 9th. John enlisted with the 39th Battalion in Belleville in February, 1915, going overseas the following June. Although he has been very ill and in the hospital for several months, he escaped injury until now. It came as a great shock to all his friends, as John was always so cheerful and spoke so often of the war ending, and his return home again.”

[Note: Private John Miller Emerson died on April 9, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 234 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer May 7, 1917 (page 5)

“In the casualty list last week appeared the name of Private J. E. Meens, who was killed in action. Previous to enlistment in the 59th Battalion, Pte. Meens was a G.T.R. fireman, who resided with his brother also a fireman whose home is on Herchimer Avenue. The young fireman was held in high esteem by his fellow employees, who will regret to learn of his death.”

[Note: Private James Ernest Meens died on April 9, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 292 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer May 7, 1917 (page 5)

“Dealers Selling Coal at $9.50 Now. Following in the footsteps of everything else, coal is the latest necessity to jump in price, $9.50 per ton, being the price announced for May.

A local coal dealer stated that all deliveries made by his company since May 1, had been made subject to the price to be fixed, and this price was placed at $9.50.

One of the principle reasons for the advance in the price is the increase of 29 per cent granted to the miners by the coal operators, and which amounts to about $30,000,000 a year. Just at present the coal dealers do not know where the upward trend will stop, and some of them are looking for an advance in freight rates, which will mean further boosts.”

The Intelligencer May 7, 1917 (page 6)

“The Fifteenth Regiment, A. L. I. Orders were received by Colonel Barragar last week from the G. O. Commanding the 3rd Military District to at once mobilize the 15th Regiment for drill. All men in the City of Belleville between the ages of 18 and 60 years are eligible for enrollment on the strength of the Regiment. The orders means that the Regiment will be required to be filled up by new men as the old members enrolled have practically all gone overseas. The 15th Regiment is not connected with either the C.E.F. or C.D.F. and only entails the work of drilling and instruction two or three evenings a week.

Colonel Barragar wants all men in the City between the said ages to come to the Armouries next Friday night, the 11th inst., at 8 o’clock, and enroll. There is no pay; there is no going to camp; there is no medical examination; you can continue your work as usual; there is only the desire required on the part of the citizens to take the necessary precaution to be drilled in order to more capably protect those they are responsible for in case of emergency.

There should be 1000 men at least in the Regiment. Instruction in drill will be given by competent sergeants. Let there be a full attendance of the men. The Colonel has arranged for the rifles and equipment so that drill will be carried on the same as before the war. We heartily endorse this movement and we consider it desirable for our Citizens to turn out and muster the 15th Regiment A. L. I. to its full strength.”