100 Years Ago: Orange Knitting Circle Members Entertained, Burt Power Welcomed Home, Major Bywater Medically Unfit, Mayor Requests Help for Whizz Bang Boys, Lieutenant Doug Graham Wins Military Cross, Three Years of War, Farmers in Despair, Poster for Naval Service

 The Intelligencer August 4, 1917 (page 2)

“Members Entertained. The members of the Orange Knitting Circle of this city were the guests of Mrs. George VanTassel and Mrs. Arthur Peck at the Willow Camp, Avondale. A delightful afternoon was spent; tables were laid at the tea hour and a bountiful spread was partaken of. All returned by motor bus about eight o’clock.”

The Intelligencer August 4, 1917 (page 2)

“Welcomed Home. Pte. Burt Power of L’Amable, who went overseas with the 39th Battalion from Belleville, is home on a well-earned holiday. He arrived at Bancroft on Tuesday and was accorded a hearty welcome. He was attached to the machine gun section of the battalion.”

The Intelligencer August 4, 1917 (page 2)

“Major Bywater, formerly of the D.A.A. and Q.M.G. at Barriefield, but who has been at the front twice, was once wounded and after returning was again compelled to come back was in Barriefield camp yesterday and was before a medical board. To his great disappointment the board pronounced him medically unfit to return to the front.

Major Bywater went over with the 39th Battalion from Belleville after giving up his splendid position at headquarters thus showing a patriotic spirit and a good example. Last winter he was here for a brief visit with his many friends, and went to France again only to be compelled to relinquish his duties there. Major Bywater’s many friends extended him a hearty welcome both at the camp and throughout the city.”

The Intelligencer August 4, 1917 (page 2)

“Whizz-Bang Boys. Belleville, Aug. 4, 1917. To the Editor of the Intelligencer: Dear Sir,—Some weeks ago a groupe of returned soldiers known as the ‘Whizz-Bang Boys’ gave an entertainment in the Opera House which was very much enjoyed by the few Belleville citizens who were present. Owing to bad management they lost over $50.00 on their Belleville trip. I met these boys the day following and found them a splendid lot of fellows and was sorry for their hard luck.

They are coming back to Belleville on Wednesday, August 8th, and will give an entirely new entertainment in our City Hall. I am anxious that every seat will be occupied and commend these boys and their entertainment to our citizens. Every man is a returned soldier and has seen service in France.

The money made is used for little extras that are not allowed them by the Department. A number of young ladies have undertaken the sale of the tickets. When they call on you don’t turn them down—buy a ticket and help the ‘Whizz-Bang Boys.’ Yours truly, H. F. Ketcheson, Mayor.”

The Intelligencer August 4, 1917 (page 2)

“Lieut. Graham Won Military Cross. Confirmation was received today of the report that Lieut. W. D. Graham (Doug.) of Belleville, had been awarded the Military Cross for distinguished service. Lieut. Graham went overseas with the 80th Battalion and was transferred to another unit with which he went to France.

He secured his decoration as the result of outstanding bravery in stopping a German raiding party and holding them with hand grenades until his command came to his assistance with machine guns. The story in detail of his gallant action will be told in Monday’s issue of The Intelligencer.”

The Intelligencer August 4, 1917 (page 4)

“Three Years of War. On August 4, 1914, three years ago this day, Great Britain entered the war of nations and stopped the triumphal march of the Teutonic  host toward Paris with French’s contemptible little army. …  Lord Kitchener’s statement that the war would last three years was thought to be an alarmist pronouncement and was greeted with tolerant smiles. Anyone could prophesy now another three years of war without raising any argument. …

Canada is taking a glorious part in the war with a record of heroic sacrifice and brave deeds on land and sea, and behind the drawn blinds of many darkened homes in this, the homeland. …

Three years of war have saddened many hearts and homes in all the warring countries; many brave Canadians are sleeping their last sleep before the resurrection morn in their green-tented cots by the sea, on Flanders fields where poppies wave, or in the shadow of the grim military prisons of Germany. They will never be forgotten.

Beginning the fourth year of the war all true Canadians should consecrate themselves anew to the great task of rendering the most efficient aid possible to the mother country in this world’s crisis. …

Special prayers will ascend from many altars today and on the morrow, and every heart should form a prayer, whether in church, behind the counter, in the office, on the street, on the farm, or wherever we may be, that this awful bloodshed may cease in a permanent peace and that happiness, security and prosperity return to the earth.”

The Intelligencer August 4, 1917 (page 10)

“Farmers Despair Of Getting Help. The different labor departments of the Ontario Government are being besieged with calls from farmers for harvest help. There are at present over 2,000 applications for help in the hands of the Government bureaus unfilled. The recent hot weather has brought the fall wheat rapidly to maturity. In the meantime the farmers have been making the best of the hot weather to gather in their delayed hay crops. They are seriously handicapped, however, by the labor situation, and wheat which should now be cut is still standing while the farmer gathers in his hay. …

In a summary on his report from the District Representatives, Premier Sir William Hearst, acting Minister of Agriculture, stated that on account of the overlapping of the two crops the farmers are almost in despair of securing adequate help to get the crops in at the right time and in the best condition. Much disappointment is being expressed at the slow response so far of men from the cities and towns to give the help that is expected during the summer.”

The Intelligencer August 4, 1917 (page 10)

“Men Wanted For Naval Service. Stokers and Artificers. Men from 18 to 60. British subjects, and with experience as Stokers or Engine Room Artificers are wanted for service during the war in the Canadian Naval Patrols.

Apply to Commodore Aemilius Jarvis, Naval Recruiting Officer, Ontario Area, Toronto.”