100 Years Ago: Tag Day Planned for Veterans, Ernest Edmunds Invalided Home, Ontario to Recognize Boys Who Do Farm Work, Phillip Maracle Wounded, Parade on Confederation Jubilee, West Belleville War Workers Give Red Cross Benefit

The Intelligencer June 26, 1917 (page 2)

“Tag Day for the Veterans. Saturday will be ‘Tag Day’ in Belleville when the ladies of the Independent Orders of the Daughters of the Empire will tag generous citizens for the benefit of The Great War Veterans’ Association of Belleville. The soldiers, who have crossed the seas to fight for the freedom of Canada and the Empire and have returned battle-scarred from the strenuous life in the trenches, hold a warm place in the hearts of all patriotic Canadians and their ‘Tag Day’ should meet with a hearty response.

The Veterans have opened club rooms in the Corby building, Front Street, and it is desired to raise sufficient funds to furnish the rooms which will be used as headquarters for the returned soldiers of this vicinity. The rooms should be made as comfy and home-like as possible to recompense in small measure the brave soldiers who endured every discomfort and faced every sacrifice that Empire might live.

One of the chief objects of the Great War Veterans’ Association is in looking after the interests of the returned soldier, helping him to secure suitable employment or arranging for vocational training to fit him for the work in which he is most adapted. In this connection the officers of the Association will be pleased to have the co-operation of employers who can assist greatly by notifying the Association of vacancies which may occur.”

The Intelligencer June 26, 1917 (page 2)

“Invalided Home. Private Ernest Victor Edmunds, who left Belleville with the 155th Battalion, has been invalided home, arriving here today. The young soldier was taken to his home on the Cannifton Road.”

The Intelligencer June 26, 1917 (page 2)

“ ‘Soldiers of the Soil.’ The Ontario Government have decided to recognize every boy who is helping in the movement for increased production. A special button has been struck off and will be presented  to each boy who works through the season on the farm; all those completing the season’s work will be given a diploma showing that they have done their ‘bit’ at this time.

Warning is given by eminent students of political economy that there is bound to be a food shortage not only for this season, but for some time to come; it is, therefore, imperative that every effort be made for a huge increase in the amount of food produced in this country.

The Organization of Resources Committee have asked the Canadian Y. M. C. A. National Council to co-operate in looking after these boys, and in the presentation of the buttons; for this purpose a public mass meeting will be held in the Belleville City Hall, Wednesday evening, 8 o’clock, when a representative of this movement will be present and in co-operation with a local committee carry out the presentation of buttons.”

The Intelligencer June 26, 1917 (page 2)

“Wounded and Missing. The following telegram received by Mrs. P. Maracle of this city speaks for itself. Ottawa, Ont., June 21, 17. Mrs. P. Maracle, Belleville, Ont. A. M. M. 413. Sincerely regret to inform you that cable received to-day states that 219,361 Pte. Phillip Maracle, infantry, previously reported wounded, now reported wounded and missing, May 10th, 1917. Will send further particulars when received. Officer in Charge Records.”

The Intelligencer June 26, 1917 (page 5)

“The following letter has been sent by Col. H. C. Osborne, A.A.G., to the commanding officers of all city units, both of the militia and the permanent force.

‘The Honorable Minister of Militia and Defence has authorized a parade and review of Canadian Expeditionary Force troops and City Corps, including reserve militia battalions, in large centres of this district on Monday, July 2nd, to celebrate the jubilee of Confederation.

One day’s pay will be issued to all ranks of the active and reserve militia. Every endeavor should be made to ensure the success of this parade and it is hoped that the unit under your command will parade at full strength. Details of arrangements will be published later.”

The Intelligencer June 26, 1917 (page 5)

“ ‘Afternoon Tea In Friendly Village.’ The entertainment given in Queen Mary School last evening by the West Belleville War Workers for the benefit of the Red Cross, was an unqualified success, with a large attendance of patrons and a program which was pleasing from beginning to end.

The principal feature of the program was a dramatic sketch entitled, ‘Afternoon Tea in Friendly Village,’ which introduced village characters appropriately costumed in the garments worn in the year 1862. An old-fashioned quilting bee in which all the neighbors gathered to piece quilts and exchange the latest gossip for a cup of tea and hot biscuits was the medium for many quips and local hits, also showing the incredulity manifested by the people of that time over the first whisperings of scientific invention destined to revolutionize the world in the use of electricity, aerial navigation, telephone communication, etc. …

During the evening a drawing took place for a sofa pillow, donated by Mrs. Hale, and ticket No. 231, held by Mrs. Legault, won the prize. …  The sum of seventy dollars was realized from the entertainment.”