100 Years Ago: Harry McCreary Wounded, Footbridge Repaired, War Workers and Victory War Club Gather, Quinte Chapter I.O.D.E. Entertains

The Intelligencer April 1, 1918 (page 3)

“Pte. McCreary Probably Fatally Wounded. Mr. and Mrs. Andrew McCreary, of this city, have received the following word from Ottawa about their third son who has been serving in France with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces now for over a year:

‘Sincerely regret to inform you 187112 Private Harry Earl McCreary, infantry, officially reported dangerously wounded one casualty clearing hospital March 28th, 1918, gunshot wounds head, face and skull fractured. Director of Records.’

Harry went overseas with the 197th Battalion from Winnipeg with the rank of Sergeant and reverted to a private in order to get on to France. Since serving there he received the stripe of Corporal and the last heard from him was that he was in charge of a gang of trackmen assisting in keeping up the railway lines of communication within the fighting zone. Pte. McCreary was at one time an employee at the Ritchie Company’s Store. Those who know him best are proud of him and his service to the Empire and are resting content that he fell while courageously performing his duties. We trust that he may be spared to again take his place among us here and fill to overflowing the dull spots in life with his wit and cheerful comradeship.”

The Intelligencer April 1, 1918 (page 7)

“Open for Traffic Tomorrow. Repairs to the footbridge, which was considerably damaged by the recent flood, have been vigorously prosecuted and the structure will be open for traffic tomorrow. This will be welcome news to pedestrians, who have been compelled for some days to use either the upper or lower bridge.”

The Intelligencer April 1, 1918 (page 7)

“War Workers Foregather. The War Workers and Victory War Club spent a pleasant afternoon last Tuesday, the members and visitors indulging in refreshments and a social cup of tea. The six dozen eggs which Mrs. Doran and Mrs. Bailey donated, were drawn for. Mrs. Huffman, Grove St., having the lucky number, $50.15 realized from the eggs. Mrs. R. Black’s, Canary Bird, won by Miss Ridley, $5.65. Mrs. Shooner’s handmade yoke, was won by Miss Harold, $10.20.

Two boxes were packed and made ready for shipment. Box No. 1 contained: 36 pairs socks, 36 towels, 36 cakes soap and 2 dusters. Box No. 2—13 hot water bottle covers, 24 binders, 10 hospital shirts, 2 hospital quilts, 10 suits pyjamas, 144 hospital chiefs, 2 pneumonia jackets, 12 stretcher caps, 6 housewives, 24 towels, 2 dusters.

President, Mrs. M. MacMullen; Secretary, Mrs. W. A. Woodley.”

The Intelligencer April 1, 1918 (page 7)

“A Profitable Affair. Under the auspices of Quinte Chapter I.O.D.E., a unique entertainment was given in the City Hall on Saturday evening which delighted all present. During the day booths, where candies, home-made cooking, fancy work, aprons, etc., were on sale were liberally patronized.

From 11.30 to 1.30, luncheons were served, and many availed themselves of the opportunity to partake of the good things provided. Cafeteria, was from 4 to 8. The ladies having charge of the affair were handsomely rewarded for their efforts. Proceeds were for purchasing of wool for socks for the boys overseas, also for Red Cross works in general.”