100 Years Ago: Notice to Coal Consumers, Harry Sayers Honoured by Friends, Automobile Show, Y.M.C.A. Canvass, Boy Knits Socks, Aeroplane Falls on Agricultural Park

The Intelligencer May 16, 1918 (page 2)

“Notice to Coal Consumers. Owing to the very unsettled condition of the coal situation on account of the state of uncertainty and suspense which has been created in the minds of coal consumers, we deem it our duty to advise our customers that we are in a position at present to accept and fill all orders for coal of the various prepared sizes in accordance with Governmental Regulations and we most respectfully suggest to all concerned to take in their Fuel supply for the coming winter at the earliest possible time, in order to avoid the many hardships endured by the Public the past season. The F. S. ANDERSON CO., 42 Bridge St., Belleville.”

The Intelligencer May 16, 1918 (page 5)

“Roslin Soldier Was Honored By Friends. A number of the friends and neighbors of Mr. Harry Sayers gathered at the home of his mother on the evening of May 13th to express their appreciation of his many acts of kindness before leaving at the call of duty. The following address was then read:

To Mr. Harry Sayers: Dear Friend,—We, your neighbors wish to take this opportunity of expressing toward you at this time our feelings of esteem and appreciation. The times in which we are living are the most momentous for many centuries. …  the need for men is great, thus the call for men has come with insistence and clearness not heard before, and while much as we deplore the necessity, yet we rejoice that you have not shirked that call for duty and are giving yourself upon the altar of your country’s sacrifice.

As you are about to leave us we ask you to accept this purse, not for its intrinsic value, but rather as a token of our regard and esteem. We trust that it will ever remind you of your many friends and associates whom you leave behind. We pray that God may keep you and that in the hour of duty you may be sustained and that when the war drum throbs no longer you will proudly return to home and loved ones conscious that you have done your duty. Signed on behalf of your friends, John Johnson, J. W. Kerr.

After the address was read Rev. R. T. Richards made some very appropriate remarks. The gathering broke up by singing the National Anthem.”

The Intelligencer May 16, 1918 (page 5)

“Get Together. The Automobile Show can be made an unqualified success if everybody interested jumps in and helps to make it so. It would be a pity if business rivalry or any side issues should prevent this patriotic event from being the ‘biggest and best ever.’ Get together and boost the show.”

The Intelligencer May 16, 1918 (page 5)

“Y.M.C.A. Canvass. The campaign inaugurated yesterday to procure $6,000 for the local Y.M.C.A. was fairly successful. While the desired amount was not reached in the first day’s canvass, it is confidently expected that it will be secured. The canvassers were to-day again busy calling upon citizens who were unable to be seen yesterday. The amount already secured is over $4,000.”

The Intelligencer May 16, 1918 (page 5)

“A Boy Knitter. A fine example has been set by a boy named Vincent Hodgins, living on Dunbar street. Vincent is ten years of age. He earned the money, bought yarn and knit two pairs of socks for a Belleville soldier, Bandsman Harry A. Thompson, serving in France. He also offered 25¢ for postage, but on being told the postage would be paid insisted that bars of chocolate be enclosed in the parcel.”

The Intelligencer May 16, 1918 (page 6)

“Flight Cadet Crashes Down On Roof At Fair Grounds. Last evening the residents of West Belleville were considerably excited over the fall of an aeroplane, on the west side of the Agricultural Park. About eight o’clock two planes circled about the western part of the city, both flying low. One, No. C640, driven by Flight Cadet Williams, alighted just west of the St. Michael’s Church grove and owing to the tire of one of the landing wheels being punctured it was some time before repairs were made.

It was nearly dusk when Cadet Williams started up again with the intention of making the camp at Deseronto as soon as possible. He circled toward the Agricultural Park, and it was apparent to a number of onlookers that he was having trouble with the engine, which was back-firing. Just as the western side of the fair ground was reached the machine plunged down nose first, and while the nose struck the ground, the great portion of the machine fell upon the row of stalls used for housing horses during exhibition time.

The crash and sound of breaking boards was heard for a considerable distance and in a few minutes many were at the scene of the accident. Williams was able to get out of the machine and it was seen that he was injured as his face was covered with blood. …

The plane was badly smashed, no part being intact except the propeller, which was on the roof of the shed. This morning the wrecking crew and motor truck from the camp arrived here and collected the broken up machine. The scene of the accident was visited by hundreds and pieces of the broken plane were taken away as souvenirs.”