100 Years Ago: Driver Charles Saunders Returns, Great War Veterans Association of Belleville, David Rightmyer Wounded

The Intelligencer November 22, 1917 (page 2)

“Return of Driver Saunders. Word was received in the city last night by Mrs. Chas. Saunders, stating that her husband, Driver C. Saunders, will arrive home to-morrow, Friday, on the 1.30 from Kingston. Driver Saunders left Belleville with the 34th Battery in 1914, and is now returning after being in hospital for several months.”

The Intelligencer November 22, 1917 (page 3)

“Aims and Objects of War Veterans. Madame Nelli Gardini, the great Metropolitan singer is giving her services, gratis on Wednesday evening, the 28th of November next, for an operatic concert in aid of the Great War Veterans Association of Belleville. The Griffin Amusement Co. are giving the use of the Opera House at a very low rental and every assistance possible to the G.W.V.

For the benefit of the Great War Veterans Association the H. Corby Distillery Co. has given their splendidly fitted office building for a club or meeting place for the returned boys free of rent.

A number of our citizens have given donations to assist in furnishing these quarters, and perhaps there are some of our people who do not know we have a Great War Veterans Association in our midst, and still some others who are not conversant with its noble aims and objects. For the information of the public in general, let us state briefly, that the work of the association is an effort on the part of the returned soldiers to help themselves and their comrades who are returning daily.

It is their desire to have a comfortable, home-like meeting place for the betterment of the returning men, where topics of common interest may be considered and discussed, to see that justice is done in so far as can possibly be effected by wise and reasonable administration to those who are disabled by reason of wounds received or unfortunate circumstances met with in their country’s service and defence; and that the lives of those whose breadwinners have been taken away from them, may be made as free from care and anxiety for the future as it is possible for a grateful people to render them. …

The local organization is not at the present begging, but with the assistance of the local newspapers trying to ‘Do’ for themselves, and at the same time giving the citizens of Belleville and surrounding country, the musical feast of the season in presenting Madame Gardini and her company on the 28th inst., Wednesday next. …

Come along and help the boys out and get double value for your dollar; they guarantee every cents worth in a musical meal, and many thanks for your assistance financially to them.”

The Intelligencer November 22, 1917 (page 5)

“Pte. Rightmyer Wounded. Word has been received in the city stating that Pte. David Grant Rightmyer, 1093081, infantry, wounded right foot. Pte. Rightmyer is a son of Mrs. Emma Rightmyer, 34 Wharf Street. Previous to enlisting with the 254th Battalion he was employed with the Downey Coal Company of this city.”