100 Years Ago: Exemption Tribunal Appointments, Fuel Controller Warns Coal Dealers, Sergeant Hyland Not Wounded, Bert Post Dies of Wounds, Cheaper Coal Available

The Intelligencer September 12, 1917 (page 1)

“Exemption Tribunals Who Will Act Here. His Honor Judge Deroche has permitted the publication of his letter to the Department of Justice in regard to his appointments under the Military Service Act. The letter is as follows: Judge’s Chambers, Belleville, Sept. 11, 1917. E. L. Newcombe, Deputy Minister of Justice:

Dear Sir:—The names of those I propose to act on local tribunals for Hastings County under the Military Service Act are as follows:

Belleville—His Honor Judge Wills, Belleville. Trenton—T. A. O’Rourke, Police Magistrate, Trenton. Deseronto—Henry R. Bedford, Police Magistrate, Deseronto. Marmora—Thos. A. Laycock, Reeve Marmora and Lake Township, Marmora. Stirling—George A. Thrasher, barrister, Stirling. Madoc—William Cross, barrister, Madoc. Tweed—Philip K. Newton, druggist, Tweed. Bancroft—George L. Jarman, Police Magistrate, Bancroft.

I have not yet obtained the consent of all. If I find it is impossible for any of them to act will reserve the right to appoint a substitute. As soon as I hear from all I will wire you confirming these appointments or naming any substitutes.

I have personally not mentioned myself so I may be used to hear appeals if thought wise. Very Sincerely, G. E. Deroche, County Judge.”

The Intelligencer September 12, 1917 (page 1)

“Coal Dealers Warned Not to Increase Prices. Ottawa. C. A. Magrath, Canadian Fuel Controller, has issued a warning to coal dealers that they are not to increase prices, now that winter is approaching, without first making representations to him. …

‘I wish to appeal particularly to the dealers in our towns and cities where large quantities of coal are handled in small lots, to deal in a generous manner with the small users of coal, and add as little as possible to the heavy burdens they are now carrying. On the other hand the housekeeper should co-operate in laying in his supply as soon as possible.’ ”

The Intelligencer September 12, 1917 (page 2)

“Sergt. Hyland Not Wounded. Mrs. Hyland, of this city, a few days ago received a telegram from the Director of Records, which conveyed the intelligence that her husband, Sergt. T. E. Hyland had been wounded. This, it appears was an error, as the following telegram explains:

Ottawa, Sept. 12th. Mrs. Ellen Hyland, 162 Coleman St., Belleville. Referring to my telegram September 4th, reporting 219510 Sergt. Thos. Edward Hyland, infantry, wounded, cable from England states report now cancelled. Director of Records.

Mrs. Hyland also received a letter from her husband this morning written on August 17, and he had just come out of the trenches, and he was reported wounded August 16th. In his letter he said while waiting to go to England for his commission, he had been promoted Company Sergeant Major.”

The Intelligencer September 12, 1917 (page 2)

“Doubly Bereaved. The family of Mr. Daniel Post in this city, will receive the heartfelt sympathy of all citizens in the double bereavement which has overtaken them within a year, owing to the war. On September 13th, 1916, Private William Post was killed, and to-day a message was received here that a brother, Private Bert Post, died at Moore’s Hospital, England, as the result of wounds received in action on June 3rd, 1916.

The brave young hero had been in the hospital for some months. He enlisted and went overseas in October, 1915 with the 8th C.M.R. of Kingston. The brother, who was killed was also a member of the same corps.”

[Note: Lance Corporal William Post died on September 11, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 149 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

[Note: Private Bert Nelson Post died on September 9, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 310 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer September 12, 1917 (page 7)

“Cheaper Coal Possible. To the Editor of The Intelligencer. Dear Sir:—In The Intelligencer yesterday you say that ‘coal is being sold for ten dollars a ton in Belleville.’

This morning the writer was shown first-class egg coal that was delivered to a consumer here less than three weeks ago for $8.75 per ton. This was not sold by a local dealer, but was brought here in a car lot. My informant bought ten tons and it was represented as being Scranton coal, and I may say that I have the utmost confidence in the information imparted to me as I am well acquainted with the purchaser from whom I obtained the information.

It looks to me as if the time has now arrived for our coal committee, appointed by the Council, to get busy. Yours, Economy. Sept. 12, 1917.”