100 Years Ago: George Forhan Receives Gift of Farewell, Registration Locations in Belleville

The Intelligencer June 12, 1918 (page 2)

“Presentation To Popular Theatrical Man. At the conclusion of the picture show at Griffin’s Opera House last night Mr. George Forhan, until recently the popular and genial manager of the house was a recipient of a presentation.

Mr. Forhan has joined Canada’s Fighting Corps having enlisted with the 73rd battery at Toronto. His presence here was taken advantage of by the staff of the two play houses here which he so successfully managed, and he was presented with a wrist watch. All the members of the staff were present and at an opportune time an address was read by Miss Maud Blaind, and the watch was handed to Mr. Forhan by Mr. W. Rothwell. The address was as follows:

Dear Mr. Forhan,—We, the staff of the Griffin Theatres take this opportunity of honouring you, and thus we honour ourselves at the same time. On the eve of your departure to take your place among the men who are protecting our home and fighting for our country to-day, we have gathered together to express our sorrow in losing you, to wish you God-speed and a safe return.

As a mark of our esteem and appreciation, we ask you to accept this wrist watch as a token of our regard and a reminder of the friends you leave in Belleville, whose wishes will follow you where ‘ere you go. Signed on behalf of the staff of the Griffin Theatres.

Mr. Forhan replied briefly but appropriately extending his thanks to the staff for their kind remembrance. He said he certainly appreciated the gift and he was proud of the fact that there had always been a hearty co-operation between the staff and himself in all matters appertaining to the conducting of the business of the house. Their efforts in this direction he was proud of. The gift would ever be a remembrance of the kindly feeling which existed between the staff and himself.”

The Intelligencer June 12, 1918 (page 7)

“Deputy Registrars Selected For City. Mr. J. A. Kerr of this city, appointed as Registrar for West Hastings under the Canada Registration Board, has selected the following places for the City of Belleville for registration purposes on Saturday, June 22nd.

Foster Ward: Mission Dundas Street, Marsh Engineering Works, Canada Steel Works, General Hospital.

Samson Ward: Queen Alexandra School, City Hall, Armouries, St. Thomas Parish Hall.

Ketcheson Ward: Belleville High School, Salvation Army Citadel, Bridge Street S. S., St. Andrew’s S. S., Y.M.C.A., Hydro Electric local office, Ontario Business College, Belleville Hardware Company.

Baldwin Ward: Queen Victoria School, St. Michael’s Academy, Tabernacle church S. S., Fire Hall No. 2, John Street S. S., Graham Limited employees.

Bleecker Ward: S. A. Station S. S., Grand Trunk Railway System.

Coleman Ward: Grier Street School and St. Michael’s Academy.

Murney Ward: Queen Mary School, Christ Church, Home For Friendless, Springer Lock Works, Wilson Munition Company, Deacon Shirt Company.”