100 Years Ago: British Red Cross Drive Planned, Poster for Employers on Exemption

The Intelligencer October 23, 1917 (page 2)

“Big Red Cross Drive in Belleville. A representative gathering of citizens was held in the Council Chamber last night to organize for a British Red Cross campaign for this city. November 1st has been selected as our British Red Cross Day. The mayor took the chair at 8.15, calling the meeting to order. …

Suitable offices will be arranged for at once and another meeting will be held in the Council Chamber on Wednesday night to complete the organization. The ward chairmen are expected to arrange large and representative committees for their wards. It is intended to canvass every citizen and the amount collected should not be less than an average of $1.00 per head of population.

Our citizens gave $8,000 last year. This year at least $12,000 is expected of Belleville.”

The Intelligencer October 23, 1917 (page 6)

Poster for employers on exemption“Directions for Employers Who Purpose Claiming Exemption for Class One Men in Their Employ.

Where exemption is claimed employer should state his opinion whether such exemption should be conditional on the man’s continuing to follow his present occupation and whether it would suffice if exemption were granted for one, two or more months, as the case may be.

Claims for exemption must be made not later than November 10th. Issued by the Military Service Council.”