100 Years Ago: Hill 70 Captured by British and Canadians, Meatless Day But No Fines, Frankford Workers Harvest on Wednesday Half-Holidays, Free Lessons in Cooking and Preserving

The Intelligencer August 15, 1917 (page 1)

“Hill 70 Captured by the Canadians. The British pushed their lines into the northwestern environs of Lens in a semi-circle around the eastern side of Hill 70. …  Hill 70 itself, which dominates Lens and the Loos salient, was captured by the Canadians. …

The capture of Hill 70 ranks in importance with the biggest military operations this year. It was the last dominating position in this section which remained in the hands of the Germans and from it a wide territory can be controlled.”

The Intelligencer August 15, 1917 (page 1)

“Meatless Day But No Fines. Ottawa. Yesterday was the first meatless Tuesday in Canada under the terms of the Order-in-Council promulgated last week by the Government at the request of Hon. W. J. Hanna, Food Controller.

The hotels and public eating places at the Capital, including the Parliamentary restaurant, declined to serve beef or bacon when it was asked for, and the same rule will apply to Friday.

Any failure this week to comply with the new regulations will not subject the offenders to the penalties provided because of the fact that the regulations have not yet appeared in the Canada Gazette. They will be printed in the Saturday issue, however, and subsequent to that date the penalties will go into effect. It is expected that there will be a general voluntary compliance with the regulations this week.”

The Intelligencer August 15, 1917 (page 4)

“The Frankford Way. The citizens of Frankford have set an example which may well be copied by other communities, large and small. The Wednesday half-holidays, when all the stores close, is one of the most popular features of life in Frankford, as in many other places. Wednesday is naturally the favored day for picnics and similar outings, but it remained for the business men of Frankford to set the pace for the rest of Canada with an entirely new form of outing containing every needed feature of delightful novelty, exercise, and usefulness.

The business men of Frankford got together and decided to give production a boost, so a general invitation was issued to spend a Wednesday afternoon in the harvest fields helping the hard-pressed farmers. The response was hearty and generous and a fleet of motor cars conveyed the willing workers to the fields where their services were gladly utilized by the farmers. …  It is worthy of note that the men of Frankford refused pay for their services and even refused to be fed on the farms, bringing their huge appetites home with them. …

The idea should be taken up by patriotic production organizations—many people are ready and eager to answer the call, only waiting for a lead. Get busy!”

The Intelligencer August 15, 1917 (page 5)

“Free Lessons in Cooking and Preserving. In the spring of the year citizens were all asked to plant, so that there would be extra production of vegetables, fruit, etc. Now all are asked to can and preserve these vegetables and fruits, so that nothing will be wasted. In order to do this in the most thorough and best methods, the Department of Agriculture is sending skilled demonstrators throughout the Province.

Miss Williams of Toronto is in Belleville at present, and is demonstrating the latest, simplest and best ways of canning and preserving and drying all kinds of vegetables and fruits. …  Two demonstrations were given in the City Hall yesterday, namely afternoon and evening, and many ladies were in attendance and were profited by the experienced demonstrations. Miss Williams will remain in Belleville until tomorrow night, giving demonstrations this evening, tomorrow afternoon and evening.”