100 Years Ago: Distribution of Pledge Cards Organized, Height Limit for Artillery Reduced, Poster for Food Service Pledge, Herbert Willerton Recovering

The Intelligencer September 11, 1917 (page 2)

“Distribution of Pledge Cards. A meeting of the Executive of the Women’s Auxiliary of Resources Committee and Presidents of all Womens’ Societies of this city was held in the City Hall on Friday, Sept. 7.

After the report of the meeting held in Toronto the previous week was read by the Chairman, Miss Falkiner, the matter of distributing the Pledge Cards sent by the Government was taken up; after some discussion the plan adopted was to divide the city by wards and each society to take a certain number of cards to divide between the members for distribution. The Executive would be glad if a representative of every society would call at the Library between 3 and 4 o’clock any day this week as the canvass of the city must begin Sept. 17th.

There will be some one in charge to give out the cards and give any details as regards the proper distribution of the same. The representatives of the different societies who were present gave their reports and all signified their wish to help in this Win-the-War movement and make the thrift and economy campaign in Belleville a success.”

The Intelligencer September 11, 1917 (page 2)

“Height Limit Reduced. Camp Borden. The standard of height for the artillery has been changed. For heavy and siege artillery, gunners will now be taken from 5 feet 7 inches, and drivers from 5 feet 4 inches. For horse and field artillery the standard will be, gunners 5 feet 6 inches, drivers 5 feet 2 inches.”

The Intelligencer September 11, 1917 (page 6)

“Vision Your Sons, Mothers of Canada! Picture them at breakfast, the meal that must bring them the bodily sustenance to carry them through the strain of another day. Then think of what might happen if, one morning, there was no breakfast—no food to be had, and the word went down the lines that Canada had failed them.

Canada must send to Her Own, and to the Allies Fighting Forces, more wheat, more beef, more bacon, and more of such other foods as are non-perishable and easily exported.

All we ask of you is, that instead of buying so much white flour (if you do your own baking) you vary your baking by using one-third oatmeal, corn, barley or rye flour. Or, if you buy your bread, that you order a certain proportion of brown bread each day.

Second, instead of using as much beef and bacon as formerly, you vary your family’s diet, by substituting for beef and bacon such equally nutritious foods as fish, peas, lentils, potatoes, nuts, bananas, etc.

Third, and this is most important—positively prevent the waste of a single ounce of food in your household.

Sign the Food Service Pledge.”

The Intelligencer September 11, 1917 (page 7)

“Corp. Willerton Recovering. Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Willerton, 115 North Front Street, have received a letter from their son, Corp. Herbert Willerton, who was wounded on August 18, in the face, knee, and side with shrapnel, and is in a base hospital in France.

Corporal Willerton writes a very cheery letter, and says he is very comfortable, and well cared for in the hospital. He writes of strenuous times in the firing line, and hard and continuous fighting. The shell which gave him ‘Blighty’ also wounded four other Belleville soldiers who were with him firing from the trench parapet.”