100 Years Ago: Returned Soldiers to Run Farm Tractors, Patriotic Carnival at Arena Rink, Belleville Coal and Wood Yard, Card of Thanks for Carnival Assistance

The Intelligencer January 22, 1918 (page 4)

“Returned soldiers trained as expert operators by the instructors in the vocational training centres of the Military Hospitals Commission, will run the Government tractors on the farms of Ontario next year.

There will be 130 tractors in operation next spring, and men who have done their bit overseas will get the first call providing they have secured the proper training. The course offered by the Commission to the men whose disabilities, incurred in military service, make it necessary for them to learn a new occupation, requires from six to eight months and has been particularly attractive to men who formerly were farmers.

Courses are under way at London, Whitby and Kingston, and 60 tractors have been sent to these centres by the Ontario Department of Agriculture to be overhauled. This action on the part of the provincial government is a boon to the training centres, for while crippled motor cars are fairly easy to secure for practice work in the motor mechanics’ course, tractors are at a premium.”

The Intelligencer January 22, 1918 (page 6)

“Merry Maskers At Arena Rink. Patriotic Carnival Was Great Success. The ladies of the Red Cross and Patriotic Society have reason to feel proud of the complete success of the carnival held by them at the Arena last evening. As soon as the doors were open the crowd began to arrive in all manner of costumes, from the gipsy and Indian maids to the stately old dames and nursing sisters.

When the band commenced the rink presented a very lively spectacle indeed. The fifth and sixth band selections were reserved for those in costume and the judges must have had a difficult task in awarding the prizes, which were given as follows: Ladies’ first won by Mrs. Chadwick, dressed as an Indian woman. Second prize awarded to Miss McLean, who represented Uncle Sam.

Miss I. Tripp, as a trained nurse, wore a very becoming costume and won the first prize given to the girls, while Miss Edith Terrill, who was dressed as ‘Night’ won second prize.

The first prize given to the gentlemen was won by Mr. Alan Hamilton, who was dressed as a lady, and Mr. Galloway, as a flower girl, took second prize.

The prize offered for the most original costume was carried off by Mrs. Williams, who was very appropriately gowned as ‘The Snowman.’

During the evening the booths where coffee and sandwiches were served were well patronized.

The proceeds will be used for buying wool for socks for the boys overseas and the receipts of last night should send many a warm pair to our boys in the trenches.”

The Intelligencer January 22, 1918 (page 7)

“Municipal Coal Yard. Belleville, was yesterday given permission by the Ontario Railway and Municipal Board to engage in the coal and wood business, $12,500 to be invested in each. The city was represented at the Board meeting by Aldermen Robinson and Parks and Mr. Thos. F. Wills, who was recently appointed a fuel controller of the city.”

The Intelligencer January 22, 1918 (page 7)

“Card of Thanks. The Women’s Red Cross and Patriotic Association wish to thank their many friends and co-workers for their kindness in making the carnival of Monday evening the great success it was.

Those who donated were as follows: Mr. Arnott for his most generous gift of the Arena free of all charges. The band for their services which greatly added to the pleasure of all. Mr. Charles Bowell for his courtesy in advertising each evening, also the Ontario. Mr. Cherry for 1000 tickets. The Smith Hardware Co., a stove; Mrs. Jas. Wallace, Mrs. Green, Mrs. Holmes, Mr. Oliphant, Gilbert’s Bakery, Ridley, MacIntosh Bros., Miller & Son, City Council, Panter, Boyle, Strouds and every donation of money.

The donators of prizes: The Ritchie Co., Patterson Co., Haines Co., Vermilyea Co., J. McKeown, Deacon Bros., E. F. Dickens, Woolworth Co., Sinclair and Mrs. Springer.”