100 Years Ago: Canadian War Contingent Association Dance, Military Demonstration for June 3rd, Edward Harold Ingram Wounded, Holiday War Bulletins, No Circuses Allowed to Enter Canada, Auto Show Extended, Thanks Offered for Tag Day

The Intelligencer May 23, 1918 (page 1)

“Socks for Soldiers. The Canadian War Contingent Association gave a dance last evening in Bennett’s Academy, Front Street, to procure money for war purposes. Miss E. Ryan furnished the music for the evening. The academy was prettily decorated for the occasion with spring flowers. A dainty luncheon was served to the many who attended, including a number of cadets of the R.A.F. and many out of town people. Dancing was continued until the small hours.”

The Intelligencer May 23, 1918 (page 3)

“Monday June 3rd Is Belleville’s Big Day. For no demonstration in years have such extensive plans and preparations been made as the one the Great War Veterans are arranging for the King’s birthday. There is to be a real old time crowd, that fact is assured both by the keen interest taken by the committee in charge and the people throughout the surrounding counties. Belleville’s war heroes are sparing no effort to make their first annual reunion an event that will do themselves and Belleville credit. Every man, woman and child should start now to help the boys by boosting the big 3rd of June event.”

The Intelligencer May 23, 1918 (page 3)

“Bombardier Ingram’s Injuries Not Serious. Mrs. Ingram has received the following letter from Canadian Red Cross Society, London, England, which shows the efficient manner in which our boys are looked after.

York Hotel, Berners St. W.I. London, May 2. Dear Madam:—I beg to inform you that 89764 Bdr. E. H. Ingram, 18th Canadian, C.F.A., is now at 3rd Southern General Hospital, Oxford, England.

Our Red Cross visitor has been to see Bdr. Ingram, and tells us he has slight shrapnel wounds in the face, and that he is getting on well, and able to go out. So we hope that very soon he will be quite convalescent. He will be visited regularly, and should he need comforts, other than those supplied, we will gladly send them to him from our parcel office. (Signed) Yours truly, Kathleen Waring.”

The Intelligencer May 23, 1918 (page 7)

“Holiday War Bulletins. Tomorrow, Victoria Day, being a legal holiday, there will be no issue of The Intelligencer. All important war news will be bulletined morning and afternoon.”

The Intelligencer May 23, 1918 (page 7)

“No Circus This Year. F. C. Knight, local immigration inspector at Brockville, has received a copy of a new regulation stating that spectacular performances such as a circus will not be permitted to enter Canada this year.”

The Intelligencer May 23, 1918 (page 7)

“Auto Show Extended. The motor show in the Armouries will be continued until Saturday night. To-morrow evening a dance will be held in the Armouries in connection with the show. It is interesting to note that the automobiles, bicycles and musical instruments on exhibition have a total value of $45,000.”

The Intelligencer May 23, 1918 (page 7)

“Card of Thanks. The West Belleville War Workers and Victory Club wish to thank all ladies who by their untiring efforts helped to make tag day such a success; also to the gentlemen who so kindly let their automobiles for that occasion. We must also thank the Y. M. C. A. for their courtesy in furnishing us with a room. A word of praise for the Boy Scouts who worked so willingly.

Mr. Elliott of the Standard Bank, donated $5.00 to the day’s takings; Mr. A. E. Bailey, $10.00 which brought in the magnificent sum of $702.00.

Allow us to thank the loyal citizens of Belleville for their generosity.

Gertrude MacMullen, Pres., W.B.W.W.; Eleanor Wells, Sec., W.B.W.W.”