100 Years Ago: City Hall Victory Loan Meeting, Several Belleville Soldiers Wounded, County Enthusiasm for Victory Loan Campaign, Marmora Rally for War Victory Loan, Haines’ Shoe Houses Ad for Victory Bonds

The Intelligencer November 13, 1917 (page 1)

“ ‘Carry On’ Keynote of Victory Bond Campaign. The Victory Loan meeting in the City Hall last evening attracted a large audience showing the great interest being taken by people of small and large means in this important line of defence which will back up and make effective the heroic deeds of Canada’s army in the field. …

Preceding the meeting the 15th Regiment band marched to the City Hall and gave a program outside and inside the hall which was well rendered and greatly appreciated.

A feature of the meeting was the appearance of the hall which resembled an art gallery with the many striking Liberty Bond posters which adorned the walls. One in particular is worthy of special notice among the many artistic designs which testified to the power of publicity, the one depicting the little girl who had arranged her alphabet blocks to spell BUY ME A VICTORY BOND and is represented as making an almost tearful appeal to her daddy in this wise: ‘Oh, Please Daddy, buy me a Victory Bond.’ …

Only 1 in 187 of the population of Canada bought our last war loan. It was to remedy this state of affairs and get all the people back of the war that this great campaign was planned, in order to get the man and woman with $50 and $100 savings to invest in Victory Bonds. This was pointed out by the various speakers.”

The Intelligencer November 13, 1917 (page 2)

“Bombardier E. H. Olver. Bombardier Edwin Hugh Olver, Artillery, is officially reported wounded, gunshot in the left leg, and removed to 8th Field Ambulance. Hugh Olver left with the 26th Battery from Kingston more than two years ago. He is well known in the city and is a son of the late A. Olver, M.D., Medicine Hat, Alta.

“Pte. H. F. O’Neil. Mrs. M. O’Neil, 73 Lewis St., City, has received official notice that Pte. Hugh Francis O’Neil, Infantry, is reported as admitted to the Sixth Field Ambulance Depot, November 4th, with gunshot wound in left leg.

“Sergt. J. H. Turney. Sergt. James H. Turney, referred to in the following despatch, enlisted with the 59th Mounted Rifles at Cornwall. Previous to enlistment he was employed in the Belleville Hardware establishment.

Ottawa, Nov. 12, 1917. Mrs. James H. Turney, 280 Coleman street, Belleville, Ont. Sincerely regret to inform you 454,536 Sergt. James H. Turney, Mounted Rifles, officially reported admitted to St. John Ambulance Brigade Hospital, Etaples, November 2nd, 1917. Gunshot wound in back, Director of Records.

“Pte. N. J. Asselstine. Private Nicholas John Asselstine, who enlisted and went overseas with the 155th Battalion, has been reported wounded, as the following telegram denotes, which was received by his mother this morning:

Ottawa, Ont. Nov. 12th. Mrs. Edith Asselstine, 78 Mill Street, Belleville, Ont. Sincerely regret to inform you that 636682, Pte. Nicholas John Asselstine, infantry, officially reported admitted to 1st Western General Hospital, Liverpool, November 7th, 1917; gunshot wound in wrist. Director of Records.

“Pte. E. L. Foster. Pte. Ernest Leonard Foster, of this city, who enlisted and went overseas with the 155th Battalion, has been wounded, as the following telegram from the Record Office shows:

Ottawa, Nov. 12, 1917. Mrs. Rose Foster, 256 ½ Front Street, Belleville, Ont. Sincerely regret to inform you 636436, Pte. Ernest Leonard Foster, infantry, officially reported admitted to No. 1 Field Ambulance Depot, November 5th, 1917, gunshot wound head, back and left hand. Director of Records.

“Lieut. W. H. F. Ketcheson. Mayor Ketcheson received a telegram this morning from the Director of Records at Ottawa stating that his son, Lieut. W. H. F. Ketcheson, had been admitted to hospital in France suffering from wounds in the chest and burns. The many friends of Lieut. Ketcheson in Belleville and vicinity trust that he will have a speedy recovery, and sympathize with the family of Mayor Ketcheson in the anxiety caused by this disturbing news from the battlefields of Flanders.

Lieut. W. H. F. Ketcheson left Belleville with the 30th Battalion in 1915 for overseas, and has been in France over two years on active service, being attached to the machine gun service, and having risen to second in command of his section.

He has served his country gallantly and well in many strenuous battles and was a member of the brave group of Canadian heroes who held an important salient at St. Eloi for ten days, in the face of tremendous odds and cut off from support by the enemy barrage, relief only coming after ten terrible days of heroic effort when a sap was constructed to the position and an avenue of escape furnished.

Another son of Mayor Ketcheson, is now in the city recovering from wounds received at the front, being invalided home with a gallant record of heroic service for the Empire for which he was singled out for Royal honors.”

The Intelligencer November 13, 1917 (page 2)

“Hastings Welcomes the Liberty Bonds. With not much more than half of the County of Hastings heard from the first day of the Victory Loan campaign showed that the good old County is there with the Dollars as well as the Men.

The Province of Ontario subscribed $4,000,000 to the Victory Loan yesterday and the County of Hastings supplied $136,000.00 of this huge total, so it can be seen that the people of this County know their duty and intend to do it. Belleville’s first day netted over $86,000.00, so it will be seen that the County Seat has set a good pace for the rest to keep up to.

The returns for to-day will be read from the stage of Griffin’s Theatre, and the Palace to-night, and will be published at the Victory Loan Headquarters, Campbell St. …  A clock is being erected on Front St. to keep the people of Belleville informed of the progress of the campaign. Watch it and you will see the hand advance to the ‘Million or Bust’ sign.”

The Intelligencer November 13, 1917 (page 3)

“Splendid Rally at Marmora. The Town Hall at Marmora was crowded last night to hear the War Victory Loan explained and advocated by Colonel W. N. Ponton, K. C., of Belleville, who took up the various phases and significance and the appealing advantages of the national investment offered.

He described the loan as one that appealed both to our business and bosoms, to our hard British common sense and business instincts as well as to our practical loyalty and patriotism translated into action. Bullets win battles, but money, the denominator of value and the concrete evidence of purchasing power, wins wars, and the present conflict is not merely a battle of armies but it is a war of nations. …  Mr. Salime occupied the chair, and Reeve Gray also spoke. Marmora subscribed $14,000 yesterday in Liberty Bonds.”

The Intelligencer November 13, 1917 (page 7)

“Put Your Money in the First Line Trenches by Buying Victory Bonds. The Haines’ Shoe Houses. Belleville, Napanee, Trenton, Smiths Falls.”