100 Years Ago: Belleville Fuel Controller

The Intelligencer January 4, 1918 (page 4)

“The City Council acted very wisely at their final meeting in appointing Thomas F. Wills City Fuel Controller. The appointment was made as the result of recommendations made by the Dominion Fuel Controller, C. A. Magrath, and there is no doubt that with the co-operation of the local dealers great good will result.

Any citizen in need of coal or having any complaint to make in regard to the fuel situation or information to impart as to people buying more coal than their needs for the immediate future warrant, should see Mr. Wills. …  The appointment of a city fuel controller is no reflection on the local dealers, who no doubt are doing their best to cope with a difficult situation.”