100 Years Ago: Public Meeting on Food Production, Daylight Saving, Jack Foley Welcomed Home to Bancroft, Dick Beauderie Killed in Action, Ritchie’s Ad for Rose Day

The Intelligencer June 8, 1917 (page 7)

“Food Production Theme of Prominent Speakers. A Public meeting under the auspices of the organization of Resources Committee of Ontario, held in the City Hall last evening, was fairly well attended. Mayor Ketcheson presided and in a few well chosen remarks referred to the object of the gathering and the necessity of such gatherings at the present time.

Mr. J. L. Jarvis, of Grimsby, an expert poultry judge, gave an interesting and instructive talk on Poultry and Egg Production, and showed the value of poultry under the present existing conditions. …  M. N. Parliament. M. P. P. for Prince Edward County gave a most practical address in reference to food production at the present time.

Mr. J. W. Johnson, M. P. P., said it was interest in the object of the meeting, not display of knowledge respecting poultry production, that accounted for his presence. With the mild and modest hen and the proud and haughty rooster he had only a neighborly acquaintance. …

Colonel W. N. Ponton, K. C., was the last speaker and caught the spirit of the audience and the occasion by his apt allusions to cocks and hens, ducks and drakes, and the aristocracy and democracy of the farm yard. Chanticleer had his place in the war and the Canadians took Vimy Ridge to the tune of the ‘Cock of the North’ played by the pipers of the Highland Regiments that flanked our boys when they put the vim into Vimy, and won their spurs as their predecessors had done at Langemarck.

Economy always a merit is now a virtue, but productiveness (of which the egg is typical) is even greater than this. The one is negative, the other positive and creative. …

IWM PST 10824 From the Imperial War Museum collection

Col. Ponton exhibited a British Parliamentary poster showing a splendid white hen wearing a broad khaki band emblazoned with a royal crown and the legend ‘Enlisted for the duration of the war’—(and after). Poultry growing would be an ideal occupation for maimed and wounded soldiers after the war. Get into the winged game now and help the piping days of peace return with ‘expanding breasts and merry thoughts’ and other substantial delicacies, and also a ready prepared, well basted vocation in life. Meanwhile the wishbone must be the backbone. Let there be no bone of contention. Lay a good foundation for the future; the hens will attend to the rest. …

Let Hastings produce the eggs and Prince Edward the apples—and together a Bay of Quinte feast. …  Abundant food supply with universal national manhood service spell ‘peace with victory’ for Canada and the Empire and freedom and plenty for our children’s children.

During the meeting Mr. Harold Barrett was heard to advantage in vocal selections.”

The Intelligencer June 8, 1917 (page 1)

“Change of Time in Canada. Dominion Government Will Introduce Measure Providing for National ‘Summer-Time.’ Ottawa. The government has decided to put in force daylight saving throughout the Dominion. Notice has been given of legislation to put all clocks ahead one hour on a day to be fixed later, and keep them so throughout the summer.

The condition is stipulated that the bill shall not become operative until it is proclaimed by order in council. In other words, the bill simply gives the government power to enact a general daylight-saving scheme for the whole Dominion if it is thought wise.”

The Intelligencer June 8, 1917 (page 7)

“Welcomed Home. Pte. Jack Foley, of Bancroft returned home on Wednesday and was accorded a hearty reception by the citizens of that village. He was escorted down town by about a dozen automobiles, gaily decorated with flags for the occasion.

Pte. Foley went overseas with the 80th Battalion, and was in the trenches for six months. He was removed to an English hospital just before the famous battle of Vimy Ridge, suffering from an attack of trench nephritis, and has been honorably discharged.”

The Intelligencer June 8, 1917 (page 7)

“Killed in Action. Pte. Dick Beaudrie, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Beaudrie, residing at L’Amable, North Hastings, has been killed in action. He went overseas with the 155th Battalion from Belleville. Pte. Beaudrie was 23 years of age, and trained at Bancroft. He was a popular young man and his death has cast a gloom over the community in which he resided.”

[Private Richard Benjamin Beauderie died on May 9, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 198 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer June 8, 1917 (page 8)

“Ritchie’s. Rose Day Saturday. Buy a Rose from the Flower Girls on Saturday. Proceeds for Patriotic and Red Cross Purposes. Auspices of Quinte Chapter Daughters of the Empire.

Ladies—Save on your Summer Underwear Needs! …  A Sale of Tub Silks 59¢. …  big Sale of Remnants. The Ritchie Company Limited.”