100 Years Ago: Christmas Boxes Sent, Ad for Shredded Wheat, Ad for Victory Bonds, 155th Bandsmen Play in France, Second Day’s Canvass for Victory Bonds

The Intelligencer November 14, 1917 (page 2)

“During the past month the Argyll Chapter, I.O.D.E., have sent 70 Christmas boxes overseas, and 33 Christmas stockings to soldiers in Hospitals. Donations of $25 have been given to the British Red Cross and $25 to the Julia Henshaw fund for French Hospitals.

Money for Christmas cheer has been sent to six Belleville prisoners of war in Germany.”

The Intelligencer November 14, 1917 (page 3)

“You Can Do Your Bit in the trenches, in the home, in the office, in the factory, in the store when the body is nourished with foods that build healthy muscle without overtaxing the digestive organs.

Shredded Wheat Biscuit contains the greatest amount of body-building nutriment at lowest cost. It strengthens the muscles of the stomach and intestines by making them do their normal work in a natural way. A better-balanced ration than meat or eggs, more easily digested and costs much less.

Made in Canada.”

The Intelligencer November 14, 1917 (page 4)

“Buy Victory Bonds. Make Your Money Fight! Enlist In this Fighting Line.

‘He Fights Who Lends’ Every man and woman, every boy and girl in Canada is eligible for enlistment in this fighting line. There is no bar for age, sex or physical condition.

It means continued support for the boys at the front. It means work and wages for those who cannot get to the front. Buy Your Victory Bonds To-Day.”

The Intelligencer November 14, 1917 (page 7)

“155th Bandsmen Play In France. Concert of Massed Bands Behind the Firing Line—Belleville Bandsmen Take Part. The programme …  is one played by the massed bands of the 20th and 21st Battalion bands, C.E.F., at the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade Headquarters, ‘somewhere in France’ recently, by permission of Lieut.-Col. and Lieut.-Col. H. V. Rorke, D.S.O., C.O. 20th Batt.

It may interest readers to know that the 21st Batt. Band is our own 155th Battalion band, which delighted Belleville audiences, as well as audiences in other towns and cities of eastern Ontario, by their splendid rendering of just such programmes as this one.

The personnel of the band was changed somewhat on its departure for overseas, fourteen of its members being struck off on account of physical unfitness. The number which survived, twenty-two, has been increased by the addition of seven more, making the total strength twenty-nine. The other band mentioned numbers thirty-six. The concert was given on October 22nd, and pleased everyone present.”

The Intelligencer November 14, 1917 (page 8)

“City Responds Nobly. County Is Slower. While the returns from the county are rather discouraging to the hard-working local committee, the result in Belleville of the second day’s canvass raises their enthusiasm to the highest pitch. What has been done in Belleville can be done all over the County, so it is up to the citizens of this city to take hold and make the people of the rest of the County awaken to their responsibilities. …

There is a lot of missionary work to be done throughout the county, and there is no fund to pay for this work. It is therefore up to volunteers who are travelling to help with the good work. …

At Griffin’s Theatre last night the members of ‘The Only Girl’ Company gave their services to the Publicity Committee and went amongst the audience and accepted pledges from people there for nearly a thousand dollars of bonds—more than some towns have bought in a day. This is a very trying task for the ladies and gentlemen of the stage, and the Publicity Committee appreciating this, thank them for their unselfish effort.

Griffin’s theatres have assisted greatly with the publicity from the beginning of the campaign, and intend to continue. Mr. Geo. Forhan, the popular manager of Griffin’s interests in Belleville, has been untiring in his efforts to assist the committee, and serves himself on the Stunts Sub-Committee of the publicity end.

Arrangements have been made with the theatres to give coupons away with the tickets, and the one holding the lucky number on Saturday night at each of the local houses will be presented with a $50.00 Victory Bond, donated by Mr. John and Peter Griffin. Mr. Griffin also has presented each manager on his circuit with five Victory Bonds, and an offer to finance any which the manager will himself buy. This is taking hold with a right spirit.”