100 Years Ago: Stirling Workers Harvest on Wednesday Half-Holidays, James Marshall Awarded Military Medal

The Intelligencer August 17, 1917 (page 2)

“Helping the Farmers. A large number of the professional, business and tradesmen of Stirling, responding to a Patriotic appeal to help garner the bountiful harvest of this year without loss or waste, turned out on Wednesday afternoon in every direction from the town and spent their half holiday in ‘Faithful Service to Their King and Country,’ by helping the farmers in their harvesting operations.

So far as we know everybody was delighted, and it is not likely that this will be the last time, for the citizens of Stirling are awake to the needs of the Empire and always realize the importance of a bountiful harvest.”

The Intelligencer August 17, 1917 (page 7)

“Belleville Soldier Won Military Medal. James Marshall, of Belleville, who went overseas with the 33rd Battery over a year ago, has been awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous gallantry on the field of battle. In a letter to his aunt, Mrs. Chas. Gibson, Victoria avenue, the young soldier incloses a section of the ribbon which accompanied his decoration.

He modestly disclaims any credit for anything but discharging his duty to the best of his ability. He has been on active duty in France since August, 1916. Many friends in Belleville will be pleased to hear of the honor won by this popular young soldier. He is now attached to the Signalling Corps.”