100 Years Ago: Cold Storage Plants to Be Emptied, Sergeant Charles Gibson Dies, 1,000 Boys a Day Enroll for Farm Work, La Boutique Held by Quinte Chapter I.O.D.E., Circus Day in Belleville, Dominion Police Force Check Trenton and Belleville Men for Credentials

The Intelligencer April 4, 1918 (page 1)

“Cold Storage Plants Will Be Emptied Of Food Stuffs. Ottawa. Drastic new regulations effective from today are announced by the Canada Food Board in an endeavor to eliminate the speculative element from the Canadian produce business. Monthly reports of all supplies on hand are required from all dealers.

No person or company shall hold meats, lard or oleomargarine in quantities larger than enough to supply his Canadian trade for sixty days. Butter and eggs must not be stocked on December 1st larger than enough to supply customers till May 1st. Restrictions are also placed on poultry, cheese and other products.

For infringement of the new regulations fines up to one thousand dollars and imprisonment for three months are provided for, also cancellation of license.”

The Intelligencer April 4, 1918 (page 4)

“Called by Death. Sergeant Charles Armstrong Gibson, one of Belleville’s best known young war heroes, has answered the final roll call. At an early hour this morning he passed unexpectedly away at his late residence 72 Victoria Avenue. Last evening he was about the house and retired apparently in his usual health.

At about four o’clock this morning he awoke and complained to his wife that he was ill and was suffering from shortness of breath. Medicine was administered and a physician was summoned, but before the latter arrived dissolution had taken place. Heart trouble was the cause of death.

Sergt. Gibson was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gibson, residing on Hillcrest Avenue, and was born in this city on March 19th, 1876, thus being in his 43rd year. ‘Charley’ as he was familiarly called while attending the public schools was imbued with a soldier’s spirit and was never happier than when in uniform. …

At the outbreak of the present war Sergt. Gibson was one of the first in this city to enlist and he became a member of the 2nd Canadian Battalion. He went overseas with the first contingent and soon saw active service. He was in the battles of Ypres, Festubert and Givenchy. At the latter place he was severely wounded in the head and was invalided to England where he remained for some time.

Upon his arrival home he was accorded a hearty welcome from the citizens. For gallantry on the field of action he was promoted to a sergeant. Charlie Gibson was an exemplary soldier, and his cheerful manner tided many a young soldier over his first trip under fire. He was fearless and ever desirous of being in the front lines.

Sergt. Gibson was the Hon. President of the Great War Veterans’ Association of this city. He was also a member of Belleville Lodge No. 81 I.O.O.F. and the Canadian Order of Foresters. He was an attendant of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Surviving is a wife and one son, R. Cecil, also his father and mother. To those suddenly bereft will be extended the heartfelt sympathy of all citizens. The funeral will be held with full military honors.”

The Intelligencer April 4, 1918 (page 5)

“Thousand Boys a Day Enroll For Farm. Toronto. The boys of Ontario are enrolling at a rate of 1,000 per day to help in the greater production campaign. …  It was originally believed that 16,000 boys could be secured in Ontario this summer for farm work, but at the rate that the boys have signed up it is now believed that this number will be largely exceeded. …

The most of the returns are from towns in  rural districts, and the great majority of the boys have previous experience at farm work. The most of them say that they are able to arrange for their own employment, but there are some who cannot arrange for their own employment, and are willing to go on the farm immediately. This latter class will receive the first consideration and will be placed first.

The boys are asked to state their weights in their enrolment forms, and it is found that many of the boys, 16 and 17 years of age, weigh from 150 to 170 pounds. …  Last year the average wage that the boys secured was $18 a month and board, but this year it is expected that they will average more than $20 and board.”

The Intelligencer April 4, 1918 (page 7)

“Results of ‘La Boutique.’ ‘La Boutique’ held by the Quinte Chapter, I. O.D.E. for patriotic purposes, on Saturday last in the City Hall, proved to be a most profitable entertainment as well as a most enjoyable one. The sum of $500 was realized.

The following articles were disposed of by raffle: Luncheon Cloth, donated by Mrs. W. N. Perry, lucky No. 217, won by Mr. C. M. Stork; Knitted Sweater, donated by Mrs. E. D. O’Flynn, No. 31, won by Col. Wilson; Bag of Potatoes, donated by Col. O’Flynn, No. 168, won by Mr. J. W. Pearce; Camisole, donated by Mrs. D. M. Waters, No. 10, won by Gene Caldwell; Socks, donated by Mrs. E. D. O’Flynn, No. 1, won by Mrs. W. C. Mikel. The bottle of money donated by Mrs. J. F. Dolan, for which guesses were made, contained $3.70. The guess nearest the amount was $3.66.”

The Intelligencer April 4, 1918 (page 7)

“Circus Day in Belleville. The big ‘parade’, a mile long, almost, with its glittering golden chariots and open dens of wild and other animals, clashing, smashing bands of music, and other weird and wonderful freaks and fancies, at high noon to-day along the principal streets and boulevards of Belleville broke the news none too gently to those who didn’t know that the Y.M.C.A. Circus, otherwise known as the Bingling-Bungling World’s Greatest Galaxy of Wonders had struck town. …  The parade was well worth seeing and if the entertainment under the ‘Big Top’ is on the same scale of excellence there should be a hot time around the Y.M.C.A. building this evening.”

The Intelligencer April 4, 1918 (page 8)

“Carry Your Papers Or The Dominion Cops Will Get You. Show your papers! Was the salutation which startled many young men last evening as they came out of the local theatres or paused between dances or pool games. Five members of the Dominion police force dropped in on Belleville unannounced last evening after a thorough combing out of Trenton for defaulters under the Military Service Act. …

Many were found without credentials, birth certificate, if under age, marriage certificate or exemption papers, but all kinds of leniency was extended and judgment shown as this was only a preliminary to a thorough combing of Belleville for men who may not be complying strictly with the terms of the Military Service Act. …

The roundup finished about midnight, when the bunch without papers had been sifted out and reduced to six, who were held for further examination at the Police Station, and were finally allowed to go home, one being ordered to report for military duty at Kingston to-day. …

Mayor Platt was an interested spectator of the combing out process at the Palace Theatre. …  It was not until midnight that the excitement quieted down, and it is a safe bet that the young men of Belleville will carry their papers henceforth.”