100 Years Ago: Chatterton Women’s Institute Sends Christmas Cheer, Jack Summers Returned to Duty, Many Eligibles Examined, Christ Church Choir Club Holds Shower, Recital Held at Bridge Street Church, Ad for Gillette Safety Razor, Ad for Wrigley’s

The Intelligencer October 22, 1917 (page 1)

“Sent Christmas Cheer to the Soldiers. Chatterton. Will you allow us space in your paper to thank all who so kindly contributed to our Christmas box fund for the boys overseas. House to house canvass $33.37. We also wish to thank Mr. and Mrs. R. N. Bird, for so kindly opening their house for a social evening which realized us $24.10.

Our grateful appreciation is due Mr. Stillman, Gay, Foxboro, and Mr. J. Morton, of Stirling, for their liberality in their dealings with us.

Twenty-seven boxes were sent to boys, whose addresses were handed in, and thirteen Christmas stockings were sent to be given to boys that receive nothing at Christmas.

Signed on behalf of Chatterton Women’s Institute: Miss Beatrice Guffin, President. Sadie Boardman, Secretary.”

The Intelligencer October 22, 1917 (page 2)

“Recovered from Wounds. Corp. Jack Summers, of Belleville, who has been a patient in an English military hospital for some time being treated for gunshot wounds, has recovered and returned to active service. Mrs. M. Summers, 36 Hillcrest avenue, city, has received the following official telegram from Ottawa:

Cable received from England states that Corporal Jack Summers (154,990) returned to regimental duty, September 9. Director of Records.”

The Intelligencer October 22, 1917 (page 2)

“Many Eligibles Examined. The Militia Medical Board of this city, has been exceptionally busy the past few days in examining eligibles who come under the first draft of the Militia Service Act. Upwards of 1200 have been examined, the great portion of whom were placed in Class A. Of this number over 100 have applied at the post-office here for exemption papers. Not a person has yet applied for an active service paper.”

The Intelligencer October 22, 1917 (page 2)

“Christ Church Choir Club held a Shower last Tuesday in the Parish Hall from 3 to 6 p.m. Our boys at the front will be encouraged with the comforts and other good things in their Christmas parcels. Following is a partial list of gifts provided by the members of Christ Church:—38 handkerchiefs, 30 pairs socks, 107 wax candles, 40 Trench candles, smokes of all sorts, 95 plugs tobacco, 40 writing pads, 48 pencils, 150 chocolate bars, cloves, apples, home-made candy, 132 pkgs. Gum, 25 lbs. sugar, sardines, cheese, oxo, potted meats, toilet and shaving soap, toilet paper, mentholatum, tooth paste, boot laces, raisins, dates, cake, biscuits, literature, post cards, waxed leaves.

All this is pure giving, for no refreshments of any sort were offered nor were any ‘good’ eats for sale, yet there was filled a large clothes basket with comforts, and sufficient money to defray all postage.

The Intelligencer October 22, 1917 (page 2)

“Pleasing Musical Event. The Organ and Song Recital in Bridge Street Church on Saturday was fairly well attended and greatly enjoyed. Mr. V. P. Hunt, who arranged the recital, contributed the organ solos, and the beautiful Casavant organ was heard to advantage. …

Mrs. Ella Sipson Bowerman, teacher of singing at Albert College and contralto soloist in Bridge Street Church delighted the audience. …  Mrs. Bowerman has a contralto voice, with a great range and pleases by her beautiful tone, distinct enunciation and charming unaffected manner.

The collection was given to help send Christmas cheer to the many Albert College students at the front, some two hundred and thirty of whom are fighting for their country.”

The Intelligencer October 22, 1917 (page 5)

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The Intelligencer October 22, 1917 (page 7)

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