100 Years Ago: Supplies for 73rd Battery, Percy Ketcheson Welcomed Home, Food Conservation Campaign Begins, Ad for Lifebuoy, Poster for Food Service Pledge, Letter of Thanks

The Intelligencer September 13, 1917 (page 2)

“Supplies for Soldiers. Tenders have been called for supplies for the 73rd Battery which will be stationed in Belleville this winter. The battery will leave Petawawa camp this month.”

The Intelligencer September 13, 1917 (page 2)

“Welcomed Home. Major Percy K. Ketcheson, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Ketcheson, of this city, who has been invalided home, arrived here yesterday afternoon by G. T. R. and was met at the station by a number of relatives and friends and escorted to the home of his parents.

Ald. Woodley, acting Mayor in the absence of Mayor Ketcheson, was present, and on behalf of the citizens extended to the young hero a hearty welcome home.

Major Ketcheson had many exciting and interesting experiences on the firing line and was finally put out of action by a dose of German gas and wounds. After receiving medical treatment in English military hospitals, he was invalided home.”

[Note: It is reported in The Intelligencer on September 14, 1917, that Major Ketcheson was not gassed, but was wounded in the trenches.]

The Intelligencer September 13, 1917 (page 2)

“Save Food and Help To Win the War. The thrift campaign under the auspices of the Food Controller of Canada to conserve food and prevent waste in the interest of keeping the armies and allied countries supplied with food so that the war may not be lost through lack of necessary supplies, is now actively begun and members of Belleville patriotic societies will make a house to house canvass to enlist the active co-operation of all citizens.

Citizens who subscribe to the food service pledge are requested to display the ‘Win the War’ card prominently in a window where the public can see it. The Food Service Pledge is to be hung in the dining room.

The distribution of the pledge cards begins next Monday, Sept. 17th in every city and town in Ontario. …  Each president or her representative is to be a captain of a number of workers from her society and will plan with the other captains of her own ward just what streets they will take.

All the captains are earnestly requested to attend a lecture or talk at the City Hall on Monday evening, when the subject will be very exhaustively dealt with by Dr. Helen McMurchy of Toronto. Dr. McMurchy is one of the members of the board in her own city along this same line of work, and her remarks will be of great help.

The clergy of the city are co-operating heartily along this line of thrift and food conservation and the subject will be mentioned in all the churches on Sunday, Sept. 16. It is to be hoped there will be a large attendance of the women of Belleville Monday evening to hear Dr. McMurchy, and citizens should read carefully all the references to food conservation in the local papers, so that those who are distributing the pledge cards will not have to give a long and detailed explanation with every card handed out.

Be ready to sign the card and return at once to the canvassers. We must learn to save time as well as food and money.”

The Intelligencer September 13, 1917 (page 3)

“Lifebuoy for the ‘Counter-attack.’ All day long he’s been standing the attacks of dirt, dust, grime, germs and microbes. Now for the counter-attack. Lifebuoy to the front! Its rich, creamy lather for skin, shampoo and bath—or for socks, shirts, handkerchiefs, etc., makes short work of ‘the enemy.’ Lifebuoy Health Soap.”

The Intelligencer September 13, 1917 (page 6)

“They Shall Not Pass. The Immortal Cry of Canada at the Second Battle of Ypres.

Thou Shalt Not Want. The Undying Pledge of Canada’s Mothers to Her Sons.

Sign and Live Up To Your Food Service Pledge.”

The Intelligencer September 13, 1917 (page 7)

“Letters from Overseas. From Chas. H. Brook. My Dear Mrs. MacColl:—I have just received the second trench box to-day, and have just finished distributing the contents. I had notification of its arrival some days ago, but was not in a position where I could look after it until to-day. I was anxious to get it because I knew just how welcome the parcels would be as the boys are in great need of socks, notepaper and tobacco, and the lucky ones whom I gave the parcels to are greatly pleased. …

I see several of the boys answering the cards which were enclosed, and they come to me to ask me if I know the address, which in most cases I do. The playing cards and scrap books will mean much to the boys, Mrs. MacColl, for there is often a little time when one longs for something to read.

I must tell you that I felt very proud of Belleville and the girls of the St. Julien Chapter, when I was giving the parcels out, for their work is greatly appreciated, I assure you, and I have not seen in France any evidence of greater work being done by any other society or chapter of its kind, than that of the St. Julien, and I feel very proud of the Chapter and the city. …

We have been very busy the past couple of months and are looking forward to a little rest soon. Again thanking you on behalf of the boys, for the kind work of the chapter. I am Very sincerely, Chas. H. Brook.”