100 Years Ago: Aviators Leave Camps Mohawk and Rathbun, More Victory Loan Results, William Hogan Killed in Action, Two Belleville Officers Wounded

The Intelligencer November 15, 1917 (page 1)

“Aviation Camps Are Now Closed. The aviators have departed. Camps Mohawk and Rathbun are now practically deserted, and the daily visits of the gallant young birdmen over Belleville city and the surrounding country have ceased, for the trek is on and most of the staff, cadets in training, and most of the mechanics are on their way to the winter training camps situated near Fort Worth, Texas. …

The planes have been left behind, however, and more or less mechanical work will continue during the winter months to prepare for next season.

Three special trains passed through Belleville at 7.45, 8.30 and 9.30 this morning, and although many friends of the aviators had gathered at the station to say good-bye and present lunch-boxes no stop was made here and much disappointment was the result.

Good luck to the aviators, and may they all have an important part in bringing the war to a speedy and triumphant close.”

The Intelligencer November 15, 1917 (page 1)

“Mr. Nelson McCutcheon has sent in $14,000 for the small village of Marlbank. Anyone knowing Marlbank’s patriotic record in the war can hardly be surprised at the way they have taken hold out there.

Madoc came across yesterday with $24,000. How’s that for Madoc? …  Belleville yesterday supplied $72,000 of the $140,000 collected. …

The largest single subscription to be recorded to date is that of Mr. R. J. Graham for $50,000. There should be several like this before the campaign closes.

Everyone buying a bond should insist upon getting a button, and everyone—man, woman or child—who owns a bond should wear a button to make the other fellow ashamed to be seen in public without a Victory Bond button. If you have bought a bond for everyone in the family, even the baby, they should all wear their buttons. It is your patriotic duty to do this.”

The Intelligencer November 15, 1917 (page 8)

“Pte. Hogan Killed. An official telegram was received yesterday that Pte. William Patrick Hogan, was killed in action on October 31. Pte. Hogan lived in Belleville all his life and was employed at Marsh and Henthorn’s foundry. He had many friends who sincerely regret his death and sympathize with the bereaved relatives. He went overseas with the 155th Battalion and was attached to the machine gun section.”

[Note: Private William Patrick Hogan died on October 31, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 257 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer November 15, 1917 (page 8)

“Two Officers Are Wounded. Two popular young officers of Belleville, have been reported as wounded, Lieut. Wm. P. Allen and Lieut. R. Cooper.

Lieut. Wm. P. Allen. Lieut. Allen went overseas with the 155th Battalion and is a brother of Lieut.-Col. Percy Allen of this city. He is suffering from bullet wounds and is being treated in the military hospital at Wimereux, France.

Lieut. R. Cooper. It is officially reported from Ottawa that Lieut. R. Cooper of this city was wounded on November 6. This young officer is the son of Mr. L. B. Cooper and went overseas with the 254th Battalion.

No details are available as to the extent of the wounds which these officers have received, but their many friends in the city hope that they are not serious and that their recovery will be speedy.”