100 Years Ago: Meeting on Food Problem Held, Red Cross Society September Report, Eat More Fish, Poster for Food Service Pledge, Cecil Holway Wounded

The Intelligencer September 18, 1917 (page 2)

“Under the auspices of the Ladies’ Patriotic Societies of this city a public meeting was held in the city hall last evening, the object of which was to hear an address delivered by Dr. Helen McMurchy, of Toronto, relative to the food problem, which is at present intensely interesting to housewives. There was a fair attendance of ladies, but the gentlemen were conspicuous by their absence.

The address of Dr. McMurchy was excellent and full of information. …  Owing to so many million men being in uniform their work for the time being has been withdrawn from the pursuits of production and their services are lost in that direction; but they require to be fed, and must be fed. …

We are at the present time particularly asked not to waste. Unconsciously millions of dollars’ worth of food is wasted annually in Canada. Had we not better revise our plans for the table? …  Dr. McMurchy stated that fish was a splendid food and we could live upon it without eating meat. But we are not asked to do this, but simply to save one-quarter of the meat, and we can surely do it.

We should be willing to do this for those who are fighting for us, for it is for them we are asked to make this little sacrifice. Men there are sacrificing their all for us. This war is a war to end war, and we must assist to win this great cause. (Applause)”

The Intelligencer September 18, 1917 (page 3)

“The Canadian Red Cross Society, Belleville Cheese Board District Branch, Report for September. Letters have been received acknowledging shipments from the following:

Lady Perley, Chairman, the Canadian War Contingent Association: ‘I have to acknowledge with the grateful thanks of the Association two consignments from the Belleville Cheese Board District Branch C. R. C. S. which have just come to hand.’ …

Headquarters Belgian Relief. ‘The box containing six quilts and three pillows forwarded by the Belleville Cheese Board District Branch C. R. C. S. arrived yesterday.’ …

French wounded Emergency Fund, London, Eng. ‘Two such splendid boxes arrived to-day from the Belleville Cheese Board Association. …  Will you please express the very sincere thanks of this Committee for the assistance rendered us for the continuance of our work both in the Hospitals and amongst the civilian population.’ ”

The Intelligencer September 18, 1917 (page 4)

“Eat More Fish. Canada produces plenty of fish and should have a plentiful supply for home consumption. …  Tell people to ask their dealer for fresh fish. Ask him why he does not get fresh salt water fish. By arrangement through the Food Controller special fish cars have been provided to bring Atlantic fish to Central Canada to sell at fair prices so that people may be encouraged to eat more fish and save beef and bacon. …

Fish is especially suitable for people of the cities at indoor or sedentary occupations. Fish restores nervous energy, and is especially suitable for brain workers. Fish costs 10 to 20 cents a pound retail, whereas beef costs about 30 cents a pound and bacon 45. Eat more fish and save beef and bacon.”

The Intelligencer September 18, 1917 (page 5)

“Comrades in Service! In years to come you will recall with Pride the day you signed the Food Service Pledge. For it is your Dedication to War Service.

Be a Comrade. Dedicate yourself and your family to War Service. Display the window card.

Sign and Live Up to the Food Service Pledge.”

The Intelligencer September 18, 1917 (page 7)

“Accidentally Wounded. Mr. A. H. Holway, residing at 165 Church street in this city, on Sunday received the following telegram which relates to his son: Ottawa, Sept. 15th. Sincerely regret to inform you that 113301 Pte. Cecil Holway, infantry, officially reported admitted to South Field Ambulance Depot, September 8th, 1917, self inflicted. Will send further particulars when received. Director of Records.

Pte. Holway enlisted with the 8th C.M.R. and left with that battalion from Kingston.”