100 Years Ago: Poster for Musical Festival for Great War Veterans of Belleville, Ad for Fry’s Cocoa, Women Needed to Pick Fruit and Work in Canneries, Great War Veterans to Present Week of Music

The Intelligencer July 7, 1917 (page 2)

“Belleville! Get Behind Your Veterans!! And Patronize The Grand Musical Festival Week of July 23rd at City Hall, with Miss Isolde Menges, England’s Greatest Violinist, Miss Eileen Beattie, Pianist.

In Aid of Great War Veterans of Belleville. Seats on Sale at Doyle’s Drug Store and C. W. Lindsay, Limited. Admission 50¢. Season Tickets for Full Course—$2.50.”

The Intelligencer July 7, 1917 (page 3)

“Fry’s Makes muscle for the munition worker. The Great Food Drink.

Most drinks are mere stimulants. FRY’S Cocoa, however, is a complete food in itself. Remember—nothing will do but FRY’S.”

The Intelligencer July 7, 1917 (page 5)

“Women Needed At Once For Fruit Canneries. One Thousand Workers Needed to Prevent Canadian Fruit From Being Wasted. Toronto. ‘We cannot get enough girls to go into the canneries,’ said Miss Winnifred Harvey of the Government Employment Bureau this morning. ‘It seems so strange that the people in the country prefer to work in the cool canneries, where they can sit down at their work, while the girls from the city prefer to get out in the hot sun and pick fruit. The hours are the same, ten hours a day, and the money about the same, but we cannot get nearly enough help for the canneries.’

Between 500 and 1,000 workers will be needed for the various canning factories, and any one who can, should offer as the need is very great.

‘The Woman About Town’ in the Toronto Telegram comments upon the need of woman help in Canadian fruit fields and canneries as follows: Women Needed at Once. ‘Time and time again these past few weeks we have been told that we are facing the most perilous period of the war. Hence could anything be more hideous than to hear so many tales of so many women who are slackening their efforts.

Think of our decreasing recruiting figures. Yet on every side are seen girls still tolerating the attentions of youths who are physically fit, while the Red Cross Societies report work rooms being shut up for the summer and regular supplies falling off. …  Women and girls of the British Isles, Belgium and France have risen to a sense of their duty. Is it possible the women kin of Canada’s gallant army will fail.’ ”

The Intelligencer July 7, 1917 (page 7)

“Belleville’s Great War Veterans to Hold a Musical Festival. In the years to come Belleville will have many opportunities to show its appreciation of the magnificent work done for the Life and Liberty of our country by her glorious sons who are writing into history the undying story of heroism and self-sacrifice, with their life’s blood; but the first opportunity, there is always a beginning, will come on the week of July 23rd, when the Great War Veterans Association of Canada, Belleville branch makes its initial bow as impresario, presenting a week of Music such as Belleville has never had the privilege to hear before.

Miss Isolde Menges, England’s greatest Violinist, accompanied by Miss Eileen Beattie, at the Heintzman and Co., Piano, kindly loaned for the week by The C. W. Lindsay, Limited, will be heard in a change of programme each concert ranging from the most classic selections to the most popular tune, to suit every ear and every taste. …

It is to be hoped that every citizen of Belleville will keep in mind the fact that they are being called upon to respond to the first call of our veterans, as our veterans have responded to the first call of their country, and should attend at least one of the concerts during the week of July 23rd.”