100 Years Ago: Andrew Stark Killed in Action, Public Reception Planned for Miss Geen, At Home Held at Hotel Quinte, Poster for War Savings Certificates0

The Intelligencer July 11, 1917 (page 1)

“Private Stark Was Killed in Action. Mrs. Stark, who resides at 173 Mary street, Belleville, yesterday received an official notice from the Record Office, Ottawa, that her husband Private Andrew Stark, who was reported missing since October 8th, 1916, is presumed to have been killed in action at that date.

Private Stark enlisted in Belleville in 1915 and was for some months in camp at Kingston. In March, 1916, he went from Brockville overseas. He was 43 years of age when he enlisted. For six years he had been a resident of Belleville, and was much respected by all who knew him.

He resided in Montreal for 23 years, during which time he was engaged as an engineer for the Imperial Oil Company. Whilst in Belleville he was similarly employed at the Rolling Mills and for the Graham Company. The hero was a member of Court Moira I.O.F., and in religion a Methodist.

In addition to the widow a family of four sons and three daughters survive. The sons are William Gordon, Russell and Laurence at home and John Andrew, who is working in a munition plant at Toronto. The daughters are Mrs. Finley, of Toronto; Miss Agnes, engaged in a munition plant at Toronto and Ethel at home. The sincere sympathy of citizens will be extended to Mrs. Stark and family.”

The Intelligencer July 11, 1917 (page 1)

“Public Reception for War Nurse. A public reception will take place at the C.N.R. station this afternoon at two o’clock, upon the arrival of the C.P.R. express from the east with Nursing Sister Geen, of the Canadian Army Medical Corps. Miss Geen has just returned from active service in the war zone, and accompanied a party of returning wounded soldiers to Canada.

Prior to the war Miss Geen was a graduate from the military hospital at Halifax, and was one of the few military nurses in Canada when the call came. She has had an interesting experience in England, France and Belgium, and for a time was stationed near Ypres where German shells were continually falling. Nursing Sister Geen is the daughter of Rev. A. L. Geen, of Belleville.”

The Intelligencer July 11, 1917 (page 2)

“For the Fighting Men in France. A most charming afternoon and evening was the verdict of all who attended the At Home in the Quinte Tea rooms on Friday, July 6th, given by the Belleville Branch of the Canadian War Contingent Association in aid of supplies for our fighting men in France.

The tea table, which was presided over by Mrs. G. W. McCarthy and Mrs. W. Jenkins, was most attractive with its silver candelabra, flowers and refreshments. The girls of the C. W. C. A. looked after the guests. The homemade cooking table was in charge of Mrs. Spence Clarke and Mrs. Bongard and was a most popular corner. The flower table, which was a mass of fragrant bloom, was in charge of Mrs. W. Campbell and Miss Palen.

During both afternoon and evening several musical numbers were given, the ladies contributing to the pleasure of the guests, being Mrs. Duff, Miss Stork, Miss Milburn, Mrs. Singer and Mrs. S. Burrows. Two popular fortune tellers were kept exceedingly busy, and great amusement and pleasure was derived from visits to their sanctums.

During the evening, by special request, the living pictures, so much enjoyed at the hospital garden party were reproduced, and were better than ever. Too much praise cannot be given both to Mrs. R. J. Bell who had charge of the pictures, and the girls who took part. …

The chief event of the At Home was the presentation of a Life Membership in the Red Cross Society to Mrs. W. J. Brown, one badge was presented by the President, Miss Falkiner, and the certificate and a huge bouquet of beautiful roses by the Hon. President, Mrs. G. W. McCarthy. Both ladies paid high tribute to the magnificent work done by Mrs. Brown since the beginning of the war, and expressed great pleasure in making the presentation on behalf of the association and a few friends.

The proceeds, which will be used for comforts for the men in the trenches, amounted to well over one hundred dollars.”

[Note: Living picture = a group of people attractively arranged as if in a painting.]

The Intelligencer July 11, 1917 (page 5)

“Pay Your Debt To Your Defenders. Turn Your Luxuries Into Comforts For Those Who Have Sacrificed Most.

Is it nothing to you that men from all round you have sacrificed home and salary, safety and life, to defend your home as well as their own? Is it nothing to you that their wives and families tremblingly scan each casualty list, and pale at the step of the postman or telegraph messenger?

You can at least save—and lend your savings to the nation. Canada needs every dollar her loyal sons and daughters can spare, to meet the growing expenses of the struggle. Every dollar you invest in Canadian War Savings Certificates helps the nation to deal generously with those who are defending you. The National Service Board of Canada, Ottawa.”