100 Years Ago: Patriotic Bazaar at Point Anne, Letter from Overseas, Belleville Y.M.C.A. Boys on Firing Line, Fuel Committee Plans, Canniff Ross Foster Killed in Action, Campaign for Y.M.C.A. Begins

The Intelligencer May 14, 1918 (page 3)

“Patriotic Bazaar At Point Anne. The Junior Red Cross Club of Point Anne, on Friday evening, held a very successful bazaar and concert in the school house, which was decorated and illuminated by electric light for the occasion. In spite of the disagreeable weather there was a very good attendance, and much interest was taken in the bazaar, which contributed very largely to the proceeds.

The splendid concert given by local talent was presided over by Mr. Harry McKay of Belleville, who is well known as a humorist. …  Following the concert the balance of the bazaar stock was auctioned off by Mr. Harry Crosby in a very creditable manner. The drawing for the tiedown resulted in favor of Miss Libb Sweenor. The gross receipts, amounting to $137, has been turned over to Mrs. E. G. Bennett, President of the Red Cross Society.”

The Intelligencer May 14, 1918 (page 3)

“Mrs. Arthur Naylor, 390 Bleecker Avenue, city, is in receipt of the following letter from overseas: France, April 15, 1918.

Dear Sister and Brother:—I received your letter of February 15th the other day, while in the line. I am still in but expect to go out for a few days soon. …  I was glad to hear that you and Art were keeping well this winter and hope this finds you the same. I am feeling fine myself. So you have had a pretty severe winter? You sure were in luck to have your coal in before the shortage. I guess from all accounts it was pretty hard for some people to make ends meet in Canada this winter. …

Well, Essie, by the time you receive this I suppose Spring will be there and you and Art will be busy making garden and fixing up the lawn for the summer. You want to have lots of flowers when I come home this summer (maybe). …  I suppose you and Art will be sporting a car soon now, that is if gasoline is not cut off in Canada.

Say, Essie, I received a box from the Rebecca Lodge at home, and it was sure a dandy. They send one every month to all the brothers of the Lodge, and you can bet we all appreciate them. I know one who if he has the good fortune to get back safely will attend the Lodge more regularly. …  The boys have just come back from the Y. M. with some canned peaches and milk, so will stop and try some. Good bye, with love, P. H. Naylor.”

The Intelligencer May 14, 1918 (page 4)

“170 Belleville Y. M. C. A. Boys on the Firing Line. Belleville Y. M. C. A. enjoys the proud distinction of having one hundred and seventy names on its Honor Roll of members serving King and country overseas and all are kept in good standing free of dues and entitled to all Y. M. C. A. privileges wherever they may be.

More than that, all men in uniform are accorded Y. M. C. A. privileges without payment of membership fees in Canada and overseas. This is one more reason why the drive of the local Y. M. C. A. for funds to carry on the work here and wipe out the indebtedness should be heartily supported.”

The Intelligencer May 14, 1918 (page 5)

“Fuel Committee Meeting. At a meeting of the fuel committee of the City Council held last evening arrangements were made with several of the carters of the city to haul coal and wood which the committee is procuring. The committee expects to have both coal and wood for sale within a few days.”

The Intelligencer May 14, 1918 (page 5)

“Killed in Action. Mrs. Caniff Foster of Corbyville, has received word that her husband Pte. Caniff Ross Foster, of the Canadian Mounted Rifles, has been officially reported killed in action on April 20th. He enlisted in the 235th Battalion at Belleville in November 1916, and went overseas the following April, where he was transferred to the 134th Battalion (48th Highlanders). In February 1918, he went to France and joined his twin brothers, who have been serving in the Canadian Mounted Rifles since December, 1916.

Pte. Foster was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Foster of Hillier, and grandson of the late Theodore Foster of Bloomfield. He was married only two days after enlisting his wife being Miss Helen Gilbert, daughter of Mr. Bert Gilbert of Corbyville.”

[Note: Private Canniff Ross Foster died on April 20, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 409 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer May 14, 1918 (page 5)

“Y.M.C.A. Financial Drive. In spite of war conditions and a seriously depleted senior membership the Belleville Y.M.C.A. have carried on their work during the past three years. This has been made possible largely by the generosity of the citizens who have so generously supported the work.

The Directors feel that the work should be continued for the sake of the boys of Belleville and the members of the Association, over 175 of whom have gone overseas and who will look to the Association more than ever upon their return as a result of the excellent work done by the Overseas Y.M.C.A. To wipe out present indebtedness and the balance of the mortgage on the local building and provide for current expenses for the year, it will require $6,000, in addition to all other available money.

A campaign will be launched at a workers’ tea at 6.30 in the Y.M.C.A. tonight, to secure this $6,000 required in a ward canvass Wednesday morning, May 15th. Strong teams have been lined up for each ward and determined efforts will be made to clean up this campaign in a half day.”