100 Years Ago: Poster for Victory Loan, One Million Dollars for Victory Loan, Reuben Sero Killed in Action, Gerald Spafford Tenders Thanks to Belleville Ladies, Hours for Selling Beef and Bacon

The Intelligencer November 23, 1917 (page 1)

Poster for Victory Loan“Mrs. Canuck is making up a box for Daddy at the Front. Private Canuck, Victory Ridge, At the Front. There’s Room For Your Share Here.

Wage Earners’ Share in Loan. Farmer. Salary Earner. Victory Loan. Business Man’s Share in Loan.”

The Intelligencer November 23, 1917 (page 1)

“Hastings County Passes the Million Mark. The good old County of Hastings has upheld its traditional patriotism in a grand manner. More than one Million Dollars has been subscribed to the Victory Loan in ten days …  and now we are on our way to double our objective. …  If this can be accomplished our boys overseas will have cause to be proud of the spot where they were born. …  They have given Canada reason to be proud of them, and now it’s up to us at home to make them proud of Canada.

There are only six working days left to pile up the remaining half a million dollars, and it is to be hoped that the people will forget everything, but the success of the Loan. Belleville is falling back badly the past couple of days. Of course, Belleville has done nobly so far, having more than doubled its objective, but there must be no let-up any place in the County if we are to get Half Million Dollars in the next six days.”

The Intelligencer November 23, 1917 (page 1)

“Clever Victory Loan Window. The Angus McFee jewellery store has an added attraction to its Victory Loan window. An aeroplane is floating in mid-air with an arrow pointing to figures upon a larger arrow pointing upwards to $1,611,000, Hastings new objective and as the subscriptions pour in the aeroplane will rise. It is quite a novel idea, and Mr. [Victory] Tulley who is responsible for the entire display deserves the highest congratulations as he has received the thanks of the Publicity Committee of which he is a member.

The aeroplane, which is a work of art, was made by Master Fred Jones, 13 year old son of Mr. Arthur Jones, manager of Molsons Bank. Master Jones is to be congratulated upon his clever achievement.”

The Intelligencer November 23, 1917 (page 2)

“Gave His Life. Mrs. Eliza Sero, residing on the Mohawk Reserve, Tyendinaga Township, has received official notification that her son, 637,184, Pte. Reuben Sero, was killed in action on October 30th. He went overseas with the 155th Battalion from this city, and was transferred to the Princess Patricia regiment. The young soldier was only 20 years of age. The sympathy of many will be extended to the mother in hour of sorrow.”

[Note: Private Reuben Sero died on October 30, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 323 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer November 23, 1917 (page 3)

“Kindly Welcome Was Appreciated. To the Rainbow Knitting Circle of the Woman’s Red Cross and Patriotic Circle Sergt.-Major Gerald Spafford tenders his heartfelt thanks for the beautiful bouquet of flowers sent as a token of welcome home by Mrs. H. A. Yeomans and Miss A. Hurley on behalf of the above organizations; also to Miss Anna Ponton for her kindly thought in sending a basket of ‘goodies’ appropriately decorated with miniature flags and patriotic colors.

Miss Florence Clark, 61 Grier street, gave a surprise party in honor of the returned soldiers, a delightful evening of surprises too numerous to mention—music, songs and tales of adventure, during which refreshments were served.

The returned soldiers find it difficult to express in words the language of the heart; suffice it to say to the numerous friends, and particularly the ladies of Belleville to whom they are indebted not only at present but in the past for the royal and sincere welcome accorded not only in words and greeting but through so many sources of expression that it is difficult to express the inspiration and encouragement which fills the war-worn souls of the soldiers to find their loyal lady friends, after months and years of patriotic endeavor still faithfully administering to the wants and comforts of the brave lads in the trenches in far off Flanders.

We thank you, ladies. We often shout ‘Long live the King!’ We go a bit further and shout ‘Long live the loyal and true patriotic women of Belleville.’

Belleville has good cause to be proud of her soldier boys; but let me say the soldier boys of Belleville have good cause to be proud of the ladies of Belleville who have so very loyally supported the organizations which have done so much for the comfort of our boys, and by so doing have done much to win the war, writes Sergt.-Major Spafford to The Intelligencer.”

The Intelligencer November 23, 1917 (page 5)

“Saving Bacon. A meeting of the restaurant and the hotel proprietors of the City of Belleville, will be held at the Police Court Rooms Monday the 26th day of November, 8 p.m. for purpose of defining the hours at which beef and bacon might be served under the Food Controller’s regulations owing to the food shortage, and to the fact that there are no settled hours at which beef or bacon may be served, some people are in the habit of going to one restaurant for beef or bacon at one meal and to another restaurant for beef or bacon for a second meal, thus evading the regulations and working hardship on the law-abiding restaurant keeper. It is suggested that the breakfast hours should mean from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., the dinner hour 11.30 to 2.30, with no hours specified for supper.”